Posted on July 2, 2008, Chris Dreaming of a New Xbox 360 Dashboard
With all this talk of the in-game XMB (and by “all this talk” I mean all of the things I’ve been writing), it’s made me remember how great the Xbox 360 dashboard was when I first got my Xbox 360. Compare that with the systems from just a generation ago, and it was a tremendous leap forward. But, years have passed, and we all expect bigger and better things constantly. Well, we haven’t gotten much in the way of bigger and better when it comes to the dashboard. Sure, there’ve been additions like the Marketplace blade and the Games Library, but it’s still very much the same at its base. And that base has begun to show its age as time has passed.
As for what can be done, there’s any number of things. Mik from Platform Nation did some brainstorming and came up with a number of ideas for how Microsoft could revamp the dashboard, including some impressive graphics like the one above. (What can I say? I’m easily impressed by graphics in light of how terrible I am with them.) It’s definitely worth checking out. While I wouldn’t count on a complete revamp like he’s suggesting, the more support people throw behind an idea like this, the more pressured Microsoft will be to do something.