Microsoft to Update Dashboard, Preparing for ‘Xbox 720’

Details concerning the Xbox 360’s dashboard are coming about.

In the shadow of the next generation, Microsoft is looking to keep the Xbox 360 fresh with an update to its dashboard. Sources close to Microsoft and their plans for the Xbox 360 have revealed that the update will enter into a public beta in late June or early July. These changes will be made in preparation for the next Xbox console. It's rumored that the new design will be somewhat akin to what Microsoft is preparing for Windows 8.1, featuring Live Tiles and such.

It's been a subject of debate up until this point how Xbox 360 and next-generation users will interact. Now it's been revealed that they will be able to communicate through messaging, achievements and other tools that the LIVE service offers to its users. It's also been announced that Microsoft will be cutting its Points system in an effort to replace them with currency and gift card options. According to sources, the update should be made available in August, after public beta testing has concluded.

Microsoft will be hosting an event in Redmond on May 21st to unveil their next-generation Xbox. It's expected that a myriad of things pertinent to the next Xbox will be discussed, including some new interactive TV features, which will be built into the console.

Until Tuesday arrives, however, we're almost positive that Microsoft stays mum on any new developments or rumors. It's getting to a point in time where leaks are a huge worry, and it's safe to bet that the company is placing much of their focus on security.