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The Xbox 360 is Microsoft's second console, and the successor to the Xbox.
The Xbox 360 Dashboard underwent several dramatic redesigns throughout the system's lifetime. The Dashboard cannot be downgraded once updated to a new version through official means, but there's always workarounds.
The Dashboard version that launched with the console, used from 2005 to 2008. The community has named this version "Blades".
Version numbers range from 2.0.1888.0 to 2.0.6717.0.
Several smaller changes to this dashboard had been introduced, such as the addition of a Marketplace blade, as well as making the blades fonts smaller.
|2.0.1888.0 – 2.0.4552.0||2.0.5759.0 – 2.0.5787.0||2.0.6683.0 – 2.0.6717.0|
New Xbox Experience (2008-2010)
A complete overhaul of the Dashboard, used from 2008 to 2010. The GUI design matches Windows Media Center from Windows Vista. The "JTAG" hardware hack was patched during this era.
New features included Xbox Avatars, the ability to queue downloads from Xbox.com, Xbox Live Parties, and the ability to install disc games to the hard drive.
Version numbers range from 2.0.7357.0 to 2.0.9199.0.
A rework of the NXE interface to include elements of Microsoft's Metro design language, used from 2010 to 2011.
New features include a new boot animation, Kinect support, improved avatars, and improved social features.
Version numbers range from 2.0.12611.0 to 2.0.13604.0.
Originally, the startup sequence was an orb that lights up an X-shape. This was changed in the Kinect Dashboard to an animation with swirling effects.
The current version of the Dashboard, designed after Windows 8 and Xbox One.
Features included far more advertisements, Internet Explorer, Bing Search, USB external drive support up to 2TB, and the replacement of Microsoft Points with real currency.
The advertisements were removed from the Dashboard in a serverside update in 2020.
Version numbers range from 2.0.14699.0 to 2.0.17559.0.
In late 2012, starting from build 2.0.16197.0, the Metro dashboard received a redesign.
|"Blades"||New Xbox Experience||Kinect|