- Microsoft has revealed to MTV that the XBox Live Arcade auto-downloading feature include in the current dashboard will be disabled for the New XBox Experience launch. However, Microsoft did say that it may come back in a future release.
To quote: November's New Xbox Experience mandatory firmware upgrade may add many handy options to the Xbox 360 console, but contrary to early reports from E3, it doesn't quite retain all the functionality of the original 360 dashboard.
While messing around with the New Xbox Experience on my home 360 last week, I had trouble finding my second favorite feature from the old dashboard: Xbox Live Arcade auto-downloading.
That feature allowed me to set my 360 to download demos of every new XBLA game any time I entered my XBLA games library and there was new content available. I was a big fan of the feature, because it enabled new games to come to me rather than me having to know about them and seek them out. Auto-downloading is not in the NXE.
When I was given a demo of NXE last week, I mentioned that I liked auto-downloading almost as much as I liked spying on the gaming habits of my friends on my buddy list. Microsoft v.p. John Schappert turned to me and said, "You actually use that?" He would know better than me how popular it is.