Xbox 360 Spring Dashboard Update Features Leaked

Once again Gamespot broke an embargo and by the time they noticed the leak, the Internet savvies saved the video and put it up on YouTube.

The movie, which you can see below, takes a detailed look at the new features that will debut with the next Xbox 360 dashboard update.

Beginning the morning of Monday, May 7, you’ll be able to download the 2007 spring system update for the Xbox 360, which provides new features and enhancements for the dashboard, including a dedicated Xbox Live Marketplace blade, Windows Live Messenger interoperability, improved functionality for Achievements, downloads and movies.

Unfortunately, there won’t be Clan Support in this update so we’ll have to wait for the Fall system update.

For those who don’t want to waste their time watching the video, here’s the lowdown:

  • Windows Live Messenger interoperability:
    • Add up to 600 Windows Live Messenger contacts to your Xbox Live’s Friends List.
    • Basic text chat functionality with Windows Live Messenger users. Audio and video might be in the works.
    • You’ll be able to chat with up to 6 friends online while playing games or watching movies.
    • Your Windows Live Messenger contacts will know which games you are playing, as well as your gamertag.
    • You’ll see your Friends status, whether they are playing a game on Online on Windows Live Messenger.

  • Xbox Live Marketplace:
    • Xbox Live Marketplace will now have its own blade.
    • The XBL Marketplace blade can have its own skin, independent of the dashboard’s theme.
    • The XBL Marketplace blade will change looks depending on such events such a season, a holiday, etc.

  • Achievements:
    • When you unlock a new achievement, the pop up will show which Achievement you got and how many points you earned.

  • Downloads:
    • Auto-shutdown: When enabled, it turns off your console after 6 hours on inactivity or after all the items in the queue were downloaded.
    • Low-power downloading mode: it turns off all your fans when you leave the console downloading content.
    • View partially downloaded movies: self explanatory; you can view parts of a movie that have been downloaded.
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