Twice a year Microsoft treats its console gamers to an update, adding new features to the console and the latest update is due shortly. Details of the new update
are now available and include further integration with Windows. Later this year you'll be able to start playing against PC gamers with games like Shadowrun
, and the Spring Update will also allow you to converse with those using Windows Live Messenger.
There's a new Live Marketplace blade to give gamers easier access to Live content, though it was never particularly difficult. There are progressive download features added to the video download, which sound as though the video can effectively, but it remains to be seen whether this only works with video marketplace or also games videos.
There are other enhancements too, with the ability to set the Xbox 360 to turn off when downloaded, the ability to stream DRM protected WMVs from a PC to the console, and improved bookmarking for returning to the spot where you left off in different videos.
If you are interested in all the update has to offer, there is a full audio interview with the Xbox Live Product Manager from the UK about the Xbox 360 Spring Update
in issue 6 of 360Zine, the free Xbox 360 magazine.