Windows 8 inspired theme for Xbox 360 dashboard

Since Microsoft unveiled the first few snapshots of the new start menu for Windows 8 last week, there's been several hints along the way that the company want to create and integrate a user interface that is familiar across all of their products. Microsoft have previously stated that Windows 8, which is due to launch next year, would be able to work on a variety of products but how about that user interface that people would be used to, being on the Xbox 360 as well?

Earlier on in the day, Neowin reported the Xbox E3 conference in which Microsoft chose to reveal a number of future items coming to the gaming platform such as Live TV, Bing search and these screenshots, posted by Paul Thurrott show these new features in action. There is not an exact timeline in which users will see these changes but current word is in the last quarter of 2011.

The Xbox 360 as well as the recently launched Kinect have gone down well with consumers and its one of Microsoft's more successful brands. With several new games being released for the platform, many of those being compatible with Kinect, it will only strengthen the console's position. Amongst that list is the increasingly popular Minecraft game in which a world of blocks is your own, although how that will work with Kinect is anyone's guess.

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