New Xbox 360 dashboard XDK leaked

By Tom Warren, on 2nd Oct 11 9:17 pm with 17 Comments

Xbox dashboard XDK

New images and video of Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 dashboard leaked online over the weekend.

The images come directly from Microsoft’s XDK kit. The code is only available for Microsoft’s XDK systems, reserved for games developers. Microsoft typically provides access to its XDK on a limited basis. Games developers are required to sign Non-disclosure agreements to prevent any leaks of Microsoft’s development systems. The leak was discovered by forum users at, a dedicated site to gaming discussions. The latest leak does not provide any hints at new features but demonstrates Microsoft’s progress with its new user interface. A similar video leaked in August and demonstrated a new “discoverable” option in the dashboard settings. Microsoft describes the option as “change your settings to allow companion devices to discover your Xbox. The setting will allow Xbox users to link Windows Phone and other companion devices to the gaming console.

Microsoft’s new user interface borrows key elements from Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 user interfaces. The Xbox dashboard now features live tiles in the same way that Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 do. The interface uses Microsoft’s much talked about Metro style user interface standard across the whole dashboard. Microsoft is also 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. Microsoft is also planning to include some type of Marketplace with applications for Xbox 360.

Microsoft will also introduce an Xbox LIVE TV service as part of its dashboard update. Microsoft is looking to use the Xbox as a distribution device for cable TV and is reportedly working to secure lucrative deals with the biggest cable TV providers in the United States. The company originally announced its plans for an Xbox TV service at the E3 entertainment expo earlier this year.

Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 dashboard will enter the beta testing phase in October. The company is planning a Preview Program for the new dashboard, similar to last years preview. Microsoft is expected to announce details of the preview program in the coming weeks. Current rumors suggest that the final version of the dashboard will be made available to users on November 15, exactly 10 years after the original Xbox was released.

  • Sean M

    Loving the new Metro UI. This is definitely the nicest looking dashboard redesign so far.

  • Emi Cyberschreiber

    The new UI looks gorgeous!

    I’m loving more and more this metro style UI from Microsoft! cant wait for it.

  • AlienSix

    Hello Metro :)

  • Thomas Maurer

    The new design style Microsoft developed is just great… There is absolutely nothing like that…

  • Stark

    I can’t wait to see metro on my TV ^_^

  • Avatar Roku

    I love this new dashboard update!

    I hope they open up a beta for this really soon. I want to get that old NXE dashboard off of my Xbox ASAP.

    The only thing I wish they would do is start to integrate the apps into the Guide menu to allow for some multitasking. When you’re in a game and you press the guide button one of the menus should show a Twitter feed related to the game you are playing (similar to Twitter app on FiOS TV), let you follow the game’s/publishers Facebook page, and let you make a quick post about the game on your social network. Also you should be able to play your Zune Pass music or in the music blade while you are playing a game. If they could start to integrate the apps into the guide menu it would make them so much more useful.

  • JimmyFal

    If they can put my TV channels in the same box as my games, and I can turn on the TV and the xbox, without using the input button to switch around I will declare victory AFTER I can tell my Xbox to change the channel with my voice, and pause live tv. The ONLY thing better than that would be the ability to turn it all on and off with my voice as well. I can only HOPE they are working on making all of this reality.

  • Anonymous

    Looks great! And they can just photoshop the mum & daughter and have it set for worldwide release ;)

  • Lbastos

    just amazing

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  • Anonymous

    No other media center application can compete with this. The problem is you need to buy a X-Box to have it. MSFT should really develop a MSFT TV box that has all these functions.

    • CreepinJesus

      Add a TV tuner to your Windows 7 PC and you’re pretty much ready to go.  Just no Metro… maybe Win 8 will have a Metro-based Media Centre.

  • Alexander Thornade

    Interesting post! I`ll send it to all my friends!

  • Anonymous

    My goodness! Microsoft is on a roll!

  • the prayer

    This video hints at an app marketplace see at 0:41~ :) that woud be awsome!

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  • Beto

    I hope the voice functions come in Portuguese-BR as well.