Gears of War trailer among 60 "pieces of new content" that will be available for download during next week's free week of Xbox Live.
At the DICE Summit in February, Microsoft corporate vice president Peter Moore announced that approximately 50 percent of Xbox 360 owners use Xbox Live. That's a marked improvement above the 10 percent of original Xbox owners who used the online gaming service.
Now, the software giant is trying to convince subscribers of Xbox Live Silver, the free version of online service, to pay money for Xbox Live Gold, which allows for online play. From 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 8, until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, any Xbox 360 owner can log onto Xbox Live and play with friends gratis.
It's no coincidence that the free week of Xbox Live is coinciding with the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo--which is now just over a week away. In fact, as Microsoft has previously stated, the event will be designed to bring the E3 experience to those unable to attend the Los Angeles event, which is not open to the public.
Today, Microsoft revealed the specifics of its Xbox Live promotion--which, unsurprisingly, will feature a bevy of free downloads related to the Xbox 360 games that will be at E3. Microsoft said that "over 60 pieces of new downloadable content will be available" on Xbox Live Marketplace starting next Monday.
Many gamers will be most excited by the release of a demo for the recently subtitled Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, the forthcoming sci-fi adventure game from Capcom. The game itself, which is exclusive to the Xbox 360, won't be available until 2007.
One of the most anticipated titles tentatively set to ship for the 360 this year is Epic Games' Gears of War. While no demo for the third-person shooter will be made available, Microsoft will "debut the first-ever Gears of War high-definition game trailer" on Xbox Live Marketplace. Several movie trailers will also be made available, as well as "a flood of HD trailers from games that have yet to be announced." Some gamers have taken the "flood" reference as further evidence that a trailer for the next Halo game will be at E3.
Microsoft also promised new content from a variety of games on Xbox Live Marketplace, including: Crackdown, Moto GP 06, Sonic the Hedgehog, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent, Test Drive Unlimited, Viva Piņata, The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II, and Dead or Alive: Xtreme 2--which no longer has "beach volleyball" in the title, but retains it in the game. Microsoft did not specify which of the aforementioned games would be getting trailers and which would be getting demos.
Next week's promotion will also mark the release of the classic card game Uno on Xbox Live Arcade. Rounding out the E3 festivites will be various other promotional events, including E3 Gamerpics and themes; a behind-the-scenes featurette on developers preparing for E3; and "Game With Fame" sessions with Jenny McCarthy, Method Man, and Dave Navarro's new band, Panic Channel.
Wohoo. This is awesome. There even a demo on xbox360 live. I'm so exited. Aaargh I can' wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111
Lost Planet demo !! and more!!!!!!!!.. now that's what i'm talkin bout!!!!!!!! Microsoft!!!... "you're on the right track"!!!
How about telling us when we can get Street Fighter! I was hoping that would be released next week...
wow, i'm no fan of Microsoft, but I never could deny how user-friendly the 360 was. and now this? It's like free E3 previews, right on my system for me to play. Personally, I'm waiting for some Nintendo announcements and Square announcements. But hey, I can't deny the goodness that this delivers! I'll be downloading to my heart's content next week.
Hey, I own 50 bucks to enable my xbox live. but sence its going to be free this week. Will I be able to tun my xbox on and go to the market place?
They should release this game for PS3 if they want to sell BIG, their's game will be flop on this 360.
So it's like having the E3 experience in your own home instead of going out to l.A. amoung the thousands of people. I'm up for free xbox live. W00t!
any they said that they had 10 miilion downloads so far since launch on the marketplace, well be ready to add another 5 millon more to that #, because if there are demo's like lost planet, and a halo3 trailer, xbox marketplace is gonna get very crazy
the new sonic game is being developed for the 360 splintermech thats what thats refering to. More marketplace downloads :) always a good thing
Over 60 pieces of new downloadable content ? Holy damn. But I will need a good MMORPG to make me commit to the paying for the gold service.
Sounds great. I can't wait for next week. The mention of Sonic the Hedgehog in the article really makes me wonder if maybe it will become available on the Xbox Live Arcade. I would certainly hope so.
this is great news for anyone on the Microsoft side of the console wars, i just hope they keep the great content coming as not to dissapoint
Man this is awesome stuff, who knows what all will be announced and what we will see. Now if they just put up the Microsoft press conference Ill be a happy camper, then While Im downloading that I can watch a press conference about Weeee !!
Lost Planet is looking very promising indeed.. can't wait to get my hands on the demo. ^^ Playable demos or atleast trailers of rpgs like Blue Dragon, PSU, Last Odyssey and Enchanted Arms would also be awesome.
This is a cool idea. Gamespot usually has some good E3 coverage, but this seems like a great way to get a small piece of E3 to Live users, in HD, not less.
SIXTY new downloads at once? I know what I'm doing all next week! Woohoo! Or should I say Wiiiiiiiiiii!? Now where is my 360 download manager?
by the way xbox live and xbox.com are currently down for maintenance. =( no sense to play geo wars if I can't upload my record in the xbox live leaderboards....=(
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