Fall 09 Dashboard Update
Xbox 360 Dashboard Facebook Preview - Vid, Screens & Info
Written Monday, October 19, 2009 By Dan Webb
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So the site doesn’t have a Facebook page per se (we do have a fan page... BE A FAN NOW!!!!), so for the purposes of this feature, we had to have to use mine... possibly the biggest mistake I will make... EVER!! Please, no hate mail, abuse, or random friend requests. My inbox is full enough as it is!

So anyway, from a low (Twitter), to a high (Facebook). Everything about Facebook is ultra cool, slick and accessible... no longer do you have to gather your friends and family (who aren't on Facebook of course!) around a computer screen to show them your holiday pics. Simply fire up Facebook on your 360 dashboard and WHAM, they're there!

It essentially a streamlined version of the online site but on your 360 presented with Microsoft's trademark slick dashboard presentation. Of course, don't expect linkouts again (dammit MS, when are you going to install a web browser on the 360?), videos, chat and a few other little absences. Unfortunately like most things on the dashboard though, it’s sluggish as hell, but in this instance it may actually be quicker than the website... which is saying something.

There are a few missing things we'd like to see implemented including fan pages, notifications and groups, but thankfully we didn't see the constant quiz crap that clutters our Facebook news feeds on a daily basis. I don't care which cereal brands you recognise from a box!!

You now also have the ability to hook your gaming life up with your Facebook life and you can see what your Facebook friends do in the gaming world or vice versa. Or you can choose not to do that. It's entirely up to you.

There isn't much more to say about the feature as everything seems manageable and accessible. For more info and a brief look, check out our short walkthrough and screens below (more in the gallery). If there are any questions, I will answer them if I can, just whack them in the comments. Q and A number 2 starts... now!!

The Preview Program update e-mails for wave 1 are going out this week. If you haven’t signed up, check out the details here. The full update is coming soon. No specific date has been named yet, although November 17th is a good shout.

Check out the fall 2009 dashboard update gallery here for all the Facebook (and more) screens.



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Comment #1 by Boss Kamikaze
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:45:03 PM
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Comment #2 by MANNIK
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:45:52 PM
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I hope you can hide the facebook and twitter channel they are ruining gaming with this crap!

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Comment #3 by Zak777
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:47:23 PM
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No chat = LAAAAAME

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Comment #4 by Indie Hero
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:49:08 PM
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That looks a lot nicer than I thought it would.

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Comment #5 by Mister Buds
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:50:45 PM
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agree with #2. i don't want any of the crap coming in this update.

wish there was some way to refuse it. micro$oft needs to stop forcing their updates on everyone.

not to mention how slow the xbox will run with all these useless programs. dashboard's slow enough as it is.

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Comment #6 by Agent Fritz
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:51:04 PM
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What! No Mafia Wars? :(

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Comment #7 by adammcd09
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:51:43 PM
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Looks cool

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Comment #8 by Paprikeh
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:53:37 PM
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Not liking the absence of notifications and chat. However, this is still pretty cool

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Comment #9 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:55:37 PM
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@#5 - I love how you use the $ in Microsoft when they give you a free update. Quite ironic don't you think?

Hardly forcing it on you as well. They are giving you the option. Also, it doesn't slow anything down on the dashboard. The dashboard is exactly the same. It's not even cluttered.

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Comment #10 by II KaotiK
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:56:30 PM
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Yeah, I agree with #8, but none the less, I will be using this service.

Hey Webb, do you link your FB account to your Hotmail address, or is it a log in each time you want to use it?


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Comment #11 by MANNIK
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:57:53 PM
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Do we have the option to hide the channels ? Mabye not install the two channels?

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Comment #12 by bobbythenerd
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:58:32 PM
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Aw man my Gold wears off on the 9th and I won't get a new one until christmas *_*

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Comment #13 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:59:27 PM
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@10 - Link it to whatever addy you have setup for Facebook. You can save the account details per gamertag as well, or not bother if you have more than one person use the console.

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Comment #14 by spilner100
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:01:38 PM
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@5 since when was the dash slow,
i like this feature, most looking forward to only just got hang of it and loving it, as long as these things make the dashboard a more entertaining place to hang on when im out of games im happy.

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Comment #15 by AlmightyBronco
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:03:50 PM
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But no chat?

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Comment #16 by blackout529
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:13:05 PM
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Looks nice. This is the one I was looking foward to.

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Comment #17 by CheesyToast111
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:19:24 PM
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NOOO! I need to play Mafia Wars :( :'(
Probably still use my computer for it though

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Comment #18 by institutions
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:19:46 PM
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@4 - I agree. Even though I think Twitter & Facebook are the epitome of evil, at least MS presented them in a way that doesn't murder the eyes.

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Comment #19 by SproOve
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:21:35 PM
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crap, why facebook? make a browser, then everyone can go to and i can surf on other websites. i suppose, that a browser would be even easier to program, than this crap for people, who dont have friends in RL.

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Comment #20 by II KaotiK
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:25:09 PM
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You obviously don't get the concept of social networking.

The majority of peoples friend userbase on stuff like Facebook and Myspace, are either people they directly know, or 3rd party friends.

It's naieve to say shit like "(people) who don't have friends in RL" when I can just as easily flip that back on you when you're on a video gaming website...


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Comment #21 by SproOve
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:33:34 PM
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lol, what has gaming to do with friends?!?
how stupid is such an argumentation?
i cant stand facebook, because
1. i dont want to share my photos with other people
2. i dont want to get friend request from every arse, thats seen me once on a party
3. icq is the highest point of social networking, a person will ever need online

u call something like this social networking. you've lost the game of life already. sry but this generation and every further generation will be more into this shit and thats just sad. at some point it will be that way, that everone will have sex online in VR and u will have a pump in your ass so u dont have to go 5 meters to the toilet.

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Comment #22 by II KaotiK
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:39:00 PM
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The fact that whilst gaming, you are CONNECTING to people.

My parents often used to say "Gaming is anti social" yet in a day, I would interact with more people then they did in a week.

The world is moving forward, with or without the people who don't see what is going on. Enjoy lagging behind.


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Comment #23 by x352x pH
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:40:26 PM
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@21 wtf lol.. that shit made no sense.. anyways this
shit should be epic, although they should just go ahead and install a web browser..

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Comment #24 by SproOve
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:44:08 PM
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if u think thats the right direction and u call that interacting........
have fun. i will get out and breath fresh air, as long as i can. and its a question of definition, if someones lagging behind or not, depending on his own priorities. and our priorities are different :). so peace and sry for the reallife thing, i could have said it in other words ;)

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Comment #25 by SproOve
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:45:45 PM
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read it again, theres nothing, what would be confusing at all.

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Comment #26 by Brian Fantana x360a
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:59:05 PM
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Wait so have they already given out the previews to people who signed up?

I signed reply....have i missed out? :(

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Comment #27 by Major Pancakes
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 07:04:37 PM
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I can't see any bits where you can post feats,etc from games onto Facebook? Am I right in thinking that was coming or am I imagining things?

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Comment #28 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 07:08:58 PM
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@26 - Read the last paragraph =) (ours was a press invite)

@27 - Not that I can see, maybe that's game specific and will come with each game...

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Comment #29 by II KaotiK
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 07:11:34 PM
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I have nothing against YOUR individual views, but people who are all like "GAMERZ HAS NO LIVEZ" drives me insane, because it's so shallow minded.


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Comment #30 by darquesyde
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 07:13:12 PM
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This will be interesting. Only reason I think I'll use it is to check up on things after I'm already in's downstairs.

Really wish there were plans for a browser though, then I could just check X360a for guide or boss info while I'm still on my Xbox.

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Comment #31 by RTRD Mayhem
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 07:14:43 PM
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Comment #32 by Mister Buds
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 07:18:43 PM
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ok, i see a couple people responded to my comment.

webb, i don't want to get in trouble for arguing with a staff member, but i put the dollar sign in microsoft because while they might be giving us a free update you know they worked some sort of deal with these companies or they wouldn't give a flying f- about these additions either.

also, of course i have the choice of joining these groups or not but fact of the matter is they still make everyone download these updates as soon as the log in to live.

@15 the dashboard has been slow since nxe. sometimes it takes 30 seconds+ to load things on it. i still have 45gb left on my hdd, so that's not the problem. i have 30mb connection, so that's not the problem. plus most people on my friends list agree that their's is slow too.

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Comment #33 by RTRD Mayhem
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 07:31:55 PM
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@32 never had ANY slow Dashboard issues. and i know no one who has. upgrade your internet i guess, and tell all of your friends to as well.

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Comment #34 by tehapoc
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 07:46:31 PM
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So why can't Microsoft develop their own system similar to all of this crap?

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Comment #35 by Da_moopintot
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 07:51:52 PM
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No chat? well that's just ridiculous. No notifcations is also stupid, how hard would it be to add them?
~fiiighttting urge to sign name bryceeee

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Comment #36 by ARKeDGE
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 08:00:58 PM
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this may have been mentioned in a previous story, but just to clarify: is this update only for the UK, or for the US? or both?

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Comment #37 by IIISETIII
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 08:04:07 PM
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I want the old dashboard back :(

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Comment #38 by yarminKun
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 08:04:08 PM
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I have a facebook account and I hate fucking facebook. Still, it's nice to be able to use it on your 360 I guess. I'm more excited for Quake Arena on Live Arcade that a friggin' facebook update.

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Comment #39 by yarminKun
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 08:06:29 PM
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Comment #40 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 08:08:13 PM
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@32 - Dude, you can debate with me all you want. Not going to punish anyone for that =) You do have to respond without resorting to petty insults though and you managed that perfectly =)

In response to your point... I think the reason that Microsoft are doing all this is to add a huge range and wide appeal to the console. Sure great games grace the presence of the console every year, but some people want more, or something different entirely. This is either of those. At the end of the day, they're trying to give their console a more home entertainment vibe and doing so by adding more USPs (unique selling points) to it. In their eyes, I presume, the more the better.

Also, the update is around 10-15 mbs from what I remember and takes about 1 minute to download and install.

@36 - Eve

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Comment #41 by Zomaarch
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 08:42:35 PM
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I may not really know the definition of "petty insults," hell i may be reading this wrong, but I didn't really see any insults, unless it was the line "they wouldn't give a flying f- about these additions either." I don't know why he censored himself i see plenty of people saying fuck around here, if it's actually a rule you'll have to forgive me, all i know is it's not really an insult.

Unnecessary yes, insult, not really. As for the dashboard slowness, I kinda have to agree with 32 on that as well. At times it can be really slow... and it's annoying... that's about all i have to say. @Webb Let's say I were to install it, and get even worse Dashboard problems would i be able to uninstall this update.

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Comment #42 by ARKeDGE
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 09:05:31 PM
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Personally, I think this is sweet! Facebook is cool, but turning on my computer is a slow, pain-in-the-ass process. This will make Facebook MUCH easier to access!

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Comment #43 by strawberry
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 09:07:51 PM
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@9 do you also love how we have to pay for live?

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Comment #44 by Odessa
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 09:21:06 PM
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Oh wow. I really like how this looks. I was expecting something simple like status updates.

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Comment #45 by Mister Buds
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 09:21:16 PM
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@ webb again: ok, i see your point. from a business standpoint i can totally see why microsoft would want to include such prominent features. while there's some potential to attract new customers, there are still people that don't want such features (like me).

that's why i feel these updates that completely change the interface and programs of the 360 should not be mandatory.

as you said a good deal of great games come out for the 360 every year. believe me, i have about seven or eight games on pre-order for just the next couple months =). point being, that is what i got my 360 for, gaming. while some features they add appeal to me, they might not for other people and vice versa.

hell, i was happy back with the original dashboard and i would kill to have it back again. avatars, fa

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Comment #46 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 09:34:38 PM
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@#36 - I was trying to say, everyone in my previous comment =P

@#45 - That's it though... they've already sold you a console, and that reason is gaming. Now they want to sell consoles to those who don't have them, and gaming obviously hasn't been a bigger lure.

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Comment #47 by Aweso
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 09:36:39 PM
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this is what happens when M$ buys part of facebook for a gagillion dollars.

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Comment #48 by toonsage
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 09:37:45 PM
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send me a friend request webby ^.^

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Comment #49 by MasterGrigg
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 09:50:25 PM
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Can't be bothered mentioning who this is at but you'll know it if it was you. I feel that there should be freedom in selecting which updates you want, because I sure as hell know that I'm not going to be using facebook and no matter how small the file is, it's taking up room on my hard drive. Also at everyone saying their dashboard is slow, a little while ago mine started to gradually decline into the epitome of a dashboard turtle. Shortly after it got to the point where I didn't really want to start the Xbox up, I got RROD, so just keep an eye on that one.

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Comment #50 by ShinobiSteve81
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 09:59:50 PM
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So basically it only has the same features that Facebook on Verizon Fios has. No chat, no notifications, no apps.....lame.

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Comment #51 by ShinobiSteve81
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 10:02:35 PM
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And by Fios I mean through the actual cable tv box, not the internet. I can check my FB on my tv already and update it from there....but it's limited. Same with Twitter.

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Comment #52 by unkee888
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 10:20:52 PM
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Since it doesn't have every feature, im just gonna use my PC to go on facebook. Its like Demo version of facebook.

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Comment #53 by wwinterj
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 10:57:50 PM
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It would be nice if facebook updates everytime you play a game or something. However yeah go out and meet real people not abuse facebook with updates about your so called life.

If you have a life you won't be on facebook writeing about it.

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Comment #54 by xMCxHeAdShOt
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 01:49:27 AM
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sic as

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Comment #55 by Jappe XBA
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 02:02:05 AM
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This shit is gonna rock :D

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Comment #56 by Kooky Cow 32
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 02:30:03 AM
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Nice... looks good.

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Comment #57 by x WALKER x x
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 02:46:00 AM
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well if it has no chat then it a complete pile of shit

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Comment #58 by Webb [STAFF]
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 03:18:07 AM
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@41 - I never implied he did that =P I said I don't mind sitting here "arguing" so long as he doesn't... and he didn't ;)

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Comment #59 by RIISE.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 03:32:18 AM
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Egh that Bryce guy really annoys me. He thinks he knows so much but he knows nothing...Nothing I say


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Comment #60 by BootlegVenom
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 04:10:00 AM
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Surely If you want chat, start a party and do it for real? Personally I'll remain using FaceBook on my PC and phone, except when showing peeps pictures, when its going onto the 42" and the 360... I think its great to have a choice of where and when I can access my account. Thats all it is... a choice

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Comment #61 by vgcollateral
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 04:17:01 AM
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i agree with the bloke who said he wishes he could select what updates he wants. im in the same boat, i bought my console for gaming and i hate the new dash i just want to play games rather than have to see a cluttered dash littered with adverts and and posters trying to sell me things, not to mention that funkin avatar that doesnt look like me at all.

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Comment #62 by blitz7287
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 04:35:48 AM
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Finally it let me sign up, for the past few days its got to just before the survey and just shown the loading screen and nothing else.

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Comment #63 by Jew Tremin
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 04:48:35 AM
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This looks good.
Kinda useless, but good.


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Comment #64 by Ali_P_84
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 05:09:17 AM
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Looks like it'll have the same features of Facebook on your mobile phone, so not brilliant by any stretch of the imagination. As with the thing I might use it when it first comes out, but my interest will soon wane.

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Comment #65 by Zombie High 5
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 07:19:05 AM
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I NEED MY FARMVILLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment #66 by NATH4Nx
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 08:44:22 AM
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Doesnt look that good but it saves me the trip downstairs to my computer.

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Comment #67 by o24K_SNAKEo
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 09:01:27 AM
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y no apps????????

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Comment #68 by WickedD365
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 09:55:04 AM
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Yes the updates are free, but do we want them. NO!

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Comment #69 by Zomaarch
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 10:15:08 AM
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my mistake then, but i still have the question of whether or not this update could be undone if installed.

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Comment #70 by RTRD Mayhem
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 11:19:48 AM
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@Webb, do you know if Our Facebook and Live accounts have to be registered under the same email address?

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Comment #71 by Jamerz101
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 11:47:35 AM
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I'm not too fussed, i have my laptop with me all the time on Facebook, so it's fairly useless to me. Although i do think it's a good idea, I have lots of friends that play their Xbox for fun with their friends and not just for games.

Also @Webb, some nice photos there :)

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Comment #72 by WickedD365
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 12:58:23 PM
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You have to do the update or you won't be able to use Live. Same as any of the updates. A hide button like the welcome screen has would be nice.

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Comment #73 by mattcrossUNC
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 01:09:07 PM
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For those asking about the difference in email addresses, you could just go to facebook and edit your profile to add another email. I would imagine that would go around any problems. Or you could create a new facebook page with your LIVE email then migrate it to your current facebook account. I have done that before, real easy.

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Comment #74 by RTRD Mayhem
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 02:14:25 PM
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@73, can you migrate xbox live email adresses? my xbl profile is a @hotmail, can i somehow switch it over to a @gmail?

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Comment #75 by Zmoke
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 03:23:22 PM
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As they now bring Facebook and Twitter, it's about time to bring YouTube. Twitter is not a big deal but I want YouTube - it's 3x more useful and popular. Also, you could go to the links of YouTube always when you see one in Twitter or Facebook.

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Comment #76 by Poppygalaxy
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 04:50:32 PM
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No chat. whats the point. looks better then twitter tough

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Comment #77 by mattcrossUNC
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 07:17:32 PM
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@74, under facebook you should just be able to add your hotmail address under your facebook page. You shouldn't have to change your live account. Just go to edit profile and there should be a link to add email address. I would assume that this will make it work on this dashboard app.

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Comment #78 by RTRD Mayhem
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 09:56:58 PM
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@75, YouTube is flash Media, and would be rather difficult to have and maintain on a console without a browser. so i doubt this will ever happen, though it would be awesome.

@77, i know how to do that. but i use my gmail (facebook) account as my primary email address. my LIVE email address is something i visit like once every other month. that why i want my live account on my gmail. make life easier. but i'm not sure if i can do it.

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Comment #79 by ToBy DaLeY
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 @ 02:30:58 PM
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a browser would be nice..

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Comment #80 by CTW001
Saturday, October 24, 2009 @ 03:45:54 AM
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QUESTION: Will it automatically link my facebook account to my gamertag or do I have to do it manually (because quite frankly I don't want to do it at all.)

And how easy is it for some person on Xbox Live (even someone I don't know personally on my friends list) to 'read' and 'post' on my facebook account.

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Comment #81 by Ingles
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 06:37:42 PM
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The update just makes those new features available. No one is saying that anyone has to use them. It's just there for those that would like to or want to use them and to encourage more people to pick up an Xbox 360 console over the competition.

People are always complaining and some just to be complaining and not for the sake or anything else. If it were the opposite and they didn't include the features, you'd have all the people who wanted the features bitching and complaining about how they should have added it but no... they've added it and you have the people who could care less about it bitching and complaining. Download the update and stop complaining or just buy another console for crying out loud. Are we all really that immature?

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Comment #82 by Dahje
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 06:45:42 PM
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Just watched the video and I'm still unsure what the hell you all get off facebook it just seems like your pictures and shit like that kinda useless, why didn't they add all the apps. And for everyone saying what about the chat do you really wanna send messages from the controller typeing or spend what is it like 30 bucks for a keypad. The chat wouldn't have done anything.

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Comment #83 by Mr Shagtastic
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 @ 12:52:49 PM
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This is great news, hopefully one day we will get a browser.
But knowing Microsoft it will cost a fortune

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Comment #84 by islandboi93
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 04:19:39 PM
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@#5 he needs to get his facts straight because in actuality it is the same speed. I have the preview update and it is quite fast, i expected twitter and facebook to run slowly or make the system slower but it is actually very fast

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Comment #85 by Dark Knight1990
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 09:37:24 PM
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@ SproOve, If you are so determined to go outside and get air and not be lazy. Then please tell me why you are consistently posting on a gaming website? I'm sure you could be doing something else with your time.

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