Xbox 360 Dashboard to Do the TwistBy Alex Co | August 19, 2011 | News | 1 comment | Share
During this week’s gamescom, Robin Burrowes, Xbox LIVE product marketing manager for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). demoed how Microsoft is looking to mesh the Xbox 360′s voice control and content in the upcoming Xbox LIVE dashboard update.
This new updated, dubbed – “Twist Control” is a way to make Xbox LIVE’s dashboard easier to use and navigate. Burrowes says that there are 20,000 items of content on the Xbox Marketplace and with more on the way it’s getting more and more cluttered. This is one of the main reasons for the dashboard’s redesign.
The new resdesign will also come new features taken from user feedback. Under the Social channel people will find Beacons, which will allow players to “signpost” what they’re doing across Xbox LIVE and Facebook.
Facebook posting is also added, this means that players will be able to “Like” a game, giving the social site access to their achievements.
This new “Twist Control” and the other features are part of what the company calls, “Games plus more than games” internally. The sweet spots are music, movies and live television.
Hopefully the new dash will show this service proposition goes beyond gaming. We'll never lose our focus on that gaming audience. In fact, developing the investment infrastructure to develop programs like cloud storage and Facebook posting and the beacons, are three examples of continuing to invest in that space.
Our games Marketplace environment is really beginning to get optimised. We're now selling more with new transaction space than we are with subscription space for the first, which is showing to us our core audience is staying with us and spending more time, money and effort within games as well as entertainment.Burrowes on the Xbox dashboard redesign & marketplace
What do Xbox players think with this? Is Microsoft going the correct path to make navigating the dashboard and Xbox LIVE marketplace easier?
Microsoft plans to roll out this update before the end of the year.