After months of leaks, teasers, previews and a 24-hour delay, Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 interface has finally launched to the public.
The update turns the 360 into a media-centered hub with a sleek, tile-based design similar to Microsoft’s Windows Phone, and new media channels such as television, movies and social. All of these features may seem like a chore to navigate but the team is trying to simplify the entire experience by integrating voice and gesture controls via Kinect, Xbox 360′s gesture-controlled peripheral, and an emphasis on Bing search.
But are all of those fancy new features worth the wait? The launch had a rocky start with a series of delays that pushed the original launch time (approximately 10 a.m. ET on Dec. 6) back by nearly 12 hours. The flood of some 35 million Xbox LIVE users (Microsoft has sold 57 million Xbox consoles) caused some connection errors, but it looks like the service is now up and running without a hitch. Concerned users can check Microsoft’s official service page to check on the status of apps and general connectivity.
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A Look At the Xbox 360′s New Interface
An Example of a Media Splash Page
Media is front and center with the new Xbox 360 interface, as seen with the HuluPlus app.