Sunday, August 09, 2009

XBox Update



Here's a video showing what changes are coming in Tuesday's XB Dashboard Update. Nothing too substantial, especially since I don't subscribe to Netflix (I would consider it if they'd put more halfway decent movies online), but the games on demand is a nice feature and probably what I'm most interested in out of this new update. It would be nice if they would discount the games since distribution will be so much cheaper, but my guess is that they'll still be more expensive than used games from Gamestop. Although I know some people see Gamespot's used game reselling as morally dubious (money out of the hands of developers, into the hands of greedy ol' Gamestop), they have found a market able to be exploited, and its hard to fault them for doing so. Personally, I'm looking forward to the day that I get rid of my game DVDs and have everything streamed online, but we're not getting close to that day until Microsoft figures out better storage options than what they've got now. And what are they going to do about games that have more-than-rudimentary instruction manuals?

The development of paid avatar upgrades was never in doubt--I saw that coming from a mile away. Many people will get nickel-and-dimed to death here (a giant Q-tip for $2?!?--watch the video), although I think most of our group just doesn't care that much. We'll see.

Sorting achievements--I think that will help Simon more than the rest of us.

7 Comments:

At 5:15 PM, August 09, 2009, Blogger Michael said...

Nothing is really piquing my interest with this update unfortunately.

 
At 5:24 PM, August 09, 2009, Blogger seanp said...

They've been remarkably silent about the cost to download games. I'm glad to see the netflix improvements -- now I'm just waiting on netflix to improve their movie selection.

 
At 6:52 PM, August 09, 2009, Blogger Ben said...

Managing the Netflix queue through X-Box will be awesome, especially when browsing instantly streaming movies.

Avatar marketplace... I just don't see it. Now, apparently some games will offer avatar items as achievements, which could be cool. I wouldn't mind getting some form of weaponry if it didn't cost me points.

I'm curious to see when they'll officially announce the MS handheld gaming system.

 
At 10:57 AM, August 11, 2009, Blogger seanp said...

A note for anyone who bought the Magic game on XBOX live -- there's a code to get a free promo card (a real physical card) from WOTC - I got the card and it had a coupon for two free starter decks redeemable at participating WOTC retailers. I picked mine up, and they are essentially the basic decks included in the xbox game (i got blue and white, and the cards all matched those in the game). So go redeem your codes for some free stuff...

 
At 12:33 PM, August 11, 2009, Blogger Michael said...

Do you know where I can see the promo code?

 
At 1:49 PM, August 11, 2009, Blogger Chris said...

Bah, I forgot to pick mine up last night. I got the same promo--you can pick these up at DL, right?

 
At 1:50 PM, August 11, 2009, Blogger Michael said...

I'm getting very close to 1050/1050 on mass effect now. So pretty soon that will need some sorting.

 

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