The Xbox System Update is Whatever
The new Xbox 360 OS isn’t that great, is it? Normally, I greet these little upgrades with enthusiasm bordering on giddiness, because it feels like you’re getting a brand-new system. But this time, I wonder if the whole thing wasn’t just a sham excuse to implement more Kinect functionality. There’s three things I don’t like in the new layout.
First, Netflix, if any of you still use that service. The new horizontal rows are disorienting, they make looking for any given title a needle-in-a-haystack search. Second, the Friends page has taken a step backwards in functionality, because you now have to navigate to it, then actually select the “Friends” box to look through them. Third, why on God’s earth is the box that lets you play the game in your disc tray so freaking small? Are we sending a message here, Microsoft? Oh, and I don’t think anyone likes all the glitches. They seem pretty much fixed now, but they existed, by golly.
On the other hand, the Quick Play box is handy, and I guess if you’re a Kinect user, you’re blasting around these menus with your hands, making like Mickey Mouse in “Fantasia.” But for the rest of us…meh.
life’s a happy song