May 19th 2011 2:30 am PT

New Xbox 360 System Update Brings Expanded PayPal Functionality

I am happy to announce that, as a part of a new Xbox 360 System Update, we’re expanding our integration with PayPal to allow U.S. and international Xbox LIVE users to make purchases on their Xbox 360 consoles with their PayPal accounts.* Once you’ve linked your PayPal account to your Xbox LIVE account on, you’ll be off and running to use it as a billing option, allowing you to buy content such as Microsoft Points, Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions and Games on Demand titles.

We are rolling out the Xbox 360 System Update gradually to all Xbox LIVE users starting today and throughout the next couple weeks to ensure a high quality deployment. Just like any other update to our service, you will know you’ve received it when you turn on your Xbox 360 console, connect to Xbox LIVE and receive a notification to download the update. It’s important to note that it may take a few days to make its way around the globe. Thanks for your patience if you don’t get it right away!

This particular update will also bring an auto-standby feature that places your console on standby if it’s idle for more than one hour, helping to reduce power consumption. This feature will be available under Auto-Off in Console Settings after you download the update

Finally, thank you to all who participated in the preview program for this Xbox 360 System Update. Your contributions helped us prepare for the updated Xbox 360 disc format capability that comes with this release.

*PayPal functionality will not be available in the following Xbox LIVE regions: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan

Edit: Updated to clarify the auto-standby feature

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

  • Kristian Gasson

    No up date in the uk yet

  • Anonymous

    and yet again another day and still waiting …………..

  • Алексей Каржавин

    Дай Бог Вам здоровья.
    С уважением,Алексей.

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  • sean ronchi

    update is going out by dvd model not by region thats one thing they havent told us is that it reflashes dvd  drives to combat pirates

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  • Anonymous

    No US update for Xbox 360 ?  Does anybody have an idea when.

  • Anonymous

    No Update in Germany…do u really need a couple of weeks to roll out the update to all microsoft? anyway…this update is boring microsoft…but i like the thing with the new dvd types…

  • Christian Schröer

    i remember that the previous Update (Fall 2010) dont need that much of time to rollout and it was with a lot of more improvements.

  • Bilal Ozbey

    Well, I linked Paypal and I plan to make use of that 60% off on that Gold membership next time.

  • Robbie S.

    Maybe they are rolling out the updates to older models first then to newer ones? Just a thought. Unless someone with a Xbox Slim has gotten it already.

    • Anonymous

      I got it on my slim model.. the first day here in the Iowa.. but my daughter has the older model and didn’t get it.. but my buddy has a slim in MN.. and didn’t get it yet.. I work at gamestop and almost 60 percent of the people I have talked to have not gotten it yet.. even with the Slim model

  • Evan Waugh

    Paypal doesn’t work in Japan?

    The update is now worthless.

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  • Eduardo Velarde

     did the update happened already in the U.S if so then did it happened in New Jersey cuz my friends say they got it n they have a xbox slim i have the pro which is as old as it gets someone help me

    • Anonymous

      it is set to rotate till the 30th. it going by the type of dvd rom your xbox has in it not the type of xbox it is 

  • Hood Locsta

    i have the old 60g  pro one and i didnt get it yet  way is that come xbox pla let me kno whats up

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  • Pearson Hamilton Smith

    What ever happened to Avatar Kinect coming out in the Spring? Spring is almost over.

    • Anonymous

      it is supposed to come out on Friday 

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  • zoltan theil

    “*PayPal functionality will not be

    Why? Didn’t we pay the same price for the device and the live service? Again we got less for the same money. Am I the only one who things this is not fair? :(((

  • Andreas Gajda

     Still no update in Denmark…

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  • Michael Langlois

    Its such a small unnecesary update, why do people care so much it hasnt rolled out to them? Probably because they are hoping it breaks their xbox and they get a new one.

    Nothing in the UK yet, playing on a premium from release date.

  • Anonymous

     *waits for the real update.

  • Anonymous

     come on already!

  • leonardo bruno souza

    que pena aqui no brasil …. queria ter uma opcao malhor de comprar os MSPOint …..
    paypal seria muito bom …..

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  • Serge Goujon

    If this PayPal update would come along with removal of IP blocking when buying content in US Marketplace from another countries — that would be a FANTASTIC news. But for now it’s too much ado about nothing…


     has anyone had the update yet? I mean ANYONE!!!!!! i asked most of my live friends and they all said no. paypal and the new disc format can’t be the only new features. what about the removal of the 100 friends limit? I heard it was coming (fingers crossed)? and will the dash have an update?

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  • Bastien

     The update to France for when

  • Andy

     Has Anyone In Europe Got The Xbox Update Yet? How Long Will It Take!!!!!!!!!

    • Brian Kiggin

       i got it just there im in the UK

  • killer rin

     I find it funny how it used to be that everyone had it within the same day that it was uploaded to the servers, yet now we have to wait weeks before finally being able to get it :

  • Hood Locsta

    stil have not got it im stil waittin  

  • Musab Adam

    Does the Usb way to update your xbox 360 work

    • Anonymous

      It works but when u install the new update via usb stick u will have to wait until the update goes official live in your region. so if u install it before u will not be able to connect to xbox live until this happens

      • Musab Adam

         no offence but whers your proof   just asking

        • Anonymous

          Same like it was with the prevoius updates before. Also i do it on my own xbox 360 for testing purposes

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  • Anonymous

    Still waiting for the update to hit Norway. Maybe tomorrow tuesday when the Marketplace updates, it will also get the Xbox update going?

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  • Anonymous

    Still no update yet are you kidding me is the Xbox live team that incompetent that an update can’t get deployed this is starting to turn comical. And you wonder why piracy runs wild on your system the same people must be in charge of system security also lol losers

  • Josh Haas

    I was at my cousin’s house playing Black Ops with him and he got the Paypal update. I still haven’t received it yet, but it’s no big deal. Good grief, some people are impatient.

  • Anonymous

    I live in the U.S…. what the f microsoft!!!!!!

  • Hood Locsta

    stil have not got it im stil waittin      as well come on live

  • Gaius Aurelius Maximus

    Just got the update in the UK (South-East region) :D

    • Emanuel Correia

      old console or new?

  • Richard Mackey

    not got it yet UK (Central)

  • Marcos Santos

    Not in Portugal too :|