Microsoft Speaks About Spring Dashboard Update

9 04 2007

Microsoft has spoken about the features that will be included in the spring dashboard update. They have announced the ability to send and receive instant messages among Windows Live Messenger users. That has a lot of  people excited. To make this instant message ability easier, they are coming out with this controller with a mini keyboard:

Text Device

This one looks a little hard to handle doesn’t it? I don’t really use Windows Live Messenger, but with this new feature I may start to. Microsoft has also announced some other pretty cool features that are coming with this Spring Dashboard update in this article. They also said that the Spring Update will be arriving May 7th just like the leaked video stated. Looking back at the video most if not all of the features that were talked about there are included in this update, I wonder if the leak had anything to do with the announcement of the Dashboard Update details? Coincidence I don’t think so.

-Frank (Gamertag: TheMan661)


Microsoft Gives The Xbox 360 Warranty A Patch

3 04 2007

The Xbox 360 Warranty has been patched! Microsoft has announced today that there will be a few revamps to the 360 Warranty. The first is free shipping, second is return of the original console, Microsoft will send most customers their original console back if it needed to be repaired. Lastly a major addition to the warranty is Faster Service. If you send in your console for repairs, you will receive it back to you in about 5 business days not weeks! I hope that none of you reading this need to utilize these updates any time soon but they are there if you have to. Thanks Microsoft! Check out the details on the updated warranty here.

-Frank (Gamertag: TheMan661)

Splinter Cell Double Agent Auto Update

21 12 2006
Finally Ubisoft has released an update for Splinter Cell DA, here is what it does:

Connection Issues:
Some instances of “the host has ended the session”.
Disconnections in the lobby.
Once the lobby reaches 5 or 6 people, random players drop.
After kicking the 6th player from a team, the leader couldn’t invite another player
Group leader hangs in the “joining session” screen if the host quits while he is joining.
Improvement of the server selection so that the server is more reactive.
If a player leaves a session immediately when he arrives and they have some packet loss (he is in a resolving state), the resolving time out is not reset and in the next session he will kick all the players as soon as he arrives !!!!
Only 1 disconnect function to each peer when resolving is timed out.

Lag-related issues:
In-game freezing: treats a limited number of Unreal packets per frame to avoid freezes in some specific conditions.
Increased network thread priority over Sound thread that can reduce lag issues.
Fix the case when a player got flashbanged while lagging as a mercenary; the player can remain permanently flashbanged until the player reboot the game.
Fix FPS loss due to a sound problem.
Others issues :
A new Game Version to avoid LAN matches between master and update versions
The loading video was always the same, now it’s changed at random
Fixed a bug on the score calculation of the Max Percent challenge.
Challenge Best score is wrong if the player has just beaten it.
Improved checks to avoid accessing an invalid leaderboard
Allows to write leaderboards of live challenges
Maybe I can actually play on XBL with this update!