Xbox Dashboard Update Due December 6
Beacons are a new way of broadcasting what you want to play to your friends over Live and on Facebook. This lets you see when other friends start playing something you want to play even if you’re busy with something else. Beacons were among the features added to Xbox.com in the update that went earlier this month.
There are other new aspects of the dashboard update as well, including enhanced family settings for those with children.
Starting on December 6, once the update has gone live, we’ll begin to see new entertainment content show up on Live as well. Microsoft announced plans last month to bring content from HBO, Syfy, BBC, Crackle, and more to Live, but we apparently won’t see all of it become available at once and some of it will be region restricted.