Lawrence Hryb (aka Major Nelson), director of programming for Xbox Live at Microsoft, on Tuesday announced the release date of the next Xbox 360 update in a blog post. The update, which will bring a raft of features, will be available next month. Hit the jump to find out the exact release date and other details.
“While many of you have been involved in the Xbox LIVE Preview Program and have been busy getting an early look at the next Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE features, I wanted to let you know that the official release for the update for all Xbox LIVE members will be Tuesday, December 6th,” wrote Major Nelson in a blog post Tuesday.
Funnily enough he mentioned that the update was “free to all console owners.” Perhaps this was due to his inability to contain his excitement over all the “great” features in the upcoming dashboard update. Some of its most significant features include:
New personal and social features including Cloud Storage for Game Saves and LIVE Profile
Beacons and Facebook Sharing
Enhanced Family Settings
Integrated voice and gesture controls across the dashboard and in apps
Bing voice search (Available this year in the US, UK and CA)
“In addition to all these great dashboard features, starting on December 6th and continuing on an ongoing basis through the holiday months, a wealth of new content will be coming to Xbox 360,” he wrote. “New, customized applications for television, movies, internet videos, sports and music will begin rolling out from world-leading providers in more than 20 countries.”
BBC (U.K.), Dailymotion, UFC, VEVO and YouTube are just a few of these world-leading providers. A much more exhaustive list of Xbox Live content partners can be found here.