Xbox LIVE users are soon to be treated to a host of improvements to their user dashboards. The changes to the dashboards will be made to a wide variety of pre-existing functionalities, including the Avatar Marketplace, Netflix, and Xbox LIVE Parties.
Several new features will be implemented as well, such as a Games On Demand service. The service includes downloads of full Xbox 360 games, complete with downloadable instruction books and a system that allows gamers to link their downloads to their Xbox LIVE accounts, letting them download a game multiple times once it has been paid for.
Smaller changes are also being made across Xbox LIVE to help improve the service's functionality. Some of these changes are aimed at improving the way in which achievements are viewed, like a new achievement tracking feature used within profiles and new ways to view achievements in the midst of playing a game.
Others are savvy PR moves, such as Microsoft taking the initiative to change the name of Xbox LIVE Community Games to Xbox LIVE Indie Games as the profile of independent game development becomes more prominent in the minds of mainstream gamers.
Yet others are subtle reminders to gamers that they need to spend more money, including notifications that will be sent when an Xbox LIVE subscription is about to expire. Still, the updates promise to make Xbox LIVE a better, easier to use experience. These updates will be followed by a long list of high profile upgrades in August, which will enable connectivity with Twitter, Facebook, and Last.fm.
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