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August 1st 2009, 12:22 am PT

Preview Program Wave 3 has begun (and an update for 1st an 2nd wave)

 

The
great thing about our Xbox LIVE previews is the people who participate
in them – you. Thanks for all
your feedback.  Based on your suggestions, today we’ll be sending out a
fix to some of the items you pointed out in the first and second waves
of the preview. The third wave of the preview starts today.  You’ll be
seeing a prompt for another update this afternoon
. Keep the feedback coming Not in it yet ? What are you waiting for? Sign up now.

 

August 1st 2009 at 12:22 am | new Xbox experience | 300 comments

July 31st 2009, 7:06 pm PT

Rock your Avatar in Guitar Hero 5

 

Earlier today, Activision announced that you can use your Xbox avatar as a playable character in game. If you want a preview of what this will look like, download the special GH 5 trailer from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. In the trailer, you’ll Xbox’s own Don Mattrick, Shane Kim, Phil Spencer and Marc Whitten take their Avatars from mild-mannered video game geeks to glam-rockin’ metalheads and “Shout It Out Loud” with a Redmond rendition of KISS. I am sure If there was a way to have your avatar as a roadie, that’s where you’d find mine with this band.

Listen to my weekly podcast when I post it this Sunday, where I’ll have the Guitar Hero 5 producer on to discuss how this avatar integration will work.

 

Add this Guitar Hero 5 video with the Xbox team to your Xbox 360 download queue

July 31st 2009 at 7:06 pm | new Xbox experience | 29 comments

July 30th 2009, 6:45 pm PT

Preview Program Update

 

Waves 1 and 2 of the Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program have been pushed out and we have seen quite a few Xbox LIVE members already download and start checking out all the new features in this update. We are collecting the necessary information for another Wave, so please hang tight if you have been accepted but have not received your update yet. A fair number of you have not provided accurate information (like an invalid console ID or serial number) so if you previously signed up, and have not received the update, you may want to visit connect and confirm your information.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you are still in luck – we are is still taking additional signups.  You can do read more about the program on my blog, or on Xbox.com. If you want to get some of your friends to try the new Netflix party mode, get then to sign up and you can try it out together!

 

July 30th 2009 at 6:45 pm | new Xbox experience | 284 comments

July 28th 2009, 7:29 pm PT

Preview Program Emails are being sent out

 

We’re in the process of sending notification emails out to the first group of people for the Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program. Please check your email (and spam folder…just in case) to see if you were selected. If we stay on schedule, those selected should receive a prompt to accept the update later today/tonight.

 

We’ll be sending another wave of notifications later this week, but we are holding registration open a bit longer to make sure everyone has a chance to participate. If you signed up but did not receive a mail yet, please head over to the connect site and review your information to make sure it is correct. I am being told that there are quite a few people did not properly complete the survey. If this is the first you are reading about the Preview Program, go ahead and sign up and you may be chosen to participate before the update is released on August 11th.

 

Update: Sign in to the connect site to see if you are accepted, since many of you did not opt-in to allow us to send you emails, or your email was not properly record in the system.

 

 

July 28th 2009 at 7:29 pm | new Xbox experience | 1,188 comments

July 13th 2009, 10:50 pm PT

Cool shades for your Avatar

A whole new set of eyewear is now available for your Avatar.

 

Mens:

  • Black Shutter Shades
  • Red Shutter Shades
  • White Shutter Shades
  • Hippy Shades

Ladies:

  • Blue Shutter Shades
  • Green Shutter Shades
  • Yellow Shutter Shades

 

 

All clothing choices are free, and will remain available. It is easy to tell what is new when you are in the avatar editor, just look for the gold star. Any item of clothing with a gold star is new since the last time you signed in to the avatar editor.

 

July 13th 2009 at 10:50 pm | new Xbox experience | 48 comments

June 24th 2009, 12:18 am PT

Avatar Summer Wear

It’s Officially Summer, which means (at least for the Northern Hemisphere) its time to bust out the warm weather wear. The following items are now available for download as part of the latest release of apparel for your avatar:

Male

  • Rashguard
  • White Vest
  • Swim Shorts
  • Surfer Shorts

Female

  • Flower Vest
  • Surfer Hot Pants
  • Surfer Shorts
  • Surfer Skirt
  • Surfer Dress

All clothing choices are free, and will remain available. It is easy to tell what is new when you are in the avatar editor, just look for the gold star. Any item of clothing with a gold star is new since the last time you signed in to the avatar editor.

 

June 24th 2009 at 12:18 am | new Xbox experience | 39 comments

June 3rd 2009, 2:23 pm PT

At E3? Come by and get the first Xbox Avatar prop

 

In his letter to the community yesterday, Xbox LIVE’s Marc Whitten (Notwen) outlined some of the new things we’re bringing to the Xbox LIVE service later this year. One of the new features we have is called props which will allow you to add cool new items for your avatar to interact with. If you are attending E3 this year, you have a very special opportunity to get the very first prop: An 2009 E3 Trophy cup that will commemorate your attendance to this years show.

 

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All you need to do is drop by the Xbox 360 booth and sign up. Later this year, we’ll email you a code for your prop that you can download from the upcoming Avatar Marketplace.
Look for the special sign up computer we’ve set up in the Xbox LIVE section of the booth. (South Hall, Booth 1523)  If you’re having trouble finding the right section, it’s on the side facing Ubisoft’s booth.

Tell them Major sent you.

 

June 3rd 2009 at 2:23 pm | E3, new Xbox experience | 63 comments

June 2nd 2009, 10:53 pm PT

Geek out your Avatar

While E3 is happening, it’s time to channel your inner Geek into your Avatar! The following items are now available for download as part of the latest release of apparel for your avatar:


Male

Work Shirt

70’s Plaid Flares

Jam Jar Glasses


Female

Knitted Vest

Gingham Shirt

Thread Skirt

All clothing choices are free, and will remain available. It is easy to tell what is new when you are in the avatar editor, just look for the gold star. Any item of clothing with a gold star is new since the last time you signed in to the avatar editor.

 

June 2nd 2009 at 10:53 pm | new Xbox experience | 29 comments

May 14th 2009, 8:09 pm PT

Crackdown Premium Theme Preview

 Crackdown Theme

I just got word that a Crackdown NXE Theme is coming to Marketplace tomorrow. I’m a big Crackdown fan, so I was pretty excited when I was able to get a preview of what it will look like as well.

 

Here are the details as they’ll appear in Marketplace tomorrow MORNING after 0700 ET/0300 PT

 

If you a Crackdown fan, be sure to download the Agility Orb sound file. It makes a great message tone for your mobile phone!

 

Content: Play More Crackdown!
Price: 240 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Germany
Dash Text: Two years later, Crackdown is still an awesome game. Here’s a new Premium Theme in celebration of its sheer awesomeness. Why not dust off your copy, give your friends a nudge, and go stir up some mayhem in Pacific City?

Edit: Updated region availability

May 14th 2009 at 8:09 pm | new Xbox experience | 102 comments

May 13th 2009, 2:48 am PT

New shoes are now available for your Avatar

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The next time you sign into Xbox LIVE, check out the newly-released avatar shoes. I’ve posted pictures of a few of them over at Flickr.  . As a bonus for all you single guys, we’ve included the ever-popular socks with sandals look. Chicks can’t resist it.

As usual, all of the avatar clothing items are FREE, so try ‘em all on!

For the guys, you have

  • Flip Flops
  • High Top Sneakers
  • Socks and Sandals
  • 70’s Leather Platforms

For the ladies, check out:

  • Sunny Day Sandals
  • White 60’s Boots

Tip: It is easy to tell what is new when you are in the avatar editor, just look for the gold star. Any item of clothing with a gold star is new since your last sign in


 

May 13th 2009 at 2:48 am | new Xbox experience | 68 comments

May 6th 2009, 9:54 pm PT

1 vs 100 Beta is on in Canada

   

Starting this Friday, May 8th our fine friends in Canada are going to get the very first look at the new Xbox LIVE show 1 vs 100 when the team rolls out a beta just for Canada*. If you have have an Xbox LIVE Gold account in Canada, you’ll want to check out the beta since in addition to it being a lot of fun, they’re also giving away real prizes.  Hit the 1 vs 100 page on Xbox.com for FAQ’s, Rules and more. Keep an ear out as well, as I may drop in a few nights as ‘guest host.’

 

*I have a feeling there may be a lot of Hockey related questions, don’t you?

 

May 6th 2009 at 9:54 pm | new Xbox experience, Xbox 360 | 123 comments

April 21st 2009, 11:36 pm PT

New clothing now available for your Avatar (Hip Hop)

The following items are now available for download as part of the latest release of apparel for your avatar:

 

For the men we have:
Denim Shorts
Faded Jeans with Print
Striped Visor Beanie
Diamond Stud Earrings
Square Stones Ring

And for the ladies:
Oversized Jacket with Chains
Short Shorts
Sports Vest
Diamond Stud Earrings

 

All clothing choices are free, and will remain available. It is easy to tell what is new when you are in the avatar editor, just look for the gold star. Any item of clothing with a gold star is new since the last time you signed in to the avatar editor.

 

April 21st 2009 at 11:36 pm | new Xbox experience | 56 comments

April 6th 2009, 2:06 pm PT

Be a part of the Xbox LIVE team meeting

Later today, we’re having one of our regularly scheduled team meetings with the entire Xbox LIVE team. We do this every so often and it goes something like this: the Xbox LIVE General Manager (Notwen) provide updates and members of the team will do demos of cool unreleased thing we’re working on.

The meeting is only open to members of the LIVE team, and while what we talk about and demo is stuff we can’t share publically yet, we do want to give you a chance to be a part of the meeting.

Here is how:

Before, during and after the meeting, we’ll have a screen showing real time updates from twitter that are tagged with the twitter hashtag of #heyxboxlive.  This big screen will be in front of the entire team, so you’ll have a attentive audience. Ever wish you could say something to the entire Xbox LIVE team?  This is your chance. The meeting will be today between 3pm and 5p PT. (what time is that in your time zone?) I am posting this now, so you can start thinking of what you’d like to share with our team….but don’t post too early or we won’t see ‘em!

I’ll also post a reminder when we get closer to 3pm on my twitter page, and once the meeting kicks off you can watch the comments/suggestions etc. stream by here.

Thanks for being a part of our meeting.

April 6th 2009 at 2:06 pm | new Xbox experience | 54 comments

April 1st 2009, 7:33 pm PT

How the Xbox 360 download queue works

 

When we launched the web marketplace in last November, we introduced the ability for Xbox LIVE members to browse Marketplace through Xbox.com and easily add game and video content to your Xbox 360 download queue. That meant when you turned on your Xbox 360 console, and signed into LIVE, you would immediately start downloading items you added from the web Marketplace. If you own more than one console, or travel with your Xbox LIVE profile on an MU or HDD, it’s possible that your downloads don’t start immediately upon sighing in to LIVE, and that has left you puzzled.

 

You may have added things to your queue and then signed in on a console and gone to your Active downloads only to notice things are not automatically starting to download like you thought.

 

Your active download screen may look something like this:


What does Assigned to another console mean? And how do you make items automatically download to the console you are signed into?

 

Let me back up a little bit and explain how web marketplace works.

 

After NXE launched, the very first console that you used to download any Marketplace items is seen as your main console. That means anytime you add items to your queue, they’ll automatically start downloading when you sign in with that console.

 

Now, for most people that is fine. But if you have more than one console, or you travel around a lot, your main console status may have been assigned to a console that was not in fact what you consider to be your main console. To be more specific, if you sign in with any other console, you’ll see the above message and your items will be pending and assigned to another console.

 

I’ll now show you how you can make whatever console you want your main console.

First, add something to your download queue from the web marketplace. Then, sign in to the console that you want to make your main console and navigate to active downloads (press the guide button -> Marketplace -> Active Downloads.) When you see the above screen shot showing the item you added to your queue assigned to another console, simply select it and press A and you’ll be greeted with this message:

 

 

From here Select Download All Items

 

Once you do that, your download will begin, but more importantly choosing Download All Items tells the Xbox LIVE service to make the console you are currently signed in to LIVE with your main console.

 

From that point forward, anytime you add items to your download queue from the web marketplace and you sign in on that console your downloads will begin the moment you sign in to LIVE. You can change what console the service considers your main console as frequently as you would like by repeating the above steps.

 

Of course if you select Download this item only, the service will download that one item and not change what console is your main console.

 

Hopefully this will help you understand how the Web Marketplace works in relation to your Active Downloads.

 

 

Edit: I made a few edits for clarity.

April 1st 2009 at 7:33 pm | Marketplace, new Xbox experience, Xbox 360 | 36 comments

March 31st 2009, 10:09 pm PT

Business clothes now available for your avatar

 

This week it’s time to get down to business for your Avatars. The following business wear is now available for your avatar:

 

Male

Blue Formal Shirt

Moleskin Pants

Waistcoat and Shirt

Suit and Tie

Female

Pencil Skirt

Slacks

Pinstripe Blazer

Twin Set

 
All clothing choices are free, and will remain available. It is easy to tell what is new when you are in the avatar editor, just look for the gold star. Any item of clothing with a gold star is new since the last time you signed in to the avatar editor.

March 31st 2009 at 10:09 pm | new Xbox experience | 34 comments

March 10th 2009, 11:22 pm PT

Western Wear clothes now available for your avatar

 

Headed to South By Southwest 2009 later this week? If so, get your Avatar duded up for your trip to Lone Star state. Not going to Texas? Don’t worry about it…you can still get in on the Western Wear action now available for your Avatar. Giddy yup!

 

All clothing choices are free, and will remain available. It is easy to tell what is new when you are in the avatar editor, just look for the gold star. Any item of clothing with a gold star is new since the last time you signed in to the avatar editor.

March 10th 2009 at 11:22 pm | new Xbox experience | 29 comments

February 16th 2009, 10:14 pm PT

The Lost and Damned Biker Bundle now available for your avatar

A new bundle of avatar clothing is now available*. The The Lost and Damned Biker Bundle, inspired by this weeks release of GTA IV The Lost and Damned, contains the following new items:


Guys:

Rocker Jacket
Pixie Boots
Grunge Pants
Metal Combats
Top Hat
Skull Ring
Leather Biker Gloves
Left Feather Earring
Right Feather Earring

Girls:
Punk Tee
Black 60’s Boots
Leopard Print Leggings
Biker Jacket
Biker Gloves
Skull Wrist Band
Left Feather Earring
Right Feather Earring

 

*If you do not see the new content yet, give it some time…it will be along shortly.  As always, all clothing choices are free, and will remain available. It is easy to tell what is new when you are in the avatar editor, just look for the gold star. Any item of clothing with a gold star is new since the last time you signed in to the avatar editor.

 

February 16th 2009 at 10:14 pm | new Xbox experience | 54 comments

February 16th 2009, 8:22 pm PT

Prepare for L&D and install GTA IV to your Hard Drive

If you want to get ready for The Lost and Damned available tomorrow, why not install GTA IV to your hard drive? I realize many of you are already using this feature with more recently relapsed games, but since GTA launched last year many months before we added this feature in NXE, I thought it would be worth mentioning.

 

If you have your hard drive attached, it’s pretty simple and will take you about 7-9 minutes and will result in your console running pretty quiet while you are running amok in Liberty City.

 

Assuming you already have NXE, here is how you do it: Insert your GTA disc and scroll up to MY XBOX. Press Y (game details) on the first slot in MY XBOX. From here choose Install to Hard Drive. That’s it. After a few minutes, you’re done! Next time you insert your GTA disc, it will automatically run from the hard drive. 

 

Edit: to be clear, installing a game to the hard drive is entirely optional.

February 16th 2009 at 8:22 pm | new Xbox experience | 41 comments

February 11th 2009, 1:58 am PT

Formal Avatar clothes now available

 

In time for Valentine’s day, the men have a dark formal suit and the ladies have a red dress.

 

All clothing choices are free, and will remain available. It is easy to tell what is new when you are in the avatar editor, just look for the gold star. Any item of clothing with a gold star is new since the last time you signed in to the avatar editor.

February 11th 2009 at 1:58 am | new Xbox experience | 33 comments

February 2nd 2009, 11:50 am PT

Dashboard Update (aka the HDMI Audio fix)

Starting Tuesday morning at 0200 Pacific when you sign into Xbox Live you’ll be prompted for a mandatory dashboard update. The update addresses the issue that a few folks were having with audio and their HDMI connection.

This update will be rolled out to all Xbox LIVE members around the world over the space of a few hours, so you may not get prompted for the update immediately. Thanks for your patience.

February 2nd 2009 at 11:50 am | new Xbox experience | 118 comments

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