The update was originally scheduled to be released in the early morning hours on Tuesday. After some unexpected delays, the download wasn't available until Tuesday night between 9 and 10 PM depending on where you live. We all quickly found out why they don't release major software updates in the evening. During the peak hours of Xbox usage, the download was accessed by so many people that it clogged up LIVE. But rest easy, an hour or so later, most people were able to connect and successfully complete the download. Those that weren't, could certainly do so this morning.
Some people (myself included) downloaded the update successfully, but were unable to sign in to LIVE or certain aspects of LIVE like Netflix or Zune. Most of these problems have been resolved and continue to improve throughout the day. There are still hiccups here and there, but the Xbox team is working on it.
And lastly, the aestetics of the dashboard have changed. Times like this are an unfriendly reminder that people freak out when something familiar changes. Remember the dozen times that Facebook has changed? Every time the layout was played with, people totally lost their minds and went on profanity laced rants only to soon forget what the previous layout even looked like. I expect that this is a similar situation for the Xbox dashboard. I personally like the new look. There is no more scrolling up and down to see your categories, almost all of them are visible from the main screen. Plus, you can now control everything using the Kinect.
|Here's a picture of the "old" dashboard. In a month you'll have forgotten what this even looked like.|
The lesson here is to relax. The kinks in the network will be fixed and people will grow to love the new dashboard just like they did the last time it changed. If you need more up to the minute information, I highly recommend that you follow Major Nelson on Twitter, @majornelson. And while you are over there, hit up @achievos.
And an added highlight for one Achievos out there: We have a winner for our Fruit Ninja giveaway. ModernDruid (Alex K.) you have won a full download of Fruit Ninja for Xbox Live Arcade! Please email us at achievos @ gmail.com to receive your code. Thank you everyone for your comments. Stay tuned for another giveaway coming soon.