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Xbox 360 Dashboard Update available now

The guys from Microsoft released the Xbox 360 Spring Dashboard update today as Major Nelson announced before. Now we can all enjoy the new features off the Dashboard. It isn’t a suprise anymore for what we get in this dashboard update, because there was so much news already available about the update. For all the people that missed the fuzz, there is a video available from Major Nelson with all the major updates in it. The full list of 125(!) updates can be found here.

  • Overhauled Marketplace
  • The Xbox Live Marketplace blade is getting a make-over making it easier to sort through the increasingly bloated offerings that can be found through Live. The rework will include the addition of a New Media and Entertainment menu with the following categories:

    • New Releases
    • All Media and Entertainment
    • Movie Trailers and Short Films
    • Television, Music, Sports and More
    • Gaming Community Videos
    • Game Tips and Support Videos
    • Optional iPod Support.
  • Background Downloading
  • Active Download will allow you to download games in the background as you do other stuff. Yes that means you can play retail games, or any other “full Xbox experience” during a download. The download manager will pause downloads automatically during multiplayer experiences. You will be able to rack up, up to six downloads at a time. Once one is completed it will go to the next. And you can see where everything stands with the Background Download Manager.

  • Custom Gamerpictures
  • You can add your own gamerpicture for your friendslist. So only your your friends on your friendslist will see your custom gamerpicture, and the rest of the world will see one of the gamerpics that microsoft and all the 3rd partydevelopers made available for you.

  • Choose your Startup method
  • Finally, the update will add an option that you can set-up to allow you to boot up straight into the Xbox Dashboard instead of jumping to whatever CD, DVD or game happens to be in the console’s tray when you start it up.

  • Enhanced Memory Menu
  • The memory menu is now more organized. You now easily can manage your harddrive/memorycard.

  • Updated the Music Mediaplayer
  • The music player will now display on the list which track you are listening to, and it will show a progress bar. On of the main new features is, when you quit the music player the music will continue in the dashboard, even when you startup Geometry Wars.

  • Fast Forward & Reverse on movies option
  • Xbox Live Vision (camera) Ready
  • Enhanced Photo Viewing
  • Friends Status Update

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Remember what the Major said, it can take up to 4 hours before your 360 can see the update (we in the Netherlands don’t see it yet)

I already got it, try putting a game in your Xbox 360.

thnx :* Got it now

Comment by chris on 2006-06-06 10:25:30 | Reply

I got it dead on 10am here in the UK

Comment by notland on 2006-06-06 10:41:17 | Reply

have not got it yet in Norway. Come on MS!!! eh must be patient must be patient…. ;-)

I think server synchronization causes it to ripple ‘eastwards’ from UK into Europe, NL had it at 11:15 :)

Comment by notland on 2006-06-06 10:45:21 | Reply

Please ripple my Way

Comment by Studley on 2006-06-06 11:53:09 | Reply

You’ve got to love our British ripples baby

Comment by Rick on 2006-06-06 10:56:19 | Reply

It installed about 30 minutes ago on my xbox (Netherlands).

I just got mine a little under half an hour ago, it’s pretty cool.

Comment by hazard on 2006-06-06 11:06:27 | Reply

got the update,loving it,however where it says custom gamer pics,does it actually mean u can upload a pic from media connect or camera or a disc,cos if so, i dont have a clue how to do it

Comment by Studley on 2006-06-06 11:26:21 | Reply

Good question, which I’d like to know the answer to as well. Is it just ready for when the camera is released or can we use this feature now?

Comment by Prime on 2006-06-06 12:10:07 | Reply

This feature cannot yet be used now…will work when the camera is available (and is only viewble for the people on you’re friendslist).

Comment by notland on 2006-06-06 11:11:05 | Reply

Just got mine. Nice update.
Have seen first bug.
At least I think I have.
Progress bar on Music player only works on WMA files and not on Mp3. Have to investigate further.

Comment by notland on 2006-06-06 11:31:15 | Reply

Strangely enough this problem only occurs while playing mp3’s from my portable (Western Digital My Book Essential Edition) hardisk. wma still not affected. Streaming mp3 from my Pc the music bar works fine. Have not tested other medias. Conclusion: just a minor bug. Great update. :-)

Comment by notland on 2006-06-06 11:40:31 | Reply

PS!

Same problem playing mp3 with a twinmos memorystick. Tested with same files that worked when streaming from My computer.

Would of been nice of them to release new content to try this active downloading out.

I’m sure there has to be SOMETHING that you have not downloaded yet to try the new feature. Give them a break, I think it’s great that they are adding new features and they gave us all that greatness during E3.

Well, I did say NEW content. And I have tried using it way before I made this comment, it was a cheap shot at MS, asking for more content, that is all.

Comment by Jmel on 2006-06-06 14:16:19 | Reply

Found a couple problems with it as well… the shuffle button has weird and opposite of what you’d expect behavior.. the symbol shows what happens if you PRESS it…not what mode its in.

also, the xbla page does NOT show the last game played immediately like they said it would… instead, it acts just like before… enumerating first, then showing last played game.

Comment by B1ack Gallagh3r on 2006-06-06 14:17:16 | Reply

ahh i almost shit my pants when i got to download something and didnt have to stare at the screen it seems like they made the dloads quicker on demos just try i love this update Microsoft I wanna thank you for this and all the other stuff i didnt try putting in a game yet.But i was wondering if anyone knows how to put a personal picture on your gamertag.

You need a camera.

Comment by mtbjunkie on 2006-06-06 15:22:57 | Reply

Did anyone test this out yet? “Improved handling of backward-compatible update experience, reboot back into Xbox v1 environment instead of Dashboard”

Haven’t yet. I’m busy playing Astropop with music I started in the dashboard ;)

Okay, I inserted Star Wars Battlefront II and tried two things: Turning on/off the 360 and hitting Y in the guide. Both took me back to the 360 dashboard.

Comment by mtbjunkie on 2006-06-06 18:28:06 | Reply

I tried DOA3, and I could not get back to the dashboard until I turned the console off. Dosent really work the way I thought it would. Where is the xbox v1 dashboard?

Comment by Wekko on 2006-06-06 15:28:55 | Reply

Why isn’t there any fastforward in the Music Player? I’ve got a lot of album mixes of 1 hour on my HD and not being able to fast forward through that is pretty annoying. Other than that, great update.

Comment by FOURTW3NTY on 2006-06-06 16:02:51 | Reply

Amen!

Comment by wtf on 2006-06-06 15:43:53 | Reply

alright know we can download all these sh@#* pictures and themes while playing old xbox games,,,,how about some new demos and arcade games to try out this new update,,,and two months ago i saw where about ten games were supposed to come out in june and they pushed everyone of them back to september to conflict with the ps3???anyone seen anything on the free march poker ghost lately id like to hear major nelson talk about that one time

Comment by FOURTW3NTY on 2006-06-06 15:58:11 | Reply

I cant believe they didnt add a seek feature to the music tracks and now that they add the little graphic on the song list to show what song is playing…it covers up the remaining time for the track! You just can’t win :D

Comment by Wekko on 2006-06-06 16:08:29 | Reply

Does anyone know if you’re able to rip MP3 CD’s to the HD now? It’s extremely annoying that you have to convert it to an Audio CD first and then rip that to the HD, plus using MP3’s it could recognise the ID3 tag of every song so you wouldn’t have to type that in on your 360.

Didn’t Microsoft get in big trouble for that a couple years ago, and had to pull back a lot of Xbox 1’s?

Define “mp3 CD” for your hipness-impaired Xboxic staffer. I’ve taken to downloading/burning my music from iTunes and those rip fine. Ripped The Photo Album just a few hours ago to celebrate the update.

Comment by Glenn on 2006-06-06 17:57:41 | Reply

Love the update…
but still no ads…
someone knows how the get then in the account I am currenctly using? (age settings and stuff is ok :S)

Greetings Glenn

Comment by jimbobjim on 2006-06-06 17:58:14 | Reply

i put in pgr3 to play an offline game and was annoyed to see my download has stopped wtf

Comment by Truth Sayer on 2006-06-06 19:00:54 | Reply

MS had to pull the KAMEO test vids: everybody was getting “corrupt file error”

upadate mayhem continues

Comment by MasterChief on 2006-06-06 19:02:44 | Reply

Hey there is a new download for game tips and support videos its kameo and they are all free

Comment by electrichead on 2006-06-07 05:09:23 | Reply

Just loaded the update. XBOX will no longer recognize my PC. No more streaming and the test fails on detect PC. Any ideas?

Comment by scott on 2008-05-23 11:11:31 | Reply

fyi 2008 updats soon

Comment by The_Glovner on 2008-05-23 12:03:24 | Reply

FYI, old thread, cock.

Comment by fungamer on 2008-09-01 21:24:05 | Reply

You people are lucky because the update in the United States don’t come out until late fall of 2008

Comment by The_Glovner on 2008-09-02 10:58:30 | Reply

Are you fucking thick?

yes am fucking happy that the new dashboard is coming out on late fall am going to be making my own little avatar.

Comment by cody on 2009-05-29 05:18:20 | Reply

FFS- Update freezes my xbox. I have a RE5 special one. and it dloads the update then when it restarts it doesnt even make it to the dash board, it freezes then i have to restart it and dum dum has to download the stupid update again. and freezes yet again when it restarts. Wont let me on xbox live till updated, And yea.. anyone else having this problem?

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