Xbox 360 system software

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Xbox 360 system software
Developer Microsoft
Working state Current
Source model Closed source
Initial release November 22, 2005; 9 years ago (2005-11-22)
Latest release 2.0.17349.0 / April 30, 2015; 3 months ago (2015-04-30)
Latest preview 2.0.17425.0 / June 27, 2015; 2 months ago (2015-06-27)
Update method Direct Download
USB recovery
Optical disc recovery[1]
Platforms Xbox 360
Preceded by Xbox
Succeeded by Xbox One
Official website

The Xbox 360 system software or the Xbox 360 Dashboard is the updateable software and operating system for the Xbox 360. It resides on a 16 MB file system and has access to a maximum of 32 MB of the system's memory.[2] The updates can be downloaded from the Xbox Live service directly to the Xbox 360 and subsequently installed. Microsoft has also provided the ability to download system software updates from their respective official Xbox website to their PCs and then storage media, from which the update can be installed to the system.

The Xbox 360 game system allows users to download applications that add to the functionality of the dashboard. Most apps required the user to be signed into a valid Xbox Live Gold account in order to use the features advertised for the given app. But as of the 2.0.16756.0 update, most apps do not require a Xbox Live Gold Subscription to access them. Although the app may have its own subscription to be able to use it.[3][4] With the exception of a few early apps, Microsoft has added partners to develop apps for the Xbox 360 system since the NXE Dashboard update in 2008.[5]

The current public version of the Xbox 360 system software is 2.0.17349.0 released April 30, 2015.

The current preview version of the Xbox 360 system software is 2.0.17425.0 released June 27, 2015. There is currently no official public release date for the 2.0.17425.0 system software. An update is scheduled to arrive within this year but has not been publicly announced by Microsoft.

Following the success of Xbox One preview program launched in 2014, in March 2015, Microsoft announced the Xbox 360 preview program to the public.[6]

History of updates[edit]

Xbox Live Preview Program[edit]

Starting with the NXE Dashboard in November 2008, Larry Hryb (known on Xbox Live as "Major Nelson") and other team members hosted a new segment using Microsoft Connect to allow members of the Xbox Live community to get a chance to have a preview of the next dashboard. Small bug fixes & minor improvements were not included in the Preview Program; it was limited to major releases (NXE, Kinect, Metro) released in November of some years. In 2009, the Preview Program returned in August rather than November for a summer update.

The Preview Program incentive enrollment started in either March/April or August/September, depending on when a major dashboard release was being planned. Applicants were notified no later than 2 weeks after the enrollment date with the new Preview Program dashboard launching on their consoles as early as 24 hours after acceptance. Any Xbox Live member could apply, but those who were Gold members got higher priority due to the many Gold member incentives already in place. All details for an upcoming Preview Program can be located on Major Nelson's official website.

Downloadable applications[edit]

Main article: Xbox 360 applications

Backwards compatibility[edit]

The Xbox 360 system software includes built in software emulation support for the original Xbox game system. Software emulation is achieved with downloadable emulation profiles, which require a hard drive. The last reported update to the list was in 2007 and support has since been discontinued for adding new titles.

See also[edit]

Other gaming platforms from Microsoft:

Other gaming platforms from this generation:

Other gaming platforms from the next generation:


  1. ^ "How to get a new Xbox 360 update". Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 2014-12-04. 
  2. ^ "Xbox Team : December 2007 System Update". Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  3. ^ Xbox LIVE for Xbox 360 | Xbox LIVE Gold | Xbox LIVE Info. Retrieved on 2011-11-02.
  4. ^ Xbox Live#Xbox Live features
  5. ^ "Inside Microsoft's 'New Xbox Experience' • The Register". Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  6. ^ Hryb, Larry. "Xbox 360 Preview Program". Retrieved 8 March 2015.