Immerse yourself in the chaos of all-out war. This weekend, Battlefield 4 multiplayer is open to everyone (Xbox Live Gold & Silver members) on Xbox 360. Test your skills this Saturday, Nov 16th beginning at 3PM PST by playing against DICE LA, creators of the upcoming Battlefield 4 Second Assault, available first on Xbox One.

Ready to get started?  Here is how to play:

1. Send a friend request or invite to the listed gamertags.

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2. Be ready to play at least 30 minutes before the event starts. Don’t forget your headset, so you can ask those burning questions about the game.

3. If you receive a game invite, get ready to Game with Developers!

Welcome Jeff Rubenstein to the Xbox Team

Please join me in welcoming Jeff Rubenstein to my team. Jeff has been in the industry for a quite some time, but many of you may know him from the great work he did while at Sony. While you’ll see Jeff at various community events, and posting occasionally here on my blog, he’s also working on additional community driven programs that we’re not ready to announce yet. In the meantime, I asked Jeff to write a short blurb to (re?) introduce himself to the Xbox Community so he can jump right in and get started:

I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the Xbox team at such an exciting time for the industry. During the interview process, I was taken with how passionate and positive everyone is about gaming, and in how highly they value customer opinion. Especially important to my decision to join the team is the way Microsoft has demonstrated a willingness to listen to the community – and act on what it hears – quite clearly as of late.

I’m also hoping they’ll let me play Titanfall.

Little known fact: I’ve actually known Larry since he helped me on a story I wrote for the Orlando Sentinel back in 2007. We’ve stayed in contact ever since, and his vision on using social media to interact with gamers has been a key influence on my career. Joining Major Nelson’s team is an awesome opportunity, and I look forward to working closely with you all. See you soon!

You can find Jeff here on Twitter or here on Xbox Live

A World of Keflings Iron BrigadeThe next set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members in November will be A World of Keflings and Iron Brigade.

Starting Friday (November 1st) A World of Keflings (Normally US $9.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through November 15th .

Then on November 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Iron Brigade (Normally US $9.99) for free.

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.

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Let’s start off the week with a look at how the friends list will work on Xbox One. Watch the above video where I walk you through how followers will work on Xbox Live. Don’t worry, the friends lists is still there…but we’ve also added the ability for you to have thousands of followers as well.

I explain more below (which I have cross posted on Xbox Wire) :

Xbox Live has always been about building an amazing community. When we first launched the service back in 2002, our vision was to create a premium online place where friends could come together to play games. With your support we’ve created the world’s largest, most-active gaming and entertainment community and now, as we look ahead to the launch of Xbox One on Nov. 22, we want to pause for a moment to celebrate our community and tell you about what we are doing to make it even better. With that in mind throughout the upcoming days in this “Week of Xbox Live,” we will share more news and information about what is coming to Xbox Live.

First, we want to thank you for choosing and for spending more time with us. In the last 12 months, we delivered more than 20 billion hours of gaming and entertainment on Xbox, over 17% growth over the previous year. We’re proud and humbled to be the top online gaming service – according to NPD’s August 2013 Online Gaming report, close to 50% more online console gamers use the Xbox 360 for playing online than the PlayStation 3.

With your increasing engagement with and growing community, we’re able invest in new features and future innovations that bring more amazing experiences to you and the community on Xbox Live.

Your New Friends App on Xbox One
Designed around you and your friends, Xbox One will have plenty of room for all your favorite people in the brand new Friends system on Xbox One. Your Xbox 360 friends will automatically be added to your Friends list. With Xbox One you can have 1,000 friends, connect with people instantly by following them and have infinite followers yourself. You can also see all of your Xbox One and Xbox 360 friends and their activity in your Activity Feed.

Similar to the other social media networks, Xbox One allows you to share the latest in games and entertainment with fellow gamers, friends and family, or even celebrities and gaming personalities by following people. For example, on Xbox One you can search for me by my gamertag and follow me to see what I share publicly, such as my latest game scores and achievements.

On your Xbox One, there are now more ways to connect than simply sending a friend invite. For example, the one-way follow model of Xbox One allows Xbox Live members to connect with the people they care about in an easier way than ever before.

Friends and Followers
So what’s the difference between a friend and a follower? They are all considered your friends on Xbox One, but the levels of privacy between the two are different. You can follow anyone you want and it’s completely up to them if they follow you back. You can also decide what information your followers can see about you.

When you and another gamer mutually follow each other, it creates a more interactive relationship that unlocks the ability for you both to see information like when each other are online, what achievements you earn in real time and what you’re up to on Xbox One.

The Friends app is also an awesome way to find out about new games and activities to take your Xbox One experience to a whole new level.

“A great driver in ‘Forza Motorsport 5,’ for example, could have a huge group of thousands or even millions of followers all tracking their performance in-game,” Rob Lehew, Xbox Live Program Manager, said. “Those followers can have this driver on their personal leaderboard so that they can constantly keep track of how they stack-up, and they can potentially connect online with the driver to get into a race with him.”

Your Gaming Community on Xbox One
Xbox Live on Xbox One was rebuilt from the ground up so that we could combine the hardware and the power of the cloud in completely new ways. Because of this, the new generation of Xbox Live puts you at the center of all your entertainment and games, with the community you built.

Along with the community, the gaming experience you know and love has evolved and gotten even better on Xbox One. A great example of this is Achievements. There are now two types of Achievements: achievements and time-based challenges. The former is similar to the achievements you earn on Xbox 360. Challenges on the other hand are only available for a certain period of time. What you accomplish during that timeframe will count towards unlocking the challenge.

As a nod to our stellar community, many challenges require a community to work together towards a common goal. Imagine, for example, a game releases a weekend objective that requires players to cumulatively secure an objective “X” number of times in a three day period. And every person who participates and helps build towards the challenge’s goals unlocks that Achievement and earns its reward.

Achievements only scratch the surface of what you can do with gaming on Xbox One.
We also continue to make major investments to make multiplayer gaming on Xbox One even better. The video above highlights some of the work our team has done to continue advancing multiplayer on Xbox Live. We are the only premium gaming service in the world to offer Smart Match, which makes it easier, faster and more enjoyable to get into best-in-class multiplayer gaming. Over time the system gets even better as it learns more about you and your friends. Plus no more waiting in lobbies – Just a better multiplayer experience. You can read more details on Smart Match and the Xbox One reputation system.

We have always been laser-focused on those who make our community what it is. This is the community that you built, and we could not be more excited to take this next step with you in the coming months. During the next few days in this “Week of Xbox Live”, we will continue to share news and more information about what is coming soon to Xbox Live.

Cross Posted on Xbox Wire

Coming soon to the Xbox Live Game Store

Here is a look at some of the upcoming content scheduled for the Xbox Live Store Follow me on Twitter for additional updates.


Xbox LIVE Arcade  Release Date USD
Let’s Sing and Dance  9-Oct 9.99
Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion  9-Oct 9.99
The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 – Faith  11-Oct 4.99
Who Wants to be a Millionaire  16-Oct 9.99
Hexodius  16-Oct 9.99
     
Game Add-ons Release Date USD
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Season Pass  8-Oct 19.99
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Hanger 6  8-Oct 4.99
Minceraft: Skin Pack Battle & Beast 2  9-Oct 1.99
A Wolf Among Us: Season Pass – Episodes 2-5  11-Oct 14.99
Pinball FX2: Star Wars  16-Oct 9.99
     
Deal of the Week Discount Dates Discount
Movie Theme 8-Oct to 14-Oct  
 Star Trek     50% off 
 Aliens: Colonial Marines     50% off 
 Guardians of the Middle Earth     50% off 
 Pacific Rim     50% off 
 Aliens v Predator     50% off 
 Transformers     50% off 
 RIPD     50% off 
 Real Steel     50% off 
 X-Men     50% off 
     
 Storm  15-Oct to 21-Oct 50% off
 Capsized    50% off
 Tekken Tag Tournament 2    50% off
 Ben 10 Omniverse™    50% off
 Ben 10™ Galactic Racing    50% off
 BEN 10 ULTIMATE ALIEN™    50% off
Tomb Raider Underworld   50% off
Battlestations Midway   75% off
Balltestations Pacific   80% off
     
Sales & Specials Discount Dates Discount
Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Personalization Packs Sale  8-Oct to 14-Oct  
 Jungle Warfare    25% off
 Benjamins    25% off
 Dia De Muertos    25% off
 Graffiti    25%
off
 Kawaii    25% off
 Party Rock    25% off
 Zombies    25% off
 Viper    25% off
 Bacon    25% off
 Cyborg    25% off
 Dragon    25% off
 Aqua    25% off
 Breach    25% off
 Coyote    25% off
 Glam    25% off
 Rogue    25% off
 Pack-A-Punch    25% off
     
Games on Demand Release Date  
Armored Core: Verdict Day  11-Oct  
Just Dance 2014  11-Oct  
F1 2013  15-Oct  
Kinect Star Wars  15-Oct  
Air Conflicts: Vietnam  15-Oct  
     

Note: Prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region

Battlefield 4 Beta

Battlefield 4™Content: Battlefield 4 Beta
Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: The Beta features all-out war in the multiplayer map Siege of Shanghai. Battlefield 4 is the genre-defining action blockbuster made of moments that blur the line between game and glory. Fueled by the next-generation power and fidelity of Frostbite™ 3, Battlefield 4 provides a visceral, dramatic experience unlike any other. Only in Battlefield will you blow the foundations of a dam or reduce an entire skyscraper to rubble. Only in Battlefield will you lead a naval assault from the back of a gun boat. Battlefield grants you the freedom to do more and be more while playing to your strengths and carving your own path to victory. This is an online only multiplayer Beta. Please note that the Beta is still undergoing testing before its official release and does not reflect the quality of the final product.

 

Add the beta your Xbox 360 download queue

Enjoy the beta? Order the full game for Xbox 360 or Xbox 0ne

 
 

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

“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