According to Major Nelson's latest podcast, the Xbox Live Team is working towards making a harder, better, faster, and indeed stronger Xbox Live Dashboard for the next update later this year.
Microsoft announced today that the Xbox 360 Avatars will be getting an upgrade, with new items, known as Awards and Props, coming soon to add further personalization to your New Xbox Experience character.
If your Xbox 360 is looking a little drab - and you're not adverse to spending money on tarting it up - then hey, this new Crackdown theme might be just the thing you're into.
The virtual wardrobes of the Xbox 360's Avatars have expanded, offering exciting new options to outfit your virtual self, including booty shorts and sporty vests for the girls and terrible denim options for the guys.
For all their promise, the 360's avatars look a little...drab. This isn't 1998, Microsoft, nor the set of Frasier. Thankfully, Capcom are on the case, and with Crecente in mind will be releasing pirate costumes.
Valentines Day is coming up, marketing teams need ways to somehow tie gaming into that most non-gaming of days...what to do? Romantic costumes are a good place to start, and Microsoft just signed up.
The 360's avatars are, all copy-cat jokes aside, surprisingly endearing. Only problem is, some of the wardrobe and body options are a little...limited. That's something user-generated content could address. So, uh, will it?
As it stands, we're getting new 360 avatars every, what, week or two? But soon, say Rare, we'll be getting them with specific games, "just like achievements".
Design firm Grid/plane worked with Microsoft on early design ideas for the New Xbox Experience. While the NXE we ended up with is a different beast, it's interesting looking at what could have been.
There's a whole swathe of new clothing options for your 360 avatar today. Thing is, unless you're European, and a European football fan at that, they won't be of much use to you.
The Xbox 360 has "premium themes", which will tart up your 360's menu in exchange for money. A premium theme based on Braid has just been released, and costs money. And Braid's creator is sorry.
Wanted to go online New Year's Eve, but didn't have a virtual stitch for your avatar to wear? Never fear, totally fresh clothing and accessories for the New Xbox Experience are here.
Soulja Boy's new song "Grind On" makes its video debut by way of his Xbox 360 Avatar. As horrible as it is for me to say this, I think it's actually a semi-catchy song.
Hawty McBloggy is holding a vote, open until midnight Monday, to select the Fugliest NXE Avatar from these seven butt-fugly candidates. You're well past the deadline to submit yours, but you can still be heard!
Phil Harrison, former Sony and current Atari exec, has heaped love on PlayStation Home, saying his former company "brilliantly realised" its goal. Then he smoochy-smoochied the NXE. Hey, it's all bidness, right?
In the interest of getting some news to you in a slow cycle, let's start Sunday with a chatter roundup.