iTWire had a preview of the new dashboard a few weeks ago, this can be read here .
As confirmed last week , Xbox LIVE Gold members under the age of 18 will be restricted from using the Twitter and Facebook applications, but will be free to access the movie download service.
The full release announcement from Microsoft follows:
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – November 13 – Xbox 360 Australia today confirmed the next wave of social entertainment is coming to Xbox LIVE on November 17th. Starting next week, Facebook, Twitter and Xbox Movies on Demand will be available on Xbox 360 consoles, transforming Xbox LIVE into the largest social network connected to the TV with exclusive features custom-designed for the living room.
“We’re delivering some truly exciting social entertainment experiences to our members,” said Andrew Jenkins, product manager for Xbox LIVE Australia. “The difference for Xbox LIVE has always been our community and we’ve already seen a tremendous response to these features in our public preview. It’s the community that drives us forward and allows us to pioneer new ways of connecting people through the entertainment they love.”
* Facebook*– Update your status to share what movie, game or entertainment you’re enjoying, connect with friends and view their Facebook stream, status updates and photos on the big screen – all seamlessly integrated and custom-built for Xbox 360. You can even compare your Xbox LIVE and Facebook friends lists to see which of your friends are on LIVE.
* Movies on Demand – Movies on Demand on Xbox LIVE offers a full fidelity experience with instant on HD. No waiting for downloads or buffering, it’s there at the press of a button. You can also share the experience with up to seven friends through voice chat and Avatar integration on the TV screen – it puts a whole new spin on “movie night.”
* Twitter*– Stay in-the-know by discovering, posting and replying to Tweets right on your Xbox 360. You can even view friend profiles, trends and conversations, or search to see who’s tweeting about your favourite game.
Only on Xbox 360 can you find the best in movies, games and social networking all in one place, tailor-made for the TV and connected to more than 20 million people around the globe.
“From the launch of Xbox LIVE nearly seven years ago, we’ve continued working toward our vision of connected entertainment for everyone,” continued Jenkins. “I’m proud to say that next week marks another great stride in fulfilling that promise, and we’re already imagining what the future has in store.”
So what are you waiting for? On November 17th, turn on your Xbox 360, log onto Xbox LIVE and enjoy the world of social entertainment at your fingertips.
Not an Xbox LIVE Gold member? Starting from 4am November 21 Sydney time until 4am November 24 Sydney time, Xbox LIVE Silver members can enjoy the latest Gold features for FREE – including Facebook and Twitter**. There’s tons more to experience with Gold as well. Play the latest game titles like Halo 3: ODST online multiplayer, host an Xbox LIVE Party or even video chat with friends. All of these Gold-only features will be available all weekend long for anyone to try.
* Xbox LIVE Gold adult account required to access Facebook and Twitter. Xbox LIVE Gold memberships are just AU$79.95 per year
** Xbox LIVE members under the age of 18 will not be able to access Facebook and Twitter as part of the Free Gold Weekend