Gear Live: Xbox 360 Fall 2009 Update Preview

Gear Live is getting early access to the Xbox 360 Fall 2009 Dashboard Update. They will bring you all their thoughts on everything they are able to try out.

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KionicWarlord2223476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )


"Netflix Updates
Now you can watch movies with your friends no matter where they are and manage your queue from the comfort of your couch.

Movie Parties – Xbox LIVE Gold members can sit together in a virtual theater with up to seven friends no matter where they are while your Avatars watch a movie, flirt or even throw popcorn at each other.
Manage Your Queue – Browse the Netflix Instant Watch video catalogue, choose from the most popular movies and genres and add to your queue all from the comfort of your couch – no computer required.
Enhanced Playback Experience – Enjoy a smooth viewing experience when your internet bandwidth fluctuates.
Friends Info – Richer information is now displayed in the Friends channel and in the Guide showing what you and your friends are doing.
Avatar Marketplace
Express yourself! Deck your Avatar out with the latest clothing and props from the top brands and game franchises.

Clothing – Download premium items, including branded apparel from your favorite fashion labels and Xbox 360 games such as “Halo.”
Props – You can now equip your avatar with animated items they can carry around and interact with.
Awardables – The ability to earn Avatar clothing and props as rewards within games has been added. Please stay tuned for an update on supporting titles.
Games on Demand
Enjoy 24 x 7 access to a growing online library of popular full game titles on Xbox LIVE whenever you want them, in the comfort of your living room.

Purchase Options – Browse and download a great selection of full Xbox 360 games using Microsoft Points, direct debit, or credit card.
Game Manuals – Game manuals for Games on Demand titles can be viewed, downloaded or printed on
It’s Yours Forever! – As with other Xbox LIVE content, Games on Demand titles are linked to your Xbox LIVE account, so you can delete and re-download anything you have already purchased to the same console or another console.
User Ratings
User ratings help you find games that other people think are awesome!

Rate it – You can now rate every game on the Xbox LIVE Games Marketplace using a 5-star system.
Sort and Find it – Now you can easily find the games that everyone’s been raving about by visiting the Top Rated games in the Browse All category of Xbox LIVE Games Marketplace.
Xbox LIVE Parties
Everyone loves to Party! Check out the new and improved Xbox LIVE Party features.

Party Reconnections – If you are accidently disconnected from your party, Xbox LIVE will automatically reconnect you.
Streamlined Party Invites – Invites are now just one click away! No need to click through multiple screens to get all your friends together.
Video Display Options
We’ve made it easier for you to see your entertainment in the highest resolution possible on your TV using an HDMI connection.

Display Discovery – Make sure you can see and hear your entertainment in the highest resolution and sound quality possible with the option to override and select audio and video formats independent of the information your television sends to your Xbox 360 console.
Other Improvements
We’re always listening to you for feedback, and this Xbox LIVE update will include numerous dashboard updates.

Gold Member Veterans – Xbox LIVE Gold members get to show it off with a stamp on your Gamer Card that tells people how long you’ve been a Gold member.
Indie Games – Xbox LIVE Community Games has been renamed Xbox LIVE Indie Games. We feel this new name better represents the independent spirit of these titles.
Achievement Browser – We’ve revamped the Achievements browser so it’s now easier to read through all the achievements while playing a game. You can now also launch a game directly from the browser.
Achievements Tracking – A new view inside the profile panel which includes a summary of Achievements earned across all the games played, and shows of all your completed games.
Streamlined Navigation - Streamlined navigation, including new entry points in the dashboard for Active Downloads, redeeming codes, recovering Gamertags and more.
Voice Messages – No more blank voice messages! When recording a voice message, a warning will pop up if no audio is detected.
Friends List Sorting – It’s now easier to find your friends! Find and sort your friends by activity, Gamertag or online status by pressing the Y button while viewing the friends list in the Guide.
Memory – Time stamps now appear in the memory area, which particular handy when managing saved games.
Account Management
We’ve made some changes to make your life easier.

Subscription Notification – If your Xbox LIVE subscription is about to run out, you will now be notified when you sign into Xbox LIVE.
Updates for Invalid Windows Live IDs – If the Windows Live ID you provided has expired, you will now be prompted to update it the next time you sign into Xbox LIVE.
Account recovery – We’ve enhanced the account recovery process to make it faster and more reliable."

Fall will be nice and cozy.

This preview killed last year`s update.

Guess no one want`s to comment...

Must be in shock.

ShabzS3476d ago

debit card option for games on demand? not bad at all

KionicWarlord2223476d ago

Oh yeah.

Loving everthing about this. Im surprise it`s coming in the summer.

Kushan3476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

That's not even all of it. Facebook, Twitter, and (in the UK, at least) Sky support is coming as well. Quite a nice little update.

EDIT: If you're going to disagree, by all means post a reason why. Those are already confirmed features, it's hard to disagree with solid fact without showing that you're being a bit of a silly fanboy.

ChrisGTR13476d ago

is this really coming this monday? any links? MS doesnt do the fall update will november usually

StanLee3476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

GOD.DAMN.EPIC!!! I'm really looking forward to this. Can't wait.

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KionicWarlord2223476d ago

I cant believe no one`s commenting...

It`s a great read.

-MD-3476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

Gonna read and touch back on the things I like :)

-Avatar Marketplace: Love everything they're doing here from the downloadable gear/props to unlockables in games hopefully Rare support their old titles with this feature I would love an excuse to go back and play Perfect Dark Zero again.

-Games on Demand It’s Yours Forever! – FANTASTIC feature wow I can't believe they are actually supporting this. Cross console downloadable games is what's going to get me jump into digital downloads.

-User Ratings: Loving the new ability to rate games I like to see what other people are big into. And everyone knows I like to share my opinion ;)

-Xbox LIVE Parties: Getting something done quicker is always welcome.

-Gold Member Veterans – The ability to proudly boast I was a launch owner? Yes please. Love the streamlined achievement system can't wait to see that. Once again easier navigation is always welcome.

-Account recovery: My brother will appreciate that he's constantly recovering his tag from his friends house.

Awesome additions can't wait.

KionicWarlord2223476d ago

Thank god some one responds.


Chubear3476d ago

360avatars look so gay it's ridiculous. No offense to my gay gaming bros & sisters but... even you all know that 360avatar stance is flamming.

terrandragon3476d ago

Hiphopgamer, what do you have in response of this article with yours being about trophies being more popular than achievements?

Clothing – Download premium items, including branded apparel from your favorite fashion labels and Xbox 360 games such as “Halo.”
Props – You can now equip your avatar with animated items they can carry around and interact with.
Awardables – The ability to earn Avatar clothing and props as rewards within games has been added.

sack_boi3476d ago

He's a smurf, a d***a$$ and a Sony fanboy, you shouldn't pay too much attention to what he says.

RedVsBlue3476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

How does the friend movie things work ? Netflix or can we say load up an AVI file & watch that with a friend ? Or is it Netflix only

KionicWarlord2223476d ago


In Europe Sky player will have a party option.

edhe3476d ago

anything you download/stream off the service can be shared if both people have the access rights to it.

You can choose fullscreen or avatar-theatre for avatar 'reactions'

4cough3476d ago

Go MS stick the boot in finish that overhyped and the most underachieving boring console of all time.

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