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Quieter Xbox 360 drives, faster loading and new display support

by Steven Williamson on 15 July 2008, 09:27

Tags: Xbox 360, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Xbox 360

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Yesterday, Xbox live's Marc Whitten revealed a new feature that will allow Xbox 360 users to install games onto their HDD.

Writing on Major Nelson's blog, Whitten said that doing this will reduce drive noise as well as speed up loading times for games, but we'll still need to have the disc in the drive to play the game (damn it!).

Whitten went on to explain numerous new features that we can expect to see during an Autumn update.

"Since launch, you’ve always pushed us to continuously innovate. It is because you spoke with one loud voice that we added new features like background downloading, 1080p support, movies and TV shows, video chat, a Marketplace blade and instant messaging," he wrote.

"Over time, as we’ve delivered more and more content into the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, we’ve heard from many of you that it has become increasingly difficult to find the games and content you want."

"And that brings us to today."

" Because of your feedback, we started rethinking the entire Xbox experience. What we discovered was that we could not only provide a better experience for you, but also something that reaches out to new audiences. "


The feature list includes:

· Access Xbox LIVE Marketplace on the Web. Browse and purchase Marketplace content whenever you want from Xbox.com and it downloads automatically to your console. Purchase that new map, television episode, the latest Xbox LIVE Arcade game or set up a movie to watch when you get home from work.

· Dashboard built into the new Xbox Guide. For everyone who loves the blades interface, it’s not going away; they are now built directly in to the new Xbox guide. Every feature and option is available right from the guide. You can even access your full games library at all times. No matter where you are (in dash or in game), immediately call up your games played list and directly launch a game.

· LIVE Party system. Create a party of up to eight friends, and stay with them from one game to another, or watch a Netflix movie together, or share a slideshow of your personal photos. It works with all Xbox 360 titles, not just upcoming games. LIVE Party allows up to eight people to chat in the dashboard, so you can meet up before playing.

· Xbox LIVE Primetime. This whole new category of games is going to give you more reasons to get online with your friends. Games will support everything you’d expect, like Achievements and leader boards, but many of these games will include real prizes. You can invite your friends, and even set a reminder for an upcoming show. Each game is broadcast simultaneously, so everyone is answering the same questions. Many events will have a live host, calling the shots as they happen.

· Avatars. Your online identity started as a Gamertag - it then grew into a personalized Gamercard. Now, it has evolved even further into avatars. You can express your style, check out new outfits and share this with the community. Avatars will also be integrated into Xbox LIVE Arcade games, LIVE Party, as well as retail games.

· New display support. Because you asked for it, we are adding 16X10 over VGA or HDMI, and support for 1440x900 or 1680x1050.

The new features comes as part of the new Xbox experience, which see a complete makeover of the dashboard.

Be sure to check out our full E3 2008 coverage


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I like the idea of the party system. I've got 3 mates who I game with and over a few hours we do tend to hop from one game to the next.

Though installing games onto your HDD is just another step toward PC gaming :P
Digerati
I like the idea of the party system. I've got 3 mates who I game with and over a few hours we do tend to hop from one game to the next.

Though installing games onto your HDD is just another step toward PC gaming :P

I've always found the chat system annoying on Xbox 360, it was better on the original Xbox where you could get loads of people in a room. Looking forward to the party system
Digerati
Though installing games onto your HDD is just another step toward PC gaming :P

That's probably part of the point :p If you want traditional consoling then you've got the Wii, if you want a PC with controlled specification, 100% compatability, and a hassle-free, largely effective DRM then just use a modern console. It's a game developer's dream :D
Digerati
Though installing games onto your HDD is just another step toward PC gaming :P

PS3 anyone?:):surrender:

i can see why the delayed the spring dashboard update