Microsoft’s Next Dashboard Update Coming August 11

Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 dashboard will be released on August 11th and feature a number of improvements and new features, including:

  • A new “Xbox Live Games On Demand” service, allowing users to download whole Xbox 360 games. The service will launch with 30 games, including Assassin’s Creed, BioShock, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Mass Effect, and Sonic The Hedgehog.
  • Netflix party support, so friends can watch Netflix movies together (I’m assuming if both have Netflix accounts setup).
  • The Avatar marketplace, you can now buy stuff for your virtual avatar, including an RC Warthog from Halo.

The “Games on Demand” service sounds pretty cool, Netflix party support seems alright, too. I might do that like once or twice before I tire of watching Rocky Horror Picture Show with Robert one too many times. Once is more then enough. The Avatar marketplace, though…really? I’m sure people will buy stuff, but why?

[ Kotaku ]