Major Xbox 360 Update is TV Evolved with Voice Control

Paul Lilly

Get ready for a big update to your Xbox 360 console, one that Microsoft claims will transform how you enjoy TV entertainment. This is the biggest update yet for the Xbox 360. It will begin being rolled out tomorrow and among its biggest feature additions is voice control, which will integrate with an all-new Xbox 360 experience, including custom applications from content providers.

"A new era in entertainment begins where all your entertainment is together in one place — your games, movies, TV shows, music and sports," said Don Mattrick , president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. "With this update, Xbox 360 system owners will experience Kinect voice control integrated with Bing search, making your TV and entertainment experiences more social and personal than ever."

This is the update that's finally supposed to transform the Xbox 360 from a game console with media center capabilities to a fully fledged home entertainment device. It's an ambitious undertaking, especially at this point in the Xbox 360's lifespan. But if successful, it will ensure that all those 360 consoles that land under the Christmas tree or next to the Menorah this holiday season won't be obsolete any time soon.

In addition to voice controlled search, Microsoft expects to gradually roll out pay TV channels, saying it has lined up 40 leading TV and entertainment providers around the world as of October.

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