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New Xbox 360 Dashboard: Brief Review

Yesterday Microsoft finally launched the new dashboard update for the Xbox 360, I managed to give it a good test last night whilst I played Modern Warfare 2 and Medal of Honor, and I must say I am impressed.

Prior to the update I used to find sending messages and game invites a bit laggy, however things seem a lot smoother now, there is no longer a delay before receiving the “Game Invite Sent” confirmation message, also writing text messages was a lot easier and it felt as if I was composing the message a lot faster than before.

I particularly like the new way that you could see if Xbox Live friends are online, before it wasn’t a huge problem, however now there is a new red or green icon signifying this.

A lot of people are complaining that the new simplified UI makes the dashboard look less mature than the last, however I feel that the minimalistic look great and allows you to see important information more easily.

I like the new Game Marketplace despite it not being a great deal different, the faster UI makes browsing a lot quicker and I think in the long run people won’t take so long finding the content that they are after.

The only thing I do not really like is the new font used when you receive notifications on your screen, such as a friend signing in, sending you a message or inviting you to a game.

What are your favorite/least favorite changes to the dashboard?

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Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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