The NXE in Off Topic
Oh yes. Because you can only have opinions on things you own. So sayeth the manual of arguing!
Most baseless comment in this entire thread, that.
The new dashboard is garbage and saying people hate change is probably the only defense you could possibly come up for it.
but the NXE runs smoother, handles everything either just as well or better than the original and has a bunch of new features.
As for hard-drive installations. It's an option.
Lets pretend they didn't add the stuff people are complaining about. No avatars, no optional hard-drive installation. There's still a bunch of other new stuff we've been after for ages. How much pain do you feel from slight structural changes and a complete graphic overhaul that you'd turn down group voice-chat and out-of-game parties?
I don't have a 360, so I can't know exactly how the flow has changed, but as I've read, the blade system didn't scale at all, so they've changed the interface to be able to have more features without crowding the interface to the point where your main content has no room left.
My 360 takes 3-4 seconds longer to initially load the dashboard. Sometimes when bringing the new blade menu up the 360 will freeze for around 10 seconds. It's only happened four times but it's enough to be extremely irritating.
Yes, it is an option but that's not the point. What sucks about it is you must still have the disk in the 360 to play an installed game. You could say it's to stop piracy, but pirates are already playing burned games on modded 360's.
I would be happy if they did something about the menu load time rather than giving it a cosmetic change. The new voice chat and parties are awesome, I never said they weren't. They would have fit in perfectly fine with the old menu though.
There's also the new Netflix thing. I personally don't use Netflix so I don't really care about it. I don't have a home theater and the only movies Netflix has are DVD releases. It's just another thing which turns a game console into a home entertainment center.
For example, now instead of scrolling through a clean and efficient buddy list you scroll through a bunch of Mii's while trying to figure out which are sleeping and which are awake.
As for the console as a media device: The PS3 is kicking its butt in the media device section.