A FRESH UPDATE to the Xbox 360 dashboard has bought with it another billing option, using Paypal, but also a bug that alienates older units.
Taking the cheery news first we turn to Xbox's chief blogger Major Nelson, who revealed the Paypal option today.
"I am happy to announce that, as a part of a new Xbox 360 System Update, we're expanding our integration with PayPal to allow U.S. and international Xbox LIVE users to make purchases on their Xbox 360 consoles with their PayPal accounts," he said.
"Once you've linked your PayPal account to your Xbox LIVE account on Xbox.com, you'll be off and running to use it as a billing option, allowing you to buy content such as Microsoft Points, Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions and Games on Demand titles."
The update is being rolled out gradually, which might come as good news for some users, particularly those with older consoles. A widely reported statement from Microsoft, as yet unconfirmed by local sources, shows that the firm acknowledges the problem.
"Following a recent update to our system software, we have become aware of an issue that is preventing a very small number of Xbox 360 owners from playing retail game discs," reads the statement according to a report on the Consumerist web site.
"This issue manifests itself as a unique 'disc unreadable' or 'disc unsupported' error on the screen. We are also able to detect this issue over Xbox LIVE and are proactively reaching out to customers that may be impacted to replace their console."
As well as kicking existing consoles, the update also adds an auto standby feature that will do what it says on the tin after an hour of inactivity. This feature, as well as the Paypal option, will be installed automatically as users install the update. µ