I had forgotten that I had signed up last week to beta test the new xbox interface. Imagine my surprise when I had an update waiting for me last night. I need to play with it a little more because my buddy was over and we were anxious to play Gears 2 and Nazi Zombies in CoD5. Coupled with the Live connection issues last night I didn't have a lot of time to experiment with it. Its going to take some getting used to but I think I like it so far. Its definitely a nicer-looking interface. However, as is usually the case with Microsoft, when they make something look better it doesn't always translate into something that's easier to use. The NXE is somewhat of a mixed bag...putting some things up front that you had to drill down through yet making other things difficult to navigate to quickly. That could be part of the learning curve, however. When you first sign into your profile you are "highly encouraged" to make an avatar. (I say 'highly encouraged' because I think you might be forced to but I didn't try to skip it so I am not sure) the avatar creation is a lot more involved than creating a Mii but the same principles apply. you build your face by choosing from some categorized options. Unlike on the Wii, you can choose from clothing, too. I was a touch disappointed by the choices but I imagine more will eventually be available. (though probably for money) Your old gamerpic is untouched, though you can replace it with a photograph of your avatar. I instantly went to the Netflix app and downloaded it. You are asked to input a code into the Netflix site to link the box but I couldn't get mine to work last night. I heard it wasn't going to be available until December so that might be why. You can install games to the hard drive to cut down on load times. Milage varies, check out the list here for some tests: So how much time are you saving? - Xbox 360 NXE Hard Drive Install Chart Keep in mind that it takes some time to install to the hard drive so set aside 5-10 minutes. There you go...I'll add more if I make any significant discoveries today.