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Old 07-16-2008, 11:47 PM
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Default New Xbox 360 Dashboard: Video Overview in HD

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.gametrailers.com/player/36411.html' target='_blank'>http://www.gametrailers.com/player/36411.html</a><br /><br /></div><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1216247787.usr1.jpg" border="1" /></p><p>Gametrailers.com has a <a href="http://www.gametrailers.com/player/36411.html" target="_blank">great overview of the new Xbox 360 dashboard</a>, and it's in glorious high-definition (I think their server is getting slammed, it took a while to buffer for me). I have a better impression of it now than I did at first: I'm glad that the cheesy avatar stuff isn't as omniprescent as I first thought - I really dislike it. It just seems to "kid like" to me...if I wanted a Wii, I would have bought one.</p>
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:46 AM
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What excites me more than the dashboard is some of the other features coming in the Fall Update. You'll be able to save and play entire game discs off the hard drive. The DVD drive won't be spinning which should make the system significantly quieter, with much faster load times! They're also (FINALLY) adding support for common 15:10 resolutions such as 1440x900 and 1680x1024, for those of us with 19-22 widescreen LCD monitors. Hallelujah! Those 24" monitors sure are nice, but they cost twice as much, and suck down double the electricity as compared to a 22" LCD.

Nice to see a manufacturer continue to update their product in such a huge way, instead of forcing us to buy a "new" system every two years. With updates like this, the 360 could be around for half a decade or more.
 
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Old 07-17-2008, 07:21 AM
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I have one question: Is this forced?! Do I have to upgrade?!

I absolutely hate the avatar thing. Like you said Jason, its for kids. The Wii is for kids, the Xbox 360 is for more serious gamers. I'm all about technical upgrades but this is just dissapointing.
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Old 07-17-2008, 07:47 AM
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So is this going to cost me $10?
 
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:07 AM
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You'll be able to save and play entire game discs off the hard drive. The DVD drive won't be spinning which should make the system significantly quieter, with much faster load times!
I'm looking forward to this, more for the quieter operation than the faster load times. My 360 RRoDed many months ago. It was still under warranty, so I sent it in for repair; when I received it, they switched the DVD drive to the noisier version. Grrr.

Sigh, I guess I'll need a new HDD. The 20GB one just isn't going to cut it anymore.

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They're also (FINALLY) adding support for common 15:10 resolutions such as 1440x900 and 1680x1024, for those of us with 19-22 widescreen LCD monitors. Hallelujah! Those 24" monitors sure are nice, but they cost twice as much, and suck down double the electricity as compared to a 22" LCD.
Looking forward to this as well, although I believe it was 16:10 - 1440 x 900 and 1680 x 1050?
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:16 AM
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I have one question: Is this forced?! Do I have to upgrade?!
No one is forced to upgrade, although I don't think you'll gain much by not upgrading. The blades interface will still be accessible, although it appears that it'll be a part of the Guide rather than the Dashboard. As for the avatars, I guess they're an acquired taste. I'm in the "if I wanted them, I would have bought a Wii" crowd, although maybe they'll grow on me.
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:05 PM
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Sorry but if you're on live, you get upgraded.
Its a full system software update.
(Remember, its not just the avatars and Vista-like UI, but a whole rewrite of the dashboard.)

Yes, the blades remain, but in a minimalist mode; they serve as the Guide menu now (its in the final third of the video). They actually look nice and its a really big improvement over the current Guide.

As the video makes clear, the new GUI is smooth and snappy and optimized for widescreen instead of 4x3...

The avatars are *optional*, folks; you can still do gamerpics instead.
(And the biggest nay-sayers will be the first to rush out their fancy alter-egos. You know who you are!)

Existing themes will work; it looks fairly nice, too.
Microsoft Shows Off Xbox Experience Mockups GamePlasma.com :: Gaming to the Next Level! :: GamePlasma Live BETA

Two seriously under-reported aspects of the 360 V2.0 update are the party-based file-sharing (photo-viewing for sure, music almost certain, video probably) and the new Live Primetime "channel" for schedule-based online gaming. One vs one-hundred has been mentioned but it hasn't been emphasized enough; Primetime is essentially a channel of game show MMORGs. Think you can do better than the stiffs on a given game show? Well, Primetime may give you a chance to live up to the boast...

Hopefully, not that they will be replacing the existing media player and photoviewer, we'll get significant improvements for both. The photo viewer for certain; it can hardly be much worse. But it would be nice to get album art for the media player and the ability to import DRM-free or even protected WMA music onto the hard drive. The new karaoke game, LIPS, allows it so there is some hope there...

Of course, this is all 4-5 months away and they are working on it as we speak so a few things may change, but overall its a nice update and a fair exchange for missing the spring dashboard update.
 
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Old 07-17-2008, 05:41 PM
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You'll be able to save and play entire game discs off the hard drive. The DVD drive won't be spinning which should make the system significantly quieter, with much faster load times!
I'd be more excited about this if they allowed you to use any external hard drive you wanted. I have the 120 GB drive, but most people are still rocking the 20 GB drive and constantly deleting stuff. The fact that Microsoft is charging $179 MSRP for the 120 GB drive is crazy given that for $99 I can pick up a 250 GB drive. Putting games on the hard drive is a great idea, but Microsoft needs to re-think their approach to storage.
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Old 07-17-2008, 05:42 PM
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So is this going to cost me $10?
No, Microsoft isn't Apple.
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Old 07-17-2008, 07:16 PM
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I'd be more excited about this if they allowed you to use any external hard drive you wanted. I have the 120 GB drive, but most people are still rocking the 20 GB drive and constantly deleting stuff. The fact that Microsoft is charging $179 MSRP for the 120 GB drive is crazy given that for $99 I can pick up a 250 GB drive. Putting games on the hard drive is a great idea, but Microsoft needs to re-think their approach to storage.
You do know they're dropping prices on the standalone drives in sept/oct (before the update comes out), right?
http://xboxfamily.com/us/index.php/L...b-s-Death.html
Somebody leaked a memo to the purchasing agent of one of the big chains detailing the intro of a "Starter Pack" with a 60GB drive and sundries for $99 and the 120GB drive dropping to (woweee!) $149.
<shrug>
Its a start, I guess...
 
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