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December 17th 2012, 10:27 am PT

New Xbox SmartGlass Experiences for NBA Game Time, ESPN and all-new Sports Picks App on Xbox LIVE

Now on Xbox, sports fans have a whole new way to connect with fellow fans and compete on Xbox LIVE with the new Sports Picks app. You can make picks, compete with your Xbox LIVE friends and fight for domination of the leaderboard. With the Sports Picks app, we’ve also added a new experience for Xbox SmartGlass, so you can do all of this on your tablet or phone without missing a beat of the game on your TV through Xbox 360.

For those of you planning to take in a live sporting event from ESPN or catch the replay of last night’s NBA game on your Xbox, we’ve introducing all-new Xbox SmartGlass experiences to accompany ESPN and NBA Game Time.

The ESPN experience for Xbox SmartGlass puts you in command of your favorite ESPN channels on your Xbox 360. Browse thousands of live events, highlights and replays using your tablet or smartphone, select the videos you want and play them on your Xbox 360.

The NBA Game Time experience for Xbox SmartGlass gives you total control of the non-stop basketball action on your Xbox 360. Browse live NBA games with highlights and game recaps, select the videos you want, and send them on your Xbox 360 for full-screen action.

 

Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and/or additional subscriptions/fees may be required. Xbox SmartGlass experience is available at launch for Windows 8 and Windows RT and iOS. For additional details and availability, see http://www.xbox.com/live.

Xbox LIVE Gold subscription (sold separately) required. The ESPN app provides access to live content from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Goal Line and Buzzer Beater as well as video-on-demand clips from ESPN.com. Live content from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Goal Line and Buzzer Beater is available on Xbox through WatchESPN, and requires a subscription to a WatchESPN-affiliated provider. Subscribers will only be able to access the ESPN networks via the internet only as part of, and consistent with their underlying household television and/or internet subscription package. Certain other restrictions apply. Go to WatchESPN.com for more information and detail.

NBA Game Time requires a valid Xbox LIVE Gold membership. NBA.com League Pass Broadband subscription required to access live and on-demand games (sold separately). Blackout restrictions may apply in some markets. See xbox.com/live and nba.com/xbox for additional information.

December 17th 2012 at 10:27 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 24 comments

December 13th 2012, 9:01 am PT

LIVE Activity for week of Dec 3

Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles (based on UU’s)

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Halo 4
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Skyrim
Battlefield 3
NBA 2K13
Modern Warfare 2
Madden NFL 13
Assassin’s Creed III 
GTA IV
Far Cry 3
Borderlands 2
Halo: Reach
Gears of War 3
FIFA 12
Forza Motorsport 4
Forza Horizon

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Guardians of Middle-earth
The Walking Dead
Trials Evolution
Pinball FX2
Sonic Adventure 2
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD: THE GAME
Trials HD
Castle Crashers
Sonic the Fighters
Beyond Good & Evil HD
Rayman 3 HD
Fruit Ninja Kinect
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD
Deadliest Warrior: Legends
Magic 2013
Peggle
Counter-Strike: GO
From Dust
Virtua Fighter 2
  The above list is based on full versions purchased.

Top Indie Games (Full Versions purchased)

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CastleMiner Z
Murder Miners
CastleMiner
Avatar Laser Wars 2
Avatar Deathmatch
Shark Attack Deathmatch
Block World
Avatar Legends
Avatar Farm Online
The Impossible Game
Total Miner: Forge
The $1 Zombie Game 
Avatar Laser Wars 
Paintball War
Avatar Paintball
End Of Days: Infected vs Mercs
Miner Of Duty
Don’t Die Dateless, Dummy!
Miner4Ever
Dead Pixels
  The above list is based on full versions purchased.

Games for Windows Top LIVE Titles (based on UU’s)

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GTA IV
Dark Souls Prepare to Die Edition
Age of Empires Online
Batman Arkham City
Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition
Resident Evil 5
DiRT 3
Fallout 3
Microsoft Flight
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Fable III
Bioshock 2
F1 2011
Colin McRae : Dirt 2
F1 2010
Red Faction Guerrilla
Street Fighter IV
Street Fighter X Tekken
Bulletstorm
Resident Evil Racoon City 

These lists are based on global unique users connected to Xbox Live or in the case of Arcade and Indie Games, full versions purchased during the week.

Some content (and therefore the links) may not be available in all Xbox LIVE regions.

December 13th 2012 at 9:01 am | Top LIVE | 53 comments

December 12th 2012, 6:27 am PT

Arcade: Black Knight Sword

Black Knight Sword

Content: Black Knight Sword
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: From the twisted and brilliant mind of Suda 51 comes Black Knight Sword, a platforming adventure with an unprecedented visual style. In this fresh take on the classic fairy tale, The Black Knight treks through a dark and mysterious world filled with whimsical creatures to kill the dark princess and ending her reign of terror. A throwback to classic platformers, Black Knight Sword evokes simple yet addictive and challenging gameplay with an overall aesthetic unlike anything released to date.

Add the game trial to your Xbox 360 download queue

December 12th 2012 at 6:27 am | Arcade, Marketplace | 9 comments

December 12th 2012, 6:16 am PT

Arcade: American Mensa Academy

American Mensa AcademyContent: American Mensa Academy
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: Get ready to stretch your grey matter as you put yourself through more than 100 interesting and challenging puzzles designed to stretch and train your brain in key areas including logic, language, visual and more. Mensa Academy is the only brain training game backed by Mensa, the high IQ society, so for the first time you’ll be able to put all that practice into action by taking on real Mensa-style questions, like the ones you see in the Mensa IQ tests. What will your Mensa Academy score be?

Add the game trial to your Xbox 360 download queue

December 12th 2012 at 6:16 am | Arcade, Marketplace | 13 comments

December 11th 2012, 6:29 am PT

Demo: Carrier Command: Gaea Mission

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission

Content: Carrier Command: Gaea Mission – Demo
Price: Free 
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: Seize command of a futuristic military carrier and explore a large open world of a distant planet. Plan tactical assaults, order your units around the map and control them directly at any time to join in the action. Utilize both action and strategy elements to outwit and defeat your enemy in two distinct campaigns.

 

Add the demo to your Xbox 360 download queue

Like the demo? Purchase the full game

 

December 11th 2012 at 6:29 am | Demo, Marketplace | 8 comments

December 11th 2012, 6:00 am PT

Content coming soon to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace

Here is a look at some of the upcoming content scheduled for the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.*

Follow me on Twitter for additional updates.


Xbox LIVE Arcade  Release Date MS Points
Mensa  12-Dec 800
Black Knight Sword  12-Dec 800
Kinect Party  18-Dec Free through  12/31
     
Game Add-ons Release Date MS Points
Assassin’s Creed III : The Hidden Secrets Pack  11-Dec 400
Pinball FX 2 – Zen Classic Pack 12-Dec 800
Guardians of the Middle Earth: Bilbo Baggins  14-Dec 160
Guardians of the Middle Earth: Bert the Troll Packs  14-Dec 160
Forza Horizon Rally Expansion Pack  18-Dec 1600
Battlefield 3: Aftermath  18-Dec 1200
Resident Evil 6: Survival  18-Dec 320
Resident Evil 6: Predator  18-Dec 320
Resident Evil 6: Onslaught  18-Dec 320
Resident Evil 6: Mode Pack  18-Dec 720
Minecraft: Festive Skin Pack  19-Dec 80
Full House Poker: Texas Heat Winter 2013 DLC  19-Dec Free
Guardians of the Middle Earth: Great Goblin Pack  19-Dec 160
     
Deal of the Week Discount Dates Price
Tropic 4  11-Dec to 17-Dec  
Tropico 4 GonD   Varies by region
Tropico 4 – Modern Times   600
Tropico 4 – Quick-dry Cement   200
Tropico 4 – Plantador   200
Tropico 4 – Junta   200
Tropico 4 – Bonus Pack   200
     
Serious Sam 18-Dec to 24-Dec  
Serious Sam 3 BFE    600
Serious Sam HD: TSE    600
Serious Sam HD: TFE    600
Serious Sam 3 BFE Jewel of the Nile    600
     
Sales  & Specials Discount Date Price
Kinect Central: Michael Jackson The Experience  11-Dec to 17-Dec Varies by region
THQ Weekend Sale  14-Dec to 17-Dec Varies
Kinect Central: Carnival Games Monkey See Monkey Do  18-Dec to 24-Dec Varies by region
Countdown to 2013 18-Dec to 31-Dec Varies
     
Games on Demand Release Date  
NHL 13  11-Dec  
Fatal Inertia  11-Dec  
Madagascar 3: The Video Game  11-Dec  
NCIS  18-Dec  
Borderlands 2  18-Dec  
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows  18-Dec  
Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion XL  18-Dec  
     
Other Xbox LIVE Content Release Date  
Karaoke  11-Dec  
     
Avatar Release Date  
Minecraft Avatar Collection 3  18-Dec  

*As with all game related releases, dates, prices and availability are subject to change and vary by region

December 11th 2012 at 6:00 am | Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 131 comments

December 11th 2012, 12:01 am PT

Over 40 New Apps Coming to Xbox; New Apps Launch on Xbox LIVE This Week

Exciting news from Xbox today with more than 40 new global entertainment partners coming to Xbox LIVE, including new apps launching this week.

Between now and the spring of 2013, we’re committed to launching the following entertainment experiences on Xbox LIVE:

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All3M (United Kingdom, United States)
2. Ameba TV (Canada, United States)
3. ARTE (Germany, France)
4. Azteca (Mexico)
5. Canalplay Infinity (France)
6. CBC’s Hockey Night (Canada)
7. CrunchyRoll (Majority of LIVE Regions)
8. Deezer (Majority of LIVE Regions)
9. Eredivisie Live (Netherlands)
10. Fightbox (Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, United Kingdom)
11. Flixster (United States)
12. GameTrailers (Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States)
13. Globosat Muu (Brazil)
14. Gulli Replay (France)
15. HBO Nordics (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)
16. IndieFlix (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)
17. Livesport.tv (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom)
18. Machinima (Majority of LIVE Regions)
19. Maxim (United States)
20. MTV (United States)
21. MyTF1 (France)
22. MyTF1VOD (France)
23. Napster (Germany, United Kingdom)
24. Pathe Thuis (Netherlands)
25. PBS (United States)
26. PopcornFlix (United States)
27. Rai TV (Italy)
28. Sainsbury (United Kingdom)
29. Saraiva (Brazil)
30. SBS (Netherlands)
31. SF Anytime (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)
32. Slacker Radio (Canada, United States)
33. SPORT1 (Austria, Germany)
34. The CW Network (United States)
35. Televisa (Mexico)
36. TV3 (Spain)
37. Viaplay (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)
38. Vidéo à la Demande d’Orange (France)
39. Vimeo (United States)
40. VIVO Play (Brazil)
41. Zattoo (Germany)
42. Ziggo (Netherlands)

Also, starting today, several new apps will roll out worldwide on Xbox LIVE including1:

ARTE (Germany, France)
With the ARTE app on Xbox LIVE, you can watch an exciting mix of content from the Cultural TV station including documentaries, concerts and movies.

CinemaNow (Expanding to Canada)
CinemaNow is an Authenticated Video on Demand (AVOD) application providing customers with access to TV and Movie content previously purchased on CinemaNow.com.

CNET (United States, Canada)
CNET offers all the product reviews, technology shows and event coverage you love, now on Xbox LIVE.  CNET helps you use technology to enhance and enrich your life. From specially curated content to advice, it’s everything you need to buy and get the most out of tech that’s right for you. Get the best in technology, right where you want it.

Karaoke (All LIVE regions, excluding Japan and United Arab Emirates)
Karaoke provides access to more than 8,000 songs from the latest hits to the oldies but goodies, available on Xbox LIVE. Your avatar will go on stage and sing with a full complement of stage props and back band. Use SmartGlass to play/stop/pause, browse the database and lyrics or to add songs to the playlist. Songs don’t require any download and will playback immediately via streaming for a robust karaoke experience.

Maxim (United States)
Maxim delivers what guys want – beautiful women, cool gear and funny videos – to Xbox 360! From behind-the-scenes of Maxim’s sexiest photo shoots to hilarious comedy originals to high-octane sports, it’s the #1 destination for couch-bound men looking for a good time.

Napster (Germany, United Kingdom)
With your Xbox and Napster Unlimited plus Mobile, you can play millions of songs instantly. Listen to millions of songs in various genres, play as much as you want, enjoy hours of expertly programmed music. Discover new releases, charts and much more.

SkyDrive (All LIVE regions)
SkyDrive is the place to store your files so you can access them from virtually any device. With SkyDrive for Xbox, you can easily view your photos and videos on your TV. You can also play slideshows and view photos and videos shared with you. For more information, visit the Inside SkyDrive blog.

SPORT1 (Austria, Germany)
Enter the world of sports through your Xbox. The SPORT1 app provides Video-Sport-News, Livescores, Livestreams of popular sport events and access to Pay-TV Sports channel SPORT1+.

VEVO (Expanding to Spain, Italy & France)
With over 45,000 videos by 11,000 artists, VEVO is the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform. Stream live concerts, watch exclusive programming and queue up all your favorite videos. VEVO is available in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. The VEVO app for Xbox includes high-quality on demand music videos free to the user and allows social interactions between fans, VEVO, and users.

Zattoo (Germany)
The Zattoo app gives you access to free Live TV across 55 channels and an Electronic Program Guide. HiQ accounts feature quick, ad-free channel switches and higher quality streams (including HD), starting at 3.75 EUR per month. Additional premium TV channels, including Sports, Documentary, Kids, Music channels, and International packages are also available.

You should be able to download these apps from the Xbox LIVE marketplace starting today. Give it some time though, we’re rolling out a lot of apps at once and it may take a day or two for all the apps to arrive. We will keep you updated as more of the world’s leading entertainment providers come to Xbox.

We’re also continuing to expand our offering of live events on Xbox LIVE via our Live Events Player app. Join us tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST for a live airing of the Bruno Mars concert hosted by iHeartRadio taking place in New York City. We’ll unveil new interactive features like real-time pop-up information, polling and trivia. (US Only)

1Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and/or additional subscriptions/fees may be required. Kinect functionality available with select Xbox LIVE content and varies by feature and country.

December 11th 2012 at 12:01 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 125 comments

December 10th 2012, 6:08 am PT

Halo 4 Game add-on: Crimson Map Pack

Halo 4

Content: Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: If you own Halo 4’s “War Game Map Pass,” DO NOT purchase this content here as you will be charged again. Venture into the large, vehicle focused human environs of Harvest, explore a human foray on an alien moon in Shatter, and witness the chaos of a clash of civilizations in Wreckage, with its blend of claustrophobic spaces and dangerous exposures.

Purchase this game add-on and add it to your Xbox 360 download queue

You’ll need a copy of Halo 4 to use this game add-on

December 10th 2012 at 6:08 am | Game Add-on, Halo | 82 comments

December 7th 2012, 7:12 am PT

Watch the 2012 VGAs on Xbox LIVE tonight

Tonight at 9p PT/6p PT the 10th Annual Spike TV Video Game Awards (The ‘”VGA Ten”) will take place in Los Angeles and broadcast to 14 countries. Tune into Spike TV or for a more immersive, interactive experience watch the event streamed live to your console over Xbox LIVE. The live stream will utilize SmartGlass for a unique second screen experience just for Xbox LIVE Members. The show will see the return of hosts from the past 10-years and will also be simulcast on MTV 2, MTV Tr3s, Spike.com and GameTrailers.com

Before things kick off be sure to download and install the SmarGlass app for your device so you won’t miss a minute of the action tonight.

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Android

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If you want to hear more about the VGA’s from Geoff Keighley, download my latest podcast to for his behind the scenes perspective.

Spike VGA’s on Xbox.com

December 7th 2012 at 7:12 am | Archive | 99 comments

December 6th 2012, 4:24 pm PT

November 2012 NPD’s

November 2012 NPD are out today. Here are the Xbox highlights:

  • Xbox 360 sold 1.26 million units in November, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. for the 23rd consecutive month.
  • Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in November (hardware, software and accessories) reached $1.2 billion, the most for any console in the U.S.
  • During the month of November, Xbox 360 held four of the top 10 console game titles including: “Halo 4,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” “Assassin’s Creed 3,” and “NFL Madden 13.”

Date Source for above: NPD Group, November 2012

December 6th 2012 at 4:24 pm | Industry | 33 comments

December 6th 2012, 7:27 am PT

Virgin Gaming and XBOX 360 Team up to launch the Halo 4 INFINITY CHALLENGE

Halo 4

It starts December 17th. Win an amazing Ford F-150 or a spot in a future Halo game.

Full details in the press release below.

 
   
   

 

Virgin Gaming, Xbox 360 and 343 Industries are joining forces to launch the “Halo 4 Infinity Challenge” on Xbox LIVE starting Dec. 17, bringing gamers the biggest and most accessible free-to-enterHalo” tournament in the world. 

Starting today, players can register for the “Halo 4 Infinity Challenge” by visiting www.halo4infinitychallenge.com (localized registration sites available on Dec. 12). Launching on Dec. 17, the free-to-enter tournament will track your personal score in War Games and the number of Spartan Ops chapters you complete on global leaderboards, giving players of different preferences and skill levels all a shot at the more than 2,800 prizes. For the War Games leaderboard winner, the grand prize will be a UNSC-themed, V8-powered 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor truck designed by 343 Industries, and for the Spartan Ops winner, the grand prize will be an appearance in a future “Halo” game.

During the qualifier phase (Dec. 17 – Jan. 10), players will need to climb the ranks of the global leaderboards by competing in either the Spartan Ops or War Games leaderboard. After the qualifier phase, players will be tiered into three groups (based on their results on the qualifier phase leaderboards) and will enter the finals phase (Jan. 12 – Jan. 19).  In addition, players can also participate in Weekly Challenges found on Halo Waypoint at http://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/intel/challenges for a chance to win great prizes.

During the finals, the leaderboards will reset and prizes will be awarded to the top performers in each tier. While terrific prizes are available within all three tiers, the grand prizes will be offered exclusively for those that have battled their way to the top tier.

For tournament and registration information, please visit: www.halo4infinitychallenge.com or http://www.halowaypoint.com/

“HALO 4” CRIMSON MAP PACK

Comprised of three brand new multiplayer maps (Wreckage, Harvest and Shatter), the “Halo 4” Crimson Map Pack will launch on Dec. 10 on Xbox LIVE for 800 MS points (or at no additional charge for those that purchased the “Halo 4” Map Pass or “Halo 4” Limited Edition).

Timed just before the launch of the “Halo 4 Infinity Challenge,” the new map pack gives players more reason than ever to stay online and prepare for the upcoming competition by exploring these stunning new battlegrounds.

SPARTAN OPS SEASON CONTINUES IN JANUARY

Clearing the way for the “Halo 4 Infinity Challenge” and the “Halo 4” Crimson Map Pack, Spartan Ops will go on a mid-season break starting Dec. 10. During the week of Dec. 10, 343 Industries will re-enter five chapters from the first half of the season into Matchmaking as a “Best of Spartan Ops” compilation. From Dec. 17 – Jan. 14, episodes 1-5 will be re-entered into Matchmaking (one episode per week) to support the “Halo 4 Infinity Challenge,” and allow anyone who missed or wants to replay a previous chapter to easily find teammates online. (Check out http://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/intel/spartanops for more information.)

The second half of Spartan Ops Season One will resume later in January with brand new episodes, chapters, locations and maps. Be sure to tune into the Spike TV 10th Annual Video Game Awards, live on Spike TV, Dec. 7 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT for more information and an exclusive first-look at the continuation of Spartan Ops Season One.  The Spike TV Video Game Awards will simulcast on MTV 2, MTV Tr3s, Xbox LIVE, spike.com and gametrailers.com.

Hit www.halo4infinitychallenge.com to for more details

December 6th 2012 at 7:27 am | Halo | 11 comments

December 5th 2012, 11:26 am PT

Resident Evil 6 to deliver new content on December 18

Capcom has released new information about the game-add coming December 18th. Here are the details on the three modes (and more) available exclusively first on Xbox 360 from their press release:

London – Dec. 5, 2012 – Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games today confirmed that the initial wave of game add-on content for Resident Evil® 6 consisting of Predator, Survivors and Onslaught modes will be available on December 18 exclusively first on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Each mode is priced at 320 Microsoft Points and expands on the game’s multiplayer elements, providing new and exciting ways to enjoy the world of Resident Evil 6. Alternatively, players can purchase all three modes together as a bundle pack at the value price of 720 Microsoft Points on the Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for Xbox 360.

Available for two to six players, in Predator one player takes on the role of the Ustanak, the fearsome B.O.W. that stalks Jake Muller throughout his campaign, and tries to eliminate the human players. The humans’ task: stop the deadly B.O.W. in its tracks, or at least survive until the end of the session.

Survivors takes the classic solo and team-based versus mode and adds a twist. Get killed and respawn as an enemy character with the ability to attack the human characters. Take down one human character to resurrect in human form. Last man or team standing wins. Survivors can be played by two to six players.

Onslaught sees two players go head to head in an attempt to clear waves of oncoming enemies. Chaining combos provides the key to success in Onslaught as this will send enemies over to the opponent’s screen, the more that are sent over, the quicker the victory will be.

Furthermore, December 17, will also see the release of a free title update for Resident Evil 6 that will allow owners to adjust the in-game camera to give a greater field of view as best suits their play style, while those who want to combine English language audio with subtitles in their desired language will now be able to do so. Also included in the title update is an unlock for Ada Wong’s campaign that adds an optional player-controlled co-op partner for that story, and the aptly named No Hope difficulty level, for those who want an extreme challenge.

December 5th 2012 at 11:26 am | Game Add-on, Xbox 360 | 17 comments

December 5th 2012, 9:23 am PT

New Apps Launch on Xbox LIVE

Today on Xbox, new entertainment experiences are coming your way. Xbox 360 is continuing to build on its catalog of television, movies, sports and music and we’re happy to announce the following new entertainment apps rolling out today around the globe:

Rhapsody (Launching in the United States)
With Rhapsody on Xbox 360, you can choose from a catalog of millions of songs.  Having a party? Create playlists and jam all night long.  Enjoy new releases every week, plus listen to our Featured, Popular, Artist and Genre Radio.1

Blip.TV (Launching in the United States)
Blip lets you discover, watch and share the best in original web series. Choose from hundreds of hand-picked dramas, comedies, lifestyle, sports and other series. Get your web series fix on the large screen in the comfort of your own home.1

IGN (Now available in Canada)
Get the best of IGN from the comfort of your couch with the official IGN app for Xbox 360. IGN delivers original video content, live streams, reviews and shows like Strategize, IGN Pro League, and the Daily Fix. Queue up reviews, news, previews, and walkthroughs for your favorite games and have them available right at your fingertips. And with Kinect, you can even play, pause, and rewind what you’re watching with your voice or a wave of your hand.

LOVEFiLM UK (Updating in United Kingdom)
Watch thousands of LOVEFILM movies, streamed instantly to your Xbox. LOVEFiLM Subscribers on packages of 6,99€ or above can watch films instantly and get the UK’s largest selection of DVD and Xbox games. And the best bit? All this comes as part of your subscription. That’s right, thousands of films to watch instantly at no extra cost.

LOVEFiLM Deutschland (Launching in Germany)
Watch thousands of LOVEFILM movies, streamed instantly to your Xbox. LOVEFiLM Subscribers on packages of 6,99€ or above can watch films instantly and get the Germany’s largest selection of DVD and Xbox games. And the best bit? All this comes as part of your subscription. That’s right, thousands of films to watch instantly at no extra cost.1

RTL XL (Launching in the Netherlands)
Watch the best RTL programs through the RTL XL Xbox application.1

TOU.TV (Launching in Canada)
North America’s leading French-language entertainment web TV site, with over 2,000 hours of free video content from across the French-speaking world. Its vast inventory of content, such as serial dramas, soap, documentaries and web series, make it THE ultimate entertainment platform.1

1Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and/or additional subscriptions/fees may be required. Kinect functionality available with select Xbox LIVE content and varies by feature and country. For additional details and availability, see http://www.xbox.com/live.

December 5th 2012 at 9:23 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 56 comments

December 5th 2012, 6:00 am PT

Arcade: Guardians of Middle-earth

Guardians of Middle-earth Content: Guardians of Middle-earth
Price: 1200 Microsoft Points
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: Guardians of Middle-earth delivers an authentic multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game set in Middle-earth and crafted specifically for console systems. Gamers team up as the most powerful heroes from the greatest fantasy epic of all time, bringing up to 10 players together in strategic five versus five competitive multiplayer battle arenas in the epic setting of Middle-earth.

Add the game trial to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

December 5th 2012 at 6:00 am | Arcade, Marketplace | 21 comments

December 4th 2012, 6:00 am PT

Nike+ Kinect Training News: Xbox 360 Bundle, New Workouts & More

Today we are officially announcing the Xbox 360 Nike+ Kinect Training Bundle that will begin appearing at major U.S. retailers

The Xbox 360 Nike+ Kinect Training Bundle includes a 4G Xbox 360 console, Kinect sensor, a copy of “Nike+ Kinect Training” and a one-month Xbox LIVE Gold membership for $249.99*.

Available at major U.S. retailers while supplies last.

“Nike+ Kinect Training” will be available for Download on Xbox LIVE Dec. 25.
You can skip the post-holiday shopping crowds and download the full version of “Nike+ Kinect Training” directly to your Xbox 360. Available through the Xbox LIVE Marketplace beginning Dec. 25 for $49.99/4,000 MS points.

“Fast and Focused: 15-Minute Upper Body & Core Workout” Add-On Content Launches Dec. 26
The “Fast and Focused: Upper Body and Core Pack” is a 15-minute workout with personalized drills to target your upper body while burning calories. This add-on content integrates with your ongoing “Nike+ Kinect Training” program, adding new, challenging drills as you progress through your workout. Available through the Xbox LIVE Marketplace beginning Dec. 26 for $4.99/400 MS points.

* Estimated retail price. $50.00 off Holiday Price Promotion ends Jan. 5.

December 4th 2012 at 6:00 am | Kinect, Xbox 360 | 28 comments

December 4th 2012, 5:27 am PT

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Dragonborn

SkyrimContent: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Dragonborn
Price: 1600 Microsoft Points
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: With this this official add-on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, journey off the coast of Morrowind, to the island of Solstheim. Encounter new towns, dungeons, and quests, as you traverse the ash wastes and glacial valleys of this new land. Become more powerful with new shouts that bend the will of your enemies and even tame dragons. Your fate, and the fate of Solstheim, hangs in the balance as you face off against your deadliest adversary – the first Dragonborn.

Purchase this game add-on and add it to your Xbox 360 download queue

You’ll need a copy of Skyrim to use this game add-on

 

December 4th 2012 at 5:27 am | Game Add-on, Marketplace | 9 comments

December 3rd 2012, 10:44 am PT

“The Dark Knight Rises” Xbox SmartGlass Experiences

The Dark Knight Rises launches tomorrow on Xbox Video. I wanted to let you know about The Dark Knight Rises experience on Xbox SmartGlass:

Using your second screen device, The Dark Knight Rises Xbox SmartGlass experience offers:

  • Exclusive content
  • Storyboards
  • Triviax
  • Quotes from the film’s director and actors
  • A closer look at The Dark Knight Rises’ vehicles, gadgets and characters
  • Time-synced information about the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend
  • Behind the scenes look at Bane’s in-flight hijacking, the stadium disaster and more

We’re also offering members in the U.S. an exclusive way to win a Bane character prop replica mask not available anywhere else. The mask is highly detailed and ‘life-size’, pulled from the same mold used for the film. It’s displayed on a replica head in a plexi-glass display case.
Head to the Xbox 360 dashboard for more information.

December 3rd 2012 at 10:44 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 44 comments

November 30th 2012, 11:00 am PT

*EXPIRED* Grab your Golden Key for Borderlands 2 while they last . . .

Update: That’s it…they’re all gone. I hope you got one!

I’ve got a very special Free Code Friday today: Golden Keys for Borderlands 2.


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The above key can only be used once per account so don’t wait, redeem it now so you can get in on the lootin’. Also, don’t forget we’ve unlocked Xbox LIVE Gold for many regions this weekend, so it’s the perfect time show off the new weapon you’ve unlocked with some Borderlands 2 co-op.

Some notes about the SHiFT codes:

  • To redeem a code, select "Extras" on the main menu of Borderlands 2 and choose "SHiFT Codes" then follow the on-screen instructions.
  • The above code will only work on the Xbox 360 version of Borderlands 2
  • SHiFT requires Xbox LIVE Gold and the account user must be at least 18 years of age.
  • For further details about what a Golden Key is and how/where to redeem is, hit the Gearbox forums

The above code should work for a few hours, so don’t wait. Follow me on Twitter and I’ll let you know when the keys are gone.  Thanks again to Gear Box Software for making this special set of codes.

November 30th 2012 at 11:00 am | Xbox 360 | 62 comments

November 30th 2012, 5:38 am PT

Arcade: Red Bull Crashed Ice

Content: Red Bull Crashed Ice Kinect
Price: 400 Microsoft Points
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: Experience the most intense Kinect sports game in your living room with Red Bull Crashed Ice Kinect for Xbox 360. Fly down Ice Cross Downhill tracks at incredible speed, carve through turns, pull off crazy stunts and crash your way to victory across 5 authentic downhill tracks. Take the prize and become the Ice Cross Downhill World Champion on the leaderboards, battling it out with other players from all over the world.

Add the game trial to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

November 30th 2012 at 5:38 am | Arcade, Marketplace | 15 comments

November 29th 2012, 11:32 am PT

Season 2 of “Kinect Sesame Street TV” and “Kinect Nat Geo TV” announced

Today we are announcing announced that season two of “Kinect Sesame Street TV” and “Kinect Nat Geo TV” will begin on January 7, 2013

Eight additional episodes for each title means even more interactive content and opportunities for their families to jump inside their favorite television shows and engage, interact and learn in ways only available through Kinect for Xbox 360. “Kinect Nat Geo TV” season two will be hosted by reptile expert and host of Nat Geo WILD’s “Dangerous Encounters,” Brady Barr.

Season two of “Kinect Sesame Street TV” and “Kinect Nat Geo TV” will each cost $29.99 USD/2400 MS points for the eight 30-minute episodes and will be available via download when you purchase a Season’s Pass on Xbox LIVE. Individual episodes can also be purchased for $4.99 USD/400 MS points.

November 29th 2012 at 11:32 am | Kinect, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 8 comments

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