The replace is reportedly modeled after Microsoft’s new Metro consumer interface, which is used for Home windows Telephones and might be a part of Home windows 8.
It would provide new private and social options, cloud storage, Beacons, enhanced household settings, built-in voice and gesture controls throughout the dashboard and in apps, and Bing voice search.
Additionally on Dec. 6, main app suppliers will roll out new personalized apps for the Xbox 360 in 20 nations.
The Goodies within the Replace
The replace will help voice and gesture controls throughout your complete Xbox Dashboard as an alternative of solely within the devoted Kinect hub.
Bing voice search might be supplied to customers in the USA, the UK and Canada this yr, and might be rolled out to customers elsewhere later.
One other replace is the inclusion of Beacons, a system that can let Xbox 360 house owners inform Xbox Reside what they need to play. Xbox Reside will then let the house owners know when their pals are taking part in that recreation or need to play it. Beacons might be lively within the background whereas customers do different issues on their Xbox 360s.
Cloud saving will reportedly be out there for Gold members. This can allow them to switch saved recordsdata to pals’ consoles with out going via the “Recuperate Gamertag” course of.
A number of latest personalized apps for TV, films, Web movies, sports activities and music might be rolled out beginning Dec. 6 in additional than 20 nations.
The place the Replace’s Going
These apps will in all probability “dovetail with related apps out there on the Home windows Cellphone and on PCs,” instructed Rob Enderle, principal analyst on the Enderle Group.
“Microsoft seems to be driving the three platforms collectively in nearer concord, and that is doubtless an excellent factor,” Enderle instructed TechNewsWorld.
The replace is “centered on content material or leisure stuff in a broader sense and can increase [Microsoft’s] already fairly sturdy lineup of related console providers,” mentioned Lewis Ward, a analysis supervisor at IDC.
Following the (Ahem!) Sport Plan
The replace options due Dec. 6 are consistent with plans Microsoft introduced on the Digital Leisure Expo (E3) again in June.
At the moment, Redmond mentioned it will provide voice search with Bing on Xbox 360.
Holding Again the Winds of Change
“I might argue that the [Nintendo] Wii showcased that the lifetime of a typical recreation system must be about three to 5 years, after which it can have fallen to this point behind the efficiency curve that it’s going to not be attention-grabbing,” Enderle acknowledged.
“The Xbox was up to date with Kinect and it received just a little makeover final yr, however your complete class is clearly not as standard because it as soon as was as a result of the sport programs are getting so outdated,” Enderle elaborated.
“[Game makers] can see Apple working on a one- to two-year refreshment cycle with their shopper gadgets and being essentially the most worthwhile firm within the know-how sector, however rationalize that they’re totally different whereas watching their very own fortunes fall,” Enderle added.
Nevertheless, Microsoft “has one of the best on-line or related providers at the moment, and I don’ suppose they will relinquish that place,” IDC’s Ward contended.
The Xbox 360 led the market in October with 325,000 items offered — up 21 p.c — and racked up year-over-year development that month.
Microsoft in all probability gained’ introduce a brand new console till 2014, Ward instructed TechNewsWorld.