chatpadXbox LIVE general manager, Marc Whitten, has announced that the newest XBOX 360 dashboard update will be coming next Tuesday, November 17th. This new update will bring Twitter, Facebook, Last FM, and Zune HD to the dashboard. Here’s some more details, as reported on Xbox.com:

“We’re delivering some truly exciting social entertainment experiences to our members,” said Whitten. “Xbox LIVE’s differentiator has always been our community, and we’ve already seen a tremendous response to these features in our public preview. It’s the community that drives us forward and allows us to pioneer new ways of connecting people through the entertainment they love.”

  • Facebook*– Update your status to share what movie, game or entertainment you’re enjoying, connect with friends and view their Facebook stream, status updates and photos on the big screen – all seamlessly integrated and custom-built for Xbox 360. You can even compare your Xbox LIVE and Facebook friends lists to see which of your friends are on LIVE.
  • Zune Zune video on Xbox LIVE offers a full fidelity experience with instant on HD in 1080p and 5.1 channel surround sound. No waiting for downloads or buffering, it’s there at the press of a button. You can also share the experience with up to seven friends through voice chat and Avatar integration on the TV screen – it puts a whole new spin on “movie night.”
  • Twitter*– Stay in the know by discovering, posting and replying to Tweets right on your Xbox 360. You can even view friend profiles, trends and conversations, or search to see who’s tweeting about your favorite game.
  • Last.fm* – Discover more music and explore endless personalized radio stations with Last.fm on Xbox 360. Skip, “ban” or “love” tracks to create your perfect mix—we’ve even built in “Gamer Stations” with game-related types of music selected specifically for the gaming community(Available in the U.S. and UK)

One downside to this great news is that, these new features will be for XBOX Live Gold members only. If you’re only a Xbox LIVE Silver member, starting November 20 until November 23, you can enjoy the latest Gold features for FREE.

This may be a big reason for some to upgrade to a Gold membership, and is definitely a good reason to go out and get one of those QWERTY “chat” pad attachments. Personally, I’m not sure how much I would actually use these new features. For, me, the ultimate way to use Facebook and Twitter, is on my mobile device. I guess it woulld be cool to share high scores, level upgrades, and achievements, as soon as you get them, but do your connections and/or followers really want to hear about it?

We’ll have to wait and see the interface and how it actually intergrates with our favourite social networks. I’m only a Silver member, but I’ll be trying it out for those couple of free days!

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