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New Xbox Entertainment Experience
« on: October 23, 2012, 09:42:16 AM »
New Xbox entertainment experiences launching this week across your favorite devices

I wanted to let everyone know that this is a huge week for us because Xbox is taking several important steps to expand your entertainment experience. This week we’ll have the new console update, Xbox coming to Windows 8 and the launch of SmartGlass experiences across your favorite devices.

Starting today, Tuesday, October 23rd, we are rolling out the Xbox 360 dashboard update to the remainder of our Xbox LIVE Members.



As I mentioned last week, this update includes:

    Refreshed Xbox 360 Dashboard. We’ve updated the UI with a few things, including an updated layout with more tiles, a combined TV & Movies channel and, in the US, a Sports destination.

    Pinning. Pinning lets you personalize the dashboard by saving your favorite movies, TV shows, games, music, videos and websites right to the home screen. It’s as easy as opening an app or a favorite movie and clicking “pin.”

    Internet Explorer for Xbox. With Internet Explorer on Xbox, you can easily find and view internet content on the biggest screen in the house, including HTML5 videos. Pin your favorite pages directly to the web hub or the dashboard.

    Recommendations and Ratings. Recommendations will allow you to discover new movies, TV shows and games, generated based on a number of variables including the content you previously viewed, what your friends are consuming and what is most relevant and popular with our Xbox community. You can now rate content yourself and also see Rotten Tomatoes ratings.

    Xbox Video. Formerly called Zune Video Marketplace, Xbox Video offers hundreds of thousands of TV shows and movies for buying or renting in instant HD streaming.

    Recent. Previously called Quick Play, the recent view gives you a list of movies, games, apps or other types of content that you most recently accessed on the console.

    Enhanced Search. The last Xbox LIVE update brought Bing voice search to Xbox so you could use voice to search for movies, TV shows, actors, directors and artists. This year we added genre search to the list, so now you can search for action, comedy, romance, drama or sci-fi. Bing voice search now includes results for video across the Web and YouTube.

    International Expansion of Voice Search. We’ve expanded our Kinect voice search capabilities to 9 new countries – Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Ireland.



And with the launch of Xbox on Windows 8 on October 26, we are launching Microsoft’s premier entertainment service. This is the year Xbox will light up entertainment on your Windows 8 tablet or PC. We want to make Windows the best place for gaming, the best video experience bar none, and combine all the elements people love about music into one service.

    Xbox Games. Xbox Games for Windows 8 will bring many of the games you already know and love, like Angry Birds Starwars, Jetpack Joyride, Fruit Ninja and more. These games will be playable on any Windows 8 PC, laptop or tablet. All Xbox games for Windows 8 will allow you to earn the Achievements that you we know you love; and many will also take advantage of other Xbox features, including leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and connecting with friends.

    Xbox Music. Xbox Music is a brand-new service, built from the ground up, to meet all your music needs across your tablet, PC, Phone and TV. Xbox Music is the ultimate all-in-one music service, featuring free music streaming on Windows 8 tablets and PCs, download to own, subscription, artist-based radio, plus comprehensive discovery from one of the world’s largest music catalogs.

    Xbox Video. Xbox Video is a first run video service offering tens of thousands of movies and TV shows for buying or renting in HD.



Plus, Xbox SmartGlass will also be available later this week when Windows 8 launches on October 26th. When the Xbox SmartGlass app launches on tablets, PCs and smartphones, it will include key foundational experiences for interacting with your Xbox 360, such as dashboard and app navigation and Internet Explorer control, like text input, scrolling and pinch and zoom. Additionally, you will get SmartGlass experiences with Xbox Video and Xbox Music starting this week. Xbox SmartGlass will be a free downloadable app that takes your Windows 8 tablets and PCs, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android devices, and converts them into a smart second screen for the entertainment you are enjoying through your Xbox.

I have gotten a few questions on what games and apps will support Xbox SmartGlass, so I wanted to share a few a list of some of the apps and games that will support Xbox SmartGlass in the coming months.

Games:

    Ascend
    Dance Central 3
    Forza Horizon
    Halo Waypoint
    Home Run Stars
    Karaoke
    Kinect Sesame Street TV
    Prima Games

Sports:

    ESPN
    NBA Game Time
    UFC

Entertainment Apps:

    Elections 2012
    HBO GO
    MSN
    NBC News
    NOW TV
    Slacker Radio
    TODAY
    Univision

For more details on the update, read our blog post (and watch the video) on the Microsoft News Center

If you have any questions or need help with the update, be sure to hit up @XboxSupport, they’re ready to help!

[Major Nelson]
« Last Edit: October 23, 2012, 09:48:24 AM by nCogNeato »

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Re: New Xbox Entertainment Experience
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2012, 11:32:53 AM »
I downloaded the update before work this morning but didn't get a chance to take it for a test drive. So far it sounds pretty good.

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Re: New Xbox Entertainment Experience
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2012, 12:50:55 PM »
I remember the good old blade dash days, much better than the ad infested crap we have to use now!


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Re: New Xbox Entertainment Experience
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2012, 02:02:27 PM »
I could live with ads if it meant we got Live for free/reduced rate, but we get nothing out of it but lost screen real estate

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Re: New Xbox Entertainment Experience
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2012, 04:50:25 PM »
I could live with ads if it meant we got Live for free/reduced rate, but we get nothing out of it but lost screen real estate

The ads should be removed for gold members, let all the cheapskate silver users have them.   :)


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Re: New Xbox Entertainment Experience
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2012, 12:47:15 AM »
Oh joy, another update!!!


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Re: New Xbox Entertainment Experience
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2012, 01:44:55 AM »
I could live with ads if it meant we got Live for free/reduced rate, but we get nothing out of it but lost screen real estate

The ads should be removed for gold members, let all the cheapskate silver users have them.   :)

I agree.  There should be no ads for paying users IMHO.

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Re: New Xbox Entertainment Experience
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2012, 04:24:24 AM »
I could live with ads if it meant we got Live for free/reduced rate, but we get nothing out of it but lost screen real estate

The ads should be removed for gold members, let all the cheapskate silver users have them.   :)

I agree.  There should be no ads for paying users IMHO.

I'd even pay more if they got rid of the adverts!



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Re: New Xbox Entertainment Experience
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2012, 08:48:05 AM »
I could live with ads if it meant we got Live for free/reduced rate, but we get nothing out of it but lost screen real estate

The ads should be removed for gold members, let all the cheapskate silver users have them.   :)

I agree.  There should be no ads for paying users IMHO.

I'd even pay more if they got rid of the adverts!

There was a survey MS had a year or so ago that asked if people would pay more to get rid of ads.  Either not enough people said "yes", or they're waiting for the next console to introduced new subscriptions tiers. 

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Re: New Xbox Entertainment Experience
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2012, 02:39:41 PM »
It looks like the SmartGlass features are starting to roll out.

So far the Xbox Marketplace has added SmartGlass downloads for Dance Central 3, Forza Horizon, Happy Wars, and Full House Poker.

Currently, SmartGlass is only available for Windows 8 and Windows RT Tablets and PCs, neither of which I own.  I'll be waiting for them to release it for smartphones.

Anyone using Windows 8?  Give SmartGlass a try and let us know what you think.

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Re: New Xbox Entertainment Experience
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2012, 06:15:13 PM »
Been using the new dashboard for a few months now and there are a lot of things I don't like about it but the thing that gets me the most is the complete lack of choice over the language in the dashboard. Some idiot thought it would be good to base the language on which country your ip address is in. Doesn't matter that my xbox locale is set to the UK and language to English, I'm still stuck with a Swedish dashboard and I fucking hate it!

Oh, and the ads, greedy bastards. I just ended up using a dns service to block them, and also didn't renew my gold sub since I barely play any multiplayer games anyway.

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Re: New Xbox Entertainment Experience
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2012, 11:34:03 AM »

Currently, SmartGlass is only available for Windows 8 and Windows RT Tablets and PCs, neither of which I own.  I'll be waiting for them to release it for smartphones.

Anyone using Windows 8?  Give SmartGlass a try and let us know what you think.

Just seen that SmartGlass app is now available for iPhone and iPad users...I'll download tonight and let you know my feelings.

Anyone else used it yet?



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Re: New Xbox Entertainment Experience
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2012, 11:53:58 AM »

Currently, SmartGlass is only available for Windows 8 and Windows RT Tablets and PCs, neither of which I own.  I'll be waiting for them to release it for smartphones.

Anyone using Windows 8?  Give SmartGlass a try and let us know what you think.

Just seen that SmartGlass app is now available for iPhone and iPad users...I'll download tonight and let you know my feelings.

Anyone else used it yet?

I used it last night during the live stream of Daily Show / Colbert Report election results.  If I didn't already own the Xbox TV Remote Control, it would really come in handy.  The expanded features of what you're watching are interesting, but didn't offer much for what I was watching.

I can see it's potential with certain games (especially strategy) and other apps.  But as a simple control device, my remote control is far less awkward and useful.  I'll have to give it a try with some other games/apps.  The keyboard feature will probably prove to be the most helpful for me.  I don't own that keyboard peripheral for my controller, and don't plan to.


 

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