Xbox 360 Dashboard update walkthrough

The new update to the Xbox 360 Dashboard is here for a select few who decided to enroll in the program. Announced back in July, including screen shots, this new version of the Dashboard would bring more features, as well as the metro interface to Xbox 360.

Right when the Xbox boots up you are shown the new welcome video, with the swoosh instead of the halo coming from the logo. Once you get to your dashboard, clearly there has been a Metro makeover. The tiles are now are squared off, and the only effect on them seems to be a drop shadow instead of the reflection. The loading screens have been replaced with two outlines of circles, one inside the other, both spinning clockwise.

Much of this update also works in Kinect, including adding the entity "Kinect Settings" under system settings. Most of these options appear to be calibration related. There are also test tools and demos which show how Kinect will work.

Other new features include an updated "My Xbox" when you select your gamer tag. Presented to you now is the original main screen for your account, but just one tile over you have easy access to your Account Management, which shows information about your account including Membership, Points, and the Windows Live ID. Another tile over has privacy, and then from there on out it is all about the games and your achievement progress.

Apologies for quality.

All graphics are flat now, which is the Metro style. Where it shows "A" Select and B "Back", instead of the glossy button images, they are now simply flat colors. The interface feels far from flat however, as it has a fluid motion and tiles seem to almost "pop out" when you go over them. All titles also appear to have new, updated icons. The animation is smooth and a pleasure to look at. Something about this update just seems refreshing, although having all of the menu categories the same size is a little odd and creates visual clutter.

The Dashboard update also features Metro updates to applications, and a new one, ESPN which will allow users to view over 3500 sporting events directly from their Xbox 360. 

Zune has been updated as well, which is very much akin to its PC counterpart. When searching for music, as you enter in the letters it updates with matches as you type, saving time and patience. The team did a fantastic job with the interface, and if you have a Zune Pass, you can go stream any music you wish.  When playing songs it starts up the "idle" screen that is in the desktop version. Using Zune on Xbox has never been easier.

The hard work Microsoft has put in on this update shows, and has paid off. When it is officially released, this will come as a freshening change rather than something people will curse over having to adapt to.

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Looks a lot better than the current dashboard. Although I am still a fan of the blade design on the early 360's that just seemed to work for me, although I understand with the extra content it wouldn't be practical.

Just wondering if everyones got a different update to me coz mine now looks like an unfinished version of the current dashboard, its just plain horrible, the only thing I like is the new boot logo.

Installed the beta this morning. Very refreshing!

Not played with it much but from the few minutes I had with it before work was very fun to use

Its funny how the Announcments page says "Please dont blog, record, or take photos of the bete"

hehehe

Youtube has videos and screens everywhere

It strange how they touted NXE as the saviour to showing lots of information but it really doesn't do it great either. There is just too much to flick through most of the time.

The preceeding Neowin article about the Xbox Update Preview Program and this entire comment
thread appears to be a direct infringement of the Xbox Beta confidentiality clause which is stated
on the Announcements page within the Xbox Beta section of the new look dashboard.

QUOTE:
* REMINDER: The Xbox 360 and Kinect Beta proram is confidential. Please
don't disclose, share, or discuss beta program materials, except as
allowed in the Xbox 360 and Kinect Beta program aggreement. Specifically
please:

* DO NOT Blog about the beta materials.
* DO NOT Post pictures, screenshots, or video clips of the beta materials.
* DO NOT Discuss the beta materials in discussions forums, emails or
podcasts
* DO NOT Talk with the media or press about the beta materials. This
includes bloggers, newspaper reporters, and television reporters.
UNQUOTE.

I'm not really a fan of the new dashboard. I don't like how the highlighted tile is left justified relative to the screen, and you can't see what's to the left of it. And by the looks of the vidoes I've seen, they haven't changed the default tile you see when you boot up. Which means you still have to scroll to get to your games. Annoying and unnecessary.

spacer said,
I'm not really a fan of the new dashboard. I don't like how the highlighted tile is left justified relative to the screen, and you can't see what's to the left of it. And by the looks of the vidoes I've seen, they haven't changed the default tile you see when you boot up. Which means you still have to scroll to get to your games. Annoying and unnecessary.
And here was me thinking that I was the only one annoyed with having to scroll to MY games on MY console without feeling like I'm being force fed deals of the week. If your deals are that good Microsoft I'll find them.

The splash screen and audio are better, the white menus are an improvement but the dashobard is still littered with ads and the tiles are still tiny. Bet it defaults to "spotlight" aka, the ad section.

So a small improvement.

When are they going to add pinning to the 360 dashboard? I have just a few items I use, but I still have to go through the menus to get to them every time. Windows has it, Zune has it, WP7 has it, why not Xbox?

Avatar functionality is non existant, you cannot change anything on the avatar or anything, it (the avatar) does appear to look different though, not sure how or why.

The HD gets trashed a lot when exiting from games/demos/videos and takes 30seconds to a minute to settle down and enable you to browse the menus again, this is on a 360S

The white splash menus are an eye sore, IMO. When I'm playing a game at night and hit the guide button, that bright white screen burns my retina, lol.

Just played around with it last night.

Without sharing too much about it, I will say that aesthetically, I like it much better than before. It just happens to play on my sense of design taste, which is more on the minimalistic side.

Avatars are less cartoony. Which is a bit creepy, to me.

Otherwise, I'm likin' it.

Wow, I love it! Is incredible, fast, and very stable. Plus, a huge upgrade to the antenna screen where you can join networks with ease and speed. Ina addition, the bone white they've been using with this theme, rocks.

"ESPN which will allow users to view over 3500 sporting events directly from their Xbox 360." is this world wide? here in NZ PS3 gives me tvnz ondemand!

Aesthetically it's ok, but usability wise not so.
Seems to me you have to scroll a lot just to see what's around, like being far too close to the big ass icons with a very small FOV. Dunno, feels uncomfortable.

The previous (current, that is) dashboard is almost as bad, but looks like now you'll get to see even less elements on the screen at once.
That's the reason why I don't spend much (any, actually) time in the Dashboard. It's so cumbersome to navigate it makes me feel uninterested in the contents.

I miss just plugging in a cartridge and hitting the on switch. They're cramming way too much stuff into it these days, and I certainly don't like the advertisements. I just want to play a game now and then, if I wanted all that other stuff I'd just go ahead and hook a computer up to my TV.

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