Xbox Live corporate VP, Marc Whitten has written a letter to the Xbox 360 community ahead of the release of the new Xbox 360 dashboard. In the letter, he talks about Microsoft’s dedication to evolving the experience that all people have with the Xbox 360; he notes the community enjoys 2.1 billion hours of entertainment each month.
“You’ll find a number of features designed to make your Xbox experience more personal, social and effortless,” wrote Whitten. “The dashboard has an entirely new look and feel and a completely re-imagined interface that makes your entertainment accessible through simple voice commands. Now, using voice search with Bing on Xbox, you can find and play the programming you want across multiple entertainment providers without having to search for a remote control. In the mood for The Office Just say ‘Xbox, Bing, The Office,” and Xbox will display all episodes available from various entertainment apps across the console.”
“We’re also bringing you Beacons and Facebook sharing, further integrating social into your Xbox experience,” he added. “Before jumping into an episode of The Office, you can activate a Beacon to let your friends know that you want to play, say, Gears of War 3. Then, sit back and relax with the Dunder Mifflin crew. The Beacon will let you know when a LIVE friend is available for a round of Horde in Gears. After the game, use Facebook Sharing to tout your achievements and showcase your in-game accomplishments through direct posts.”