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New Fallout 3 content coming exclusive to Xbox 360

Bethesda and Microsoft have revealed 3 new Fallout 3 content downloads coming EXCLUSIVELY to Xbox 360 and Games for Windows – LIVE Marketplace.

The first DLC entitled Operation: Anchorage will arrive in January followed soon thereafter by two additional episodes, The Pitt and Broken Steel. Although Fallout 3 had no shortages in the depth department to begin with, these new downloadable episodes will expand the already impressive gameplay with new missions, enemies and more.

Operation: Anchorage adds a brand new dimension to the critically acclaimed RPG, as players enter a unique military simulation to liberate the city of Anchorage in one of the seminal battles of Fallout lore. Stay tuned for more details once the official release dates for these upcoming DLC episodes are announced.

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November 28, 2008 Posted by | Console, Game Companies, Games, Xbox LIVE | 1 Comment

New Xbox Experience…are you ready?

We’ve seen many a Dashboard update over the past 3 years, but none even come close to the changes Xbox 360 gamers are about to receive.

The launch of the New Xbox Experience is now just hours away (2:00 am PST) and, having had the opportunity to play around with it over the past couple of weeks, I can honestly say that (the majority of) you will not be disappointed. I’m sure that you’ve all read countless articles by now on what NXE is all about and the new features included within the update so I won’t bore you with another recap. Instead, I want to emphasize that, while the new Avatars are definitely cool, they are only a portion of what this new Experience is about.

One other point; most people are adverse to change. NXE is a BIG change so, if your first instinct is to hit the forums and rip it to bits, I suggest you give yourself a few days to digest it before making the “Love it/Hate it” decision. I’m betting that it’s going to be a hit J

November 18, 2008 Posted by | Console, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix to compliment NXE

Capcom announced today that their long awaited Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD
Remix for Xbox LIVE Arcade
will be one of the first games to be featured in the New Xbox Experience with a Branded Destination Experience.

When it hits Arcade tomorrow, the Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix destination experience will provide a central place for Xbox LIVE Arcade gamers to learn about new content, view the latest trailers, and access downloadable content, including picture packs, and both Basic and Premium Themes. The new Street Fighter Premium Theme features extensive high-definition graphical layers that take over your Dashboard, presenting a fully dynamic and encompassing package for the ultimate social entertainment experience on Xbox LIVE.

With 1080p high-definition art and graphics, and the ultimate user feature set, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is the perfect game to compliment the New Xbox Experience,” said Christian Svensson, VP of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Capcom Entertainment Inc. “Capcom is dedicated to providing captivating content to the digital space and we’re proud to participate in this new era of Xbox LIVE.”

For more information on the New Xbox Experience, visit http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/nxe

For more information on Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, visit: http://games.capcomdigital.com/streetfighterIIhdr

November 18, 2008 Posted by | Console, Games, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

NPD figures declare Xbox 360 is the system of choice

Some very impressive sales numbers have just officially come through regarding console sales for 2007. Can you guess who came out on top?

According to NPD figures, Xbox 360 saw sales of $4.8 billion landing them ahead of both Wii at $3.5 billion and PlayStation 3 at $2.2 billion. Those figures add up to a total of more than $13.7 billion in total sales, of which 45% was spent on Xbox 360. But that’s not all…

According to NPD:

* Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for Xbox 360 was the leading game last month with 1.5 million copies sold, outselling the PS3 version nearly 3:1.

* Assassin’s Creed for Xbox 360 was the fourth best selling title, having sold 894,000 units. It outsold the PS3 version more than 2:1.

* Guitar Hero III outsold the PS3 nearly 2:1, having sold 625,000 copies.

* Rockband sold 463,000 units for the Xbox 360 platform, compared to 174,000 units for the PS3

*To date, 33 third party games on Xbox 360 hit the top 10 list across all consoles compared to five third party games on PS3, and four on Wii.

* Halo 3 was the sixth best selling title in December, selling another 742,000 units. In 2007, NPD projects that Halo 3 has sold 4.8 million units in the U.S. since its launch in September.

* Xbox 360 continues to lead in number of games sold per console, setting another record with an attach rate of 7.0 games per console.

These facts and figures should remove any doubt about Xbox 360 having won the un-official console war. Considering that the Microsoft console is only in its second generation – and was competing against two historic gaming icons in Sony and Nintendo – this feat becomes even more impressive.

January 17, 2008 Posted by | Console | Leave a comment

Xbox LIVE issues

Some of you may be experiencing some difficulty logging into (and staying connected to) Xbox LIVE. While there hasn’t yet been an official response from Xbox on the issue – or at least none that I’ve seen – I’m hopeful that we’ll hear something from them soon. In the meantime, I want to pass along a workaround that seems to help when LIVE hangs up and all you see on the Dashboard is the spinning 360 icon. This hang seems to occur when first signing into LIVE or switching between games.

If you get hung, press “X” (sign-out) once and confirm that you wish to sign out. The console will then tell you that you’ve signed out, although your gamertag info should still appear. After a short bit, your console should sign you back into LIVE automatically and all is well again.

I can’t promise that this will work for everyone, but I’ve had success with this method so far. If you’ve discovered a workaround of your own, or just want to vent your frustration with LIVE, feel free to drop a comment.

*UPDATE: I just got word from the Xbox team that they are well aware of the problem and are working ’round the clock to fix it.*

December 29, 2007 Posted by | Community, Console, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

No, no…those are Christmas lights!

I was in Target doing a little Christmas shopping yesterday, when I happened upon this:

This should help sell PLENTY of consoles, don’t you think?

December 15, 2007 Posted by | Console | 1 Comment

New XNA Game Studio 2.0 available now

Do you think you have what it takes to create the next big hit on Xbox LIVE? If so, you may be interested to know that Microsoft has just released XNA Game Studio 2.0, a brand new version of the development software that began as XNA Game Studio Express.

XNA Game Studio 2.0 includes more than 15 new features including the ability to create online, cross-platform multiplayer games for Xbox 360 and Windows using Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows – LIVE. The new software is available for download now at http://creators.xna.com/.

Once you’ve created your masterpiece, be sure it gets the attention it deserves by registering for Dream-Build-Play 2008. Here are some of the details:

“Microsoft will once again challenge aspiring game developers to create their dream games for a chance to win more coveted publishing contracts. This week Microsoft kicks off registration for Dream-Build-Play 2008 with the Silicon Minds Warm-Up Challenge. Registration begins on Dec. 14 and winners will be announced at the Game Developers Conference where details of the main challenge will be announced. Run in partnership with Microsoft Research’s Machine Learning Group in Cambridge, England; Rare Ltd.; and Lionhead Studios, prizes for the Warm-Up Challenge will include the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interview for an internship with one of those organizations.”

Head over to http://www.dreambuildplay.com/ for more details on Dream-Build-Play 2008.

December 12, 2007 Posted by | Community, Console, Contests, Game Companies, Games, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

Streaming Video now a part of Xbox LIVE

Ok, so I finally had a chance to grab the Fall Update and was playing around, setting up my bio and checking out some of the new features when I came across an unexpected surprise. Xbox LIVE now has streaming video in Video Marketplace!

When I watched Major Nelson’s feature in the new Inside Xbox area, I immediately shot over to Marketplace to see if the streaming feature was added there. Sure enough, it is! While you can still choose to download movie and television trailers, those of us with limited hard drive space can now choose to Preview the selection. The Preview streams the trailer, albiet in low quality, saving both time and digital real estate.

The Update seems to have a number of cool new additions, but this one was a surprise, so I thought I’d hop online and blog it.

December 4, 2007 Posted by | Console, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

New Fall Dashboard Update features revealed

Microsoft has confirmed a sizeable list of new features that gamers will be able to enjoy when the Fall Dashboard Update hits consoles next Tuesday, December 4th. While this doesn’t include every new improvement included in the update, the following list is pretty impressive in and of itself:

Downloads:

Xbox Originals – With this new service, announced on Nov. 13, consumers can download-to-own full original Xbox games that were previously only available at retail. The digital shelves will always be stocked with classic titles, such as Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, Halo, Fable, Fuzion Frenzy, Psychonauts, and more as the catalogue grows over time, at 1200 Microsoft Points per game.

Xbox LIVE Arcade Hits – On Xbox LIVE Arcade, the Arcade Hits program kicks off where some of the best selling Xbox LIVE Arcade games will become available at permanently reduced prices, making it easier than ever for everyone to build a library of downloadable games! The first games to become Arcade Hits will be Bankshot Billiards 2 and Lumines LIVE, which will be available for 800 Microsoft Points each, and Marble Blast Ultra, Small Arms and Zuma Deluxe, which will be available for 400 Microsoft Points each.

News, Information and Community:

Inside Xbox – A new direct feed brings current news straight from Xbox.com into the Xbox LIVE Dashboard providing members an easy, predictable entry point where they can discover what’s new in: game releases, events, and Xbox LIVE Marketplace offers.

Enhanced online profile – Members interested in sharing a few more details about themselves will have the option to go beyond their motto and further personalize their profile with an expanded bio. The extended bios will be visible to “Friends Only” or the entire Xbox LIVE community.

Expanded Friends List access – A quick and easy way for gamers to expand their personal community on Xbox LIVE, members will be able to see the Friends Lists of other Xbox LIVE members, boosting their social networking experience on the service.

More Control:

Enhanced Parental Controls – Family Timer, a strong and flexible new addition to the Xbox 360 Family Settings, enables parents to set the amount of time their Xbox 360 can be used on a per-day or per-week basis by their children or other members of the household.

New video features – The convenience of full-screen movie previews and enhanced video codec support further expand the options when it comes to the Xbox 360 entertainment experience.

Easy-to-use navigation features – With several noteworthy changes in the Xbox LIVE Dashboard, from the new Game Store button to the Video Store button to enhanced visuals and descriptions in the video library, Xbox LIVE members can find what they want, when they want it.

The full list of included features and enhancements will be made available at http://www.xbox.com/live when the Update launches on December 4th.

November 30, 2007 Posted by | Console, Game Companies, Games, Gaming websites, Xbox LIVE | 2 Comments

Happy 5ifth birthday Xbox LIVE

Over the past 5 years, Xbox LIVE has grown from an “interesting concept” to the benchmark for online success. With more than 8,000,000 members and the best combination of online play and downloadable content, we’ve all got something to celebrate!

November 20, 2007 Posted by | Console, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

Xbox 360 Arcade console no longer rumor

No longer a rumor, Microsoft announced the new family-friendly Xbox 360 Arcade console has hit retail stores. The new console – a much improved version of the Core –  includes a wireless controller, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) connection, 256 MB of memory useful for storing games and entertainment content as well as 5 very respectable Arcade titles (PAC-MAN Championship Edition, Uno, Luxor 2, Boom Boom Rocket and Feeding Frenzy) all for the Core price of $279.99.

In keeping with the family oriented theme, Microsoft also announced the addition of more than 100 episodes of popular Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Nickelodeon TV shows including more than 50 episodes of the classic Looney Tunes library in high definition as well as several shows from Nickelodeon’s various channels like “The Backyardigans”, “Blues Clues”, “iCarly” and more.

We’ve been wondering for a while how and when Xbox would finally pursue the Nintendo Wii market, clearly the group this package is targeted towards. If buyers can look beyond the hype that has fueled Wii sales this past year, they will undoubtedly realize that this new Xbox console offers much more value for the money.

October 23, 2007 Posted by | Console, Games, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

Omega Five coming to XBLA next month

I’ve just finished posting some new details and screenshots from Omega Five (Hudson Entertainment and Natsume) over at the Totally360 website.

Judging by the screens, this could be one of the best looking titles we’ve seen show up in Arcade. Check ’em out and see what you think. The official website for the game is here.

October 19, 2007 Posted by | Console, Game Companies, Games, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment