Microsoft's new 360 dashboard overhauls the system's entire look and feel. Many of the new features are useful and necessary, but this wouldn't be a true Microsoft update without a few things going wrong.
Man, I just bought a Kinect and i was hoping this Update would make the voice commands and stuff work better.
If you find the voice command doesn't work very well, you might want to try re-calibrating it. That said, mine seems to work flawlessly except when Kinect can't hear me.
i'd say the only thing to hate is no more simplicity on the game marketplace. From what has been shown, you either need to know the name or the genre. I like the current way of you can look at all the newest stuff or look at each section for demos, indie, games on demand and arcade. If they removed those 4 basic areas of interest in favor of putting it all on the table then I dont know if i could get used to that. Im sure I could but after being able to go into the area of interest so easily the last couple of years just seems like a step back. Bing...not as bad as people want to believe and currently I use bing for searching on my PC because they have a rewards program. I can trade my bing point for live points. Searching the internet and get MS points for doing do. I got no complaints.
The Kinect can hear my girlfriend fine, but it doesn't listen to anything I say. I think it doesn't like me... Also, I can see it watching me even when the Xbox isn't on, and last night somebody cut the brakes on my car.
Maybe kinect is sexist?
@SouthSideSam Maybe it's after your girlfriend and is trying to get rid of you.
How many dashboard updates has Microsoft had? LOL ridiculous..
Far too many to count.
So 3-4 major GUI changes are 2 many since launch ? Have you ever had any interactions with PS3 sir ? They have updates every month :P
You can't count to 4? :)
@fooxy The UI on the PS3 hasn't changed since it launched 5 years ago. They added new things, but it's still the same old, same old. I like having a new UI every couple of years, keeps things fresh.
How many firmware updates has Sony had? LOL ridiculous..
"You can't count to 4?" Ahahaha
OMG that was funny Caligula!! /s
As many as the number of games worth buying exclusively on the system this year, lol.
I dont know if these guys are trying to compliment this by saying Microsoft cares about the appeal of the xbox or is a insult somehow0_o
PS3 may have much more interface changes.... but it has been much more consistant that xbox. The feel of the Xmb has always been the same FEEL.
At least they do something. How many useless firmware updates and patches has the PS3 had? Probably more than you can count.
It is time for an XMB update too. This 360 update actually looks kind of cool. Man City, baby!
Ummm... this would be 3 updates in 2 years? MAJOR UPDATES that is. The minor ones to fit stuff don't count, because Sony get that on the PS3 too.
How is changing up the dashboard from time to time ridiculous? Sounds like u own a certain system who doesnt recieve dashboard updates...salty are we?
And on the other hand, changing YouTube every 3 months... Now THAT is something to complain about.
The Dashboard updates are always very significant, introduce/open up many new changes etc. How is it different from logging into your ps3 all the time and finding out you have to screw around waiting for an update that's usually slower than heck over wireless???
Tell me about it! By the time it's done downloading then uploading I don't even feel like playing. Ps3 updates is like waiting for baby turtle to cross a wide road.
This update is pretty good. At least Microsoft didn't just slap a "4.0" at the end of Firmware...
I'd prefer if the PS3 had more major updates to the firmware. Memory seems to be an issue though, can't wait for the next consoles to fix all that.
Bing is stupid, and this Xbox 360 dashboard update proves it.
so unless you think google is stupid too....
I like bing search - between my wife and I we have not bought Microsoft points in over 4 months because of bing search. just depends on your preferences, I use Google and bing.
Bing is good for porn lol
Yeah the Bing search... not looking so hot. Why do people still seem to think they have a chance in hell of competing with Google? Some of the other things look pretty neat though.
Yeah, Bing is... derp.
Bing & Decide if its really derp ;P Yeah... its derp. :D
Having read your comment, I went and checked out Bing (for the first time ever), and I don't really see what's so wrong with it. It seems a lot like Google, except for the background image.
Yeah, but would you ever use it over Google?
Sadie2100, I use google whenever I want my search results corrupted by SEO spammers. Which is to say, not at all.
the reason i use google is because google came first theres not much difference between the two but for people who will start using the internet in the future might choose bing over google as they have no loyalty to who came first as both were there from the beginning fro them
Basically what Vishant said. I'm not going to use Bing over Google because I've been conditioned to use Google and also because my web browser is Google Chrome and my homepage is Google. But even Google couldn't get me off of Facebook. I tried using Google+ for a bit but because few of my friends switched over I stayed with Facebook. Conclusion. There really isn't anything wrong with Bing. It's about the same as Google is and from now on I'm going to perceive most criticism against Bing as coming from irrational loyalty or hatred.
I think we should take this update, AND MOVE IT SOMEWHERE ELSE!
-i do like that there adding the beacon application, i miss being able to flaunt my gamerscore, and achievements on facebook, not only that, but it's also nice to see some gamer scores, combating a Sea of Shirtless people in the mirror, girls with duck lips and also various pics of what people are eating, buying or fucking... oh yea, and their pets and their kids.. gross...
You do realize it's a SOCIAL media site right? Everything you listed you don't like is EXACTLY what should be posted on a SOCIAL media site. If you don't like it, don't use it.
Yes, i use it for the socializing aspect, as in talking to friends, making plans, private messaging people, whats on their minds, what music there listening to, what films their seeing, what games their playing, where there traveling, or in other words things not so self absorbed.
Apart from the cartoon avatars the 360 GUI is fantastic. Its slick, fast, responsive and intuitive. Best of all its evolution has kept it looking fresh. In comparison the PS3 XMB, whilst functional and intuitive, is positively stale and is screaming out for a major overhaul. Furthermore, access it during a game and not only does it look different but it does not even run as fast as Windows 3.1 on an 80286. In all fairness the 360 GUI used to be quite sluggish in-game but to their credit MS rectified this. PS3 fans can disagree but even Sony is revamping things for the Vita and I'll bet they do the same with the PS4. The days of the XMB are numbered. You know what of the great things about the MS GUI, you can change who's logged in without having to quit the game. I want this feature more than cross-game chat on PS3.
Hats off to you for having a relatively balanced argument and where you did bash the PS3, you did so without the usual garbage, abbreviations an profanity. Have a bubble
I would have to disagree. I use the xbox and ps3 interface quite often and I find the xbox dash has too much going on the screen. I don't like the like the idea where if your on one section dash... chances are it will look totally different in another section.
I think 360 users are getting mad that the dashboard keeps changing and it seems to look almost like PS3's XMB setup. Sad part is, the first dashboard was the best. At least it let you see your background theme and you can use your own picture from the hard drive.
haha nice try pal. I am a 360 user and I love the updates. I also own a PS3 and their system is basic. The first update was good and the others have just upgraded the experience.
Yeah and so what? You are just one person, theirs alot of other people that quit owning a Xbox because of the Blades being remove. Sorry but the more the change it, the more pointless it is to have a background you pay for.
That's funny, because I'm a 360 owner and I'm glad that they update the UI. And, uhh, you can still use a picture from your HDD. I have a BF3 picture as my background now. Sounds like the PS3 users are getting mad' because the 360's UI is changing, while yours stays bland for another 5 years. Enjoy your crappy XMB :)
@ Neko_Mega How can you tell me I am only one person and then say in your post "I think 360 users are getting mad"? Using your logic, you're only one person, so how can you speculate what other 360 users are feeling. I am speaking from my the 360 users I game with on a regular basis, they love the new changes. Sure some aspects might be missed or not desires, but overall, the general consensus I get from users is positive.
"Yeah and so what? You are just one person, theirs alot of other people that quit owning a Xbox because of the Blades being remove. Sorry but the more the change it, the more pointless it is to have a background you pay for." I was gonna make fun of you but your own words are enough.
So many salty 360 haters in here...gotta love n4g....
I love how people began to bash the PS3 and its fans from the start on here (majority) instead of what the article was about, the new update, and what they thought of it.
LOL.. Are you serious? Most of the "bash the PS3" were responses to a PS3 fans.
My one hate about the 360's dashboard was the addition of those kiddie Avatars... those things still scare me. If I wanted that then I'll turn on my Wii. However, now there is Bing. I'm fine with everything else.
Maybe its common maybe it is not but i have no problems using my kinect with voice for searching bing even with my English accent it doesn't have a problem.
I like how its easier to get in to a game or get into a app so much quicker than before. Inviting or joining friends to game is much slicker and faster even when you're into an app its much more faster. And the set up is so much more cleaner than before.
the purpose of this update is to make people buy kinect and you my dear gamer you are in the second place.
Hey Gamingdroid even that article you linked doesn'tsay they don't copy them, it says it uses their results AND cherry pick as Bing themselves say they pull from multiple search engines/queries "If it’s easy to show that Bing doesn’t do wholescale copying, if it’s easy to find “tail” searches where there’s no evidence of copying, then why has Google gone to the extraordinary lengths of accusing its chief rival of being a cheater? As I wrote in my original article, it’s because Google does see evidence that Bing is learning ways to improve its results especially for unusual queries and spelling corrections where it says huge amounts of engineering time are spent getting the right answers. To Google, that it’s not wholescale copying doesn’t make the issue less of a concern. For Google, Bing seems to be cherrypicking the best stuff (though Google hasn’t shown more than one example of this). For Bing, the opposite. The signal comes from searches across the web, not just from Google — and is so little is used that it’s not a big deal." AS I SAID EAT IT BOY! WOW HOW DID I GET MARKED FOR TROLLING NO ONE READ EITHER ARTICLE YOU JUST AGREED WITH DROID WTF BTW THAT IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE VERY ARTICLE YOU POSTED. They don't take all results but they do take some. As was proven in the article I posted where they were even taking abnormal search queries results. Bing watching what people do in "relevancy" for their own search engine...
The way google proves it in the first article is by making fake results for completely nonsensical searches, and what do you know Bing copied the results perfectly. Read at To Sting A Bing. You know just in case you don't wanna read all of it... The fact they don't just copy Google doesn't mean that they don't steal any results. In the article you link they cite that Bing pulls it's results from many. I.E A student that looks around to copy answers from everyone, not just the star pupil. Does that make it any less wrong?
I never really liked the xbox dashbored.... it felt to much like a toy... But then again consoles are toys I wish they allowed you to change themes, where you avatar is totally removed off the screen and extra screens that advertisements.
R THINGS I HATE BOUT XBOX #1 RROD, #2 Talk trash bout SONY, #3 They keep buying exclusive (even though it's competition).
So in a parallel universe, things u hate about Sony are: 1.) Ylod+hacked accounts, 2.) Trash talk about MS, 3.) Paying millions to retain exclusivity. Hello kettle, this is the pot calling. Btw you are black.
My fault people read the title wrong. Type too fast sometimes my bad
Honestly don't like the look of it one bit, looks very ALPHA to me
I love my 360 and ps3, but damn, that XMB needs a overhauling.
im not trying to be a ass but has anyone realized that he/she is breaking the Program Agreement that they have with Microsoft even though it comes out tomorrow.
I never remember PS3 users being like this... When will most of these people admit they ditched the 360 and grabbed a PS3 cause of the price drop?