We just received an email from Marc Whitten, the Vice President of Xbox Live, in which he detailed a few new exciting features coming to the 360 very soon.
The first of these involves a new cloud system.Â Xbox Live will soon allow players to save their games to the cloud and resume them from any Xbox with an internet connection.Â In theory, this should make it incredibly convenient to game from anywhere without worrying about a device to carry your Gamertag everywhere.Â Additionally, this should eliminate any worries of an unfortunate hard drive crash completely wiping out all of your hard work and progress.
Also detailed is a new Beacon system that will help you connect with your friends on Live at any time.Â Beacons are a new way to set your status so that everyone knows what you’re playing, but also what you may be willing to play.Â For instance, you may be playing Call of Duty but can set your Beacon so that your friends know you’d be willing to play Halo with them if they ask.
Lastly, all of the Summer of Arcade titles were listed.Â They are: Toy Soldiers: Cold War, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Fruit Ninja Kinect, Bastion, and From Dust.Â All of the games are explained in detail below.
We’ve chosen to copy/paste the email sent to us by Mr. Whitten in it’s entirety.Â Typically, we feel that this is lazy, but it seems like this particular email was meant for everybody to read.Â Enjoy, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Dear Xbox LIVE members,
We have a simple vision. All the entertainment you want, with the people you
care about, made easy. Today at E3, we took another remarkable step toward
realizing that vision, unveiling a whole new way to experience
entertainment, where TV is more amazing when you are the controller.
We are transforming entertainment in the living room by bringing you more
entertainment experiences and new ways to enjoy them.
Coming this year to Xbox LIVE will be UFC and YouTube, adding to our
ever-expanding library of great entertainment, including ESPN, Facebook,
Hulu Plus, Last.fm, Netflix and Twitter. We are also forging new
partnerships to bring live television to Xbox LIVE in the United States and
around the world, adding to our current partnerships with Sky TV in the UK,
Canal Plus in France and FOXTEL in Australia.
And this is only the beginning; we will continue to bring more entertainment
experiences to Xbox LIVE for you and your friends.
But the future living room does more than give you great entertainment; it
helps you find and decide. It gives you simplicity, discovery and personal
choice. With the power of Xbox, the simplicity of Kinect voice control and
the intelligence of Bing, now you can just say it and Xbox will find it.
Bing on Xbox gives you the easiest way to find the entertainment you want.
Every day, you and nearly 35 million other members of the Xbox community are
pushing us to continue to deliver new and exciting experiences. Whether itâ€™s
playing â€œCall of Duty: Black Opsâ€ (Activision) and â€œHalo: Reachâ€ (Microsoft
Studios) with friends, or catching up on the latest episode of â€œ30 Rockâ€ on
Hulu Plus and watching college football on ESPN, our community is spending
an average of 60 hours a month on Xbox LIVE. That translates to 2.1 billion
entertainment hours a month!
This is an amazing opportunity to continue bringing you the games, movies,
TV shows, music and more experiences you want. Thanks for pushing us to
So we know you want to keep playing, watching, sharing and enjoying your
time on Xbox LIVE. We are equally passionate in our efforts to continually
improve and innovate the LIVE service, and Iâ€™m happy to share a glimpse of
what is more to come:
Â· *The New Dashboard. *Simpler. Cleaner. Easier to navigate. With
the addition of new entertainment content on Xbox LIVE and our commitment to
continuously improving the overall Xbox experience, weâ€™ve updated the
dashboard with a new look and feel that makes it even more open, inviting
and intuitive to navigate. All of your favorite content is categorized in a
way that is easy to browse and find what youâ€™re looking for, plus you can
use voice anywhere in the dashboard to effortlessly navigate and get to what
Â· *Bing on Xbox. *We are bringing Bing to Xbox. Bing on Xbox
searches Netflix, Hulu Plus, ESPN, as well as our music, video and Xbox LIVE
marketplaces to find exactly the entertainment you want to enjoy. With Bing
on Xbox and Kinect, you can effortlessly find the games, movies, TV shows,
sports and music you want by only using your voice. You say it, Xbox finds
it. The experience is now simpler than ever before. **
Â· *Expanded Kinect Voice Support. *We want Xbox LIVE members around
the globe to experience the magic of Kinectâ€™s voice recognition technology
so we are committed to bringing voice to eight additional markets by the end
of this year with a total of 13 markets that will have Kinect voice. We are
also exploring some innovative new ways to enable the LIVE community to help
us accelerate the refinement of voice models in new markets, and look
forward to sharing developments on that front soon.
Â· *Beacons.* We want to make it easy for you to connect with friends
over your favorite games on Xbox LIVE, so we are introducing Beacons to the
service. Beacons are a way to tell your Xbox LIVE and Facebook friends that
you want to play a game on Xbox LIVE. By setting a Beacon, you tell Xbox
LIVE what you want to play. Then, Xbox LIVE lets you know when friends are
playing or want to play the same game. With Beacons, no matter what youâ€™re
currently doing on Xbox LIVE your friends know that itâ€™s ok to ask you to
play your Beaconed games. Imagine sending out a Beacon to let your friends
know youâ€™re interested in playing â€œHalo,â€ while watching a movie on Netflix.
Itâ€™s about making it easier for you to share and discover games and
multiplayer opportunities with friends on Xbox LIVE.
Â· *Cloud Storage for Game Saves and LIVE Profile.* Here at Xbox LIVE
we listen to your feedback. We are making it easier for you to sign into
your Xbox LIVE account from any console at any time to access your game
saves and full profile, including items such as Microsoft Points to make
purchases, Achievements and friends. Cloud storage will allow you to enjoy
the same great Xbox LIVE gaming experience even when youâ€™re not in your own
living room by giving you the option to store your â€œgame savesâ€ securely in
the Xbox LIVE cloud instead of on a portable memory unit or your consoleâ€™s
hard drive. Gone are the days of â€œgamertag recovery.â€ Now all you need to do
is sign in, no matter where you are!* *
Â· *Summer of Arcade.* For the fourth year in a row, we are excited
to bring you the hottest Xbox LIVE Arcade titles with Summer of Arcade.
Starting July 20, enjoy five consecutive weeks of the seasonâ€™s most highly
anticipated downloadable games, including:
o *â€œToy Soldiers: Cold Warâ€ (Signal Studios/Microsoft Studios).* Jump into
the fray with playful â€™80s combat action in â€œToy Soldiers: Cold War.â€ Bring
your favorite action toys to life and wage war against the red menace. Need
backup? Call in a friend for co-op campaign action on the couch or over Xbox
LIVE. Take a break from the main battle with Survival mode and playful
minigames. When you beat your LIVE friendsâ€™ scores, theyâ€™ll be gunning to
reclaim the top spot!
o *â€œInsanely Twisted Shadow Planetâ€ **(Fuelcell/Microsoft Studios).* This
side-scrolling, 2-D, action-adventure game takes players on a journey
through the curious Shadow Planet worlds, unique environments filled with
twisted life, surreal ecologies, hostile creatures and environmental
hazards. Players explore the depths of several interconnected themed areas,
fighting swarms of enemies, battling bosses, solving mind-bending puzzles
and acquiring power-ups to unlock new parts of the map.
o *â€œFruit Ninja Kinectâ€ (Halfbrick/Microsoft Studios).* The worldwide
gaming phenomenon â€œFruit Ninjaâ€ is now coming to Kinect for Xbox 360 in its
juiciest form yet â€” YOU are the ninja! Your arms are now blades, and the
battle against the worldâ€™s most delicious produce is just beginning. â€œFruit
Ninja Kinectâ€ is an amazing evolution of the slice-em-up genre created by
Halfbrick, utilizing next-generation precision power for the juiciest combat
o *â€œBastionâ€ (Supergiant Games/Warner Bros. Interactive
Entertainment).*â€œBastionâ€ is an action role-playing experience that
in games, with a reactive narrator who marks your every move. Explore more
than 40 lush hand-painted environments as you discover the secrets of the
Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces. Wield a
huge arsenal of upgradeable weapons and battle savage beasts adapted to
their new habitat. Finish the main story to unlock New Game Plus mode and
continue your journey!
o *â€œFrom Dustâ€ (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft). *Discover a unique Modern
God game in which nature is the star. â€œFrom Dustâ€ is the latest original
concept by Eric Chahi, visionary creator of â€œAnother World.â€ Behold the
beauty of a primitive world pulsing with life and face the might of nature.
Beware the danger of a world that is constantly changing under your command.
Control the destiny of a tribe struggling to survive and help it recover its
ancestorsâ€™ lost powers. Immerse yourself in a world as exotically beautiful
as it is dangerous. A universe where nature reclaims what is hers and you
are your peopleâ€™s only chance of survival.
Also today, Kudo Tsunoda announced Kinect Fun Labs Kinect Fun Labs which
brings innovation to Kinect owners and offers more exciting ways to have
fun. Itâ€™s all about creating magical moments with never-before-seen Kinect
technology and new Gadgets available all the time to experience and share
with your Xbox LIVE friends.
This is just the beginning. This year alone we are taking Xbox LIVE from
half a million pieces of content to hundreds of millions, all controlled by
your voice. Our mission is to forge partnerships with the best known
entertainment companies throughout the world so everyone can experience how
TV becomes more amazing when you are the controller.
Xbox LIVE gives you all your entertainment on one box, where you can use
your voice to easily control, search and decide. I canâ€™t wait to open the
doors to your new home for entertainment this holiday, and rest assured,
there is more to come.
See you on LIVE,
Gamertag â€“ Notwen