Microsoft has announced that a major update to the Xbox 360 Dashboard will be available today.

The new firmware gives the menu system a redesign, and adds Kinect functionality. In addition, the update will add ESPN3, refreshed Avatars, and a new voice codec for chat.

According to joystiq, “Microsoft emailed fall Dashboard preview users last night with the announcement that the forthcoming Xbox Live update will go public on November 1.”

(via ITavisen)