WHAT’S GOOD My Pins Last year’s update might have made it easier to find things such as the Netflix app, but it made it difficult to sort through your game library.
By dumping all the searchable content into one list and then letting users narrow down what they’re looking for with a separate setting, Microsoft made the dashboard much less intuitive than the original search by genre and letter menus were.
Starting today, all US Xbox 360 owners who connect to Xbox Live will be greeted with the biggest update since the introduction of the "Next Xbox Experience" in 2008.
In addition to installing a brand new system interface and some twists and tweaks all around, this update will make your Xbox 360 fully equipped to handle Kinect when the motion camera goes on sale later this week.
Above: The Xbox 360 is going beyond just a "media hub" and becoming an "everything hub"Kinect is the headlining feature of the update, but there are several others being added to the system as part of the installation.
And they are: If you want to play Kinect games but don't have an Internet-connected Xbox 360, don't worry.
The long wait for an updated look and feel to your Xbox 360 dashboard is almost over.
Microsoft has announced the new Metro dashboard will go live on December 6th, and will be free for all users to install.
Last fall, Microsoft updated the service to better use the Kinect camera, but it also made navigating media apps, finding games, and using previously accessible features a frustrating experience. What matters is that using your 360 like the media machine Microsoft bills it as is finally practical — it’s no longer a slog through various menus.No matter how you set up the Pins menu, it’s useful.Microsoft also fully integrated it with the new Internet Explorer app by letting you pin your favorite websites alongside applications.With the My Pins feature, you can cut out searching and browsing for the content by adding each app to a menu that pops up on the home screen just below the window that shows you what game you’ve got in your 360 at the time.Adding and removing apps is very quick, making it easy to change what you want to use.