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Xbox 360 Spring Update '08
« on: May 13, 2008, 09:41:39 pm »
From Kotaku http://kotaku.com/5008939/rumored-xbox-360-spring-update-touts-motion-sensor-features-game-installs

This list is only a rumor, but it's the only thing we got so far

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    Xbox LIVE
    1. Option to delay sign-in to Xbox LIVE upon booting console (to allow user to set Online Status).
    2. Option to promote Child Account from Family Settings.
    3. Disallow Child Accounts (over 18) to override Family Settings by launching Privacy Settings through a title.
    4. Option in Family Settings for Child Accounts to enable child-oriented/non-mature advertisements.
    5. Introduce a group chat (4) for Private Chat and conferences through Video Chat.
    6. Support to indicate media being watched to gamercard status (video content from Marketplace only).
    7. Extend height for Bio field in Personal Profile, easier navigation through text.
    8. More fields present in Personal Profile - recent achievements, interests, games, movies, links, custom section.
    9. Compact Personal Profile for new fields (navigating to field will open it up).
    10. Mandatory option to delete duplicate titles from gamercard (excludes Games for Windows - LIVE). User disconnected from Xbox LIVE when booting any title until action complete.
    11. Option to remove payment information from gamertag.
    12. New payment methods for international users.
    13. Download History on Account Management better organized - games, genre, type, download date, miscellaneous.
    14. Long descriptions of items on Marketplace can be scrolled using right stick.
    15. Better organization of free content on Marketplace.
    16. Option to 'ping' when testing connection.
    17. Allow re-connection to Xbox LIVE if Ethernet cable is re-inserted whilst powered on.
    18. New strip colors available to developers, staff gamercards.
    19. New corner icon available to ambassadors.
    20. Re-introduce Messages button for Inside Xbox updates only.
    21. Option to store up to 10 messages permanently on server (excludes invites, status messages).
    22. Increase character limit for text messages between friends only.
    23. Option to disable invites from non-friends or all players.
    24. Option to disable invites from titles not on gamercard (excludes demos).
    25. Option to have smaller items moved up in Active Downloads.
    26. Automatically re-connect to Xbox LIVE if disconnected unexpectedly (set intervals).
    27. Option to download gamer picture (if available) from a gamercard being viewed.
    28. Display random tips to replace static text on Xbox LIVE and Games blades.
    29. New button on Marketplace for optional dashboard features - uses Storage Device memory.
    30. Option to donate Microsoft Points to anybody with a Windows Live ID.
    31. Option to purchase Membership for charities (includes benefits).
    32. Integrate file-sharing for selected titles on Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows - LIVE.
    33. Disable notifications to friends of user repeatedly signing into service (set period).
    34. Option to see 'snippet' of text message in notification.
    35. Windows Live Mail integration - includes support for Xbox LIVE Vision.
    36. Web feeds integration - text, images, audio. Includes support for specific item codes on Marketplace.
    37. Option to display gamer picture or standard picture as display picture in Windows Live Messenger.
    38. Support for headset, Xbox LIVE Vision in Windows Live Messenger.
    39. Support for limited 'winks' that display on dashboard interface. Option to disable 'winks' and 'nudges' added.
    40. Notifications separate from Windows Live Messenger to Xbox 360 notifications.
    41. Disable multiple languages from being used in any Xbox LIVE editable fields.

    Games
    1. Option to delete titles from gamercard with 0 gamerscore and 0 achievements (excludes some titles that will be re-added to launch another title).
    2. Organize My Games at the Games Library section better (includes disc-based titles) - sort by genre, platform (Games for Windows - LIVE), percentage completion.
    3. Support to display friends leaderboards for disc-based titles.
    4. Show dates of an achievement unlocked when comparing.
    5. Preload Games Library upon dashboard bootup for faster access.
    6. Game updates now shown as items in Memory, increased amount of updates on Storage Device.
    7. Option to delete game updates, removed 'cheat code' as no longer needed.
    8. Support for more titles to display banner when accessing guide in-game.
    9. Option to re-introduce awarded gamer pictures from titles that do not have their own re-introduce feature (requires saved game).
    10. Disable gamer pictures from being awarded from trials.
    11. Support for titles to store installation data on Storage Device for faster loading.
    12. Synchronization to achievements offline/online that were deleted and then re-added from developers.

    Media
    1. Option to hold LT and RT for rewinding/fast-forwarding video content.
    2. Option to delete individual music tracks from storage device.
    3. Option to rip music CD at different quality.
    4. Copy non-protected files (pictures, music, videos) from USB storage devices, CDs and computers to proprietary storage devices.
    5. Support for menu, top-menu features on video content downloaded from Marketplace.
    6. Section added for audio delivered through feeds (podcasts). Option to stream, download to Storage Device.
    7. Support added for video titles/description to gamercard status.

    Dashboard/Miscellaneous
    1. Option to navigate quickly out of several menus back to respective blade home (applies to Games, Media, System).
    2. New blade trim styles added.
    3. Introduce expanded Inside Xbox as a portal to news, weather, entertainment, help and community features.
    4. New sounds for various functions (notifications, blades, navigation).
    5. Calibration options for display/sound.
    6. Calibration options for motion sensor devices.
    7. New effects for Xbox LIVE Vision and dashboard background.
    8. Disable changing of Theme when on Memory to prevent 'hanging'.
    9. Preload recent, limited items upon dashboard bootup on Memory.
    10. Faster loading of Themes section on guide.
    11. Option to see what items will not work offline due to DRM license changing from Memory.
     12. Option to automatically associate new DRM to items downloaded for free.

    13. Indicate 'charging' status on guide when Play & Charge kit is connected.
    14. Option to change text colors on guide to better contrast some backgrounds.
    16. Language improvements.
    18. Word censor updated for fields.
    19. Privacy Settings/Family Settings updated for new features.
    20. Voice, picture messages can be read at Xbox.com (Gold accounts).

So the things i highlighted were things that I'm glad to see, things that look like there will be web based applications, maybe a browser? It looks like it will offer support to download podcast. The there are Wii like applications like news and weather and the ability to calibrate a motion senor. Looks interesting.


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Re: Xbox 360 Spring Update '08
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2008, 09:59:12 pm »
That looks to be a heft update. Nothing really excites me.
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Re: Xbox 360 Spring Update '08
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2008, 02:40:02 am »
Nothing overly exciting, but some very useful small updates there.  I have a whole boat load of games in my gamer profile listed from trial games that I downloaded, but then never played again.  It'll be nice to finally delete the record of those.

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Re: Xbox 360 Spring Update '08
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2008, 06:51:29 am »
i still would like to see Clan Support in Xbox live in general

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Re: Xbox 360 Spring Update '08
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2008, 09:13:16 am »
I'd love to be able to install disc based games and no longer need to load the game from the disc.

Many times I've not been bothered to play a game just because it involves getting up, walking to the shelf, picking up the box, opening the box, taking the disc out, finding the box for the old game, taking the old game out of the console, putting it in the correct box, placing the box back on the shelf in the correct place, placing the new game into the console, putting the new game's box back on the shelf, then sitting down again.

I'm a gamer, and they expect me to move?

I understand there would be some DRM complications, but if they must they could implement some kind of activation feature where the game can only be played on one gamertag at a time.

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Re: Xbox 360 Spring Update '08
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2008, 11:36:39 am »
To me that list looks too good to be true. It has fixed my two biggest problems - 4 way voice chat and slow games library loading - as well as a whole other bunch of stuff I'm really delighted to see. If that's truly the update list then I'm overjoyed.
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Re: Xbox 360 Spring Update '08
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2008, 01:52:25 am »
I'd love to be able to install disc based games and no longer need to load the game from the disc.

Many times I've not been bothered to play a game just because it involves getting up, walking to the shelf, picking up the box, opening the box, taking the disc out, finding the box for the old game, taking the old game out of the console, putting it in the correct box, placing the box back on the shelf in the correct place, placing the new game into the console, putting the new game's box back on the shelf, then sitting down again.

I'm a gamer, and they expect me to move?

I understand there would be some DRM complications, but if they must they could implement some kind of activation feature where the game can only be played on one gamertag at a time.


I don't think you can install the game onto your 360. I think it just caches it.
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...4. Copy non-protected files (pictures, music, videos) from USB storage devices, CDs and computers to proprietary storage devices...

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6. Section added for audio delivered through feeds (podcasts). Option to stream, download to Storage Device.

I hope we can fast forward audio now, or at lest a resume option.

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Re: Xbox 360 Spring Update '08
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2008, 03:58:41 am »
Yeah I understand I won't be able to install games, I just want to! :p

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Re: Xbox 360 Spring Update '08
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2008, 04:32:29 am »
Yeah I understand I won't be able to install games, I just want to! :p

Oh, I must of read your post wrong then.

Anyway, Once internet speeds get faster, and hard drives get cheaper, I think we will download most of our games.

The only problem is brick and mortar wont want to carry a system if they can't sell games for it.

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Re: Xbox 360 Spring Update '08
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2008, 07:04:46 am »
Anyway, Once internet speeds get faster, and hard drives get cheaper, I think we will download most of our games.

The only problem is brick and mortar wont want to carry a system if they can't sell games for it.

The days of brick and mortar are numbered. They know it and they deserve it.
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Re: Xbox 360 Spring Update '08
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2008, 12:56:09 pm »
Unfortunately, I made my account a child account, since I am 15. Which means no RP or M demos..

At least when i AM 18 I'll be able to upgrade it.

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Re: Xbox 360 Spring Update '08
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2008, 01:53:37 pm »
Mine is a child account (I stupidly decided not to lie about my age when they asked for data) and I can downloaded all the demos, even those such as Condemned and Bioshock.

Makes you wonder, if they're going to try and enforce age ratings, they may as well do it properly.

I suspect though this is because the demos are not completed products and haven't been rated yet.

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Re: Xbox 360 Spring Update '08
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2008, 03:22:28 pm »
I made mine a child account, but then i also put my email address as the parent account so I just went back and let me do anything i wanted.

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Re: Xbox 360 Spring Update '08
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2008, 03:43:48 pm »
I made mine a child account, but then i also put my email address as the parent account so I just went back and let me do anything i wanted.
Ditto. Still can't dload m rated demos. Or content. Actually, RP rated, too.

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Re: Xbox 360 Spring Update '08
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2008, 11:26:12 pm »
Doh' no spring update this year  :-\

but at least they will fix the DRM issue. :)
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