My Take On The Newest Xbox 360 Update

Well, once again Microsoft has updated the Xbox 360 console. Here is my take on the latest new stuff…

1. Avatar Marketplace-I knew it was coming. From the introduction of the silly Wii-sh avatar, I knew Microsoft would try and make a penny on it. I’m just surprised it didn’t happen sooner. It’s a shame really, because I have been waiting to dress my avatar like Darth Vader or brandish a lightsaber, etc, etc.  So, I was excited to see the variety of gaming stuff to put on. Stuff from Bioshock 2, Gears of War 2, Halo 3/ODST, Clone Wars, Fable II and others. But, I almost hit the roof when I saw that the Clone Trooper armor cost 400MP! $5 for stupid avatar clothing. And better yet, the lightsaber cost more than that. It just burns me that Microsoft has to try and take our money at every little turn. How about letting your multi-billion dollar business offer free avatar clothing across the board?? Sadly, I will be waiting to “unlock” avatar clothing from upcoming games. I wonder if Microsoft will still update the “free” avatar clothing section…

2. Games On Demand- Another cool idea. Being able to not leave my house to purchase a major game is a neat concept, however the prices are still a little high for some of the titles. Then, the big issue-available space on the hard drive. I have the 20 gig hard drive which, by today’s standards is useless. I already have it tapped out. So, why would I want to put a 4.5 gig game on my hard drive? I refuse to buy the bigger hard drive because of the price. When will that price drop? Sheesh. And Microsoft is still quiet about the release of a bigger hard drive ( which will be needed by everyone soon enough).

3. Netflix Update-The best of the updates IMO. I just started using Netflix a few weeks ago and I like it alot. Being able to instantly watch movies/TV shows on my Xbox is great. What was getting annoying was having to go online with my computer to set up my instant que list. With the new update I can now do all of that from my Xbox! Great job on that one guys! Plus, you can start a party with your friends with Netflix now. Although, I believe your friends also need Netflix for this to work.

4. Other Updates- Other things include:

User Ratings- Now, you can rate how good a game is with a 1 to 5 star rating. Netflix also has the same thing. I think it’s a nice upgrade. You can voice your opinion now. Was the game great? Give it 5 stars. Was the game worthless? Give 1 star. Beautiful.

Lauch Game From Achievement List- You can now launch your game directly from the achievement list. Pulling up the Game Library Menu also allows you to see all info on the game and rate it from that screen as well. A good update.

Friend List Organization- Now you can sort your friends list from current activity, online status, or gamertag. Another good update, but nothing real groundbreaking. Oh, you can also start a Party with one click now. Good news on that front.

So, all in all, the update is good. Some rough corners got polished. However, the Avatar Marketplace pricing is ridiculous IMO. They need to change that. Let me know what you think about the new update!!!

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2 Responses to “My Take On The Newest Xbox 360 Update”

  1. I did not get that much time to mess with the new update, but I agree with everything you said. I would prefer that they got rid of that stupid horizon bar (or whatever you call it) that is on the interface behind all of your icons. That bar makes having a wallpaper, since you can only see the top 1/3 of the wallpaper.

    I heard that they might be dropping the Elite to $300 (source: arstechnica.com). I doubt they will release a hard drive larger than the 120gb. I have a ton of crap on mine, and I still have 84gb free. But then again, I don’t use the games on demand type stuff. I would rather just buy the game used for the same price.

  2. Fixing my typo’s.

    “That bar makes having a wallpaper, since you can only see the top 1/3 of the wallpaper.”

    should be

    “That bar makes having a wallpaper useless, since you can only see the top 1/3 of the wallpaper.”

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