Xbox Dashboard update now launching

The Dashboard update for Microsoft's Xbox 360 console was supposed to go live by 10 am Eastern time today. However, just a few minutes before that deadline, the company announced that it would be delaying the major software update for the Xbox 360 game console. Now, Microsoft's Larry Hyrb has announced via his Twitter page, "Good news: first set of customers will be getting the Xbox LIVE update within the next few hours."  He later added in a second Twitter post, "And when I say customers, I mean Xbox LIVE members :)."

Microsoft has yet to offer an explanation for why it decided to delay the release of the Xbox Dashboard update from its planned morning launch. However, it seems to be available now for Xbox 360 owners.

The software update, which is being released worldwide, includes an all new user interface for the console that resembles the Metro-style tiles that can be sen in the Windows Phone 7 operating system and the upcoming Windows 8 OS. It also means the start of new live TV and video streaming options, with a few launching on Tuesday and more being added during December and into 2012.

If you have a Kinect device you can use it with the new Dashboard update to search, via Bing, for content on your Xbox 360 console using your voice. You can also use the Beacons feature to let friends know that you are ready to play a game with them. There's also the new cloud storage feature for users to access their profiles and game saves from a friends's Xbox 360.

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ok my xbox update on the 5th decemeber, i know have access to lovefilm etc but i still have the pre-release channel ?

este said,
So if I'm not a Xbox Live member then when should I be expecting this update?

Don't you need XBL to get the updates?

TrT said,

Don't you need XBL to get the updates?

Yea you're right. As long as your console has a ethernet cable plugged in it gets updated!

I'm in the UK and have been running the beta version of this...........How can I tell that I've been updated to the final release? - I take it that it will no longer show the pre-release section on the dashboard (which it still is)

ady199 said,
I'm in the UK and have been running the beta version of this...........How can I tell that I've been updated to the final release? - I take it that it will no longer show the pre-release section on the dashboard (which it still is)

Maybe there was an update to prepare the Beta users for the update first, like they did with Windows Phone? I'm just guessing here...

no update over here in UK yet, I'm running preview version and both zune video and zune music are broken as of yesterday (maybe sooner as I didnt check for a few days).

Ive powered on and off a few times, guess is a phased rollout, bugger

duddit2 said,
no update over here in UK yet, I'm running preview version and both zune video and zune music are broken as of yesterday (maybe sooner as I didnt check for a few days).

Ive powered on and off a few times, guess is a phased rollout, bugger

Weird, many in the UK were getting it quite early in the rollout.

jasonon said,
looks like a really solid update, still waiting for youtube app tho

I believe that's slated for later this month? I might be wrong.

Pretty cool update, and kinect is built in now instead of needing the separate interface. sure has come a long way since the blades.

My Xbox can see the update but I lose internet connectivity everytime I try to download it really frustrating (my internet been highly unstable all day).

Xerxes said,
My Xbox can see the update but I lose internet connectivity everytime I try to download it really frustrating (my internet been highly unstable all day).

After installing it I can't even connect to Xbox Live, so I don't think it's your internet.

zombieChan said,

After installing it I can't even connect to Xbox Live, so I don't think it's your internet.

Got the same issue. Tried several times again and succeeded. XBL working fine now!

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Got the update a couple of hours ago. Now, any idea when the Xbox Companion wp7 app will be released? It still doesn't show up in the marketplace.

xTdub said,
Got the update a couple of hours ago. Now, any idea when the Xbox Companion wp7 app will be released? It still doesn't show up in the marketplace.

I'm wondering that too.

The beta didn't impress me, but with the updated Netflix and Hulu apps, it's pretty awesome, and I can only assume it will get better as more things come online.