questionswhat do you think of the new xbox 360 dashboard?

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Now that I signed into my account and that gray background is gone, it's not quite as bad..

Still...change scares me.

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Looks like a more compact version of the previous clusterf* they call a dashboard. Why isn't there just play, hard drive, espn, netflix, arcade, hulu, and marketplace. Why do I need to speak to my xbox and have it search bing?

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Checking it out a little bit, I had a thought..

Maybe this was redesigned to be more "Kinect-friendly?" I guess they have a tendency to do a major redesign 1x/yr anyways, but this one was pretty damn big.. Actually now that I say that, I couldn't imagine getting much more Kinect friendly than giant sliding squares heh (although I don't actually own one, so I couldn't say for sure..)

(Not intentionally posting on my own post lol, it actually makes it look kind of sad..)

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@ebersole12: Wow. Didn't even see that lol.. (I couldn't sign in...I kept getting a notice asking me to review the TOS and I thought it was a sign in error heh)

ALL of this crap but still not even a browser. (Which we'll never see for obvious reasons).

lol and at what point did people become so obsessed with knowing and sharing every minuscule activity? The amount of details are getting ridiculous.

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They changed it again? sigh
I'll look at it later when I'm in a mood that I'll be alright with ruining.

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@holymythos: Here's a couple shots of the new dash if you feel like committing mood-suicide:

http://www.shacknews.com/article/70106/xbox-live-holiday-2011-dashboard-preview

(Moouicide)

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Is anyone else having an issue getting the update to even download? I keep getting stuck on it and it just boots me out saying I can't connect. When I test the connection, it's getting all the way through to xbox live, then it tells me there's an error and I should reset my modem.....

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@drchops: Yeah it's trash in my opinion. I love xbox but leave it alone. We game we don't need 5000 extras to clog up an already slow network. Dedicated servers my a**

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Ok, for those of you who haven't experienced it yet, it's CREEPY. There is now a page where you can look at the five most recent things you've done on Xbox and what friends also did that recently. You can also see a list of all the games that your friends have played. Is it just me or is anyone else worried about SKYNET learning too much about us now?

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@drchops: Ohhh, so they decided the horrible Windows Phone layout would be great for the console. But if they keep up their current flow, by summer of 2012 we should have another one, albeit even worse.

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@bund9032: I had that problem.. When it happened to me, what I thought was the standard connection error, was actually a box that looked IDENTICAL but actually said "The Terms of Service have changed" lol..

So read the thing you think is an error just to make sure.

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We have CLOUD STORAGE now...did anybody know that?

Granted, it's only 512mb (I'm sure they'll have a "premium" version shortly..) - it is free cloud storage for the 360..

This takes the edge off...slightly.

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I like and don't like it at the same time.
The layout is nice and very Kinect friendly. easy to navigate around with Kinect and the voice search is cool too.
I don't like the way the friends area has gone. 3-4 pages just to invite someone to play, fail!

The Hulu update is very nice and much more friendly than the last version.

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@wickedd365: The friend things is definitely stupid.. What MS needs to do is give us control over our dashboard layout. (Even a little control)

It'd be nice to be able to configure stuff like WHAT FRIENDS it shows you lol.. not just ones that have the same game in as you.

Unrelated, but how are you liking Knect? I've been seeing some pretty decent prices on it...just not sure if there are any games worth playing.

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@drchops: I agree about the custom. Let us make our own pages like you can on your phone. Put what you want on the page you want. that would be a sweet addition.

Mixed on Kinect. It's amazing for the dash and voice control on Netflix, Hulu, & UFC.
Gaming wise it's nice, but there aren't any hardcore games for it yet. Mostly dance, workout, and family/party games. I'm waiting for Ghost Recon because we actually play while using Kinect.
The EA Active workout is very nice and will wear you out. Nice solid workouts.

The $100 bundle is a good deal. I paid $135 for mine and I feel as I've gotten my money out of it. Just bought my Mom one for Christmas.