Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Xbox Experience about to be experienced.

First off, had an AWESOME time on horde last night. ran into a few fun guys and we ran a few waves. Highest wave we made it to was about 17, which makes me wonder if I'll ever get that wave 50 achievement. I gotta start clearing out my friends list. Also gotta post a link to this blog in my bio.

Anywho. Woke up. Shit. Shower. Shave. Checked BOINC. Checked skills. Turned on my 360 and installed the New Xbox Experience. Turned it off and went to work.

No time to mess around with it yet. I've done all the reading and know mostly what to expect, but I'll give my impressions tomorrow. Today I want to talk about what I'm expecting.

1) Fun with Avatars. I want this to be fun enough to lure the wife away from Gaia, which is a lot to ask, but I'm asking it. I want lots of variation and stuff to mess around with.

2) Easier interface. The first 360 UI was pretty cool, but it was a little unwieldy and I'm hoping for better.

3) Faster loading. Now that you can install games on to the HDD, I'm hoping some of my bigger games will benefit from it. Too Human and Mass Effect come to mind. This is obviously one more reason for me to get the Elite, as it has a larger HDD.

4) Canadian fairness. Content on Live is NOT the same as that in the U.S. We can not DL a lot of the same content as our friends to the south and we can not view TV while the box is on, using the interface to pal around and set up group gaming. I want my 360 to be a PVR. On-demand and streaming and parties and all that stuff.

I'll give it a good go tonight and let you know what I think tomorrow.

Friday's post will be my impressions of the ambulation and Tech-3 Fanfest vids. I'll try and give as detailed an impression as I can.



CrazyKinux said...

Just installed it and played a while with it. I was one of those who was a bit apprehensive about the whole Wii-like avatars, but I've got to give it to them, they did a good job.

The new interface allows for much more options, and coming for the old left-right navigation scheme, it may be a bit of a leap. Once you've gotten used to is though, you can appreciate the possibilities.

We should hook-up one of these days. New gamertag is TheCrazyKinux.


PsycheDiver said...

Wow CK, I didn't even realize you read my blog.

Yeah I have my wife test-driving it right now at home, and I'll be giving it a whirl later. I'll clean up my friends list and add you tonight!

I just read off Kotaku that they plan on releasing Avatar theme packs over the next 6 months, and I'm sure games will have them as extras as well.