August 13th 2009 1:46 pm PT

Avatar and Games on Demand Marketplace now on Xbox.com – Updated

Earlier today, the Xbox.com team added the ability to preview and purchase Avatar Marketplace items and add Games on Demand to yourXbox 360 download queue. Swing over to the Marketplace on the Web and browse the new addition if you are looking for something to wear or play today.

Update:  The Avatar Marketplace on Xbox.com has been temporarily turned off for maintenance.  We expect to have the feature returned to use in the next few days.  While our teams are working on the site, you can continue to use all the other features of the Web Marketplace. This does not affect the Avatar Marketplace in the Xbox 360 console.

Update: maintenance complete

 

 

Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • wolfzero01

    it sucks that if you want to have a full stormtroper outfit or the gears armor you have to buy both the suit & helmet seperately, why not allow us to get both for the same price. so if the version of Oblivion is not the game of the year edition, why buy it when you aren’t getting all of the DLC also.

    its really too bad that nobody from MS listens to all of the complaints about the pricing of avatar items & games on demand.

  • xfoolsgoldx

    *Lower The Prices!*

    If you agree, copy and paste.

  • xfoolsgoldx

    Maybe its time to buy a Playstation 3?

  • Ai Kago

    Can I also just say that the lightsaber looks naff, its doesnt even glow, plus, does it even make a noise?

  • ImaginedBug

    Is it just me or is the avatar marketplace on the web no longer there? The links to it take me to a rather static page with info about avatars, but not the avatar marketplace. I thought I’d check out if there’s anything new there or if they perhaps adjusted the prices (yeah right) without having to turn on my 360…

  • Supreme Entity

    “rastansaga

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Microsoft starting charging “rent” on the buttons on your controller.

    Maybe 200 MS points per-month for each of A, B, X and Y – or a 600 MS points “deal” for use of all four.

    Throw in an additional “trigger + bumpers” pack for 150 MS points per-month.”

    When I read this I never laughed so hard in my LIFE! As funny as this is, the saddest part is that I’m scared if this comes true, especially on the ‘Nextbox’.

  • L0ng5h0t

    Now that we have an Avatar MarketPlace, I can’t wait to see what the next free avatar update looks like :/ I wasn’t going to to buy anything from AMP but since I wanted to enter the DL&Win contest. I decided that if I was going to have to buy something, then I would get something that I actually wanted. I bought the lightsaber. Let me just say that a $5 lightsabler that makes NO NOISE is just sad. I know that avatars don’t make noise, but if you’re going to premium prices for certain items, they should be exceptional in some way.

    *Lower The Prices!*
    If you agree, copy and paste.

    BTW, when will we be able to have non-realistic skin/hair tones for our avatars.

  • SEF Jhoanmiguel

    Buenas dias mi pregunta es la siguiente soy hispano y tengo una duda si la version de oblivion viene con idioma español o es la misma version que compre en una tienda que solo viene en ingles?

  • Arsenic13

    *Lower The Prices!*

    If you agree, copy and paste.

  • RedNectar

    the update should be that this stuff is free

  • Mushroom Jones

    *Lower The Prices!*

    If you agree, copy and paste.

  • My Big Boss

    When will GTA4 come to G.O.D.?

  • Arsenic13

    Boss.

    Why? So you can pay $10 extra for it? Go to Gamestop or Bestbuy and get it for cheaper.

  • oAssassin Xo

    I think the problem is MS doesn’t think about ALL of its people. It only thinks about the well of or something. Sure you people with disposable incomes (or you teens with parents that give you what you want) have the money to blow on anything. But thats the exception not the rule.

    If MS would lower the price on everything they release they would still make a little more money then now because then EVERYONE could afford things. They only seem to think about the big picture. I don’t want to get political here but its the same idea like with the bigwigs in Washington. They tell us what they want for healthcare and other things yet they have no idea since they live large lives. Well same thing for the higher ups at MS that make these decisions. Alot of people now a days don’t make crap and don’t want to spend $5 for a ligthsaber that in the end does nothing or $30 on a GoD that they could get for $10 elsewhere.

  • Just2Lazzzy

    prices for the avatar clothes are way too much. I would accept £0.30p for T-Shirts. £0.40p for hats. £1.00 for all props. £0.80p for trousers. -and believe me. more people would buy. plus its fair.

  • Just2Lazzzy

    Ether way. I still bought 3 “T-Shirts” 2 “Trousers” and 3 “Props”. My MSP amount was dropping like crazzy.

  • SToNeP2277

    *Lower The Prices!*

    If you agree, copy and paste.

  • matti76

    *Lower The Prices!*

    If you agree, copy and paste.

  • Silentninja310

    kool

  • Radiating Chaos

    I think people need to stop whining about the Avatar Marketplace, you have to buy it because it’s PREMIUM content that sets you apart from other avatars on Xbox Live. I don’t mind the prices AT ALL, the prices are fine. I would be pretty mad if they dropped the prices. Yep, I said it, you people going to whine about that now?

    The Games On Demand prices are rather high though, you can find these games in stores for lower prices.

  • Arsenic13

    You would be angry if more people could access the content for a better price? What are you? Satan?

  • My Big Boss

    Again i asked for “When will GTA4 come to GOD?” my old one broke. I purchase viva pinata: TIB and it worked fine and i save 50kr(I think 10$ or 8$) by buying it on GOD(That’s on the net and in stores, GOD was cheapper by 50kr), and saved 70kr by paying with MS points instead of money.
    All in all i saved 50kr by buying it on GOD, so again >>”When will GTA4 come to GOD?”<

  • Major Nelson

    Maintenance is complete. Avatar marketplace is now available on Xbox.com

  • xCHIEFMEGADETHx

    TheMacJedi
    The Avatar Marketplace is cool, the prices are insane. I’m not a cheap person but that’s like asking $10 for a can of soda. $1 to $4 for items in the Avatar Marketplace is exactly what’s going to keep it from being a huge success. Sell everything for a quarter and be rewarded by the volume of sales. The prices for anything in the Avatar Marketing should never exceed $1.

    The same bean counters that thought 80 points for a dollar was a good idea are messing up the Avatar Marketplace. Those guys suck.

    But seriously, stop trying to rip us off, we are your biggest fans and your screwing us.

    100% right MacJedi
    WTF Major?
    Over charge for themes over charge for Pics
    Now this garbage?
    Come on!!!!
    This is a outrage

  • Vasilii Zaytsev

    Lower the goddamn prices, Microsoft is unfuckingbelievable with this bullshit.

  • Radiating Chaos

    Arsenic13: Well I guess I am satan then, because yes, I would hate it if these items became free. I don’t mind paying for them, and I know I’m not the only one.

    If you guys don’t like the prices, don’t buy it, simple as that. It’s premium content for your avatar, of course there’s going to be a price to it. Would you rather everything free? I know I wouldn’t.

    I think the prices are fair for the Avatar Marketplace, the prices for Games On Demand are kinda whack though.

  • NeoXDonut

    @Radiating Chaos – Agreed.

  • Arsenic13

    I didnt say free. I said reduced.

    On a separate note, just like i said. They ignore out complaints.

  • fROSTBITEe

    I am on Vacation so I have not Updated, is it good enough to care about? and any ideas on the Facebook, Twitter, Last.FM update release date?

  • Warrengonline

    @xfoolsgoldx
    I have seen many people post “It’s time to buy a (Insert Game Console Title Here).” I have been inclined to ask “Are you a gamer?”. Most gamers I know and play games with own two systems or all three. Most agree that the Xbox360 is superior to the current systems (Wii and PS3) when it comes to community and ease of use setting up and inviting friends to play online. Crying over ‘high prices’ on a ‘luxury’ is kind of odd. The prices do seem high, but with that being said, it also makes them exclusive to people who are willing to purchase them at the current prices. Please do not confused with ‘making the prices high’ with ‘being the few with certain products’.

    @Supreme Entity
    C’mon “Rent Buttons?” That would be crazy and unbusiness-like. I know Milo looks awesome and I enjoy LightHouse Games’ myFishtank, but I’d love a pet simulator like Dogz 2 (with voice control by PF.Magic) or Nintendogz. Something like thas that could ‘grow’ with the system with AI upgrades and possibly ‘assistance’ in video games, more like R.O.B. (fad) with the NES than the Fable 2 doggie. Ehh, that’s just me and what I’d freely spend my moola on.

  • MACPH1ST0

    Now if they could just get the 1 vs 100 Live show fixed…

  • TotalD78

    Wow, fanboys are really annoying.
    Anyone who thinks that little outfits and props for what is basically a virtual doll are premium items really needs to stop listening to corporate marketing reps.
    There is noting high quality of high grade about them, just high priced.
    Also, how exactly does making the prices high equal exclusivity to anyone? If there is one thing I’ve learned from most of the Xbox community, it’s that many of them will purchase anything that comes out no matter the price(Don’t forget some people actually purchased horse armor). How is this stuff any different than horse armor?
    That said, I wasn’t expecting them to be giving the stuff away for free, people need to be paid for their work. But really what takes more work to program a prop with a little animation or an arcade game?

  • LOAD3D GUN 1127

    it seems to me like M$ is basing their pricing off of how popular they think the item will be. For example the lightsabre is 5$. (which is BS and is why im not gonnna buy anything from the store)Why is it 5$ dollars? Because M$ knows that its a cool item and they think they can make that much on it. I for one think its cool but im not going to be paying 5$ for anything of the sort.

  • Grumpybum

    My major problem with the avatar marketplace is that items I buy are not available for other users on the 360. Why aren’t the licenses the same as games or other content? I’m not going to link a CC with my son or daughters profile, so if they miss out. I would definately buy more items if it meant other accounts on my 360 could access them as well.

  • WinterSnowblind

    Items definitely need to be cheaper. I’d often spend left over points on a few items I think would be cool, but I’d never spend over 160 points on something like that. It strips these items from being cool little impulse buys, and turns them into a serious investment. When I can buy an XBLA game for the same price as looking like Obi-wan Kenobi.. (almost 800 points) I’ll go with the game!

  • Ai Kago

    I think its sad these people buy this rubbish for their avatars and downloadable overpriced geames. It just shows how stupid and retarded they are with their money. Keep on doing it and Microsoft will be charging you take a shit soon.

  • WinterSnowblind

    Most games on XBLA are fairly priced. A lot of people complain about the ones that cost 1200, but those ones are usually much bigger and good value. There’s very few games I think have been completely unfairly priced. Certainly nothing to moan about when we’re forced to pay upwards of £40 for retail games, which often have much less value than XBLA ones.

  • Don Giusuppe

    Since the update, all my Xbox does is freezing. I hate it. It all has to do with my dvd-drive. I guess they patched the firmware with some bug in it. It’s annoying.

  • Arsenic13

    *Lower The Prices!*

    If you agree, copy and paste.

    Change motto to “Lower Avatar Prices!” to further spread the message.

  • Radiating Chaos

    Ai Kago: You think people who by this stuff are retarded? That is ridiculous. How old are you again? 12?

    Don’t be so pathetic.

  • Lynch182

    well, people spending £4 for a virtual stick which has no purpose must be slightly retarded. i’ve never been one to buy and dress up dolls, but everyone has their taste right??

  • Grumpybum

    The only items I have a real issue with is the shirts. It takes next to no effort to put a different logo on a shirt. I can understand props being charged for because someone has to actually do some work to code the animations.

  • FalconX

    Digital download for Bioshock is $30…
    for $10 more you can buy the Oblivion + Bioshock 2-pack

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028IBTPC

    This doesn’t make sense.

  • Warrengonline

    @TotalD78
    “Also, how exactly does making the prices high equal exclusivity to anyone?”
    A: how many people you know personally who’s flown to the moon and back? What about a weekend getaway to a secluded island for 2? Or owner of a very rare flower’s seeds? All of those are exclusive and very expensive. As much as I hate to say this, I don’t like the prices of some props, but I agree with them. Why? Someone might like it and i would not want to see 50+ of them copying each other so freely. Honestly, I just want more of a variety, mix and match, male and female clothing just to save on the ‘his/her’ closet space.

    “But really what takes more work to program a prop with a little animation or an arcade game?”
    A: If you only knew. You have polygons that ‘pop’ out of place when animated, you have textures that become transparent at certain angles, the prop had to co-exist with dynamic avatar configurations. Need I say more? Since I know you won’t be buying Poser 6 or 7, go make a prop for IMVU (Cinema4D or even Milkshape can be used,) but you will need 3D Studio Max 7 for Cal3D file export. Create a prop, texture it, animate it and then put it on the market and view your results. It is still a job in itself. Both are equal depending on who you are talking to.

  • TotalD78

    @Warrengonline

    “A: how many people you know personally who’s flown to the moon and back? What about a weekend getaway to a secluded island for 2? Or owner of a very rare flower’s seeds? All of those are exclusive and very expensive. As much as I hate to say this, I don’t like the prices of some props, but I agree with them. Why? Someone might like it and i would not want to see 50+ of them copying each other so freely.”

    Relativity my friend! You are comparing things most people can’t(can’t being the key word) afford with things that are a couple of dollars. That just doesn’t work. The only way that argument would work is if the marketplace stuff was a couple of million dollars each. The best example for you would be to keep a look out for all the different avatars on this site and the forums with a light saber(and that’s one of the most expensive props). I understand people wanting their dolls to look original but high prices aren’t the was to do it. Having more options and user created items would be the only way to ensure originality.

    “If you only knew. You have polygons that ‘pop’ out of place when animated, you have textures that become transparent at certain angles, the prop had to co-exist with dynamic avatar configurations. Need I say more? Since I know you won’t be buying Poser 6 or 7, go make a prop for IMVU (Cinema4D or even Milkshape can be used,) but you will need 3D Studio Max 7 for Cal3D file export. Create a prop, texture it, animate it and then put it on the market and view your results. It is still a job in itself. Both are equal depending on who you are talking to.”

    I’m not saying that the process doesn’t involve work, but there is no way that a little animation has more programing than an entire Arcade game. Look at two equally priced items, Uno (400 points) and the light saber (400 points). You don’t even need to know about programing to see there are more different animations in Uno. Not to mention just programing everything else that makes it a interactive game as compared to two or three set motions of a prop.

    “Create a prop, texture it, animate it and then put it on the market and view your results.”

    I’m not a programmer, also I’m not a surgeon, so I’m not going to go and perform a heart transplant just to see how difficult it is.

  • Ai Kago

    @Radiating Chaos

    Yes I do think they are retarded. Paying that sort of money to dress up your charater, or paying over the odds for a digital download were you can get it for half the price if you order it elsewhere…whats NOT retarded about that?

    The problem here is some people will buy this overpriced junk, Microsoft will see its selling, and think its ok to charge that price because because some mugs are lapping it up. All this stuff should be free for Gold members anyway.

  • Ai Kago

    ACtually, I just had a great idea. How about keeping the price the same, but Microsoft donating half of the money that we pay to charity or something?

  • KP ScuzzyBunny

    I am pretty sure the pricing has something to do with license fees the companies want, more than MS “price gouging”…all the expensive stuff is from popular, “name brand” items, while the more generic stuff is more than reasonably priced. Like others said, if you want to look “exclusive” fork out the points and be an Elitist! I want to know where my NFL Avatar gear is…I will be the first to admit that money will be no object if I have the option of putting my Avatar in a Dallas Cowboys uniform w/ helmet!!

  • waldo15

    @KP ScuzzyBunny

    Chief, Fable and GoW are MS products… and look at the price of the outfits. Heck, the Stormtrooper outfit (lucas arts / EA) comes with everything while the GoW and Fable outfits are broken into pieces and more expensive as a whole. Tell me that MS is not price-gouging under this premise…

  • Warrengonline

    @TotalD78
    “I’m not a programmer, also I’m not a surgeon, so I’m not going to go and perform a heart transplant just to see how difficult it is.”

    I was just being a little sarcastic as you can do everything I stated – minus the Cal3D export – with Poser 6+. But I understand what you are getting at. Being different and original is not everyone’s goal. I have yet to try on the shirt with all the color options. I like to look different in real life, not extreme (dress shirt, khaki pants and black shoes / unmarked tee shirt, shorts, low-cut socks and tennis shoes), although these are digital dolls, I like to spread my creativeness amongst that. My fighting game crew (all guys over 25 with kids) like to make Terry Bogard and will casually argue the point of the version they could be sporting. Some guys have and do sport female avatars out of boredom and not willing to spend points on items that they can not customize.

    This is just the beginning for avatar stuff. I think if MS started a “What do you want?” forum and put a few photo samples of what the item would look like, it would prep everyone for certain items. But you must remember, not everyone wears Dolce&Gabana clothing, price really has nothing to do with it. I’ll take Hurley and Adidas designs any day. (smiles)

    @KP ScuzzyBunny
    I’m not big on sports, but I hear you and agree. “1, 2, 3, Hut…” – Johnny Maximum, SNK

 

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