Xbox Live Ultimate Game Sale for 2013

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Xbox has released its Ultimate Xbox Live Games sale for this summer, games like WWE 13 which is still retailed at $ 45 at some stores is discounted to $15,the list below shows the games available throughout the week and on!

July 3, 2013:

Indieflix Launches a Xbox Live App In 6 Countries!

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CHAMPION OF INDEPENDENT FILM MAKES ITS MARK IN MAINSTREAM

IndieFlix, the subscriber based streaming service championing independent films, has announced the launch of its new app for Xbox LIVE on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand can now watch the IndieFlix library of film festival favorites and curated independent shorts, features, documentaries and web series through their Xbox 360. “We think the Xbox audience ‘gets’ independent film,” says filmmaker Scilla Andreen, IndieFlix CEO and co-founder. “We believe they’ll love the   original content and appreciate the raw creativity of these fiercely independent artists who work outside of the ‘system’ to make the movies they want to make – no need for permission or bowing to someone else’s editorial control. And the breadth of films – 2-minute shorts to full length features; action, animation, zombies, dark comedy, mockumentaries to serious political commentary – will satisfy any appetite.”

The IndieFlix app is being launched in six countries reaching millions of Xbox LIVE subscribers. “The sheer size of the Xbox market catapults indies into the limelight,” says Andreen.  “Independent filmmakers will have unprecedented exposure for their work, and indie film lovers will have access to movies from film festivals around the globe.”

The global exposure will also have a financial impact for filmmakers. Explains Andreen, “IndieFlix shares revenue with our filmmakers through our Royalty Pool Minutes model – filmmakers get paid for every minute watched by a subscriber. More members = more revenue for filmmakers = more movies.  We’re excited to see the world support independent film.”

The IndieFlix app will feature a rotating collection of movies that can be watched for free on Xbox, in addition to full access throug

Microsoft Xbox Live 10th Anniversary Special Consoles

Long time Xbox live members will be reward with new special design consoles. Xbox live’s Major Nelson announced the news on Twitter, “Microsoft is surprising some of the Xbox Live members that have been with us the longest.” those members will be send a special limited edition console featuring 10 year anniversary imagery.

A Microsoft spokesperson explained to IGN that “we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Xbox Live by conducting special promotions for our members worldwide and today we began to surprise a select number of our loyal 10 year Xbox Live members in the U.S. with special edition anniversary consoles. These consoles were created for a special promotion and will not be available at retail locations

The console will feature a special “Xbox Live: A Decade of Entertainment” logo that includes the original Xbox,Kinect, and Vision camera images from Xbox’s history.In Addition, the disc drive will say “XBL 10” instead of the usual Xbox 360.

So far It’s  been unclear how many systems will be manufactured and what the specific qualifications are to earn one, but hopefully Microsoft will release more if any additional info in the near future.

Activision Publishing Highlights Immersive And Innovative Slate Of Video Games At Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012

Activision’s full E3 Slate Includes:

Call of Duty: Black Ops II – The most groundbreaking and ambitious Call of Duty to date, Call of Duty: Black Ops II pushes the boundaries of the record-setting franchise and will turn the future black for everyone worldwide on November 13th.  Set in the year 2025, Call of Duty: Black Ops II propels players into a near-future, introducing them to a fiction that is taking root in today’s headlines. Advanced weaponry, robotics and drone warfare define the battle space and challenges players to ask, “What happens when someone steals the keys” and turns our greatest strengths into our greatest weaknesses?  Strike Force Levels bring a fresh take on single-player missions, introducing players to sandbox-style gameplay and branching storylines for the first time in franchise history. With equally ambitious Zombies and multiplayer modes yet to be unveiled, Call of Duty: Black Ops II delivers the complete package, offering fans the most expansive Call of Duty experience ever.  (Developed by Treyarch for Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.; not yet rated by the ESRB.)

Skylanders Giants – Skylanders Giants builds upon the breakthrough fundamentals of the Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure—merging the physical and virtual realms with an innovative line of cross-platform toys with “brains,” which players everywhere can magically bring to life in the world of Skylands.  Using the mystical Portal of Power®, players once again lead a team of heroic Skylanders in a new adventure to save their world. Portal Masters will journey through new areas of Skylands, encountering new enemies, solving fun puzzles, overcoming different hazards and obstacles, and finding a variety of collectable rewards and treasure.  Skylanders Giants introduces sixteen new characters to build on the magic of Skylanders Spyro’s Adventures, including super-sized giants with powers to match, as well as the new LightCore™ Skylanders that light-up in the game and in the real-world as players transport them to Skylands using the Portal of Power. Additionally, the game features new Hero Challenges, more Battle Mode gameplay, and advanced integration across console, handheld, mobile and Skylanders UniverseSM.  (Developed by Toys for Bob for Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system, Windows PC and mobile devices; not yet rated by the ESRB.)

 TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON – TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON allows players to experience the darkest hours of the war between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS as they vie for control of their dying home world.  Fans will fight through both sides of the TRANSFORMERS’ most epic battles that culminate in their legendary exodus from CYBERTRON.  With the stakes higher than ever, players will embark on an action-packed journey through massive, war-torn environments designed around each character’s unique abilities and alternate forms, including GRIMLOCK’s nearly indestructible T-Rex form and the legendary COMBATICONS combining into the colossal BRUTICUS.  Taking the franchise’s competitive multiplayer to all-new heights, TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRONlets fans go head-to-head in blistering AUTOBOT vs. DECEPTICON matches after creating their own unique characters with the most in-depth, advanced customization ever before seen in a TRANSFORMERS game.  Additionally, High Moon Studios is announcing at E3 that they have listened to the passionate PC fans and have been working closely with fellow developer Mercenary Technology to create a PC sku that will launch day and date with the console versions on August 28. (Developed by High Moon Studios for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system and by Mercenary Technology for Windows PC; rated “T” for Teen on all platforms by the ESRB.)

 The Amazing Spider-Man™ – Go beyond Sony Picture Entertainment’s Columbia Pictures feature film and find out what happens next in The Amazing Spider-Manvideo game, which brings Spider-Man’s free-roaming, web-slinging action back to New York City.  Players take on the role of a young Peter Parker discovering his new Spider-Man powers and added Super Hero responsibilities, using the game’s innovative Web Rush mechanic to swing freely around Manhattan, combat a variety of criminal activities and take on classic Marvel Super Villains, such as Rhino, Iguana, Felicia Hardy and more.  Set against an original story crafted by Hollywood writer Seamus Kevin Fahey (Spartacus: Vengeance, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Battlestar Galactica) that takes place entirely after the events of the upcoming feature film,The Amazing Spider-Man video game delivers an immersive and cinematic adventure allowing players to truly harness the power of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.  (Developed by Beenox for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system, Wii, and Nintendo 3DS, with a Windows PC version slated for release later in the year; developed by Other Ocean for Nintendo DS™; rated “T” for Teen on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii and “E10+” on Nintendo DS by the ESRB.)

007™ Legends – Celebrating the Bond franchise’s 50th anniversary, the latest instalment in the video game series – 007 Legends – launches gamers back through time to relive a selection of James Bond’s iconic and intense undercover missions from the popular films.  A first-of-its-kind Bond video game, 007 Legends features an original, overarching storyline tying together five classic Bond movie-inspired missions plus a sixth mission based on this year’s highly-anticipated movie – SKYFALL – which will be available post launch as free downloadable content, to offer the most diverse Bond gaming experience yet!  Delivering the action that gamers expect from a Bond game, 007 Legends equips players with state-of-the-art spy gadgets, an arsenal of weapons, and sleek vehicles as they jet off to exotic locations and utilize Bond’s unmatched combat abilities, quick wits, class and style to take down notorious villains and their brutal henchmen and perform impressive stunts.  (Developed by Eurocom for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Windows PC; not yet rated by the ESRB.)

 Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse – Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse features an all-new original narrative which is an expansion on the popular episode, “Road to the Multiverse”, turning the outrageous world of Family Guy into an action-packed video game filled with nods to the long-running comedy.  Playing as either Stewie or Brian, each with unique abilities and weapons, players will battle their favorite Family Guy characters as they advance through ‘Multiverse’ themed levels in their pursuit to battle Stewie’s evil twin, Bertram, who has returned and is hell-bent on destroying Quahog.  Fans will also be able to team up in co-op multiplayer mode or compete against each other in competitive multiplayer levels – all with a Family Guy twist. (Developed by Heavy Iron for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system; not yet rated by the ESRB.)

Microsoft is planning to launch a $99 Xbox 360 package

Microsoft is planning to launch a $99 Xbox 360 package with a monthly subscription in the US

Sources close to Mircosoft has release some info on Microsoft plan to launch a $99 Xbox 360 Package deal which includes 4GB console with Kinect, it looks like this will happened sometime next week..

The console will require a monthly fee of $15 over a two-year subscription, Xbox Live Gold will be included and maybe other additional stream content form some cable providers.

Customers who sign up for the subscription will also has the two-year warranty Sources also say Microsoft  plans to position the package as a competitor to Apple TV, Roku, and PlayStation 3.

For those buying the bundle now and getting the cheapest two-year Xbox Live Gold option, that’s about $299.00 + $120 = $420 vs. $459 over a duration of two years.

It looks as if Microsoft is trying to pump some life into the Xbox 360 with this deal, But I gotta say it sounds like Microsoft is starting there own rent to own deal.

 

 

Netflix on the 360 update

So as we reported before the Netflix 360 update goes live today. You can finally add to your instant view queue from your 360! Although it should be noted you cannot search specific titles but you can browse.

Also if you are hawk-eyed while doing your update, you will notice this message:

“This exclusive partnership offers you the ability to instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix to the television via Xbox 360. Xbox 360 will be the only game console to offer this movie-watching experience, available to Xbox LIVE Gold members who are also Netflix unlimited plan subscribers, at no additional cost.”

Netflix xbox exclusivity! Fan boys rejoice/flame/cry!

Netflix xbox 360 update!

As some of you may know by now, I am having a love affair with NetFlix in general but I am smitten with it on the 360 in particular. So I am very pleased with the news about the next 360 update.

On Aug 11th, the update allows you to videos to your instant view queue from your 360. No more running to a PC to update your queue! As if that wasn’t enough, you can now watch your movies and shows with others over Xbox Live! marry me NetFlix!

Also with the update is the new Avatar marketplace functionality. There should be plenty of variety available to customize your mii…I mean, Xbox Live avatars.

The new game on demand feature will go live as well. There will be 30+ titles at launch and will include some heavy hitters like Mass Effect and BioShock.