Even though just about everything is in exactly the same place, the new boxy, simplified look feels like the Dashboard has been dumbed down to support the motion based controls of Kinect.
I am not sure why they felt the need to change the way movie and game titles are displayed, because I really liked the perspective based view. Previous Kinect demonstrations showed the device interacting with the old version of the Dashboard just fine, so why change it?
To me this dashboard is a step backwards. It's like they dumbed everything down in an effort to make everything look simple for kids. For one, there's too much use of white. I don't like how they simplified all the button icons (B, A, X) All those icons had a nice three dimensional look to them.....now they're all flat looking in dull colours. Same goes for the new boot screen......it looks just like the screen that comes up when you exit playing a movie. The old boot screen looked far better IMO. It may be a new dashboard but lit ooks dated already.
And for the love of all things holy, please bring back the option to tweak colours like we could back in the 1st gen dashboard.
I like the new dashboard over the old. Everything seems more muted which suits me. And it might be my imagination but it seems the video rewind works better when streaming Xvid using WMP as my media server.
I like the new feature where you can exclude games from the Parental Controls. My 8 year old son likes to play Trials (Rated Teen - not sure why) which I am OK with him playing - but don't want him playing anything else T or Higher. This way I can exclude that particular game and he isn't prompted for my "passcode" everytime it launches. I like that.
It doesn't matter what Microsoft does with their dashboards, it will never please everyone. What they need, if it's even possible to do, is have a basic model to pick and choose and be able to modify it according to your taste.
That way, maybe everyone will have something that they like.
I think they should have thought twice about the very light coloured background behind everything. For example, and achievement tiles that are all dark (i.e. Red Dead Redemption) are now just black squares compared to the background.
A forum community dedicated to Canadian TV, computing and home theatre owners and enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about home audio/video, displays, troubleshooting, styles, projects, DIY’s, product reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more!