Xbox 360 introduces new features and console enhancements with the 2007 “Fall” Dashboard Update
Posted on 3-Dec-2007 19:05
Filed under: News
From tomorrow night, Xbox 360 consoles connected to the Internet will be able to downloaded the Xvox 360 "Fall" Dashboard Update. Availability is expected to being at 9:00 p.m. EST 4 December (5.00 p.m. NZT 5 December).
Among the key new enhancements are the Xbox Originals game download service, Family Timer parental control feature, and expanded social networking experiences. Xbox 360 owners can also look forward to enhanced navigation, profile and video features and Xbox LIVE Arcade Hits.
Microsoft says this update will be digitally distributed over Xbox LIVE to the more than 8 million Xbox LIVE members worldwide (Xbox LIVE Silver and Gold) with no disc or hard drive required. Gamers without an Xbox LIVE account can sign up for the network by connecting their console to a broadband internet connection. New features and enhancements include:
The new Xbox Originals service allows gamers to download-to-own full original Xbox games that were previously only available at retail. The digital shelves will always be stocked with classic titles, such as Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, Halo, Fable, Fuzion Frenzy, Psychonauts and more as the catalogue grows over time, at 1200 Microsoft Points per game.
Xbox LIVE Arcade will make some of the best selling Xbox LIVE Arcade games available at permanently reduced prices. The first games to become Arcade Hits will be Bankshot Billiards 2 and Lumines LIVE, which will be available for 800 Microsoft Points each, and Marble Blast Ultra, Small Arms and Zuma Deluxe, which will be available for 400 Microsoft Points each.
Also part of this update, an enhanced online profile with further profile personalisation options with an expanded bio. The extended bios will be visible to “Friends Only” or the entire Xbox LIVE community.
Gamers will be able to expand their personal community on Xbox LIVE, by seeing the Friends Lists of other Xbox LIVE members, boosting their social networking experience on the service.
The update will also bring the Family Timer, a strong and flexible new addition to the Xbox 360 Family Settings, enabling parents to set the amount of time their Xbox 360 can be used on a per-day or per-week basis by their children or other members of the household.