- It’s responsive.
- Downloading games to the hard disk is a fantastic feature, making the Xbox 360 so much quieter.
- The whole interface reminds me of the various media centre apps out at the moment, with context sensitive backgrounds and information.
- The mini guide that appears when you press in the Xbox guide button is fast and actually useful.
- You can delete 0 gamerscore games, bye bye old arcade demos and Perfect Dark Zero.
- The majority of the tabs are advertising. Spotlight, Inside Xbox, Games, Movies etc.
- The friends tab is completely unusable if you have more than a handful of friends. It has gone from a list to a side-by-side lineup of everyone’s avatars, which is slow to load and looks awful. I have 99 on my list (which guarantees that there’s someone out there playing the same game as me!) and it looks a mess. Thankfully the mini-guide has an old school friends list.
- The whole marketplace is slow, slower than the old one. Though I’ll put this one down to the NXE only being out for a few hours.
- Old themes are almost useless now as the majority of the dashboard is taken up by a grey background. Remember people, no refunds!
- The Miis – er I mean avatars appear to be a piecemeal attempt to tempt some of the illusive casual Wii playing market. So far I can’t see the point of them. Also the level of customisation is in fact less diverse than the lower fidelity Miis. Why can’t I have a blue shirt? Because it was only developed in green. Go figure.
So I sound quite negative. However installing games to the hard drive is such a great feature, I’m willing to put up with all the cons!