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November 17th 2009, 8:00 am PT

New Xbox 360 features now available (Twitter, Facebook, Zune Video and Last.FM)

 

We’ve just released the latest new features for your Xbox 360.  In case you’ve been off the grid for the past few months and don’t know what is in this update, allow me to give you the some of the highlights: Facebook, Zune Video, Twitter and Last.FM.  Here is how to find ‘em: Facebook and Twitter will appear automatically on your dashboard in the new My Community channel, Zune Video is in the Video Channel and Last.FM will be found under the Music Channel.

 

Assuming you have the latest Xbox 360 system update from Xbox LIVE, these new features will automatically appear sometime over the next few hours. Availability of these features will vary by region.


Remember, if you are under 18, you’ll have to
wait a little longer for some of these features.

 

 

November 17th 2009 at 8:00 am | Xbox 360 | 93 comments

November 16th 2009, 3:00 pm PT

This week on Arcade: Gyromancer and Diner Dash

 

Gyromancer (1200 points) and Diner Dash (800 points) will be available this Wednesday on Xbox LIVE Arcade.

 

November 16th 2009 at 3:00 pm | Arcade | 28 comments

November 16th 2009, 12:10 pm PT

Deal of the Week: 3 on 3 NHL Arcade

 

 

3 on 3 NHL® ArcadeXbox LIVE Gold Members can save 50% this when they purchase 3 on 3 NHL Arcade. Normally 800 points, this week it’s only 400 points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 16th 2009 at 12:10 pm | Arcade, Deal, Marketplace | 29 comments

November 16th 2009, 12:36 am PT

Show #339: Getting Ready for Holiday 2009

 

Host: Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson (Xbox LIVE ) (Twitter)  
Co-host : e (Xbox LIVE ) (Twitter)  
Co-host : lollip0p (Xbox LIVE) (Twitter)
Special Guest: Stepto (Xbox LIVE) (Twitter

Interview: Andrew Bell, Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues ( 38:07 – 46:33)
Interview: Patrick Plourde, Assassins Creed II ( 46:33 – 55:26)
Interview: Paul Stanley discusses the upcoming KISS GH DLC  ( 56:26 – 1:04:33)
Interview: Erik Johnson, Left 4 Dead 2 ( 1:04:33 – 1:10:49)
Interview: Patrick Perkins, Xbox 360 Consoles and Accessories ( 1:10:49 – 1:30:21)
Interview: Matt Read, Madden Arcade ( 1:30:21 – 1:39:41)
Interview: Rob Holmes, IPCybercrime ( 1:39:42 – 2:03:23)

Name The Game
Xbox 101
And much more

 

Plus: During this episode you could win an Xbox 360 Modern Warfare 2 Limited Edition Console, a Xbox 360 Wireless N Adapter or one of the Xbox 360 Wireless controller game packs that contains an Xbox 360 Black Wireless controller and a copy of four hit arcade titles: Geometry Wars Evolved², LUMINES LIVE!, Bomberman LIVE and a downloadable token for MS.PAC-MAN.


Note: I’ve added the above show notes to the
ID3 Lyrics data field. If your device supports displaying lyrics, you’ll find this useful

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[iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (MP3) Listen in iTunes? Submit a review
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Format:
2:40:53, 72.6 MB, (MP3)

Click the player below to stream this show to your browser:

 


Links to some of the things mentioned in this episode:
Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
Assassin’s Creed II
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Stanley
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiss_(band)
Left 4 Dead 2
Xbox 360 Consoles
Xbox 360 accessories
How investigators tracked down a Modern Warfare 2 cyber pirate
http://www.ipcybercrime.com/
http://majornelson.com/archive/2009/09/29/xbox-360-holiday-bundles.aspx
Xbox 360 Black Wireless Controller
Geometry Wars Evolved²
LUMINES LIVE!
Bomberman LIVE
MS.PAC-MAN
http://marketplace.xbox.com/games/media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410975
Canon Pixma MX850

 

Programming note: Due to travel and holidays, the next scheduled show will be Dec. 6th

 

 

November 16th 2009 at 12:36 am | Podcast | 55 comments

November 13th 2009, 1:03 am PT

The MNR Show without Major Nelson

 
While I was travelling last weekend, and Stepto decided to try their hand at a show. How did they do?

 

Host : e (Xbox LIVE ) (Twitter)  
Host: Stephen Toulouse (Xbox LIVE) (Twitter


Get the show. You know you want to.  
[iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (MP3) Listen in iTunes? Submit a review
[RSS] Add the Major Nelson Blogcast feed to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically (MP3).

Click here to download this show [MP3] <—– Download the show

Note: This is a new version that Stepto compressed. However the settings do not work with the embedded Flash player so you’ll have to go old school and download it.

Format:
56:12, 25.7 MB, (MP3

 

November 13th 2009 at 1:03 am | Podcast | 55 comments

November 12th 2009, 4:00 pm PT

Xbox LIVE Update coming Nov. 17th

 

I know some of  you are already enjoying many of these features through the Preview Program, but I am happy to announce that the next update that contains Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm and Zune video will be available to all Xbox LIVE members launch Nov. 17.

 

November 12th 2009 at 4:00 pm | Xbox 360 | 76 comments

November 11th 2009, 12:28 pm PT

Project Natal is one of TIME Magazines Inventions of the Year

 

Today Project Natal received recognition as one of TIME Magazines Inventions of the Year. This is the third major honor Project Natal received this past month including the Popular Mechanics 2009 Breakthrough Award and Popular Science Best of Whats New Grand Award. This is great news for the industry. Congrats to the entire team for the great work theyve accomplished so far.

 

November 11th 2009 at 12:28 pm | Archive | No comments

November 11th 2009, 12:28 pm PT

Project Natal is one of TIME Magazine’s Inventions of the Year

 

Today Project Natal received recognition as one of TIME Magazine’s Inventions of the Year. This is the third major honor Project Natal received this past month including the Popular Mechanics 2009 Breakthrough Award and Popular Science Best of What’s New Grand Award. This is great news for the industry. Congrats to the entire team for the great work they’ve accomplished so far.

 

November 11th 2009 at 12:28 pm | Xbox 360 | 52 comments

November 11th 2009, 12:20 pm PT

Arcade: Encleverment Experiment, 0D Beat Drop, Encleverment Experiment and NBA Unrivaled

Encleverment ExperimentContent: Encleverment Experiment
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: [ESRB: E (Everyone)] Unlock the full game to offer your assistance in Professor Ivor Question’s Encleverment Experiment! He’s looking for people just like you to play his 16 exciting minigames, collect 60 available Mascots and create new challenges in his Home-made Game editor! Featuring support for the Big Button Controller and Live Vision Camera, the Encleverment Experiment also includes full Avatar support and LIVE play for up to four players! Unlock the full game now and massage those mental muscles! There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Add Encleverment Experiment to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

 

0D Beat DropContent: 0D Beat Drop
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: Are you ready to Beat Drop? The fusion of "rhythm" and "puzzle" created a completely new kind of battle! Drop Pieces along with the beat and go for the win with our explosive chains! If you purchase the full version, you can play over 10 modes and 100 stages! Also, it has the unique "Beat-O-Matic" function where you can analyze your own songs and use them in the game! The ways you can have fun with Beat Drop is endless! Feel the rhythm of battle! There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Add 0D Beat Drop to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

 

NBA UNRIVALED™Content: NBA Unrivaled
Price: 1200 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand and Taiwan
Dash Text: Paying homage to the old school look and feel of the arcade classics, NBA UNRIVALED™ brings back all of the intensity and pulse pounding action—AMPLIFIED! Featuring the 2009-2010 NBA season’s team and player rosters with current stats, logos and jerseys. Ball your way up to the top of the league with unthinkable slams and outrageous plays to get the crowd pumped for momentum on your side! There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

 

Add NBA Unrivaled to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

 

November 11th 2009 at 12:20 pm | Arcade, Marketplace | 22 comments

November 10th 2009, 10:31 pm PT

Achievement Unlocked Shipped Windows 7

 

 

Achievement Unlocked

 

I know the Windows team launched Windows 7 a few weeks ago, but we’ve been a little busy around the Xbox offices getting ready for the Facebook, Twitter, Last.FM and Zune Video marketplace release coming up.  We did, however, want to recognize the occasion the best way we know how: with an Achievement! We had a banner made up for everyone on the LIVE team to sign, then we hung it up in the lobby of the main Windows building.

Congrats to the Windows team on a great launch. Enjoy your 1b ‘Gamerscore.’ You’ve earned it.

 

November 10th 2009 at 10:31 pm | Archive | No comments

November 10th 2009, 10:31 pm PT

Achievement Unlocked – Shipped Windows 7

 

 

Achievement Unlocked

 

I know the Windows team launched Windows 7 a few weeks ago, but we’ve been a little busy around the Xbox offices getting ready for the Facebook, Twitter, Last.FM and Zune Video marketplace release coming up.  We did, however, want to recognize the occasion the best way we know how: with an Achievement! We had a banner made up for everyone on the LIVE team to sign, then we hung it up in the lobby of the main Windows building.

Congrats to the Windows team on a great launch. Enjoy your 1b ‘Gamerscore.’ You’ve earned it.

 

November 10th 2009 at 10:31 pm | Archive | 34 comments

November 10th 2009, 2:01 pm PT

Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter now with N

 

Today we announced a brand new Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter that support N. This is a dual band adapter that has two antennas and supports 802.11a/b/g and n connections.  That adapter will be available this Holiday season for US $99.99.

 

Edit: I’ve just uploaded some high res photos of the new adapter

 

November 10th 2009 at 2:01 pm | Xbox 360 | 92 comments

November 10th 2009, 10:01 am PT

Xbox 360 Games on Demand: Monopoly

 

The following Xbox 360 games are now ready for direct download from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace:

 

Monopoly™: Here & Now Worldwide Edition

Content: MONOPOLY
Price: Click here to check pricing in your region
Availability: Not available in Italy, Japan, Korea and Portugal
Dash Text: (Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB) This game supports English, French, German, and Spanish. Download the manual for this game by locating the game on http://marketplace.xbox.com and selecting “See Game Manual”. From EA Casual Entertainment, MONOPOLY™ is reinvented with a party twist! With a host of current-day cities and landmarks from all over the world, this new version lets you wheel and deal and compete to own some of the most recognized locations on Earth. Host the ultimate MONOPOLY party with family and friends to experience classic and global versions of MONOPOLY with digital gameplay. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts

 

Add MONOPOLY to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

 

Xbox LIVE Members in Japan have access to Bomberman.

November 10th 2009 at 10:01 am | Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 45 comments

November 9th 2009, 3:00 pm PT

This week on Arcade: 0D Beat Drop (Updated)

 

0D Beat Drop will be available on Xbox LIVE Arcade this Wednesday for 800 points.

 

Update: I just found out that Encleverment Experiment (800 points)  & NBA Unrivalled (1200 points) will also be released this Wednesday.

 

November 9th 2009 at 3:00 pm | Arcade | 30 comments

November 9th 2009, 12:43 pm PT

Deal of the Week: Saints Row 2 Ultor Exposed

 

 

Xbox LIVE Gold Members can save 30% this week when they purchase the Saints Row 2 game add-on Ultor Exposed. Normally 800 points, this weeks it’s 560 points.

 

November 9th 2009 at 12:43 pm | Archive | No comments

November 9th 2009, 12:43 pm PT

Deal of the Week: Saints Row 2 ‘Ultor Exposed’

 

 

Xbox LIVE Gold Members can save 30% this week when they purchase the Saints Row 2 game add-on Ultor Exposed. Normally 800 points, this weeks it’s 560 points.

 

November 9th 2009 at 12:43 pm | Deal, Game Add-on | 33 comments

November 7th 2009, 12:24 am PT

Savannah then New York for MW2

 

I am currently in Savannah, Georgia through Sunday for the Geekend2009 event. I’ll be attending the various conference sessions, and then speaking to the group Saturday night. Drop me a note in the comments if you’re planning on attending. On Monday, I’ll be in New York’s Union Square for the official Modern Warfare 2 launch event shooting video for Inside Xbox and hanging out w/ the crowd.  Here is a PDF file that contains details around Monday’s MW2 Activities. Hopefully you can attend one (or both) events. Either way, have a great weekend.

 

November 7th 2009 at 12:24 am | Events | 39 comments

November 6th 2009, 2:00 pm PT

Twitter, Facebook, Last.FM and Xbox 360 Family Settings

 

As some of you might be aware, those under the age of 18 are not able to access Twitter, Facebook and Last.fm in our public preview. I want to you let you know that this will remain the case when it launches to the world soon. We made this decision because as it stands now, parents aren’t able to use Family Settings to customize which of these applications their children can access. In order to offer an age-appropriate environment for everyone, we decided to turn off these applications for those Gold members under the age of 18. As expected, this has been a hot topic with the preview users. We want to make sure everyone was aware, however, that the development team is working on an update that gives parents the choice of which social applications their children can access. This means that Xbox LIVE members between the ages of 13 and 17 will be able to use Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm as long as their parents approve. The team hope to roll this out several weeks after launch and I will update you on the exact date as it gets closer. 

 

November 6th 2009 at 2:00 pm | Archive | 63 comments

November 5th 2009, 12:25 pm PT

Demo: NCAA Basketball 10

 

Content: NCAA Basketball 10 Demo
Price: Free
Availability: Canada and United States
Dash Text: Get your hands on the most authentic college basketball experience ever, in NCAA® Basketball 10. Enjoy ultimate control over your team’s strategy and style of play, including real Motion Offensive Systems including the Dribble Drive, Princeton and Flex to name a few. See the game like it has never been seen before, with authentic broadcasting presentations from the all-star announcing crews of Dick Vitale, Brad Nessler, and Erin Andrews of ESPN, and Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery of CBS Sports. From the broadcast table to the hardwood – it’s all there in NCAA® Basketball 10.

 

Add NCAA Basketball 10 Demo to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

November 5th 2009 at 12:25 pm | Demo, Marketplace | 3 comments

November 5th 2009, 11:55 am PT

Demo: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2

 

Marvel™: Ultimate Alliance 2 Content: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Demo
Price: Free
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: The Largest Army of Super Heroes is back! Mercenaries are attacking the Capitol in Washington D.C. and it is up to you and your team of Super Heroes to defend it. Thwart the enemy offensive with immensely destructive powers and new fusion combinations. Select your team of four from an exciting array of Super Heroes, including Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk, and more. Test your mettle as you enter the world of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2! For all levels, deeper RPG action and the entire roster of over 24 playable heroes and villains, buy your copy in September 2009! Download the demo.

 

Add Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Demo to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

November 5th 2009 at 11:55 am | Demo, Marketplace | 26 comments

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