Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Coming (Keyboard Too)

Dave Zatz —  April 9, 2007 — Leave a comment

Gamespot spilled the beans on Microsoft’s upcoming May Xbox 360 Dashboard update…

Highlights include integrated chat with Live Messenger (why?), a dedicated Marketplace blade, in-game achievement pop-ups, and a low-power download mode (no fans, yay!).


For those so inclined to take up Xbox IM-ing, Engadget has confirmed the existence of a QWERTY keyboard controller accessory:

  • We got a chance to check it out. The tactility is nice, but it’s a bit heavy.
  • The thumb keyboard plugs into the headphone / data jack.
  • The keyboard is backlit.
  • It will be released in the summer. No word on how much, though.

UPDATE: Engadget has also gotten word that the Spring Dashboard refresh will include support for additional video codecs!

the new update will enable Windows Media Connect or Media Center streaming MPEG-4 up to 8Mbps, H.264 up to 15Mbps, and PlaysForSure WMV videos

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