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Xbox 360 User Interface Revealed 78

Eric writes "BetaNews has some screenshots up of the new Xbox 360 user interface, which appears to be greatly refined over the original Xbox Dashboard. The new UI can be customized by the user and offers access to four main screens: System, Games, Media and Xbox Live. The big focus seems to be on tying Xbox Live into all aspects of the console, be it gaming or entertainment. Consequently, Xbox 360 will ship out of the box with a free Xbox Live Silver-level subscription."
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Xbox 360 User Interface Revealed

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  • Temporary UI (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Nytewynd ( 829901 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @08:25AM (#12610964)
    I guess this is the UI we'll have to live with until modchips come out, and we get a dashboard that allows us to do what we want.

    I hope that MS learned from the modchips of the past to find out that people want to fully harness the power of the machine, and not be limited to playing only XBox games on it. If they provided a dashboard that allowed for more customization, or the installation of emulators that would be great. I don't ever see that happening.

    I'll probably wait to get the new xbox until Team Xecuter figures out the new platform.
    • Re:Temporary UI (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      I hope that MS learned from the modchips of the past to find out that people want to fully harness the power of the machine, and not be limited to playing only XBox games on it.

      ? ... PROFIT!

      You hoped that they would give the box and games away for free of course, and maybe line up so you could smack them with a bat just for kicks, but alas, they didn't. What a woefully unenlightened company. Seriously, they do not care about the .0001% of their market who isn't inclined to actually buy a single game.

    • Hey, it's just a game console / part time media center. Whatever UI it has, it's designed for people who want to play Xbox games.

      Not Playstation discs, not shady ROMs, and certainly not uncertified third-party software. It sounds like you're expecting for MS to start making some sort of general purpose PCs.
    • I hope that MS learned from the modchips of the past to find out that people want to fully harness the power of the machine, and not be limited to playing only XBox games on it.

      Why would Microsoft learn from mod chips? Especially not in a positive way, as far as the modders are concerned. Microsoft are in the business to make money, and they do that by selling games. Xbox Games. They don't make any money from PS2 games someone tries to play on a modded Xbox, so they aren't going to make it nice and easy t
      • I'm GLAD they're cutting modded Xboxes off of Live. Why? Because modded Xboxes make cheating a HELL of a lot easier. There have been a lot of problems on Halo 2, for example, with people using hacked a hacked profile that elimiated reload times, and now there are hacked maps that allow people to have more poweful weapons than the other team.

        If you're going to hack up your Xbox, just keep it off Live, and you'll be set. If you want to play Live, get an unmodded one.
        • Likewise. Apparently Forza Motorsport has suffered some problems with modded Xboxes cheating the system. Due to the fact that customised vehicle can be raced on Live, some people have tinkered with the profiles to let themselves run hugely souped-up vehicles on lower ranked games -- much to the annoyance of the players.

          To be honest, something akin to the hardware hashes that Windows Activation uses should be put in place. Then, every time the user connects, the server queries the Xbox and allows connectio
    • Re:Temporary UI (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Blakey Rat ( 99501 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @02:02PM (#12614525)
      I think Microsoft would prefer that people, you know, actually *pay* for the games they play... helps have good relations with developers and distributers.

      Not only should Microsoft not stand in the way of your piracy, they should make piracy easier on the 360! Yes, that makes perfect sense...
      • Nowhere did I say anything about promoting piracy. Modchips can be used for piracy, but a lot of their features actually make the Xbox more useful. Don't forget that a large percentage of Modchips do nothing besided unlock the region code of an import. There is nothing wrong with that at all, assuming you purchased the original.

        My point is that MS might actually reduce the amount of modding by giving us features we seek out in the modchips. Obviously they aren't going to support hacked games, but sup
  • It will be interesting to see screenshots of the various Faces (themes) that are supposed to ship with it.
  • by James_Duncan8181 ( 588316 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @09:42AM (#12611403) Homepage
    ...a username of HiroProtagonist?

    Either MS is wanting to suck up to the /. crowd, or they are anticipating really bad virus problems this time round.

  • by GaryPatterson ( 852699 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @10:01AM (#12611533)
    ... when they could be playing the games?

    It's a nice interface, clean lines and all that, but the thing I notice most about interfaces in video game consoles is that you want to spend as little time as possible in them.

    You want to get to the game, after all.
    • The next generation of consoles are going to play games very well. But they are also going to do a lot more than that. The best use of the built in networking, storage, and HD capabilities is going to come via software.
      • I thought about that after posting, but I still think that the interface is something to be moved out of the way while you use the X-Box.

        You don't want the interface while watching a DVD or using the machine for some video function. There's probably a remote for that, and that's a better interface than any on-screen one. You don't want it while playing games, although connecting to game servers will require it. You don't want it while listening to music, as it's good, but not *that* pretty - there'll be a
  • Gag (Score:2, Interesting)

    Judging from all the new downloadable content, it seems likely that Microsoft may follow a Halo 2 model when it comes to the new features. Any game that has any popularity at all has the possibility of being plagued by charges each individual new map, weapon, or character.

    I'm not opposed at all to being able to acquire and even pay for new content. I've played enough Blizzard games to be familiar with the concept of the expansion pack. It's more some lurking fear about how Microsoft will implement what wou
    • You do realize that in a few months, all of the maps you have to pay for now will be free, right? I'm patient...I can wait until September and have all the maps that everyone else does. The only people who have to pay are the ones that want them sooner.
    • Re:Gag (Score:3, Insightful)

      by drewmca ( 611245 )
      Then you should be familiar with all of the tweaks and balance changes and cheat fixes that Blizzard has been shipping for years, right? Any game with a huge online community will inevitably have exploits and cheats exposed by people. These are, as I said, inevitable. No amount of testing will expose every possibility for cheating. It's not skimping on QA, or cheapness that causes this, but the fact that these things will always occur in any system of moderate complexity.

      If you take a look at the downloads
    • Two things:

      1) Halo 2 isn't the first game to charge for premium content. I think MechAssault was the first, but I may be wrong.

      2) As with almost everything people whine about on Slashdot, if you don't like it-- don't buy it! If a lot of people don't like it, it will go away. If a lot of people do like it, it'll stick around and you'll be in the minority. Sorry, that's just how a free market works.
      • Just as clarification concerning the excellent points made in response to me.

        1) I do in fact realize the maps will be made free via Microsoft's Xbox Live service in a few months. It is notable that you have to pay for the Live service or ~$20 for the physical manifestation appearing in stores.

        2) Concerning the tweaks and balances of Blizzard, those are availible for free without any additional cost save for what you already pay for an internet connection. I am not informed as to whether one can download t
  • Comparing the specs and all that between the two systems?
  • Jeff Minter! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Saige ( 53303 )
    All I have to say when it comes to the new Xbox 360 visualizations is...


    Jeff Minter is doing the things, and with what he's done on the Jag and the Nuon platform with lightsynths and trippy effects, it's safe to say that the visualizations on the 360 will be nothing like the poor things on the Xbox. They're sure to be amazing displays, and I'm really looking forward to them!

    I think I used my JagCD more for the visualizations than for gaming...
  • I'ld love to see previews of this nature for the PS3. Please, reply with links if they exist..
  • Other than graphics they seem to have made Xbox360 pretty much what I have made my Xbox. Right up to the visualizations that I love so much.

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