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XBox Live Dashboard Update: New Features Revealed

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259w ago - The mandatory XBox Live service update on August 11, 2009 will add a couple of goodies to your dashboard, some of which bring it closer in line to PSN's HOME (i.e. buying digital versions of brand name clothing with real money to play dress-up with your virtual doll - now there's something we've all been waiting for, right?).

First and foremost:

• Avatar Props - You can now equip your avatar with animated items he or she can carry around and interact with.

• Avatar Marketplace - Reflect your sense of style with the new Avatar Marketplace. Download and purchase premium items, including branded apparel from fashion labels and Xbox 360 games.

• Games on Demand - You can now download full Xbox 360 games over Xbox LIVE. You can purchase games using Microsoft® Points or a credit card, and download them directly to your console hard drive. No physical disc is required to play these games.

• UI Improvements - Enjoy an enhanced user interface, including streamlined navigation, new ways to sort your friends list, and a revamped achievement browser.

• Xbox LIVE Parties - Invite your friends to an Xbox LIVE Party more easily than ever before, and automatically reconnect if you get disconnected from a party.

• Netflix Updates -...
 

Microsoft XBox 360 Live Advertisement Using LittleBigPlanet Tune

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259w ago - Many people have associated LittleBigPlanet with the song Get it Together by the Go! Team.

However, it seems Microsoft has decided to begin using this tune in a recent advertisement for their Xbox 360 too.

To quote: This is the LittleBigPlanet theme they're running over their suspiciously similar marketing campaign.

Now to be honest, this song is by The Go Team and was licensed by Sony for use in LittleBigPlanet. However, the song feels like it's been accepted as the spiritual soundtrack for LittleBigPlanet. And Microsoft have to be aware of that.

Check out the video of it below- LOL!




 

Zune Video on Xbox Live Could Finish Blu-ray for HD Streaming

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261w ago - Folks at E3 witnessed Microsoft instantly fast forward a streamed 1080p movie right at start up. But how could this be possible?

How can a streamed 1080p movie have instant access to every point of the movie? Doesn't it need to buffer that huge file? Could this be Blu-Ray's true competitor? Or perhaps the beginning of the end for Blu-Ray?

Let's face it, why can't Microsoft sell this same technology to other content distributors, such as Netflix. Or better yet, collaborate with them to create the biggest HD streaming option for consumers, while having the biggest movie library.

TQcast (linked above) recently interviewed Michael Wolf, Senior Marketing Manager at Microsoft, about the upcoming Zune Video on Xbox Live as follows:

Q: What is the name of the new HD streaming technology?

A: The name of the feature is Zune video on Xbox LIVE, which is built on top of Smooth Streaming. Smooth Streaming is a feature of IIS Media Services, a state-of-the-art video delivery platform which enables amazing high quality video experiences that are instant on.

Q: Exactly how is this 1080p HD experience working? 1080p video would be huge files, requiring large amounts of bandwidth, how will this work without buffering timeouts?
 

FUEL Demo Hits Sony's PSN and Microsoft's XBox Live Today

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263w ago - If you are into off-road racing, a free FUEL demo is set for release later today at 2pm for PSN, Xbox Live and PC with the trailer available below.

The FUEL demo enables players to take on the Ocean Rush career event, where seven racers pick their own paths through treacherous landscapes and short-cuts are key to taking the chequered flag.

Press Release: Experience the ground-breaking open-world racer from Asobo Studio as Codemasters announced that the FUEL playable demo will be available today from Xbox LIVE! Marketplace for the Xbox 360, the PlayStation Store in Europe for the PLAYSTATION 3 with links to the PC demo available on www.fuel-game.com from 2pm GMT.

Gamers can also take on Blitz - a wild, high-pressure challenge where players must race against the clock to reach the next checkpoint before time runs out.




Gamers who download the console versions can also play online for a limited period of two weeks from release, experiencing up to sixteen player free ride in a limited area of the Tsunami Reef zone or challenging up to six other players in the Ocean Rush career race.

Celebrating the demo's arrival, a new video showcases the wheel-to-wheel racing, open landscapes, diverse vehicles and dramatic...
 

E3 2009: XBox Live to Get Facebook, Twitter, and Last.fm

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269w ago - Well many things were announced for Xbox Live today at the E3 2009 Press Conference.

First off, XBox 360 will be getting [Register or Login to view links], which is a free radio station on the Internet.

Second, they announced that XBox 360 owners can now easily link up Facebook with the XBox live account, same with Twitter.

You can upload pictures and view new messgaes, pictures, and many other things you usually do with Facebook and Twitter.

This is good for all 360 owners, but PS3 owners can do this already with the Web browser.
 
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