Microsoft will release a new dashboard for Xbox 360 today. Videogameszone takes a look at the evolution of Xbox and Xbox 360 dashboards.
That image brings back some great memories, back when Xbox had really great games and awesome live titles and it was all fun without the insane drama and nonsense that plagues onling gaming today.
You mean not getting hacked, not having scumbags have your personal details and not being able to play online for a month? *sigh* Yeah, those were the good ol days. . .oh wait, thats everyday :) no drama at all.
I see your hack troll and raise you a RRoD and online tax, no system is perfect and both have drawbacks and positive. Games are what matter at the end of the day, not silly little fanboy wars.
I think what he was getting at was: "back when it was a niche sort of thing that mostly adults with jobs used - you know, people who are generally more respectful and pleasant to play with" - I don't think he was trying to take a jab at any particular console. If I interpreted that correctly then I couldn't agree with him more.
not gonna lie but the new dashboard is a lot better than before. the dashboard feels a lot zippier now than before, also gives "blades" kind of feeling with being able to use the RB and LB which i like. and yes there were like 1-2 second load times before when opening anything but they're almost absent now.
Someone lost their focus, don't know. Last time I heard XBL was being hacked and Microsoft wouldn't do anything about it. But they just care about your money, why should they care about you?
What the hell are you talking about?? Last I checked it was my PSN account that got fried.
yea dude it was down 4 a while
A month. Not a while
At least the Xbox had some cool incremental UI redesigns...Sony fans get little to nothing in terms of UI overhauls. I mean the XMB still looks almost the same as when the PS3 launched; but the dashboard looks very different.
thats too many changes imo if it aint broke dont fix it.
The xmb is broke. IMO of course.
@Disccordia - In some aspects, it still feels sort of unfinished. I do love the speed that it employs though. It is one hell of a snappy interface though. However, the in game one is the exact opposite. Loading up friends, reading messages or god forbid comparing trophies can be a PAIN sometimes. You'd think that trimming up that entire in-game UI would be an idea the Sony gurus would've came up with long ago. Still some stuff to fix: -Easy one push button to reply to messages. -Backing out of a message should throw me back to the message list, not XMB (this happens in game) -One push button to exit ENTIRE XMB regardless of where I am : If I'm comparing trophies and looking at an individual trophy, I should get back to the in game screen without a hassle of going back through menus! -A new UI overhaul/redesign is not a necessity, but it would be very welcome :)
That dashboard was just awesome. I also loved the strange ambient chatter when you went in and out of each menu.
The original Xbox dashboard was the best. Super hardcore. Not like todays casual pleasing white-wash rubbish.
"casual pleasing?" Yes, it may be more friendly, but it's made finding content much more easier and faster. Trust me, I loved the original menus, but it was such a pain finding the stuff you wanted in the marketplace. Also, the new dash is just so visually appealing. :D
I didn't like the update with the avatars and the big square blocks that you scrolled through, it was really tacky. But the Kinect-enabled Ui is soooo sexy and sleek
That dashboard brings back my old QA days....aaaaah working 60 hours a week just so the engineers and producers could get their bonuses. Good times.
May I ask where you worked?
The original dashboard was pretty awesome to look at.
yeaaaaa it was just so classic
i wish i could put it back to the blades i loved that
So far the only to agree - Although the blades looked ugly, they were much more functional than ones since then. And for one, the first option was "play game" not "watch advert" when you switched it on.
Yeah, I liked them too, tought the old dashboard was damn slow when compared to newer ones.
Well you should love the new dashboard. The first option is to play game.
Sadly I never had the original Xbox so the dashboard looks pretty alien to me, however I bought a 360 at launch and this brings back so many memories..good memories!
halo 2 nuff said. dont chu dare disagree
Halo 2 made XBL. Without it, XBL wouldn't be anywhere near what it is today. XBL for 360 took many ideas from Halo 2, and there are a ton of games that took ideas from Halo 2's XBL UI.
halo 2 online was the best and first time i played online ever!!!!
As you can see. The Xbox dashboards looks as if the wanted more glitz and glamour. But also user-friendly. I have a PS3 and Xbox 360 and I wish they update the interface on the PS3. Its just dull and it doesnt look like an "Entertainment System" I would have Blu-Ray graphics right in your face to show off how good it looks. Like the Xbox 360 has great colors and actually feels like a Video Game system and not a boring computer. Time for an upgrade? lol I had an original Xbox as well and this brings back memories
You can change the icons and backround to be more aesthetically pleasing.
*NBC logo* the more you know...
As Machioto stated, you can change the backround and icons, even make own ones with little skill. Tought the ones you can get from PSN are way overpriced, or you need to be plus member to get some now and then, but you can't deside which ones. I would say the PS3 interface is fine, it's smooth, and stylish. The look is great with moving file icons, and animated themes. Some nonsense loading times tought, like checking friends info, comparing games, etc.. Installation times are a joke, tought I have original HDD, switching it to faster one could help. Sometimes it's a WaitStation instead Playstation, It could be definitelly faster at times. Only big complain I have about it, is the damn EU-PSN store. They have been changing it now and then, but it's still a mess, and likes to think pretty often. Just overhaul whole thing, you can't make turd any better by sticking candies in it, it's still pile of turd.
Yea thats true. But I like how when you get an achievement or a message on the 360, you press the middle button and it goes straight to the message or trophy menu. Just little things that help save time while you're gaming. sending messages are a breeze on the 360
As I do agree that in overall gaming with Xo, and Live are my personal references, (tought my X0 died a long ago) I'm just stating PS3's interface isn't bad either, and there isn't that much of a difference. But yeah, it's all the little things combined that makes X0 interface more enjoyable. Biggest difference is the "loading times", and how the "Store" is implemented. In X0 it actually is implemented in the interface, it's fluid, easy to navigate, easy for the eye (atleast was in the last version, haven't seen the new one), and still easy to find what you wanted, etc.. it was great. In PSN (EU) you have to launch it separatelly, it's terrible sectioned, a mess to find something, slow, etc... It works yeah, but it needs overhaul.
Well, i don't own a PS3, but my little cousin goes on this site with his PS3 to get free themes! enjoy! :D http://www.ps3-themes.com/
I know about the free themes. It's just the layout that I was really speakin about.
Dark Sniper has witnessed all of the XBox 360's dashboard updates and he can officially say that Microsoft has done minimal changes since 2005. There is absolutely no excuse for Microsoft to give their userbase no reward for purchasing their platform. The only addition this new update brings is the same garbage combined with support for a camera that brings nothing but pain and frustration to those who attempt to operate it. The obvious delay is clearly in conjunction with Microsoft's historical lack of confidence in their manufacturing skills. Dark Sniper knows exactly what he expects when he sits down to enjoy some interactive entertainment. Reasons such as the article above gives Dark Sniper more reason to Xross the Xbox 360 out of his living room. $niper
Any reason you are referring to your self in the 3rd person ? Are you George Costanza ?
you must be new here. lol.
George is getting upset!
Lol, this guy is obviously a mad PS3 user, because his XMB stays the same...
The XMB doesn't need to change other than removing the ad's for the PSN store that are on like 3 columns and the netflix being there when I never installed it or had an account...other than that it's pretty much perfect though, it's much more functional than the xbox dash if not as visually appealing.
The original XBOX dashboard looked awesome
Better words have never been spoken! True, i remeber when Microsoft was the one that served us better, with the best games in this industry and the best online... I Remember Jade Empire, Kotor, Fable, Halo CE, Forza 1, MS Sports games were awesome! Stell Batalion and so much more... Online is a good thing but people trying to Clone Call of Duty is getting out of Control... We need new IPS like before, games that bring something new to the table. We dont need more Call of Duty or more Halos, we need new ideas and genres.
There have been dozens upon dozens of new ideas and genres. Problem is they dont sell, so just check the bargain bin and at any Gamestop and youll find all your looking for.
Its a revolution on the Xbox and its time for another dash change. Keeps getting better and better.
The evolution of ps3 dash bored 1.... LOl jk guys plz dont thumb down just a joke,i know ps3 add features to there stuff lol :P
Only here for the nostalgic original Xbox dashboard. <3 Dont care to read anything else.
PS3 still has the best UI of all. Dynamic Themes (especially the Nature ones [Amazing Earth]) >>> All I mean really, the two best themes by far are A Tranquil Stream and Amazing Earth: Australia's Coast. Beach Breeze was another good one. Then there's the old school Afrika theme.
but those dynamic themes are taking up ram they couldve used for X Game chat.
Dashboard updates over games, good job Microsoft! The PS3 XMB is great, why redesign/change it? Themes over dashboard updates anyday.
I'm sure your opinion would change if Sony did consistent XMB updates. But whatever Sony does is perfect, right?
No I can pretty much agree that the XMB is near perfect(remove the store ad's and it would be) and I'm not a Sony fan at all, Hell I don't even like consoles I only touch them when there's an appealing exclusive(not often I must admit)
I just scored the new dashboard. It reminds me of the XMB, and is freaking awesome. I despised the previous garbage interface of the 360. It's actually decent now. Nice work, MS. At last you can avoid the stupid piles of adverts, as you wade to the stuff you want. Gone is the 50% invisible UI, as you look at all the stupid adverts -- you can just GO and DO. Freaking 5 stars. It's about time.
actual ULF, it does have a xmb style, the left to right feel of it with the info that belongs to each option right below it but in this new style of coarse, so in a way i see how its xmb'ish but taken to the next level, at this point im happy that ms at least does this every few years and overhauls the dash, it shows they are always working on our system and thats impressive by itself. im sure people will find things they dont like but i think many people will love the new dash, overall it does it right in so many aspects and is pleasant to look at and easy to use. this is by far the best they have done. this time they hit the nail on the head, the new dash is fast and very responsive and the way you can use voice,kinect or controller all in the same place throughout is amazing as well.
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