This morning Microsoft sent the much-anticipated Xbox 360 dashboard update to a group of game writers to check out before it hits officially on Aug. 11.

In this video I give you a quick overview of the dashboard's main screen, looking the new look for achievements and the ability to drop into a Xbox Live Arcade game directly from the achievement screen.

We also get a taste of load times and how little much of the service has changed.

Check back in a few for a deeper look at the new Netflix and Avatar Marketplace, now featuring Halo 3, Fable 2 and The Secret of Monkey Island clothing.