[NOTE: 8 May 07 update with more details is HERE.]
[UPDATED: Xbox 360 ELITE review just posted, 8 Jun 07, HERE.]
Rumor is: Long awaited Xbox 360 Dashboard update is arriving, delivering on some of the much-anticipated Live Anywhere functionality that Bill Gates and MS have talked-up in the past.
Foremost among these, and a step that indicates the shape of things to come: MS Messenger / Windows Messenger and Xbox 360 inter-functionality. Yup, you’ll be able to text-chat between your 360 and a PC running Windows Messenger while you game and watch movies. Will this let you send clandestine messages from you to your teammates while you’re fragging people in Halo 2? Don’t know yet–but you can bet it’ll work in Gears of War and other dedicated 360 games.
Hopefully the full functionality will be in an upcoming Dashboard version, letting you sit on the couch and video-chat with friends on their PCs. That’s the ultimate in interoperability, and I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for it — no more hunching over your desk talking to friends and relatives who aren’t gamers and haven’t discovered the joys of the 360. Instead, you get to just sit on the couch, kick back, have a beer or glass of wine, and chat. So — hurry it up, video and audio — I don’t want to be hunched over a keyboard in my family room.
Here’s a list of the other exciting and updated features, assuming this is legit (which as of now, no reason to doubt — the video looks entirely legit and not doctored):
- 600 Windows Live Messenger contacts for your friends list
- Contact list will integrate Windows Live Messenger and show joinable session status
- Messenger contacts see what game you’re playing and gamertag
- Marketplace has own blade, skin will change independent from theme
- Users will now see what achievement they’ve unlocked onscreen
- Low-power download mode followed by auto-shutdown
- You can watch partially downloaded video files