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May 31st 2013, 2:11 pm PT

How to watch the Xbox E3 2013 Media Briefing

E3 is almost here, so I wanted to let you know how you can watch the Xbox E3 2013 Media Briefing show
“Xbox: A new Generation of Games Revealed.”

Watch the main event live at 12:30p ET/9:30a PT/16:30 GMT via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox LIVE and Xbox.com. If you are in the US or Canada, you can also watch the broadcast on Spike TV. 
The show will be 90-minutes and be presented without commercial interruptions.

The full show will be available later in the day for viewing via video on demand on Xbox.com and Xbox LIVE.

PLUS That Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I’ll be hosting a live one-hour show from the show each day. During each hour we’ll take a closer look at some of the announcements, interviews with developers, gameplay and more.

Show Day Time Where watch

Xbox: A new Generation of Games Revealed

June 10 12:30p – 2p ET Xbox LIVE Xbox.com &
Spike TV (US/Canada)
Xbox @ E3 – LIVE coverage from the show June 11 7p – 8p ET Xbox LIVE (Silver and Gold)
Xbox @ E3 – LIVE coverage from the show June 12 7p – 8p ET Xbox LIVE (Silver and Gold)
Xbox @ E3 – LIVE coverage from the show June 13 7p – 8p ET Xbox LIVE (Silver and Gold)
  Click for local time  

Update: Here is a trailer showing some of the hosts I’ll be working with for the Xbox @ E3 shows

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May 31st 2013 at 2:11 pm | E3, Events, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One | 637 comments

May 16th 2013, 8:00 am PT

Xbox Delivers for Core Gamers with Machinima and more

We roll out new entertainment experiences on Xbox LIVE on a weekly basis all over the globe, bringing you movies, television, sports and music week after week and offering something for everyone in the family. But this week, we’re going back to our roots and highlighting experiences for our core Xbox gamers.

We launched Machinima a few weeks ago—our first app to launch in all 41 Xbox LIVE markets—and the download rate has been overwhelming. In fact, after only two weeks on Xbox LIVE, it’s already one of the fastest adopted Xbox Live entertainment apps of the last 12 months.

A few key features integrated in the Machinima app include:

  • Easy access to the latest videos and content in the Machinima Network
  • Easy access to Machinima’s library of original programming
  • Facebook Integration that allows users to connect to the app and their social profile to view content
  • Exclusive content only available on Xbox 360

Download the Machinima app and join some of the top brands in the gaming industry that are available on Xbox—including Twitch, IGN, GameSpot, CNET, Revision3 and GameTrailers and more.

May 16th 2013 at 8:00 am | Xbox Live | 37 comments

May 14th 2013, 6:00 am PT

Twitch App Comes to Xbox

Today, we’re launching one of the most asked for apps on Xbox LIVE: Twitch.

Twitch is one of the largest platforms for the live streaming of games, with more than 800,000 people streaming gameplay and over 34 million people watching online at Twitch.tv. And now, with the Twitch for Xbox LIVE app, Gold subscribers in the U.S. will have access to 300 of the most popular streams from the service. Users can view top channels by popularity or individual game and the dashboard features curated channels, tournaments and shows happening now.

In addition to launching the app today on Xbox 360, Twitch will also host an exclusive broadcast following the May 21st #XboxRevealed event next week. I’ll moderate the broadcast live at 3p ET/12m PT live via the new Twitch app on Xbox 360 and also online at www.twitch.tv.

Check out the app today by downloading it from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and tune in next Tuesday for the live broadcast.

May 14th 2013 at 6:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 135 comments

April 30th 2013, 10:27 am PT

Machinima Launches Worldwide on Xbox; Golden Gods Awards Streams Live

What do Alice Cooper, Metallica, LeBron James, and “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” have in common? They’re all coming to Xbox! Between Machinima launching in every Xbox LIVE market around the world, the inspirational animated series “The LeBrons: Season 2” launching on Xbox Video, and the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show streaming live via our Events Player, there are some really cool new things to check out this week. Additionally, if you’re a fan of electronic dance music (or EDM as it’s more commonly known) you’ll enjoy new details about our partnership with OneBeat Labs.

Machinima

Machinima (All Xbox LIVE Markets)
Today, the No. 1 entertainment destination on YouTube, Machinima, comes to Xbox 360* across all Xbox LIVE markets. The first app to launch worldwide on Xbox, Machinima gives you an easy, all-access pass to watch episodic narrative series like the extremely successful “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” and “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”, live streams, gameplay videos, and original content, including weekly and daily shows such as fan favorites “Sanity Not Included” and “How to Annoy People.” As the top global online video destination for young males, you won’t want to miss downloading the Machinima app and getting instant access to all of your favorite Machinima channels, including the main “Machinima” channel, which is one of the largest YouTube channels, “Machinima Realm” focusing on fantasy and role-playing games, and “Machinima VS“ covering the world of competitive gaming, just to name a few. Machinima speaks directly to the gaming audience and beyond, providing a destination to watch your favorite content in the comfort of your living room, or any location you choose. With Machinima on Xbox, you can also share videos directly from the app to Facebook. Check it out and download from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace now.

Golden Gods Awards Show Live on Xbox LIVE

Golden Gods Awards Show Live on Xbox LIVE (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, German, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the United States and the United Kingdom)

The 5th annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards Show in Los Angeles is back with some of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal. Planning to tune in and turn up the volume? You’re in luck. Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers around the world** will be able to stream and rock out to the show live right from their Xbox 360 this Thursday, May 2. Watch heavy metal favorites Metallica, Halestorm, Stone Sour and more perform live. See Rob Zombie receive the award that embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal, the Golden God Award and Metallica receive the iconic Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The show starts at 8 p.m. PDT. You can also watch the “Black Carpet” pre-show special starting at 7 p.m. PDT and catch glimpses of legends like Gene Simmons, Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper.

By tuning into the Golden Gods Awards Show on Xbox LIVE, you will have access to unique second-screen Xbox SmartGlass experiences where you can:

  • Check out the award nominees in categories like “Best Drummer,” “Comeback of the Year” and “Most Metal Athlete”
  • Participate in online polling during the show
  • Learn more info on winners as they’re announced live
  • Watch backstage interviews with artists on your tablet or smart phone while live performances are blasting from your TV
  • Discover additional information on presenters, like Fozzy frontman and WWE pro-wrestling legend Chris Jericho and others

The Xbox LIVE stream will also run a dedicated Twitter feed across the screen using the hash tag #XboxGoldenGods so that the Xbox community can make its voice heard and weigh in on all the action in real time. The “Black Carpet” kicks off at 10p ET/7 p PT on Thursday.

The LeBrons Season Two

The LeBrons Season Two (United States)
The hit animated web series “The LeBrons” is back with season two, and will be exclusively available on Xbox 360 in the U.S. via Xbox Video starting Friday, May 10th. Watch new episodes each week and a handful of trailers through August 31st, and listen to the original music soundtracks for seasons 1 & 2, all found in the dedicated “The LeBrons” hub located in the TV & Video section of the dashboard. “The LeBrons” is a family entertainment show that provides positive life messages to today’s young adults and is co-executive produced by LeBron James, Maverick Carter and Believe Entertainment Group Co-Founders Dan Goodman and William H. Masterson III. In the meantime, here’s the latest trailer of Season 2 of “The LeBrons.” Check back next Friday for the first episode.

OneBeat App

We’re working with our friends at OneBeat to bring one of richest cultural experiences today exclusively to Xbox—Electronic Dance Music (EDM). We’ll have more details to share next month, but know that we we’ll soon be launching the OneBeat app for Xbox 360 which will bring some of the richest, and most integrated, interactive entertainment experiences from the Global EDM Industry right into your living room. The OneBeat app is a one-stop shop and portal for EDM artists and fans and will connect fans by enabling content sharing across Facebook. At launch, you can check out the calendar of events, artist information, event details and even ticket sales.

*Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and/or additional subscriptions/fees may be required and sold separately. 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.

**Golden Gods will be available to Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers in the Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, German, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United States, United Kingdom

April 30th 2013 at 10:27 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 20 comments

April 24th 2013, 10:01 am PT

#XboxReveal

On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox LIVE and Xbox.com. If you are in the US or Canada, you can also watch the broadcast on Spike TV.

On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future. Then, 19-days later at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we’ll continue the conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games.

We are thrilled to pull back the curtain and reveal what we’ve been working on.

A New Generation Revealed
Xbox Campus, Redmond WA
Tuesday, May 21st @ 1p ET/10a PT/17:00 GMT

Follow me on Twitter where I’ll share updates leading up to the event.

Xbox Reveal on Xbox.com

April 24th 2013 at 10:01 am | Events, Industry, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 627 comments

April 23rd 2013, 2:46 pm PT

The CW Comes to Xbox

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Today, The CW app on Xbox 360 connects you with your favorite CW shows, from full episodes to previews and interviews, and is unique in that it will offer next-day episodes free with your Xbox LIVE Gold subscription, no cable subscription or membership required.* Tune in to watch your favorites like “The Vampire Diaries,” “Supernatural,” “Arrow” and “Beauty & the Beast.”

In addition, The CW is taking advantage of the second-screen opportunities offered by Xbox SmartGlass to create a content-rich, interactive and integrated experience that will bring “The Vampire Diaries” to fans in an entirely new way. As viewers tune into The CW app on Xbox this Friday for the latest episode titled “The Originals,” they can access an exclusive Xbox SmartGlass experience that will provide exciting new content via their smartphone or tablet not available to any other viewers. Experiences and content that can only be discovered using the Xbox SmartGlass experience includes:

  • A map that follows the characters through town, revealing events throughout the town’s history
  • Biographies of each character
  • Legends and lore of New Orleans and the world of “The Vampire Diaries”

There will also be a giveaway via Facebook for custom “Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural” Xbox 360 consoles, so download The CW app from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace today and be sure to check out “The Originals” episode this week!

*Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and/or additional subscriptions/fees may be required and sold separately. For additional details and availability, see http://www.xbox.com/live.

April 23rd 2013 at 2:46 pm | Xbox Live | 30 comments

April 23rd 2013, 12:46 pm PT

Pizza Hut on Xbox; Gold Unlocked for Select Sports Apps this weekend

Check out the latest apps launching this week on Xbox LIVE and the details behind this weekend’s Gold unlock for some of our sports apps.

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Sports 4_UFCSports 2_MLB.TV

Xbox LIVE Gold Unlocked for Select Sports Apps (United States, Canada)
It’s that time of year when sports on TV is at a yearly high and this weekend, we’re really excited that several popular sports apps will be unlocked from Gold from April 25 – 28 for Xbox LIVE subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. More details below.

ESPN: Start the weekend with full live coverage and highlights of the NFL Draft and sports around the world on ESPN.**

MLB.TV: Watch over 50 free MLB games with MLB.TV and personalize the experience by selecting your favorite teams. No MLB.TV subscription required!

UFC: Gear up for the big UFC 159 PPV matchup of Jones vs. Sonnen by watching all 7 fight stories for free.**

NHL GameCenter: Enjoy highlights, recaps, and clips from the best of the NHL as teams jockey for position leading into the NHL Playoffs.**

NBA Game Time: Enjoy highlights and recaps of first round coverage of the NBA Playoffs throughout the weekend.**

If you already have a subscription to any of these sports packages, this weekend is the perfect time to try it out on your Xbox. Love NHL GameCenter but can’t stand watching it on a tiny computer screen? Now’s the time to check it out on the big screen. Want to take your NBA fandom to the next level? Try it on Xbox and with SmartGlass on your phone or tablet for the second screen experience you’ve been missing.

Pizza Hut (United States)

Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut is launching the first-of-a-kind ordering app, allowing Xbox LIVE members in the U.S. to purchase pizza, wings, pasta and more from Xbox 360. The full menu, including new products, can be ordered from the Xbox LIVE dashboard and operated using an Xbox 360 controller or hand gestures and voices commands via Kinect for Xbox 360. Hungry? Customers who download and place an order through the Pizza Hut app by May 6 will receive 15 percent off their purchase.

Here’s how it works:

Set up an account: Download the Pizza Hut app via the Xbox LIVE Marketplace

Browse full menu: Cruise through the complete list of menu offerings to score delicious pizza, pasta and wings from your local Pizza Hut

Get local deals: Offers in your area pop up on the home screen for great deals on all your Pizza Hut favorites

Build custom pizzas: Scroll through the app to build a customized pizza

CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada (Canada)

CBC HNIC

CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada keeps you connected to the game you love with Xbox.* Watch live games and stay up-to-date with special in-game features designed especially for you. We’ve got you covered even if you miss a game with near instant 3-minute highlight packs after the game and a Weekly Top 5 that helps you talk about the great save, amazing goal or hard-hitting action. CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada on Xbox is a new way to enjoy the traditional game.

Hulu PLUS Update (United States, Japan)

Hulu Plus TU

Hulu Plus* becomes more kid friendly with a new discovery experience for kids. In addition to “Shows You Watch” and “Most Popular” categories, parents can search movies and TV shows by age group. Also check out the three new “Twists” for Kids, Latino and Trailers with improved discovery and content.

*Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and/or additional subscriptions/fees may be required and sold separately. For additional details and availability, see http://www.xbox.com/live.

**Additional cable or service subscription required.

April 23rd 2013 at 12:46 pm | Xbox Live | 23 comments

April 23rd 2013, 10:38 am PT

One Week Left in the “Play To Earn” program

Only one week to get in on the hot arcade action this month with Play To Earn from Xbox Live Rewards.  How close are you to completing all three challenges?  To help you out, we’ve got some great games on-sale in our  Deal of the Week promotion. Head over to Xbox.com to get started.

April 23rd 2013 at 10:38 am | Xbox Live | 19 comments

April 19th 2013, 6:48 pm PT

Using Microsoft Two-Factor Authentication with your Xbox LIVE account

Earlier this week, it was announced that your Microsoft Account Gets More Secure. Every gamertag on Xbox LIVE is backed by a Microsoft Account (MSA), so this is great news for our customers who choose to enable this security feature to help keep their accounts more secure. I’m excited to see this feature enabled and I’ve already done this on my own account.

For those of you who have enabled TFA, you’ll need to make one change to how you interact with your Xbox.

If you’re downloading your profile or you choose not to have your password saved on your console, you will be prompted to enter your “Microsoft account password.” It will look like the screenshot below. Instead of entering your MSA password, you’ll need to enter an App password.

Xbox Password Dialogue

Getting an App password is simple:

  1. Log in to https://account.live.com
  2. Click on “Security info” under “Overview”
  3. Click on “Create a new app password” under “App passwords”
  4. Enter your app password in the password field

That’ll look like this screenshot:

MSID Account Info

 

That’s it! Enjoy your (even more secure) gaming on Xbox LIVE!

April 19th 2013 at 6:48 pm | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 54 comments

April 18th 2013, 5:49 pm PT

Free Xbox LIVE Gold Weekend for US, Canada Latin America and Japan

If you’ve always wanted to check out the latest entertainment experiences on Xbox 360, now is your chance. Starting tomorrow (Friday April 19) morning at 10am ET/ 7:00am PT, we’re unlocking Xbox LIVE Gold in the U.S., Latin America, Japan and Canada* throughout the weekend until 1p ET/10am PT on Monday, April 22nd.

All Xbox owners in these regions, regardless of their current Xbox LIVE subscription status, will have access to online multiplayer gaming, Video Kinect, and our entire catalog of entertainment apps.* Here are few of my top recommendations to check out:

  • “Hemlock Grove” – the new Netflix original series premieres on Friday, with the full run of episodes. It’s the perfect weekend for a marathon viewing.

  • Xbox Tournaments with Virgin Gaming – try out a free-to-enter tournament with “EA SPORTS™ FIFA 13,” “NBA 2K13,” “EA SPORTS™ Madden NFL 13” and “EA SPORTS™ NHL® 13.”

  • “Call of Duty Black Ops II” – with weapons double XP for a limited time.

  • “Borderlands 2” – Try out this special Golden Key Code: KTW3T-ZXXS5-JBSJF-5FJT3-6TB9X
    To redeem, at the Borderlands 2 Main Menu, select Extras, then SHiFT Code. Hurry though, this will only be available throughout the Xbox Live Gold Unlock weekend. See
    Gearbox for assistance.

  • “Assassin’s Creed 3” and “Far Cry 3” – with double XP for a limited time
    .

Get your marathon entertainment and gaming fix now and let me know on Monday all the new things you tried.

*Free Gold Weekend will take place on Xbox Live from 7:00 A.M. Pacific Time on April 19, 2013, to 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time on April 22, 2013. Open only to Free (Silver) members in the 50 United States or Washington, D.C. Broadband required; carrier fees apply. Additional subscriptions and requirements also apply for some Xbox Live features. Deal of the Week and early access to demos not included. See www.xbox.com/live.

FAQ:What if I am not in the US, Canada, Latin America or Japan? Where is my Free Xbox LIVE Gold Weekend?
A: UK and Europe had one in March that other regions did not have.
Free Xbox LIVE Gold Weekend vary by region, check your local version of Xbox.com for details.

April 18th 2013 at 5:49 pm | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 36 comments

April 16th 2013, 10:10 am PT

Flixster Launches on Xbox LIVE

One of the most popular apps for movies is now on Xbox LIVE. Today, Flixster* is available for Xbox LIVE subscribers in the U.S., bringing your favorite Flixster features to your TV. Flixster lets you buy and rent thousands of popular movies, check out show times at your local theater and access the latest fresh or rotten movie scores from Rotten Tomatoes.

The Flixster app also gives you access to your UltraViolet movie collection on your Xbox.

With Flixster for Xbox LIVE you can:

  • Buy or rent standard and high definition movies
  • Browse current movie listings in theatres near you
  • Peruse new and upcoming DVD releases
  • Watch high quality movie trailers
  • Access movie details, including film posters, synopses and Rotten Tomato scores
  • Easily sort and watch movies from your UltraViolet movie collection
  • Navigate using voice and gesture controls with Kinect for Xbox 360

Download the application for free from the Xbox LIVE marketplace now and get watching!

Screenshots of the app are on my Flickr

*Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and/or additional subscriptions/fees may be required and sold separately. For additional details and availability, see http://www.xbox.com/live.

April 16th 2013 at 10:10 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 72 comments

April 12th 2013, 10:44 am PT

Xbox SmartGlass Update Arrives on More Android Devices

We’re rolling out an Xbox SmartGlass update to Android devices this week with new features and design updates. The power of companion scenarios continue to come to life in new ways with Xbox SmartGlass, enabling your PC, tablet and smartphone to connect to your Xbox console in an intelligent way.

Highlights include:

Support for 10-Inch Android Tablets– Access Xbox SmartGlass on even larger screens and portrait mode, including 7- and 10-inch tablets running Android 4.x.

Activity Browser Link – Open a web browser from within the Xbox SmartGlass app for even more interactivity.

Expanded Messaging – Xbox LIVE members can now use Xbox SmartGlass to both send and receive messages from their Xbox LIVE friends.

‘Awake’ State – You no longer have to worry about your device going to sleep while running Xbox SmartGlass.

Streamlined Design – New design updates bring a more streamlined, easy-to-use experience to Xbox SmartGlass, including a simplified activity launch screen, removal of excess text and addition of clearer instructions on the controller screen.

The update is available in all markets with Xbox SmartGlass, and can be downloaded from Google Play store today.

Update: The latest SmartGlass update is now also available on Kindle Fire HD in select markets*.
Visit Amazon Appstore to download today.

April 24 Update: An update for iOS was released

 

*The latest SmartGlass update is available on Amazon Appstore in the following markets: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (South), Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, U.A.E., U.K., U.S.

*Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and/or additional subscriptions/fees may be required and sold separately. 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.

April 12th 2013 at 10:44 am | Xbox Live | 25 comments

April 9th 2013, 3:53 pm PT

Xbox Video Awards launch today

Today, voting begins for the first ever Xbox Video Awards, available in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Fans will have the chance to vote over the next few weeks via the Xbox LIVE dashboard and Facebook promotional page for the following categories:

Xbox LIVE Dash Voting
•    Favorite Comic Book Movie
•    Favorite Fright
•    Favorite Vampires
•    Favorite Future Vision
•    Favorite Bromance
•    Favorite Video Game in a Movie/TV Show
•    Favorite Tough Guys

Facebook Voting
•    Favorite Use of Archery
•    Favorite Use of Zombies
•    Favorite Bawdy Entertainment
•    Most Egregious Level of Testosterone
•    Favorite Animated
•    Favorite Use of Facial Hair

Also as part of the awards program, JJ Abrams will take questions from you during the voting process, so don’t miss his answers on Facebook. For more information, stay tuned for updates on the LIVE dash, Facebook and Xbox.com.

April 9th 2013 at 3:53 pm | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 21 comments

April 9th 2013, 12:54 pm PT

Netflix Update Readies “Hemlock Grove”

This week, the Xbox community will notice an app update for Netflix rolling out across all regions where the service is currently offered. This update will include performance improvements and a newly designed “Netflix Originals” landing page, offering viewers a look at the very latest in original programming from Netflix, including the highly anticipated “Hemlock Grove,” slated to launch April 19. “Hemlock Grove” comes from director Eli Roth (“Hostel”) and is a chilling supernatural series based on Brian McGreevy’s novel.

*Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and/or additional subscriptions/fees may be required and sold separately. Kinect functionality available with select Xbox LIVE content and varies by feature and country. For additional details and availability, see Xbox.com

April 9th 2013 at 12:54 pm | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 48 comments

April 8th 2013, 11:15 am PT

Xbox Tournaments with Virgin Gaming coming this week

Xbox Tournaments with Virgin Gaming offers free-to-enter tournaments for top games from leading publishers and is only on Xbox 360. The exclusive app, available this week in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, allows Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers of any skill level to play in free-to-enter tournaments with the opportunity to make their way up the daily, weekly and monthly leaderboards to win their share of $100,000 cash.
Starting this week, participate in tournaments for popular games including “EA SPORTS FIFA 13,” “NBA 2K13,” “EA SPORTS Madden NFL 13” and “EA SPORTS NHL® 13,” with many more titles to come.

Tournament gameplay is easy to join, fun and accessible to all styles of gamers, from the dedicated pro to the casual Xbox player. Download the app from Xbox LIVE and register for a Virgin Gaming account to start playing the free-to-enter tournaments this week—existing Virgin Gaming members will not need to register for a new account, but they will need to activate their existing account here.

Practice now, because in the coming months Xbox Tournaments with Virgin Gaming will be rolling out tons of new features, like cash-play gaming, leaderboards and epic tournaments, along with more titles and will become available in more countries around the world.

*Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and/or additional subscriptions/fees may be required and sold separately. 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.

April 8th 2013 at 11:15 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 52 comments

April 5th 2013, 1:32 pm PT

Official Statement on what was said yesterday

I wanted to give you the official Microsoft Statement regarding some comments you may have seen yesterday::

"We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers.  We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter."

As frequent readers of my blog know, the moment we have news about our products I will be sharing all the details I can.

April 5th 2013 at 1:32 pm | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 659 comments

April 4th 2013, 7:20 pm PT

Watch the Call of Duty Championship finals on Xbox LIVE

This weekend, 32 of the best teams in the world will battle for their share of the $1 million in prize at the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox.  Watch the live championship finals on Xbox LIVE and get a world premiere, behind-the-scenes look at “Mob of the Dead” – from the forthcoming “Call of Duty: Black Ops II Uprising” map pack available April 16. 

It all starts this Sunday at 6pm ET/3pm PT on the Xbox 360 dashboard.

Visit CallofDuty.com/eSports for more information.

Edit: Clarified that the finals are being carried on Xbox LIVE this Sunday.

   
   

April 4th 2013 at 7:20 pm | COD, Xbox Live | 26 comments

April 3rd 2013, 5:58 pm PT

WWE Launches on Xbox Today

Are you a WWE fan? If so, this one’s for you: WWE launches today on Xbox* in the U.S., just in time for WrestleMania XXIX on April 7. See the WWE Superstars and Divas like never before, from Royal Rumble to WrestleMania. Starting today, all WWE pay-per-view events are available right from your Xbox 360.

*Xbox LIVE Gold subscription required.

April 3rd 2013 at 5:58 pm | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 64 comments

March 28th 2013, 7:06 am PT

Play To Earn from Xbox LIVE Rewards

Starting Monday, April 1, we’re launching an exclusive feature for Xbox LIVE Rewards Members, MyPunchcard, an exciting new way to get rewarded for doing what you love!  And this April, all the action is in arcade games with our exclusive Play To Earn offers, your passion for playing arcade games can pay off in a big way.

Only the most devoted Arcade fans have what it takes to black out all three Arcade Punchcards. Those who do will be guaranteed a spot in an upcoming VIP Exclusives. By simply playing your favorite arcade games and adding to your game collection, you can earn rewards in April.

Here’s the three ways you can earn rewards all month long.

  1. Play 20 hours of any combination of arcade games, receive a free avatar item
  2. Purchase any four arcade games for 400 Microsoft Points or more from Xbox LIVE, receive a one month Xbox LIVE Gold membership
  3. Spend 3200 Microsoft Points on arcade games, receive 800 Microsoft Points in return. 

It’s easy and fun, you can earn for playing and or buying ANY arcade game from Xbox LIVE. 
So, play the games you already know and love like Minecraft, Terraria, Trials Evolution, Counterstrike: GO, Castle Crashers, The Walking Dead, LIMBO and more and discover new games to try and buy from Xbox LIVE. 

Here’s a list of games launching in April.

  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Double Dragon II
  • Motocross Madness
  • Sacred Citadel
  • God Mode
  • Monaco

You’ll need to be an Xbox LIVE Rewards member to sign up and learn more on Xbox.com

 

Flashy Marketing video below:
 

March 28th 2013 at 7:06 am | Xbox Live | 172 comments

March 27th 2013, 2:18 pm PT

Lots of new entertainment coming to Xbox LIVE this week

This year kicked off with tons of great new apps on Xbox LIVE for our members around the world. In the first three months we’ve welcomed NHL GameCenter, Neon Alley, Telemundo, Crunchyroll, Slacker, Redbox Instant by Verizon, GameTrailers, CanalPlay Infinity and VEVO TV. The train keeps rolling as we’re adding a bunch of cool entertainment apps and updates this week*, including Game of Thrones actions coming to Xbox SmartGlass.

Xbox SmartGlass for Game of Thrones Season 3 (United States)
Discover even more of Game of Thrones® with HBO GO® and Xbox SmartGlass for your Windows 8 tablet or iPad. As the story unfolds on your TV, Xbox SmartGlass allows you to use your tablet as a companion guide to unlock exclusive content – including interactive maps, detailed character guides, cast and crew commentaries, behind-the-scenes extras and more – right at your fingertips. Now, you can control your Game of Thrones viewing experience like never before.

MLB.TV Refresh (United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Germany, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Ireland, New Zealand, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Brazil, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Russia, Poland, Colombia, Chile, South Africa, Czech Republic)
MLB.TV on Xbox 360 is refreshing, including a new look and adding some new features that make watching baseball on Xbox better than ever. Access more than 1,430 Major League Baseball games live or on-demand, follow your favorite teams and get the best highlights and game recaps instantly. The updated MLB.TV includes a full view of game progress with base-runners and pitch-count, all without leaving the game you’re watching. Also, it allows you to get a quick view of the day’s MLB action with game progress including scores, base-runners and upcoming games. The refreshed app is more personalized and once you pick your favorite teams, the app will instantly start up with what you care about most – live games, clips and highlights, and game recaps of your favorite teams.

IndieFlix (United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand)
IndieFlix on Xbox 360 brings the Film Festival home. Award-winning independent movies, shorts, documentaries, animation and web series from around the world. Discover films that launch careers, blaze new trails, and that actors and directors make for the love of the craft. Try it free at indieflix.com/xbox. Every great film deserves an audience.

Revision 3 (United States, Australia, Canada)
With Revision 3, watch the best TV shows from the internet right on your Xbox 360.  Access tens of thousands of Revision3 videos, including all original weekly and daily episodic and community driven programs.  And with Kinect for Xbox 360 you can control your shows with a wave of your hand or the sound of your voice.

PopcornFlix (United States)
With Popcornflix on Xbox 360, stream hundreds of films instantly at no additional cost with your Xbox LIVE Gold subscription. Watch a wide range of genres including comedy, action, thriller, romance, family and many more. New films added every day. Get your popcorn and enjoy.

Toys “R” Us Movies (United States)
Watch the movies and TV shows kids love, instantly on your Xbox 360! Toys"R"Us Movies gives you instant access to thousands of family-friendly digital movies and TV shows for rental and purchase. Find the hottest new movie releases and TV shows selected just for your family and you can shop by age or your favorite characters!  Watch at home or on the go – available on hundreds of devices and now on Xbox 360!

There’s tons of great entertainment on Xbox LIVE launching this week so go check out the new experiences for yourself. Give it some time, though, it may take a few days for everything to rollout.

*Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and/or additional subscriptions/fees may be required and sold separately. 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.

March 27th 2013 at 2:18 pm | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 51 comments

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