Xbox 360 firmware update preps console for added features

Posted by Mark Raby

Redmond (WA) - Microsoft today released a firmware upgrade for the Xbox 360, but it doesn't actually make any noticeable changes to the system.  Instead, it makes the 360 ready for some new features that will come out in the near future.

With the Xbox 360, Microsoft has essentially made it a policy to release one big firmware update during each season.  

Today's update is an initial preparation for the pending "spring update."

"This update contains code to 'prepare for future growth of the service,'" wrote Xbox Live spokesperson Larry Hryb. "In other words no new features."

The last Xbox 360 update was related directly to the console's HD DVD add-on, and was released earlier this month.  It caught some by surprise because Microsoft officially disowned the add-on several weeks ago.

Regarding the spring update, Hryb wrote, "At this point we have nothing to announce."