Major Nelson has announced the new look of Xbox Live Arcade on his blog.
Next week we’ll be launching another way to browse content on Xbox LIVE Arcade and we’re calling it Destination Arcade. With a growing library of over 250 Arcade games, Destination Arcade will allow you to discover new games and content you enjoy through an easy-to-use visual browser. You’ll have the ability to sort by price, community rating, and more! Also, stay up to date on the latest arcade releases through a news feed and also find out what games your friends like and recommend. This brand new recommendation engine & visual browser app will be available in the US on July 14th from the Games Marketplace section of the dashboard. I’ve posted some screenshots of what it will look like if you want to take a peek.
I vaguely remember two years ago Microsoft mentioned how they never anticipated this large of a portfolio for their Xbox Live Arcade. Along with that comment was how the way it is currently designed is inefficient in getting out news for deals, sales, and new games and content. It looks like this new portal will help remedy those issues. Perhaps this is a preview of some future dashboard configuration? I never was much of a fan for the cover flow look.