New Xbox 360 Dashboard Launches Today, App Schedule Revealed

Microsoft are finally introducing the new Xbox 360 dashboard to the world today, and Kinect users will finally have a fully integrated experience with nearly every screen allowing full voice and gesture navigation.

Of course this dashboard isn't just bringing a new look, it is introducing the new TV and Media applications, with over 40 coming worldwide over the next few months. Today's launch will see 10 new apps available to certain regions, and you can check out the full list of upcoming applications and their region availability below:

Dec. 6:
• EPIX. United States
• ESPN on Xbox LIVE. United States
• Hulu. Japan
• Hulu Plus. United States
• LOVEFiLM. United Kingdom
• Netflix. Canada, United States
• Premium Play by (MediaSet). Italy
• Sky Go (SkyDE). Austria, Germany
• Telefónica España – Movistar Imagenio. Spain
• TODAY (MSNBC). United States

Later in December:
• 4 on Demand (C4). United Kingdom
• ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.). Australia
• AlloCiné. France
• Filmstarts. Germany
• Sensacine. Spain
• Screenrush. United Kingdom
• Astral Media’s Disney XD (Astral Media). Canada
• blinkbox (Blinkbox). United Kingdom
• Crackle (Sony Pictures). Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States
• Dailymotion. Available in 32 countries globally
• Demand 5 (Five). United Kingdom
• DIGI+ (CANAL+). Spain
• GolTV (Mediapro). Spain
• iHeartRadio (Clear Channel). United States
• Mediathek/ZDF (ZDF). Germany
• MSN. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom
• United States
• MUZU.TV. Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
• ninemsn. Australia
• Real Sports (Maple Leaf Sports). Canada
• Rogers On Demand Online (Rogers Media). Canada
• SBS ON DEMAND. Australia
• TMZ (Warner Bros.). Canada, United States
• TVE ( Spain
• UFC on Xbox LIVE (UFC). Canada, United States
• Verizon FiOS TV. United States
• VEVO. Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States
• Vudu (Wal-Mart). United States
• YouTube. Available in 24 countries globally

Early 2012:
• Antena 3 (Antena 3 de Televisión). Spain
• BBC (BBC). United Kingdom
• CinemaNow (Best Buy). United States
• HBO GO (HBO). United States
• MLB.TV (MLB Advanced Media). Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States
• Telenovelas/Sports (Televisa). Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom
• Xfinity On Demand (Comcast). United States

All of the new apps, and updates to current apps such as Netflix, will be fully compatible with Kinect. Best of all they will be integrated with the dashboard's new Bing search, allowing users to search for media throughout all of Xbox 360's available applications and marketplaces using voice.

Voice itself will no longer be restricted to a paltry few regions, with a total of 13 different countries having access to voice control with the new update, including Australia and New Zealand.

And Windows Phone 7 owners will have access to the new companion app, which will let users control their Xbox with their phone as well as looks up complimentary data for the media streaming on their Xbox 360, such as information about a cast member in a movie.

The update should be available around 3pm GMT (10am US Eastern) (Update: Major Nelson has announced that there will be a slight delay). Check out the video walkthrough below!

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