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Xbox 360 System Software is the updatable software and operating system for the Xbox 360. It resides on a 16 MB file system and has access to a maximum of 32 MB of the system's memory.[1] While the System Software updates may sometimes provide updates to the system's firmware, it is unlikely that this occurs with many, if any, updates. The updates can be downloaded from the Xbox Live service directly to the Xbox 360 and subsequently installed. Microsoft has also provided the ability to download system software updates from their respective official Xbox website to their PCs and then storage media, from which the update can be installed to the system. Updates can also be installed from game discs that require the updates to be able to play the game. All updates are mandatory if the user signs into Xbox Live. The latest version of the software is version 2.0.8955.0 released on 2009-10-28.

The Netflix application is available for US users only.[2] The Sky Player application is available for UK and Ireland users only.



2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Version Date Released Description
2.0.8955.0 2009-10-28
  • Enables (previously inactive) WPA2 support for the official Xbox 360 Wireless Networking Adapter.[3]
  • Disables support for 3rd-party memory cards (e.g. Datel Max Memory).[4]
  • Enabled Facebook, Twitter, and Zune Marketplace on November 17, 2009. Facebook, Twitter and are only available to Xbox Live Gold Members.
2.0.8507.0 2009-09-23
2.0.8498.0 2009-08-11
  • Update that fixes issues with limited games and with dashboard.[6]
  • Adds Display Discovery to allow console to override factory settings for HDTV resolutions and refresh rates. Also discovers the best possible resolution and refresh rates that your HDTV is capable of displaying (Selected HDTVs).
  • Adds HDMI Reference Levels
  • Adds the Avatar Marketplace.
  • Adds Games on Demand to the Game Marketplace.
  • Community Games rebranded to Indie Games.
  • Adds the ability to rate content (Uses a 5-star rating system).
  • Introduces Xbox Live Gold Member Veteran Status.
  • Improves Netflix.
    • Users can now change the instant queue from the console.
    • Adds Netflix movie parties.
  • Ability to eject tray even when a disc is already inserted.
  • Improves Xbox Guide performance.
  • Reduces hard drive game installation sizes.[7]
  • Adds a Clear Cache option to the storage units.
  • Adds a "Prizes" area to Xbox LIVE Primetime.
  • Xbox Live Primetime[8] (Summer 2009).[9]
  • Fixes a vulnerability used to run arbitrary code.[10]
2.0.7371.0 2009-04-02
  • Update that fixes issues with limited games.[11]
2.0.7363.0 2009-02-03
  • Mandatory update that fixed HDMI audio issues caused by the New Xbox Experience update.[12]
2.0.7357.0 2008-11-19 [13]

NXE: New Xbox Experience

User Interface changes

  • Completely redesigned GUI with a navigation system similar to that of Windows Media Center.
    • New pop-up/in-game Live Guide, using a redesigned version of the blades interface.[14]
    • New sound effects (menus only, notification sounds remain the same).
    • Ability to preview your own themes before setting them.
    • Ability to disable notifications (new messages, chat requests, etc.) or mute the notification sound.
  • Support for 1440×900 and 1680×1050 16:10 resolutions (letterboxed) over VGA, HDMI and when using DVI.
  • Ability to change to QWERTY keyboard in place of alphabetical keyboard.

Xbox Live changes

  • Xbox Live Party allowing for eight-person chat and image sharing.
  • Fully customizable Avatars for use in upcoming games and on Xbox Live.[15] (Some current games also received an update on November 19th to support the new Avatars).[16]
  • Access Xbox Live Marketplace on a PC via with the ability to queue downloads to the Xbox 360.[17]
  • Ability to watch Netflix movies on an Xbox 360. (User must be in the US, a Gold Xbox Live member, and a Netflix Unlimited subscriber)
  • Increases the Active Downloads queue limit from 6 to 40.

Game changes

  • Option to install games to hard drive in order to decrease load times and to make the hardware quieter. The disc must still be present for the game to load.
  • Information from Xbox Live regarding the game in the disc tray.
  • Quick Launch for launching games on your console.
  • Ability to remove games with 0 gamerscore from your profiles played games list.
  • Upon starting any Xbox 360 game, you will be notified if any of your friends and/or party are playing the same game.
  • Auto Start - Option to set whether you want the disc to run/or stay idle when the disc tray closes with a game or media disc inside, by default it's set to run.

NOTE: Update requires 128 MB of free memory

  • Microsoft have stated that the NXE will be released to non Xbox Live members (eg: on DVD in OXM) at a later date.[18] It is now also available with certain games on the disc itself.[19]
2.0.6717.0 2008-08-06
  • Mandatory update that prepared for subsequent growth of the service.[20]
2.0.6690.0 2008-04-18
2.0.6683.0 2007-12-04
  • Support for MPEG-4 Part 2 video playback and AC3 audio. (With Optional Media Update)
  • Xbox Live Arcade trial games are no longer written to Gamercard.
  • Original Xbox games played now appear in the user's played games list.
  • Parental Timer.
  • Xbox Guide opens significantly faster.
  • Inside Xbox news feed.
  • Game gameplay fades out when console is turned off.
  • Social Networking features.
  • Redesigned user interface.
  • Improved performance.[1][23]
  • The ability to view your friends' friends list (Friends of Friends).
  • You can now put your name, city of residence and a biography under your gamertag.
  • The marketplace has been redesigned and is now more organized.
  • The user's downloaded videos are now organized by TV show and season.
2.0.5787.0 2007-09-20
2.0.5766.0 2007-08-07
  • Prepared the system for communication with the Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Les Paul wireless guitar controller.[24]
2.0.5759.0 2007-05-09
  • Added:
    • A separate, fifth blade for the Marketplace.
    • A more consistent interface for the Marketplace.
    • Windows Live Messenger integration with the Dashboard.
    • Switchable aspect ratio during video playback (Auto to Letterbox, Zoom, Stretch, Native).
    • Support for "Reference Levels" to video.
    • The information bar that turns on via the On-Screen Display (OSD) now shows exactly how much time has lapsed in the playback of the video file.
    • The ability to see the percentage of downloaded Video Marketplace content and where the ‘chapters’ exist for the said file.
    • Support for MPEG-4 videos.
    • Low-power background download function. The storage device, one core of the CPU, the fans, and any other components required for downloading remain powered, but rest of the system, such as the GPU and the disc drive, is shut off. System completely powers off once downloads are complete.
    • Download blocks to prevent a download from starting if it will not fit onto a storage device, without deducting any points associated with the content item.
    • Title of a game (when inserted into system) appears in the tray icon on the Dashboard menu. When highlighted, achievements and Gamerscore are displayed for that game based on the signed-in user.
    • More specific “Achievement Unlocked” message, detailing the achievement unlocked and how many points it is worth.
    • Windows Media protected content (WM-DRM), which can now be streamed from the PC to the console. If the WM-DRM license is missing or corrupted, then a specific error message is displayed to the user. Bookmarking is also stored for protected content.
    • Two new languages, Russian and Polish.
    • Option to boot straight into Media Center Extender mode (as well as changing the MC logo to the Vista version).
    • Option to automatically download all free Xbox Live Arcade games.
2.0.4552.0 2007-01-09
2.0.4548.0 2006-11-30
  • Improved performance on wired headsets when used with a wireless controller.
  • Video output issues on VGA connections fixed.
2.0.4532.0 2006-10-31
2.0.2858.0 2006-06-13
  • Improved character recognition for users with the localized Chinese language version of the dashboard on their Xbox 360(s).[25]
2.0.2857.0 2006-06-06
  • Added:
    • Option to resume DVD playback from where it was last stopped.
    • Option to boot to either a disc or the dashboard when system is turned on.
    • New slideshow options for Photo Viewing, which can save folder layouts between sessions.
    • Concurrent downloads, allowing multiple downloads as background tasks.
  • Other:
2.0.2258.0 2006-03-02
  • Prepared console for subsequent system and title updates.[26]
2.0.2255.0 2006-01-30
  • Improvements to the Xbox Guide.
  • Option to retain saved games when a profile is deleted.
  • Increased accuracy of "last time played".
  • Network configuration improvements for Xbox Live members in the Netherlands.
  • More detailed messaging for unreadable disk or region errors.[27]
2.0.2241.0 2005-11-22
  • Update available at product launch.
2.0.1888.0 2005-11-22
  • Original shipped version (The backup of 2.0.1888.0 remains in the backup kernel storage).

See also


  1. ^ a b "Xbox Team : December 2007 System Update". Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  2. ^ Netflix update to be released in Late Fall 2008
  3. ^ "Xbox 360 System Update – Wireless Adapter WPA2 support". 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  4. ^ "Don’t use unauthorized Xbox 360 Storage Devices". 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  5. ^ "Xbox 360 System Update rolling out (no new feature)". 2009-09-23. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  6. ^ "Preview Program Wave 3 has begun (and an update for 1st an 2nd wave)". 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  7. ^ "Xbox 360 summer dashboard update". 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  8. ^ McElroy, Justin (2008-10-21). "Xbox Live Primetime won't make NXE launch". Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  9. ^ "New Xbox Experience: Your Questions Answered". 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  10. ^ "849x System Update - Free60". Free60. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  11. ^ "Game Issues update". 2009-04-02. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  12. ^ "Dashboard Update (aka the HDMI Audio fix)". 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  13. ^ Geddes, Ryan (2008-10-09). "IGN: Avatars Required". Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ "New Xbox Experience: A look at Avatars - Xbox Lives Major Nelson". 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  16. ^ "New Xbox Experience: Avatars in games - Xbox Lives Major Nelson". 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  17. ^ "Some of the features in the new Xbox experience (8 person chat, VGA support and more) - Xbox Lives Major Nelson". 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  18. ^ "Welcome to the New Xbox Experience FAQ". 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  19. ^ citation needed
  20. ^ "Xbox 360 System update now available (no new features) - Xbox Live's Major Nelson". 2008-08-06. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  21. ^ "Xbox 360 System update now available (no new features) - Xbox Live's Major Nelson". 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  22. ^ Burg, Dustin (2008-04-18). "Xbox 360 console update: nothing to see here - Xbox 360 Fanboy". Xbox 360 Fanboy<!. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  23. ^ "Full Features List for 2007 Fall Update". Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  24. ^ "Xbox 360 System update". 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  25. ^ "Minor Dash update". Major Nelson. 2006-06-13. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  26. ^ "Xbox Team : New System Update for Xbox 360". 2006-03-02. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  27. ^ "January 2006 System Update for Xbox 360". Retrieved 2009-11-09. 


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