Xbox Live update available now

It looks like Microsoft has made available the much anticipated update of the Xbox 360 dashboard, due to land on consoles around the world today.

The update is now live on Microsoft's servers, and there's a way to force it to apply to your Xbox now, if you haven't already received it:

1) Turn off Xbox 360
2) Turn on Xbox 360
3) If the update was not received, go to My Xbox -> System Settings -> Network -> Test Connection and it should be offered to you

We've seen the update before in videos, and many have had early access thanks to the beta program, but now the update is available to the general public.

The update brings many new features, including a new boot screen, the Metro UI for Xbox, Kinect Support, as well as "updates to Zune, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm, and adding the streaming of anything and everything ESPN right to your Xbox." Remember that the update is mandatory, meaning if you decline to update you will lose Xbox Live ability.

More information is available from the official email from Microsoft regarding the announcement of the update.

Update: Major Nelson has more information on the update, and says that it is rolling out in stages, so if you haven't got it yet, hold tight, be patient and don't annoy your friends by signing in and out.

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i miss the old boot up screen, now if they only added how many microsoft points each game is along with the actual cash value, that would be cool!!

etempest said,
I wonder if this will break any of the premium themes?
Can't wait to see update as soon as I get home.
I was going to ask the same thing. I bought the World at War Zombie Factory premium theme and I'm going to be really disappointed if it's broken.

Any idea if media center extender is getting updated with improved codec support? The 360s inability to play high res 1080p MKVs is disappointing.

UGLY!

I usually love minimalist, and Microsoft have done good at it lately, but this, this is just horrid, green and white, huge fonts and boxes all for Kinect, its bloody ugly!

SPARTdAN said,
UGLY!

I usually love minimalist, and Microsoft have done good at it lately, but this, this is just horrid, green and white, huge fonts and boxes all for Kinect, its bloody ugly!

Glad someone agrees with me.

Well, the new features and updates to existing features are welcome, but I prefer the old UI. Oh well, I guess I will get used to it.

cooky560 said,
Just installed, it it's SLOWER to me than the last interface

clear your hdd cache and turn off and back on and see if that helps

rusonjitsu said,
Minor change:
If you sign into messenger, it now doesnt sign you out everwhere else.

Minor, but much appreciated.

I wish they'd add facebook chat to the messenger interface on the 360 though...

When you scroll down your friends list, the noise it makes is the exact same noise from the first dashboard, the blade one.

The new design make my eye focusing on the far left of the screen which is tiresome and strange as most people sitting on their couch would likely focus on the centre. Another failed design from microsoft imo.

Updating.... lol. The new boot screen is a bit lame, but a nice change from the one we have had for all of these years.

Nashy said,
Updating.... lol. The new boot screen is a bit lame, but a nice change from the one we have had for all of these years.

At least you get to see it... I have my Xbox connected through my receiver and when it boots, I can hear the audio but can't see the video until it's only the stationary "XBOX 360" logo on the screen. I guess it has something to do with the AV switching of my TV and/or receiver... but it doesn't happen with my PS3, but oh well.

Chsoriano said,

At least you get to see it... I have my Xbox connected through my receiver and when it boots, I can hear the audio but can't see the video until it's only the stationary "XBOX 360" logo on the screen. I guess it has something to do with the AV switching of my TV and/or receiver... but it doesn't happen with my PS3, but oh well.

Same here. By the time my receiver syncs up with my Xbox and my TV syncs up with my receiver, the animation is over...

Is this update to the UI only? Or has microcrap pulled their thumbs out and added new things like .MKV support etc... ??? Anyone have any idea?

Sulphy said,
Is this update to the UI only? Or has microcrap pulled their thumbs out and added new things like .MKV support etc... ??? Anyone have any idea?

It adds a few new apps, and updates the apps you can get currently, like ESPN coverage

cooky560 said,

It adds a few new apps, and updates the apps you can get currently, like ESPN coverage

Meh.... no good then, am selling my xbox anyways now, bought a WD HD Live TV instead....!

Sulphy said,

Meh.... no good then, am selling my xbox anyways now, bought a WD HD Live TV instead....!

last I checked HALO doesn't run on it =)

Sulphy said,
Is this update to the UI only? Or has microcrap pulled their thumbs out and added new things like .MKV support etc... ??? Anyone have any idea?
I think the only reason its mandatory is the change to a higher bitrate for xboxlive chat so you couldnt talk to somone if they havent updated.

Can anyone who has done the update in the UK confirm if ESPN is part of it and if it's showing a UK ESPN or US?

skiver said,
Can anyone who has done the update in the UK confirm if ESPN is part of it and if it's showing a UK ESPN or US?

ESPN is a feature ONLY for the US side of Xbox Live.

It's a feature not comming to the UK on the 360.

So mandatory that if I click the X button in the centre of the controller by mistake I can still login to x-box live without updating

cooky560 said,
So mandatory that if I click the X button in the centre of the controller by mistake I can still login to x-box live without updating

Well they're hardly going to shut off the existing service to customers without the update just yet now are they...

Finally. I hated the many updates they were doing on the beta stage.... I know this is good, but there were sometimes I would like to kill myself since my connection sucks.

Jose_49 said,
Finally. I hated the many updates they were doing on the beta stage.... I know this is good, but there were sometimes I would like to kill myself since my connection sucks.

Dont buy a PS3 then as they update ALL the time and its slow as sin.

Jose_49 said,
Finally. I hated the many updates they were doing on the beta stage.... I know this is good, but there were sometimes I would like to kill myself since my connection sucks.


I know how you feel. It seems like whenever I signed in there was a new update every damn time for like 2 weeks. I eventually turned it on as soon as I got home, let the update install then played when I got around to it

Jose_49 said,
Finally. I hated the many updates they were doing on the beta stage.... I know this is good, but there were sometimes I would like to kill myself since my connection sucks.

The updates didn't bother me. Seemed there was one every time I turned my 360 on but the updates were installed in less than 2 minutes so it was certainly no skin off my back.

Ji@nBing
LOL no thanks. I refuse to give that arrogant prick Steve 'The Douche" Jobs a penny of my money.

LOL

If there's no last.fm support for Aussie's I won't be happy!!