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Microsoft Says New XBox Experience Has Reinvented the 360

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300w ago - Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg proclaimed the New XBox Experience as a fresh start for the XBox 360, and claims that it reinvented the system for the older users and making it more attractive to others.

He added that owners should be prepared for lots of new things to roll out over the duration of this year.

To quote: Aaron Greenberg, the group product manager for the Xbox 360 at Microsoft, talked about the NXE at the recent CES convention. He went on to say that the update was devised as a fresh start for the Xbox 360 and that it reinvented the console for its old users, making it more attractive and friendly to new ones, who would purchase the console in the future.

He then mentioned that a lot of things could be added to this new interface and that Xbox 360 users needed to prepare for new things in the coming year.

"When we approached the NXE, we really thought about it as if we were launching an entirely new console. When we started thinking about all the changes and possibilities, at first we thought 'Well, we'll update this, change that.'

Then we thought, well, 'What if we just completely wiped the slate clean and completely reinvent the console From The ground up?' It was a pretty massive undertaking, a massive amount of work and we've been very happy...
 

New XBox Experience Free Avatar Clothes Now Available

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303w ago - Per XBox Live's Major Nelson via the official blog (linked above):

It's almost New Years, and that means some new Avatar clothes! As always, all clothing choices are free, and will remain available:

For the guys, we now have:

- Pixel Art Hoodie
- Rave Baseball Cap
- Dark Purple Jeans
- Green Skinny Fit Jeans
- Pink Sweat Bands

The ladies have these new items available:

- Green Chunky Ring
- Red Chunky Ring
- Yellow Fingerless Gloves
- Blue Fingerless Gloves
- Chunky Beaded Bracelet
- Day-glo Zebra Print Pumps
- Rave Baseball Cap

Remember: It is easy to tell what is new when you are in the avatar editor, just look for the gold star. Any item of clothing with a gold star is new since the last time you signed in.
 

How Sony Can Improve the PlayStation Home Experience on PS3

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305w ago - So, the Home Open Beta has launched, and while it's another step in the right direction, I still find little to no reason to fire it up.

Here are some ideas that Sony should be considering, if they already aren't.

More Character Customization

What's there already is good, but it's next to impossible to create a character that looks even remotely like me, especially in the face area.

The sad thing is that the underpowered Wii can make a recognizable Mii of me, as can in-game editors in The Godfather and, what came closest so far, Fight Night Round 2. In fact, Sony should look closely at the Fight Night character creation, because I'm convinced that it can do anything.

In addition to this, allow our Home avatars to be used outside of Home - maybe in games like BUZZ! Quiz TV, or sports games, etc. just like the Xbox 360 avatars and Wii's Miis.

The limited options that currently exist for PSN account icons are ridiculous. There are 23 pages or so, most of which are crap. Allow us to set our PSN avatar to a headshot of our Home avatar, and this would solve that problem in one fell swoop.

Complete XMB Functionality

The XMB is fast, sleek, and simple and really, pretty bloody awesome. But Home is supposed to be this new...
 

New XBox Experience Causing HDMI Sound Loss Issues

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309w ago - According to a thread at the AVForums, several Xbox 360 users are losing all sound after upgrading to the New Xbox Experience.

Evidently the problem only appears in HDMI-connected systems, but there has been one report of someone having the same problem using a SCART connector. Fortunately, there seems to be a fix.

• Turn off the Xbox 360.
• Remove the hard drive.
• Turn on the Xbox 360.
• When the Dashboard loads, put the hard drive back.

Apparently, the fix is only temporary. If you turn of the Xbox, you will have to receive the process.
 

Yellow Dog Linux v6.1 out for PS3 with Advanced Cell Experience

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309w ago - The new version of YDL was released. I think the most important new feature is that you can now use the memory of the RSX-GPU as a swap partition.

You should notice a great increase of speed while using linux.

The free version can be downloaded in four weeks. For now only owners of YDL.net Enhanced Accounts can access YDL 6.1.

Press Release: AUSTIN, Texas - 19 November 2008 - From the show floor of SuperComputing 2008, booth #1915, Fixstars today released Yellow Dog Linux v6.1 for Apple G4/G5, Sony PLAYSTATION3, PowerStation, and IBM Power Systems. Built upon the CentOS foundation, a derivative of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, YDL v6.1 offers several end-user and development tool improvements over the previous v6.0.

"This marks the final release of Yellow Dog Linux by Terra Soft and the first by Fixstars," states Owen Stampflee, Fixstars Solutions' Director of Engineering, "In my five years with Terra Soft we have made incremental improvements with each release, always pressing for a higher quality end user experience.

In some updates, we focus on the desktop; in others the development environment. With version 6.1 we have accomplished a unique blend of both. I am personally proud of what we offer with this version of Yellow Dog, and believe our users will enjoy it as...
 
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