Review — The New Xbox Experience [Re-post]

1 03 2009

At E3 in July, Microsoft answered the question as to why there was no Spring update for the Xbox 360, and they unveiled a brand new Xbox Live dashboard menu.

The biggest addition, met with some mixed reactions, is the new Avatars. Some people complained that they were basically ripping off the Wii, which they were, but they actually did it better than Nintendo. At least in my opinion.


My avatar.

The clothing selection is very limited at the moment, but Microsoft plans on releasing new clothes every 2 weeks which is good, but there should have been more upon the initial release. The detail is also much more realistic, as to the Wii bodies that look like Gumby.

Another nice feature is Netflix, which I haven’t been able to preview since I do not have a Netflix subscription. Basically, if you have a Netflix subscription, you can link your account to your Xbox, and you can watch from a selection of about 8 to 10 thousand movies. A major blow came at the launch and Sony pulled their entire library of movies, although the issue has now been resolved and their movies are now back up.

One feature I think a lot of people will be using is he ability to now install the games to your hard drive. It makes your Xbox 360 run cooler, your games load faster, and the system is a lot quieter since the disc drive isn’t spinning.

The marketplace has been greatly improved, and everything is now organized in catigories and/or alphetically. It makes the task of finding things much more simple.

The Party feature is nifty also. It’s really nothing more than a private chat, which you previously could do one-on-one with a friend, but now it’s up to 8 people. This could lead so some cheating since now players can talk to their team mates after they’re dead and get pointers to where people are and such, but people are always going to find a way to get the upper-hand, so it’s not really a big deal.

The design of the new dashboard is much more easy on the eye, and looks great. Some people are complaining that the new dashboard is too “childish”, but I think it’s great.

Overall, the new dashboard is very nice. I love it.

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