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New Xbox Live to Include Community Games

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New Xbox Live to Include Community Games


XNA Creators ClubCome November 19th, Xbox Live is going to get a major facelift. While the changes deal with mostly cosmetic and organizational issues, one feature of “The New Xbox Live Experience” will allow anyone to download user-created games.

Previously, this option was only available in beta to premium members of the XNA Creators Club, an exclusive group for the homebrew developers. Microsoft plans to bring the service out of beta along with the new Xbox Live.

This is no free ride for consumers, though. XBL Director of Programming Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb inteviewed XNA Community Manager Kathleen Sanders on the topic, and they were sort of quiet on the factoid that you’ll have to pay for these games, so we’ll post Sanders’ quote right here:

“They have an idea, they have the energy and the willpower to do it, they can go and create it, put it through peer review, and then it’s up on Community Games for you to buy,” Sanders said.

To be fair, developers are going to make some money off of this, or at least recoup some of the $99 they spent on the development software. More specifically, they get 70 percent of the revenues, or 40 percent to 60 percent while the game is being promoted as a feature title. Games will cost between 200 and 800 Microsoft Points to download, according to Joystiq.

Hyrb has previously detailed some of the new organizational features of “The New Xbox Live Experience,” so hopefully we’ll also get some robust measures to sift through the inevitable amount of crap that will be available.

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Blu-Ray Drive Coming to the Xbox 360

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Blu-Ray Drive Coming to the Xbox 360


Blu-Ray for Xbox 360Microsoft has confirmed that it has plans to offer customers a Blu-Ray player option to its console Xbox 360. Due to their unenthuasiasm for the BD-Java technology, the software giant originally had adopted the HD-DVD format which was recently phased out — leaving Blu-Ray the victor in the format war.

In the past, Microsoft had clearly stated that it will not be adopting the Blu-Ray format for their Xbox 360 unless there was a high demand. It looks like with the increasing sales of the Sony Playstation 3, Microsoft is now quickly acting to offer a Blu-Ray option to match its console competitor.

Microsoft has contracted a Toshiba-Samsung joint venture to manufacture external Blu-Ray disc drives for the Xbox 360 console. The company is hoping to offer the new drives for about $100-$150 in order to compete with the Sony Playstation 3 in the video game console market.

There is no mention of when the drives will be offered to consumers as of yet, although there is anticipation that they may be available as early as the holiday season. Otherwise, it’s most likely Microsoft will be postponing the unveiling until the Consumer Electronics Show early next year in order to attract the most attention concerning the device.

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Custom Microsoft Zune To Be Bundled With Gears of War 2

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Custom Microsoft Zune To Be Bundled With Gears of War 2


Gears of War 2 ZuneMicrosoft announced that it will be introducing its Zune “Gears of War 2” Special Edition mp3 player with its upcoming game Gears of War 2 for Xbox 360, developed by Epic Games. The game is scheduled for shipping on November 7 and is available currently for pre-ordering.

The custom Zune is based on the new 120 GB version but will feature a laser-etched Crimson Omen on the special gloss black enclosure. Included is collectible “Gears of War” packaging, 244 “Gears of War” media selections including the original game soundtrack, game trailers, art concepts, and behind-the-scenes videos. The entire package, mp3 player and game, is set at $279.99.

“Gears of War 2” is a fast paced third person shooter game and is expected by Microsoft and Epic Games to be the biggest video game of the 2008 holiday season on the Xbox 360.

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