Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Xbox Experience

Some of you were wondering what else was in store for us when Microsoft announced the the Xbox Live Experience. Sure, we knew it had avatars, and Live Party functionality, but what else did the future hold for us, the Xbox 360 consumer? Major Nelson is on the case, with a letter from Marc Whitten detailing some of the new things that'll be made available in the fall.

Let's get right to the meat of the letter. Here are the outlined details from Whitten's memo that should pique your interest:

Play from hard drive.
Copy your games from the game disc and play directly from the hard drive. Not only will the drive not spin, but load times are quicker, as well. Of course, you will still need the disc in the tray to prove you own the game.

Access Xbox LIVE Marketplace on the Web.
Browse and purchase Marketplace content whenever you want from and it downloads automatically to your console. Purchase that new map, television episode, the latest Xbox LIVE Arcade game or set up a movie to watch when you get home from work.

Dashboard built into the new Xbox Guide.
For everyone who loves the blades interface, it’s not going away; they are now built directly in to the new Xbox guide. Every feature and option is available right from the guide. You can even access your full games library at all times. No matter where you are (in dash or in game), immediately call up your games played list and directly launch a game.

LIVE Party system.
Create a party of up to eight friends, and stay with them from one game to another, or watch a Netflix movie together, or share a slideshow of your personal photos. It works with all Xbox 360 titles, not just upcoming games. LIVE Party allows up to eight people to chat in the dashboard, so you can meet up before playing.

Xbox LIVE Primetime.
This whole new category of games is going to give you more reasons to get online with your friends. Games will support everything you’d expect, like Achievements and leader boards, but many of these games will include real prizes. You can invite your friends, and even set a reminder for an upcoming show. Each game is broadcast simultaneously, so everyone is answering the same questions. Many events will have a live host, calling the shots as they happen.

Your online identity started as a Gamertag - it then grew into a personalized Gamercard. Now, it has evolved even further into avatars. You can express your style, check out new outfits and share this with the community. Avatars will also be integrated into Xbox LIVE Arcade games, LIVE Party, as well as retail games.

New display support.
Because you asked for it, we are adding 16X10 over VGA or HDMI, and support for 1440x900 or 1680x1050.

As you can see, there's a lot in the works for the Xbox 360 consumer. What we're most interested in is the ability to play from the hard drive, as that sounds like a great way to play through a potential multi-disc endeavor like the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII.

In any event, Whitten promised more updates in the future, so we'll keep you updated with more information as it becomes available.


At 1:08 AM, October 02, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

That was a copy paste by the way.


I love it. Just like brainpower. Except less freezepoppy.

Sean and Dennis: You have chosen wisely.

Brian and Tiffany: Tempted?

At 7:27 AM, October 02, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

I want a ManBearPig avatar.

At 9:39 AM, October 02, 2008, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

"Each game is broadcast simultaneously, so everyone is answering the same questions."

Hello, what's this? Online pub-game-style trivia for real prizes? Party at my house, Microsoft's buying?

At 2:33 PM, October 02, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

Sounds like it.

Lets just hope Ken Jennings didn't get a 360 with his winnings.

At 9:50 PM, October 02, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

I wonder when this will release.... hopefully October.

At 11:12 PM, October 02, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

Starts tomorrow night...


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