Microsoft's New Xbox Experience

Microsoft's free NXE software update transforms the Xbox into a potent set-top box with a vastly improved new user interface that can stream movies from Netflix

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Slick visuals; tons of new features; improved ease of use

The Bad: Avatars are derivative

The Bottom Line: A free update that would be worth paying for

On Nov. 19, Microsoft (MSFT) released a totally overhauled operating system for its Xbox 360 video game console. The free update includes a slick makeover of the graphical user interface and new features such as the ability to install games directly to the console's built-in hard drive as well as to stream movies from Netflix (NFLX).

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