UK Xbox gamers will be getting a string of new features on the game console on tuesday Microsoft has said.

"There will be a mandatory Xbox LIVE Service update on 11 August 2009. The update will occur automatically when you start your Xbox 360," Microsoft said in an email to gamers over the weekend. 

New features which are for gold members only include a streamlined interface with the ability to download full Xbox 360 games over the service without the need to own the physical disc. 

Also new is a new Avatar Marketplace that will let you customize your avatar with new clothing, items and looks say Microsoft.    

Other features include the ability to rate any game content on Xbox LIVE, as well as, sort by rating to find games, demos, trailers and more that have received top ratings.