Kinect support is here!
Without any sort of pre-release fanfare, Microsoft will be updating its Xbox 360 interface on November 1, adding a whole slew of new features and making it fully capable of working with Kinect.
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It's the Kinect support that is the main backbone of the new dashboard, but it's also incrementally improving a lot of Xbox Live features.
Here's a list of some of what the new update will bring:
- Improved Xbox Live voice chat fidelity
- New interface, including new fonts and graphics
- Updated Avatars that look more human-like
- "Search" feature improved in Netflix app
- Improvements to the on-screen keyboard
- Zune Music/Movie marketplace connectivity
- New ESPN app for live streaming sports content
Anyone who wants to play a Kinect game will have to download the update, which should be included on-disc with every Kinect title. So non-connected users will still be able to play their Kinect stuff without any problems.
Additionally, if your Xbox 360 is connected, this is a mandatory update. You will not be able to connect to Xbox Live until you grab this latest dashboard update. It should take less than 10 minutes to download and install. Update: The Xbox 360 Dashboard Update release has begun.