The Xbox 360 update touted by Microsoft at E3 this year is finally upon us, as the next time you login you Xbox Live you’ll be prompted to download the latest Xbox 360 firmware update with additional ESPN and Zune support.
ESPN and Zune music launch on Xbox Live for the first time today, delivering 3,500 live and on-demand sporting events and millions of music tracks to TVs worldwide and in the United States.
This update marks a first for ESPN in the United States: ESPN will offer access to 3,500 live and on-demand sporting events a year from ESPN3.com, plus daily highlights from ESPN.com, on a TV screen via Xbox Live. With HD programming, out-of-market games and full DVR controls, fans will never miss a beat. Users can also access real-time score information without leaving the game they’re watching. The XBL ESPN update also supports voice chat with friends and the ability to pick who you think will win, then see how the rest of the community voted.
The new Zune Marketplace will support unlimited on-demand streaming of millions of songs — with a Zune Pass music subscription. Using that, Xbox Live members can enjoy music through Xbox Live with features like Smart DJ, which plays songs that complement your music tastes, and the Zune online community, which connects like-minded music fans.
The Xbox Live Update also includes enhanced search for Netflix on Xbox 360, a refreshed Xbox Live dashboard and updated Xbox Live Family Settings so you can help choose the right play and viewing settings for your family.