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Spring Dashboard Update features leaked

Ah the power of Internet! The video was only online for a short while before being pulled, but it got youtubed right away, so here it is for the world to see. The Spring update is scheduled for release May 7th, and most notable improvements are MSN integration, low power download mode, and auto-off settings for after downloading.

We recommend just watching the video yourself, since it’s a quick roller-coaster ride through many small modifications that you can better see yourself than having us write vague explanations.

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Comment by J1980 on 2007-04-07 21:55:09 | Reply

hoooraay for an update…May 7th is ages away tho!!

Comment by Tucky on 2007-04-07 21:57:56 | Reply

Bring on May 7th!!! Cant wait!

Comment by DSK UK on 2007-04-07 22:01:58 | Reply

Isn’t this is same date that Live Anywhere is launched (Halo 2 release)?

Comment by x El Scorpio x on 2007-04-08 19:00:43 | Reply

that’s the whole idea

Come on, just a browser now, please. Then I would never have to leave my bed.

Comment by J1980 on 2007-04-07 22:39:04 | Reply

I know…thats what I like about the PS3…I can check my emails…comment on here, play a game, watch a HD Movie, check some more emails…make some more comments….but yeah I really want a good browser on the 360. The Wii’s browser is absolute shit! The PS3 browser is excellent, clear, crisp and easy to control…we need xbox360 Explorer Now!!!

Comment by Bob on 2007-04-08 00:18:54 | Reply

when you get a virus on you PS3 I will be laughing my ass off, I have a computer to look up stuff on the net and I really don’t want to use a controller to surf the web.

Comment by x El Scorpio x on 2007-04-08 19:01:48 | Reply

yeah why would you even wanna surf the internet with your console…especially when no websites are optimised for TV’s and unless you’ve got a 720p or 1080i/p HDTV it’s absolutely pointless

Comment by kevgallacher on 2007-04-08 21:21:24 | Reply

You wont get viruses for the PS3.
You can use a mosue and keyboard to browse the web on PS3.

Comment by J1980 on 2007-04-09 00:56:44 | Reply

Quote “watch a HD movie” does that give you any clues El Scorpio…lol The PS3 is obviously not a PC Internet replacement…nobody is that thick! But my pint is, that whilst im sat with the PS3 on and I want to check emails or just view something. I can and its quite quick & simplified.

I feel safe in the knowledge that there wont be a PS3 virus. if there ever was - im sure sony would release some fix…

Comment by J1980 on 2007-04-09 00:57:22 | Reply

well point not pint…lol -damn no edit button…

Comment by nofear360 on 2007-04-07 22:13:11 | Reply

Too bad there’s gonna be no Divx suppport :(

Comment by trj156 on 2007-04-08 06:48:55 | Reply

what’s this big deal about divx? how in the hell do you even get divx video?

Comment by Zleet on 2007-04-08 11:00:53 | Reply

I download about 40/50 gigs worth of AVI (divx/xvid) files a month.

I use Xbox Media Centre on an old (Chipped) Xbox at the moment but would love to start watching the files on my 360 if they allowed Divx/Xvid in an update.

I think the question was more: how do you get LEGAL divx files that would give Microsoft a proper reason to support it ;)

Comment by FoolInjection on 2007-04-08 23:43:34 | Reply

I wouldn’t say downloading a DivX file of a recent TV show or Movie was anymore illegal than using a VCR to tape it off the TV.

Millions of people use VCR’s to record of the TV every day… its classes as illegal to do so… but you never see people getting taken to court as they have a huge collection of stuff taped off the TV onto VHS.

Comment by nofear360 on 2007-04-08 13:04:42 | Reply

TV shows I download every week (Heroes, Lost etc.) and movies I get from friends are all divx videos :(.

Comment by J1980 on 2007-04-07 22:55:19 | Reply

When the update comes. You know we’ll be like - god there could have been more. This is good but nothing fantastic. They need to make ‘Live’ 100% free

Comment by Stonie on 2007-04-09 12:21:59 | Reply

I totally disagree with that comment, now that the PS3 is widely available, and their service is free, you will see a whole lot of idiots grace the Sony service, and you’re welcome to them. Fact is, the Sony service is wank compared to Xbox Live. I am glad to pay my £40 a year, usually less as I tend to buy up cheap registration cards.

Comment by _Chris_ on 2007-04-07 22:59:47 | Reply

Again microsoft… WHERE IS GROUP VOICE/VIDEO CHAT?! why do you hold out on us so? WHY?!

Comment by nofear360 on 2007-04-07 23:03:12 | Reply

I heard people saying there’s gonna be group chat up to 6 people.

Comment by nofear360 on 2007-04-07 23:05:04 | Reply
Comment by Tucky on 2007-04-07 23:04:17 | Reply

there is group chat, text at the mo but they are working on voice.

Comment by nofear360 on 2007-04-07 23:06:28 | Reply

Oh ok. My bad

Comment by Savyer on 2007-04-08 02:01:42 | Reply

did you pay attention to the video?

Comment by nofear360 on 2007-04-08 03:48:40 | Reply

Yeah … saw it twice actually

Comment by Tucky on 2007-04-07 23:01:57 | Reply

i dont want a browser, my pc is like 2 milimeters away from my 360, i would love the Video Marketplace!

Comment by Bryer on 2007-04-07 23:11:19 | Reply

Hmmm, bet that most of those features will only be fully functional in the US.

Comment by Tucky on 2007-04-07 23:12:10 | Reply


There seems to be a bit of confusion… auto off was always there, as was the ability to begin playing videos before they were finished downloading…

The msn stuff is nice, but it’s about a year later than they promised.

Comment by Tucky on 2007-04-07 23:41:33 | Reply

no, the auto off after download wasnt, and also the low power download auto off wasnt.

Agreed, I knew that, I just wasnt clear… on engadget it read as if there was no auto shutdown before, which there was, just not pertaining to downloads…

Also, the preview things been there since last years dash update.

Ohhhhhh man, this is awesome.

Comment by gdogg79 on 2007-04-08 00:23:39 | Reply

Um how about fixing online play before adding more BS we don’t need

Uh, what exactly would be bugged about the online play?

Comment by autoexecw0rm on 2007-04-08 00:31:21 | Reply

Where is the features for gamers? This is still a gaming machine right? Not just a platform to force people into their other services and products…..

Messenger integration is sooooo cool. Glad every single person I know uses AIM.

This is a joke of an update. They obviously have no idea what features GAMERS want.

I hate to say it, but you’re right… instead of having some sort of clan system, or folders of some sort for your friends list… or a hundred other things….

ms instead continues to focus more on rape style penetration into the living room instead of actually satisfying the needs of console gamers.

kinda lame when you look at it that way.

Comment by BruNasty on 2007-04-09 05:43:12 | Reply

“Rape-style penetration” LOL!!!!

Comment by gdogg79 on 2007-04-08 20:28:57 | Reply

I agree

Comment by Tucky on 2007-04-08 00:35:29 | Reply

no one in the UK uses AIM, its MSN all the way:D

Comment by nofear360 on 2007-04-08 00:40:19 | Reply

as is elsewhere in EU :D

Comment by x El Scorpio x on 2007-04-08 19:03:03 | Reply

of course everybody uses Live Messenger here in Switzerland too :) hardly anybody I know even used/knows YIM, ICQ or AIM

That would be the point of AMERICA Online Instant Messenger, yep.

I wish more of my rl friends would use it (MSN). I’m pimping it as much as possible.

Comment by Studley on 2007-04-08 16:19:27 | Reply

AIM? MSN? Pah, all the cool kids use Skype.

Regardless, the actual nature of the integration looks quite cool.

Comment by JGON on 2007-04-08 01:08:55 | Reply

Can we have the ability to erase games off our gamercards??? So many rented games where I only have like 15 gamer points. Plus no reason that xbl arcade games should be tied to your gamercard they’re just trials!!!

Oh there’s a reason… same reason that they have that lame “tell a friend” thing in the arcade… ms wants to use any means necessary (including gamercards plastered all over the web) to promote the arcade, so they have zero plans to remove the trials from gamercards.

Actually I heard from several (unofficial yet kinda reliable) sources that the XBLA trial thing should be fixed next update.

Comment by Studley on 2007-04-08 16:20:42 | Reply

That’d be awesome. In fact if anything, that would probably make me use the arcade MORE - there’s a few recent games (like Luxor) which I might be tempted to try, if it didn’t mean clogging up my game history with naff trials.

Comment by halo man on 2007-04-08 03:08:26 | Reply

looks like a pretty useless update at the moment hopefully it gets ALOT better

Comment by Tristan on 2007-04-08 03:35:48 | Reply

There is also going to be more than this. This vid only gives some of the points there is way more than what they showed.

Comment by autoexecw0rm on 2007-04-08 04:35:19 | Reply

and you base this one what? your gut feeling….

Comment by Mike8519 on 2007-04-08 06:16:22 | Reply

There certainly is more to come. There are features pertaining to VGA (resolutions and more importantly for me, timings so I can go back to the fall update where my monitor worked). This was just a broad overview of more noticeable options.

Comment by Tristan on 2007-04-08 03:36:49 | Reply

When I had my ps3 before I returned it. I hated the browser it was way too slow. It was not as good as using a comp.

Comment by GraceflAnger on 2007-04-08 08:27:47 | Reply

u know whats even better about may…SPIDER MAN 3

Comment by DBS on 2007-04-08 11:31:36 | Reply

Jealous chump? Get a PS3 you bum

Comment by Tristan on 2007-04-08 15:43:27 | Reply

I know cause I know someone on my forums that is an mvp and he said there is way more than what they showed.

Comment by RapidRunner on 2007-04-08 15:44:16 | Reply

That messenger thing would be amazing… but only if it was with AIM. All of my friends use AIM and there is no way I can make them convert.

Comment by Tucky on 2007-04-08 16:33:34 | Reply

well its about time Europeans got something they wanted rather than Americans, you get the Video Marketplace the least we can have is MSN.

Comment by x El Scorpio x on 2007-04-08 16:53:25 | Reply

looks great but I dunno about having it integrated with live messenger ‘cos I’ve got sometihng like 100 contacts on there and it’s too much without groups!

Groups in contacts FTWè

Comment by LumpStatus on 2007-04-08 19:23:21 | Reply

I just wanted to mention to those who keep complaining about divx support that it probably won’t happen. However, I use TVersity for all my media streaming and it has worked perfectly with divx as well as nearly every other format that I use. HD streaming works great as well as standard def streaming.

wow, this is a pretty sweet update. Still, I pray for the day they add 1440/900 VGA support for my PC monitor….

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