XBOX Live Presents : XBOX NationsXBOX Live Presenteert : XBOX Landen

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And just like the previous five years (Xtival ‘07, Xtival ‘08, Xtival Spring ‘09, Xtival Winter ‘09 and Free Live Weekend ‘10) …it’s party time again!

Xbox Nations is your free Gold pass to an Xbox LIVE Weekend packed full of great entertainment and fun. Take part in a world record attempt with Kinect Sports, watch discounted movies in Zune, unlock achievements for the Xbox Nations leaderboard – and pick up great games, music, and Avatar items too!

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Want to get your name into the record books? We’ve teamed up with Guinness World Records to set a record for the most people doing a 100m sprint online. To be part of it, make sure you’re logged in and running 100m in Kinect Sports at 6pm on Saturday 23 April. Register now by downloading the world record gamerpic and you’ll get a bespoke Guinness World Record Avatar t-shirt too.

 

Xbox Nations means great entertainment for everyone over the Free Xbox LIVE Weekend, with discount games, music and movies, tournaments and Avatar items. If you’ve got Free membership, you’ll be able to access some great Gold features for an entire weekend. Take all your favourite games online, share your triumphs with Facebook and take part in multiplayer mayhem.

Check out the XBOX Facebook page for more information

  

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En net als de afgelopen vijf jaar (Xtival ‘07, Xtival ‘08, Xtival Spring ‘09, Xtival Winter ‘09 and Free Live Weekend ‘10) …is het weer tijd voor een feestje!

Xbox Nations is je gratis Gold-pas naar een Xbox LIVE Weekend met een overdaad aan geweldig entertainment en plezier. Doe mee aan de wereldrecordpoging met Kinect Sports, bekijk films met korting in Zune, win prestaties voor het Xbox Nations klassement – en neem ook geweldige games, muziek en spullen voor je Avatar mee!

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Wil jij je naam in de recordboeken schrijven? Samen met het Guinness Book of World Records willen we een record zetten voor het grootste aantal mensen dat online de 100 meter loopt. Als je wilt meedoen, moet je je op zaterdag 23 april om 19:00 uur aanmelden en in Kinect Sports de 100m lopen. Schrijf je nu in door de wereldrecord-gamerafbeelding te downloaden en dan krijg je ook nog een speciaal Guinness World Record t-shirt voor je avatar.

 

Xbox Nations is geweldig entertainment voor iedereen in het gratis Xbox LIVE Weekend, met kortingen op games, muziek en films, toernooien en Avatar-spullen. Als je gratis lid bent, krijg je een heel weekend toegang tot geweldige Gold-functies. Ga online met al je favoriete games, deel je overwinningen op Facebook en werp je in de multiplayer menigte.

Kijk snel op de XBOX Facebook pagina voor meer informatie.

XBOX Live Presents : Free Live Weekend!

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And just like the previous four years (Xtival ‘07, Xtival ‘08, Xtival Spring ‘09 and Xtival Winter ‘09) …it’s party time again!

All Xbox LIVE Free members will be upgraded to Gold – giving you access to the complete Xbox LIVE experience, including online multiplayer games, instantly-streamed movies and music in Zune , voice chat, Video Kinect and great social features like Twitter and Facebook to share your achievements with your friends.

You’ll also be able to explore an amazing line-up of movies and music, and find some awesome discounted goodies in Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

Joining in is easy: simply fire up your Xbox 360 and browse to the Free LIVE Weekend page in Spotlight.

Get set for an unmissable weekend of fun and games!

 

COMPETITIONS
We’ve got some amazing gear for you to win over the Free LIVE Weekend – including:
An HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 that lets you play great games on the move, and add to your Xbox LIVE Gamerscore too!
Halo: Reach Limited Collector’s Edition – with that exclusive in-game Elite armour, for the ultimate bad-ass appearance…
Find out how to enter by visiting the competitions channel in Dash during the Xbox Free LIVE Weekend!

MUSIC VIDEOS from ZUNE
Including Rihanna, Far East Movement, Eminem, Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga – and an Xbox exclusive: N.E.R.D’s new video Hot ’n’ Fun, featuring Nelly Furtado.
KINECT
Take Kinect online with Kinect Sports and Kinect Joy Ride – and try out video chat with your friends and family using Video Kinect.

ONLINE MULTIPLAYER
If you’re an Xbox LIVE Free member, you get to try out the multiplayer modes of all your favourite games – for free!

DISCOUNTS
Pick up some awesome goodies for a song! There are discounts on everything from Xbox Originals and Xbox LIVE Arcade games to add-ons and Avatars – and movies too!

And again this year it’s for the European XBOX Live fans only…

 

Just click here for more info.

XBOX 360 : Xtival Winter ‘09 Starts This Friday!

 
It’s party time again if you own an XBOX 360! Just like last Spring ‘09, in 2008 and 2007 this will be the 4th Xtival in Europe! This year the party will be bigger and better then the last editions!

See Tiësto headlining, plus MSN bring you live performances from the music scene’s best talent. There’s a lot to play for this weekend including tournaments, demos and great deals on your favourite games. This year’s glittering Xtival film stage is packed with a world exclusive James Cameron “Avatar” trailer, prizes, offers and more.

Create your own line-up and share it with your friends!

More info about Xtival Spring ‘09 (United Kingdom)

Meer informatie over Xtival Voorjaar ‘09 (Nederland / België)
Plus d’information plus de Xtival Printemps ‘09 (France / Belgique )
Mehr Info vorbei Xtival Fruhling ‘09 (Deutchland / Österreich)

Più Info sopra Xtival Primavera ‘09 (Italia) winter
Más Info encima Xtival Primavera ‘09 (España)
More info about Xtival Forår ‘09 (Danmark)

If your language isn’t in the above list, click this link to go to your own localized version. If you get a Looking for something at XBOX.com. The page you tried could not be found’ error then Xtival is not available in your country!

XBOX 360 : Zune Video Streaming Test Weekend – FAIL!

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Just a few days ago I received an e-mail with the invitation to test drive the upcoming Zune Video Streaming service on XBOX Live! Yeah..you have to pay (even during the testing phase) to test the streaming service, but when you complete a survey you will receive 1200 Microsoft Points (1 movie is about 500 Points).

I’m not sure what went wrong, but just a few moments  ago I received another e-mail in which the XBOX Beta Administrators announced that they discontinued the offer of 1200 Microsoft Points for completing the error reporting survey.

This was the e-mail I received :

 

Hello Testers,

We regret to inform you that we have discontinued the offer of 1200 Microsoft Points for completing the “Zune video streaming” error reporting survey. We appreciate your continued feedback during the testing process and can’t wait to bring the full service to you in November.

Movie night is still taking place this weekend and there will be a wide variety of movies available for rental during the Preview period. Please note that you will need to use Microsoft Points to rent these movies.

Even though the 1200 Microsoft Points offer is no longer available, we look forward to your continued participation in the Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program.

Regards,

The Xbox Beta Administrators

 

They still want us (the Testers) to test the video streaming stuff, we have to pay to test and won’t receive anything in return? Oke….when you’re participating in the XBOX Live Update Preview Program it’s normal you do something in return…but pay for testing the streaming of a movie (not much choice for now, only considerable old movies available in the Netherlands)…I don’t like that at all!

I can imagine that everybody was filling out a error report (to collect the 1200 MP’s), even the movie night hasn’t even started yet 🙁 If the testing wasn’t gonna cost me anything (or they had new movies available) I wanted to try the service, but now I have to pay and they don’t have any recent movie….sorry…I’ll just skip the testing part!

XBOX 360 : Xbox LIVE Fall Update & No Blu-Ray

Today was the day that the First Wave would receive the Fall 2009 Xbox LIVE Update Preview. When I turned my Xbox on earlier today (or better said : yesterday) I received the update. Ohw…another fact about the Xbox 360 : There will be no Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360! The Blu-Ray accessories Steve Ballmer talked about earlier were Blu-Ray accessories for the PC!

To refresh your memory : This is what’s the Xbox Live Fall Update bringing us….

  1. Zune video brings movies and TV shows with instant on HD in full 1080p to your Xbox 360 console. You’ll find a huge selection, all with the amazing clarity and the convenience of cable.  Xbox LIVE members can now enjoy a true movie theater experience from the comfort of home.
  2. Facebook: Now you can compare your Xbox LIVE and Facebook friends lists, update your status to share  hat movie, game or entertainment you’re enjoying, find friends and view their news feeds, status and photos on the big screen – all seamlessly integrated and custom-built for Xbox 360. Requires adult Xbox LIVE Gold account.
  3. Last.fm (US & UK Only): Turn your Xbox 360 into your living room juke box with a library of more than 3.5 millions songs. Stream personalized radio stations through Xbox LIVE by skipping, “banning” or “loving” songs to tailor the radio station to your tastes – we’ve even built in “Gamer Stations” with music selected specifically for the gaming community. Requires adult Xbox LIVE Gold account.. [More Info]
    Twitter Stay in the know by discovering, posting, and replying to Tweets right on your Xbox 360. You can even view friend profiles, trends and conversations, or search to see who’s Tweeting about your favorite game. Requires adult Xbox LIVE Gold account.
  4. Inside Xbox News & More (US Only): A new section of the “Inside Xbox” channel, “News and More” transforms Xbox LIVE into a full-fledged media portal. With a regularly-updated stream of content from msnbc.com , The New Yorker and Dilbert, “News and More” brings the latest in current events, arts and entertainment right to your fingertips.  Requires Xbox LIVE Gold account.

So…enough about the theory! Check out my video below to see all the stuff in live action (because I live in the Netherlands I can’t show you the Last.FM and Inside Xbox News & More)

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Participate in the 2009 Fall Xbox Live Update Preview Program

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Earlier this year I blogged about an XBOX Live update Preview, but now it’s time for another XBOX Live Preview. This time it’s the Preview of the Fall 2009 Update with Twitter and Facebook and Zune integration.

What do you need to do? Just read the rules below :

Just fill out the form on Microsoft Connect (Note: You have to use the Windows Live ID that is connected to your XBOX Live GamerTag!).

When you’ve successfully signed in, you need to fill out the XBOX Live Update Preview Sign Up survey in order to be considered for receiving the Preview System Update. There are some questions about where you live, what kind of connection to the internet you have and some info about your console.

The XBOX team will review all the applications and if you are selected they will send you an e-mail notifying you about the acceptance in the program. Read the following before you register:

  1. We’re looking for multiple thousands of participants, so your chances of making it in are good
  2. This opportunity is open to all Xbox LIVE Members in regions where Xbox LIVE is available.
  3. Just completing the survey does not automatically get you access to the Preview Program. We’ll be making final selections from the completed surveys and send you an email if you are selected.
  4. While both Xbox LIVE Gold and Silver members can sign up, Priority will be given to Gold members in the selection process.

If you are accepted, the XBOX team will contact you in about a week. Make sure your contact information at Connect is updated and correct!

Do you want to know how the new features look like? Just check them out below!

Twitter
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Click here for more information about the Twitter feature.

Facebook
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Click here for more information about the Facebook feature.

Zune
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Click here for more information about the Zune Feature

Participate in the new Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program

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Major Nelson announced on his website today that there will be another XBOX 360 System Update and you can participate in the Update Preview Program! Just fill out the form on Microsoft Connect (Note: You have to use the Windows Live ID that is connected to your XBOX Live GamerTag!).

When you’ve successfully signed in, you need to fill out the XBOX Live Update Preview Sign Up survey in order to be considered for receiving the Preview System Update. There are some questions about where you live, what kind of connection to the internet you have and some info about your console.

The XBOX team will review all the applications and if you are selected they will send you an e-mail notifying you about the acceptance in the program. Read the following before you register:

  1. We’re looking for multiple thousands of participants, so your chances of making it in are good

  2. This opportunity is open to all Xbox LIVE Members in regions where Xbox LIVE is available.

  3. Just completing the survey does not automatically get you access to the Preview Program. We’ll be making final selections from the completed surveys and send you an email if you are selected.

  4. While both Xbox LIVE Gold and Silver members can sign up, Priority will be given to Gold members in the selection process.

    If you are accepted, the XBOX team will contact you in about a week. Make sure your contact information at Connect is updated and correct!

    XBOX 360 : Xtival Spring ’09 starts this Friday

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    Just like last year (and the year before that) this weekend it’s Xtival Spring ‘09 time! And again this year it’s Europe only!

    What is Xtival again? Everybody gets a XBOX Live Gold Membership for FREE during this weekend to game online whole weekend long! New this year are the Stewards, they’re there to help you if you have any question. Just visit the Xtival Spring and add them to your friends!

    More info about Xtival Spring ‘09 (United Kingdom)

    Meer informatie over Xtival Voorjaar ‘09 (Nederland / België)
    Plus d’information plus de Xtival Printemps ‘09 (France / Belgique )
    Mehr Info vorbei Xtival Fruhling ‘09 (Deutchland / Österreich)
    Mehr Info vorbei Xtival Fruhling ‘09 (Schweiz)
    Più Info sopra Xtival Primavera ‘09 (Italia)
    Más Info encima Xtival Primavera ‘09 (España)
    More info about Xtival Forår ‘09 (Danmark)

    If your language isn’t in the above list, click this link to go to your own localized version. If you get a Looking for something at XBOX.com. The page you tried could not be found’ error then Xtival is not available in your country!

    XBOX 360 Fall Update Announced

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    At E3 Microsoft announced what will be the new features in the XBOX 360 Fall Update. Here they are (copied from Major Nelson’s blog):

    • Play from hard drive. Copy your games from the game disc and play directly from the hard drive.  Not only will the drive not spin, but load times are quicker, as well. Of course, you will still need the disc in the tray to prove you own the game.
    • Access Xbox LIVE Marketplace on the Web.  Browse and purchase Marketplace content whenever you want from Xbox.com and it downloads automatically to your console.  Purchase that new map, television episode, the latest Xbox LIVE Arcade game or set up a movie to watch when you get home from work.
    • Dashboard built into the new Xbox Guide.  For everyone who loves the blades interface, it’s not going away; they are now built directly in to the new Xbox guide. Every feature and option is available right from the guide.  You can even access your full games library at all times.  No matter where you are (in dash or in game), immediately call up your games played list and directly launch a game.   
    • LIVE Party system.  Create a party of up to eight friends, and stay with them from one game to another, or watch a Netflix movie together, or share a slideshow of your personal photos.  It works with all Xbox 360 titles, not just upcoming games.  LIVE Party allows up to eight people to chat in the dashboard, so you can meet up before playing. 
    • Xbox LIVE Primetime. This whole new category of games is going to give you more reasons to get online with your friends.  Games will support everything you’d expect, like Achievements and leader boards, but many of these games will include real prizes. You can invite your friends, and even set a reminder for an upcoming show.  Each game is broadcast simultaneously, so everyone is answering the same questions.  Many events will have a live host, calling the shots as they happen. 
    • Avatars. Your online identity started as a Gamertag – it then grew into a personalized Gamercard. Now, it has evolved even further into avatars.  You can express your style, check out new outfits and share this with the community.  Avatars will also be integrated into Xbox LIVE Arcade games, LIVE Party, as well as retail games. 
    • New display support. Because you asked for it, we are adding 16X10 over VGA or HDMI, and support for 1440×900 or 1680×1050.

    Below you can see a video of the new XBOX Experience…