Laura Foy does a 360-inspired cover of Justin Timberlake’s hit…

Video: I’m bringing XBOX back (from

Follow the link to get a high-quality WMV for your PC, a WMV for your Zune or a MP4 for your iPod/PSP… or a WMA/MP3 if all you want is the music 🙂

Heck, I even have an Ogg Vorbis version up there.

And yes, we know that Laura was known to bash MSFT a bit (ok, a lot…) when she was at G4… the irony is not lost on us 🙂

Video Marketplace Up on Xbox Live

Video Marketplace on Xbox Live now up(from Major Nelson)
…moments ago we flipped the switch and the service is now available for all U.S. Xbox Live members. No dashboard update needed…just sign in to Xbox Live, and head over to Marketplace, then Media and Entertainment. You can also hit it directly from the Media blade->Video Marketplace. If you have any questions, hit this FAQ or this FAQ on the Xbox forums. It’s fitting that on the Xbox 360’s first birthday, it becomes the first gaming console in history to provide HD TV shows and movies directly to your gaming lair….
Full press release here:
Press release (with pricing information) on

Oblivion content, the Knights of the Nine, released to Xbox Live

From Major Nelson:

Oblivion: Knights of the Nine

The following ‘Oblivion’ content is available on the Xbox Live Marketplace for all regions:
Name: Knights of the Nine
Price: 800 Points
Available in: All Xbox Live Regions
Dash Details: A fallen King has been unchained from the darkness of Oblivion to seek vengeance upon the Gods who banished him. Only a champion pure of heart can vanquish the evil that has been released upon the land. You must heed the call, reclaim the lost relics of the Divine Crusader, and return the Nine to glory. New dungeons, characters, quests, and mysteries await.

Laura Foy with Pizza and a line up of PS3 fans… hmm…

Probably not the best plan in the world, but we sent Laura out with Pizza and a Premium Xbox 360 to try and win the hearts and minds of a line up of PS3 buyers at Target… watch the video on 10 (download only right now)… and maybe we’ll do the same for the Wii?

Hooking an Xbox up to a PC monitor

Ok, so if I was dealing with a 360, I could just pick up the VGA output cable… but for some reason, we never made one of those for the original Xbox. Now, I’ve found some companies that make reasonably priced converters from component video inputs to VGA (I’ve found several in the unreasonable price range too) but either they are permantely out of stock… or they look a little … hmm… how to say this, not like someone I’d like to give my credit card to?

Anyone else doing this? What are you using?

24 Hours to Boston and Back

 Last night I jumped on a flight at around 11pm in Seattle and flew to Boston, getting in around 7am, then I drove up to the offices of Mad Doc software… makers of quite a few cool games, including Empire Earth II, Star Trek Armada II and now Star Trek: Legacy for the Xbox 360 (and for the PC). Interview is all done now and I’m on my way back, with a ton of great footage for the crowd 🙂

First impressions? Of all the previous Star Trek games, Armada II was the one I liked the most, and while this is certainly not Armada III, it does share some of the same features… ship to ship combat on a fleet wide scale! Legacy takes it much farther though, better graphics, better AI, better story… co-op play across Xbox Live…

Halloween dashboard update for the Xbox 360

Have you seen this list of features?

Absolutely crazy list… my favorites (lots of them are great, but these are ones that either I had already been wishing for or that I know will be a big deal to me):

  • Stream WMV video from a Windows PC running Windows Media Player 11, Zune software, or Windows Media Connect.
  • Play video from storage devices such as USB flash drives, Xbox 360 Memory Units, etc.
  • Play video from CD or DVD data discs.
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Headset support, including battery level indicator in the Xbox Guide.
  • Set up automatic downloads of newly released Xbox Live Arcade trial games.
  • Optionally disable notifications from Xbox Live while watching DVD movies (I’ve turned notifications off across the board because of this)

You really need to see the full list of updates though, this is a big release (1080p support folks… free… tomorrow… not in my favorites list because I don’t have a TV that supports it… but if you do, rock on).