Every Xbox 360 gets updated today for Kinect

Posted by Mike Luttrell

If you own an Xbox 360, take it online today and you'll be prompted for the Fall 2010 Dashboard update, which adds a whole bunch of new features, a refreshed interface, and full support for the next Kinect motion controls.

It's the Kinect support that is the main backbone of the new dashboard, but it's also incrementally improving a lot of Xbox Live features.

Here's a list of some of what the new update will bring:

- Improved Xbox Live voice chat fidelity
- New interface, including new fonts and graphics
- Updated Avatars that look more human-like
- "Search" feature improved in Netflix app
- Improvements to the on-screen keyboard
- Zune Music/Movie marketplace connectivity
- New ESPN app for live streaming sports content

Anyone who wants to play a Kinect game will have to download the update, which should be included on-disc with every Kinect title. So non-connected users will still be able to play their Kinect stuff without any problems.

Additionally, if your Xbox 360 is connected, this is a mandatory update. You will not be able to connect to Xbox Live until you grab this latest dashboard update. It should take less than 10 minutes to download and install.