Revamped Xbox 360 dashboard to launch on December 6th, Microsoft confirms

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that its Xbox 360 dashboard would be getting an upgrade "in the coming days." Today, the company has clarified that statement, declaring that the revamped interface will launch on December 6th. As we've previously noted, the update promises to bring deeper Kinect integration (including sharper voice recognition capabilities), Facebook sharing mechanisms, and a cleaner interface. Redmond also says that the fall cleanup will introduce "a wealth of new content," including live TV, music and movies, available for streaming. For now, the dashboard is still in beta, though it certainly won't be long before the masses get their hands on it.

Update: Read Microsoft's e-mailed announcement in full, after the break.

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On Dec. 6, a brand new entertainment experience will debut on Xbox 360 through a significant Xbox LIVE service update, free to all console owners. The update will bring a newly designed user interface (dashboard), expanded voice control with Kinect, and the first group of new entertainment custom applications.

Console owners around the world will feel like they have a new Xbox. The new dashboard is built from the ground up to take full advantage of voice control. Users will be able of effortlessly navigate through their favorite entertainment on Xbox 360 using voice or gestures with Kinect for Xbox 360*.

Speaking of entertainment, starting on Dec. 6 and continuing on an ongoing basis through the holiday months, a wealth of new content will be coming to Xbox 360. New, customized applications for televisions, movies, internet videos, sports and music will begin rolling out from world-leading providers in more than 20 countries.

Also, brand new personal and social features including Cloud Storage for Game Saves and LIVE Profile, Beacons and Facebook Sharing will launch with the Dec. 6 update, along with enhanced Family Settings.

From game lovers to movie buffs, to music junkies and sports fans, even more of your favorite entertainment content will come together on Xbox LIVE starting Dec. 6.

*Kinect voice and gesture controls available with select Xbox LIVE content, and may vary by feature.

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