Xbox Dashboard update and video leaked

The upcoming update to the Xbox 360's Dashboard has been leaked, along with a video that shows off some of the features of the new user interface for Microsoft's game console. The file itself appears to come from an Xbox Developer Kit which Xbox 360 game creators use to help develop their retail game titles. Some select media outlets also have Xbox Developer Kits provided by to preview upcoming titles.

The YouTube video shows how the next Xbox Dashboard will look and operate. While incomplete, it shows off features such as an app marketplace for downloading things like Facebook support, cloud-based storage options and the much hyped Xbox Live TV feature. Microsoft has already announced it will begin a beta test for the next Xbox Dashboard later this month with the final version planned to be made available for all Xbox 360 owners later this fall. One rumor claims that the exact date for the the update will be November 15.

As you can see in the video below, the next version of the Xbox Dashboard will have a tile-themed UI that looks similar to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 and the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft's Kinect motion controller camera will allow users to navigate though the new user interface via voice recognition or by simply moving your hand. It will also add a new Bing-based search feature that will enable users to look up anything available for the Xbox 360 via the controller or with Kinect via the voice feature.  

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TheLegendOfMart said,
Look at all the blank spaces ready for advertising, youd think with a premium pay for service there wouldnt be so many ads.

On every post about the Xbox update, all you do is bitch about advertising. I like the adverts, they let me know about content that I usually wouldn't find. That I do enjoy usually. Calm it, if you dislike adverts so much, go to PSN, and be done with bitching about Xbox

TheLegendOfMart said,
Look at all the blank spaces ready for advertising, youd think with a premium pay for service there wouldnt be so many ads.

The ads debate is a tired one, really. They're for new content, games mostly or specials for points or Gold, or if you use the media features for new movies/tv shows. How are ads that actually inform you about new content bad? Lots of people don't visit every game related site on the internet to stay up to date on what's coming on the 360 you know. For them the ads serve a valid and needed purpose in the end.

Xerax said,

On every post about the Xbox update, all you do is bitch about advertising. I like the adverts, they let me know about content that I usually wouldn't find. That I do enjoy usually. Calm it, if you dislike adverts so much, go to PSN, and be done with bitching about Xbox


A: I dont post on every Xbox update
B: I dont always whine about the ads.

TheLegendOfMart said,

A: I dont post on every Xbox update
B: I dont always whine about the ads.
You pretty much do on the forums.

remixedcat said,
I love the name they use on the upper right corner.
The leaked recovery (update) he is using is on a development xbox. The gamertag in he top-right corner is a default GT generated by the XDK. He obviously didn't feel like changing it.

Looks quick and easy to navigate, probably look quite good once all the content options there are setup and populated on a proper system

snuffy said,
I presume this is the update that some microsoft employees have their hands on?

This is actually a "recovery" that was leaked off of what was apparently an open server. Xbox dev kits don't get system updates and are updated through other means... This recovery I'm assuming was on a PR site for previewing the new dashboard, and people just searched Google for open indexes.

Like any other console, dev kits get out and this is the result.