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
- 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
- Custom Gamerpictures
- Choose your Startup method
- Enhanced Memory Menu
- Updated the Music Mediaplayer
- Fast Forward & Reverse on movies option
- Xbox Live Vision (camera) Ready
- Enhanced Photo Viewing
- Friends Status Update
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:
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 â€śfull Xbox experienceâ€ť 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.
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.
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 consoleâ€™s tray when you start it up.
The memory menu is now more organized. You now easily can manage your harddrive/memorycard.
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.