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October 31, 2008

Xbox 360: NXE: What You Want to Know – More Avatars (

Filed under: Xbox 360,Xbox Live — Tags: , , — technofranki @ 23:13

Every week until November 19, when you can update your Xbox 360 Dashboard to the New Xbox  Experience, Gamerscore Blog is telling you something about the update. This week they talk more about avatars.

So here’s a qoute from

So, you’ve made your avatar and now you’re wondering what to do with it.  When the New Xbox Experience launches on Nov. 19, four existing Xbox LIVE Arcade games will be updated to include Avatar functionality to make your gaming even more personal.  Join your friends and play UNO!, Bomberman Live, Hardwood Hearts and Hardwood Spades and watch your Avatar come to life with custom animations throughout game menus and lobbies.

Here is also a videointerview with Larry Hryb, aka Major Nelson, and Stacy Law (avatar program manager) and Scott Brody (avatar program manager).

October 30, 2008

Congratulations on your acceptance into the Xbox 360 Fall Flash Preview Program

Filed under: Xbox 360 — Tags: , , , — technofranki @ 20:08

Last week I entered my application for the preview program to get an early access to the New Xbox Experience. Well, I got accepted! The update will be available on or before November 1st.

Larry Hryb posted on that all the e-mails to the lucky gamers was sendt out. He have, at time of writing, over 1000 comments. I don’t think I’ve seen that many on any other Major Nelson post. Most of the ones I’ve read, have complained about that they’ve not been accepted in the preview program.

So, here is the quote from the mail I received:

Congratulations on your acceptance into the Xbox 360 Fall Flash Preview Program. As a member of this program you will be receiving the New Xbox Experience (NXE) System Update.

The update will be made available to you on or before November 1st. In order to receive the update, log in to Xbox LIVE with the Preview Program registered console.

In participation with this program, 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. If an unregistered console is updated with the NXE update, that console will not be able to connect to Xbox LIVE until the NXE has been officially released on November 19th.

Please remember that your participation in the Public Preview Program is subject to the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use.

We thank you for your participation and hope that you enjoy the New Xbox Experience.

See you online,

The Xbox 360 team

October 18, 2008

Xbox 360 Memory Upgrade for the New Xbox Experience

Filed under: Xbox 360,Xbox Live — Tags: , , — technofranki @ 18:21

The New Xbox Experience require 128 MB of storage. Not all Xbox 360 owners have that, but Microsoft have solution for that, some for FREE and some at a reduced price.

If you meed the requirement for this offer, you can go to


  • Active Live members with no storage or with a 64mb MU: Offered 512mb for free or 20GB HDD for £12.99
  • Active Live members with 256 or 512 MU but no HDD: Offered 20GB HDD for £12.99
  • Console has not connected to XBL 12 month and doesn?t possess MU: Offered 20gb HDD and 3 month Xbox Live £19.99

Arcade console

  • Active Live subscribers without a HDD: Offered 20gb HDD for £12.99
  • Non active Live subscriber without a HDD and not connected to XBL within 12 months: 20gb HDD + 3 month Xbox Live for £19.99

Source: and

Xbox 360: Community Games Channel

Filed under: Xbox 360,Xbox Live — Tags: , , , — technofranki @ 17:04

This week on Gamerscore Blog they are looking at the Community Games Channel in the New Xbox Experience.


In a few short weeks we will be coming through on the promise we made almost two years ago on opening up game development to the masses with the Xbox LIVE Community Games Channel. In this week’s Developer Diary, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson gives you a sneak peek at the kinds of fun and unique community-created titles that will launch as part of the New Xbox Experience on Nov. 19. Not only is the channel an unprecedented opportunity for aspiring developers to share their ideas and creations with millions of Xbox LIVE members, but as gamers, you’ll have more choices than ever before, and it is all part of the New Xbox Experience.

Here is an interview with Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb and Kathleen Sanders.

October 10, 2008

Major Nelson talk with Aaron Greenberg

Filed under: Xbox 360,Xbox Live — Tags: , , , , — technofranki @ 21:13

Major Nelson (aka. Larry Hryb) had a chat with Aaron Greenberg at Tokyo Game Show 2008. You can hear and download the show at

Xbox Live Experience and Avatars (IGN videos)

Filed under: Xbox 360,Xbox Live — Tags: , , , — technofranki @ 20:32

Here is two videoes from, the first of the new Xbox Live experience and the second of avatars.

October 9, 2008

Xbox 360 Fall Update coming November 19

John Schappert (Corporate Vice President of Xbox LIVE) announced in his keynote at Tokyo Game Show today that the New Xbox Experience is coming to Xbox 360 on November 19, 2008. This firmware update will be released in 26 countries (I guess that’s Xbox 360 official launced countries) and localized in 11 languages.

It’s great to finay have a release date for the New Experience.


You can also download the keynote in MP3 format from

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