Xbox 360: No Spring Update

Major Nelson posted a link on his blog yesterday to an interview with Marc Whitten on Next-gen.biz about the Dahsboard update. Well there won’t be a Spring Update to Xbox 360 this year.

In the interview, Marc Whitten said:

We have taken a different approach this spring and spent a lot of our time and resources of building the proper infrastructure and scale for the service not just today but also into the future. So while most users will not notice any significant changes to the dashboard this spring, I can tell you that the team will be releasing a new digital rights management (DRM) tool next month that will allow you to better consolidate your licenses for downloaded content to a single Xbox and allow you the freedom to be able to play your content both online and offline.

This also came out of the interview:

  • A DRM tool is coming next month
  • Xbox Live Arcade game filesize increase from 150MB to 350MB
  • New price point for XBLA games: 1600 points
  • De-listing XBLA games that do not sell well

If you take a look at MajorNelson.com, you’ll see that this post have made quite som buzz on his site. As I write this, 444 have commented on his blog. I’ve read a lot of the comments. It all comes down to this: Most people think it’s a bad move not to have a Spring Update, they don’t like that XBLA will be de-listed. But all agrees that it’s great that Microsoft does something about the DRM.

I agree with them all. Microsoft have to do some real good in the Fall Update to make gamers happy. To not have a Spring Update, is a bad move. They could have said this at an earlier stage, since most of us was expecting the update at this time.

I realy like that they fix the DRM problems. I have had a few Xbox 360′s because of the RRoD, so I have to be logged in to Live to play some of my XBLA games. This was also one of the reason I got my second controller so my sisters could play the full version of Arcade game, I had to be logged on to Live.

I look forward to Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) next podcast, because I thing this issue will be a big part of it.