The new dash, which some gamers are currently beta testing, will offer a fresh user interface similar to Microsoft’s Windows 7 phone.
It’ll introduce YouTube support and Bing voice search, some tweaks to Kinect’s voice recognition, deeper Facebook integration and the long-awaited cloud storage functionality.
It’ll also add content from almost 40 new media partners in over 20 countries before Christmas. The impressive list of partners includes the BBC, Lovefilm, Channel 4, HBO and Verizon, who will provide a mixture of live and on-demand TV, movies, sports and music, ushering in what Microsoft has billed as “a new era in television”.
Microsoft has said the upcoming dashboard overhaul has been built with the philosophy: “All the entertainment you want, with the people you care about, made easy.”
You can see it in action for yourself here.