The Xbox 360 system software or the Xbox 360 Dashboard is the updateable software and operating system for the Xbox 360.It resides on a 16 MB file system and has access to a maximum of 32 MB of the system's memory.The updates can be downloaded from the Xbox Live service directly to the Xbox 360 and subsequently installed.

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The Xbox 360 game system allows users to download applications that add to the functionality of the dashboard.

Most apps required the user to be signed into a valid Xbox Live Gold account in order to use the features advertised for the given app.

But as of the 2.0.16756.0 update, most apps do not require a Xbox Live Gold Subscription to access them.

Although the app may have its own subscription to be able to use it.

Microsoft released the Xbox 360 console on November 22, 2005, a whole year earlier than both the Sony Play Station 3 and Nintendo Wii.

Having the advantage of the lead, Microsoft was able to experiment with various customization options for the consumer’s individual consoles.

The ability to customize the way the console looked with various themes to fit the front and sides of it was something very different for home console users.

In system, the Xbox 360 Dashboard had the ability to have multiple profiles with password on the same console with each user being able to customize the dashboard to exactly fit their own unique style.

There were premium themes available for purchase on the Xbox Live Marketplace apart from the default styles.