October 2nd 2012 8:06 am PT

Xbox invites you to be a part of the first-ever live, interactive TV presidential debate

This Wednesday (October 3rd) , Xbox is providing U.S.-based Xbox 360 owners with an opportunity to interact live, for the first time ever, with a presidential debate through its new Election 2012 Hub on Xbox LIVE – a new television experience where viewers become participants.

Throughout the debate, the Xbox LIVE community (Xbox LIVE gold membership required) will be able to weigh in with their opinions by responding to real-time poll questions about the candidate’s performances, their responses to questions and views on issues. Participants will be able to view poll results of the Xbox LIVE audience throughout the evening. All Xbox LIVE participants are also encouraged to submit poll questions via Twitter – #XboxPoll. Submitted questions will be reviewed and some of the best will be asked to the Xbox LIVE community during each debate.

The debate will begin at 9:00 p.m. EDT on Oct 3. Xbox users can access and participate in this interactive television experience directly through the Xbox LIVE dashboard. This will be the first of four debates – three presidential and one vice presidential – that will stream live through the Election 2012 Hub on Xbox LIVE.
As a bonus, Xbox LIVE users who watch three of the four debates will be awarded with a Halo 4 Warrior Armor avatar.

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

  • http://twitter.com/ZildjianKX Jeff

    Can you watch it via XBL if you don’t have gold? If not, that’s pretty crappy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Johnson/1088034764 Joseph Johnson

      Just watch it on TV man theyre showing it on 50 different channels

  • TurboChamuco

    Come on America Romney must win, so we can get rid of that muslim nig[censored]

  • http://twitter.com/Krimzen_Frawst Bryan F

    What about those of us that work at night? Can we watch it later and still get the avatar item?

    • shinji

      Probably not. I think it is more on the participation bit so if you don’t get to visit then your are SOL. The only gleaming hope is that they don’t do them back to back but I dunno.

  • http://twitter.com/seekul Luke Es | sE ekuL

    There ya go folks, they brought 1 vs. 100 back, just like you wanted. :D
    If I hook up my light zapper will the secret service show up? These are important questions!
    *cue Duck Hunt dog*

    • shinji

      Isn’t this more like 1 vs 1 million? The 3 presidents + vp vs everyone else?

  • Rick Fisher

    pretty weak that it requires gold…because, you know, even people who don’t spend $60/year playing video games online should probably have informed opinions on who they want to become PotUS

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dane-Miller/500337604 Dane Miller

      because they cant watch it on every channel that is broadcasted over the air for free.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dane-Miller/500337604 Dane Miller

    Garry Johnson should have been included in the debates. The only reason he wasn’t is because he would make the other two look like bumbling idiots.

    • http://twitter.com/KillerRamen ?

      He had a chance to make Romney look like an idiot in the Republican Debates… He failed to do so. Johnson had his chance, he lost.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dane-Miller/500337604 Dane Miller

        IMHO he did make Romney look like an idiot, in fact i think the almost everyone in those debates looked better then Romney. he just doesn’t have the backing of Coke, and Fannie May and Freddie Mac. It’s obvious the Republican party had chose their nominee well before the primary debates even started…

  • http://www.facebook.com/shenryo Ezra Ramos

    If MS cares so much about the election thier they should release Halo 4 the week after the election not on election day.

  • saxwriter1

    is there a way to log in more than 1 person at a time so my family doesnt get cheated out of the avatar award.

    • theConstruct

      You can if you have multiple controllers.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X65Q4PA7VQ24AZ6QIEBSNSV3HA Cyclops

    Is there a screen shot of the avatar somewhere?

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.guentert Andrew Guentert

    Am I missing something or just not looking in the right place? There is no Election Hub or anything about the election on my xbox dashboard. Nothing has changed on it since i got updated for the public beta a few weeks ago, well ad wise the same 3 ads.

    • shinji

      Check the TV section

  • http://www.martinspierings.nl Martin Spierings

    I’m guessing this is US only? I’m Dutch but i kinda wanna see it

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dane-Miller/500337604 Dane Miller

      I’m sure it will be streaming on youtube.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003976957614 Willy McBurgle

    Somehow I can’t see the Presidential candidates answering questions on Kinect Fun Labs…but ok.

  • http://twitter.com/XboxGamerAddict Max

    Us Beta Testers have no way of viewing this because you guys took away the XBL Event Player from us.. Please bring it back!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cameron-Lessing/1474997658 Cameron Lessing

      i’m in the beta & it’s still there. for me, it’s under the Home tab, it says “9 PM ET: Join the Debate, We’re Polling LIVE” when you click it, it’ll re-download the player :D

    • Russell Gorall

      Why did you capitalize “beta testers”?

  • Logic Squirrel

    So the only voters are gold members this year? I suspect this is a Romney thing lmao

    • shinji

      I think it is a perk for gold members…

    • BostonSup

      The 47% without Gold can watch it through the free network channels since they won’t spend $60/year like the rest of us! What freeloaders.

      • DTruth316


    • Russell Gorall

      Sounds logical.

  • theConstruct

    How do we get to there is we have the beta dashboard?

    • shinji

      As someone else already mentioned it is in the TV section but I have yet to verify. I’m getting the latest update as we speak (it hasn’t been turned on for a while as I’ve been busy).

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.grub.5 Chris Grub

    America, the country that spends 18 out of every 48 months debating about a President and then wonders why they are in the hole.

    • BostonSup

      Because America is the only country in the hole? Unless you are German, I am pretty sure your country like most of the world is also in the hole…

  • shinji

    If you are on the beta and still looking for this it is on the main screen. Big button has Obama and Romney in the image. It will redownload the Xbox Live Event Player if needed as I’m doing that now.

    P.S. – Yes I’m in the beta.

  • shinji

    If you are on the beta and still looking for this it is on the main screen. Big button has Obama and Romney in the image. It will redownload the Xbox Live Event Player if needed as I’m doing that now.

    P.S. – Yes I’m in the beta.

  • http://twitter.com/super_marioPS2 alex borror

    So do you have to watch the entire debate to get credit to get the Halo 4 Avatar Armor?

    • StormRaging

      What is the Election 2012 Offer?
      A. Any Xbox LIVE Rewards member in the United States who watches 3 out of the 4 presidential and / or vice presidential debates on Election 2012 on Xbox LIVE for 30 minutes or more each will receive a Halo 4 Warrior Armor for their Avatar.

      Maybe if you aren’t an xbox rewards member you have to watch the full debate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=785779443 Zack Stein

    This is wonderful. So proud and amazed that Xbox is doing this.

  • Superman64

    Please explain how you don’t have your liberty now.

  • Russell Gorall

    Thought I voted for a black man and I got was a jive turkey!

  • gremmie

    Is this up yet for regular gold members not in Beta? I can’t see it on any hubs

  • http://twitter.com/Navarin Buster Wolf

    I’m in the UK yet can still watch this through my previously downloaded Live Event Player. Question is, will I still be eligible for the gold Avatar armour?

    You should see Brit TV coverage when your elections happen, it is INSANE. It’s everywhere! Is it the same for you guys when one of our electrions rolls round?

  • shinji

    And so it begins… :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/KevinSchaefer71 Kevin Schaefer

    I keep getting Sorry, Live Event server isn’t available right now. I am connected to Xbox Live, so it should work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dane-Miller/500337604 Dane Miller

    There should be a neither option on these polls.

  • b b

    This better give me credit. I watched, don’t know for how long (probably past the 30 minutes), but kept getting the Live event viewer is unavailable. I finally gave up and watched it on tv so I wouldn’t miss anything.

  • ElektroDragon

    Romney won.

  • http://www.facebook.com/trekx trekx

    According to every poll on Xbox Live tonight Obama Won ….

  • http://twitter.com/ZildjianKX Jeff

    This really should have been free for silver members. Having young people vote should be more important that trying to milk gold subscriptions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chomskyknows Marcus Roof

    Your event view continuously kicked me out as I tried to watch this……