In the last week, Microsoft has dished out some new and exciting news with the Xbox 360 and it's surrounding partners. While these news items may not be anything exciting, they will surley change up things, and hopefully make your Xbox Live experience more enriching.
With the 360 still going strong in it's life-cycle, what is to come? Microsoft announced an update with all applications running on the service coming in time for Kinect's launch. Gamescom brought word that 60 Windows 7 phone games will be Live-enabled with access to Gamerscores, Achievements, and Avatars, the Live service will continue to grow beyond the Xbox.
In related Xbox news, a new update will be added soon to the Live service to fix the audio quality in your headset! The codec we used when we first launched was a low bit rate codec and we stuck with that, Jerry Johnson explained during the Edinburgh Interactive Festival. We launched and we said we required broadband. We required a 64k connection, which not many people think of as broadband any longer. But that was the minimum requirement to run the service at the time. This update should be out around the time Kinect launches in November.
As used games sales continue to make noise, two huge companies are joining the used game's bandwaggon. Best Buy and Target are both hopping on, and both have a similar set-ups for your used games. Best Buy is starting today at over 600 stores across the United States their new used games structure. Here, consumers can trade in select gently used video games and consoles for Best Buy gift cards. Target is starting a trade-in program, in which consumers can turn in their new or used iPod, iPhone, video game, GPS system, camera, and DVDs and Blu-ray discs and receive a Target GiftCard to spend on anything in any Target store.