Includes IE9 and Xbox Music.
This year Xbox Live dashboard update has rolled out to beta testers.
Check out what's new on this one. Also, it looks like backups still boot fine on LT+ v3.0 and xk3y continues to work on LIVE...
If you didn't know, Microsoft kicked off a public Beta for the fall 2012 Xbox Live update, but quickly ran out of space (so registrations are now closed).
Now, it looks like they've rolled out the Beta update to those lucky testers sooner than expected. And you can already check out some of the new Dashboard features, as some people are already giving details about it.
- Internet Explorer.Our tipster says that the dashboard feels a lot faster; it's also larger, with more tiles. The minimal fitness-related information has been expanded, with a full exercise data section.
- XBOX Music.Browser-wise, it's running a modified version of Internet Explorer 9, which doesn't appear to have tabbed browsing but lets users toggle between loading the desktop and mobile versions of pages. It also reportedly supports HTML5 video.
- SmartGlass.Xbox Music is part of the new beta and apparently looks like "rebranded Zune."
Some pics, courtesy of The Verge:SmartGlass is also making its debut on the Xbox: connecting an iOS or Windows Phone 7 device brings up the message "SmartGlass connected," though there's apparently no other functionality yet.
And finally, according to the c4evaSpeaks website, the Beta update brings the Xbox 360 dashboard/kernel up to version 2.0.16091.0, and...
Expect this one to launch to the general public later this year. Stay tuned!Users have reported that backups still boot fine on LT+ v3.0 and xk3y also continues to work on LIVE. So far, there have been no reports of any adverse effects on c4eva's iXtreme firmware.
NEWS SOURCE #1: Xbox Dashboard update Internet Explorer Xbox Music screenshots (via) TheVerge
NEWS SOURCE #2: 2012 Xbox Live update public beta (via) C4EvaSpeaks
Our thanks to 'Gauss' for this news item!