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The New Xbox Experience

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Today Microsoft had the “New Xbox Experience” go online for consumers everywhere to update and be welcomed by a completely new interface instead of the old Dashboard.

Thank god!

First of all; the old Dashboard was never any good! I haven’t ever liked it and was very pleased when they announced the new one way back.

So finally it’s here, but is it any good?

I’d say yes, it is. It’s much sleeker, easier to navigate and first and foremost so much faster! I still don’t think it’s clean enough (like Sony’s Cross Media Bar, or XMB in short) but it’s absolutely not bad looking so I’m not sad.

One of the biggest things with the new system is the implementation of Avatars. As you probably already know they’re pretty much just better looking versions of Nintendo’s Mii. I gotta admit, and this hurts to say, I like them. I really liked the Mii to. Most people like character customization and Xbox’s setup is quite good. It’s easy enough to scroll through the different options and the end result is a somewhat pleasant character. Hopefully they’ll add more items over time since there wasn’t very much to choose from right now.


The New Xbox Experience

The New Xbox Experience

But the one and biggest thing now is the option to install game data on the harddrive, reducing loading time and the noise caused by the disc continually spinning in the console. I haven’t tried out this feature yet and I’m not even sure any of games support it but I’m sure it’ll work just fine. There are some videos out here on the web showing comparisons of games being installed and not; the difference of the amount of time taken from starting the game from the Xbox-menu to actually be playing the game after the games Main Menu is amazing in games such as GTA IV, Gears of War and Fable 2.

Too bad I only got the 20Gb HDD… I’m guessing it’ll fill up quite fast with this new feature.

If you’ve tried out the new dashboard-menu-thingy yourself, please let me know what you think by commenting.

I truly welcome change and I must give Microsoft the thumbs up for this one, the New Xbox Experience! Sounds epic, doesn’t it?


Written by Arcade

November 19, 2008 at 6:51 pm

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  1. I am also looking forward to the installs. I fortunately have the 120 gig HDD so I should be good for quite some time. Fact is, I don’t even have enough 360 games to fill up that much space anyway.

    I have also heard that in order to play the game, you still need to have the disc in the system. If this is true, it may be a lot less handy than I have expected 😦


    November 19, 2008 at 8:46 pm

  2. @Gil

    It is correct that you still do need to have the disc in the console, it will however not be required to read as much from it making it possible to remain idle in the machine for periods of time. One of the things that causes most noise from the Xbox is actually hearing the disc spin.


    November 19, 2008 at 10:34 pm

  3. I really like it except from the lack of items for the avatars and the fact that there are some issues like when my XBOX froze two times while browsing the marketplace leaving me with no choice but to remove the power adaptor to be able to restart the console.


    November 20, 2008 at 9:34 am

  4. @Toffe

    Froze two times? Ouch! Just be glad your weren’t greated by the red ring.

    Apparently there has been some trouble with the Marketplace, not being able to connect and stuf.

    Hopefully they’ll have this fixed very soon. Heck, maybe it’s even fixed already


    November 20, 2008 at 11:16 am

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