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Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Tomorrow Confirmed....

Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Tomorrow Confirmed....
Published by xenokai on Monday, June 05, 2006

Tomorrow Morning (June, 6th 2:00 AM PT) The massive Xbox 360 update will be released. Sporting even more features and tweaks that where recently announced.......

Xbox 360 releases over 125 new features to enhance next-generation gameplay and entertainment

Now this is what we call a update guys.. Some nice features and fixes this update.. Discuss the changes in the official 360-hq.com forums

NEW FEATURES

- “Download manager” - Marketplace items now download in the background, queue up to six pieces of content
- DVD bookmark support will remember the film’s timing and location when resuming viewing
- Fast-forward and rewind now offered at 2x -16x for any videos saved to hard drive
- “Boot to Dashboard” setting will bypass the loading of any disc in the drive and open directly to Dashboard during power-on
- Begin slideshows from any photo
- Music player saves “shuffle” setting
- Much player save “repeat” setting
- Music player now displays which file is currently playing in the playlist
- Music volume level persists between game / reboots
- 8 new locales added (Chile, Brazil, India, South Africa, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia)
- Separate settings now offered for Game and User volume controls
- Themes can now be set from the “System” blade on the Dashboard
- User-selected music continues play when switching from Dashboard to game or game to Dashboard
- “All Arcade Games” added as a selection in the Xbox Live Arcade area
- Personal gamer pictures allowed as Gamertiles – displayed only to those on your Friends List
- Added support to disable sound effects when navigating Dashboard
- Instantaneous “Change Theme” option added upon downloading new Dashboard themes
- Preserve folder structure of source when viewing photos
- A / B labels now provided to identify memory units in Dashboard
- Online status set to “Away” when screensaver becomes active

SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS

DVD Player
- Improved audio/video sync after extended pauses - Improved visual quality
- DVD player outputs at native resolution over VGA connection
- Improved playback smoothness
- Improved fast-forward and rewind smoothness
- DVD play continues to attempt to read a disc after “disc read” error
- DVD play à Pause à Play jitter / out of synch issues improved
- DVD play à Slow Play à Play jitter / out of synch issues improved
- Repaired issues with missing menu selection icon from DVD disc menu for certain films
- Improved Xbox 360 Guide efficiency during certain films
- Repaired playback stutter during certain films

Music Player
- Player now populates music data (Title, Artist, etc.) when no track information is available
- User music is now pauses, instead of stopping, when games override user-selected background music
- Selecting an artist’s album no longer displays albums for all artists
- Improved performance when retrieving playlists from a Windows Media connection
- List music tracks in track-order when viewing albums by specific artist
- Unified music controls for music player in Dashboard and pop-up Guide
- Improved playback for Mono AAC-encoded files
- Improved connection timing between console and CD database over Internet
- Player no longer allows hard-drive selection when no hard-drive is connected
- Removed handling of MTP/USB devices when playing music from them more robust
- Improved error codes / messaging associated with unplayable content

Localization Improvements

- Fixed partially truncated strings in Portuguese, Spanish and Italian
- Korean clock / date format corrected after initial set-up
- Fixed system hang when changing the language of the console immediately after signing out
- Korean virtual keyboard “down” navigation now works for lower-right button
- Korean virtual keyboard caps disabled for input mode
- Fixed overlapping characters for pre-paid Gold membership card (Japanese localization)
- Removed extra spaces in several translated words (French localization)
- PC name displayed properly when containing Japanese characters
- Support single apostrophe character for Japanese virtual keyboard

Memory Area Improvements
- Streamlined selection – no profile selection required
- Improved overall performance, allowing quicker access to content
- Improved content views including name, file type, size, profile owner and location
- Faster identification of file types and fewer steps for actions such as copy, move, delete, etc.
- Capacity (or percentage-full) of storage device now consistent between select-a-device and storage scenes
- Device selection now shown on each screen to improve usability

Miscellaneous System Improvements
- Time elapsed now displayed when playing music files
- Enhanced categorization of media library
- Accelerated scrolling of large music lists
- New “shuffle” icon
- Repeat / Shuffle icon now operates as toggle button
- Default button for manual IP address is now “A” instead of “Done”
- Hidden and system folders are no longer displayed from MTP / mass storage devices
- Difficulty levels for gamer profiles ordered correctly
- Added additional line and word-wrap to “Publisher” in video area
- Shuffle / Random no longer skips last image in list when viewing photos
- Improved handling of Friend Requests between Gamertags that have changed names
- No longer asked “Exist to Dash?” when switching between areas in the Dashboard
- New error messages for when Windows Live ID requires password change
- Unlocked Achievements now displayed first in Game Summary page
- Selecting an Achievement now shows the specific Achievement details
- Full date now displayed for “Member Since” and “Next Bill Date” tabs on Membership scene
- Updated messaging for deleting arcade games purchased by different profiles
- No longer launch music CD in disc-tray when moving from Live sign-up to Dashboard or Network Troubleshooter
- Improved voice quality when connected through wired gamepad
- Show “Last Played Game” selection in Xbox Live Arcade first before enumerating all games (when Arcade game was last game played)
- Improved performance of picture enumeration from iPods formatted for Mac
- Adopt latest updates to Cero-based ratings for Family Settings
- Show videos downloaded from Marketplace in the Video area of the Media blade
- Improved usability around “Play Now” when downloading demos, trailers and videos
- Added support for South Africa-specific Family Settings
- Updated support for Japanese game ratings
- Video area changed to include game trailers and entertainment videos
- Improved robustness of Gamerscore when doing account recoveries
- Improved messaging around handling corrupt or non-fully recovered profiles
- Improved download performance for popular content being downloaded through Marketplace
- Total USB keyboard support
- Testing Live connection while streaming music from PC works correctly
- Next item / Focus sound not played when scrolling past the bottom of the video list
- Handle profiles on memory units inserted into system while enumerating profiles from other storage locations
- Warning / Alert icons now show as part of deleting items in Memory area
- Repeat rate for remote control matches game controller repeat rate
- “A” button disabled when in a list with no items available
- Wireless battery level added to mini-pop-up guide over backward-compatible games
- Pop-up guide / Dashboard now supports USB keyboard
- Console no longer enters “charge” mode when shutdown and the battery has been removed from wireless controller
- System no longer waits indefinitely when attempting to contact Windows Media Connect service on XP PC
- Improved Marketplace storage device selector
- Correctly set focus on selected item when back button pressed on “select a game” scene
- Notify users when multiple wireless SSIDS with identical names are within reach
- Provide Gold membership information when trying to join a session or accepting game invites with Silver accounts
- New text to highlight the ability to clear the passcode for Live account signing
- Photo slideshow no longer resumes when pressing “previous” or “next” from paused state
- Improved handling of corrupt profiles when deleting them
- No longer turn off wireless gamepads after system update reboot
- More robust handling of initial setup experience for memory unit users
- Improved handling of backward-compatible update experience, reboot back into Xbox v1 environment instead of Dashboard
- Improved handling for "block communications" from other players
- Improved keypress sounds when using USB keyboard
- Improved usability and performance of content enumeration for storage devices
- Show visual location for where Xbox Live Arcade games reside
- Improved user messaging when overwriting content while copying
- Improved consistency of messaging between "sign out" and "switch profile"
- Updated troubleshooter text for connection to Windows PC's joined to domain
- Better support for Xbox 360 game disc recognition
- Improved initial setup text messaging
- Improved overall error message terminology
- Game updates downloaded to memory unit no longer show "please reinsert" notification when memory unit removed
- More robust support for handling game deletes from memory unit and simultaneously removing memory unit
- Improved system performance between console and affiliated Windows Media Connect PC

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