The many enhancements that were included with this update pushed the system to a more modernized interface and improved features that pushed the envelope for social gaming and media.
While the Xbox 360 console is primarily designed to play games just like other video game consoles, it can be used as a media player too.
In contrast, Xbox 360's successor, the Xbox One console was not backward compatible at launch, but after applying the November 2015 "New Xbox One Experience" system update it also supports a select group of Xbox 360 games using a software emulator, similar to Xbox 360's backward compatibility feature.
However, there are also notable differences between the ways of their emulations—unlike Xbox 360's emulation of the original Xbox, by Xbox One's emulation of the Xbox 360 games do not have to be specifically patched but instead need to be repackaged in the Xbox One format.
Starting with the NXE Dashboard in November 2008, Larry Hryb (known on Xbox Live as "Major Nelson") and other team members hosted a new segment using Microsoft Connect to allow members of the Xbox Live community to get a chance to have a preview of the next dashboard.
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.
Having the advantage of the lead, Microsoft was able to experiment with various customization options for the consumer’s individual consoles.
The ability to customize the way the console looked with various themes to fit the front and sides of it was something very different for home console users.
The Xbox 360 system software or the Xbox 360 Dashboard is the updateable 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.
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