New Xbox dashboard video demo leaks, details new “discoverable” mode

By Tom Warren, on 16th Aug 11 7:58 pm with 34 Comments

Apps and Marketplace on new Xbox dashboard

Microsoft is busy preparing for a brand new Xbox dashboard that will be available by the end of the year.

One YouTube user, iTzLuPo, has posted a video and demo of the various new features in the dashboard. The video steps through a number of screenshots from the dashboard and promises Skype integration. The Skype support will appear in the dashboard according to the YouTuber who mods the Xbox 360 system. Skype will allow for calling Xbox LIVE friends and Xbox parties. Microsoft recently referenced Skype Xbox support in an online survey.

The YouTube video also shows off a new “discoverable” option in the dashboard settings. Microsoft describes the option as “change your settings to allow companion devices to discover your Xbox.” It’s not immediately clear how the feature will work but it could explain recent references to Xbox in the Windows 8 kernel. Microsoft confirmed that the company plans to build Xbox LIVE into the PC and into Windows 8. Mike Delman, Microsoft’s vice president of global marketing in the interactive entertainment business unit, revealed the company’s plans in an interview in June. Several strings referencing the Xbox 360 inside the Windows 8 kernel were discovered recently. “XBOX_360_SYSTEM_CRASH” and “XBOX_360_SYSTEM_CRASH_RESERVED” are present in ntoskrnl.exe, part of the Windows NT kernel. The strings hint at Windows 8 being a “companion device” for the Xbox.

The 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 UI standard across the whole dashboard. The company has also integrated Kinect and Bing into the core of Xbox to allow Kinect owners to control every part of their Xbox 360 with voice or gestures.

Microsoft is expected to release the new dashboard in September or October.

Update: Microsoft has pulled the video off of YouTube, confirming its authenticity.

  • J A

    Sweet! What would we do/where would technology be without Microsoft?

    • Guest

      We’d probably be enjoying more open source software right now.

  • Anonymous

    How do you guys rate this VS the PS3 offering? 

    • J A

      Nintendo and Sony are rookies in this game.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/ZephyrnixLive Lydell Washington

      You mean the XMB? Hell, the original BLADES UI was better then the XMB.

    • http://gomorning.com shidoshi

      Why the hate for the XMB? It’s a great user interface, allows for quick and easy access, and isn’t hard at all for a user to understand.

      At the same time, I also like the current Xbox 360 dashboard as well, even if it could really use some work in a number of ways (so could the XMB, to be fare). The blades, however, were a really clunky UI that Microsoft didn’t seem to fully think out, as their ability to grow and expand was extremely limited.

    • http://twitter.com/NorrathReaver Shane Nokes

      I actually loved & still do love the blades. If I could I’d have it as an optional interface on my xbox, but that’s not up to me :P

    • Guest

      The blades UI is now pretty much what you get when you press the guide button. It may not be day-glo orange but it’s the same essential mechanism. :)

  • Anonymous

    Awesome.   Anyone have any clue what the app environment will be like?  Migrating from the old video chat to skype would be nice.. wonder if MS Messenger will migrate to skype as quickly as well?

  • http://twitter.com/JLancaster3 J Lancaster

    awesome, can’t wait for this update.  I want to know more about this Live Tv in xbox live.  Any ideas?

  • Mister Twister

    Wow, I am really liking the new integration and dashboard design in this update!

  • http://twitter.com/mdtauk martin anderson

    Probably wont happen, but it would be nice to include a dark mode for the dashboard for those who felt the last change was too bright.

    Now onto the discoverable mode… How great would it be to be able to watch your DVR’ed shows on your PC or Windows Phone over your network!

    • J A

      I suspect that the cloud storage may also include your recorded shows, perhaps not recorded into your cloud storage nor your local Xbox storage since TV shows can be huge files but some sort of indicator that your your LiveID has this and that show recorded as well as your settings for keeping/deleting shows. I will let them sort that all out and I can’t wait.

    • Anonymous

      im sure they will just like they have a darker theme for NXE. they also have to allow previously purchased themes to work with the new UI so im sure you can always use or find a darker theme to match your taste. though to be honest im loving the bright, large Metro UI

  • J A

    This update will go well with the new Xbox remote with Live TV controls and the wireless headset (usable with Xbox and bluetooth phones such as Windows Phone). Nice; http://www.joystiq.com/2011/07/26/new-xbox-360-wireless-headset-with-bluetooth-remote-with-live-t/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=11814278 Chris Woelfel

    Yes, to everything.

  • Anonymous

    So much for protecting his leak…can’t they just track his gamer tag? its written on the screen shots…maybe i’m missing something.

    On another note…looks really cool. This is going to be a good update. I’m really excited for the cloud storage and the voice integration.

    • http://twitter.com/NorrathReaver Shane Nokes

      LuPo is already a ‘known quantity’ at Microsoft. Don’t worry about him ;)

  • Anonymous

    exciting

  • Anonymous

    exciting

  • http://tsardom.net Tsar

    MS has pulled the video. Any alternate sources?

  • http://twitter.com/jimmyfal Jimmy Fallon

    The video calling is hands down the most impressive feature on the whole dang box. So now, how about:
    -ability to wake the xbox with voice
    -have it replace the cable box altogether so I don’t have to use the INPUT button on the remote
    -have it change channels with voice and go to games with voice
    -speed up the entire screen to screen experience

    In other words, control the ENTIRE experience with no remote at all. This is not only what they should strive for, but what should be delivered this fall. Why not! Make it so MS, the time to blow our minds is NOW!
    jf

    • http://ahylianhuman.me Rod Davis

      Waking the Xbox with voice would require it to be pretty much on the entire time. I’m sure if you wanted any sort of decent voice recognition, a standy mode wouldn’t be enough power.

  • http://twitter.com/iTzLuPo LuPo

    Other video got copyrighted re-uploaded for you guys

    • http://twitter.com/NorrathReaver Shane Nokes

      I’d seriously stop right now LuPo. You’re just digging a bigger & bigger hole for yourself right now. Your antics last year weren’t cute, and they’re not cute this year either.

  • Anonymous

    it looks amazing, saddly the guy in the video doesn’t like much metro design? :P poor little rascal. but it looks amazing, i cant wait for xbox, and windows 8 to get this nice metro design!

  • http://openid.tomservo.eu/ Tom Servo

    I wish you’d stop connecting these kernel references to this “companion device” conjecture.

    They’re STOP codes. Evidently, since they’re grouped with other actual STOP codes. Do you know where these codes are shown? On the damn blue screen. Your cheap assumptions imply that anytime an XBox crashes or red-rings while in communication with a Windows 8, it’ll tear down the host computer. That’s an insane idea in itself. And any “companion” functionality whatsoever doesn’t require kernel level support.

    The more logical assumption would be unification of the kernels, since Microsoft’s actually pushing this.

  • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

    iTzLupo is the foul-mouthed punk who got banned from Xbox LIVE. He got caught DOCTORING A VIDEO ON YOUTUBE to make himself look like a victim. http://kotaku.com/5476938/theres-two-sides-to-every-xbox-live-banning-update So how that effects the legitimacy of this video remains to be seen.

    • http://twitter.com/NorrathReaver Shane Nokes

      Bingo.

      Which is why I’d posted that his antics last year weren’t cute, nor are this years antics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/seanronchi Sean Ronchi

    as a first time ps3 user coming from xbox i felt the xmb was actually difficult to navagate and xbox 360 is shear  simplicity but equally good to look at but i must say i like the ps3,s dynamic themes

  • http://www.flavors.me/fludlyt Fludlyt

    I’m looking forward to the cloud storage but if they could bring BBC iPlayer I will be a very happy person.

  • http://www.flavors.me/fludlyt Fludlyt

    I’m looking forward to the cloud storage but if they could bring BBC iPlayer I will be a very happy person.

  • http://www.flavors.me/fludlyt Fludlyt

    I’m looking forward to the cloud storage but if they could bring BBC iPlayer I will be a very happy person.