Microsoft Xbox 360 dashboard will start rolling out to Xbox LIVE members within the next few hours after a minor delay.
Larry Hryb, Microsoft’s Major Nelson, revealed that the company plans to push the final update to the first set of Xbox LIVE members in just a few hours. “Sorry for the dash launch delay,” said Hryb. “First set of customers will be getting the Xbox LIVE update within the next few hours.” Microsoft had originally promised to deliver the update to all consoles by 3PM GMT on Tuesday but delayed the launch due to a last minute glitch. Microsoft blamed the delay on “deployment issues”, a Microsoft spokesperson said the following:
“We apologize for the delay in launching the new Xbox 360 dashboard. We’re working through some deployment issues and within a few hours the first customers will begin to receive the update. Because customers in this first phase are not selected based on geography, we can’t specify which individual consoles will receive the update first. We share our customers’ excitement for the new dash and will provide an update as soon as possible.”
The dashboard update will bring Microsoft’s Metro style interface to the Xbox 360. Microsoft is also preparing to include YouTube support later in December. Bing users will be able to use Kinect’s voice recognition feature to search for movies, music and other content on their consoles. The new dashboard will also enable Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone integration with Xbox, see a video demonstration here. Microsoft is expected to deliver its Xbox companion application for Windows Phone alongside the new dashboard update.