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Nelson talks new "faster" 360 dashboard

MS community man teases next major update

Microsoft busy blogger and all-round man of the people, Major Nelson, has spoke of a "faster" guide coming up in the next proper Xbox 360 dashboard update. Don't they always say that?

Speaking in his latest podcast, the Major confirmed: "We are making the guide faster," and that he's been "intimately involved" in it development, being such an active user and all.

"The team has done some really good stuff around making performance enhancements," he said, adding: "'Performance enhancements' doesn't sound right because it sounds like we're going to give the guide a little blue pill, and we're not doing that.

"Whatever we call it (and it's not going to be called the NNXE), but whatever the next version of the dashboard is called, it's better with a lot of very cool new features. That update will be out later this year," he said.

Zune HD video streaming, Avatar Marketplace and Games on Demand (a download service for full 360 games) are among some of the biggest new features expected.

Check out the full podcast here.