Avatar and Games on Demand Marketplace now on Xbox.com – Updated

Earlier today, the Xbox.com team added the ability to preview and purchase Avatar Marketplace items and add Games on Demand to yourXbox 360 download queue. Swing over to the Marketplace on the Web and browse the new addition if you are looking for something to wear or play today.

Update:  The Avatar Marketplace on Xbox.com has been temporarily turned off for maintenance.  We expect to have the feature returned to use in the next few days.  While our teams are working on the site, you can continue to use all the other features of the Web Marketplace. This does not affect the Avatar Marketplace in the Xbox 360 console.

Update: maintenance complete

 

 

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  • Beluvius

    Interesting. But I think I have to pass, Avatar items are way overpriced. No sales here.

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  • Mr Achievement

    Good Stuff, Major…

    @hied: I am pretty sure the Games On Demand prices are the current MSRP… and considering you get a PERMANENT backup I think that any buyers are being fairly treated. =)

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  • Kazimieras

    I too am a bit disappointed that “we will never charge for Avatar clothing” is not being honored. I wouldn’t mind it nearly as much if the prices were not so high! If anything, please allow for items to be tried on for free, so that we can get an idea of what it can all look like together. Also – there are some items which are male/female only. This makes sense in most cases… but some things such as the Star Wars helmet (which are identical for both genders) should not be separated into the two genders.

    Big kudos to the team though with the new dash – it is a lot speedier at loading items on the marketplace than the old one (or it sure appears that way).

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  • Habsens

    Thnx Major, but can you ask them too when are they going to do the same for the Themes & Gamer Pictures too.

    TIA

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  • joshua nash

    I like the new stuff, especially the games on demand really good selection, the avatar store is awesome

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  • Drunk Ste

    Anyone who buys avatar items, games on demand, themes and gamer pics is an idiot.

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  • Arsenic13

    *Lower The Prices!*

    If you agree, copy and paste.

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  • ImaginedBug

    Major, can you please get the folks working on the marketplace on the web to set the default sorting to “by title” and add a “by price” option? That’s for the entire marketplace, not just the avatar part.
    For games it’d be nice if you could quickly jump to the first letter too, but that might clutter things a bit without an overhaul of the design.

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  • BabyKicker 3000

    I think everything is great. It’s not paying for avatar cloths that angers me, it’s the price of them. 400 ms points for a light saber, come on I can buy a game with that much money.

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  • MarksterLive

    New additions are great! Avatar Marketplace works great and everything works (payments, downloading, adding to avatar). Can’t wait for more and more Styles, items and gamerelated content.
    Q: Where will be published playing which games will unlock avatar awards? Love the addition BTW!

    Games on Demand Xbox360 is also a great addition. Will be using this feature in the future!
    Q: Why can’t I use MS Points? Or will this be possible in (near) future?

    Keep up the great work!

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  • hied

    Is Oblivion on demand the game of the year edition?

    If not, you’d have to shell out 3200 additional Microsoft points ($40) for the Shivering Isles and Knights of the Nine expansions that are included in the game of the year edition.

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  • II EV0L 0NE II

    Awesome love the Avatar Market & Games On Demand on Xbox.com, very easy to find and very easy to understand great job MS web Team…🙂

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  • aStrangeDisease

    Good stuff. I love the Avatar Marketplace. PLEASE DON’T LOWER THE PRICES. I don’t want to have the same avatar as a bunch of whiny kids. Thank you.

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  • StammyFi

    GoD is way too overpriced! It’s a joke, really.

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  • Arsenic13

    aStrangeDisease. Your statement made no sense. You go ahead and pay $4 for something thats completely for show and not controllable.

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  • aStrangeDisease

    @ Arsenic13, That’s funny. You paid 80 MS points for the shirt you are wearing in your pic and you say I made no sense.

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  • DirectJeph

    I’m with Mr. Achievement on this one. Current MSRP + lifelong backup = fair deal. That being said, Avatar Accessories are the new Horse Armor.

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  • DirectJeph

    I’m with Mr. Achievement on this one. Current MSRP + lifelong backup = fair deal. That being said, Avatar Accessories are the new Horse Armor.

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  • Arsenic13

    80 Points. Nothing else can be bought once you go under 250. Now $4 is ridiculous. Your saying kids will start wearing the same things you have. Wth is that? Thats the most childish thing iv ever heard. Over priced items such as the props are ridiculous and need to lowered. MS can make a profit so much quicker if they didnt over charge for this stuff. Yes, the things are cool. but the prices are not. Being a MS fanboy doesnt change the fact that these things and Games on Demand are overpriced. They’re selling Oblivion for $30, when i can go to gamestop and get the GOTY edition for the same price with Shivering Ilse and Knights. Open your eyes. This is stupid.

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  • Zeropilot

    why is lego star wars the complete saga $29.99 on demand and $19.99 at most retailers?

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  • Arsenic13

    @Zero

    MS want to take the jerk way out and overcharge. While systems like Steam sell their games for low low prices and make massive profit.

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  • drudaddy

    Hey major, If your reading this comment. Can you shine some light on avatar awards in your podcast this Sunday. Still kinda confused and really something that hasn’t really been talked much about.

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  • hied

    @Mr Achievement, many of these games are selling way below MSRP in stores and online.

    The ability to re-download on demand games that you’ve purchased in the past seems like a nice feature but you never really know what’s more “permanent”. I have “permanent” actual cartridges and discs for my Sega Genesis and Playstation. My Sonic the Hedgehog cartridge is dated 1991 and still works in my Sega Genesis. My PlayStation games still work in my old PS2. Do you really think that if I download Oblivion today I’d be able to re-download it 18 years from now? (Admittedly, nothing is permanent with the XBox 360 hardware.)

    Regardless, Microsoft’s distribution costs for on demand games are minuscule compared to retailers (even online retailers). While not having to mess with the disc to play the game would be nice, on balance I’d much prefer to have the actual full-color quality manual and other materials that come with the actual game (without having to find them and print out a substandard copy).

    I do appreciate the convenience of on demand game downloads, but they monopolize this distribution channel so they control the prices. By the way, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that if you use a credit card to pay for your gold live membership, they don’t let you delete your credit card number from your account. Let the impulse buys (by you, or, if you’re not careful, your children or roommates) begin!

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  • oO MG81 Oo

    To those justifying the ridiculous GoD prices by saying “you’re getting a life long backup of a game”, are you for real!?!?. You’ll only be able to play your games as long as the Live servers are still active and your particular 360 still works (and we all know how reliable 360’s are). What do you think is the better deal here?, £5 for a physical DVD copy in a box with manual and NO RESTRICTIVE DRM, or, £20 for the exact same game locked down with DRM, no resale value, no manual and no box?. It’s a no-brainer IMO.

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  • Arsenic13

    I have changed my motto to : Lower Avatar Prices!

    I say all who oppose this pricing do the same and tell friends of the injustice that M$ is bringing to us. Overpriced games, DLC, and not Avatar clothing. Yes it is optional, but other services do the same thing for a lot cheaper and profit incredibly (Steam)

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