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Old 07-16-2009, 08:43 PM   #1  
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Default Xbox Live update detailed: Games on Demand, Netflix queue/Movie Party, and more

Looks like there may be 2 updates this year. I am most interested in the Netflix improvements. Hopefully Netflix adds more streamable movies too.

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Netflix Updates
Now you can watch movies with your friends no matter where they are and manage your queue from the comfort of your couch.

* Movie Parties Xbox LIVE Gold members can sit together in a virtual theater with up to seven friends no matter where they are while your Avatars watch a movie, flirt or even throw popcorn at each other.
* Manage Your Queue Browse the Netflix Instant Watch video catalogue, choose from the most popular movies and genres and add to your queue all from the comfort of your couch no computer required.
* Enhanced Playback Experience Enjoy a smooth viewing experience when your internet bandwidth fluctuates.
* Friends Info Richer information is now displayed in the Friends channel and in the Guide showing what you and your friends are doing.

Avatar Marketplace


* Express yourself! Deck your Avatar out with the latest clothing and props from the top brands and game franchises. Please note that only limited content is currently available in the preview.
* Clothing Download premium items, including branded apparel from your favorite fashion labels and Xbox 360 games such as "Halo."
* Props You can now equip your avatar with animated items they can carry around and interact with.
* Awardables The ability to earn Avatar clothing and props as rewards within games has been added. Please stay tuned for an update on supporting titles.


Games on Demand
Please note that Games on Demand will be available in the preview beginning early August.

* Enjoy 24 x 7 access to a growing online library of popular full game titles on Xbox LIVE whenever you want them, in the comfort of your living room.
* Purchase Options Browse and download a great selection of full Xbox 360 games using Microsoft Points, direct debit, or credit card.
* Game Manuals Game manuals for Games on Demand titles can be viewed, downloaded or printed on Xbox.com.
* It's Yours Forever! As with other Xbox LIVE content, Games on Demand titles are linked to your Xbox LIVE account, so you can delete and re-download anything you have already purchased to the same console or another console.


User Ratings
User ratings help you find games that other people think are awesome!

* Rate it You can now rate every game on the Xbox LIVE Games Marketplace using a 5-star system.
* Sort and Find it Now you can easily find the games that everyone's been raving about by visiting the Top Rated games in the Browse All category of Xbox LIVE Games Marketplace.


Xbox LIVE Parties

Everyone loves to Party! Check out the new and improved Xbox LIVE Party features.

* Party Reconnections If you are accidentally disconnected from your party, Xbox LIVE will automatically reconnect you.
* Streamlined Party Invites Invites are now just one click away! No need to click through multiple screens to get all your friends together.


Video Display Options


* We've made it easier for you to see your entertainment in the highest resolution possible on your TV using an HDMI connection.
* Display Discovery Make sure you can see and hear your entertainment in the highest resolution and sound quality possible with the option to override and select audio and video formats independent of the information your television sends to your Xbox 360 console.


Other Improvements
We're always listening to you for feedback, and this Xbox LIVE update will include numerous dashboard updates.

* Gold Member Veterans Xbox LIVE Gold members get to show it off with a stamp on your Gamer Card that tells people how long you've been a Gold member.
* Indie Games Xbox LIVE Community Games has been renamed Xbox LIVE Indie Games. We feel this new name better represents the independent spirit of these titles.
* Achievement Browser We've revamped the Achievements browser so it's now easier to read through all the achievements while playing a game. You can now also launch a game directly from the browser.
* Achievements Tracking A new view inside the profile panel which includes a summary of Achievements earned across all the games played, and shows of all your completed games.
* Streamlined Navigation - Streamlined navigation, including new entry points in the dashboard for Active Downloads, redeeming codes, recovering Gamertags and more.
* Voice Messages No more blank voice messages! When recording a voice message, a warning will pop up if no audio is detected.
* Friends List Sorting It's now easier to find your friends! Find and sort your friends by activity, Gamertag or online status by pressing the Y button while viewing the friends list in the Guide.
* Memory Time stamps now appear in the memory area, which particular handy when managing saved games.


Account Management
We've made some changes to make your life easier.

* Subscription Notification If your Xbox LIVE subscription is about to run out, you will now be notified when you sign into Xbox LIVE.
* Updates for Invalid Windows Live IDs If the Windows Live ID you provided has expired, you will now be prompted to update it the next time you sign into Xbox LIVE.
* Account recovery We've enhanced the account recovery process to make it faster and more reliable.

What does this Xbox LIVE Update not include?
The following features will be coming in future Xbox LIVE updates, which we'll be sure to let you know about.

* Facebook
* Twitter
* Zune video and 1080p Instant On
* Last.fm
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:26 AM   #2  
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when do they go live?
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No exact date was given, but I think I read it will updated in august.
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Old 07-17-2009, 03:47 PM   #4  
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Yea Microsoft announce it would bring the DDL games to the NXE in August, primarily this would be a fall update but since they had announced an August release and are releasing this info so soon its safe to assume we should see this next month..
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A (press) preview of the upcoming Xbox Live update goes live on Monday.

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Is the games on demand thing an opportunity to unlock the full ver of a game for 24-48 hours or something? Or just full retail 360 title to download ala PSN? (i.e. more "keeping up with the jones').
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Is the games on demand thing an opportunity to unlock the full ver of a game for 24-48 hours or something? Or just full retail 360 title to download ala PSN? (i.e. more "keeping up with the jones').
Just straight retail game DLs, the games marketplace is still for Demo's.

As for the PSN it does have some retail game DLs but most are online only or prologues. I think the only real retail game that is available on the PSN is the Ratchet series, so this is not exactly an apples to apples comparison but similar none the less.
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Would you not class titles like Wipeout HD as full games? Infact titles such as Pain etc have since been released on disc via retail too.
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Just straight retail game DLs, the games marketplace is still for Demo's.

As for the PSN it does have some retail game DLs but most are online only or prologues. I think the only real retail game that is available on the PSN is the Ratchet series, so this is not exactly an apples to apples comparison but similar none the less.
Like Mike said, you don't call Battle Fantasia, Burnout Paradise, GT5 Prologue, Hail to the Chimp, Katamari Forever, NFL Head Coach 09, Siren: Blood Curse, SOCOM: US Navy Seals, Warhawk, and WipeoutHD retail games even though they are availble as discs in stores also?
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Would you not class titles like Wipeout HD as full games? Infact titles such as Pain etc have since been released on disc via retail too.
No I would not, A full retail game is a game that is sold at all major retailers and not part of some promotion. WipeoutHD and Pain are PSN games first and foremost (as advertised on the PSN) and if they had a disc release it was most likely a promotion as I very seriously doubt I can walk into my local game stores and find them. Its like calling the expansions to GTA a full retail game, it was advertised as a DL and pricing matches that.
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Like Mike said, you don't call Battle Fantasia, Burnout Paradise, GT5 Prologue, Hail to the Chimp, Katamari Forever, NFL Head Coach 09, Siren: Blood Curse, SOCOM: US Navy Seals, Warhawk, and WipeoutHD retail games even though they are availble as discs in stores also?


You will spin anything in Sony's favor no matter how pathetic your argument is... Good for you

Mike asked me if I consider two PSN games full retail games just because they had a disc associated with them. They were advertised as PSN games first and foremost. If you read what I wrote I said besides online only games, the PSN imo really only offers the Ratchet series as DDL, others have been added but long after release of the full retail game..

wow Apparently there are a lot more full retail games than I even knew about, although Sony just released a statement these are more promo than anything as they dont want to get in the DDL service for all of their retail games as they beleive there is no need with Blu-Ray having so much storage space. I agree as I know I dont want 40 Gbs worth of full games on my HDD eating up space that could be used for something else. So it looks like I was wrong, personally though I only belive Burnout, Ratchet and NFl headcoach as being actual retail games. The rest are glorified PSN DLs and battle fantasia is not even released yet.

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A (press) preview of the upcoming Xbox Live update goes live on Monday.

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nice. I have a few UFC fights i purchased awhile ago if anyone is interested in watching them in my party
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can anyone confirm if these are live today? there was a rumor that this was going to be available today?
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I read that a select few would have early access to the update like before NXE was officially rolled out.

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can anyone confirm if these are live today? there was a rumor that this was going to be available today?
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