Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox 360 dashboard is now expected to debut on November 25, according to reports. According to two separate reports, Kotaku says November 10 while Gigaom believes Microsoft is shooting for Black Friday. Microsoft has issued dashboard updates in 2008 and 2010 in the month of November.
Since the original launch of XBox Live back in the original Xbox’s days, the dashboard update will be its 6th update and mark’s 10 years of Xbox Live.
Codenamed “Madrid”, the dashboard will bring Microsoft’s Metro style interface to the Xbox which will include (but not be limited to) YouTube and Bing on the Xbox. Bing users will be able to use Kinect’s voice recognition feature to search for movies, music and other content on their consoles. Microsoft is also planning to include some type of Marketplace with applications for Xbox 360.
As mentioned not too long ago, an Xbox LIVE TV service well come included as part of its dashboard update which includes announced deals with nearly 40 content providers recently. Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO and Syfy are amongst a number of TV providers for U.S. Xbox owners. The BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 are partnering with Microsoft in the UK to offer programming on the Xbox 360. Xbox users will, of course, need the latest dashboard update in November to experience live TV with Xbox LIVE. Microsoft is planning to make the TV channels available to Xbox LIVE gold subscribers and some partners will integrate Kinect experiences with their TV channels. As expected, Microsoft’s TV service is powered by the company’s Silverlight software.
Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 dashboard will enter the beta testing phase in October. The company is planning a Preview Program for the new dashboard, similar to last years preview. Microsoft is expected to announce details of the preview program shortly.