After months of waiting, Microsoft has finally provided a release date for the upcoming Xbox 360 fall dashboard update: it’ll be out on December 6.

The free download adds a wide variety of features, including those we first heard about during E3 in June. The redesigned look of the dashboard lets Kinect owners navigate it with either gestures or voice control – the latter is also one way of using the new search functionality that will allow you to find content on the Xbox Live Marketplace, Zune Marketplace, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more. As this is a Microsoft product, search will be powered by Bing.

Cloud storage for Xbox Live profiles and save games is also being added. The benefit of this is you don’t need to worry about any issues with your hard drive costing you that precious Skyrim save. It’ll also allow you to recover your Gamertag without going through the very long process that currently entails. 

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