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Review: Microsoft Xbox Live Metro UI (Dashboard Blade)

Most of you by now are probably wondering why I'm reviewing the Xbox dashboard. This is because it is a lot better than the original dashboard. Everything is fresher, crisper and a lot easier to use. Everything is shown, for example the settings. You no longer have to troll through all of the settings to get into family settings, network settings etc.

The avatar customisation looks a lot better than it used to, with newer ways to customise your avatar, and a new way to get your avatar's picture as a gamer picture, with new images to use in the backgrounds and new emotions to use, rather than the standard ones.

Kinect is also easier to set up, with the blade being designed AROUND IT. This means that the Kinect is easier to set up with the console, and is a lot easier to access.

Network settings are also easier to access, with both options for wired and wireless network settings, making things a hell of a lot easier to use.

A selection of bad things now though. The sounds made when you are going along the user interface is really, REALLY irritating. Also, accessing music on a work station or a laptop is slower than it used to be, although this may be down to the network.

Overall though, it is a big improvement from the previous user interface, although that was not hard to accomplish. A good change though for the access of the settings and gamerscore features.

Review Score:

Usability: 8/10
Speed: 6/10
Fluidity: 8/10
Access of Features: 9/10
General Opinion: 7/10

OVERALL: 38/50
Respectable score, but flawed in places.
Review: Microsoft Xbox Live Metro UI (Dashboard Blade) Review: Microsoft Xbox Live Metro UI (Dashboard Blade) Reviewed by Matt Large on Thursday, November 25, 2010 Rating: 5

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