The update is said to transform the console into an entertainment hub, rather than just a gaming tool.
Forty media firms have already signed up with Microsoft to provide both live and on-demand news and TV services to its users.
The update also brings a new look and interface to the Xbox which will now sport the Metro look. This look is based on “tiles” which are lumped together based on their content and placed under different headings.
Another feature brought about by the update will let users control their TVs by talking into the Kinect motion-spotting gadgets. James McQuivey from Forrester Research says this feature will help Microsoft differentiate the Xbox from rivals such as cable TV, Google and Apple .
Bing, the company’s search engine, will now also be available on the Xbox and will allow users to search content available in the tiles.
The major update for Microsoft’s Xbox is expected to roll out on December 6, Tuesday, around the world.
Now, would you want this gadget on your stocking this Christmas? 🙂