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The New Xbox Experience reinvents home entertainment from the inside out, changing the way we play games, watch movies and TV s

hows, and even become contestants in game shows. It all begins this fall with a bold new look and feel that is fun, social, and simple to use.

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Now you can enter the Download & Win Sweepstakes for your chance at some big prizes.

We’ve got a million Microsoft Points
to give away, so don’t miss your chance!

To enter, just register your gamertag by downloading the NXE Download & Win Gamer Picture, and then download any of the premium Marketplace content listed below.

The NXE Download & Win entry period begins at 6:01 A.M. Pacific Time (PT) on November 19, 2008, and ends at 11:59 pm PT on November 23, 2008. The more you download the more entries you receive, up to a maximum of ten entries per person.

Before registering for the sweepstakes, make sure your Xbox LIVE account information is accurate! Potential winners will be notified by the sweepstakes administrator and have their prizes shipped using the contact info (e-mail, phone, and address) on their Xbox LIVE profile. If your contact info is not up-to-date you will be disqualified from winning a prize.

Check your account information here.

Halo 3

Sweepstakes Registration
You must register for the sweepstakes before the end of the entry period on November 23, 2008 by downloading the New Xbox Experience Download & Win Gamer Picture:

Before November 19:

  1. Sign in to Xbox LIVE Marketplace
  2. Select Game Store
  3. Select All Games
  4. Select New Xbox Experience
  5. Select NXE Download and Win Gamer Picture from the list of available content and select Confirm Download
  6. Upon the successful completion of the Gamer Picture download, you will see a Thank You for Registering message.

After November 19:

  1. Sign in to Xbox LIVEMarketplace
  2. Select Themes & Gamer Pictures
  3. Select AllThemes & Gamer Pictures
  4. Select All
  5. Select New Xbox Experience
  6. Select NXE Download and Win Gamer Picture from the list of available content and select Confirm Download
  7. Upon the successful completion of the Gamer Picture download, you will see a Thank You for Registering message.

You may also access the free NXE Download and Win Registration Gamer Picture via the banner ads running on the Xbox LIVE dashboard.

Sweepstakes Entry
You will automatically receive one entry into the sweepstakes when you download the New Xbox Experience (automatic) and redeem Microsoft Points for downloadable Xbox LIVE Marketplace content in any one of the following categories:

  • Movie
  • TV Show
  • Full Arcade Game
  • Xbox Originals
  • Game Add-On
  • Music Video

There is a maximum limit of ten total entries per person.

Marketplace

Prize Information
After the sweepstakes is over, 46 winners will be selected from all eligible entries to receive the following prizes:

  • One Grand Prize: 500,000 Microsoft Points
  • Five First Prizes: 50,000 Microsoft Points
  • Ten Second Prizes: 10,000 Microsoft Points
  • Thirty Third Prizes: 5,000 Microsoft Points

The Play & Win and Download & Win promotions from Xbox.com are an easy way to jump in and interact with the Xbox LIVE community. It’s easy to enter and you could win some great prizes. Look for more exciting Play & Win promotions in the future!

Source- XBOX Press Release

Halo players from Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand can show off their skills as Microsoft today announced the ‘Official Halo 3 Tournament.’

The Tournament is open for registration from March 10. All you need to do to sign up is head to your Xbox LIVE Dashboard, click on The Official Halo 3 Tournament adverts, and download the exclusive GamerPic. You can read terms and conditions here.

Once you’re registered open play runs from April 1 until April 14. You’ll need to perform on the three game modes that make up The Official Halo 3 Tournament Sponsored By Samsung TV Playlist – Slayer, King of the Hill and Oddball.

At the end of open play the top ranked player from Australia will be crowned Halo 3 National Champion and rewarded with a piece of exclusive framed Halo artwork and 5000 MS points. They will also qualify for the Asia Pacific Final, where all national champions from the Asia Pacific will clash in a one-off Xbox LIVE match to decide who is truly Legendary.

And the spoils for the Asia Pacific Halo 3 Champion? The ultimate winner will also receive a 40” Samsung TV from their brand new Series 6 range, which has been designed to combine beautiful design with astonishing picture quality, as well as an Xbox 360 Elite console and LIVE accessories pack.

So what are you waiting for? Get on Xbox LIVE, get registered, and prepare to discover whether you have what it takes to be Legendary in The Official Halo 3 Tournament

Great contest so every get started and enjoy the contest

http://www.xbox.com/en-au/pm/halo3tournament/

NPD Group had recently stated that Xbox 360 sales were trailing substantially when compared to rival consoles. Even Sony Playstation 3 managed to beat it in terms of sales.

Microsoft said in an emailed statement: “Our retailers are telling us that Xbox 360 is selling as fast as they can restock, but due to this high demand, Xbox 360 is experiencing temporary shortages. We are working as quickly as we can to replenish inventory.”

Source- echannelnews

Microsoft Corp  is not in talks to include Sony Corp’s  Blu-ray high-definition DVD technology in its Xbox 360 video game console, an executive said on Wednesday.

The comments by Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for Xbox 360, poured cold water on recent speculation that Microsoft could support Blu-ray after Toshiba Corp , backer of the rival HD DVD format, gave up when key movie studios and retailers abandoned the technology.

"Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience," Greenberg told Reuters in an interview.

Microsoft, which has stopped making an HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360, would continue to invest in its Xbox Live online service that already lets users rent hundreds of movies, including ones in high-definition.

"We’re the only console offering digital distribution of entertainment content," Greenberg said.

The software giant also expected that supply problems for the Xbox 360 meant the machine was outsold in the U.S. market by Sony’s PlayStation 3 console in February for the second month in a row.

 

Source- Reuters

CEO Steve Ballmer said his company is working on Windows device driver support for the Blu-ray high definition movie format. Microsoft is developing software that will add native support for devices that play Sony’s Blu-ray high definition movie format to the Windows operating system, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said.
"We’ve already been working on, for example, in Windows, device driver support for Blu-ray drives and the like," said Ballmer, speaking at the Microsoft’s Mix ’08 conference. Ballmer also said that Microsoft is "going to support Blu-ray in ways that are important," according to a transcript of his remarks posted on the company’s Web site. The Mix ’08 conference was held last week in Las Vegas.
Microsoft until recently used Toshiba’s HD DVD format to add HD movie playback to its Xbox 360 gaming console. That practice abruptly ended last month when Toshiba announced its decision to kill HD DVD after virtually all major Hollywood studios threw their weight behind Blu-ray. 

Source: InformationWeek

xbox360-thumb1 Microsoft Corp will stop making video players based on the HD DVD standard for its Xbox 360 game system, a move that comes days after Toshiba Corp  pulled the plug on the high definition movie technology.

The move, announced on Saturday, follows recent decisions by Hollywood studios such as Time Warner Inc’s  Warner Bros and retailer Wal-Mart  to exclusively back Sony Corp’s  Blu-ray, a high-definition video technology rival to HD DVD.

Microsoft had been one of the biggest backers of HD DVD along with Intel Corp ut the tide turned against HD DVD after Warner Bros, which had supported both, defected to Blu-ray last month.

Microsoft said it does not see the decision having any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform or its position in the market. It pledged to continue product and warranty support for all Xbox 360 HD DVD players that it has already sold.

Microsoft, in a statement on its GamerScoreBlog, posted by marketing executive John Porcaro, said it did not “believe this decision will have any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform or our position in the marketplace.”

The bundling of movie players is a key added feature in the battle for dominance in the next-generation video game console market, where players like Microsoft and Sony see their devices as hubs for delivering games, movies and Web content to living room television.

Sony’s PlayStation 3 has a Blu-ray player built in.

“HD DVD is one of the several ways we offer a high definition experience to consumers and we will continue to give consumers the choice to enjoy digital distribution of high definition movies and TV shows directly to their living room…,” Microsoft’s statement said.

Microsoft, which previously said it would consider supporting Blu-ray technology should consumers want it, did not say if it would make Blu-Ray players.

Source- Reuters

xbox360-thumb The post published by us about the Blue Ray on XBOX 360 was nothing but just the rumors.  Chris Lanier in his blog post have pointed out some of the serious issues which strongly disagrees with the addition of Blue Ray to Xbox.Here is what it reads-

Jason Unger of CE Pro does have the basic rundown of the issue, but don’t believe that Blu-ray is on the way to the Xbox 360.

Among the reasons behind these are the issues which are strongly against addition of Blue Ray to Xbox 360.

Quickly…

  • Blu-ray support means adding a Java-based BD-J interactivity layer to the Xbox 360. Highly doubtful to ever happen
  • The video/audio codecs are not really in question here, both HD DVD and Blu-ray use the same basic codecs.
  • Blu-ray has extra DRM in BD+. The Xbox 360 can already do AACS, but they are not going to add BD+ support. Microsoft has been opposed to it from the start.

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