Xbox 360 News

16-person Party Chat and better Xbox 360 integration in next Xbox One update

16-person Party Chat and better Xbox 360 integration in next Xbox One update

Plus: more Avatar features, improved Achievements section, more.

Microsoft has a flurry of new Xbox One features on the way in its next console update, headlined by an increase in Party Chat size from 12 up to 16.

This larger number will apply to Parties either on Xbox One or on Windows 10 via the Xbox app. You'll also be able to include your Party chat with your Twitch broadcasts.

Backwards-compatible Xbox 360 games will now be listed on the Xbox One store, and achievements will now appear in your feed.

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Xbox 360 update adds 2GB of cloud storage

A new update for the Xbox 360 - remember that? - has gone live, and it adds 2GB of cloud storage.

You can use cloud storage for game saves you want to bring with you to Xbox One for Xbox One compatible games.

Meanwhile, you can now connect your Xbox 360 to a network that requires a Terms of Use acceptance. These can be found in public venues such as hotels and hospitals.

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How's Xbox doing?

Well. Well enough?

Microsoft reported its results for the fourth quarter of its 2015 financial year, and while the company made a gargantuan loss, Xbox and the division it sits in made a tidy profit.

Microsoft testing Xbox 360 update that adds 2TB USB support

UPDATE 1/5/15 9.15am Microsoft is rolling out a new Xbox 360 firmware update that adds USB hard drive support up to 2TB.

The feature, previously available to preview program members, is joined by a couple of other new features.

Purchase history and password resetting are now more straightforward and there's a new network statistics screen to better see what your console is up to online.

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£70 Star Wars movie bundle launches on Xbox this week

£70 Star Wars movie bundle launches on Xbox this week

Comes with Star Wars Pinball and R2-D2 avatar toy.

Disney will launch a six-film bundle of Star Wars films this Friday, 10th April, which will be downloadable via Xbox Video.

Its price? £69.99.

Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and Disney Movies will also sell the collection, although buying them through Xbox Video unlocks several special bonuses.

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Xbox One April system update includes voice messages

Xbox One April system update includes voice messages

Works cross-platform with Xbox 360, too.

Microsoft has detailed further Xbox One enhancements due as part of the system's April firmware update, including voice messages.

Available to dashboard preview testers this week and all Xbox One owners soon after, voice messaging will allow you to leave voicemail-style audio clips in your friends' inboxes.

A popular feature on Xbox 360, voice messages have been one of the most-requested Xbox One features among fans.

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Xbox Live and PS Plus subs now used to calculate UK inflation

Along with Spotify, e-cigarettes and craft beer.

Games console subscriptions such as Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus will now be included in the UK government's consumer price index, a ranking of commonly-used goods and services collated to determine the impact of inflation.

Xbox 360 getting new 500GB hard drive

UPDATE: Costs £79.99 in the UK, out this month.

UPDATE 21/8/14 9.30am: The Xbox 360 500GB hard drive will go on sale in the UK "starting this month", Microsoft has told Eurogamer.

Microsoft unveils purple and black chrome Xbox 360 controllers

The latest colours in Microsoft's Special Edition Chrome Series of Xbox 360 controllers will be purple and black, the company has announced.

Microsoft will launch the two new flavours worldwide in March, company mouthpiece Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb wrote overnight, priced $54.99 in North America.

If you live in the US, you'll be able to pick up the black design at Walmart and the purple design at Best Buy. Or you can buy either from the online Microsoft Store.

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NSA, GCHQ can listen to Xbox Live chat communications

UPDATE: Microsoft insists alleged spying "wasn't done with our consent".

UPDATE #2: Microsoft has spoken out against the government surveillance of its customers and joined other technology giants such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Twitter by signing a jointly-authored document entitled 'Global Government Surveillance Reform'.

Microsoft opens registration for Xbox Beta Program 2013

Microsoft opens registration for Xbox Beta Program 2013

Sign up now via your Xbox 360 dashboard.

Microsoft has opened its public beta registration for this year's major Xbox 360 system update.

The firmware refresh will "improve overall performance" and add in the ability to purchase Xbox Marketplace games, DLC and accessories with real world money.

Interested in signing up? You can't apply online this year, unfortunately. You'll have to select the Xbox Beta Program tile on your Xbox 360 dashboard, and enter in your details there.

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Kinect sales equal the original Xbox, higher than GameCube

Kinect sales equal the original Xbox, higher than GameCube

Xbox 360 numbers top 76 million worldwide.

Sales of Kinect have topped 24 million worldwide - more than Nintendo's GameCube (21.7 million) and equal to the original Xbox - according to the latest stats released by Microsoft.

Microsoft also says it has now shifted 76 million Xbox 360 consoles - suggesting an attach rate of nearly one Kinect to every three Xbox 360s.

More than 46 million users are now described as Xbox Live subscribers, which is apparently a growth of 15 per cent year on year, although the release is not explicit about whether that means Gold subscribers only or the overall number of people who access the service.

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Xbox SmartGlass free app launches on iOS, Android

Xbox SmartGlass free app launches on iOS, Android

Anything Windows Phone can do, they can do too.

Microsoft has launched its free Xbox SmartGlass app for iOS and Android devices.

The release on third-party platforms comes just a fortnight after SmartGlass first launched for Xbox 360 and Windows 8 devices.

Smartglass is available as an update to the existing Xbox 360 Companion app. Users who already had this installed should see an update already waiting for them.

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Xbox 360 SmartGlass app launches free this week

Xbox 360 SmartGlass app launches free this week

Compatible games include Forza Horizon, Dance Central 3.

The free Xbox 360 SmartGlass app arrives this week and lets players stream and share content across Microsoft devices.

The app brings SmartGlass functionality to Xbox 360 on 26th October, Microsoft's Major Nelson stated, the day Windows 8 launches. Apps for other platforms - Windows 8 PCs, tablets and smartphones - will follow.

Initially you can hook up your Microsoft device while using the new Xbox Video and Xbox Music services. These are widely available from today, when the new Xbox 360 dashboard update begins the next and final stage of its roll-out.

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Xbox 360 dashboard update rolls out from today

Xbox 360 dashboard update rolls out from today

Personalised dashboard! Internet Explorer! The death of Zune!

The latest Xbox 360 dashboard update goes live from today, with support for Internet Explorer, Xbox Music, Xbox Video, new personalisation options, improved search and more.

"Don't panic" if the system update takes its time to appear, Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has reassured. It will hit three million consoles worldwide today and everyone else within the next two weeks.

Perhaps the biggest new additions are the Internet Explorer app and Microsoft's new Xbox Music service, which offers free, ad-supported streaming on Windows 8 PCs. Xbox 360 owners must pay £8.99 a month for the Xbox Music Pass.

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Xbox 360 iPlayer app updated to include radio

An update for the Xbox 360 iPlayer app has added a number of BBC radio stations to the service.

You'll now be able to wake up to Chris Moyles on BBC Radio 1, snuggle up with Steve Wright on Radio 2, and get all arty with Radio 3 and 4.

Sports? You'll want Radio 5 Live.

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Microsoft to launch new Xbox Live dashboard beta

Microsoft to launch new Xbox Live dashboard beta

Includes Internet Explorer, personalised content recommendations.

Microsoft has announced a new public beta test for several upcoming dashboard features.

Those selected to join will be able to access work-in-progress dashboard changes, Microsoft spokesman Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb has announced, as well as the upcoming Internet Explorer for Xbox app.

The beta will test personalised content recommendations tailored to specific users, plus "enhanced search and discovery features".

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Xbox SmartGlass streaming service announced

Xbox SmartGlass streaming service announced

Internet Explorer confirmed for Xbox 360.

Microsoft has announced Xbox SmartGlass, a set of new features for streaming content between Xbox 360, Windows tablets and phones. It'll launch this autumn.

Users can send an in-progress movie from tablet to Xbox 360 to watch on the big screen. Your tablet then shows information about cast and characters.

Watching episodes of Game of Thrones will show you an active map of the world, reflecting what you're watching the TV show.

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Microsoft to launch TV-style adverts on Xbox Live

Microsoft to launch TV-style adverts on Xbox Live

15-30 second ads coming to apps.

Microsoft is set to roll-out TV-style advertising for Xbox Live, with 15-30 second spots set to run within TV and video apps.

The deal also confirms new channels coming soon to US gamers, including anime-streaming from Manga Entertainment.

"With the growth of Xbox Live, advertisers no longer have to choose between digital and TV advertising - we're offering the impact of TV and the interactivity and addressability of digital in one platform," said Microsoft's Ross Honey, general manager of Xbox Live Entertainment and Advertising.

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Microsoft reveals Xbox 360 dashboard update delay

Microsoft reveals Xbox 360 dashboard update delay

UPDATE: New dash rolling out now.

UPDATE: According to a Tweet from Microsoft's Major Nelson, "the first set of customers will be getting the Xbox Live update within the next few hours."

ORIGINAL STORY: Microsoft has revealed a last-minute delay for the autumn Xbox 360 dashboard update, which was scheduled to roll out at 3pm UK time today.

Xbox spokesman Major Nelson tweeted the news just 29 minutes before the Xbox 360 update was due.

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Microsoft produces NXE stats

Avatars more popular than Milky Bars.

Microsoft has produced some statistics to prove Xbox Live is more popular now the New Xbox Experience has launched.

Rare wanted avatars for Xbox 360 launch

Rare wanted avatars for Xbox 360 launch

To soften "hardcore and spiky" image.

Rare has said the Xbox 360 avatars were a feature originally intended to launch long ago, to help spread the appeal of the console. But presumably gardening bears got in the way.

"The concept of avatars is something that we came up with about four years ago now," Mark Betteridge, studio boss, told GamesIndustry.biz.

"We were thinking about how hardcore and spiky the previous Xbox was, and everybody was of a view that the new one was going to be more smooth and friendly. Everybody was in agreement that was the right thing.

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Microsoft details

Microsoft details "Xtival" 360 event

Chat to Prodigy, play some games.

Microsoft has detailed the line-up, competitions and events taking place over the "Xtival" weekend, which runs from 28th - 30th November. We call that next weekend.

The Xbox 360 event will incorporate game playing and celebrity chatter over Live. Gig tickets, t-shirts with avatars printed on, music downloads and other stuff will be up for grabs.

Highlights will include chatting to bonkers musicians The Prodigy for a couple of hours on Friday, plus various musical battles in Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero World Tour. There will also be music from Oasis and Franz Ferdinand to download.

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All NXE preview sign-ups get it early

All NXE preview sign-ups get it early

If you applied properly, you're in.

Microsoft has revealed that if you signed up for the New Xbox Experience preview programme but didn't get in, you're in anyway.

"Instead of adding another 10,000 people to the preview program like we did last week, we've decided to do something a little different: everyone who successfully applied to the preview program (and submitted a valid console ID) will be getting the New Xbox Experience sometime within the next few hours," wrote an excited Major Nelson overnight.

"If you signed up and are not prompted, that means you did not enter your console ID properly and you'll have to wait until Wednesday."

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Xbox 360 to hit 25m sales this month

Xbox 360 to hit 25m sales this month

NXE is "watershed moment" - Mattrick

Microsoft will have sold 25 million Xbox 360 consoles worldwide by the end of the month, the company said this morning

"The future of home entertainment is Xbox 360 - it's on demand, it's high definition, it's always social, it's all in one place," said Xbox boss Don Mattrick.

“With the New Xbox Experience we will reach the next generation of Xbox owners, 25 million and beyond. We are at a watershed moment, backed by the largest entertainment brands, with an incredible line-up of entertainment unmatched in any industry."

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Win thousands of MS Points this week

Download XBL content to enter.

Microsoft will be giving away over a million MS Points this week - and all you have to do to be in with a chance is use the New Xbox Experience to download Marketplace content.

NXE adds 10,000 more previewers

NXE adds 10,000 more previewers

And Zapper added to Xbox Originals.

Microsoft has invited a further 10,000 people to the New Xbox Experience preview program.

This will be the third and final batch to join in, before the Xbox Live overhaul becomes available to the masses on 19th November.

To stand a chance at being picked, you will have had to fill out a Connect Program Survey. And unfortunately there's no way of signing up now if you missed the boat first time around.

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XBLA games to feature avatars soon

Four current titles, one new one.

Four existing Xbox Live Arcade games and one new one are set to incorporate Avatars when the New Xbox Experience launches on November 19th.

NXE manager: "We can do it again"

Why make new consoles anyway?

Xbox Live product unit manager Jerry Johnson has told Eurogamer that Microsoft is prepared to do another New Xbox Experience in 2-3 years if there's demand.

MS will block NXE preview blaggers

MS will block NXE preview blaggers

Beta users can't upgrade mates' 360s.

Microsoft has now notified everyone who has been accepted into the New Xbox Experience preview programme ahead of the service launch on 19th November. Bad luck if you didn't make the cut.

However, if you know someone who did make the cut and are thinking about slyly upgrading your system using pulleys, levers and borrowed hard disks, think again: according to the email sent out to participants, you'll be frozen out for doing so.

That's according to the notification email, dug up by vg247, which states: "In participation with this programme, you should not move your storage device (hard drive, or memory unit if you do not have a hard drive) to any other console as it will also update that console.

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Microsoft reveals XNA compo winners

Circus acrobat puzzler wins 40 grand.

Microsoft has announced the winners of the Dream-Build-Play competition for 2008, all of whom will now be invited to publish their XNA-based games on Xbox Live's Community Games channel, which launches with New Xbox Experience on 19th November.

NXE preview slots all snapped up

NXE preview slots all snapped up

Don't even bother blinking.

Xbox Live's Major Nelson announced on Friday evening that Microsoft was opening up the New Xbox Experience early for a few thousand gamers - and then promptly closed the doors again after every place was snapped up in double-quick time.

The idea was to complete a survey and provide some information about yourself and your console, after which the "Live Service team" would choose a few thousand applicants for early access. Obviously this didn't take long, as an update on the original post quickly said the preview programme was full.

"Now it's time to go through the thousands of applicants," it said. If you were one of them, you should hear from Microsoft "in about a week" - giving you plenty of time to experiment with NXE before its 19th November release date.

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MS: Primetime will miss NXE launch

MS: Primetime will miss NXE launch

Other features "coming soon", too.

Microsoft has told Eurogamer that Primetime will not be a part of the New Xbox Experience on 19th November. Other features may also be absent, although there's no word on which ones they might be.

"The New Xbox Experience is a long-term initiative, and what we are rolling out on November 19th is only the beginning," a spokesperson told us.

"With the New Xbox Experience we will have the flexibility to roll out features and updates dynamically, unlike in the past where we were on a more biannual schedule. So, there are a lot more exciting features, including Primetime, that will be coming soon."

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MS launches 360 storage upgrade site

MS launches 360 storage upgrade site

Refurbished 20GB HDD for 13 quid.

Microsoft is offering Xbox 360 owners who don't have a hard disk a free storage device to get them ready for the New Xbox Experience.

The Xbox Storage Upgrade website asks for your console serial and ID numbers, and then offers you a refurbished 20GB hard disk, a free 512MB memory unit, or a combination of hard disk and Xbox Live time. It all depends on which console you have.

Owners of the Xbox 360 Core System fall into three categories. Active Live members with no storage, or a 64MB memory unit, are offered a free 512MB memory unit or a 20GB HDD for GBP 12.99. Active Live members with a 256 or 512MB memory unit are offered just the HDD, again for GBP 12.99. If your console hasn't connected to Xbox Live within the last 12 months, and doesn't have a hard disk, however, you're offered a 20GB HDD and three months on Xbox Live for GBP 19.99.

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NXE will allow for remote downloads

And requires 128MB of storage space.

Microsoft has revealed that Xbox 360 owners will be able to buy, queue up and set off Marketplace downloads remotely with New Xbox Experience.

New Xbox Experience dated

Plus Metal Slug, Space Invaders for XBLA.

Microsoft's New Xbox Experience dashboard update will launch in 26 countries on 19th November.

New Xbox Experience themes info

And how Avatars will show your status.

Microsoft has released new screenshots and information demonstrating how Xbox 360 themes and Friends will work in the New Xbox Experience dashboard revamp.

New 360 front end coming in November?

Rock Band 2 advertisement suggests so.

A Rock Band 2 advertisement in Xbox Live has given the first indication of when the Xbox 360 will receive its major interface overhaul.