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Users may be able to download Microsoft’s Dashboard Update for its Xbox 360 starting tomorrow (9:00 pm EST). The company says that this update will come with enhanced Xbox Originals game download service, Family Timer feature, and expanded networking experiences.

This update will be distributed over the Xbox Live service without the need for any disc or hard drive. The new features and enhancements include:

Xbox Originals – Users may be able to download and own full original Xbox games that were previously only available at retail. The digital shelves will always be stocked with classic titles, such as Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, Halo, Fable, Fuzion Frenzy, Psychonauts, and more as the catalogue grows over time. Games will cost 1200 Microsoft points.

Xbox Live Arcade Hits – Xbox Live Arcade games will be available at permanently reduced prices. Games like Bankshot Billiards 2 and Lumines Live will be available for 800 Microsoft Points each, while games like Marble Blast Ultra, Small Arms and Zuma Deluxe will be available for 400 Microsoft Points each.

Inside Xbox – A new direct feed brings current news straight from Xbox.com into the Xbox Live Dashboard, providing members with information on game releases, events, and Xbox Live Marketplace offers.

 

Enhanced Online Profile – Members interested in sharing a few more details about themselves will have the option to go beyond their motto and further personalise their profile with an expanded bio. The extended bios will be visible to “Friends Only” or the entire Xbox Live community.

Expanded Friends List access – A quick and easy way for gamers to expand their personal community on Xbox Live, members will be able to see the Friends Lists of other Xbox LIVE members, boosting their social networking experience on the service.

Enhanced Parental Controls – Family Timer, a strong and flexible new addition to the Xbox 360 Family Settings, enables parents to set the amount of time their Xbox 360 can be used on a per-day or per-week basis by their children or other members of the household.

New Video Features – The new patch will also support full-screen movie previews and will come with an enhanced video codec to expand the 360’s entertainment options.

Easy-to-use Navigation Features – With several noteworthy changes in the Xbox LIVE Dashboard, from the new Game Store button to the Video Store button to enhanced visuals and descriptions in the video library, Xbox Live members can find what they want, when they want it. 

The Xbox update will be available tomorrow, December 4, 2007, at 9:00pm EST. A list of all the new features and improvements will be posted at: http://www.xbox.com.au/live as soon as the update is released.

See: www.xbox.com.au

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