Xbox Live’s Major Nelson announced an update to the Xbox Live dashboard and late last night on his website  The mandatory update will be delivered sometime today (19 Jan 2011).

The update to the Xbox Live dashboard brings back a popular feature that has been missing for sometime and that is the ability to boot directly into the game you have in the drive without having to go through the dashboard when you start up your Xbox 360.  This Boot to Disc option can be found in the System Settings.  It is a great way to get straight into your gaming without having to wait for the dashboard to come up.

The second update is to and it is a slight tweak to Gamercards.  They have apparently removed the gamerzone from the layout.  You can see a sample of the new Gamercard on Major Nelson’s blog entry about the updates.