New Xbox 360 dashboard beta testing begins in October

By Tom Warren, on 9th Sep 11 10:10 pm with 24 Comments

Apps and Marketplace on new Xbox dashboard

Microsoft is planning to start beta testing of its next-generation Xbox 360 dashboard in October.

The software giant has been sharing details of its new dashboard with a number of gaming sites this week. The new dashboard, originally revealed at E3 earlier this year, will bring a host of new features. Microsoft is preparing to include YouTube and Bing on the Xbox 360. Bing users will be able to use Kinect’s voice recognition feature to search for movies, music, Xbox LIVE content and more.

Joystiq and Venture Beat both got a hands on of the new dashboard and early reports are positive. Microsoft’s YouTube application is not ready to be demonstrated just yet but the company plans to make it available in the beta test in October. It’s not clear whether Microsoft will make the beta dashboard available to external testers but the company has typically held a broad beta test of its dashboard before rolling it out to users.

Microsoft will also include a Marketplace with applications for Xbox 360. The apps section appears to contain existing third-party applications and the ability to download new apps. Microsoft previously revealed in November that it was planning to bring Silverlight to the Xbox as part of the next wave. The company has been suspiciously quiet about its Silverlight Xbox plans ever since. Microsoft is positioning Silverlight as its strong multi-platform base to bridge the gap between mobile, PC and Xbox.

  • Anonymous

    Bummer, I thought the whole thing was going to be released in Oct… I guess Nov/Dec now?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitch-Foster/100000527225418 Mitch Foster

      Don’t they usually release it in the middle of november? (for celebration of every new Call of Duty game that comes out! :p)

  • Anonymous

    new metro look. yummi. will it finally letme use my wp7 as a remote…unlikely :(

  • Anonymous

    new metro look. yummi. will it finally letme use my wp7 as a remote…unlikely :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1521451503 Paul Hill

      Get on twitter and @ the xbox team and ask quickly lol

    • Mykel

      that’s the mango update on the phone from what i heard.. not the UI on the xbox..

    • Josh

      huh?

    • Zuneratheart

      nope that’s the new Xbox dashboard

    • Nathanmckain

      wtf!!??? R u dumb its clearly xbox!!! Wtf would a phone have a menu like that!!!!????? Common sense use your head!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pedro-Roque/100000194503830 Pedro Roque

    I don’t really see the need for silverlight on XBOX, except for multimedia apps. For games we already have XNA.What would be great, was the possibility to publish the same app for windows, Phone and XBox, with a common market place.

    • Josh

      did u miss this part “Microsoft is positioning Silverlight as its strong multi-platform base to bridge the gap between mobile, PC and Xbox.” this is a bug part of the consistent ui and crossover fot their 3 screens and the cloud vision..its happening.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pedro-Roque/100000194503830 Pedro Roque

      I doubt Microsoft will base the app model for windows 8 on Silverlight. XAML, yes. Silverlight, no.
      As a WP7 developer, I love Silverlight. On the desktop, I use WPF, thats even better, although it could use a little perf boost.

    • Zuneratheart

      Do you realize that SILVERLIGHT IS XAML? Silverlight uses the .xaml file type. They are one in the same. Are you sure your a developer? I am as well, and I understand that Silverlight is the brand name for the .xaml file type and for games made in C#, it’s XNA.

    • Anonymous

      Silverlight is mainly a subset of WPF with some classes that are SL-only.

  • rsgx

    I hope you report when they open this up, I’d love to try it out first.

  • rsgx

    I hope you report when they open this up, I’d love to try it out first.

  • http://twitter.com/hchooley Matt Baldwin

    Hoping for HBOGo app!

  • Guest

    Who plays XBox anymore? It’s so archaic. With so many new games coming out for the iPad, it’s only a matter of time before Microsux move the XBox in with the Kin, Zune, Winblows Phone 7, and Winblows 8. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Face it, iOS is the future! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • markusdevine

      You really are pathetic.

    • Bill gates

      I thought Steve jobs retired

    • Croskin387

      thats apple

  • Anonymous

    Great , can’t wait

  • Nathanmckain

    Tell me when xbox gets a web browser!

  • Karllangenstroer

    they should go back to the original dashboard