Tuesday, October 16th 2012

Microsoft Rolls Out 2012 Xbox LIVE Update

Today we’re starting to roll out the official release of the update to Xbox LIVE subscribers around the world. To ensure a stable release, this will be a gradual deployment across subscribers and regions over the course of the next week. Our initial deployment will reach approximately three million consoles worldwide, with additional users being updated over the course of a couple weeks. Don’t panic if you don’t see an immediate update, just keep checking back in.

In this update, you will see the following features.
  • Refreshed Xbox 360 Dashboard. We’ve updated the UI with a few things, including an updated layout with more tiles, a combined TV & Movies channel and, in the US, a Sports destination.
  • Internet Explorer for Xbox. With Internet Explorer on Xbox, you can easily find and view internet content on the biggest screen in the house, including HTML5 videos.
  • Recommendations and Ratings. Recommendations will allow you to discover new favorites, generated based on a number of variables including the content you previously viewed, what your friends are consuming and what is most relevant and popular with our Xbox community.
  • You can now rate content yourself and also see Rotten Tomatoes ratings.
  • Pinning. Pinning lets you personalize the dashboard by saving your favorite movies, TV shows, games, music, videos and websites right to the home screen. It’s as easy as opening an app or a favorite movie and clicking “pin.”
  • Xbox Video. Formerly called Zune Video Marketplace, Xbox Video offers hundreds of thousands of TV shows and movies for buying or renting in instant HD streaming.
  • Recent. Previously called Quick Play, the Recent view gives you a list of movies, games, apps or other types of content that you most recently accessed on the console.
  • Enhanced Search. The last Xbox LIVE update brought Bing voice search to Xbox so you could use voice to search for movies, TV shows, actors, directors and artists. This year we added genre search to the list, so now you can search for action, comedy, romance, drama or sci-fi. Bing voice search now includes results for video across the Web, including YouTube.
  • International Expansion of Voice Search. We’ve expanded our Kinect voice search capabilities to 9 new countries – Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Ireland.
What about Xbox SmartGlass? That’s coming too, but not until Windows 8 launches on October 26th. When the Xbox SmartGlass app launches on tablets, PCs and smartphones, it will include key foundational experiences for interacting with your Xbox 360, such as dashboard and app navigation and Internet Explorer control, like text input, scrolling and pinch and zoom.

Yesterday, we shared all the details about Xbox Music, our brand new digital music service. Xbox Music begins rolling out today on Xbox 360, it will launch with free streaming on all Windows 8 PCs and tablets on October 26th and Windows Phone 8 as devices arrive in market. Xbox Music combines all the different ways people love to enjoy music, creating the ultimate all-in-one music service.

For all the details on Xbox Music, check out the Microsoft News Center.
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20 Comments on Microsoft Rolls Out 2012 Xbox LIVE Update

#1
NC37
This reminds me, I haven't logged into XBL in about a year now. Oh well, back to...PC gaming!! :D
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#2
Pandora's Box
So I hear that in order to use the web browser you have to have a Gold subscription.

Paying to use a browser, wow...
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#3
Covert_Death
[quote="Pandora's Box, post: 2747630"]So I hear that in order to use the web browser you have to have a Gold subscription.

Paying to use a browser, wow...[/quote]oh no, its worse than that....

in M$'s eyes they are asking us to PAY to utilize HARDWARE we ALREADY purchased in order to use a SERVICE (internet connection) we ALREADY pay for.... i just feel like M$ thinks they deserve a fair slice of the pie that they have nothing to do with, they just see it across the room and are like, i wanna slice!

PS3 doin it right, PC doing in BEST!
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#4
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: Covert_Death
oh no, its worse than that....

in M$'s eyes they are asking us to PAY to utilize HARDWARE we ALREADY purchased in order to use a SERVICE (internet connection) we ALREADY pay for.... i just feel like M$ thinks they deserve a fair slice of the pie that they have nothing to do with, they just see it across the room and are like, i wanna slice!

PS3 doin it right, PC doing in BEST!
yes PS3 is doing it right............. atleast Xbox doesn't get hacked so massively users credit card and user information are taken, and online is down for 3 months.
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#5
DannibusX
by: MxPhenom 216
yes PS3 is doing it right............. atleast Xbox doesn't get hacked so massively users credit card and user information are taken, and online is down for 3 months.
Yeah, I totally didn't have my account hijacked and FIFA DLC charged to my credit card and then had to wait for more than a month to prove my account was actually mine or anything like that.

That happened in a parallel universe.
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#6
Lionheart
OMFG fanboy arguing already lolz
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#7
DannibusX
by: Lionheart
OMFG fanboy arguing already lolz
I always take Phenom to task on Microsoft stuff, since he's employed by them, lol.
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#8
insane 360
seriously, how many people buy a live account just for netflix or IE? i know you have to be a member to use them, but its not its standout feature. the biggest pull for me is the cross game party chats. i know i could have that in a pc as well...but i also enjoy forza4 and some of the arcade games as well as halo series...and its turn it on and play, and my pc is in the living room too, too much hassle either dealing with wires or flaky wireless keyboard and mouse...so yah...whatever
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#9
erocker
by: MxPhenom 216
yes PS3 is doing it right............. atleast Xbox doesn't get hacked so massively users credit card and user information are taken, and online is down for 3 months.
No thanks button pressed. Gets around the argument by posing another irrelevant argument.
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#10
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Xbox sucks anyway. They could update live to turn into a roast beef sandwich at 12am and it would still blow.....and not in the good way. Wii is where its at.
Internet Explorer for Xbox. With Internet Explorer on Xbox, you can easily find and view internet content on the biggest screen in the house, including HTML5 videos.
Awesome! Now people get to have java script exploits on the console now too!
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#11
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: DannibusX
Yeah, I totally didn't have my account hijacked and FIFA DLC charged to my credit card and then had to wait for more than a month to prove my account was actually mine or anything like that.

That happened in a parallel universe.
But it isnt as common on xbox as on ps3 afaik. Or is it? Theres been more talk about the ps ones.

And again we should instaban everyone writing M$.
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#12
DannibusX
by: Frick
But it isnt as common on xbox as on ps3 afaik. Or is it? Theres been more talk about the ps ones.

And again we should instaban everyone writing M$.
It's like any other network. If it's connected to the internet it'll be breached at some point. Hell, even Steam was hacked.
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#13
Sir B. Fannybottom
by: DannibusX
It's like any other network. If it's connected to the internet it'll be breached at some point. Hell, even Steam was hacked.
What are you saying about our glorious gaben?
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#14
DannibusX
by: TacoTown
What are you saying about our glorious gaben?
I'm saying that Steam was hacked and user information was stolen.

You should have had an apology from Gaben pop up when your updated Steam about a year or so ago.
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#15
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: DannibusX
It's like any other network. If it's connected to the internet it'll be breached at some point. Hell, even Steam was hacked.
But sony was hacked "badly". They had tons and tons of problems last year. And it was repeated.
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#16
tacosRcool
Doesn't pretty much everything that is popular that exists on the web already been hacked by some group of munchkins?
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#17
DannibusX
Microsoft was also hacked badly, and it actually interfered with my financial well being
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#18
Dos101
by: btarunr
What about Xbox SmartGlass? That’s coming too, but not until Windows 8 launches on October 26th. When the Xbox SmartGlass app launches on tablets, PCs and smartphones, it will include key foundational experiences for interacting with your Xbox 360, such as dashboard and app navigation and Internet Explorer control, like text input, scrolling and pinch and zoom.
I don't understand, are they saying the SmartGlass App won't be released until October 26th? Cuz I have it on my Windows 8 laptop right now. I'll have to see when I get home if it will work after I update my Xbox.
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#19
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: DannibusX
Microsoft was also hacked badly, and it actually interfered with my financial well being
You as an individual is pretty damned irrelevant here. Did MS have as much problems as Sony did? Also, you have further reading about it?
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#20
DannibusX
When did Google pull out of Sweden?
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