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October 2nd 2013, 8:23 am PT

LIVE Activity for week of Sept. 23

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

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Grand Theft Auto V
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
FIFA 14
EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13 
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Madden NFL 25
GTA IV
Battlefield 3 
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Halo 4 
Diablo III
Skyrim
Ascend: Hand of Kul
Modern Warfare 2 
NBA 2K13
EA SPORTS FIFA 14 Downloadable Demo
Rainbow Six Vegas
Halo: Reach
Gears of War 3 
   

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Terraria – Xbox 360 Edition
State of Decay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Castle Crashers 
Trials Evolution
DuckTales: Remastered
BattleBlock Theater
Magic 2014  Duels of the Planeswalkers
The Walking Dead
Girl Fight
Trials HD
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Worms 2: Armageddon
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Decade Duels Plus
Sonic Adventure 2
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
Counter-Strike: GO
Joy Ride Turbo
Fruit Ninja Kinect 
  The above list is based on full versions purchased.

Top Indie Games (Full Versions purchased)

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Avatar Survival Games
Avatar Warfare!
CastleMiner Z  
White Noise Online  
Mount Your Friends 
Avatar Farm Online
Avatar Deathmatch 
Murder Miners 
CastleMiner
The Impossible Game  
Shark Attack Deathmatch  
Avatar Laser Wars 2
Avatar Miner Paintball  
Avatar Honor and Duty
Total Miner: Forge 
Sexy Island Adventure
Block World  
Thunder Moon Online
The Co-Op Zombie Game  
Avatar Legends 
  The above list is based on full versions purchased.

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

October 2nd 2013 at 8:23 am | Top LIVE, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 69 comments

October 1st 2013, 10:01 am PT

“Destiny” Beta

Details on the Destiny Beta that was just announced. In addition Activision and Bungie have released a new trailer entitled “The Moon,” featuring a highlighted destination in the game, and the Hive, one of the four enemy races featured in Destiny:

Here are the pertinent details on the Beta that I’ve parsed out of the announcement:

ACTIVISION AND BUNGIE ANNOUNCE DESTINY BETA EARLY 2014
Pre-Order Now at Participating Retailers for Invite-Only Access to Beta
Shared World Shooter Game Launches Next Spring

Activision Publishing and Bungie today announced that fans who pre-order the game at participating retailers worldwide will get early access to the Destiny Beta, which will include a diverse sampling of major activities featured in the full game. The Beta will begin in early 2014 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4.

Destiny Beta Redemption Codes are only available while supplies last. To see a list of participating global retailers, fans can visit http://www.destinythegame.com/wheretobuy. Upon pre-ordering the game at a participating retailer, fans can visit http://bungie.net/beta and follow the instructions on the page to secure their spot in the Beta. The required 9-digit entry code will be printed on their receipt, on a flyer distributed at time of purchase or sent via email through their respective retail rewards program. Fans that pre-ordered before October 1st 2013 and qualify for this offer are automatically entered into the Beta and will receive their entry code from their retailer via email. All questions or concerns related to the Beta code should be brought to the attention of the retailer.

Pre-Order Destiny for Xbox 360 or Xbox One from Amazon or the Microsoft Store

October 1st 2013 at 10:01 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One | 101 comments

October 1st 2013, 9:24 am PT

Xbox Live Free Gold Weekend This Weekend

Starting this Friday (4, October)  through Sunday (6, October) we’ll be unlocking Xbox Live Gold for the below regions. If you are not a Gold Member yet, it’s a great opportunity to try Multiplayer on your favorite games.

Regions include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam

Your region not listed above? We’ve got your covered with the following dates:

Oct. 11 – 14: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico
Nov. 7 – 10: Japan

Have fun and I’ll see you on Xbox Live.

     

October 1st 2013 at 9:24 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 43 comments

September 30th 2013, 9:00 am PT

Games with Gold: “Might & Magic Clash of Heroes” and “Halo 3” Free in October

Might & Magic Clash of Heroes™ Halo 3

The next set of free games for Xbox Live Members in September will be Might & Magic Clash of Heroes and
Halo 3.

Starting Tuesday (October 1st) Might & Magic Clash of Heroes (Normally US $14.99) will be free for Xbox LIVE Gold members through October 15th .

Then on October 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Halo 3 (Normally US $14.99) for free.

As a reminder, the “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

September 30th 2013 at 9:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 386 comments

September 24th 2013, 12:05 pm PT

Deals on Xbox 360 Underway at Top Retailers

I wanted to let you know about some Xbox 360 deals that are now available now a select US retailers.

Save up to $50 and get a Free $50 Gift Card on select Xbox 360 consoles at the following retailers:

Or save up to $50 on select Xbox 360 consoles at the following retailers:

As a reminder, here are a few of the upcoming titles coming to Xbox 360:

  • FIFA 14 – Sept. 24
  • NBA 2K14 – Oct. 1
  • Skylanders: SWAP Force – Oct. 13
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – Oct. 18
  • Batman: Arkham Origins – Oct. 25
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Oct. 29
  • Battlefield 4 – Oct. 29
  • WWE 2K14 – Oct. 29
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts – Nov. 5

 

Cross posted on Xbox Wire

September 24th 2013 at 12:05 pm | Xbox 360 | 30 comments

September 16th 2013, 3:52 pm PT

Introducing the Xbox Game Ahead Program


Today Activision shared details of the Xbox Game Ahead Program for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Purchase a copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox 360 and get a next-gen upgrade for $10.

More on Xbox Wire

September 16th 2013 at 3:52 pm | COD, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 151 comments

August 30th 2013, 9:00 am PT

Games with Gold for September: Magic 2013 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas

Magic 2013 TC's RainbowSix Vegas

The next set of free games for Xbox Live Members in September will be Magic 2013 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas.

Starting Sunday (September 1st)  Magic 2013 (Normally US $9.99) will be free for Xbox LIVE Gold members through September 15th .

Then on September 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download  Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas (Normally US $19.99) for free. Note: South Africa Xbox Live members will receive Banjo Kazooie:  Nuts & Bolts instead of RSV.

As a reminder, the “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

Updated tiles for South Africa

August 30th 2013 at 9:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 1,091 comments

August 29th 2013, 9:00 am PT

Xbox One delivers premium voice quality via hardware improvements and Skype’s audio codec

Today we want to share some details about the incredible voice chat improvements made to Xbox One and how these changes will enhance your communication with the Xbox One Chat Headset on the console.

Thanks to integration with Skype’s audio codec, which has a proven track record of high-quality voice through billions of hours of use within Skype, as well as dedicated audio processing (for Xbox One conversations via Skype and multiplayer party chats), Xbox One offers higher quality voice chat with the Xbox One Chat Headset compared to Xbox 360—whether you’re chatting in-game or through party chat with Skype on Xbox One.

But the improvements don’t stop there. The Xbox One Wireless Controller’s new expansion port dramatically expands the data transfer rate between the controller and console. Combined with Skype’s audio codec, this enables crystal-clear digital audio with the Xbox One Chat Headset, both capturing and rendering speech at 24 KHz PCM, which is triple the rendering sample rate and a 50 percent capture rate improvement over Xbox 360 headsets. And, as we shared before, the Xbox One Chat Headset comes with every Xbox One console.

But don’t just take our word for it. Listen to this short sample for yourself:

We think gamers will immediately notice the improvement here—whether it’s through crystal clear in-game chats over the Xbox One Chat Headset, through the sound of crisper conversations taking place over Skype or with your multiplayer party chat.

We can’t wait for you to hear the improvements first-hand in a couple months.

*Voice chat requires Xbox Live. In-game voice chat and Skype require an Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately).

Cross posted on Xbox Wire

August 29th 2013 at 9:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One | 317 comments

August 26th 2013, 10:00 am PT

The Next Xbox Live Update for Xbox 360 is Here

Today, we’re announcing the release of the Fall (or Spring depending on where you are from) 2013 Xbox Live Update for Xbox 360. It brings several features for Xbox Live members, chief among them the ability to buy content on Xbox 360 using local currency.

What do you need to do to get this update? The next time you log into Xbox Live, you will automatically be prompted to start the download. After that, when you go to initiate a purchase or redeem a Microsoft Points card through your Xbox 360, we’ll add to your Microsoft account an amount of currency equal to or greater than the Xbox Marketplace value of your Microsoft Points. We’ll also continue to accept purchased Microsoft Points Cards and codes until further notice. It’s that easy.

For more information read this FAQ on Xbox.com

August 26th 2013 at 10:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 291 comments

August 21st 2013, 12:43 pm PT

The latest Xbox gamescom coverage

It’s been a busy day in Cologne at gamescom, but I rounded up some of the latest Xbox news and videos for you in to this one tidy post.

Phil Harrison talks Football, Xbox One Games and What’s Coming Next

Forza Motorsport 5 Reveals New Tracks

Don’t forget to watch this trailer from the newly announced Tom Clancy title “The Division” – I am also happy to announce that partnership with Ubisoft The Division” will also bring exclusive content to Xbox One.

PLUS We’ve got a live show from the Xbox Booth on Thursday starting at 6pm local time.
It will be available to watch LIVE (and on demand following the show) directly on your Xbox 360.

August 21st 2013 at 12:43 pm | Events, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 192 comments

August 16th 2013, 2:50 am PT

Xbox Live Gold Members: Download your free copies of Dead Rising 2” and “Dead Rising: Case Zero”

Dead Rising 2 DR2: CASE ZERO

Today until August 31st, Xbox Live Gold Members can grab BOTH Dead Rising 2 (Normally US $29.99) and Dead Rising 2: Case Zero (Normally 400 points) for free. Download them both today.

The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

August 16th 2013 at 2:50 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 399 comments

August 14th 2013, 12:20 pm PT

Introducing Season Pass Guarantee: Buy a Season Pass on Xbox 360, Get a Season Pass for the Same Game on Xbox One Free

Good news today via Xbox Wire

Fans of Season Passes now have another reason to look forward to Xbox One with the Season Pass Guarantee program.  With Season Pass Guarantee, you can purchase a Season Pass for a participating Xbox 360 title and automatically receive access to download the equivalent Xbox One Season Pass.* It’s simple.

Some of the biggest publishers, including Activision, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, are lined up for the Season Pass Guarantee program, offering season pass content you can’t find anywhere else for blockbuster titles in 2013 and 2014. You’ll be able access exclusive season pass content on anticipated titles like “Call of Duty: Ghosts” and “Battlefield 4” on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Season Pass Guarantee makes transitioning from Xbox 360 to Xbox One an easier and smoother process, so you don’t have to worry about which console you’re playing games on or repurchasing your existing add-ons on Xbox One.

Stay tuned as publishers and titles participating in the Season Pass program are announced in the coming months.

*Xbox Live members must own the same game on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One in order to receive Season Pass Guarantee benefits.

 

August 14th 2013 at 12:20 pm | Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One | 165 comments

August 6th 2013, 8:47 am PT

Saints Row IV Inauguration Station

Saints Row IV Inauguration Station
Price: Free
Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Description: Upload characters created or modified in the "Inauguration Station" to play with them in Saints Row IV. Tip: You can download your Saints Row: The Third characters to update them for Saints Row IV. Browse an online gallery to view thousands of shared community characters.

 

Add the free download to your Xbox 360 download queue

Pre-Order Saints Row IV

 

August 6th 2013 at 8:47 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 124 comments

August 1st 2013, 2:30 pm PT

Looking for trailblazing, kick-ass team to help lead us into the future !

Have you wondered what it would be like to work in one of the coolest jobs on the West coast? Actually, two of the coolest jobs on the West Coast that have just opened up as full-time positions on my team. (One and Two) This is a rare and unique opportunity to join me, Major Nelson, and the Xbox Community team as we blaze new trails and I want you on this team!

Interested? Read the official job descriptions here and here. If you’ve held these reins before, and one of these roles scream you, APPLY NOW via the MSFT Careers Page.  

Knock us out. Show us your innovation. Show us why you are different.

OK, go

#teammjrnelson

Update: As of today, August 23rd the chance to apply is now closed. Good luck to everyone.

August 1st 2013 at 2:30 pm | Industry, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One | 62 comments

July 31st 2013, 9:00 am PT

Games with Gold for August: Crackdown, Dead Rising 2 & DR2: Case Zero

Crackdown Dead Rising 2 DR2: CASE ZERO

The next set of free games for Xbox Live Members in August will be Crackdown, Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Case Zero.

Starting tomorrow (August 1st) the award winning Xbox 360 exclusive Crackdown (Normally US $14.99) will be free for Xbox LIVE Gold members through August 15th .

Then on August 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can grab BOTH Dead Rising 2 (Normally US $29.99) and Dead Rising 2: Case Zero (Normally 400 points) for free.

As a reminder, the “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

July 31st 2013 at 9:00 am | Free, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 632 comments

July 15th 2013, 10:15 am PT

Xbox Live Gold Members: “Assassin’s Creed II” is yours for Free Beginning Tomorrow

Assassin's Creed IIAs part of the “Games With Gold” program announced at E3 in June, I wanted to give you a heads up the next title will be Assassin’s Creed II. Normally US $19.99, Assassin’s Creed II will be will be free for Xbox LIVE Gold members staring tomorrow through July 30th .

PLUS the following Assassin’s Creed franchise content will be on-sale for the rest of July.

 
Content Normally* Sale Price*
Assassin’s Creed $19.99 $14.99 USD 
Assassin’s Creed II Sequence 12: Battle of Forli 320 214 MSP
AC II Sequence 13 : Bonfire of the Vanities & Secret Locations 560 375 MSP
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood $19.99 $14.99 USD
ACB – The Da Vinci Disappearance DLC 800 536 MSP
Assassin’s Creed Revelations $19.99 $14.99 USD
ACRs — The Lost Archive 800 536 MSP
ACR — Mediterranean Traveler Map Pack 800 536 MSP
Assassin’s Creed® III Season Pass 2400 1600 MSP

 

As a reminder, the program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

* Prices show in USD. Sign in to your Xbox 360 or Xbox.com for your specific local pricing.

July 15th 2013 at 10:15 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 371 comments

July 9th 2013, 7:12 am PT

The first official GTA V Game Play is here

Beautiful

July 9th 2013 at 7:12 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 209 comments

July 8th 2013, 9:00 am PT

Summer of Arcade Dates and Prices

BrothersCharlie Murder TrailerFlashbackTMNT: OOTS

The annual Summer of Arcade starts August 7th, and I wanted to share the schedule and pricing details:

Brothers: a Tale of two Sons launches August 7th for 1,200 Points

Charlie Murder launches August 14th for 800 Points

Flashback launches August 21st for 800 Points

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows launches August 28th for 1,200 Points

As a bonus, buy any two of the above Summer of Arcade games and receive a Souls Pack for Ascend: Hand of Kul for free.

Here is the Summer of Arcade trailer we released last month at E3:

July 8th 2013 at 9:00 am | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 218 comments

July 5th 2013, 2:00 am PT

Sign up for the 2013 Xbox Live Update Xbox 360 Public Beta *UPDATED*

Update: We’ve had an overwhelming demand for participation, and have closed registration. If we re-open registration, I’ll let you know. Update 2: As of 9, July we have started rolling out the beta. Update 3 [July 10, 9PM Pacific]: Japan signup is now available. Beta registration remains closed in many countries but we’ve opened additional spots in Greece, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Turkey, and UAE. Remember that signup is now accessed directly through your Xbox 360 console to streamline the experience. Once the spots fill in these 7 countries, signups will be closed to the public.

 

Update: As of 12, July the program is now closed in all regions. Thanks for your interest and participation!

 

We’re inviting Xbox Live members worldwide to participate in the 2013 Xbox Live Update for Xbox 360 Public Beta.* It will include updates to improve overall performance and the ability to conduct transactions with local currency, as Microsoft Points will be retired later this year.

Unlike our previous beta programs, sign up is now accessed directly through your Xbox 360 console to streamline the experience. Space is limited, so once the spots are filled the beta will be closed to the public.

To join, look for the Xbox Beta Program tile on the home hub of the Xbox Dashboard.

You will be required to agree to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for confidentiality reasons. For more details on the beta are in this Beta FAQ.

Our open public betas allow you to help make Xbox even better.

We appreciate your feedback and thank you for participating!

* Xbox Live members in any of our 41 Xbox Live-enabled markets will be able to participate in the public beta for Xbox 360. Please note that members in Japan will have an opportunity to join at a later date. I’ll update this post when we open it for Japan, and additional information about the program as it progresses.

Update: The FAQ is now live here.

July 5th 2013 at 2:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 1,956 comments

July 4th 2013, 3:15 pm PT

Xbox Live “Ultimate Game Sale” Day 4

The final day of the Xbox Live “Ultimate Game Sale” is here. The titles below are on sale through the weekend until July 8th: 

Ultimate Games on Demand Sale Regular  Sale Price Save Savings
Bioshock Infinite $59.99 $39.99 $20.00 33%
Tomb Raider $29.99 $19.99 $10.00 33%
Gears Judgement $59.99 $29.99 $30.00 50%
Metal Gear Rising: Revengence $49.99 $29.99 $20.00 40%
Hitman Absolution $29.99 $9.99 $20.00 67%
XCOM: Enemy Unknown $39.99 $19.99 $20.00 50%

 Plus these titles are still on sale until until Monday, July 8th as well: 

Games on Sale now through July 8, 2013 Regular  Sale Price Save Savings
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway $29.99 $4.99 $25.00 83%
Far Cry Instincts Predator $19.99 $4.99 $15.00 75%
Crysis $19.99 $4.99 $15.00 75%
Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 $14.99 $4.99 $10.00 67%
WWE ’13  $59.99 $14.99 $45.00 75%
Mass Effect $14.99 $4.99 $10.00 67%
Prey $19.99 $2.99 $17.00 85%
Bulletstorm $19.99 $4.99 $15.00 75%
Perfect Dark Zero $14.99 $2.99 $12.00 80%
Dragon Age Origins $14.99 $4.99 $10.00 67%
Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga $29.99 $4.99 $25.00 83%

Note: Prices show in USD. Sign in to your Xbox 360 or Xbox.com for your specific local pricing.

July 4th 2013 at 3:15 pm | Deal, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 658 comments

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