Xbox 360 Dashboard update: Fall 2011 review – Faster boot up time confirmed

By Posted 5 Dec 2011, 15:12

As we informed you last week, Microsoft is preparing to unleash their latest dashboard update for the Xbox 360 console tomorrow, December 6th. If you haven’t heard what changes will be coming, we have a great review for you to read to wet your appetites before Microsoft roll the update out.

Starting from tomorrow, Microsoft will be introducing Xbox 360 gamers to their new ‘Metro’ style user interface, which replaces the old New Xbox Experience format with a fresher, slicker horizontal, Windows Phone / Windows 8 interface.

Mostly importantly, you’ll be pleased to know that the new update is noticeably quicker than the previous dashboard performance, and Engadget has already sampled the new build and have completed their review which we can share with you.

We told you that Kinect voice integration is one of the main features of the update, while other subtle changes include things like ‘My Xbox’ being changed to ‘Home’ on the dashboard, and friends being changed to ‘social’. Bing search is now fully integrated into the dashboard as well, even allowing the user to search Bing using Kinect if he or she wishes to.

Interestingly, Engadget claim that the installing the new dashboard update to your Xbox 360 will also improve on your systems overall bootup time. According to their test, their Elite console booted up in 22 seconds to the home screen, a full 3 seconds quicker than it took on the older dashboard.

Check out their review above for the full lowdown, there’s also some great preview images if you have no idea how things will look once you’re updated. Expect the update to roll out tomorrow, but there’s no specific release time yet. For those of you who have a PS3 as well, do you prefer the Xbox 360 interface between the two or does Sony’s XMB still win over a matter of preference?