After Microsoft’s E3 press conference, Xbox Live General Manager Marc Whitten held a meeting of his own. Mainly, discussing what improvements and upgrades should be hitting the Xbox Live service in the fall. Here is a list of what we can expect.
First, the Games on Demand feature. With this feature you can use real money (NO Microsoft points) to buy real games. It will be headlined with games like Mass Effect, Assassin’s Creed, and Bio Shock.
Second, the Avatar Marketplace was announced. If you are tired of the clothes that you have on your avatar, you can just buy some new ones. This new apperal will consist of real world brands and game related items. Along with that there will be Awardables. These clothes will be awarded after completing a task within a Xbox 360 game. Some examples of these items are a Halo 3 O.D.S.T. costume, remote controlled warthog, cheerleader pom poms and soccer balls.
Third is the added addition of Last.fm that will hit later in the fall. This will basically give new and existing Xbox live customers the ability to listen to Last.fm. Users can listen to tracks, make playlists and even listen to music while playing games.
Zune video Store
at E3 ’09 we were presented with what will now be called the Zune video store delivering content up to 1080p high definition. This will be a real challenge for the service since it claims it will be able to stream 1080p right when you hit play!. In addition to the new store, Netflix for the Xbox 360 will also get an update allowing subscribers to change movies from their list on the fly.
Facebook on Xbox 360
Twitter on Xbox 360
Social networking has also been the craze on the internet these days (lol). Up until now it could only be enjoyed on your computer and mobile devices. It will soon be available in the fall so you can update your status until your hearts content. Facebook will allow users to put/make their profile on the Xbox 360, Viewing pictures and friends. A new feature will be added allowing the ability to capture screenshots during gameplay to upload onto facebook which should be really interesting to see how that plays out. Twitter will allow you to update and view other updates on Twitter as its happening on the fly.
With all these new features Microsoft is really trying to make the Xbox 360 a full multimedia hub for the whole family to enjoy. If you needed more reasons to “jump In” if you haven’t already, now would be the chance. So does this mean that those free clothes on Wednesday are going to discontinue for your Avatar with the introduction of the Avatar marketplace ? Hope not. Even though it was only every other Wednesday with only a few items released, it was something to look forward to.