First: it is a complete rip-off of the Wii dashboard, all the way down to the concept of “channels” and “avatars” (Miis).
But it’s still really good.
A few tidbits:
- Setting up the NetFlix integration was cake. Just download and install the Netflix app ($FREE) and then enter the activation code they provide you on the NetFlix home page.
- NetFlix integration seems “OK”. Titles are still lacking of course, though for a streaming service fast-forward is really quite good. Not sure how they did it.
- The avatars are actually kind of fun – maybe more so than on the Wii. You can even save your clothing styles in to different wardrobes, which I could see being kind of popular.
- There is a new option to install games to the hard drive. This might actually get me to think about upgrading from the 20GB drive. I do wonder how this works in terms of copy protection. I’ll post an update when I learn more.
The overall interface is really clean and seems pretty fast. I’m pretty impressed.