Coming to you December 4 will be an updated Xbox 360 Dashboard that will play your downloaded videos

The Xbox 360 Fall Update will arrive fashionably late on December 4, bringing with it a slew of enhancements to Microsoft’s console interface. Official details were released today, confirming previous reports speculating on what would be new.

The new Dashboard update will bring with it an “Inside Xbox” news feed from, where gamers can read about game releases, events, and Xbox LIVE Marketplace offers. This feature mirrors the Information Board recently introduced to the PlayStation 3 in the v2.0 firmware.

Microsoft boasts that its Xbox Live is "the largest social network in the living room." Expanding on that notion, the Fall Update will add the ability for users to view the Friends Lists of other Xbox Live members, which the company believes will boost the social networking experience on the service. While not mentioned by Microsoft in its press materials, it’s believed that the viewing of external friends lists will be limited by age.

Another new feature building on the social network aspect is an enhanced online profile, where members can share a few more details about themselves in an expanded bio that can be visible to "Friends Only" or the entire Xbox Live community.

Navigation throughout Xbox 360’s various features will also be upgraded with the addition of new "Game Store" and "Video Store" buttons, which will presumably take users to downloadable content on Xbox Live Marketplace. Those interested in purchasing video material will also find enhanced visuals and descriptions in the video library to help in making buying or renting decisions.

Perhaps the biggest video-related addition in the Fall Update is MPEG-4 Part 2 video codec support, most popularly implemented in DivX and Xvid videos. Videos packaged in an AVI container encoded in either simple profile or advanced simple profile should play in their full glory on the Xbox 360. The inclusion of MPEG-4 Part 2 video support was a feature hinted at by DivX Inc. CEO Kevin Hell earlier this month, though its implementation will arrive sooner than most expected. DivX support will soon be added to the PlayStation 3.

Already announced by Microsoft, the Xbox 360 Family Timer will enable parents to set the amount of time the console can be used by members of the household on a daily or weekly basis. Parents will be able to limit the playtime of their children without actively interacting with them.

As detailed in an earlier story, Microsoft will be launching alongside the new Fall Update the Xbox Originals game download service allowing consumers to purchase previous generation games Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, Halo, Fable, Fuzion Frenzy and Psychonauts for 1,200 Microsoft Points each. Microsoft promises that its classics catalogue will grow over time.

Just as how best-selling games eventually move to Microsoft’s "Platinum Hits" budget game line, Xbox Live Arcade will also be gaining its own "Hits" selection. The first games to become Arcade Hits will be Bankshot Billiards 2 and Lumines LIVE, for 800 Microsoft Points each, and Marble Blast Ultra, Small Arms and Zuma Deluxe, for 400 Microsoft Points each. The games already reflect the updated pricing on Xbox Live Arcade today.

The Fall Dashboard Update will be available for all connected Xbox 360 consoles free of charge beginning at 2:00 a.m. PST on December 4.

"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs
Related Articles

Most Popular ArticlesASRock Z370 Killer – Powerful VR Ready Motherboard
November 30, 2017, 7:15 AM
Comcast xFi Advanced Gateway Modem/Router
December 6, 2017, 6:30 AM
OnePlus 5T - Star Wars Limited Edition
December 3, 2017, 6:35 AM
Harman Kardon – Home Speaker with Cortana
December 5, 2017, 5:55 AM
Samsung Galaxy A8+ - Leaked Images Online
December 2, 2017, 9:20 AM

Copyright 2017 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki