Sprung: First (official) look at the Xbox 360 Spring Dashboard Update!

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You might have heard some buzz Wink about a little thing called the spring dashboard update for Xbox 360! You know I had to run right over to see what we'll be getting the week of May 7th. We show you how Windows Live integration lets you IM your gamer buddies from games, from your cellphone, or from work (poor you), and we give you an up-close look at the new Xbox 360 keypad. 


Beyond Windows Live Messenger, the Spring Update for Xbox 360 includes hundreds of new features and enhancements including:

  • A richer Achievement notification pop-up will showcase the name of the unlocked Achievement and the gamerscore value without needing to leave the game to check the Achievements list.
  • Enhanced family settings features for Xbox Live communications enable different defaults for video chat and voice chat.
  • A new Xbox Live Marketplace blade lets Xbox Live members access the content they seek—whether it is game content or TV shows and movies (available in the United States)—from one place on Xbox Live.
  • Updates to Xbox Live Arcade allow owners to quickly see which Xbox Live Arcade games their friends are playing and join in the fun. Xbox Live members can also compare progress of leaderboard scores and Achievements directly with all friends on their friends list. Expanded "Tell a Friend" capabilities make it easier than ever to boast about Achievements and high scores.
  • Expanded "Tell a Friend" capabilities make it easier than ever to boast about Achievements and high scores.
  • A new option in Auto Downloads provides faster access to the entire collection of free, trial-version Xbox Live Arcade games.
  • New progressive download controls provide easy access to optimal viewing options by letting people fast-forward, rewind, pause and resume as their video is downloaded from Xbox Live Marketplace.
  • Extension of the background download functionality will allow owners to set their Xbox 360 console to turn off automatically after downloads are complete.
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    The Discussion

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      Ted Bracewell

      That's a huge update. My personal favorites are the automatic system shut off cause I like to download and leave. Being able to have more than 1 person in chat is fantastic, because I, as well as others I talk to, have complained about it. I mean Xbox 1 could do that, why not 360? And I also really like the achievements being labelled when they pop up because I'm an admitted achievements *... Smiley Having a blade for Marketplace is great too. Looking forward to the update.

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      Ted Bracewell

      That's a huge update. My personal favorites are the automatic system shut off cause I like to download and leave. Being able to have more than 1 person in chat is fantastic, because I, as well as others I talk to, have complained about it. I mean Xbox 1 could do that, why not 360? And I also really like the achievements being labelled when they pop up because I'm an admitted achievements *... Smiley Having a blade for Marketplace is great too. Looking forward to the update.

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      Daylon Furlough

      very nice Tina!  good look at the dash and other things headed our way.

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      Daylon Furlough

      very nice Tina!  good look at the dash and other things headed our way.

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      leftblack

      Tina Wood, I really want too have conversations with you!  As soon as possible! As you know i wrote your Tina wood loading site a few times but i can't bee personal there or here, these being public websites you know. Thats why i asked you too get a myspace or some kind of email service were i can reach you!         

      Tina there needs too be alot more than just hinting at what is, thats gone on way  to long Tina.

      I want too get more and more personal with you TINA WOOD!

       

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      leftblack

      Tina Wood, I really want too have conversations with you!  As soon as possible! As you know i wrote your Tina wood loading site a few times but i can't bee personal there or here, these being public websites you know. Thats why i asked you too get a myspace or some kind of email service were i can reach you!         

      Tina there needs too be alot more than just hinting at what is, thats gone on way  to long Tina.

      I want too get more and more personal with you TINA WOOD!

       

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      Matthew Mushall

      Awesome segment...and long too!  That was almost a full half hour show if you count commercial time.

      I'm really looking forward to the spring update.  The revised marketplace setup and quick game joining prompts are particularly impressive to me.  I couldn't help but chuckle at the network channel blade...it looks almost identical to the Wii's channel system.

      I'm also psyched about Windows Live Messenger integration.  I'm on messenger almost every other evening to chat with friends and I hate not being able to game without lugging my laptop beside me.  The ability to chat in game will be awesome...along with that awesome keypad peripheral for the controller.  I'm a little weary of the pricing though.  Microsoft has been taking some negative press lately for over-priced peripherals and downloads.

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      Matthew Mushall

      Awesome segment...and long too!  That was almost a full half hour show if you count commercial time.

      I'm really looking forward to the spring update.  The revised marketplace setup and quick game joining prompts are particularly impressive to me.  I couldn't help but chuckle at the network channel blade...it looks almost identical to the Wii's channel system.

      I'm also psyched about Windows Live Messenger integration.  I'm on messenger almost every other evening to chat with friends and I hate not being able to game without lugging my laptop beside me.  The ability to chat in game will be awesome...along with that awesome keypad peripheral for the controller.  I'm a little weary of the pricing though.  Microsoft has been taking some negative press lately for over-priced peripherals and downloads.

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      Ted Bracewell

      Oops, looks like I said a naughty word and it got edited. My bad Sad

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      Ted Bracewell

      Oops, looks like I said a naughty word and it got edited. My bad Sad

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      Joshua Maines

      Wow. This video is 77mb... large filesize for such a low resolution.

      Other than the obviously high quality video, it's nice and long, maybe too long to be entertaining... but this place isn't for our entertainment.

      I'm interested in this keypad controller. I wonder if you could simply plug a keyboard into the 360's USB slot. Would that work?

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      Joshua Maines

      Wow. This video is 77mb... large filesize for such a low resolution.

      Other than the obviously high quality video, it's nice and long, maybe too long to be entertaining... but this place isn't for our entertainment.

      I'm interested in this keypad controller. I wonder if you could simply plug a keyboard into the 360's USB slot. Would that work?

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      Linkyshinks

      Yeah great video, and yes it was long but very informative, I have read and heard about all the new features elsewhere and am really looking foward to using them, the little tweaks they have made will make all the difference.  LS

       

       The TID- text imput device looks kinda UGH though i reckon.

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      Linkyshinks

      Yeah great video, and yes it was long but very informative, I have read and heard about all the new features elsewhere and am really looking foward to using them, the little tweaks they have made will make all the difference.  LS

       

       The TID- text imput device looks kinda UGH though i reckon.

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      serialtoon

      What i wanna know is when that mini-keyboard releasing!?

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      serialtoon

      What i wanna know is when that mini-keyboard releasing!?

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      Matthew Mushall

      tisk...tisk.  Go rinse your fingers out with soap.

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      Matthew Mushall

      tisk...tisk.  Go rinse your fingers out with soap.

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      Aaron

      I hope you can use other net passports for messanger, not only the one tied to your Xbox Live account. If this is an issue I think it should be fixed with the next update. People change their IM because sometimes they wanna clean up the crap, or even just feel like its time for a change.

      That's my two cents,

      Rat

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      Aaron

      I hope you can use other net passports for messanger, not only the one tied to your Xbox Live account. If this is an issue I think it should be fixed with the next update. People change their IM because sometimes they wanna clean up the crap, or even just feel like its time for a change.

      That's my two cents,

      Rat

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      RaidenBR

      Seens to me that the only thing that's missing is the abillity to group chat. Hope that MS surprises me with that!

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      RaidenBR

      Seens to me that the only thing that's missing is the abillity to group chat. Hope that MS surprises me with that!

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      David

      @leftblack - I had to register on this site just to say, yeah I'm sure that's exactly what Tina wants - to chat with a crazed stalker! Good luck with that - it's exactly the sort of message that gets girls interested - go for it! Smiley

      Honestly...

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      David

      @leftblack - I had to register on this site just to say, yeah I'm sure that's exactly what Tina wants - to chat with a crazed stalker! Good luck with that - it's exactly the sort of message that gets girls interested - go for it! Smiley

      Honestly...

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      redknight360

      Amazing!!  Can't wait for this update.  I specially love the "360 thumb board" add-on.  I just hope and pray this update won't ruin my 360 like the last major update (flashing ring of death).  But if it does, who cares?!  I'm a still downloading it!!  That's what EBGames Extended Warranty is for..LOL

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      redknight360

      Amazing!!  Can't wait for this update.  I specially love the "360 thumb board" add-on.  I just hope and pray this update won't ruin my 360 like the last major update (flashing ring of death).  But if it does, who cares?!  I'm a still downloading it!!  That's what EBGames Extended Warranty is for..LOL

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      CraftHell

          Hi!... I'm very excited about this update, but...

          .......they added another blade for xbox live marketplace why not another blade for surfing the net?.. Ps3 has it.. Wii has it.. like omg.. Escpecially with this new controller addon we could really use a internet browser.. maybe its a little secret they didnt wanna release or it will be in the fall update. but i would love to see a internet browser on my xbox..

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      CraftHell

          Hi!... I'm very excited about this update, but...

          .......they added another blade for xbox live marketplace why not another blade for surfing the net?.. Ps3 has it.. Wii has it.. like omg.. Escpecially with this new controller addon we could really use a internet browser.. maybe its a little secret they didnt wanna release or it will be in the fall update. but i would love to see a internet browser on my xbox..

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      SteinyD

      Great advanced information on this update. However, I was disappointed not to hear any details about the added codec support for streaming video. What hasn't been clear in the information released so far, is whether or not the codec support is for streaming (360 as an extender) which would likely require an update to Media Center or, if it is codec support for media burned on DVDs that are played directly from the 360.

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      SteinyD

      Great advanced information on this update. However, I was disappointed not to hear any details about the added codec support for streaming video. What hasn't been clear in the information released so far, is whether or not the codec support is for streaming (360 as an extender) which would likely require an update to Media Center or, if it is codec support for media burned on DVDs that are played directly from the 360.

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      SteinyD

      Thanks for a great look at what's coming in the next update! One piece of detail that I was anxiously looking for and didn't appear in the video, are details around the new codec support that was announced. It wasn't clear to me whether the codec support is intended to support streaming video between Media Center and the 360 as an extender or if the new codec support is for playing DVDs from the 360 player.  I would imagine if it is for extender streaming support that an update to Media Center would also need to be released. ??

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      SteinyD

      Thanks for a great look at what's coming in the next update! One piece of detail that I was anxiously looking for and didn't appear in the video, are details around the new codec support that was announced. It wasn't clear to me whether the codec support is intended to support streaming video between Media Center and the 360 as an extender or if the new codec support is for playing DVDs from the 360 player.  I would imagine if it is for extender streaming support that an update to Media Center would also need to be released. ??

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