Microsoft released the New Xbox Experience update this week to all Xbox 360 consoles.   Here is what you will can expect, you can find a video here on xbox.com explaining all.

  • New User Experience: The new user interface is more accessible, more approachable, and easier to use than ever before.  It's also dynamic, with fresh new content brought to the front and presented in a fun new way.
  • Netflix On-Demand in HD (in North America): The partnership with Netflix delivers 12,000 on-demand streaming movies and TV shows, including over 300 titles in HD.
  • More entertainment: In Italy and Spain the Xbox LIVE Video Marketplace is home to an online library of over 15,000 on-demand movies and TV shows from global partners.
  • Xbox LIVE Party: You and up to seven friends can chat while you play games, share photos in real time, and jump from experience to experience while always staying connected as a party.  Soon, you'll also be able to watch movies together with your friends no matter where you are.
  • Personality Plus: Take your Gamecard to the next level by creating a customizable, animated avatar to represent you on Xbox Live.   You can also take your avatar in-game starting with Uno! and Scene It!
  • Games for the community, by the community: The community games channel turns plays into creators - unleashing their creativity and bringing their games to life on Xbox 360.

On the Xbox Live's Major Nelson Blog you can find further information, including the Top 10 things to do when you get the new Xbox Experience and the New Premium Themes.

You may also be interested in the other official Gamerscore Blog where you will find additional up-to-date information.

Do you have a Windows Vista computer at home with Media Center?   If you don't already know your Xbox 360 has the ability to connect directly to your computer and act as a media extender.   What does that mean you may ask, well simply speaking it allows you to unlock all your music, videos and photos stored on your computer and access them through your Xbox with ease.  Read More...

Finally, on the blog I also found a list of the most popular games, you can read the original post here.

Xbox 360 Top Live Titles (based on UU’s)
1 Gears of War 2
2 Call of Duty 4
3 Halo 3
4 CoD: World at War
5 Left 4 Dead  Demo
6 Fable II
7 GTA IV
8 Fallout 3
9 Madden NFL 09
10 Gears of War

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)
1  Worms
2  Portal: Still Alive
3  Castle Crashers
4 Vigilante 8: Arcade
5  Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
6  UNO®
7 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader
8 Duke Nukem 3D
9 Pinball FX
10  Marble Blast Ultra

The above arcade list is based on full versions purchased.

Original Xbox Top Live Titles (based on UU’s)
1 Halo 2
2 Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2
3 Fable
4 Counter-Strike
5 Call of Duty 3
6 Battlefield 2: MC
7 Call of Duty 2
8 Street Fighter Anniv.
9 Rainbow Six 3
10 Splinter Cell Chaos