Xbox 360 Dashboard Update – A Step in the Wrong Direction

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The new dashboard update for the Xbox 360 dropped today to a great deal of controversy. Please note that the image above is of the supposed design we were to get. What we got is the nothing like that concept shown above. With an incredibly poor design layout, over complication of previously simple features, redundancy of said previous features, and miniscule Cloud Storage space per user, the latest version of the dashboard is not a step foward, but a step in the wrong direction.

Not only has the latest update caused mass disruption of Xbox Live services, it has also made several previous features absolutely redundant and overly convoluted. By altering the previous “Invite to Game” feature into a new one called “Send a Beacon”, the new Dashboard has created unnecessary convolution of a once easy task.

That isn’t all though, to take full advantage of your avatar items, you now have to click into your avatar to see any props or accessories. Instead, you see your avatar perform a generic action until you click into him. To make matters worse, premium themes are now entirely pointless, as they are majorly covered up by an unalterable gray foreground. This gray foreground gives players no choice in order to have a bright coloured dashboard, instead they are forced to have a dark gray colour scheme. There is no way around this. If you think that is bad, most themes make the menu titles unreadable as they blend in too much with themes.

The design itself it incredibly poor, being difficult to navigate with both a controller and a kinect. The new dashboard update attempts to be simple and stylish, but instead becomes crowded and messy, with ugly mismatched colours.

If you were excited for the new features like Bing and Cloud Storage, sorry to rain on your parade, but they both are incredibly poorly concieved new features. The Cloud Storage provides users with a total of a measly 512mb. Yes you read that correctly, 512mb of storage space. Bing searching is not much better as it is highly inaccurate and struggles to fulfill the most basic of searches.

This all makes up one very big step in the wrong direction. This dashboard update evidently needed much more thought in all aspects, unfortunately now we gamers will be the ones who have to suffer the poor design and technical issues. What do you think of the new dashboard? Let us know in the shoutbox and comments section below.

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  • Anonymous

    Got me thinking twice on how windows 8 will turn out.

  • I can’t believe they hyped it up and then this is what they deliver… Lame

  • Anonymous

    It does seem to fail in a lot of ways. I can’t even manage to get a  decent search to work on the Bing voice recognition and it feels like cloud storage is such a wasted opportunity.

  • Very lame dashboard…

  • Alife

    Apple lol

  • Alife

    Apple lol

  • Jamiem

    Don’t know what you’re moaning about my dashboard now looks virtually identical to the ‘ image  of the supposed design we were to get’ that you mentioned.

    The dashboard is now much easier to navigate especially with kinect and the voice search works really well. Perhaps you don’t have the brains to setup a kinect properly.

    Get a life and a valid opinion before you post crap like this just for the sake of moaning at anything slightly different.

    • Luke Halliday

      You must be mentally deficient to not be able to notice the glaring problems that plague the new Xbox 360 dashboard. However if you happen to like problematic navigation and poor aesthetic design, then by all means enjoy! 🙂

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  • Anonymous

    I havent downloaded the new updated yet, from what everyone is talking about i’ll stick wth the old one for little while longer.  This isnt like microsoft, normally they thoroughly test and check everything before they send stuff out.. i wonder what happened this time around.

  • Jordan Reicha

    I personally think its good easier to get around everything is in tabs with stud that relates to each area sub as much movies Zune then you games are in another area I think the new look was worth it and better this then the previous layout it is personally better for me I’m not sure about others but I think it’s a good change

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t played with it to much, but so far I actually like the layout. I’m one of those over organized people who like to make folder and sub-folders for easier access.
    I also like how the games section is laid out now. I really enjoy being able to get at my arcade games easier, and see the cover art for them, as well as games I have installed or currently have in the system. It also makes it much easier to check for new DLC for each game.

    I’m still exploring it, but so far I’m liking it overall. I can see where a few things will be annoying, , the thing with the avatar props is one of them, of course I’m sure this makes friends list load faster anyway, so it’s not a huge deal. And I didn’t care one bit about the cloud technology or Bing for that matter, so those not working isn’t such a huge deal. to me.

  • Treez0

    I agree with ALIFE it looks like the ghost of Steve jobs is trying to still ruin Microsoft. Lol

  • Oh no, it is not full of unicorn glitter. The world will end tonight. It was only mildly less than what I had hoped for. Where is my YouTube? A browser wouldn’t hurt, but I don’t want to get picky or anything.

  • Bestgamer4life

    Ilove the new dash board , it reminds me of my windows phone7. Good job Team XBOX!

  • Downloading things has become so much harder than before and is like playing hide and seek if you forget how to get to where you wanna go. Also I dislike the TV section which I have no use for and can not remove.  I do like how My games/quickplay is set up now and how Xbox and tips/inside xbox is presented. I believe the amount of advertising  also fucks the whole thing.

  • NAner nan

    Complete idiots. Xbox Live should switch to a free service, complete garbage.

  • Fred

    First impression – Hate the new dashboard!
    Tasteless, tacky ads overwhelm the experience. The Inside Xbox has been deleted so now watching old episodes of IGN or (in the UK) SUAM and Nexus. Tragic. Bing voice search fails – I had Skyrim in the drive but Bing kept taking me to an advert for Sky TV no matter how many times I tried.

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