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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Now Rolling Out to Consoles Worldwide

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Yesterday Microsoft’s huge autumn update to the Xbox 360 dashboard hit a big bump, missing its 3pm UK launch schedule and leaving countless gamers in the lurch.

Thankfully Microsoft has now got everything sorted and the update is on its way to over 35 million Xbox Live subscribers across the world.

Just 30 minutes before the update was due to roll out to Xbox 360 owners in the UK yesterday, Microsoft’s head honcho of console gaming Major Nelson sent out a tweet to confirm there was a problem with the update.

FYI: The timing for Xbox 360 dashboard update has been slightly delayed,” he wrote. “I’ll have a status update later today.”

“Thanks again for your patience. I won’t have additional details until later today. The moment I have new information, I’ll share it w/ you,” Mr Nelson added.

However, late last night Major Nelson again tweeted to update on the situation – this time with good news.

We are a go! The #XboxUpdate is currently on its way to all 35 million Xbox LIVE members around the world

We apologize for today’s delay and hope that you will be thrilled with your new Xbox experience.

The update makes big changes to the user interface of the console’s dashboard, giving it a similar tiled theme to that of Windows Phone. Microsoft’s Kinect accessory will also be improved thanks to the update, with voice recognition being improved upon heavily. Users will soon be able to speak voice commands in order to search the web for video content.

Along with the UI change and Kinect improvements, Microsoft will be bringing a huge bundle of entertainment apps to the console. Catch-up TV and video services will be added, including LoveFilm and MSN Videos in the UK, with Channel 5 on demand coming later this month and a BBC iPlayer app arriving early next year.

Xbox Live subscribers should have received an email about the update this morning, and we’ve already heard from a few UK gamers who have got their update.

Have you got your console updated? Let us know as soon as you do.

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