If you’ve been wondering when that whacky new XBOX 360 interface will finally be arriving, Microsoft has announced at TGS that it will be launching globally on November 19.
If there’s one thing the 360 desperately needed, it was a new interface. The old one was slow, ugly, clunky, and just annoying to use overall. This is especially noticed right after using the PS3 and its slick, smooth interface. However this new one is quite a departure from anything we’ve seen… ever… So only time will tell how it’s going to be accepted. The new Avatars are getting the most attention, and they look to be sort of in between the super-simplified Mii and the over-complicated PS Home avatars. If you own any XBOX Live themes, it will become the background in the New Experience.
This means that our yearly look at the XBOX Live vs. Playstation 3 will be delayed for a few weeks. I usually write it in mid-November, but it will have to wait until I can use the new interface for a while.