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Xbox 360 Revamps Its Experience

July 15th, 2008 by Kimmy Paluch

Yesterday, the Xbox 360 team announced that their target product would be undergoing a face-lift and some noticeable experience enhancements. Of particular interest are the new dashboard and avatars; the latter which will be fully integrated in other Xbox LIVE gaming and future products.

The dashboard surfaces the key navigation as in previous versions, but is a lot more visual. This seems in keeping with being an entertainment device, and I think it’s definitely more appealing and fitting for the television. You can judge for yourself:

New Xbox 360 Dashboard

Engadget.com has more photos and commentary. Also, check out a more detailed writeup on kutaku.com.

Beyond the user interface changes, Microsoft also revealed the new features and enhancements, including the new Netflix portal:

Netflix on Xbox 360

All these changes are going to be rolled out to everyone - this one is not optional, so it’ll be interesting to see what the reception is from those that matter the most - the customers. Overall, I think this is a good move and a warranted change and I look forward to seeing the final product (particularly to see what they do with all those ads that are conveniently absent from all the screenshots).



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