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Xbox360 Dash Update Tomorrow

For those who didn’t get in on the dashboard update preview program your consoles will be updated tomorrow, August 11th. Whilst many are waiting in anticipation of what to expect - the answer to that is simply “not a lot”. The two biggest improvements to tomorrows update is Games-on-Demand & Avatar Marketplace stores to tempt you to part with even more money for Microsoft.

The more interesting updates are coming later in the year with applications from Twitter, Facebook and Last.fm which will be released seperately around November time. No further information has come to light about the UK only SkyPlayer, but full instant streaming 1080p movies on a newly branded Zune Marketplace is more than enough to get excited about, but still a way off.

For tomorrows dashboard update that will hit more than 20 million consoles, if you like dressing up your avatar then you will not be disappointed with the new Avatar Marketplace. It contains a vast selection of colourful t-shirts, hats, branded items from Halo3, Halo3 ODST, Fable II and The Secret of Monkey Island. Future items from Adidas and Gears of War will soon be available with my only hope that sometime in the future Call of Duty items will make an appearance. The downside for your Avatar purchases is that they are tied to the gamertag which bought them, so since each item you buy requires a download file you are not able to share items for other other profiles you may have on your console unlike arcade games and DLC content.

Your avatar will now be able to play with Avatar Props purchased from the Marketplace which include: Remote Control Halo3 Warthog, Basketball, Football, Bottles, Telescope, Cotton Bud, Weights, and many other interesting items. Currently the only place where your chosen prop can be seen is on the dashboard, but you can also use it when taking an avatar gamerpic. It is not yet known if any future games with Avatar support will enable the showing of props, but it does give your avatar something to do instead of just poking a leg out! Items available throughout the Avatar Marketplace will be priced between 40 - 320 MS Points each

Games on Demand is in theory a great addition, but with each title averaging just over a 5GB download for £19.99, you just as well pick up the game you want used from a games store at a much cheaper price without the waiting time and usage of your HDD space. Current titles available include: Call of Duty 2, Viva Pinata, Oblivion and Assassins Creed, whilst nothing to write home about this service is perhaps good for a few impulse purchases.

Other improvements with this dash update include being able to eject a disc by pressing X, a better achievement listing using the guide button, timestamps on saved files in your HDD, and better Party connections where you are reconnected should you suddenly lose connection mid game.

Other than all of the above, the dash update tomorrow is nothing to get too excited about as initially you wouldn’t notice any differences - The better features are yet to come later in the year.

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Comment by Paul on 2009-08-10 17:40:50 | Reply

The update to Netflix is significant I feel. I also like the new rating system, although, it’s not a big deal or anything.

Comment by tony on 2009-08-10 18:07:20 | Reply

Please nobody buy nothing for their avatar, its more stupider and pointless than you think!!

nah it’s rubbish aint it… People I’ve spoken too without the update seem to be excited, I’ve even heard of people assuming they will have twitter tomorrow!

Hopefully this will make the chat reconnect feature work a little better if everyone else has it. When the entire party is split up, you still have to manually rejoin…

Comment by Steve on 2009-08-10 21:16:34 | Reply

How about the smaller installs on the HDD?
I read not too long ago that this update is suppose to make game installs smaller but no mention of it in this article.

Comment by Arthur Stopinski on 2009-08-10 22:45:01 | Reply

They take out the whole chunk of copyright code and whatever that downloads with the game, and it’s waste of space since you can’t play the game without the disk anyhow, and all anti-piracy code is on the disk regardless.

Comment by Jamzy No 2 on 2009-08-10 23:02:06 | Reply

the only thing i want is my free splosion man stuff, the rest is crap.

0.something mb differences!
I am so looking forward new features this winter. If this update didn’t have the Avatar Marketplace to gimmick over the pointless fact that it’s just a ‘patch’ then I think near on everyone would be disappointed. There could have been better things in this update.

Some part of me is hoping that there’s a surprise to it - and they make a nice feature available we haven’t seen in the preview - but I doubt it…

Comment by TK Cillin on 2009-08-11 00:37:27 | Reply

I still think Twitter and facebook should stay off the Consoles. It’s a time for gaming not talking about how fat aunt patty looked at the family reunion yesterday. *and boy was she ever fat* LoL!!!

Comment by Sircolby45 on 2009-08-11 03:19:32 | Reply

Yes the Netflix update is the best part IMO. It seems to be using better codecs because I can stream in HD on the new version and could not on the old version.

I do like all the new avatar outfits today…full on suits and helmets!

Comment by ManoDestra on 2009-08-11 15:23:13 | Reply

Using the made up word “stupider” is fairly stupid as well.

Comment by pastyman72 on 2009-08-11 18:54:59 | Reply

To be fair though “nobody buy nothing” is a double negative so tony is imploring everybody to actually buy avatar items……………

Comment by TK Chillin on 2009-08-11 22:43:51 | Reply

I spent 440 points on a few things I liked. No big deal really. I’m more interested in what’s going to be offered as unlockables in future games.

Comment by Arthur Stopinski on 2009-08-11 22:44:11 | Reply

Actually I wouldn’t buy any of that. I would like to know which games have the award system for the avatars, if any. As well as what they have to offer, a shirt? prop?

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