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Black Friday 2011 release date set for new Xbox 360 dashboard update

At the start of October, we informed you about a leaked video which gave Xbox 360 owners an exciting preview of a forthcoming update to the Xbox 360 dashboard. Now though, it looks like we have a release date to look forward to, and it could be arriving during this year’s Black Friday 2011 holiday period.

That means that the new update for Microsoft’s console could be landing on Friday, November 25th according to Gigaom who state that this is the date in which Microsoft has apparently ‘targeted’ for release.

Thanks to the new report, we now know that Microsoft will be focusing their update not only on the new Windows Phone 7 style interface, but also with Silverlight features in mind which could provide new functionality and gesture controls for Kinect. Like we mentioned in the leaked video report, Microsoft’s Bing search will also play a key part in the next dashboard update, while fans of watching video content on the Xbox 360 will be pleased to hear that more services will be added to the console as well.

UK consumers should get BBC, LOVEFiLM, Channel 4 and Channel 5 apps as part of the video update, while those of you in the US will be able to enjoy content from the likes of Comcast, Verizon and HBO. Microsoft has yet to say a word on the dashboard update, but after the leaked video and this solid report dishing the dirt on new features, it’s safe to assume that the update is definitely on the way soon.

Are you ready to see a complete UI overhaul on the Xbox 360 dashboard, or do you prefer the existing layout. Once again, if you haven’t seen the leaked ‘Metro’ video showing the new UI, you should definitely check it out as it hasn’t been removed yet. We’ll inform you once we hear any official details from Microsoft regarding the update.

What features would you like to see in the Black Friday update?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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