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Xbox dashboard update is here, better late than never

The big update to the Xbox 360 dashboard is finally here, after a delay that saw gamers impatiently twiddling their thumbsticks.

Gamers have been impatiently twiddling their thumbsticks waiting for the massive Xbox dashboard update, but after a frustrating delay it looks like it's finally here.

The update was supposed to go live yesterday but never materialised, with Xbox team member Larry Hryb tweeting that the dashboard update had been "slightly delayed".

Earlier this morning he tweeted that the update was ready, and had been pushed to Xbox 360 consoles all around this big watery beachball we call Earth. We've checked our machines in the office (for research purposes, you understand) and the update has indeed arrived.

That may not quite be the end of Microsoft's update woes, with a later tweet from Hryb acknowledging that some Xbox Live members were struggling to connect to the online gaming service.

The update itself brings an aesthetic overhaul, dragging the Xbox 360 in line with Windows Phone by introducing the tiled 'Metro' interface that will soon be gracing Windows 8.

The update brings a slew of new apps, including LoveFilm and 4oD, that go one step further towards turning your Xbox into a proper telly offering -- unless of course you own one of the older models that makes a noise like a jet engine whenever it's switched on, and sometimes when it's switched off.

Doctor Who fans will be excited to learn that BBC iPlayer is expected to debut on the Xbox in 2012.

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