Exploring the Xbox Experience
MS gives the 360 a virtual nip and tuck.
Article by Chris Bahn (Email)
November 19th 2008, 02:37AM
When it comes to social networking, everyone's trying to get a piece of the action made popular by the likes of MySpace, YouTube, Facebook and Digg.com. The phenomenon has become such a major influence in the gaming industry that it forced corporate entities like Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony to take notice.
Nintendo set things into motion last year with the unveiling of Miis: digital avatars where players can capture their personal likeness, or make caricatures of others. Sony would follow a similar path with the announcement of HOME: where PlayStation 3 owners could interact in a PSO meets Sims virtual community. Sadly, the project is still under development, leaving it to a select group of media and approved beta-users.
I'm not sure if the anticipation for HOME left gamers jaded, but Microsoft's response in the new fall update (which officially launches tomorrow) is less than favorable. Like it or not, digital avatars are about to be as common in the world of Xbox as Achievements and Gamerpoints. Though don't be too quick to dismiss NXE, as Microsoft has come up with some radical new enhancements bound to make you love the 360 all over again.