Xbox Live Party Chat – The Death of Conversation within the Game Lobby

First off I should mention I adore Xbox Live and always have. It is the core Xbox feature that for me and many others, thrusts the platform far beyond that of what Sony and Nintendo currently offer. The fascination of sharing team instructions, having a laugh and of course belittling the enemy proves too wonderful to resist when it all works.

Ever since the Microsoft Xbox 360 console appeared, Xbox Live has quite rightly evolved with some truly remarkable features that expanded the system far beyond the original Xbox. There was an oversight though that aggravated many users and this was the lack of a dashboard chat option.


Monster Cast #10 – Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect, Dashboard Update and More…

On this latest podcast episode, I host this edition joined with guests Marty Greenwell and Tim Leigh. Covering the latest discussion around the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation3 news and reviews on the renamed Monster Cast.

Console Monster is an Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation3 specific website with news, reviews, previews, forum, achievements and trophies database. They even have a very sleak iPhone app, which is downloadable on the Apple iTunes Store.

The title of the latest podcast is Monster Cast #10 – Kinect Launch.


Major Nelson Podcast Reveals Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Details

majornelson.jpgIn just a couple of days, the Xbox 360 community will be able to experience even more features on their gaming consoles. Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) discusses this very issue with co-host ‘E’ on his latest podcast.

Well worth a listen if you are curious about what is new and how it will change your Xbox experience. The most controversial feature has to be the ability to share your Xbox Live friends list (called Friends of Friends) with others. This can be limited or even turned off on the website if you want to be ahead of the game!


Xbox 360 Spring Major Update Released!

Good news… You can now sign into Xbox Live on your Microsoft Xbox 360 console and receive the auto-update to add a host of features as listed previously. It was delayed a little (around 24hours), however here it is…

I have been reading around on the forums on various sites and many people seem to be more interested in the Forza 2 demo that should be released in the very near future. I for one love the Windows Live Messenger integration aspect and I really hope our PC cousin will continue to have a positive impact on the Xbox 360.

Here is a quick recap of some of the main features:

  • Windows Live Messenger Integration (MSN)
  • More detail in the “achievement unlocked” pop-up
  • Enhanced family settings
  • New Marketplace blade
  • Enhancements to Xbox LIVE Arcade
  • Ability to fast-forward, pause, and rewind video as it’s being downloaded from Marketplace
  • A setting for consoles to finish downloading content, before powering down

It also seems that Halo 2 for the PC has been delayed a couple of weeks as well! I am looking forward to this (lots to look forward to you see!), unlocking achievements on a PC game, how good is that going to be come on! Finally something to entice me to play PC single player games on much harder settings.

Well enjoy the new update and apologies for the slow posting here, I have been working on my new revamp of my Yamaha keyboard enthusiast website the last couple of weeks and it has taken over my life a little at the moment.


360Zine #6 – Major Dash Update Audio Interview

360zine6front.jpgRecently I recorded an interview with Robin Burrowes, who is the Xbox Live Product Manager for UK and Ireland regarding the new major update coming to the Xbox 360 next week and this is featured in the latest 360Zine magazine which released today.

This is available as an actual audio recording just like the Major Nelson interview (earlier issue).



360Zine is an online downloadable magazine that launched with its first issue in November 2006. The magazine is completely free and even includes video segments within some of the articles. 360Zine is available in *.pdf format so make sure you have the Adobe Reader software installed.

Link: 360Zine #6 – Major Dash Update Interview