Xbox Games Store

 

Xbox Games Store

The (formerly Xbox Live Marketplace) is a single digital store that sells both free and paid items, such as Xbox Live Arcade games, Xbox indie titles, original Xbox games, Xbox 360 game demos, game expansion material (such as additional maps, vehicles, songs), trailers, gamer pictures and themes, television shows and music videos.

On November 17, 2009, Microsoft launched a downloadable Zune app for the Xbox 360. This software converts the Xbox 360 into a Zune device. The Marketplace menus and sections of the console are taken over by the Zune application once it is downloaded.

With the introduction of the Zune Marketplace to an Xbox 360 system, one may now buy movies rather than only rent them. When compared to the old Xbox Live Marketplace, the Zune Marketplace has a much broader content offering.

Xbox Play Anywhere

Xbox Play Anywhere is a cross-buy program that was announced at E3 2016 and went live on September 13, 2016. With the program, players can download supported games from the Microsoft Store for Xbox One at no extra cost and vice versa. The synchronization of save data, achievements, and downloadable content between Windows 10 and Xbox One versions of a game is also encouraged by the scheme.

Xbox Live Gold

The Xbox Live Gold service is a paid subscription for the Xbox community. Signing up for Xbox Live is free, but a recurring membership fee is required to use it for Gold. Online multiplay in non-multiplayer games, game recording and media sharing are examples of features that need a Gold membership.

Finally, anybody with an ordinary Xbox Live account can download and use the Twitch live streaming software, but in order to broadcast one's own gameplay, a Gold subscription is required. While a membership was previously required, free-to-play games as well as the party chat option on Xbox consoles now only require a subscription to play.

Subscribers get early access to betas, special deals, Games with Gold, and Video Kinect as part of their membership. They are also given storage on Xbox servers for storing files and are provided with pre-release or exclusive access to betas, special offers, Games with Gold, and Video Kinect as part of their membership.

Games with Gold

Games with Gold is a program in which free digital downloads of games are given to Gold members. In July 2013, the Games with Gold program for the Xbox 360 debuted, and in June 2014, it expanded to include Xbox One games. The Games with Gold service for Xbox 360 will end after October 2022, according to Microsoft, because they "have reached the limit of our ability to bring Xbox 360 games to the catalogue."

All Games with Gold titles on Xbox 360 are free to download and keep, with no further limitations. Games with Gold titles on Xbox One must be played using an active Gold subscription, which will become invalidated if the subscription expires. All Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 are backwards compatible on Xbox One as of November 2015.

New Xbox Experience

On November 19, 2008, Microsoft announced that all Xbox 360 users would get a new dashboard update called New Xbox Experience (NXE) to replace the original. Fight Night Round 4, Portal 2, and Dragon Ball: Raging Blast were some of the games that updated their systems.

The Xbox 360 console supports Netflix in standard quality and 720p streaming films and TV series from the service. This functionality is only available in the United States and Canada, and it requires an Xbox Live Gold membership as well as Netflix Unlimited. Users may also watch Netflix programs with up to eight friends in a group.

Users may watch over 12,000 movies and episodes on Xbox Live. With the Xbox interface, users can search for titles based on their interests and Netflix ratings. Users no longer have to go to the website to select the videos they want to view. [74] Players who join a party can play games together, chat, or see a photo slideshow.

The game's second component is the Avatar feature. The Avatar option allows gamers to create Avatars. Users may customize avatars by altering their body shape, facial features, hair, and apparel; new clothes are added on a regular basis. Users must select an avatar in Xbox Live.

The Xbox 360 also offers the option of installing an entire game disc to its hard drive, which decreases loading times and noise due to the game being read from the hard drive rather than the louder disc drive (similar to PS2 HD LOADER Feature). This function also minimizes how much time is spent reading the disc, which can help extend the life of the optical drive mechanism.

At E3, Microsoft announced Xbox Live Primetime, a series of planned events where Xbox Live members can play against each other. The first game to be revealed is an adaptation of the Endemol game show 1 vs. 100 in which one Xbox Live user will compete against 100 others using a live host and prizes provided. On July 15, 2010, Microsoft stated that 1 vs. 100 would be discontinued.

The Xbox Guide has also received a makeover. Users may now see their friends and messages, as well as browse their game collection. If a player has added any games to their hard drive on the Xbox 360, they may start it right away from the guide, whether in a game or in the dashboard.

Every new 360 now includes three free Xbox Live Gold trial accounts, and when a user creates a new account, he or she is permitted to get a trial period by declining to pay for Gold membership; thus allowing the user to try out online gaming for that one-month trial term, after which he or she must pay subscription fees in order to continue matchmaking. The upgrade also supports 16:10 VGA or HDMI format, extending the number of resolutions available.

The first time in the history of Windows, a system update has been stored on an external device. This is the first update to need a storage device, and it requires at least 128MB of free disk space on either a memory card or a hard drive. Microsoft has stated that many Core or Arcade users will not have enough room on their restricted memory cards for the new upgrade, so they are offering them with a free 512MB memory card or a 20GB hard drive for six months.

In response to the shortage of memory, this promotion has now ended and new arcade systems include 512 MB of internal memory. The NXE was leaked on torrent sites and may be installed using a USB flash drive. On November 19, 2008, Microsoft stated that unauthorized installation of the NXE would result in the user's console being banned from Xbox Live until its official release date of November 19, 2008.

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