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Archive for the ‘Microsoft’ Category

New Gears of War Multiplayer Achievements Announced

Posted by Aaron on Wednesday, June 13, 2007

On Thursday, June 14, at 2 a.m. GMT eight new Multiplayer Achievements will be released for Gears of War “Annex” gametype and the “Hidden Fronts” Multiplayer Map totaling 250 more gamer score points.

Check out the press release after the jump 😀


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Lost Planet Collector’s Edition map Battleground to be free 6/7/2007

Posted by Aaron on Monday, June 4, 2007

Starting June 7th 2007 people that did not buy the Collector’s Edition of Lost Planet with be able to download the exclusive multiplayer map Battleground for free.

“Battleground” map which sets players in an abandoned town scattered with rubble from ruined buildings and features indoor and outdoor areas with multi-level vantage points. Starting on Thursday, June 7, the map will be made available for free download to everyone on Xbox Live® Marketplace.

[Via Press Release]

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Halo 3 Beta Downloads via Crackdown are fixed!

Posted by Aaron on Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Halo 3 Beta Downloads via Crackdown are fixed!

It’s been a long day for a lot of people but we’re happy to announce that effective immediately, a title update for Crackdown is available on Xbox Live that will fix the issue that previously prevented you from downloading the beta. The Microsoft team just deployed this fix and when you launch Crackdown you should receive a prompt to download the update.

Please note that it could take up to four hours for your console to receive this update based on various factors. However, the good news is that we’re in the clear and Halo 3 gameplay is just over the horizon.

We realize this has been a pain for many and an inconvenience at the very least. Given the circumstances, we’ve decided to extend the duration of the Halo 3 Beta from June 6th to June 10th at 11:59 PM PDT. So, you lost almost a full day of play today but to make up for it we’re tacking on four more days (and a weekend at that).

We apologize for the delay and hardships this issue has caused and hope that it quickly becomes a distant memory clouded by good times playing Halo 3 with your friends.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding. We’ll see you online!

Note : A rare bug has been discovered that sometimes results in improper text display in the game UI. Basically, you won’t see any text at all. If you encounter this issue, you can fix it yourself by doing the following:

1. Restart your Xbox 360
2. Boot up the Halo 3 Beta
3. While the Halo 3 Beta is loading, immediately press up on the D-Pad and hold the A button until you see the Bungie logo. If you perform this correctly a dialog box will appear confirming maintenance has been done to your system.
4. Resume the Halo 3 Beta!



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Halo 3 / Crackdown : UPDATE!

Posted by Aaron on Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Luke Smith from has posted the following update regarding the Crackdown/Halo 3 Beta delay:

We’re happy to finally announce that the issues being faced with the Halo 3 beta and Crackdown will be resolved shortly. The Microsoft team has found a solution and it’s undergoing final testing now.

Assuming the test pass goes according to plan, the fix will come in the form of a Crackdown title update within the next three to six hours.

We understand many of you were eagerly awaiting your chance to jump into the Halo 3 Beta and this technical issue has put a damper on your plans. Thankfully the fix is incoming and we’re sincerely sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. Ultimately we hope this will all soon be a distant memory once you pick up the Spartan Laser, launch yourself from a Mancannon and enjoy online shenanigans with your friends.

As a reminder, people who already have the Halo 3 Beta are unaffected by this issue. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we have more information.


So another 3 to 6 hours ouch 😦

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Halo 3 Beta Crackdown Delay

Posted by Aaron on Wednesday, May 16, 2007

For those of you that bought Crackdown to get into the Halo 3 beta you will have to wait a tad longer. Frankie from posted the following:

Crackdown Delay: We Know!
Posted by Frankie at 5/16/2007 5:22 AM PDT
With any luck this will be a short delay. People enetering the Beta through other methods – Friends and Family, Rule of Three and so on, are unaffected.


Posted in Microsoft, News, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 1 Comment »

Aegis Wing & Soltrio Solitaire now available on XBLM

Posted by Aaron on Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Aegis Wing & Soltrio Solitaire are now up for purchase on the XBLM. Check below for the details:

Name: Aegis Wing
Price: Free
Availability: Xbox Live members in Canada and the U.S.
Dash Details: Single Player, Xbox LIVE Multiplayer 2-4, HD (High Definition). Ready to save the universe from an Araxian invasion? Challenge them solo or recruit up to three friends for an all-out assault. Feeling lucky? Try it on Insane mode – the rewards are greater but the name is all too accurate.
Size: 46.0 MB (approx)

Name: Soltrio Solitaire
Price: 800 Points
Availability: All Xbox Live regions.
Dash Details: [ESRB: E (EVERYONE)] Single Player, Xbox LIVE Multiplayer 1-2, 5.1 Surround Sound, HD (High Definition). The trial version of Soltrio Solitaire is just a taste of what it’s like in the full version. Upgrade today to get uniquely shuffled decks and the ability to play on Xbox LIVE. You can also start building your own card decks, collecting pieces as you travel the map in Voyage mode. And when you buy, you can download even more solitaire games with great expansion packs.
Size: 29.9 MB (approx)


Posted in Microsoft, News, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox Live Arcade, Xbox Live Market Place | 1 Comment »

Halo 3 Official Release Date: September 25th

Posted by Aaron on Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Halo fans rejoice! The official Halo 3 release date has been revealed. Halo 3 will be released September 25th. Check out the press release after the jump 🙂

I am not a Halo fan so I most likely will not be buying Halo 3 but will any of you guy be buying it? If so which version are you going to get?

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New Picture Packs, Themes, Demos & more on XBLM

Posted by Aaron on Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Over the past few days I forgot to post whats new on the Xbox Live Marketplace. So here is a list of the current releases:

More dashboard messenger FAQ’s
Eurogamer videos (UK Only)
Demo: Blacksite: Area 51
Crackdown DLC Now available
U.S. Video Marketplace top downloads for week of 5/7
Xbox Live Activity for week of 5/7
Bullet Witch In Game Content
Test Drive Unlimited DLC (Free and Premium)
Trusty Bell/Eternal Sonata Demo (Japan Only)
Red vs. Blue Wacky 2 Picture Pack
Heroes Pictures and Themes
This week on Arcade: Aegis Wing (free!)
Demo: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (Demo)
Viva Piñata (Demo)
Demo: Tenchu Z
Red vs Blue Halo 3 Beta PSA (HD)

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Xbox 360 HD DVD Auto Update

Posted by Aaron on Tuesday, May 15, 2007

If you have a HD-DVD player for your Xbox 360 the next time you sign into Xbox Live you will be prompted for a update. Here are the details:

Added option for user to select from the following audio output formats via TOSLINK or HDMI:
o Digital Stereo (2 channel PCM)
o Dolby Digital 5.1
o DTS 5.1
o WMA Pro
Added “Dynamic Range Control” toggle for digital audio output
Improved HD DVD networking support
Improved HD DVD title compatibility
Improved performance with MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
1080p via HDMI is supported on the Xbox 360 Elite with HDCP compliant displays
Improved parental controls

If you don’t have access to Xbox Live fear not then update will be available for download at later this week 🙂


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Shane Kim on PS3 Home

Posted by Jay on Monday, May 14, 2007

Microsoft Game Studios head, Shane Kim, has given his thoughts on Sony’s online strategy, and as we would expect, MS and Sony are not going to be kissing and making up anytime soon…

I doubt [Sony’s] ability to implement it and execute it in a really rich and compelling way. PlayStation Network is not Xbox Live, it’s not even close. To think about layering [Home] on top of that–wow. The hardest part is not even creating the system, it’s regulating the behavior and all of that too. Boy, that’s a massive investment in infrastructure. I actually believe that most gamers will always find more value in what we have on Xbox Live and now Games for Windows Live and how we’re building that out, which really started all about gaming features and now has added more like instant messaging, Video Marketplace, etcetera. That’s what I think is a much better approach, and that’s what our approach is going to be.

Ouch. Those are fighting words. We’ll see how it all plays out this year.

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