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Xbox Upgrades – Future of TV is Now Live!

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Do you own an Xbox 360? If so you probably have downloaded the new dashboard update that turns the Xbox 360 in to one amazing television viewing machine and you probably had one or two issues with getting the new dashboard working.

It took me nearly an hour to first download the update, then login to live and begin checking out the new features. I can already see that the new dashboard update is going to be a huge hit for Microsoft once all the initial bugs and all content providers listed come live on the console.

Microsoft has not always been known for designing smooth or sexy UI’s but this new dashboard manages to do just that. It is fresh and easy to navigate.

Check out the video review from by Youtuber theRadBrad

As with all 360 updates, there are several reports of users not being able to download the updates, not being able to login to live once the updates are downloaded and worst of all there are some reports of bricked consoles after the updates which is something that has happened to me in the past.

For me, downloading the update after MS made it available was not the biggest problem, it was login in to the Xbox Live service. Right after downloading the new update I was logged out of Live and was unable to connect even though the console was getting out to the internet. Well after about the 15th login attempt I had the bright idea of going over to my computer and login in to Live on my PC to see if there was a new “TOS” that I needed to approve before my account was allowed to get on the service. Sure enough that was the case. Immediately after login in via my PC I was promted to accept the new Terms Of Service which I did and then turned off my Xbox, re-started and was able to get on to live.

I don’t know if this is the reason that so many can’t connect but seems logical that with millions of people all trying to run the update and accept the new TOS via the console it would make sense that accepting the terms via your PC would speed things up.

 

Check out the story from CNN.com on the xbox upgrades showing the future of TV:

An update rolling out Tuesday for the Xbox Live network aims to do what Microsoft has been teasing for a while — turn a platform designed primarily for video games into one that will be the major hub for all television viewing.

Microsoft promises the update, which it calls “the future of TV,” can “transform every Xbox 360 into an all-in-one device to enjoy your entertainment.”

“The update is another huge step toward realizing our vision of bringing you all your entertainment, shared with the people you care about, in an easy way,” Marc Whitten, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Xbox Live, wrote on the official Microsoft blog.

The Xbox was the first gaming console to include Netflix and has since added entertainment partners such as ESPN, Hulu Plus, AT&T U-verse and last.fm. But Microsoft, hoping a bevy of new apps will up the ante, is adding content from 40 new partners while making existing content easier to view.

One of the free update’s key new features will be a voice-control interface that will let users retrieve videos, television channels, games or other content simply by asking for it.

The feature combines the Xbox 360′s hands-free Kinect system with technology from Microsoft’s Bing search engine to hunt down the content. Primarily billed as a gaming tool, Kinect uses a 3-D video camera and voice recognition to let the user interact with the TV screen without a controller.

The new partners, or updated apps, to be unveiled Tuesday include content from ESPN, Hulu, Netflix and MSNBC in the United States. In the coming weeks and months, Xbox will add YouTube, Best Buy’s CinemaNow, HBO Go, Major League Baseball and Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand. Time Warner, HBO’s parent company, also owns CNN.

Microsoft said the update will also add social features, from voting on who you think will win the big game to tools letting you notify friends when you’re tackling a multiplayer game they can join.

At a time when technology heavyweights such as Apple and Google are trying to gain footholds in the interactive TV market, some analysts are saying Microsoft has become the player to beat.

“Microsoft has just built and delivered it: A single box that ties together all the content you want, made easily accessible through a universal, natural, voice-directed search,” wrote James McQuivey of Forrester Research. “This is now the benchmark against which all other living room initiatives should be compared.”

With 57 million Xbox 360s already in folks’ living rooms, and 35 million of them connected to Xbox Live, McQuivey predicts that adoption of the new features “will spread quickly and with devastating effect.”

 

 

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