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A Look at the New Xbox 360 Dashboard Update
Written Sunday, December 04, 2011 By Lee Bradley
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We've come a long way since the “blades.” Where once the 360's interface was merely for purchasing content or checking out your friends lists, it now has to juggle more balls than Sasha Grey on a casting couch. With games, movies, music, avatars and social networking apps, Xbox Live's overflowing content list demands a robust and sophisticated operating system.

So while the original blades OS was fine for its time, and its replacement, NXE, has done a good job in recent years, tomorrow sees a major step forward in the 360's evolution. An entirely new operating system is coming, bringing an influx of new services, apps and content with it. We've had a taster of it and here's what we thought.

As those that have been part of the limited preview program will know, the most striking aspect of the update is the operating system's new look and feel. Built to reflect both Microsoft's Windows Phone OS, as well as the upcoming Windows 8 for PC, it's a clean and simple 'Metro' interface composed of large, bold, easy to navigate tiles.

This simplicity of design allows the OS to adapt equally well to a range of inputs. You can now navigate the menus with ease either via Kinect motion controls, a plain old controller, or most impressively, Kinect voice commands. Taking into account the tech's foibles – you have to speak quite slowly and deliberately – it's hard not to see this as a little glimpse of the future.

This is due in part to Bing integration. Every single piece of content available across Xbox Live is indexed and searchable. So all you have to do is say “Bing: Call of Duty,” and all of the games and content relating to the franchise will pop up on screen, ready for selection. It's a process that works across music, television and movie content too. It's fantastic, but has one notable shortcoming.

The problem is with the way Bing finds content. Bark Christian Bale at your Kinect and it will dutifully find every film that Christian Bale has starred in, and offer a variety of ways to watch that content, be it via LoveFilm, Sky, or whatever. Impressive, right? Say Cliff Bleszinski or Peter Molyneux, however, and the only content it will return is interviews with the developers on say, Inside Xbox. None of the developer’s work will appear.

The same goes for development houses too, as well as publishers. It's a terrible shame, as implementing such a feature could both educate consumers and lead them to similar content. Like the Halo games? Then why not search for Bungie and check out their early work in Marathon: Durandal? It's just not possible. But you can access all the Jennifer Aniston films available on XBL in a flash.

Now, of course, this is indicative of a larger issue with games and a general ambivalence to the people that make them. But Microsoft are in a privileged position to help bring about change.  During our presentation numerous references were made to the “curation” of the content on XBL - about how Microsoft make sure everything hits their very high standards. If this is true, then they should slap a few extra tags on the game content and let us search via the talent involved. It would make a world of difference.

Broadly speaking, however, this update isn't about games. It's about turning the Xbox 360 into an entertainment hub for your living room, about delivering one piece of tech that can provide everything you need. One box to rule them all, you could say. With this new update, Microsoft come mighty close to achieving just that.

Tomorrow sees an explosion of XBL apps from third-parties, across live and on-demand TV, music and movies as well as internet services and social media, all available via an Apps Marketplace. UK will be able to access iPlayer, 4OD, Demand 5, LOVEFiLM, YouTube and more. Even established XBL services have been upgraded, with the likes of Facebook getting a makeover to bring them into line with the style of the rest of the dashboard. Consistency of experience looks to have been a key goal. 

There's some decent bonuses on offer too. LOVEFiLM for example is rolling out a free 30-day trial for all Xbox Live Gold Users, meaning that you can try out the service for a month, without obligation. It's a nice touch. More apps and features are going to roll out over the coming months and years. The value of the service is soaring.

Meanwhile, gamers haven't been completely forgotten. Cloud saving is a highlight. Now, when prompted to save your data you'll find an extra option titled merely "cloud." There's just over half a GB's worth of space in there, accessible from any XBL-connected 360 in the world, at any time. Your Gamertag just got a whole lot more portable.

Beacons also stand out. These allow you to communicate to your friends exactly what it is you would like to play. You just pop in, pick a game from your library, and then click on it to communicate your desire. You can even set a beacon to post to Facebook too, for you friends that are not currently on Live.

It's hardly a revolutionary addition, but it is indicative of Microsoft's desire to provide a compelling social experience for its users. From the very beginning, Microsoft has pushed to connect as many Xboxes as possible. It shows. Socially, Xbox Live remains far in advance of its nearest competitors.

Ultimately, despite the fact that the new update brings scant new features that directly relate to games, this is a profound improvement of the service. Microsoft are keen to say that they are effectively providing a brand new console, delivered for free, six years into the platform's lifespan.

That's clearly overstating the case, but the truth is that the new dashboard represents an entirely new way to interact with your Xbox. It's a system that looks, feels and most importantly works incredibly well, with a ridiculous amount of content delivered in a uniform, coherent manner. Attractive and easy to use, very little about it disappoints. We've come a long way since blades.

Microsoft’s new Xbox dashboard will be available to download by all users tomorrow.




 
 

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Comment #1 by Lycentia
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:00:40 PM
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But how does it work with our themes?


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Comment #2 by xNuSeNsE
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:02:27 PM
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It works fully with our themes you'll see tomorrow


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Comment #3 by KFZ Scrubs
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:02:37 PM
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nice


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Comment #4 by HunterBlazeX
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:02:46 PM
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Looks.. different o_O


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Comment #5 by deathstealer9
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:04:20 PM
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hmm looks different. hopefully it'll be good!


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Comment #6 by MrBudah
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:04:58 PM
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works just fine @ #1 (in the beta)


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Comment #8 by SgtButt3rs
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:07:13 PM
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Looks silly, bring back blades


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Comment #9 by EliteXPhoenix
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:07:15 PM
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Already have it and soooo happy


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Comment #10 by Spandex Stiffy
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:07:25 PM
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Will it get me a beer and my slippers?


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Comment #11 by Magsec5
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:08:19 PM
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we'll all get to say goodbye to the old dashboard, it served us well, may it rest in peace


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Comment #12 by tdogg769
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:08:37 PM
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This is gonna be EPIC....not really


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Comment #13 by ConfederateSuga
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:09:11 PM
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@#6 don't sugar coat it -_- The beta works just fine, but isn't very practical. I'm sure navigation is great with Kinect, but controller users will be in for a little disappointment. I'm in the beta too and I fucking hate it. Everything's so spread out it's not funny. "We've come a long way since the blades", yeah, backwards. I don't want an entertainment median, I want a user-friendly and easy to navigate fucking dashboard. I'd PAY to be able to use the old blades update. Everything loaded so much faster and it was more practical.
Star


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Comment #14 by leftoverzombie
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:10:57 PM
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#1 doesn't just one picture.
all themes that have more than one picture are now useless.
create your own using one picture one .jpg file and use that forever.


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Comment #15 by ConfederateSuga
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:13:53 PM
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I like how he specifies that "UK are getting blah blah" when it's multi-continental. Nice job, terd burglar.


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Comment #16 by Blue Thunder28
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:15:24 PM
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I've been using this new dash for about 2 weeks and it is nothing short of amazing.


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Comment #17 by Masta Mylez
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:15:39 PM
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I could care less. My Elite just Red Ringed on me AGAIN


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Comment #19 by CRAZY 7
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:29:36 PM
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@18 please stop spamming I just read a forum post with the same shit its getting old.

OT: A guy I work with tells me the new update is amazing and he thinks that I will love so I cant wait to see it.


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Comment #20 by bearmod
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:33:14 PM
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Still not sure how I feel about this. It doesn't look too bad but I've been wrong before


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Comment #21 by Fatal Error 000
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:35:22 PM
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Wait, i thought the update was on Dec 6th, tuesday? 0_o


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Comment #22 by Mr Blonde 324
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:36:22 PM
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it is Fatal Error. Tomorrow is tuesday for the x360a team. some of us in the US are still living through Sunday


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Comment #23 by bps21
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:38:12 PM
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It took me a couple days to get used to where everything was...but man do I love it now.


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Comment #24 by Postmodernmartyr
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:39:01 PM
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I'm part of the beta and I don't have Kinnect and I absolutely love the new dashboard, it's just so much smoother than the old clunky 2 max items on screen at a time.


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Comment #25 by crunchb3rry
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:41:38 PM
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I'll just be happy if all the Rockband, Youstar, etc. content gets dumped into a folder within the "new arrivals" list. I swear, 90% of the content was all Rock Band songs (both full and trials) last week.


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Comment #26 by JuniorMT
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:42:03 PM
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While in the beta, when the 3rd update came through, it fried my system from being able to sync wireless controllers/headsets to my system. So needless to say I hate this freakin dashboard. Much more complicated than it needs to be. Microsoft needs to realize our 360s are not a damn ipad/android accessory, but a gaming system.


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Comment #27 by CRAZY 7
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:48:20 PM
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@26 its actually a computer there is so much more to the xbox then most people realise


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Comment #28 by Chaosflare
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:50:24 PM
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I've been enjoying it thoroughly.


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Comment #29 by Goldyman77
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:50:55 PM
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I simply wanted this when I read the line "...it now has to juggle more balls than Sasha Grey on a casting couch." That is nothing shy of hilarious and fantastic. More OT though, it does indeed look fantastic and like it carries much potential, only it also feels somewhat bland in its looks and that there will be further updates to patch upon what has been created. Can't wait, but also, is it really like I have a choice haha!?


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Comment #30 by Coruba
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:53:12 PM
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Totally unneccesary, just more room to advertise shit people don't need or want on their xbox, and unless all the themes get updated to suit this upgrade than this is the second time they have screwed peoples digital purchases over. Refunds should be offered imo.


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Comment #31 by DROoOPPY360
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 11:58:22 PM
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Can they just let us customize our own themes like how it used to be


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Comment #32 by Devon Earle
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:00:52 AM
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People are so afraid of change. Every time there is update, whether it be on facebook, youtube, xbox or ps3, people freak out. Then after a month or so everyone forgets what the old version was even like, and they settle into the new one. Give it time, I'm sure the new dashboard will grow on you.


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Comment #33 by IrishGrenade187
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:02:30 AM
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It's interesting that the gamertag in the pic is "VandyFan", but his avatar is wearing a University of Kentucky t-shirt. That makes no sense whatsoever.


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Comment #34 by Spanish Assault
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:02:54 AM
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I've been beta testing it. You guys will be happy. It's great!


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Comment #35 by Chaosflare
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:04:51 AM
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Also, FYI, Dailymotion on the Xbox is win.


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Comment #36 by iAmTylerC
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:09:39 AM
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Its ok im in the beta only problem is it seems like im getting lagged out of parties constantly never happened before the dashboard idk if its just me but its annoying.


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Comment #37 by JohnLocke95035
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:10:45 AM
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@2
but does it work with custom themes?


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Comment #38 by NickBeam21
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:14:22 AM
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there's no way he made a sasha grey joke in the first line....

anyways, OT, looking realy nice. kinda mad i didnt get into the beta for it. can't wait unti M$ rolls this out !


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Comment #39 by TSG Dwaggie
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:18:56 AM
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I hate the new dash. I've had it for a few weeks, and 80% of it is fuckign advertisements. It's bloody horrible, and they'ven ot listene to any feedback through microsoft connect.

For a start, the disk in the disk tray should be the main focus of the "Home" tab, not a giant fucking advertisement.

You'l lwait, guys, 80% is ads, and the only fucking useful thing on each blade is to link to your stuff, in a small top left box on each 'tab.
It's awful, and microsoft should be ashamed to push this bollocks onto paying gold members. We pay for xbox live already, we shouldnt' ahve to have ads shoved down our throats, or facebook integration shoved down our throats on every fucking menu.


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Comment #40 by Redskinsfan26
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:26:49 AM
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Most of my themes work perfectly :D (Already have the Beta version) Can't wait for the YouTube app.


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Comment #41 by Fleshpuppet
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:32:04 AM
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So tired of all the pandering from M$. and i will be very upset if my 5 dolar a pop premium themes (that should be free in the first place) are not fully intergrated. Also i am not happy abput having hugh advertisements and unwanted intergration shoved down my throat. i hate that you have to use Zune video to watch xbox content its a whole extra unecessary loading screen for a pointless app. and why ar eyou excited about an APP store when the neat thign about apps is are simpler games and programs for a portable device. just sounds like a way to make me pay for more stuff. im very skeptical to say the least and im starting to wonder WHAT EXACTLY my gold membership is paying for Besides the ability to watch netflix. used to be worth it for multiplayer but now its just the privilage to purchase limited mulitplayer from 3rd party companies like EA and ACTIVISION. why make somethign thats almost like a copmuter but costs more and does less and is MUCH less versatile. I WANT MY GAME SYSTEM BACK


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Comment #42 by RAID186
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:38:39 AM
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@33
I was worried that I was the only one that noticed that.


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Comment #43 by Joshi 82 AT
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:50:10 AM
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on the "home" menu there are only ads (?). Still have hopes that actually using the new dashboard will change my opinion about it


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Comment #44 by Schism
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:54:08 AM
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I'm in the beta dash and I love it. Wanna know why? Because im not on it. I play my games, no need to be on the dash. I mean yeah they spread things out but if you dont care to see any of it, why is it such a big deal?


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Comment #45 by TSG Dwaggie
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:56:43 AM
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@43 Everything on EVERY 'tab' is ads EXCEPT "Play ", "Your Games", "Your videos". That's it. EVERYTHING ELSE is an advertisement.


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Comment #46 by Gsmittyunit44
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:59:25 AM
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I don't like change.


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Comment #47 by A Silent Circus
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 01:03:08 AM
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Don't get excited, I personally think the new dash sucks ass and I've been using it since the first day of the beta.


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Comment #48 by mad4ra
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 01:14:42 AM
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@47 So do I, and i love it. But i also use a WP7 (which i love) and really look forward to Windows 8. I guess some people dont like this Metro style at all.


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Comment #49 by Aesth3tic Karma
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 01:18:53 AM
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I personally really like this set up and think it works fabulously. It makes it very easy to do multiple things on the console and adds good new features. The Ads aren't even that bad people.... They are just showing you new things that came out on the xbox marketplace (same as before)


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Comment #50 by bentiancai
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 01:28:38 AM
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I miss the old dashboard.


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Comment #51 by Ellerkermike381
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 01:31:45 AM
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What about achievement guide build into the dashboard for all the games I have in my xbox 360 collection.


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Comment #52 by stevedb79
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 01:51:34 AM
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"why not search for Bungie and check out their early work in Marathon: Durandal? It's just not possible. But you can access all the Jennifer Aniston films available on XBL in a flash."

Says it all really....


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Comment #53 by Silentoblivion1
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 01:52:02 AM
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i really like the old dashboard, nothing wrong with it, don't fix what is not broken and all that.
but...... the new dashboard looks pretty sweet. i've got it on my windows 7 phone so am getting use to the change, plus it seems alot more interactive. i'm sure we will all love it when it comes and all will be well, and if it's not, well not much we can do is there :)


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Comment #54 by Monoxide Mike
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 02:12:14 AM
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I've been Beta testing for yrs now & this is the worst dashboard set up I've ever had the pleasure to mess with & yes the Dashboard themes are pretty much null & void.


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Comment #55 by DEAD 3Y3 TBONE
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 02:17:45 AM
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I really hope, for my own sake, that I'm not the only one who got the Sasha Grey reference...


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Comment #56 by AshleyBazSivorn
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 02:22:57 AM
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Looks Nice :-)


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Comment #57 by FireWarrior316
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 02:23:54 AM
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Why do we have to get a crappy new update? Things are working fine, now since they been putting micro updates out they been screwing things up. Half the crap won't work. just wait and see


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Comment #58 by Parkerktm
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 02:27:04 AM
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Am i the only one who is digging the sasha grey comment? haha that was the hardest I've laughed on this site in quite some time.


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Comment #59 by Good Man Adam
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 02:27:04 AM
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Sorry if someone already asked, but will things like 4od and BBC iPlayer be Gold members only? I have iPlayer on the Wii anyway, but 4od would mean the joy of Black Books, Father Ted and The IT Crowd streaming onto my Xbox!


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Comment #60 by Trucidar
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 02:27:59 AM
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I want to be able to get rid of of Video, Music, tv, and Apps tab. Seriously. Why is so damn hard to just play my games and view the game marketplace. I could care less about overpriced Zune garbage.


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Comment #61 by mmartynn
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 02:32:27 AM
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Yay another update, another load of useless crap.

Here's an idea Microsoft, how about this for next years update, ask us, the gamers, what we want. Not a room full of idiots who clearly spent more time rentin films and tellin the world about it on Facebook than "evolving" my Xbox.

Bring back the blades, they were more about gaming and none of this social, ps3/wii lookin, un-needed, piece of shit


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Comment #62 by Good Man Adam
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 02:32:59 AM
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Also, as someone who hasn't got Kinect, nor the inclination to buy it, I would love the option to keep the current NXE dashboard. I just want to play games and download stuff from the Marketplace. It is a shame that Microsoft don't allow for this insisting on their updates if I want to continue to be connected to XBox Live.


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Comment #63 by Crazyfulla
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 02:34:47 AM
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@ 36 i get the same thing but i think its only because of teh beta my guess is everything will be normal once the beta is over


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Comment #64 by Stevey Boy2006
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 02:40:59 AM
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"Broadly speaking, however, this update isn't about games. It's about turning the Xbox 360 into an entertainment hub for your living room"
Thats all you need to know :(


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Comment #65 by Cee Reno
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 02:41:52 AM
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Any articles splitting up what regions get what? I know UK won't be getting UFC etc, disappointing. Also how many adverts are going to be shoved down our throats courtesy of YouTube?

The Beacon feature fascinates me, hopefully it'll be good.


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Comment #66 by CRA166 T
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 02:43:06 AM
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I like the look, but function over fashion and all that, the only thing I used xbox for other than gaming is sky player for football and movie, if I want YouTube I'll use a laptop.


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Comment #67 by FriendCode
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 02:55:51 AM
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I don't even like the look, nor do I have any desire to get a Kinect. The only good thing coming from this update is cloud saving.


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Comment #68 by Egg Life
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 03:01:34 AM
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"why make somethign thats almost like a copmuter but costs more and does less and is MUCH less versatile"

@41 - Your Xbox is a computer! Why should it only play games? Also last time I looked, an Xbox is far more versatile than my gaming rig.

I like the way the updates are heading (not yet updated) as I want a all-in-one system for my TV setup. I can already play games, and stream films from my server. With this update I can even watch the TV through it.

Now just to wait for the Sky deal that in-build the SkyBox into the console



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Comment #69 by lmoggy
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 03:02:35 AM
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from my experience in the beta its just way for ms to get more ads on the dash. and without a kinect its stupidly set up for someone using a controller. its hard to find what you want. i have a second xbox that is never getting online again so it does'nt get ruined by this dash.


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Comment #70 by CaptainTaco
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 03:09:47 AM
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Still doesn't top the PS3 dashboard.


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Comment #71 by Dr Damien G
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 03:13:56 AM
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*sigh*...I miss the good xbox...What's wrong with you microsoft? we don't want this...


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Comment #72 by crunchb3rry
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 03:21:52 AM
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The PS3 dashboard? The XMB is total crap. I will give them props though for not shoving advertisements and self-serving bullshit in your face. The PS3 dash makes it feel like part of the hardware, whereas the 360 dash feels like a Microsoft micro-website that you can launch your games from once you scroll past the stupid videos like Major Nelson embarrassing himself or some ads for whatever soft drink company is desperate for sales. With the PS3 dash, you have to FIND the garbage, with the 360 dash it's center stage the second your console finishes booting. Let the Silver cheapskates be subjected to that shit, XBL subscribers should be able to disable ads.


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Comment #73 by Aussie27Legend
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 03:22:12 AM
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Already been using it for a while, I personally prefer it over the one everyone else is still using atm, though it does make the premium themes cost seem pretty steep considering the tabs cover most of them now.


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Comment #74 by TofuDragon7
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 03:22:55 AM
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I'm really chuffed about the Lovefilm thing. I've been a subscriber for over 2 years and I've sorely wanted this, moreso considering it's been on PS3. Great to know I'll get more out of my subscription over than renting games.


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Comment #75 by fallout frank
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 03:23:08 AM
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All the idiots saying they want the blades back should have should have every privilege of this and every other update removed from them and be forced to have the blades. The blades look ridiculously out dated, and none of you really want them you just like to bitch and moan.


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Comment #76 by TransonicPower
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 03:28:43 AM
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So we finally getting YouTube?


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Comment #77 by pined5551
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 03:39:07 AM
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I LOVE SASHA GREY! haha!


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Comment #78 by KieranW5
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 03:43:26 AM
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What Time ???


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Comment #79 by DecadentBeaver
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 03:48:35 AM
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Personally, I'm looking forward to this update. Will be need ing to connect to internet to get some dlc in a week or so and will get the new dashboard. But as I will be offline, I guess I'll not be getting the adverts.
Also, when technology advances, consoles will need updates to make them work. 10-15 years ago, you would have needed a new console for this sort of update, so seriously people, quit the complaining or buy a PS1 so you can keep the same dashboard/homescreen.


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Comment #80 by Akatsuki Cybi
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:00:38 AM
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I don't like the looks.
And it seems too media focused to me.

Also, is it true that none of the Premium backgrounds I purchased will work anymore?


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Comment #81 by TpYourHouse
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:01:09 AM
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I'm not really excited or interested in this. I just want to put in my game and play it, or turn on my Netflix and watch it. Unless it makes everything run smoother then I'm all for it, but I don't think so. The 360's RAM is pretty much all in use all the time and this is going to make it even more so, so I don't see it being faster than what we already have or did have.


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Comment #82 by Komrade Kayce
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:02:59 AM
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I really like the new look, but Ill reserve judgement until I see how it handles. When the NXE first came out, the dashboard was laggy as all hell.


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Comment #83 by Stevilinho
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:03:35 AM
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i cant comment on the premium themes but the assassins creed theme(one i got from the uplay store) works great its like a premium theme where theres a new picture on everything like system settings media player etc

now ive had a few weeks with it im getting used to it now and dont seem as crappy as the first time i used it

but are we getting the apps tomorrow or at a later date im desperate to try lovefilm out if its no good i will cancel my lovefilm subscription as i dont really rent owt from them anymore


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Comment #84 by Ryuzakira
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:20:09 AM
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its actually a very smooth dashboard compared to the current one, enjoyed being in the beta and cant wait to get the full dash tomorrow xD


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Comment #85 by Gaanjaa
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:20:25 AM
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Crap, I was hoping it would be an early update, I'm hoping to check it out before I have to go to work...


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Comment #86 by Fang Foom
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:29:11 AM
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RE THEMES:

The best part of the themes in my opinion (The stuff on the friends list) is completely gone.

I think theres one picture in the background and that is hardly seen due to all the stuff crammed in.

The dashboard is good..but yeah..all the MS points on prem themes is now wasted!!


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Comment #87 by Raikoh_911
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:33:31 AM
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LoveFilm trial? Uh, no thanks. Went down that road before and they charged me for the trial too , i got one day trial instead of 14. Not a trustworthy company at all.


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Comment #88 by The Red Russian
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:33:34 AM
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I'm in the preview program and I love the look, and overall navigation, BUT they made viewing achievements worse. And a lot of other things, at that.


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Comment #89 by the action frampton
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:40:45 AM
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@15 it's a UK site you bellend.

Can't wait for CLOUD !!!


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Comment #90 by ModernSith2010
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:47:10 AM
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It's a good design but they have ruined the potentioal by hiding things related to gaming and using it as a advertbox instead of an xbox, why have a huge advert on your home screen and a tiny square for launching your game and your profile being in your social section, why is that not on the home screen, as well it's OUR home screen.


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Comment #91 by macd
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:54:03 AM
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I don't like a few things about it, and the bing voice search is really not good with Scottish or at least Glaswegian accents.


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Comment #92 by LickableLemons7
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:54:19 AM
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Why does Microsoft have to implement Bing with everything? Screw Bing, give us Google.


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Comment #93 by [Waggly Bean]
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:59:03 AM
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@89 No, it's not a UK site.... nice job on looking like a bellend yourself. ;)

As for this dash, I'm in the beta and I can say that I prefer it overall. It's definitely quicker than the NXE dash, which is welcome.

I do dislike the Game Marketplace layout though - hopefully they will make it a bit better to navigate in future.


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Comment #94 by Nekrobutcher
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:59:46 AM
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I lol'ed at the porno reference.


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Comment #95 by SUTCLIFF 286
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:59:50 AM
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To anyone using the beta, can you still tap xbox button and bring up the mini blades menu?? if so i don't care about the dash because party chat, game launch and marketplace are all on there

Don't like the idea of ads on the home screen but some sort of app to use my WP7 as a remote or something would be nice


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Comment #96 by UberPirateNinja
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:59:57 AM
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found the cloud saves have not been syncing properly between my 2 xboxes, so i turned that off.

looks ok, not something i spend a lot of time on really, think the game in the tray should be the main tile when you boot up, not an advert.

one thing i really want, but don't think we got, is the ability to play multi disc games from disc one when the content is installed, disc swapping in this day and age shouldn't be allowed!


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Comment #97 by brokenaesthetic
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 05:00:45 AM
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The beta dash does have its Ups and downs compared the the current dash. As I don't own, or intend on owning a kinect (damn you box bedroom and low ceiling!) I have to navigate using a pad. A few have said navigation is bad and crap etc, but its so much easier than they're letting on. I just use The bumper buttons to scroll the top menus, while the stick selects whatever. There are a lot of ads on the beta dash aswell, but we don't have a lot of the final content, so they have to fill it with something right? all in all its a very good dashboard.


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Comment #98 by IggulStar
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 05:04:18 AM
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Honestly, I wouldn't mind having a option of some sort of having the blades back...
Maybe that's just me though


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Comment #99 by Thicketford
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 05:11:49 AM
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Am I the only one who doesn't care about most of these extra options? I bought my Xbox to play games and the occasional DVD.


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Comment #100 by rafaelator
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 05:21:59 AM
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¿so we have shasha grey on the dashboard? Bold move, Microsoft, Bold Move.
think about the posibilities with kinect... :D


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Comment #101 by quidyg
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 05:24:52 AM
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tbh i think microsoft need to stop doing this shit, i havent got a problem with this new dashboard, but at least make most the features game related, seeing as thats the reason i bought my xbox in the first place. i dunno if i like the layout of it though, looks like it was centered around kinect too much.


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Comment #102 by Waxy5
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 05:31:10 AM
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So much bitching about advertisements, you know how you deal with that? Ignore them. Until they pop up and interrupt your game, stop bitching on how it's ruining anything for you.


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Comment #103 by Death shrimp X
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 05:33:16 AM
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Is the home page just adverts then?


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Comment #104 by three15
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 05:51:19 AM
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If i wanted a Windows Phone i'd buy one! Are M$ going to refund all the points i've spent on dash themes i won't be able to use anymore? I HATE this and i will not be updating. Make it OPTIONAL!


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Comment #105 by El Mago de Oz
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 05:54:59 AM
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Doesn't it come out on December 6th? Why here says today? ;/


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Comment #106 by VladimirK
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 05:57:30 AM
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It sucks pretty bad.
1/4 of the screen on each tab is for your stuff, the rest is, 'Look over here! Buy our stuff! Look at this lovely advertising all over the place!"

Then because of all these new little boxes, compared to the previous dashboards, it's a pain to navigate with the controller.

Plus on top of that, most of it is just unnecessary, just feels like MS trying to force the Xbox into being a social multimedia hub when it really isn't. I do have to wonder who it's all aimed at, I don't know one person that uses their 360 for more than games and on rare occasions, Sky.

No that MS cares at all, many people mentioned in the forums about the over-use of advertising and stuff like that but it doesn't seem that any attention was paid to them.


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Comment #107 by Vastolorde17
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 06:06:17 AM
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How many regular gamers even have Kinect anyway?
I don´t know many people who play games like BF3, Halo, GOW, Forza and other popular games and have the Kinect system, I think it´s mainly a children oriented device, cause let´s face it, Sesame street, Disneyland, these are for kids and most of the games that are for Kinect just seem like scraps of what couldn´t be done with the Wii, don´t get me wrong I know there are games for teens and adults like Dance central (wouldn´t touch the game, not that bored yet) Rise of nightmares, etc but I just don´t think the big names want to connect with kinect because they understand that people don´t want to be rolling around and dodging bullets in 2m squared apartments, that that´s not what consoles are for. Skyrim could be kinect compatible but it isn´t, if it was I would literally buy kinect just for that.
Also I don´t pay for Gold to have adverts, XBL is the only service I pay for so I would hate to have to quit it if for example adverts got in the way of me starting a game instantly. Another game Xbox could make to be compatible with kinect would be a One Piece game. I would buy Kinect for that.


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Comment #108 by StarsAndStraps1
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 06:09:08 AM
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how about instead of shoving dds down our throats, and making us view sections probably many of dont use, release a fully customizable dashboard so that we may see what we wish to see.

i understand if your never leave the house then ya it shows you whats going on, but im a human being i go out to stores and see adds all the time... idk i just wish i could have my friends tab, my xbox tab, and game marketplace lol


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Comment #109 by Trikke
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 06:23:47 AM
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They'd better put a decent (alphabetical) structure on the WP7's marketplace, as it's really chaotic atm if you ask me (at least, in Belgium it is)



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Comment #110 by Crimson Ridley
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 06:32:27 AM
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I don't care about any of the features, the interface, the fact it's made for Kinect or any of that stuff. I just want the damn thing to speed up! I'm constantly plagued by a slow Guide, the constant "loading circle" whenever I go to the Marketplace or my friend's list, a Gamerscore of 0 for a few seconds when I check my achievements, etc.

Instead of just putting too much crap on the dashboard, make sure the Xbox can handle it all first. If they can speed the Xbox up again, then I'll let them push all this crap on to me.


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Comment #111 by H0p3sfalL
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 06:34:58 AM
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@110

You bring up very good points !

OT: For better or worse I still think it's nice of MS to keep it fresh.


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Comment #112 by Epilogue of Euphoria
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 06:37:41 AM
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Great now I can make room for more shit I don't want or care about. I thought this was a gaming console and not a social networking hub. Having to pay the fees we have to play online is ridiculous enough without having some other bullshit forced down our throats. As always, thanks for nothing Microsoft.


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Comment #113 by Pooly93
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 06:39:48 AM
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Been in the beta for this since it started now and I think its a really good dash, although like a lot of people have said, the advertisments are beyond stupid.
Go to the Home tab, theres a massive ad right in the middle of the screen, two next to it and then the disc tray and quickplay options right next to them at half the size of the main ad.
I could go on, but almost all of the dashboard is adverts now, I don't mind so much their all game content usually, but at the same time why did they make it so their more noticable compared to the content most people are actually gonna use? Plus the fact a lot of people like myself pay for Gold and we have to sift through page after page of ads is just annoying. We pay for Gold, we shouldn't have so many ads forced down our throats.


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Comment #114 by Dragon14785
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 06:49:47 AM
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@93 This is actually a UK site


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Comment #115 by The Bamshizzle
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 06:53:53 AM
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i hate the new dashboard. if i wanted a windows 7 phone, ID BUY A WINDOWS 7 PHONE. "apps" are repeated throughout multiple tabs and seems there are atleast 2-3 advertisements per tab as well. my console has trouble syncing up my wireless controller about half the time. probably 80% of the time if i want to quick launch something, i have to do it through the guide button as the quick launch is VERY SLOW. it just sits there and does the stupid circle waiting game like the hourglass in windows


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Comment #116 by WREQUIEM
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 07:07:06 AM
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I HATE CHANGE


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Comment #117 by GaminFanatic
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 07:16:33 AM
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I've been using the new dashboard for a couple weeks now and I really like it, it's a lot sleeker and easier to use than the previous version. And to those asking,your themes work fine.


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Comment #118 by hagentx
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 07:24:24 AM
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I like it !!!!!!!


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Comment #119 by RikusTwilight
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 07:33:07 AM
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I'm in the beta and it's amazing, so fast and smooth


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Comment #120 by strontium 71
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 07:33:17 AM
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I don't belong to Lovefilm , though understand how it works - from a list of games say , whatever is available is sent. Now considering that the sort of games I'd rent from Lovefilm are the ones that I don't wish to buy - just rent for a few days then return - I wonder if it's possible to rent via Xbox Lovefilm as a download only therefore always getting what is asked for. When a new game is required the original one is erased. Is that how it will work?


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Comment #121 by JayD5ivE
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 07:43:52 AM
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It's the dashboard. I don't give a shit what it looks like.


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Comment #122 by thirdeblue
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 07:50:33 AM
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I have been coming here for a couple of years and didn't realize until today that this website was from Britain. Seriously.

I can't wait to get home from work, download the update and stare at page after page of ads for the new Justin Bieber music video!!!!!!!!

LOOK EVEN MORE YOOSTAR ADD-ONS!

OH MY GODDDD! SOME TOOL FROM XBOX HAS A VIDEO UP !!FINALLY!! SHOWING ME HOW TO USE THE GUIDE BUTTON!!!!

Is it possible to make yourself horse while typing?


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Comment #123 by doomedtolive
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 07:56:21 AM
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While I appreciate the Sasha reference, kids use this site man. Prob shouldn't be giving them names to Google. ;) Good way to get unwanted litigation called on ya by upset parents.


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Comment #124 by marzipanninja
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 08:00:15 AM
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Can I ask all the beta testers out there is there an option to hide the tabs you don't use? Such as the videos and music. I haven't ever used them and I'm not likely to use them, ever. Thing is they talk about it being a media centre but I have a PC, a lap top, iPhone and a ps3 these are my media devices my Xbox is for games and games alone and as I spend a lot of time and money on the service and the games I'd like the ability to close the tabs off altogether.

Also please tell me they've fixed the store, what's new this week? 25 rock band tracks, 10 dance central tracks 5 for yoostar and somewhere in there is a piece of dlc I actually want.

They should have like a separate rock band store, or a little message that pops up in game saying there's new stuff available... Oh yeah there is.


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Comment #125 by Verkunder
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 08:11:00 AM
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I don't think people understand what "ad" means in terms of the Xbox. I'm ssitting on my Home screen now and the only ad I see is one for the Chevy Volt (a car). The center tiles rotates and shows off CoD: Elite, a Madden 12 sweepstakes, exclusive content for the show American Horror Story, and the RAGE demo. They're letting me know about content I can get, not trying to get me to buy a deoderant or a soda or something. I appreciate being told what I can get on my console.

Granted, the Chevy Volt picture is also on the Video, Games, and Music pane, but it's no more "ads" than on the current dash.

You people really need to chill the fuck out. It's a damn game console, not the end of your life. I don't use Twitter on my Xbox, but I'm glad it's there for those who do. Does that mean I need to go talk shit about it? My car also has a setup for a child seat, but despite not having a kid, I'm glad it's there.


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Comment #126 by ZedChuva
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 08:23:41 AM
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I only have 2 concerns with the new dashboard:

1. Can I still play games?
2. Can I still stream videos from my PC?

Yes to both, means I'm fine with what they toss at me.

People are bitching about ads, but they aren't forced, like you HAVE to watch them before swapping menus, or playing games. The day they are, is the day I cancel my Live account, and buy a PS3 for online.


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Comment #127 by Mr Matty
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 08:34:29 AM
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According to oxm half the promoted features wont be available when it ships tomorrow anyway.
http://www.oxm.co.uk/36743/new-xbox-360-dashboard-launches-on-6th-december/
Seems its actually just an update tomorrow with very few apps .


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Comment #128 by echX
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 08:36:21 AM
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"Now, when prompted to save your data you'll find an extra option titled merely "cloud." There's just over half a GB's worth of space in there, accessible from any XBL-connected 360 in the world, at any time. Your Gamertag just got a whole lot more portable."

Only 500mb? That's not very much... or is it? One would have to be a bit selective of which save files that are stored in the Cloud and which are copied down to the HDD.

Possibly one might be able to purchase/unlock additional storage?

Exciting update, this is the only service I have so far found to be worth the monthly fee... / Yay!


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Comment #129 by frankumms
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 08:47:34 AM
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This looks great!

I think all of this is going to be tested like crazy and they are really going to improve upon it for the new Xbox.

I think that their selling point for the new Xbox should be "One box to rule them all!"

Honestly that's what they want, combine TV, internet, music, movies, great games, motion games, and an amazing online experience then they will be set.

The cloud too.. excited for that I think that is the future, no more hard drive just cloud space.

Hopefully they can get alot more of these features for free though, on demand tv and stuff... just up the price of a year from 60 i think it is to 100 and give us the features for free.


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Comment #130 by DayV3d
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 08:50:36 AM
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yeah, 500mb seems okay. my dragon age origins saves are almost 300mb, well not putting them on cloud would be the better idea :)
like most of yall im a little concerned too. dont like all that app and ad stuff on my gaming rig, but we have to live with it


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Comment #131 by ERIKDOTCOM
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 09:03:25 AM
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I'm excited about this new update. I just got a Kinect recently and was disappointed about how scant the voice command application was. I'm glad to see that being overhauled and I'm also quite excited about the cloud storage. That will be helpful for switching Xbox's.


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Comment #132 by Krizzek
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 09:24:01 AM
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mmmhhhh... bacon *drool*


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Comment #133 by AirPortugal
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 09:44:42 AM
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The new update is fine with me but not the best. Everyone has hated every update since they started releasing them just like everyone says they hate Facebook updates as they come out.

I understand that Microsoft has to keep up with social media and streaming content and everything like that but the thing is that a 360 is a gaming machine. I have nothing against PS3 but when I used to have one for a couple years, I sold it because 90% of people playing COD or BF or any big online game were all just casual players and there was no challenge. I'm not saying that I'm amazing but the fact is that I don't want 360 to become more like PS3 where almost everyone plays only an hour every week and is still learning how to play after 3 months of playing a game.

The reason PS3 is like that is because of what I hear from everyone that buys one. "Oh, it has Blu-Ray and a browser and this and that." No, ok, I buy a 360 for gaming and I have an iPad next to me if I want to look stuff up while playing. I don't need a bargain machine where I can save money if I just buy a PS3. I rather have one amazing gaming machine and one amazing media player than something that's mediocre at everything.


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Comment #134 by Scorpio19875
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 09:46:40 AM
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Looks pretty cool!!


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Comment #135 by LegendaryMarvel
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 10:16:58 AM
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I've been using the update for a good two-three weeks. I personally really like it. Obviously, with any change, it takes a little while to get your bearings, but it works really well once you get used to it all.


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Comment #136 by beastbekylo
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 10:24:09 AM
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"...it now has to juggle more balls than Sasha Grey on a casting couch."

...Good one...


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Comment #137 by hibsta1992
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 10:28:25 AM
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I have the preview. There's one thing that I don't care for but I'll have to get over it


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Comment #138 by mjc0961
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 10:29:20 AM
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The best part of this new dashboard is that it loads with the selection cursor on "PLAY GAME" when it boots up. No more bullshit Spotlight channel to navigate out of, you just press A and enjoy your game. Thank you Microsoft.


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Comment #139 by Wallbanger
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 10:31:20 AM
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@59 I don't know about 4od but is illegal to charge for BBC in the UK that's what our licence fee pays for.

@120 LoveFilm offers streaming movies and that's probably what's coming to Xbox although I would love the ability to control my rental list so hopefully that's in.


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Comment #140 by ScuzzyBunny FTN
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 10:34:32 AM
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@107...Forza 4 uses Kinect!

OT, to clarify about the premium themes, they do work, but NOT in the same way. Your main pic will still be there across all the pages, but you have to "find" the other stuff (like the friend icons). There is a page for friends that shows a few friends and what they are doing or want to do (beacons), but if you select "Friends" it shows you all of them and includes the premium theme pictures.

As far as ads and navigation go, I don't see the problem. Like someone else mentioned, there are more content info than anything else, with very few "ads" for outside products. Voice commands are awesome. Outside turning the system on (haven't tried to find a voice command to do that), you can sign in, load netflix, find a show, and play it all by voice only. When you are done, you can now turn the 360 off with voice as well.

And for everyone who just wants to game, I find it much improved...now when you launch you are not on the "spotlight" blade, you are right where you want to be, with the game in your tray and quicklaunch on the homescreen.

It might take a little getting used to, but most people will love it.


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Comment #141 by chrisjp35
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:05:29 AM
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Seems pointless. Why do i want to talk to my xbox? Using a controller is fine and probably quicker. Also why all the tv channels? My Xbox is already plugged in to a tv and that has hundreds of channels already. Seems like a massive gimmick just so they have some extra pointless features to boast about in this years Xmas console war against Sony and Nintendo.


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Comment #142 by Kisushima
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:09:57 AM
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As I'm getting Kinect for Christmas, very happy to see this! Very slick integration hopefully. Any apparent kinks will hopefully eb sorted sliftly (if any) :).


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Comment #143 by i got squeezed
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:19:16 AM
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I still think there's no need to change the dashboard. This current one is perfect and fun to look at where this new one is plain and dull looking. Good job MS


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Comment #144 by W0BBLER007
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:20:46 AM
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FROM WHAT IV READ ON HERE IT LOOKS LIKE THE UPDATE WILL BE HAPPENING WEATHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT. I DONT WANT TO PERSONALLY AS I LIKE THE BLADES. I DONET WANT MY XBOX BEING TURNED INTO SOME "FAMILY MEDIA HUD". IF PEOPLE WANT THAT GO BUY A PS3 OR A WII. XBOX HAS ALWAYS STOOD FOR THE GAMER BUT LOOKS LIKE MS HAVE FUCKED US GAMERS OVER ONCE AGAIN. TAKE HEED MS WE ALL WANT DIFFRENT THINGS BUT MOST OV US WANT TO BE ABLE TO PLAY GAMES WITH OUT ADVERTS SHOVED DOWN OUR NECK.

RANT OVER


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Comment #145 by spike2055
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:33:10 AM
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do you have the option of declining the update? like when a game updates, you can decline that..


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Comment #146 by ModernSith2010
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:34:10 AM
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@140 the thing is the adverts on the home page are unessary, thats what the video, game, music and app channel are for. The home button should be our center, so all our meassage's/profile management, achievement's/profile management, our game's and launch game, the reason I put /profile managment as it could be with either your achievements or my messages. The only other thing I have a problem is when you go to you game libary you don't have an option to filter so that only installed/retail games show.


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Comment #147 by Quantum Resolve
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:35:47 AM
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@144 - WHY ARE YOU TYPING IN CAPS YOU TIT


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Comment #148 by F Swan
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:36:49 AM
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Not a fan, plus they've removed the list of icons of completed games ... that was a great addition, now gone.


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Comment #149 by Dramlin
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:44:52 AM
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I want the blades back as well. I don't really care that it looks outdated, and it does, I just want my xbox to stop force feeding me ads. The blades had ad's similar to a webpage, where you have 2-3 banner ads on each blade. It was annoying still, but acceptable. With NXE microsoft suddenly forced the xbox to default to a row of ad's every time you turn on the xbox, and every row was 90% ads. Seems this new update is more of the same, forcing you to navigate through piles of advertisements just to try and get to your media.

I just wish MS would try to make the end users happy, then try and profit off of it rather than forcing ad's everywhere as a shortcut to profits.


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Comment #150 by Wolfie99
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:51:08 AM
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Lovefilm, iplayer and youtube? This is perfect! Cant wait!


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Comment #151 by Koborover
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:11:55 PM
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Hey, how do you get that white background with dark letters? My default Xbox 360 Metro background is a dull grey/silver with white letters.


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Comment #152 by Kramericus
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:25:13 PM
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Im really not a fan of this "metro" style microsoft is shoving on all their stuff now.


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Comment #153 by EFE Assassin
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:33:09 PM
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So is the Dash update tomorrow then and not really today like the story says, cause i never got an update today when i logged in.


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Comment #154 by MartyMcFly
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:39:18 PM
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@153 - Same here. I didn't get any message, pop-up, or forced update or anything.

I thought it seemed weird when this article described the update coming on a Monday. I thought everything happens on Tuesdays in the gaming world?


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Comment #155 by spike2055
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:43:44 PM
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look at xbox.com it says the update is tuesday the 6th


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Comment #156 by [Waggly Bean]
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:51:25 PM
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@148: the list of completed games is still there, just in a different place.

@153+154: the dash update is tomorrow. It has been announced as tuesday 6th for a week or so now. I was surprised to see this article pop up here today if I'm honest!


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Comment #157 by gravelandx88
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 01:02:52 PM
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Nothing against the new dash. I'm sure it looks fine but I like my dashboard just the way it is. If I'm going continue to pay $50s a year. Then I should have the right to decline and still be connected to XBL. That's just my 2 cents.


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Comment #158 by WookiePB
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 01:02:56 PM
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They should make it possible to remain on XBL even while playing Xbox original games.


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Comment #159 by Wehttam
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 01:04:04 PM
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this looks pretty neat, i wonder if it will transpire out that way


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Comment #160 by Lucas McCain
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 01:08:40 PM
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Great, just another step backward. I still hate the NXE. I guess some people forget about the old system and decide they like the new one after a while, but I'm not one of them. Oh well, you can't fight M$. If it puts more money in their pocket, they're going to dress it up in a shell of "new content for users" to fool a few people and do it. I just wish it wasn't mandatory. As for the new services, I have a computer, a TV, and an ipad that already access all these things. Why would I want to put wear on my xbox to do so? Whatever. Peace.


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Comment #161 by MrIacob
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 01:10:06 PM
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Did they get rid of dashboard lag?


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Comment #162 by Sean1234
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 01:20:40 PM
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"juggle more balls than Sasha Grey on a casting couch"

This made my fucking day.


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Comment #163 by InsaneKane87
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 01:26:26 PM
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I was gonna ask when a date for this is out and I finish reading and its out tomorrow. :D Does anyone know if this will make, making gamer pictures load faster when you wanna change it ? Or trying to sort threw hundreds to find one you want.


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Comment #164 by francisrossi
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 01:31:20 PM
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New dash is shite. Everything's a mess now, and covered in bloody ads. Sifting through the Marketplace is also now as big a chore as the PSN store. Cheers, MS. I really wanted my 360 to look like a Windows phone.


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Comment #165 by ClockWorkPhantom
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 01:59:23 PM
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So unessary


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Comment #166 by brownstar ninja
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 03:40:47 PM
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it better be good...


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Comment #167 by Kellwolf9E
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:12:56 PM
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If you've got Kinect, you'll love it. I think my ass is gonna get even bigger since I don't even get off my couch to get a controller to switch through the screens. Voice commands make me lazy. So far, there's no change in the way Kinect interfaces with Netflix or Hulu. Honestly, I'd like to be able to browse more than the "Suggested for you" section of about 6 movies with Kinect. Although being able to pause movies from the kitchen is a bonus.


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Comment #168 by gooseysnoop
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:20:26 PM
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Didn't see that one coming - all time classic line about Ms Grey! Went straight to the comments without even reading the article, and honestly was disappointed to see it took until #29 to catch on. Love my 360 and i love this site, but apparently not as much #1-#28 haha!!


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Comment #169 by harry
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 04:24:53 PM
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anyone else just think it looks ok like me? everyones gettin a bit overheated about it...


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Comment #170 by Benny34
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 05:41:59 PM
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Looks alright, I`m happy for Youtube & dailymotion the most tbh.


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Comment #171 by 3Lions
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 06:10:04 PM
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Looks fine to me. My only issue...and I know this will not have been fixed (As M$ will claim it was never broken), is that the original 'blades' setup was all in English for me, then after the update to NXE my entire dashboard changed to German (I live in Munich), despite my language settings being Eng. I know I am restricted to the German marketplace, but is it too much to ask for the dashboard to be in the language I want it to be??


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Comment #172 by PANIC ATTACK 10
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 06:43:24 PM
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i just renewed my gold membership. i've been one since the start. now i wish i could get my 60.00 back. i'm done & f*ck you MS!

i want the original dashboard back. now i wish i had a ps3 instead. only thing good is kinect.

selling us cr*p we dont want. forcing us to do mandatory updates. F*CK YOU!

take the last 60.00 you'll ever get from me & goodbye!


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Comment #173 by The Sixth Noble
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 06:43:38 PM
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Bing sucks, and on a second note, my Xbox also sucks cause for some reason it's not detecting my wireless network when the 2 other Xboxs in this house are, so i can't even connect to Xbox live, so guess i get to stick with the good dashboard for now :)


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Comment #174 by PANIC ATTACK 10
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 06:48:52 PM
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one more thing i forgot to mention.

instead of making a new dashboard. how about fixing your f*ckin console!

not interested in next console or kinect.

fix this one! i've lost all faith in MS.

time to get a ps3! this is cr*p! way to lose base with your loyal clients.


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Comment #175 by xSavage Henry
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 06:52:23 PM
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This all looks great! One box to rule them all. Can't wait to see the ps3 rip off of this. lol


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Comment #176 by xSavage Henry
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 06:55:42 PM
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why so much hate? Did you guys even read the whole thing? Or just the first paragraph and then you assume you know everything?


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Comment #177 by MrVan77Redux
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 07:23:04 PM
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Like all other dash updates, I'll get used to it.


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Comment #178 by FreiZeitGeipel
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 07:26:31 PM
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Yeah a lot of hate going on around here. I like the new dashboard except for one thing: sharing achievements is only possible through facebook. I don´t see why they did not include that XBL internal... I like the idea but I am not going to register to facebook because of that!


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Comment #179 by nastywally
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 07:33:37 PM
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I hate the current dashboard and I tought that it was impossible to make it worse...well, the new one seems even worse...will see


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Comment #180 by killertaco55
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 08:08:39 PM
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Is this kinect only?!?!


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Comment #181 by iTJreviews
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 08:32:48 PM
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The end is near.....

I've gotten used to all the other ones, because they looked good and ended up being good. This is just 100% complete bullshit. 99% ads, 1% who gives a fuck? Microsoft is making more money! WOOHOO!


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Comment #182 by Link5646
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 08:37:17 PM
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I'm in the Beta program, and I will say for the 10th time that your themes WILL work for the new dashboard update. I know it causes a lot of confusion, but you think people would know by now from people like us in the Beta.


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Comment #183 by Masta Mylez
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 08:48:25 PM
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Looks like I'm going to finally bow down and get a PS3.
Also, I didn't know most of the XBOX360achievements community were all these smart, witty beta testers with all the answers


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Comment #184 by Glenchin
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 10:29:44 PM
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I wonder if all the people who use their xbox for only games realize there is an option to just boot the game in the tray at start up. No need to look at the dashboard at all. When changing games just push the middle button on the controller and load up your game that way.

Anyway I am looking forward to the new update; just another indication that microsoft doesn't want to stay in the dark ages of gaming.


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Comment #185 by prezskroob
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 10:34:30 PM
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"Broadly speaking, this update is not about games." Funny, I bought an xbox to PLAY GAMES. If I want to watch youtube or netflix or whatever other crap is being funneled down our throats, I have a computer, thanks. It would not surprise me at all if the next xbox didn't even play games. Will not be renewing my gold subscription. Will be dusting off my PS3 and trading in games for the PS3 equivalents.


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Comment #186 by EvilWays
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:23:48 PM
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"it now has to juggle more balls than Sasha Grey on a casting couch"

Either that or "choke down more than Belladonna sword-swallowing Mandingo"...


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Comment #187 by Liam 83
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 12:32:12 AM
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Does anyone miss the option to change the theme of your xbox guide blades, i remember there being quite a few options just before the NXE update, there was one called carbon which looked pretty slick.

BTW looks like Sasha grey is playing with Eminems balls in his new video.


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Comment #188 by Fleshpuppet
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 02:35:52 AM
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@68 WRONG my xbox is a copmuter lite it has a very limited os that is only useable for microsoft approved content. I cant type on my xbox or print anything out from my xbox. with windows 7 you can already watch everythign they are offering from your computer on multiple tvs if you like and wirelesly if you wanna buy the setup. im very sorry you CPU gaming rig is crap but for only 400 bucks you can get a hp with 8-16gb ram and a quad core processor (blowing the xbox away) with a .5 or 1tb hd (again intergrated) with onboard grapics comparable or better then the current xbox. for another 200 bucks you can get a GPU that blows the xbox copmletly away (dotn believe me then check out skyrim on the cpu you will be amazed) and thats an investment that can do pretty much whatever you like playing almost all the current xbox content as well as ridiculous ammounts of other content i mean gametap pretty much gives you the xboxlive markeplace without having to pay per download. and themes and gamepics and avatar stuff (or the equivalent )is FREE because if they tried to charge someone would jsut make another version thas free. not to mention free 3rd party stuff like league of legends and heros of nuearth. hell most CPU games come with achievements now and steam gave me brink or free the other day jsut clicked and downloaded it. also most pc games are around for the long haul as there is no reason to produce another game unless it inproves significantly on the last none of this server cost crap and monthly or yearly service fee. xbox live was free and even whne they started charging it was worth ti to have a secure (thogh PS3 didnt deliver) and manageable mini os for organizing and playign GAME content now if your a parent (which im not) you have no way to disable ZU?NE ad and movie ads and somtimes trailers that auto play. IF MY XBOX WAS A COMPUTER I COULD DELETE THIS DASHBOARD AND INSTALL THE ONE I WANT.


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Comment #189 by Goku1552
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 02:49:37 AM
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i hate microsoft, why cant they just stick with one dashboard. OR at least let us CHOOSE to update or not instead of forcing us to if we want to keep playing online.


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Comment #190 by S q u e e t l e
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 03:10:11 AM
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Is there an option to hide all irrelevant b*llsh*t?! Look at all the non gaming cr@p, it's INSANE...
Games, Live, updates, DLC I can live with but seriously MS quit being an @ss and tune down a bit.


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Comment #191 by III HAR1EY III
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 04:11:06 AM
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@190 i agree... i didnt buy an xbox to look at non gaming shit lol


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Comment #192 by IVIR BLOBBY
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 06:44:59 AM
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I dont really care, prefer the old but i'll get used to the new.

Its like the new facebook & youtube, some like it some dont but we all put up with it, given the option i would go back to the old settings some wouldnt, why cant i have the option ?


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Comment #193 by OHaraDylan
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 07:11:24 AM
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complain complain whine whine


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Comment #194 by Corpse87
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 08:19:23 AM
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@193 I'll complain your mother likes the neighbors dog instead of my co*k!I miss that sloppy whore,suppose we cant hide bing or other useless crap?


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Comment #195 by GamePlayUK
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 08:21:34 AM
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only thing thats good about this new update is lovefilm and youtube.. the layout looks like a child designed it


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Comment #196 by Gallzy111
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 08:45:24 AM
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Still haven't got this, thought it was coming out today. What do I do :/


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Comment #197 by ZAK MAN
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 08:52:51 AM
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i ant got it yet when will it be on for England


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Comment #198 by ChrisDrummer
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 09:00:18 AM
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MajorNelson posted up that everybody would have it by 6pm EST, so that could mean up to like 11pm for us Brits


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Comment #199 by Daniel55645
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 09:21:53 AM
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so stupid and confusing looking. just leave things the way they are. you always ruin them when they change. good examples are facebook, myspace, and most recently youtube. leave things the way they are.


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Comment #200 by Afro Ninja
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 09:30:59 AM
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Well, I still don't have it.


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Comment #201 by StiffyScotland
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 09:44:58 AM
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1500 GMT and still nothing, if nothing at 1800 GMT then its not coming


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Comment #202 by GD AreScyN
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 09:49:41 AM
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I miss the old blades :(


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Comment #203 by ThrustfulSteve
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 10:12:09 AM
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so we all get to look at bieberjews hideous whiney fucking face before we can play games...think i'll dig out the snes and do some real gaming...all i want my xbox to do is play xbox games...none of this other shit...and if that was the case im sure they could make it alot cheaper


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Comment #204 by TribalBlade86
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 11:25:18 AM
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@35 i miss the old blades aswell... was so simple and easy to use..


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Comment #205 by Lord Arkhan
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 01:31:43 PM
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Personally I am not looking forward to all the new stuff. I bought my Xbox to play games. I have a computer for the rest. I don't need my Xbox turned into a second PC.


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Comment #206 by TheR3AP3R
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 02:31:51 PM
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haven't gotten it yet, but i'm interested to see what it's like


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Comment #207 by SADISTICH0RR0R
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 04:21:35 PM
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There still should be the option of just loading game up on start up, that should allow people to bypass looking at the dashboard. also I think you can set it so you have to tell your xbox to connect to live. If that works it should allow people to not get hit with adds unless they want to go online to play a game.


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Comment #208 by Adecool
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 05:15:45 PM
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no one even has it yet, apart from the beta users. god i hate delays!


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Comment #209 by xMEGADETHxSLY
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 05:30:58 PM
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it really cool


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Comment #210 by sarv90
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 05:54:42 PM
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I have it, yet I'm also a beta tester. Major Nelson did tweet that the first set of Xbox Live members will be getting it i nthe next few hours.


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Comment #211 by Anthony B
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 05:59:30 PM
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"it now has to juggle more balls than Sasha Grey on a casting couch."
I loled so hard at that.


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Comment #212 by FatMan2539
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 09:25:31 PM
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I wish microsoft would bring out a GD u dashboard update where they let you choose which dashboard you want and be able to switch between the lot of them (for those of us that like the blades and the current one (not the newest one)) and a fookin update where it stops deleting my F&#$ING GAME UPDATES (every 2nd time i start up a game on live, i need to get an update (e.g. borderlands which has been on v1.4.1 for _AGES_ and i keep getting the same goddamned update))


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Comment #213 by Sakurafire
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 09:26:44 PM
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Come home to work for this crap? Xbox live ain't working.


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Comment #214 by jleist24
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 10:04:43 PM
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so looking at the new update for the first time and i got to say its a huge disapointment. and i really dislike it


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Comment #215 by nastywally
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 10:36:39 PM
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it would be nice if they would let you customize your own dashboard. the new one is just pain to see like an ugly facebook page


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Comment #216 by ShadyChicano
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 11:08:06 PM
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Epix sucks


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Comment #217 by chasebrealey
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 11:18:36 PM
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Haha, Sasha Grey on the casting couch...porn humor!


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Comment #218 by SADISTICH0RR0R
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 11:20:28 PM
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@216, epix seems to be adjusting to xbox. does it suck in general? or suck cause its not working right yet?


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Comment #219 by SADISTICH0RR0R
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 11:23:03 PM
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I actually like the possibilities on the new update. not bad at all. I must point out though to all the people complaining about just wanting to play a game on their xbox, set it to play game disk right away and you wont have to see the dash. Not hate'n just offering an option.


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Comment #220 by ShadyChicano
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 11:38:37 PM
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@ u can only get it through ur cake service provider and there is only like 5 on the list...i have time warner cable and i guess a breach of contract happened so i can't get it


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Comment #221 by ShadyChicano
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 11:39:45 PM
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^@218


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Comment #222 by mOon kOon
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 11:53:56 PM
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Gonna take some gettin used to. Right now, I'm pissed off 'cause Live aint workin'.


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Comment #223 by crunchb3rry
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 12:41:25 AM
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Just noticed...the dash now has loadtimes. I exit to dash and sit there for a good 10 seconds. Loading up things like friends avatars, etc. also has long delays. I keep getting kicked off Live, I sign on and it doesn't tell me I did, half the dash is empty when not signed in. What a mess.


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Comment #224 by Kazenji
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 01:30:44 AM
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I too had problems signing into Xbox live after getting the update but it seems to be okay now.


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Comment #225 by Dangerous Brian
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 05:57:55 AM
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Yeah, there are a load of adverts, so what? Most of the old menu is adverts or other non-gaming based stuff anyway. Just ignore them and play your games. But almost everyone is forgetting Cloud Saves. Seriously, this shit is the future. Now I don't need to own a memory card or lug my whole Xbox to a friend's house. This is epic!

Also, those that had a beta version of the new dashboard are complaining about little problems like loading times and things not working right. IT WAS A BETA VERSION, THERE WILL BE PROBLEMS, THAT IS WHAT THEY DO BETAS FOR, TO FIND AND FIX THE PROBLEMS.

P.S. I AM kinda dissapointed about my themes not working properly anymore. Hopefully they will fix this.


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Comment #226 by nastywally
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 08:18:17 AM
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aaaaaaahhhhh...the new dashboard make me wanna scream...the last udate worsened the marketplace, but now is even more disappointing to look for something in it. and the access to my arcade games is take me 5 minutes to realize where it was...and there's no way to cut all the crap they put in---


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Comment #227 by syn201
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 09:15:48 AM
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I do not know why nasty if anything it is just as easy to find stuff.
Takes like ten minutes to get used the new dash .windows 8 will be exactly the same as this ie there is no program menu ..


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Comment #228 by Good Man Adam
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 10:50:51 AM
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@139 That's what I figured. It is free on the Wii and I pay my licence fee already. I don't go for multiplayer much so don't have Gold.


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Comment #229 by Mr Chr15topher
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 10:56:05 AM
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There is no archive menu for the interview vids, IGN vids etc, all of the themes look terrible due to the black tint covering up the backgrounds, all of the TV services apart from love film aren't even up yet and it takes ages to find anything.
This update is more like a downdate. Why can't we choose the dashboard that we want? Considering that we payed for the console, we should be able to choose how we access it.


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Comment #230 by Markusizr
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 01:28:43 PM
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i like old but not this


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Comment #231 by morno
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 03:05:19 PM
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i hate the new dashboard.. when i saw it i was like WTF SHITING ME!!!!! i hate it i might stop useing the xbox becouse of this! LET US REVERT!


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Comment #232 by Jan
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 03:32:07 PM
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Premium themes are ruined and Avatar props are invisible for me and my frends too. Microsoft, renew NXE or take my points BACK !!!
And navigation through dashboard without Kinect are AWFUL :-X


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Comment #233 by Valorous 7
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 03:37:49 PM
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there's a lot of whining here. Thew new dash is kind of nice with the quick launch button right on the front. I don't have to flip to my xbox every time i want to do anything. It's much more user friendly, I feel. I don't see how everyone complains about the ads, since most of the ones I see are rather relevant to gaming. I got my netflix updated and ready to go, so I'm pretty pleased.

My one gripe is that the acid Xbox green is everywhere. Any way to change it? I haven't looked deep enough to find out. It gets a bit overbearing when looking through achievement lists of games you completed.


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Comment #234 by SpaceRazzer
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 04:09:38 PM
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Simply said: I like it. ;]


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Comment #235 by stockracer88
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 09:03:24 PM
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I have no problems with it. It seems to run a little more smoothly than the NXE, which I was ok, but this is better.


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Comment #236 by Foxxy kyle
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 09:33:53 PM
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People are blowing this way out of proportion...Wtf at #231....your going to quit playing xbox because of the dashboard? Personally I dont like the new dashboard either, you probably dould even say I hate it. But I play xbox for the games, not because of the dashboard...


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Comment #237 by Ari Haswari
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 10:15:39 PM
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IT SUCKS! The original 360 dashboard is still better. But PS3 dashboard is best out of all the current gen consoles (not adds, and it animated).


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Comment #238 by linktriforce007
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 10:26:03 PM
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Netflix Party Feature removed. Thanks, Netflix!


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Comment #239 by Fatal Error 000
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 11:51:22 PM
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Loving the new design!


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Comment #240 by RayTDI
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 01:13:49 AM
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Just downloaded it yesterday evening, must admit - a step forward!


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Comment #241 by codsucker
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 01:17:34 AM
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I don't usually like change, but it could be worse. Also, does anyone know what "share achievement" means? The option comes up while viewing already-earned achievements. Probably a stupid question, but I figured I'd ask the community before pressing it and (possibly) messing something up. Thanks!


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Comment #242 by Umbreon53
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 02:27:20 AM
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lol


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Comment #243 by FeRgUsBrOwN123
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 05:35:50 AM
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while i like the new features (cloud saves especially), i prefered the old, old dashboard, the one before kinect. it seemed faster and looked better. cant see myself liking this very much. i suppose people can now sit shouting at the screen trying to make it play a movie but they have a fancy dashbard to look at while they do it


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Comment #244 by FeRgUsBrOwN123
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 05:43:00 AM
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the psn store is clunky but the rest of the dashboard is simple. Also, psn is free yet has no ads but i pay £40 for xbox live and theres lads of ads? well done MS, pushing me further and further towards ps3.


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Comment #245 by Fester
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 03:19:13 PM
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"New Xbox dash uses about half of my TV's screen & puts everything useful in tiny boxes surrounded by same size or bigger boxes of junk. A+."

I AGREE


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Comment #246 by Fester
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 03:32:45 PM
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Microsoft is recording your voice. It's research and distribution. It's in the ToA.
Who agrees to something they don't read?!


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Comment #247 by new exsplore
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 05:38:07 PM
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Nce


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Comment #248 by Q Dawg187
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 06:28:17 PM
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@246

You can opt out to that


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Comment #249 by Chris724
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 11:57:27 PM
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I was really hoping that MS would give us Customizing options to have the Dash the way we wanted it to look...I will also get use to this but i mean we kinda have to don't we, I think the Dashboard should be customizable to the way we the users would like it to be, I mean the possibilities could be endless & i still just don't understand why they flood the Dash with stuff that not everyone wants or needs...Im not bashing Ms or Talking down there new dash...But in my mind this dash is just behind times if you ask me...


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Comment #250 by crunchb3rry
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 01:38:34 AM
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Yeah, it would be nice to organize the panels. I want the game launch icon right there in the middle. The entire dash is a waste of real estate. The legacy "blade" Guide Button menu is the same damn size. They should have kept the previous dash layout and spent all this time fixing shit that would making playing games better. Like making Zones work (because they've been busted as fuck since launch day) and updating TrueSkill so I don't have to unwrap my new copy of Call of Duty and get put in a lobby with fucking 500th level prestige players.


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Comment #251 by gary1963
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 02:37:26 AM
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nice new design


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Comment #252 by AchievementFrog
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 05:39:27 AM
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Hate it... feel like they destroyed my 360 :'(
I'm sure it working great with kinetic tho..... Too bad i don't use kinetic for general browsing...


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Comment #253 by Hendoukje
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 08:48:17 AM
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It's certainly faster, but I don't really like the look of the new Dashboard.


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Comment #254 by CHiLLiONS
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 09:07:35 AM
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The new "home" is better than the last "dash", but is it as good as it could or should be? NO. Does M$ want my input? NO.

Heres my two cents:

1. STOP WITH THE BRIGHT COLORS FOR FUCKS SAKE! White and flouride green need to go!!!!!

2. Quit spacing everything on the "home" around so damned much. Or make a dual screen XBOX!!!!!!!!! Or let me move the little boxes around. Silly devs.


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Comment #255 by Thicketford
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 10:44:08 AM
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I put together a basic picture of how I think the new dashboard should be arranged. My main issue is that everything game related is too spread out.

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/4841/newdashidea.jpg


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Comment #256 by LovableCrazee
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 01:15:37 PM
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This is a huge step backwards. Most of the screen space is COMPLETELY EMPTY (except for the GIANT ADVERTISEMENT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERY SCREEN). The stuff relevant to games is the smallest, tucked into a corner. Not only is most of the screen empty, the things that are actually there are huge and prevent you from seeing what you need to see. Your friends list only shows you three at a time, your games list only shows you two at a time...

"New" is not "better"


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Comment #257 by StiffyScotland
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 02:02:57 PM
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@loveableCrazee

all of my friends including myself hate it, its pathetic, if it was legal to hack into the boxes so that we can use the dash from 2 years ago we would


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Comment #258 by alxfroghunters
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 02:30:32 PM
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Great, so my xbox wants to be my TV, my video store, my mini MTV and my Iphone. In that order as the dashboard arrangement clearly shows. Oh, and it can play watered down pc games too, yay. And here I was thinking I had a gaming system. Reminds me of the last days of the ps2 when Sony knew the system was way past its prime and was trying to market the console as an allround system while establishing the knew ps3 as the serious gaming device. "Xbox: get me a beer, I'll drink on the good times we had". Sorry, bitter customer here...


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Comment #259 by Darkhound64
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 04:35:49 PM
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When do non UK users get youtube and the rest of it?


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Comment #260 by theNomad
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 07:33:20 PM
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Winter it says, so guess they'll give it late december as a kinda xmas gift. be awesome to be able to watch halo reach game fails and rvb via youtube (instead of the brief few they air via waypoint).


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Comment #261 by Fleshpuppet
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 06:08:58 AM
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WANT TO REVERT TO THE OLD NETFLIX HERES HOW- if your like me (and pretty much everyone ive talked to you hate teh new netflix interface. why they literally screwed up everthing about it i dont know. but the good news is the old netflix app is still on your xbox and you can still use it.

STEP 1 hit the xbox button and goto the gams tab and select quickplay,then goto the al tab on the right and scroll down till you find the old netflix app (it should be a little white flim strip in th emiddle not the shiny red on at the top) select this now. you should get an error message but jsut click ok

STEP 2 now you should be at a netflix screen that tells you theres and error and you need to register netflix on this console and it should have the register code in the background covered by the error message.leave it on this screen and then

STEP 3 go online to your netflix account and click on the YOUR ACCOUNT & HELP link at the top rigth. it will bring you to the accpunt page scroll down a little bit and under the WATCHING INSTANTLY ON YOUR TV OR COMPUTER section click the MANAGE NETFLIX READY DEVICES AND COMPUTERS LINK. then click the disconnect device button and confirm

STEP 4 finally got back to your xbox (which should be on the netflix screen with the error message and the option to TRY AGAIN click this now and it shoudl remove the error mesage and show you the registration code enter this now on your computer and presto the Old (and much better) netflixs app.

you can use either app now without having to do all that stuff again but you can only access the old netflix app through the quickplay option. if you click on the netflix icon it will brign you to the new (and annoying) one. its so sad that we have to do this they shoudl simlpy give us the option of which we want to use but they would rather force the new on on us anyways ENJOY GUYS and thumbs up if you found this usefull


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Comment #262 by SkittlesAreFun
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 04:32:46 PM
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It's amazing!


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Comment #263 by Axel 360
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 11:53:22 PM
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I really regret having update my console. This Dashboard it´s the worst interface for a gaming system ever created.

It´s completely focus on the "family media device" or wherever bullshit Microsoft is been selling this late years, only that this time really affects the hardcore players or those who, mind you, bought the Xbox thinking they will get a console, something that in old days I read it use to serve at the sole purpose of playing games >:(

Even trying to play a game you own and have installed in the HD can be quiet a pain, mainly because it´s design for voice commands or "you´re the controller" stupid stuff. What about the controllers you mother****, you said ONE YEAR AGO that you would not leave the hardcore element for those who want it, and now you hide it from us in the form of add-ons?? My gametarg zone becoming a simple social center?? And let´s not forget about the new way we see achievements, only two games it in the screen, therefor, looking for a game cheevos that you don´t play long time ago is painful and tedious, now with the option to just press Y to go and play the friking game apparently gone.

They really fuck me up on these, and I loved the last two dashboards, I use t be proud of my console look on the screen. For my, this is the worst idea Microsoft has had in a long time, period.


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Comment #264 by Leon McLane
Sunday, December 11, 2011 @ 11:21:35 AM
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THe Best Xbox Live update ever!!!!!!


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Comment #265 by mind4spirit
Sunday, December 11, 2011 @ 12:48:30 PM
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gee...i love it so far...


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Comment #266 by Ev3rGrey
Sunday, December 11, 2011 @ 01:38:26 PM
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where is "Deal of the wek"?!!!!


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Comment #267 by Fash07
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 06:10:24 AM
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Swing And A Miss


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Comment #268 by RecklessMatten
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 07:24:47 AM
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YOUTUBE IS UP FOR PEOPLE ON THE PREVIEW PROGRAM


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Comment #269 by duckydan
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 01:11:50 PM
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I've enjoyed it so far. I haven't had any problems finding anything I'm looking for and the few apps I've tried worked well enough.

I do like the "Friends" tab more than in the NXE as it is a lot cleaner looking and I like the WP7 feel of it.

I don't have a kinect hooked up yet to try that out (daughter getting it for Christmas) but for the most part I've had nothing to complain about.

As for why would you watch tv on it I can understand why people with a cable box in their room or a PC in their room wouldn't like it but in my daughter's room she has an XBOX and a cable box. The cable box is $12 per month for an extra box so she can watch 2 or 3 channels. If she can get them for free on her XBOX (since she can't watch tv and play games simultaneously anyway) then that adds up over the course of a year.


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Comment #270 by Scorpions9573
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 09:10:18 AM
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the only thing i dont know/like about cloud is if it plays the games off my hardrive that i installed from the disk


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Comment #271 by Braythenos
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 07:36:56 AM
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Yes, but does it finally support NTFS or exFAT usb drives like us xbox fans have been shouting for since the xbox was released? It was annoying to start with, but 10 mins on google and you could format your driveto Fat32, but with the size of drives now, it's no longer an option.

And yes, there's streaming and other ways to do it, but how about we just remember the basics, like plugging in a usb Drive please Microsoft?


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Comment #272 by Cargot35
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 02:24:37 PM
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Personally I think this is just going to be one of the things I'll have to get used too. I like the idea and the route they're taking on this one, but I think the last update worked well. However, I'm not a stickler for things to stay the same, so I'll get used to it. Hopefully it brings an even better dashboard in the future.


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Comment #273 by Mr DuNnE 187
Thursday, December 15, 2011 @ 02:50:16 AM
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Haven't got much time in with the new dashboard yet but it looks great!


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Comment #274 by DEAD5PARO
Thursday, December 15, 2011 @ 07:31:45 PM
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thanks to this new update i cant go on xbox live anymore D:

i lost the password for my parents e-mail address and have no way of getting it back and without it i cant accept the new terms of agreement so my account is completely screwed D: it's also horribly annoying as i'm 18 now anyway

if anyone can help me please e-mail me at dead5paro@hotmail.com


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Comment #275 by OneLeggedWalrus
Saturday, December 17, 2011 @ 04:24:29 PM
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@274 Just call Xbox and if you can supply enough details about the account, they'll reset it for you


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Comment #276 by Cornerhands
Saturday, December 17, 2011 @ 05:22:46 PM
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this new format is much better than the old one... you much scrolling ya know?


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Comment #277 by Damagekiwi
Monday, December 19, 2011 @ 12:13:47 AM
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like the new dashboard just takes a bit to get used to


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Comment #278 by voidreaper21
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 12:49:00 PM
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*stupid dashboard update making it complicated to get on inside xbox* (grumbling) ALSO........ its fucked up my mic it sounds like an old 60's phone call tone :( sadface


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Comment #279 by samjustsam
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 12:31:40 AM
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its lame. by the time i get use to it they will change it again. and i can tell that they are trying to make the 360 your one stop entertainment spot. its microsoft so greed and world domination are their no. 1 priority.


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Comment #280 by samjustsam
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 12:38:34 AM
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its lame. by the time i get use to it they will change it again. and i can tell that they are trying to make the 360 your one stop entertainment spot. its microsoft so greed and world domination are their no. 1 priority. but the system started out about games and it should always be about games. the problem with micro$oft (like the problem with most big corporations)is that they want you to do what they want and they dont want you to choose what you want to do. thats why they are pushing kinect so hard. but i dont care. i will always have free thought and will always choose what I want to do and not what they want me to do. =)


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Comment #281 by RJMWalsh
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 12:55:47 AM
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its ok i gess but blades was better


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Comment #282 by cam91191
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 06:17:02 AM
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I very much dislike the new dashboard. I used very little on the previous one - The game in the xbox, Sky Go, Music, and Friends List.
Now getting to anything apart from the actual game is a needless hassle. I can't even see all my friends online at once, i'm shown 3 random people, so have to go into a separate menu to find the rest.
Music is all the way at the far end, then have to click on 'other apps' to get to it.
Yea adverts drive revenue up, but either move them out of the way, or let us customise the order the tabs appear in to make it more personal.

Looks pretty cool, but a 90% of the tabs the average gamer won't ever use.


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Comment #283 by Mt Ghostbuster
Friday, December 23, 2011 @ 04:13:54 AM
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Why did they add the truckloads of adds? It is annoying me so much i emailed microsoft to put the old menu back on. And it was a no soi got my airsoft sniper and went to snipe some guys [i did not kill anyone those i knocked out a lot]


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Comment #284 by Mt Ghostbuster
Friday, December 23, 2011 @ 04:15:29 AM
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Oops sorry about my spelling mistakes


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Comment #285 by A Holy Corndog
Friday, December 23, 2011 @ 12:34:18 PM
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Greatly dislike the new dashboard. I want the old one back DX


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Comment #286 by 1morey
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 06:08:43 PM
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Anybody else getting MTU errors lately????

I read somewhere that a guy got an MTU error ever since he donloaded the new dashboard.


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Comment #287 by vixnation
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 09:41:35 AM
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New dashboard is great! Easy to use and find everything....as well i like the collecting of all apps downloads ect....easy to nav, located and launch all the xbox has to offer! Nice work so far


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Comment #288 by Alex Fay
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 01:01:43 PM
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liked old one more also created problems with my live


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Comment #289 by BSF Chip
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 04:49:55 AM
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the new dashboard is ok,but unfortunatly those of us that bought the obsolete hd drive are now knackered,they havent installed an option to eject the disc from dashboard,i have an hd drive with about 25 hd movies but cant eject manually as eject button is broken,on the old dashboard i could eject from dashboard,not anymore,sort it out microsoft


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Comment #290 by pieces12986
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 09:09:36 AM
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might have to go get myself a connect so i don't need my controller as much. haha


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Comment #291 by Conker69
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 @ 01:08:12 PM
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Am i the only one who though the old dashboard was shit


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Comment #292 by TJRH
Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 09:51:10 PM
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free microsoft points!
just visit this website
http://www.mspointscodes.com/?i=768437


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Comment #293 by IFC3000
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 01:02:20 PM
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Now i have look at the add that is 3 times the size of my game. How hard is to make customizable dashboard in 21 century?


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Comment #294 by Tharxs Gamma
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 03:41:52 PM
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Call me old fashioned but I prefer the very first dashboard :/

But suppose with all the new features they needed an update


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Comment #295 by StrikeAnywhereX
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 09:19:03 PM
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Still find getting about in Marketplace to be piggish... I am a recent Xbox 360 Convert, and so haven't seen previous dash's. But I just don't like they way you browse the market. Maybe I'll get used to it....


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Comment #296 by Greedypoet
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 09:03:49 PM
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Works best on kinect @@@@


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Comment #297 by Greedypoet
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 09:05:56 PM
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i use it for movies


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