Update to Xbox 360 Dashboard “slightly delayed” [Update]

Yesterday we received final confirmation from Microsoft that the launch of the new Xbox 360 Dashboard Update would go ahead today. The new update is set to bring a range of improvements, including better voice interaction and search capabilities, new content providers, and a new tile-based user interface similar to that already seen on Windows Phone and Windows 8.  

Everything seemed to be on schedule… until Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb, better known to gamers as Major Nelson (@majornelson), tweeted news that things aren’t quite going according to plan:

In a further tweet a few minutes later, and presumably in response to frustrated gamers unhappy at the prospect of a delay, the Major reiterated that there’s currently no further details to share, but that he’ll issue an update as soon as possible.

It’s not yet known if the update will still roll out today as planned, but we’ll keep you updated here on Neowin as soon as we hear anything – so be sure to check back regularly.


Update: No explanation yet on what was behind the delay, but the Major has just tweeted to confirm that the end of the wait is nigh, and the rollout will begin "within the next few hours". 

The wording of the update suggests that this might not be a "big bang" deployment to all customers in one go, so if you don't get the update pushed to your console immediately, don't panic - it'll get to you soon enough. Good things come to those who wait, and all that. 

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Update: MajorNelson; Sorry for the dash launch delay. Good news: first set of customers will be getting the Xbox LIVE update within the next few hours.

Ah, shame.
BUT if it needs more time then so be it. I'd rather have a polished piece of goodness than a rushed piece of poo.

I'll look forward to it's release

those if you on LT+ v2.0 firmware will typically need to avoid this update as if you got a Liteon or BenQ system (and some Hitachi) this new update will screw you from running modern XGD3 backups but LT+ v3.0 which will probably be out within a month or so will get around it

but i ain't gotta worry as i got a Samsung and it dont support AP25 protection. so in other words i am immune and i am fine

p.s. for the record though... i don't even use XBox Live anyways.

ThaCrip said,
those if you on LT+ v2.0 firmware will typically need to avoid this update as if you got a Liteon or BenQ system (and some Hitachi) this new update will screw you from running modern XGD3 backups but LT+ v3.0 which will probably be out within a month or so will get around it

but i ain't gotta worry as i got a Samsung and it dont support AP25 protection. so in other words i am immune and i am fine

p.s. for the record though... i don't even use XBox Live anyways.

That does not matter anymore. People who have been playing in XBLive in the past week have been affected by Silent Update

http://support.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-live-status

Could this be the reason for the delay?:
"
XBOX LIVE Service

Users may experience difficulties with the following services:
•BETA users will be unable to use the Bing search on the XBOX console.
We are aware of the problem and are working to resolve the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience "

Considering I do not have a Kinect and still have my old 20GB XBox, this isn't as exciting for me. Damn Star Wars Xbox needs to hurry, not sure how much longer I can hold out.

Zappa859 said,
Considering I do not have a Kinect and still have my old 20GB XBox, this isn't as exciting for me. Damn Star Wars Xbox needs to hurry, not sure how much longer I can hold out.

XBOX TV DUDE!

NerdyTech said,

XBOX TV DUDE!


I have cable TV with like, I don't know, 200 to 300 channels. And I still can barely find anything. I don't know what XBox TV will bring to the table that I don't already have. Not to mention fragmented subscriptions to these services, that I still don't know the price on. The only thing I really care about is NFL games anyway, so unless they can snag that, I don't think it will affect me much.

New Dash delayed? bah ...
That will not prevent me of enjoying a good game with my friends this evening.
This is the primary purpose of my console anyway

Vykranth said,
New Dash delayed? bah ...
That will not prevent me of enjoying a good game with my friends this evening.
This is the primary purpose of my console anyway

Agreed. I am perfectly fine waiting for the update. The console still works perfectly fine. lol

What did these people do in the old days when there were no updates for the life of the console?

M_Lyons10 said,

Agreed. I am perfectly fine waiting for the update. The console still works perfectly fine. lol

What did these people do in the old days when there were no updates for the life of the console?

Get excited for the next console maybe? Intead we have 6 year old hardware.

Crisps said,

Get excited for the next console maybe? Intead we have 6 year old hardware.


Yeah, you pretty much nailed it. & we still get excited about new consoles, because Microsoft & Sony doesn't understand that ability to update does not erase the need for newer consoles.

este said,
Is it actually worth updating to this new dashboard? What will it REALLY do for my system?

If you want to play anything online you will have to update. Its actually a nice UI. I've been a part of the Dash preview program for the last 3 major overhauls and its a really nice interface. The Kinect coltrol of the whole dash is graet as well.

este said,
Is it actually worth updating to this new dashboard? What will it REALLY do for my system?

What is up with people who are so reluctant to change? This dashboard update will had many new features and even if you don't take advantage of any of the new features, it is no worse (I still believe the other refinements make it worth it) than the previous version.
Stop whining about changes, especially when they add features and/or increase the level of unification and integration.

este said,
Is it actually worth updating to this new dashboard? What will it REALLY do for my system?

There is a whole list of new features and services coming in this dashboard update that you would know about if you just took a little more time (probably less than it takes to formulate your comments) to do a quick web search on the topic.

Anyway, even if it were all just new eye candy they are doing a good job at keeping the xbox 360 platform refreshed and renewed with these tweaks. Microsoft as primary a software company certainly has an advantage over its competition in this area.

Cool. Well while my system is connected to the net only for things like roster updates to my sports games, I dont play online and I dont normally have it connected. I will probably go ahead with this anyway and update.

Shadrack said,

There is a whole list of new features and services coming in this dashboard update that you would know about if you just took a little more time (probably less than it takes to formulate your comments) to do a quick web search on the topic.

Anyway, even if it were all just new eye candy they are doing a good job at keeping the xbox 360 platform refreshed and renewed with these tweaks. Microsoft as primary a software company certainly has an advantage over its competition in this area.

They don't have Apple's UI beat at all.

Chsoriano said,

What is up with people who are so reluctant to change? This dashboard update will had many new features and even if you don't take advantage of any of the new features, it is no worse (I still believe the other refinements make it worth it) than the previous version.
Stop whining about changes, especially when they add features and/or increase the level of unification and integration.

Agreed, & about that unification, it's what I tell the Win 8 complainers, MSFT's trying to make it so we won't have to learn new stuff in the future, so just deal with learning new stuff for 1 last time.

KingCrimson said,

They don't have Apple's UI beat at all.

Is that based on your extensive use of Windows Phone 7, Windows 8 Developer Preview and being in the Beta program for the Fall 2011 dashboard or on your personal opinion that page after page of static icons is more intuitive than Metro's live tile and pivot UX?

trini18 said,
cant wait...i want to say "xbox youtube lastest fix for copying xbox360 games"...lol

YouTube wont be in this update yet, it's coming soon after.

etempest said,
Rather it be done right then done wrong & rushed.

Agreed. I do not understand people getting this upset over an update being delayed... The current dashboard works perfectly fine. They can wait a little bit longer. People are so impatient anymore.

etempest said,
Rather it be done right then done wrong & rushed.

Yeah, for sure. If there was some show stopping bug then they did us a favor by holding on to it.

M_Lyons10 said,

Agreed. I do not understand people getting this upset over an update being delayed... The current dashboard works perfectly fine. They can wait a little bit longer. People are so impatient anymore.


Plus, if people really wanted the new dashboard, then why never went to Beta testing?

Jose_49 said,

Plus, if people really wanted the new dashboard, then why never went to Beta testing?

Well, I personally found out about the Beta test too late.

MASTER260 said,

Well, I personally found out about the Beta test too late.

Shame .

I'm really geared up for this release, since I also want to remove from the dust my home's Kinect, guess it will take a while before that...

Arron said,
Come on Microsoft

It has everything to do with Microsoft, right? Accidents, failing devices / software, employees not doing their job right and whatever else don't exist.

Coi said,

It has everything to do with Microsoft, right? Accidents, failing devices / software, employees not doing their job right and whatever else don't exist.

Uhm... if an employee is not doing its job then yes... that would be Microsoft... As a Microsoft employee he/she represents the company. if the device is owned by Microsoft then yes... it's still Microsoft, if the software had issues then yes that is still Microsoft... lol

I'm sure they had a good reason for the delay and I don't mind waiting tbh..

Coi said,

It has everything to do with Microsoft, right? Accidents, failing devices / software, employees not doing their job right and whatever else don't exist.

Well yes it is Microsoft. Overall it is the company which receives credit and criticism for the products, not necessarily employees. Im just looking forward to the new dashboard update, no need to troll dude.

Arron said,

Well yes it is Microsoft. Overall it is the company which receives credit and criticism for the products, not necessarily employees. Im just looking forward to the new dashboard update, no need to troll dude.


I didn't intend to troll, but you can't deny a hardware failure or other things can always happen. I understand that an employee represents (part if) Microsoft though,

Coi said,

I didn't intend to troll, but you can't deny a hardware failure or other things can always happen. I understand that an employee represents (part if) Microsoft though,

its out now.. so calm down.. there was probably just an error with one of the apps... you know the ones that are from 3rd parties

Guess i'm in no rush - don't got my Xbox 360 yet Thinking to do a christmas sale since i missed the Black Friday one