Shack PSA: Xbox 360 dashboard update rolling out

The next time you start up your Xbox 360, a shiny new dashboard update might be waiting for you. The official roll-out of the dash update is starting today, and will move in phases over the next week. It boasts a few new features, a prettier UI, and the launch of new services.

The Major Nelson Blog outlines the features, including a new UI with more tiles, the addition of Internet Explorer, Recommendations and Ratings, and "Pins" for saving your favorite apps and games. The Search has also been revised, and Voice Search includes compatibility with several new languages.

For media lovers, the Zune Video Marketplace has been rebranded as Xbox Video, and Xbox Music is starting up too. Finally, this update lays the groundwork for SmartGlass, but that functionality itself won't come until Windows 8 launches on October 26.