Exploring the Xbox Experience Feature - The Next Level

Exploring the Xbox Experience

MS gives the 360 a virtual nip and tuck.

Article by Chris Bahn (Email)
November 19th 2008, 02:37AM

Wouldn't it be awesome if I could give you a video tour of every section of NXE? Well, that's not happening in this feature, so let's run through this the old-fashioned way:

What's Hot - Currently this introduces you to the Xbox 360 Experience, contains info on the "essentials" which players need to get started in enjoying their console and has a section where you're given the option to hide the channel from view.

Spotlight - Features the latest game releases, promotional events hosted by corporate entities and elite tournament leagues such as the MLG, current celebrities you can hook up with via the Game with Fame campaign and a tour on the all-new avatars.

My Xbox - The real heart of the dashboard which contains your current Gamerscore, Xbox Live status, motto, etc. I jumped into the memory/hard drive section to see if there were any changes here and discovered that Microsoft introduced a "suggestions" option for content that is rarely accessed; great for when you're searching for ways to free up some extra space.

Game Marketplace/Video Marketplace - Come here to access the latest community, XBLA, demo and video content. 'Nuff said.

Like many online communities, the folks here at TNL love getting together for an evening of fun on Xbox Live playing popular hits like Castle Crashers, Gears of War 2 and the forthcoming release of Super SF II HD Remix. Up till now, it's been a tedious and challenging process creating matchmaking parties and keeping them all connected no matter what's going on. That's all going to change starting tomorrow...

The Party mode is an awesome tool which makes it a breeze to invite up to seven additional members on your friends list to engage in a virtual chat session, jump in and out of game lobbies... all at the touch of a button.

Keeping with the theme of social entertainment, the Party Mode offers another perk beyond gaming benefits. You'll also be able to take advantage of the new photo-sharing feature similar to what's offered with instant messaging programs. Users can transmit digital photos from a camera, USB drive or disc while chatting with others in real time. Taking a cue from infamous Hot or Not website -- you can also rate each other's photos too which has me thinking this might open up some risque opportunities online.

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