Xbox Live update for 360 takes a page out of Sony’s book

By Alan Ng - Oct 12, 2011

We have some important news for Xbox 360 owners now, as we can confirm that a new system update for Microsoft’s console is now available. However, before you get excited, this isn’t the planned major Fall update to the dashboard which we told you about yesterday.

Instead, it’s actually a very boring update and one which PlayStation 3 owners will know well – the infamous system maintenance update which adds no functionality to the console whatsoever.

However, although no features are listed, you can bet that this update serves as a key purpose in getting the console ready for the huge Fall update that is set to drop towards the end of November – on Black Friday if previous rumors are accurate. That update is set to bring a wealth of new features to the 360, including a brand new user interface in the style of Windows Phone 7, plenty of new video content and also improved Silverlight support to add new functionality to Kinect support around the dashboard.

Unfortunately, this update prompt that you see on your system now is nothing more than a tease, which is why we mentioned PlayStation 3 owners since they have been getting the same style of system updates for months, with no new features.

For those that are asking, yes this is a mandatory update so you will be forced to update your system even if you don’t want to. We’ve heard that some of you are complaining about poor download times for the update, but it wasn’t too bad for us. Perhaps the slow speed is due to everyone installing it at the same time, so trying to update it now for instance will probably serve you better and will install the update in a matter of minutes.

Did the update process go smoothly for you, or are you having problems? Are you waiting for some new Xbox features?

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  • Xbox Live !! Woot. Come on Sony.

  • It’s really very important news for Xbox 360 owners. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • No problems downloading (took a couple of minutes), no functionality lost but also no noticeable additions of any kind.  Was curious as to what was being altered but in the end does it really matter? Certainly no reason to start a flame war.

    • Alan Ng

      My thoughts exactly, I was merely stating that this one update was similar to some of Sony’s recent updates where there has been no new functionality added.. guess that makes me a ‘Grade F jacky’ though…thanks for the feedback Joe 🙂

      • Wasn’t really accusing you of trolling.  It just seems that any debate regarding either console degenerates into a row all too quickly (Godwin’s law accelerated?).  See also: PC’s are better than consoles. Both consoles are that cheap these days that people might as well get one of each.  Why can’t we all just get along? 😉

  • Sneakyfox_888

    Haha I’ve never known such a biased website in my life honestly its laughable! Is this website mainly focussed on shall we say “Biggin up” the Xbox360 and the Call of duty franchise or is it me? I realise I’m going to be hated by the Xbox / CoD fanboys but who cares!

  • Rnookya23

    AVi files on my external harddrive are no longer playable.

  • Zazyt

    I started the Dow load when I got home from school (2:40) and it took about 2 and a half hours! (5:10) it was insane!

    But yes I can’t wait for the new dashboard update!

  • John Xontic

    How can you even write an article with such an inflammatory intention?  PS3 get these all the time, first off, and second off M$ does it maybe 2-3 times a year to help prepare for a large feature-packed update.

    PS3 owners are fuched year round, nearly daily by Sony’s retarded update schedule.  Xbox owners can deal with 5 mins taken out of their day to help give them many more features a month from now.

    You’re a Grade F Jacky. Give up journalism.

  • UpdateDefenderPS3

    Wow what a trollng article….you do realize those “very boring update and one which PlayStation 3 owners will know well – the infamous system maintenance update which adds no functionality to the console whatsoever” your talking about do exactly the same things as this great xbox update. They prepare the console for future endeavors….albeit hacking, exploits or new services, consoles are always updated for a reason not just because it’s fun to make people download data.

  • Stef Man

    Just another reason for XBL subscription price to rise…