It is official - the Xbox 360 Dashboard update we have all been waiting for has arrived and it is downloading to a 360 near you. Now before you get all excited, remember that Dashboard updates rollout gradually over the course of a few days to prevent server overload. If you sign in today and do not get an update notice, don't panic: you will get it within a few days.
More importantly, as Major Nelson reminds us, DO NOT sign off and on over and over waiting for the update. This will not grant you faster access to the download, it will only anger your friends who will see the notifications every time you sign back on. Trust me, the new Dashboard is not worth losing your Modern Warfare clan.
What can you expect from the new Xbox 360 Dashboard? Hit the break to find out.
ESPN 3 video content - both streaming live and pre-recorded - all available on your 360 in full HD. Miss a game because you were at work? Team blacked out? Out of market? With over 3,500 sporting events each year, it probably won't matter anymore. Check out the Xbox Live ESPN page for information on what is available.
With the new Zune for 360 you will be able to take advantage of your Zune pass and download music right to your console without having to "purchase" it on the computer first. Tired of not being able to find what you want? The enhanced search features will make life a lot easier for all of us. We will also be gaining full access to Zune Social - the social networking aspect of the Zune platform. You will also be able to use the Zune's Smart DJ feature right from the console.
This one is the big one for us here at The UpStream. You will be able to search the Netflix catalog right from the console. No more hoping what you're looking for is in a category that Netflix has arbitrarily chosen for you or having to add it to your instant queue from the computer. It's about time.
There are a lot more enahancements, including improved on-screen keyboard, game searching, voice clarity, family settings and more. To find out the full feature lsit, check out Major Nelson's blog.