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November 1, 2010

360 update

Filed under: Blogroll, Gaming!, Xbox 360 — Tags: , , , — Hugsie @ 9:03 pm

So to my surprise they updated the 360 Dashboard. For months since the new slim 360 Xbox came out, all the Xbox and game ads showed a different “splash screen” and this update changes the start up logo to that swirlling  swoosh ribbon.  And the look of the Dashboard has change to what can be best described as the most BLAND looking interface i’ve ever seen.  It reminds me of classic windows 2000 or “Basic” mode in Vista/Win7 far too much bright white.

There is no way to change the overall color scheme. We used to be able to change colors as presets, before XNE. Even some themes would change the colors for text and windows blades and other aspects of the UI, but not anymore. I’ve also noticed that the new interface blocks out the lower half of the background of my theme in most of the channels on the dashboard.  Noticeable when you’ll looking at your friend channel showing their avatars side by side.

What i find really annoying is the ability to rate a game in your Game Library is gone, you now can only rate games from the games marketplace. Which is fucking STUPID.  This means I have to HUNT for the game, that i already HAVE, in that clusterfuck of the game marketplace, which STILL has no search function so you’re foced to flip though each game listinf 5 at a time. JUST so you can give it a rating.  Sure i want to SEE what the overall rating is for a game is when I’m shopping. But I want to rate games I have already played. It was quick and easy to do it from the Games Library, but nooooooo.

Why would I want to rate a game I’ve not played?  Honestly they should only allow gamers to rate games they they had actually played. Perhaps enable ratings ONLY after the player gets their first achievement, thus guaranteeing they actually played some of it.  Otherwise this can skew the rankings if everyone can rate a game they never played, especially silver members which anyone can make endless “alt” gamertags that don’t have gold memberships, and really abuse the Ranking system.

Ya know they claimed the cleaned up the matketplace to make it easier to find what you want. But it’s still the same confusing mess of crap you have to thumb though 5 games at a time. Why is it when i download a game, or an app (not a game on DVD) it needs an update?  Shouldn’t the initial download ALREAY be updated?

All of the sounds the dashboard makes have changed.  Except the sound you get when friends come online and when you get achievements.  For which i wish those sounds were different.

A lot of the apps needed an update but not many.  Facebook and Twitter apps didn’t need an update but the app did, even though i don;t see anything diffrent with it at all.  Hell after nearly a year now using it’s STILL showing that same fucking car ad when i start

The good things I find with this update is the interface seems much more snappy even on my old slow, fat, overheating Xenon Xbox 360. Also while some of my friends don’t like all the white on the screen (and I find it bland) it IS a lot easier for me to read with my fucked up eye sight, but i still want to be able to change the color scheme.

September 29, 2008


Filed under: Gaming! — Tags: , , , , — Hugsie @ 8:00 am

Update: There won’t be a dashboard system update to our 360’s after this XBL down time, but it is a preparation for it, but our Xbox’s will not be updated till later this fall.

Today Xbox Live is offline for entire day, while they update everything, and soon our Xbox 360’s will be updated with the new system dashboard update that might turn our beloved Xbox 360’s into Wii’s.  This is your last day to enjoy how your 360 runs and operates.

Another shitty thing is watching any videos or movies you may have that are encoded with mpeg4. The codec that was introduced almost a year ago requires you to be online Xbox live for the codec to acctually work. Lame.

Things we can look forward too but will probably never use:

  1. Avatars.  This is still a gimic, and most games play already have thier own main character.  My Rock Band chick is hawt. If I wanted avatars I’d play Second Life.  Oh wait….
  2. Netflix. Something else I’ll never use.  They talked about how you can “share” a movie with your friends over xbox live, but everyone has to be a netflix subscriber to even watch a “shared” movie. So what’s the point then? What do you think Bit Torrent is for?
  3. New dashboard. Microsoft will also be “borrowing” from Apple giving you a page-flipping type interface replacing the “blades” we got so used to. Hopefully this will help in nagivating the HUGE massive library on Xbox Live, and marketplace. The biggest problem is acctually finding stuff you’re intrested in with the current interface.  So little room, big text that takes forever to scroll down so you can read the whole discription.
  4. I hope I don’t brick!  No doubt some people’s Xbox’s will brick for no reason after the update. So don’t mod your Xbox! Thank gawd I bought a service contract for my 360 which has been a gawd-send since my units have RRoD’ed three times, plus an optical disc failure too.

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