Xbox Live: New ways to spend your Microsoft Points


Microsoft recently announced a list of new Xbox Live services during its E3 2009 press conference, with some changes that will be implemented soon to the marketplace itself.

A new feature called ‘Games on Demand’ will allow Xbox 360 owners buy and download full games to their consoles using a credit or debit card, as well as Microsoft points. The service will launch with a catalogue of more than 30 titles, including Mass Effect, BioShock, Assassin’s Creed, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, and Sonic the Hedgehog.

The best part of ‘Games on Demand’ is that the games you download (around 6GBs per game) will remain playable on any Xbox 360 that can log in to the account on which the purchase was made. If your 360 gets damaged, misplaced or stolen (eek), players can re-download their purchases again on any machine at any time free of charge. This also means if you soak up all of your hard drive space, you can simpy delete the downloaded games and re-download them at another time, also free of charge.

Microsoft is also sprucing up the new Avatar Marketplace, which will let 360 owners purchase clothing and interactive props for their avatars (we saw this one coming, now we have more virtual shopping capability). There is a whole range that has been specifically designed with game content, including Halo, Fable II, and Gears of War 2, as well as third-party content, such as Splinter Cell. You will be able to purchase T-shirts and caps with logos, as well as props relating to the games. And guess what, you can bet Microsoft will be working with real clothing labels to design avatar outfits that fit fashion trends. The cost of these items is rumored to be about 80 Microsoft points ($1) for a T-shirt and 320 points ($4) for an interactive prop.


-BG Crew

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