Dashboard updates for Xbox 360 to roll out to three million users today


Xbox 360 has released its dashboard updates as of today, with support for Xbox Music, Xbox video, Internet Explorer, improved search, new personalisation options and much more.


Microsoft’s new Xbox music service is one of the biggest new additions to the update along with the Internet Explorer app. The Xbox music service offers ad-supported streaming free of cost on Windows 8 PC’s. In order to receive the Xbox music pass, owners must pay 8.99 pounds per month. Another part of the update is Xbox video, which is essentially Zune Video Marketplace under a new name.

Microsoft’s Larry Hryb has asked users not to panic of the system update takes longer to appear than usual. The update is set to reach all users within the next two weeks, with three million consoles getting updated today itself.

A few of the changes made to the dashboard include molding the TV and Video tabs into one ‘TV and Movies’ section. Also, the ‘Quick Play’ option has been renamed to ‘Recent’. US users will be able to access a new ‘Sports’ area, whereas the home-screen will now allow people to ‘pin’ their favorite content there for easy access.

Microsoft’s Bing search engine is set to receive some new features, including being able to search for video on the web and YouTube. Many countries such as Ireland, Canada, France, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Japan and Austria are set to receive Voice-search capabilities as well.