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Microsoft has shown off the latest version of its dashboard at GamesCom 2013 and while not complete, it was running on retail hardware. Here's everything it showed and what you need need to know:


  • The home screen 'clutter' has now been stripped back so there's less tabs on screen, mostly focusing on the Xbox One's more obvious features: playing games, achievements, friends list etc. The Xbox Store panel lies to the right, settings and your 'pins' (chosen favourites) are to the left.
  • Your Xbox One profile can be downloaded to any console using your Microsoft ID and password. From there, Kinect will recognise you and log you in along with up to 5 other people. Whoever gives the console a command - 'Xbox: Play Halo 4', for example - will be taken to their version of it, complete with saved games and so on.
  • Achievements are now 'dynamic', meaning developers will be able to add new ones in whenever they feel like it. Microsoft would like real-world events - such as sporting rivalries throughout a season - to be highlighted through this system.
  • Can have up to 1000 'Friends' and Xbox One introduces a Twitter-like following and followers setup. The former is the same as the 360, whereas the latter allows you to follow "people of note" (celebrities) to see what they're playing and other elements of their profile, such as gamerscore.

  • Kinect has a built-in IR blaster, much like a universal remote, so you can programme your TV to accept voice commands (volume, channel changing) through the device.
  • All games are installed on the hard drive so you can jump to and from each using Kinect and voice commands.
  • You can no longer physically move your profile to another console. It has to be done through the cloud.

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pblive

Sounds like an improvement for sure.

Looking forward to trying it out in November, I just wish they'd hurry up and announce a bloomin' date!
Posted 19:01 on 23 August 2013
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Karlius@ SimonMiller

Thanks for the info. You'll soon forget about the guide no doubt.
Posted 15:03 on 23 August 2013
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SimonMiller@ Karlius

It was solid but still a work in progress. I was impressed, though. Was nicely put together. I miss the 'guide'.
Posted 15:02 on 23 August 2013
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Batmamerc@ Gradly

Most games will require an install for smooth running of there games, it's much faster to get data from a HDD rather than off a disc, it's the same now on 360 you install a game to speed up load times some times it works great especially in high load games like forza, GTA V for example will require an install to remove the need for a disc change. But yes the disc will still be needed to be kept in the console, I don't think after you install the game anything other than confirming you own the game will happen from the disc as before all the MS 180s you didn't need the disc in allowing you to share the game.
Posted 06:55 on 23 August 2013
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Karlius@ Gradly

Same way it works now I imagine. Install game to HDD but it has to do a parity check on the disk when you start the game each time.
Posted 13:25 on 22 August 2013
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Gradly

So all games have to be installed on the HDD including the physical discs? If so, what if I removed the disc, how can Microsoft make sure that I'll not share the game disc? This means they either force you to keep the disc in the console or to register the game online.

There are a lot of scenarios with no definitive answer. I'm sure we are back to not always-online but to connect to the Internet at least once.
Posted 13:17 on 22 August 2013
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Karlius

This all sounds great but how polished do you think this was Simon? Presuming you got to trial it was it clunky or did it seem smooth? What were your thoughts on Kinect for navigation. I.E. did it work?
Posted 12:45 on 22 August 2013
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