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Final 2007 Fall Dashboard update details and demo video

As promised, Microsoft is bringing some early gifts to your Xbox 360® just prior to the holiday season. Beginning at 0200 A.M. PST on December 4, 2007, the Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard Update will be available for all connected Xbox 360 consoles free of charge, bringing an array of new features and enhancements to the leading gaming and entertainment system.

Among the key new enhancements are the previously announced Xbox Originals game download service, Family Timer parental control feature, and expanded social networking experiences. Xbox 360 owners can also look forward to enhanced navigation, profile, and video features and Xbox LIVE® Arcade Hits.

This free update will be digitally distributed over Xbox LIVE to the more than eight million Xbox LIVE members worldwide (Xbox LIVE Silver and Gold) with no disc or hard drive required. If you don't have an Xbox LIVE account, you can easily sign up for the free network by connecting your console to a broadband internet connection.

Update:

See the first link at the Alternative Sources below for even more details from Microsoft.

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toughNAME3436d ago

you better surprise me with something, because this is looking awesomely disappointing

Hugh Hefner3436d ago

How can you call this a dissapointment??? Read below, and this is only a partial list of what is coming.

"Xbox 360 Introduces New Features and Console Enhancements with the 2007 Fall Dashboard Update

Free system update hits connected consoles worldwide on Dec. 4; Xbox Originals, Family Timer and more available through download

As promised, Microsoft is bringing some early gifts to your Xbox 360 just prior to the holiday season. Beginning at 0200 a.m. PST on Dec. 4, the Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard Update will be available for all connected Xbox 360 consoles free of charge, bringing an array of new features and enhancements to the leading gaming and entertainment system.

Among the key new enhancements are the previously announced Xbox Originals game download service, Family Timer parental control feature, and expanded social networking experiences. Xbox 360 owners can also look forward to enhanced navigation, profile and video features and Xbox LIVE Arcade Hits.

This free update will be digitally distributed over Xbox LIVE to the more than 8 million Xbox LIVE members worldwide (Xbox LIVE Silver and Gold) with no disc or hard drive required. Gamers without an Xbox LIVE account can easily sign up for the free network by connecting their console to a broadband internet connection. New features and enhancements include:

MORE DOWNLOAD OPTIONS:

* Xbox Originals – With this new service, announced on Nov. 13, consumers can download-to-own full original Xbox games that were previously only available at retail. The digital shelves will always be stocked with classic titles, such as “Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex” “Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge,” “Halo,” “Fable,” “Fuzion Frenzy,” “Psychonauts,” and more as the catalogue grows over time, at 1200 Microsoft Points per game.

· Xbox LIVE Arcade Hits – On Xbox LIVE Arcade, the Arcade Hits program kicks off where some of the best selling Xbox LIVE Arcade games will become available at permanently reduced prices, making it easier than ever for everyone to build a library of downloadable games! The first games to become Arcade Hits will be “Bankshot Billiards 2” and “Lumines LIVE,” which will be available for 800 Microsoft Points each, and “Marble Blast Ultra,” “Small Arms” and “Zuma Deluxe,” which will be available for 400 Microsoft Points each. With free trial downloads for every game and over 100 games to choose from, Xbox LIVE Arcade offers something for every member of the family.

NEW WAYS TO KEEP UP TO DATE AND CONNECTED:

· Inside Xbox – A new direct feed brings current news straight from Xbox.com into the Xbox LIVE Dashboard providing members an easy, predictable entry point where they can discover what's new in: game releases, events, and Xbox LIVE Marketplace offers.

· Enhanced online profile – Members interested in sharing a few more details about themselves will have the option to go beyond their motto and further personalize their profile with an expanded bio. The extended bios will be visible to “Friends Only” or the entire Xbox LIVE community.

· Expanded Friends List access – A quick and easy way for gamers to expand their personal community on Xbox LIVE, members will be able to see the Friends Lists of other Xbox LIVE members, boosting their social networking experience on the service.

ENHANCED OVERALL EXPERIENCE AND CONTROL:

* Enhanced Parental Controls – Family Timer, a strong and flexible new addition to the Xbox 360 Family Settings, enables parents to set the amount of time their Xbox 360 can be used on a per-day or per-week basis by their children or other members of the household.

* New video features – The convenience of full-screen movie previews and enhanced video codec support further expand the options when it comes to the Xbox 360 entertainment experience.

· Easy-to-use navigation features – With several noteworthy changes in the Xbox LIVE Dashboard, from the new Game Store button to the Video Store button to enhanced visuals and descriptions in the video library, Xbox LIVE members can find what they want, when they want it.

These features are just some of the new enhancements Xbox 360 owners can expect as part of the Fall Dashboard Update. On December 4th a list of all the new features and improvements will be posted at: http://www.xbox.com/live. "

rubarb233435d ago

serious question, does the ps3 allow you to do any of this stuff?

Close_Second3436d ago

...can see now why it was delayed so long. You have to be kidding...this is it?!?

This really is disappointing.

Lord Cheese3436d ago

that is the best avatar image i've ever seen. Have a bubble :O)

projectile3436d ago (Edited 3436d ago )

"enhanced video codec support"
Nice if divx and maby xvid was to come with the update.

edit: yeah i watched the whole thing and they have both:) only thing now i want is mkv, but that is probably never going to happen.
Also i hope the divx/xvid 5.1 sound is supported. That would really make my day! Now i dont have to buy a new computer with hdmi.

Hugh Hefner3436d ago

1up confirmed Divx and Xvid are also supported.

Marceles3436d ago

I can't wait to see the Xbox originals library, (mostly Psychonauts). Honestly...(and not to flame) Sony hasn't paid attention to the PS1 library that much on PSN, and I think the Xbox library available on Live will soon pass the number of PS1 games on PSN. There's only about 10 PS1 games available for download on PSN so far, but I can see Xbox adding alot of games frequently. Bring us the classics!

SmokeyMcBear3436d ago (Edited 3436d ago )

I can agree with you on that one.. although castlevania was a pleasant surprise, bascially japan gets all the love in that region, they get like 1-5 games a week on those updates.. dammit

yeah.. just 15 psone games on the us psn store.. i gave up counting at around 50 on the japanese psn store

Marceles3436d ago

lol @ counting US games compared to JPN games...yeah that really sucks

whoelse3435d ago

Yes they should definetly give out more PS1 games, but also in time, some PS2 games.

There are alot more PS1 games planned running up to xmas though.

Noodlecup3436d ago

Lol @ gifts, how about a dashboard which doesnt freeze and the option to take out all of the dumb eye candy when switching between blades.

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