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AICN Games: Facebook, Twitter, Zune, and To Infest XBOX Live Next Week!!

Merrick here...
...with a press release from Microsoft regarding next week's launch of multiple new features to XBOX Live. I'd just figured out how to keep Merrick's 15 Year Old Son from blowing all his time on Facebook via computers and his iPod touch - guess I'll have to figure out how to lock him out here, as well. What interests me about this is that the integration of these features is pushing the 360 closer and closer to a device Microsoft competitor Sony had imagined a long time ago - a television based unit that could basically handle anything media related. At least, I'm pretty sure it was Sony I'm thinking of. Here's the good word from Microsoft:
Next Week the TV Transforms when Social Networking, Music and Movies Come Alive on Xbox 360 Facebook, Twitter, and Zune video Launch Nov. 17 on Xbox LIVE The topic du jour was all about TV, but this morning at NewTeeVee Live – an industry conference that explores the future of television – Xbox LIVE general manager Marc Whitten confirmed the next wave of social entertainment is coming to Xbox LIVE on November 17. Starting next week, Facebook, Twitter, and instant on HD video from Zune will be available on Xbox 360 consoles, transforming Xbox LIVE into the largest social network connected to the TV with exclusive features custom-designed for the living room. “We’re delivering some truly exciting social entertainment experiences to our members,” said Whitten. “Xbox LIVE’s differentiator has always been our community, and we’ve already seen a tremendous response to these features in our public preview. It’s the community that drives us forward and allows us to pioneer new ways of connecting people through the entertainment they love.” · Facebook*– Update your status to share what movie, game or entertainment you’re enjoying, connect with friends and view their Facebook stream, status updates and photos on the big screen – all seamlessly integrated and custom-built for Xbox 360. You can even compare your Xbox LIVE and Facebook friends lists to see which of your friends are on LIVE. · Zune – Zune video on Xbox LIVE offers a full fidelity experience with instant on HD in 1080p and 5.1 channel surround sound. No waiting for downloads or buffering, it’s there at the press of a button. You can also share the experience with up to seven friends through voice chat and Avatar integration on the TV screen – it puts a whole new spin on “movie night.” · 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. ·* – Discover more music and explore endless personalized radio stations with on Xbox 360. Skip, “ban” or “love” tracks to create your perfect mix—we’ve even built in “Gamer Stations” with game-related types of music selected specifically for the gaming community (Available in the U.S. and UK) In addition to these social features, Xbox LIVE will also be debuting “News and More,” a new section of the “Inside Xbox” channel, transforming Xbox LIVE into a full-fledged media portal. With a regularly-updated stream of content from MSNBC, The New Yorker and Dilbert, “News and More” brings the latest in current events, arts and entertainment right to your fingertips. All of these features build on the wild success of Netflix on Xbox LIVE, which quickly established Xbox 360 as the most-used living room device for streaming Netflix content to the home1. Only on Xbox 360 can you find the best in movies, music, games and social networking all in one place, tailor-made for the TV and connected to more than 20 million people around the globe. “From the launch of Xbox LIVE nearly seven years ago, to milestones like Video Marketplace, Netflix and the New Xbox Experience, we’ve continued working toward our vision of connected entertainment for everyone,” continued Whitten. “I’m proud to say that next week marks another great stride in fulfilling that promise, and we’re already imagining what the future has in store.” So what are you waiting for? On November 17, turn on your Xbox 360, log onto Xbox LIVE and enjoy the world of social entertainment at your fingertips. Not an Xbox LIVE Gold member? Starting November 20 (12 pm ET / 9 am PT) until November 23 (12 pm ET / 9 am PT) Xbox LIVE Silver members can enjoy the latest Gold features for FREE – including Facebook, Twitter and! There’s tons more to experience with Gold as well. Play the latest game titles like “Halo 3: ODST” online multiplayer, participate in “1 vs. 100,” host an Xbox LIVE Party or even video chat with friends. All of these Gold-only features will be available all weekend long for anyone to try. * Xbox LIVE Gold adult account required to access these features. Xbox LIVE Gold memberships are just over $4 (U.S.) per month ** Xbox LIVE members under the age of 18 will not be able to access Facebook and Twitter as part of the Free Gold Weekend 1 Source: One Touch Intelligence (, from October 2009 survey conducted in association with The Praxi Group, Inc.

Seems similar social networking integration will soon be announced for PS# (according to THIS report at ScrawlFX. You can find images of said integration HERE. Off to play CALL OF DUTY 6, MODERN COMBAT 2, or whatever it's called. Haven't seen it running on the PS3, but the XBOX version seems pretty sensational...

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  • Nov. 13, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by Robots In Das Guys

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Pointless features in a console.

    by ballyhoo

    Thank you so much, Microsoft. Wait, not "thank you." What's that word? Oh yeah. Fuck. That's it. Fuck you, Microsoft.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Hey MS how about making original games for a start?

    by ominus

    originality in gaming industry has died just like in the movie industry.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Uh, where's the "games" in this games news?

    by tronknotts

    This news makes no mention of videogames, or anything that involves narritve storytelling. Isn't that the one thing that unifies everything (movies, comics, games) that is discussed on AICN? Please clarify, AICN.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST

    why no Mondern Warfar 2 talkback?

    by Jared

    4.5 million copies sold in 24 hrs.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    @ Tenenbaum

    by tronknotts

    ... because everyone who would talk about MW2 is busy playing MW2. Personally, the only thing I have to say about the game is that it is totally bland.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Pointless features in a console.

    by david19

    Spoken like a true PS3 fanboy. Bet yer tune would change if it had come out on PS3 first.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by ballyhoo

    The PS3 has plenty of pointless features, too.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    My Box Just got Banned from live, so now Twittering for me :(

    by evolution1085

    If I wanted to do of that shit, I'd get on a computer with a keyboard so I wouldn't have to scroll to type... oh and fuck off microsoft, way to alienate your hardcore gamers by making sure they can't get onto live, make a system you don't actually need to mod and nobody will, end of story

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST


    by Brigon

    You feel alienated because MS banned you? MS doesn't need or want hardcore gamers who steal everything they play.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Go to craigslist ...

    by ballyhoo

    And see how many people are selling 360s since the ban hit.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST


    by evolution1085

    I modded my system to increase the harddrive space, so I could wouldn't have to keep buying memory cards, considering I filled up on DLC within 2 weeks of buying the system

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    plus on my 3rd xbox, the first two dying right after the warrant

    by evolution1085

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    hours in facebook?

    by Bouncy X

    i'll never understand those people who spend so much time in there. what the hell do they do? me, i log in and see the most recent posts by friends. sometimes i'll leave comments and sometimes not, then i might post somethingy myself but then i'm gone, its a 10minute visit at most, usually a 2-3 minute one. what the fuck do these people do in there that takes hours? my sis-in-law is one of those and i do not understand. as for this hitting Live, well thats utterly pointless. i'm not so lazy that i cant sit at my computer to check that crap. and plus i'm not so addicted that i need access to it from everywhere.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    My 360 is used for playing movies and tv shows...

    by turketron_2

    I haven't played a game or connected to xbox live in many many months. Just saying. Cool shit though.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    I'm must be missing something obvious

    by Gene_Parmesan

    But all this peripheral razmataz ( Seriously?) and still no web browser?

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST

    MW2 really isn't bland.

    by killdill

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST

    yeah... i don't understand the hours in FB either

    by turketron_2

    I feel like time spent on social networking sites could be better spent in the real world doing the same thing... though it is cool to see what your friends who you don't live anywhere near are up to.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST


    by killdill

    Its the best one in the series if you actually play through the story and not just the online. Now, Halo is bland.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Last Fm

    by prime666

    Iv got the Beta for the update, all the new features are pretty gay apart from last fm which is awesome

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST

    These features require Xbox Live Gold

    by zerogundamx

    Features that are free in the very browser you're using, cost 450 a year to use on Xbox 360. LOL What a bunch of bullshit, stop paying for online play and free shit.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST

    $50 a year, sorry.

    by zerogundamx

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    MS and Sony

    by Toonol

    The Nintendo Wii has it's problems, but if it wasn't for that console's popularity, either MS or Sony would own our living rooms... and they don't play nice. They want to control media, the entire process, every channel.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    fuck Inifinity Ward

    by Judge Briggs

    for that piece of shit MW2 multiplayer they gave to us PC players.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST

    yeah, come on sony...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...i want this on my ps3 yesterday.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    This is News?

    by Spice-Orange

    If you're going to have a game section on this site, where are your news and reviews of ACTUAL things that gamers care about? Modern Warfare 2? Left 4 Dead 2? Uncharted 2? Assassin's Creed 2? I mean, they're all sequels, you have no excuse of not hearing about the franchise before... This feels like a Microsoft planted advertisement. No one who plays games wants shitty extras like twitter and facebook on a console. they already have those things on their computers. and Zune interactivity?? shouldn't have than have happened DAY ONE of Zune Launch? pft.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST


    by LethargicJ

    I've been in beta for this update since day one. Day one was the one day I looked at any of these features and then I pretty much forgot about them until today when I checked them again and they still suck. I don't really understand the point when it's so much easier and quicker to just use them on the computer. IF you could use them while you're playing a game? That would be awesome. But I'm not going to stop in the middle of a game, exit to the dashboard, fire up the twitter application, write something stupid, then start the game back up. It's silly. It takes 5 minutes to do something on the Xbox that I could do in 30 seconds by just walking over to my PC. I thought would be the best feature because I could listen to music while playing games....wrong. That doesn't work during gameplay either. You have to load it up just like the Netflix section and play music while you just stare blanky at the screen. These features would be great if you could do more than one thing at a time. Listen to music while you twitter or check your twitter while you play a game. But the way it is set up now is completely useless. Why bother with when I can just listen to my ipod while I play? Most people would describe me as a complete Xbox fanboy but these features are a bomb.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Preview's been out for 3 weeks

    by volcanopele2

    I got the Live preview a few weeks ago, like prime666. Twitter and Facebook are alright, made even better once my friends let me know that I can just hook up a regular keyboard to the Xbox via USB (why can I do that and not be able to hook up a normal USB hard drive?!?) My biggest issues with those features is that my computer is 4 feet away from where I set to watch TV, where I can do the same thing with a better interface. The Zune HD videos are pretty nice, the streaming feature is good for those of us stuck with the 20 GB hard drive. I would rather use Netflix though. And does rock, but they do need to integrate it into the user interface and Xbox guide so we can listen to music in games.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Modern Warfare 2 is the transformers 2 of games.

    by TheWaqman

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST

    XBOX 360=Great games, shitty console and shittier service.

    by Stalkeye

    The XBL is too damn expensive when compared to PS3's free subscription.However you can't play gears of war or HALo on sony's black box.Gates is a fucking tool for outsourcing CSR jobs to India but that happens almost everywhere nowadays.The Elite console is a ripoff as it does not have Blu-Ray,no built in WiFi or once again, a free online subscription. However the advantages are;superior controller,better looking games,custom sountrack option and better streaming of videos.If not for these features, my WreXbox would be just another doorstop.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST


    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 2:35 p.m. CST

    modern warfare 2 has brilliant multiplayer (on consoles)

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    heard pc gamers got raped hard thoug

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Ha, what a waste. Thanks for the non-gaming press release, Merrick. Glad to see that in its long absence, you didn't bother to improve AICN Games on any level!

  • but I'll borrow my friend's copy and if it's as good as the first (although i have reservations about killing hostages..i mean WTF)then i'm sold. I don't give two shits about facebook and titter, social networking is a fuggin fad.whatever happend to making friends at owrk or school/ picking up chicks at a bar or party? MS don't force this shit down our (the hardcore gamer) throats, the i mean, avatar thing is cool and i love the DIVX codec, but facebook can kiss my azz.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    BTW what happened to Monki?

    by Stalkeye

    he was the resident AICN games columnist.i guess his work wasn't up to snuff. Oh, wellz he can always get a gig @ G4TV, where other lame ass hosts reside.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood

    You forgot HALF-LIFE 3.<p> I'm beta-testing it, and while I'm a little disappointed with how Alyx interfaces with her mother/sister Chell on the early levels, I thought the whole "game within a game" thing with PORTAL 2 was pretty novel. As for the Gordon Freeman levels...still pretty glitchy. The Combine Controller sequences locked up my console twice, and that whole thing where Barney and Dog take on the captive Gonarch on the Combine homeworld...a real mess.<p> The cut scenes detailing the relationship between Black Mesa and Aperture were much appreciated, though. Here I was thinking the G-man was an alien...LOL.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Ohh thank god for this

    by Series7

    Now I can officially get rid of any sports equipment I own!

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    @ supercowbell

    by tronknotts

    How is MW2's multi-player any different than any other FPS's multi-player?

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Lol, the X box

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Does anyone play that thing anymore with the WII around?

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Great endless "who are you quizzes" on XBL.

    by OnO

    Wonderful now you can have nine year olds stalking you because you blew up their helicopters in GTA4 right when they got it. Imagine all those tests and quiz games showing up on Xbox via Facebook.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Social Entertainment

    by Mr.FTW

    What a load of crap. Mircosoft took everythin "social" out of the XBOX when they forced developers to make games that were only one player unless you were conected to XBOX Live. The thing that caapuled the XBOX was things like Halo parties where people would bring over console and link them and play together, it actually was social. Now 99% of games you can only play with other people through XBOX Live, there is nothing "social" about it.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Facebook is coming to the PS3 too

    by CharyouTree

    Is that what this is about?

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    MW2 story was intense

    by Aphex Twin

    Wretchedly short though. I know FPS's tend to be on the short side anyway, but come on! 6 hours?!? really?!? Still haven't gone through Spec Ops with a friend. Hopefully there's some longer gameplay there...

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    AICN GAMES woke up for THIS????

    by Johnno

    A lot's happened so far! Where were you when Uncharted 2 released?! Perhaps the best cinematic game of all time!!! Modern Warfare 2 came out a few days back! Fucking Netflixx is on PS3 all of a sudden! And you are taking up my time with some shit about Twitter and Facebook???!!!

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Can someone just put out a decent Star Wars game?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    The last decent one was KOTOR and that was 10 years ago

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by DrSurvey

    We've had the best D+D RPG for years, and the biggest selling game EVER come out, but yet you decide to wake up AICN Games for this shit? Seriously guys what the fuck. You have dozens of gamers on here who would give there left nut for any sort of thing being published on here and would gladly give up time to let you know what was happening but yet you would rather give us Soical Networking crap? yes I know you all like it, and you all Twitter like mad but come on, this is just lazy. Seriously.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST


    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    the multiplayer is fast and frantic at times, and strategic at others, the new perks and killstreaks are fucking awesome, the maps are genius. the game is just all together fun and the best multiplayer pacakge of the year.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 6:37 p.m. CST

    here's an idea Microsoft

    by Chain

    how about fixing the codecs so we can play hd .mkv files with 5.1 sound?

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Will these features be coming to my Atari 2600

    by ChocolateJesusMan

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 7:22 p.m. CST


    by Jared

    BioWare is working on a new KOTOR game. Should be out late 2010/early 2011.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    yeah, I head that like 3 years ago.

  • Nov. 14, 2009, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Word The EFF Up

    by Struggling Comedian 37


  • Nov. 14, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST


    by nrn

    You skipped Brutal Legend, You suck. Goodbye.

  • Nov. 14, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the completely pointless news

    by clupula

    You know what? Hire me to write your games column or any five random posters on here. I'm sure we could do a better job. Yay, paying $50 a year for Twitter and Facebook! Nice commercial.

  • Nov. 14, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    I hope I get my "new" 360 back soon!

    by Zardoz

    This is the 2nd one to die on me, but the first one I've sent back to MS to be "fixed" under the "out-of-warranty" repair. I guess it wasn't possible to fix the "E74 error", because they're sending me a "new" console. It's taken about 3 weeks for the "repairs" so I hope the refurbished console works when I get it back. While the consoles can definitely be problematic, (this last one worked fine for 3 years, btw) I don't understand all the hate for the cost of XBL, though. Just because Sony's giving it away doesn't mean that XBL Gold isn't worth the cost. Lots of stuff that Sony doesn't have, at least initially, like Netflix, GTA IV downloads, and now FB, etc. (yes, I know Sony has Netflix now, but they didn't have it for over a year.) Is XBL worth it? For $48/ 13 months? I say, "yes, it is!" Now where's my damn console? (Oh, and I'll probably be buying a PS3 this year, now that it's cheaper.)

  • Nov. 14, 2009, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Do you still have to use the dress-up dolly avatars?

    by Flip63Hole

    The Wiitards were enough to make me sell my 360. I'm 40 years old, I don't want to play dress up. Sorry...

  • Nov. 14, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST


    by Johnno

    None of that stuff you mention is worth the fee. Practically all of it is free from your regular PC or from the PS3 that it staggers my mind as to why you'd pay $50 to use that? And GTAIV downloads??? Really? You do realize that you can get those even with a silver account? So now LIVE is good because you pay to pay for stuff you'd otherwise would be paying for anyway? There's really no good reason for it!

  • Nov. 15, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    son blowing all the time

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    you gotta get that boy checked!

  • Nov. 15, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    BioWare isn't strictly making KOTOR

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    It's just called The Old Republic, and it's a MMORPG. I can't believe it's been 10 years since KOTOR. What an amazing game. I sort of feel the new one won't be as good, an MMORPG seems too big, but it is BioWare, and they claim that every piece of dialogue with every ancillary character will be completely voice-over and not text. That's pretty crazily ambitious.

  • Nov. 15, 2009, 2:39 p.m. CST

    go read douglas adams..

    by emeraldboy

    posthumos book. the salmon of doubt. he loved gadgetry. the chapter that had me in hysterics was called getting rid of all dangly bits. those useless pheripheral devices that dont do anything but the computer companies throw in anyway. one of the funniest things I have ever read. because its true.

  • Nov. 15, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST

    that and the chapter..

    by emeraldboy

    on paper. and what would happen if there were no trees. no trees. no paper and the ridiculous of the greens argument.

  • Nov. 15, 2009, 6:08 p.m. CST

    I just replayed KOTOR I and II

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Two fantastic games. Two different stories, but they were very Star Wars. The second game gets boring toward the end though.

  • Nov. 15, 2009, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Had if for about two weeks

    by TFLpodcast

    The new xbox live additions are really cool. I was lucky to be selected for the preview. Now I have another reason not to turn off my 360 lol

  • Nov. 15, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST


    by Zardoz

    I have an older iMac, not an Intel, so I can't watch Netflix for free on my PC. And even if I could, I still couldn't watch it in the comfort of my living room on my 32" HDTV. And the $48/ 13 months, via Amazon, is only $3.70/ month, and for that I get thousands of hours of online multiplayer, VOD, voice chat, etc. (and now FB, too!) So yes, it IS worth it! To me, anyway...

  • Nov. 15, 2009, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Even cheaper!

    by Zardoz

    I just checked Amazon's prices for the Gold card and while it's just a 12 month subscription, it's now just $40!

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Facebook is coming to the ps3

    by CharyouTree

    in a few months and xbl is a rip off

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by Johnno

    It's in the storyboard phase! Avary is writing the thing in prison!!! How about some news on that AICN????

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST


    by Johnno

    The point remains that Microsoft is ripping you off when you should be demanding that stuff for free! It doesn't matter how affordable it is! Hell I wouldn't put it past them to integrate AICN talkbacks into their service and only make it available to Gold members! Given how this site posts news, usually when it's only relevant to the 360, it's only a matter of time. But still... Why??? Why pay for shit you SHOULD be getting for free??? Heck, in this case it's shit that was always free to begin with!

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Xbox live is run by Skynet

    by BryanTheApe

    It is planning our destruction!

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    PS3 Facebook Integration

    by clupula

    Just officially announced today, even updates your Facebook when you earn trophies, or download particular games on the PSN. And it's free.