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Spring update may upgrade "Play Game" verbiage


If you've listened to our most recent Fancast with guest Major Nelson, you'll know that he dropped a hint to what one of the new features will be for the Spring dashboard update. Major said that a new dash feature is one of those "simple things that I've been asking for since launch" and after doing some research, we think we've figured it out. Major has always been vocal about including some way to show what game is in the DVD drive, because right now it only says "Play Game" on the bottom when a game is in the drive. So, we're thinking the update will get rid of the "Play Game" text and display the name of the game that is in the drive, something along the lines of "Play Gears of War" or "Play Crackdown". It's something simple, something obvious, but is also something that would prove quite useful. Of course, we can't guarantee that this is what Major was talking about, but we are 84.7% sure we'll be seeing this feature implemented this Spring.

Also, our very own David Dreger informed us that all the early Xbox 360 dashboard screenshots (like the one above) included this feature where it listed what game was in the DVD drive. Convenient, ain't it?

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Toph1

4-03-2007 @ 1:40PM

Toph said...

That would actually come in handy for me..sometimes I forget which game is in the tray while I'm busy waiting for downloaded demoes or whatever and playing XBLA games..this could save some small wear and tear on the tray drive so I don't have to open and close it to see what the hell I'd forgotten!:)

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DjDATZ2

4-03-2007 @ 1:42PM

DjDATZ said...

i would like to be able to open the drive without activating the game...and close the drive without it automatically booting up the disc.

basically...i'd like to have full control over the dvd drive without having to load up the game in the process.

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stephentur3

4-03-2007 @ 1:50PM

stephentur said...

Sweet...I share my Xbox with my 5 year old and I hate when I can't tell what game is in the drive. No more "Meet the Robinsons" cutting into my game time.

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mike4

4-03-2007 @ 1:51PM

mike said...

How about finally giving us the ability to get downloaded and unpurchased XBLA demos off of our achievement listings?

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Josh5

4-03-2007 @ 1:52PM

Josh said...

Finally! I wonder what else is in the Spring update.

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Josh6

4-03-2007 @ 1:55PM

Josh said...

This would also help when you already have "Gears of War" in the drive, but are in the dashboard. Then you accept a game invite to "Gears of War," and the console says "please insert the Gears of War disc." But it's already in there!

Maybe now the console will know and just start up the game?

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TexRob7

4-03-2007 @ 2:05PM

TexRob said...

I have been away from home, but there is a gripe I have about how it handles the trays when you have both an HD-DVD drive and the console tray. I just can't remember what it is right now, lol. I think it's not being able to eject an empty tray when you have the HD-DVD addon, maybe?

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root8

4-03-2007 @ 2:07PM

root said...

i hope it's a "slow but silent" DVD-spinning-mode

the "play:gamename" stuff isn't very useful at all. just a gimmick.

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root9

4-03-2007 @ 2:09PM

root said...

oh - and as well the option to delete xbla-demos from the gamerschore-bord...

this really would be nice...

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Nathaniel10

4-03-2007 @ 2:11PM

Nathaniel said...

Creepy. I just mentioned this to my girlfriend last night :)

But yes, this is so stupendously simple that I can't imagine a single reason that it doesn't exist.

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Knuckles Dawson11

4-03-2007 @ 2:13PM

Knuckles Dawson said...

Eidetic memory, FTW

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Joshua12

4-03-2007 @ 2:20PM

Joshua said...

I would like to just have a way to defrag my HDD or whatever I need to do because it's taking way too long to log in these days.

My only other request would be to have multiple pictues for blades in a customized theme.

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AL7AIR13

4-03-2007 @ 2:23PM

AL7AIR said...

Even the PSP has this feature, and you don't have to stand up and walk across the room to open the drive ;) Laziness ftw!

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nizzy111514

4-03-2007 @ 2:25PM

nizzy1115 said...

"2. i would like to be able to open the drive without activating the game...and close the drive without it automatically booting up the disc.

basically...i'd like to have full control over the dvd drive without having to load up the game in the process."

You CAN. It's an option in the settings ;)

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avinitski15

4-03-2007 @ 2:35PM

avinitski said...

DjDATZ > it already does that!

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AL7AIR16

4-03-2007 @ 2:48PM

AL7AIR said...

@ avinitski
No it doesn't: You can only start up the Xbox360 to the Dashboard. But if you put a disc in the tray and close it while the box is on, it will start the game or movie. The PS3 and the PSP however can disable this auto-load feature.

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Tony17

4-03-2007 @ 2:50PM

Tony said...

"How about finally giving us the ability to get downloaded and unpurchased XBLA demos off of our achievement listings?"

Yes! This drives me nuts.

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Justin U18

4-03-2007 @ 3:14PM

Justin U said...

Or, you could do like I do, and get a plate holder (Mom's), and set whatever game I currently have in the 360's case on it.

Fashionable, and practical!

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Hexx19

4-03-2007 @ 3:36PM

Hexx said...

The "play game name" is useful if you have it boot directly to the dash. I'm totally loving this hint and your fancast... keep up the good work.

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avinitski20

4-03-2007 @ 3:48PM

avinitski said...

AL7AIR > on mine you can put a dvd into the drive bt it doesnt have to start

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