The New Xbox 360 Experience In-depth Review

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Navigation was clearly a priority in this update. The blades were completely dropped on the dashboard, in lieu of a more intuitive, interactive interface. The contrast between the two is quite clear...

 
 
Old vs. New

The new system has been designed for users that have never used an Xbox, in an effort to make it easier for them to find their way around easily. This caused Microsoft to move some things around, however.  If you’ve spent a lot of time in the old dashboard, it might take you while to get acquainted, but it very quickly becomes evident how much more natural navigation has become.

There are eight vertical scrolling options, lets break those down and see what each has to offer...

My Xbox is your starting point, this section contains the areas to launch your games, your profile, and your game, video, music, and picture libraries, along with Windows Media Center and System Settings. Each of these has its own icon that you can pan through horizontally and is accompanied by a related icon, and a label.

Game Marketplace – The games marketplace offers you Xbox Arcade games, demos, add-ons to games, and your game library. In the old Marketplace organization was rather disjointed, this has been fixed.

Initially you can search alphabetically, by genre, or by the type of download – whether an expansion, full game, demo, or add-on. From there, when you get to a game you’re interested in, by selecting the game, you are greeted with information about the it, its cost, related content, and even screenshots.

 

This interface makes it much easier to locate the games you’re interested in, and find the related content. It also helps that your Games Library is synced with the Marketplace, allowing you to directly jump to the Marketplace from your library to find related content. Finding map packs or add-ons, instead of being a chore, is now incredibly easy to navigate.  One thing to note, all these features are available in the new Xbox Guide, which will be covered later.
 

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3vi1 6 years ago

NEWSFLASH:  Microsoft innovates / copies Wii.  PlayStation Home beta testers say "How cute."

Dave_HH 6 years ago

Hahaha! You are definitely 3vi1

3vi1 6 years ago

Thanks, I try.

BTW... Home *does* rock, though I won't say anymore because it might violate NDAs I didn't read in my rush to try it out.

The XBox revamp failed to capture my attention. I created my person, went through the menus, then said "oh well" and turned it off.

ice_73 6 years ago

i just wish i still had my 360 to try this out. though it does seem to just be a blend of the wii and the ps3 home.

Crisis Causer 6 years ago

The most important feature is copying games to the HDD.  The Xbox 360 spinning the DVD at 12x is as loud as a vacuum cleaner (no exaggeration).  Playing games with no DVD spinning is nice.  Loading is also improved in certain games, but not all.  Consider faster loading a bonus to the real benefit of more silence.

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

[quote user="Crisis Causer"]The most important feature is copying games to the HDD.[/quote]

If you can afford the XBox 360 hard drives. This is the coolest feature though. Makes the 360 much not as loud and improves loading. I wonder if this will hurt the copy protection?

ice_73 6 years ago

actually from what ive read, the loading times barely improve especially considering the time it takes to install a game. plus the ps3 had this for a long time.

it does improve noise though. no arguing about that.

ice91785 6 years ago

[quote user="ice_73"]

actually from what ive read, the loading times barely improve especially considering the time it takes to install a game. plus the ps3 had this for a long time.

it does improve noise though. no arguing about that.

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I copied Gears of War 2 in about 10 mins if that....also I noticed RIGHT away that load points in the game were instantaneous after. I love it.....

As far as copy protection, I don'tthink it will be an issue as you still have to have the disc in the drive before being able to load the game.

 

 

tanka12345 6 years ago

It looks like a cheap, Wii rip-off! Angry

ice_73 6 years ago

[quote user="ice91785"]

[quote user="ice_73"]

actually from what ive read, the loading times barely improve especially considering the time it takes to install a game. plus the ps3 had this for a long time.

it does improve noise though. no arguing about that.

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I copied Gears of War 2 in about 10 mins if that....also I noticed RIGHT away that load points in the game were instantaneous after. I love it.....

As far as copy protection, I don'tthink it will be an issue as you still have to have the disc in the drive before being able to load the game.

 

 

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perhaps more recent titles are optimized for the install. i read in lots of places that games dont improve load times too much, but they tested older games afaik. gears is the hallmark of the 360, and epic works closely with ms so it would of been better optimized to take advantage of nxe. 

im not saying that installing games on the xbox is useless, it does eliminate noise and that is great, but what i am saying is that people expect far better load times and it isnt common. you trade off hard drive space and the 10-20 min install to save about 1-2 seconds on load times? doesnt exactly make it better. though if you want to eliminate noise this is the way to go!  

ice91785 6 years ago

[quote user="ice_73"]you trade off hard drive space and the 10-20 min install to save about 1-2 seconds on load times? doesnt exactly make it better.[/quote]

It just helps with overall gameplay -- you don't have to wait 60 seconds for new levels to load as its almost instantaneous....checkpoints are instant instead of having to wait a few seconds per checkpoints within these levels.

My Xbox Elite has 120GB HDD that isn't being used for anything else so really (maybe 10GB worth of music and maybe 10 more of games/saves...why not? As you say it helps with spin-up noise and again with gameplay so I see it as a win all around.

Crisis Causer 6 years ago

One of my games sees loading times cut in half. It's game dependent, but boy is it awesome when it does help.

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gamemaniac 5 years ago

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XBOX 360 is obviously very popular among kids as well as adults. I just wanted to know the configuration of the latest version coming up.

 

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mentaldisorder 5 years ago

What do you mean by configuration?  Do you mean the next update to the Xbox experience?

gamemaniac 5 years ago

No, not the next update but I am asking about the configuration of the latest XBOX 360 version.

mentaldisorder 5 years ago

So you mean what models are offered?

gamemaniac 5 years ago

Exactly, that's what I was asking. What models are offered?

dlim783 4 years ago

Microsoft Xbox 360 sucks! I got fraud in my account, so I called the customer server to fix this issue, but they don't know how to answer it... It's just very atrocious!

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