"Overall, this upgrade is a definitely a big step forward, and it allows Microsoft to better interact with consumers. By providing both a family oriented design, that's flashy enough for even hardcore gamers, combined with relatively low cost that falls below the Wii now, we think the Xbox 360 is going to be a recurring draw for consumers this holiday season. One thing to note as of right now, however, is that some features of the update require additional hard drive space. So, Xbox 360 arcade version owners may not have access to everything we've shown here.
Lastly, keep in mind none of these pictures truly capture the 'feel' of the NXE interface. The colors continually shift and flow, icons sweep in and out with swooshing noises, avatars look around, the bottom right corner has a pulsating Xbox icon, and there is much more glitz to see. In general the new Xbox experience just looks plain "cooler" now."