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Xbox Live dashboard update hits tomorrow

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 10 Aug 2009 10:59 User comments (15)

Xbox Live dashboard update hits tomorrow

The much anticipated Xbox 360 dashboard update is ready to roll beginning tomorrow (August 11th) and will include a plethora of new updates for console owners.

Games on Demand

Enjoy the convenience of finding and buying new games right from the comfort of your own living room. Download a wide selection of full Xbox 360 games over Xbox LIVE. Games on Demand will be available for purchase on Xbox LIVE starting August 11 as part of the Xbox LIVE Update. You will be able to browse and purchase games through the Xbox LIVE Marketplace on the Web starting August 13.

* Shop- Games on Demand are found in the Game Marketplace and include a large library of favorite titles right from the start. More titles are added every Tuesday, so check back whenever you’re in the mood for a great new game.
* Purchase - Purchase full games using Microsoft points or a credit card. Games are downloaded directly to your console (hard drive required), and your purchase history is stored by Xbox LIVE, meaning you can delete games and re-download them again if you run out of space.
* Playing and Sharing - As with other LIVE content, your game license is linked to your Xbox LIVE account. Download your purchased games to any console you are logged into with your Gamertag, and anyone else can play on the console that your game was originally downloaded to. No physical disc is required to play these games!
* Find Manuals - Game manuals can be viewed, downloaded, or printed from Just locate your game in Web Marketplace and select “See Game Manual”.


Avatars have seen lots of love! Check out the new Marketplace and Avatar Props. The Avatar Marketplace will be available on Xbox LIVE starting August 11 as part of the Xbox LIVE Update. You will be able to browse and purchase Avatar apparel through the Xbox LIVE Marketplace on the Web starting August 13.

* Avatar Props - Equip your avatar with animated items they can interact with and carry around.
* Avatar Marketplace - Reflect your sense of style with the new Avatar Marketplace. Download and purchase premium items, including branded apparel from your favorite fashion labels and Xbox 360 games.


Now you can watch movies with your friends and find new movies to add to your Instant Queue without leaving your seat.

* Party Watch - Catch a show with your friends! Bring your party into Netflix and watch a movie or TV show together. (Feature available with supported titles.)
* Find Content Faster - Browse through New Releases and other genre lists based on the types of shows you’ve previously watched, all from the comfort of your couch.
* Improved Playback Experience - Improvements have been made to ensure a better experience when adapting to changing network conditions.
* Improved Presence - Richer information is now displayed in the Friends channel and in the Guide showing what you and your friends are watching.


Everyone loves to Party! Check out the new and improved party reconnections and streamlined party invites.

* Party Reconnections - If a user is disconnected from a party inadvertently, they will be automatically reconnected to the party without any user interaction.
* Streamlined Party Invites - Invites are now just a click away! Never again will you have to navigate through multiple screens to get all your friends together.

Account Management

Been an Xbox LIVE member for a while? Check out some of the new features we've added just for you.

* Gold Member Veterans - Been here long? Show it off! Anyone looking at your gamer card will now know how long you’ve been an Xbox LIVE Gold member. And who knows, there might be other perks for you, too. Thanks for sticking around!
* Subscription Notification - If your Xbox LIVE subscription is about to run out, you will now be notified when you sign into Xbox LIVE. No more surprises the next time you hop in to frag your friends.
* Fixing Invalid WLID's - If the Windows Live ID you provided has expired, you will now be prompted to update it the next time you sign into Xbox LIVE.

Account Recovery

Many changes have gone into the account recovery process to speed it up and to increase reliability.

Video Display Options

Various improvements have been made to make it easier for you to see your game in the highest resolution possible when using an HDMI connection.

* Display Discovery - Override audio and/or video formats independent of the display's capabilities.
* How It Works - By default, the console uses the information provided by the display (via its EDID) to determine the audio and video capabilities of the device. However, often the data is invalid or malformed, hence compatibility issues are encountered. When disabling display discovery, the EDID of the display is ignored, thereby enabling the audio and video settings to be overridden with the desired format regardless of display support.
* Who Should Use It? - The Display Discovery feature is available for DVI and HDMI connections in the Display settings section of System Settings in the dashboard. Please note that Display Discovery should only be disabled if audio and/or video related compatibility issues are encountered, otherwise, the output quality may be compromised.
* Monitor Support - Additional monitor resolutions are now available for HDMI connections.

User Ratings

User ratings help you find content that other people think is awesome!

* How It Works - Every piece of game content on Marketplace can now be rated using a 5-star system. Just open up the details on what you want to rate and choose the Rate button. Each time you press the Rate button, you add one star to your personal rating.
* Sort by Ratings - Find great games, demos, and more that you might have missed out on. Just visit Browse All in the Game Marketplace and click on “Top Rated” to see what everyone’s been talking about.

UI Improvements

Some parts of the dashboard have been slightly re-organized to make it easier to find the things you’re looking for.

* Indie Games - We listened to our community and have decided to rename Xbox LIVE Community Games to Xbox LIVE Indie Games. This new name better represents the independent spirit of these titles. User ratings are also available for Indie Games, allowing you to share your rating for a game and use ratings from others to find great new games.
* Achievement Browser - Launch a game directly from the Achievement browser making it even easier for you to max out your Gamerscore.
* Achievement Tracking - A new All Games view inside the Profile panel includes a summary of Achievements earned across all the games played, and shows off all your completed games.
* Achievements - Check out the changes to the Achievement browser while playing a game. It’s now much easier to read through all the achievements so you can rack up that Gamerscore.
* Streamlined Navigation - New entry points in the Dashboard for Active Downloads, Redeem Code, Auto Sign-In (via Profile), Create Profile, and Recover Gamertag are included, so that these features are easier to find.
* Voice Messages - When recording a voice message, a warning is now displayed if no audio is detected so you don’t accidentally send blank messages to your friends.

Console Settings

We’ve reorganized the Console Settings menu with fewer, more intuitive categories.

* Memory - Time stamps now appear in the Memory Area. This is particularly handy when managing saved games.
* Friends List Sorting - It’s now much easier to find your friends! Sort your friends list by Activity, Gamertag, or Online Status (default). Just press the Y button while you’re viewing the friends list in the Guide to change the sorting order.

New Experiences Coming

And we have new experiences coming all the time. This fall, Xbox LIVE will see the addition of the following new features as well:

* Facebook
* Twitter
* Zune Video

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15 user comments

111.8.2009 00:08

Most of the freaking games are $30!!! It may be more convenient for some, but if I'm paying that much, I would rather own a hard copy with a case and a disc! They could be at least cheaper than gamestop or wal-mart. There is no store mark-up nor any physical material required to sale. Why not at the most $20?

211.8.2009 00:24

I think this is a pretty good thing. If i download a game and need to erase it for some extra space later. I can redownload it whenever i feel like it. So it kinda eases up on the need for a huge hardrive in a way. Still wouldnot mind having 120 gigs or more.

Does the update mean trouble for all you guys with modded consoles and flashed drives who like to play on xboxlive?

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Aug 2009 @ 6:32

311.8.2009 00:25

sorry..double post

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Aug 2009 @ 6:31

411.8.2009 01:48

It's the 11th and no update yet. I guess it will be later on in the day. I was expecting it right when it turned 12:00 am.

511.8.2009 09:56

it probably hit at 12 am pacific time, not eastern, but its there now, updating, and ill let you know about the flashed drives and the update.

not banned.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Aug 2009 @ 10:14

611.8.2009 11:44

So how long do we think it will be before copied games can be played from the HDD?

711.8.2009 13:51


811.8.2009 15:19

The prices for the clothing and crap is just totally ridiculous, I think last time I looked at Home their clothes are nicer and cheaper (but still, virtual clothes shouldn't cost anything). I find this update to be pretty lame. Only thing I found eye-opening is that it costs $2 for some stupid pom poms when you can go to some dollar store and buy some real ones for $0.99 :P

One of my friends went and bought some of the clothes and then the rest of my friends in the party were makin' fun of him lol

911.8.2009 18:48

avatar store is a complete rip are the downloadable games....£19 for assassins creed....I can pick up a brand new copy with a case and disc from a store now for £8...I did think that it couldn't get worse than COD £11 for 4 maps...seems it can...poor show from Microsoft...I don't even want to know what there planning to charge us for twitter, facebook, and sky....starting to see why the PS3 is becoming more popular...once you have the console you don't have to pay for anything but games

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Aug 2009 @ 6:50

1011.8.2009 18:53

I've finally managed to bully one of my 360's into connecting to the internet, the update is being applied now. I also have zero interest in an Avatar marketplace (what am i, 5?) or any of the other updates, i just want the ability to eject discs from the controller.

edit- Phew! - the update worked fine on the one xbox, just got to do the other one

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Aug 2009 @ 6:57

1111.8.2009 23:31

The avatar marketplace can't EVEN appeal to 5yo. Let's face it, Microsoft had the chance to steal a lot of Nintendo's flare for the child audience with the market place. The plus, some of the artifacts in there are cool looking *aka light saber*. But is it worth $10 us for said saber, *bleep* NO? Name me a kid who can manage to convince their kid to dish out that kind of money, unless they come from a rich snobbish lifestyle? Even then they ain't going to bend for something that is just sad and should be free. It would at least be more fun or entertaining if free.

I think that whomever lame brain in MS marketing or Sales department came up with his idea, he/she will be fired before Xmas this year.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 12 Aug 2009 @ 12:57

1212.8.2009 00:59

Foul language removed.

1312.8.2009 07:52

Thanks, I apologize for the foul language. I just so used to typing with it as I believe most curse words are not insulting unless its meant as a direct insult to someone. I'll make my best effort to refrain from typing like that in the future, but I won't be surprised if I accidentally let a word or two slip.

1412.8.2009 08:01

Finally got the second xbox updated, so far all i can see that's different is the Disc Eject button for use by the controller.
I won't be buying Avatars in the Avatar Marketplace nor will i be checking out the annoying Twitter & Facebook additions. The update is a bit of a damp squib other than that, but as i say, the Eject button is a welcome addition.

1513.8.2009 07:11

Just use a data transfer kit to hack the avatar items, simples.

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