Leaked: Xbox 360 dashboard upgrade

By on August 19, 2011
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Coming next month

We’ve all been waiting for it and it has finally been leaked, as always.

At E3 Microsoft unveiled their intentions of updating the Xbox 360 dashboard integrating Skype, Youtube and other apps. Today a video surfaced on YouTube which shows off the upcoming dashboard update for Xbox 360, featuring majority of the new features and design improvements along with demos of some features.

The video shows off a simply gorgeous new interface. Don’t get me wrong, its still as green as a frog, but the new dashboard now features live tiles in the same way that Windows Phone 7 and the upcoming Windows 8 do. The interface uses Microsoft’s much talked about Metro UI standard across the whole dashboard.

Apart from the gorgeous interface it has been revealed that this new dashboard update would introduce further use of Kinect and add additional features such as Bing support, built-in (and now Microsoft-owned) Skype, cloud storage, expanded Kinect voice support, and the new social interactive gaming tool called ‘Beacons’.

Beacons is a way to let your friends know if you intend to play a game at a set time, so you can be sure you wont be bottom of the table again.

Unfortunately, the video has been removed due to complaints from Microsoft. However it has been confirmed that ‘Beacons’ and Skype will make an appearance in the new-look dashboard coming sometime next month.


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