Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has revealed that the Xbox 360 Dashboard update will be released on December 6.
Here is Major Nelson’s revelation via a post on his blog in its entirety:
“While many of you have been involved in the Xbox LIVE Preview Program and have been busy getting an early look at the next Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE features, I wanted to let you know that the official release for the update for all Xbox LIVE members will be Tuesday, December 6th. In this update, free to all console owners, you will see:
- New personal and social features including Cloud Storage for Game Saves and LIVE Profile
- Beacons and Facebook Sharing
- Enhanced Family Settings
- Integrated voice and gesture controls across the dashboard and in apps
- Bing voice search (Available this year in the US, UK and CA)
In addition to all these great dashboard features, starting on December 6th and continuing on an ongoing basis through the holiday months, a wealth of new content will be coming to Xbox 360. New, customized applications for television, movies, internet videos, sports and music will begin rolling out from world-leading providers in more than 20 countries.”
The new Xbox 360 Dashboard update brings Microsoft’s Metro theme to the Xbox.
Understandably, Microsoft is aiming for a unified look and feel across its products with the Xbox 360 Dashboard update.
Metro is also seen on the Windows Phone platform and the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.
The new Xbox 360 Dashboard update is mandatory to log into Xbox Live after December 6.