Microsoft Xbox 360 led the US console market for 26th consecutive month as the No.1 selling console. According to data released today by The NPD Group, Xbox 360 sold 302,000 units in February. Highlights of the sales, · Holding 41 percent share of current-generation console sales, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. · Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in February (hardware, software and accessories) was the most for any console in the U.S. · During the month of February, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 console game titles including: “Crysis 3,” “Aliens: Colonial Marines,” “Dead Space 3,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” and “NBA 2K13.” Microsoft also announced Spring Value Bundle which includes a 250GB Xbox 360, wireless controller, wired headset, “Darksiders II” and “Batman: Arkham City” for $299. Source: Microsoft ...

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If you’re looking to renew your Xbox Live membership, look no further than Amazon or BestBuy, where you can buy a $59.99 Xbox 360 12 month live gold membership for almost 60% cheaper.  If you have an existing membership, you can top it up with this deal too, meaning you can save $25 on Xbox goods in 2013!  Has anybody else seen great promotions they want to share? Via: hawtwire.com ...

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News on the release of Grand Theft Auto 5 has been on the down low recently, however new details on the date of release of the game have emerged.  As reported by Product-Reviews via email from Microsoft, the game is expected to be released in Spring, on a weekend at the end of March.  The precise date is estimated to be on the 24th March, which falls on a Sunday.  There is some doubt however related to the date.  Nintendo are known to release their most popular games on a Sunday, however GTA 5 is not coming out on the Wii U at the moment, and so it is unlikely that Rockstar will choose to launch the Xbox 360 and PS3 game on a Sunday.  Over gaming sites also appear to be uncertain about the date, but most are also proposing the 24th as the most likely date.  GTA 4 ...

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Microsoft today added two new apps to its Xbox LIVE network. 1) AOL ON Network app: The ad-supported video network includes more that 420,000 short-form videos from AOL properties such as Huffington Post, Engadget, and TechCrunch, as well as content partners that include Reuters, the AP, BBC, E!, ET Online, Sugar, Splash News, CNET, and Martha Stewart. 2) Vimeo: Packed with amazing ways to watch, discover, and share, the Vimeo app for Xbox 360 enables lovers of high-quality videos to stimulate their eyeballs through their console. Follow your Xbox Live friends’ activity on Vimeo, control the app via voice or gesture with Kinect, and access Vimeo on your Xbox 360. Find these apps on your Xbox LIVE on Xbox 360. via: TC Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft’s premier racing game, Forza, is getting a new expansion pack next week. The Forza Horizons Rally expansion pack will bring 5 new rally-tuned cars, new stages and a new co-driver system for rally races. Cars included in the Forza Horizon Rally pack include the ’92 Toyota Celica GT-Four RC ST185, the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR, the 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, the 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth, and lastly the 1982 Lancia 037 Stradale. Rally races are not just limited to the new cars, as Turn 10 Forza Horizon design director Ralph Fulton explained to IGN: “You can take the same rally upgrades that are featured in the cars that are packed in with the expansion pack and apply them to any car in your Forza Horizon garage,” Fulton explains. “These upgrades include rally tires for improved grip on loose dirt and gravel, springs and dampers that ...

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For once a Xbox 360 crime story does not involve anyone being killed for one, but actually helping rescue a victim of a home invasion. A 22 year old man walked in on a robbery in his home while playing online on his Xbox 360 in Armstrong County Thursday. The armed robber tied him up with duct tape and stole money, jewellery, guns and his car. The young man managed to call for help using his Xbox 360 headset, and his friends online called 911. The victim’s car was recovered, but the robber and his valuables are still at large. Read more at WPXI here. Thanks SEKKDS for the tip. ...

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Microsoft has released the NPD figures for Xbox 360 sales this past November in USA, and once again the Xbox 360 ruled the roost as the most popular console, selling 1.26 million devices. Major Nelson reports: Xbox 360 sold 1.26 million units in November, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. for the 23rd consecutive month. Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in November (hardware, software and accessories) reached $1.2 billion, the most for any console in the U.S. During the month of November, Xbox 360 held four of the top 10 console game titles including: “Halo 4,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” “Assassin’s Creed 3,” and “NFL Madden 13.” While the headline numbers are very good, it is of note that Xbox 360 sales are still 25% down from last year, when 1.7 million Xbox 360s were sold, clearly indicating that this generation, which the ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced a new special Xbox 360 bundle aimed at more casual audience. . The new Xbox 360 Nike+ Kinect Training bundle it includes the Xbox 360 4GB console, a Kinect sensor, free 1 month Xbox Live Gold subscription and Nike+ Kinect Training. This whole bundle costs just $249.99. If you are an existing Xbox 360 customer, you can download Nike+ Kinect Training  via Xbox Live on December 25th. There is also an add-on for Nike+ Kinect Training game called Fast and Focused: Upper Body and Core Pack which will go on sale for $4.99 or 400 Microsoft points. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Rhapsody has announced that its on-demand music service is now available on Xbox LIVE. The Rhapsody app features Kinect gesture and voice command integration, which will make it easy to quickly find and play your favourite music, with radio, new releases, popular albums and member playlists. Users have access to the entire Rhapsody catalogue, as well as featured editorial stations that are hand-crafted by Rhapsody’s staff. “Many families will be gathering around their Xbox this holiday season, and this year, Rhapsody can provide the soundtrack to those memories,” said Brian McGarvey, vice president, business development, Rhapsody. “People talk about social music as something that happens online, but there’s no better place to share music than with family and friends at home, especially this time of year.” Rhapsody on Xbox LIVE is available today, and is free for current Rhapsody members and Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers. Via Neowin.net ...

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Major Nelson and Gear Box Software have just made a free Golden Key available for Borderlands 2 on the Xbox 360. The SHiFT code will only last a few hours, so it would be a good idea to use it pretty snappily. To redeem a code, select "Extras" on the main menu of Borderlands 2 and choose "SHiFT Codes" then follow the on-screen instructions. SHiFT requires Xbox LIVE Gold and the account user must be at least 18 years of age. For further details about what a Golden Key is and how/where to redeem is, hit the Gearbox forums Read more at MajorNelson.com here. ...

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Microsoft is offering a free trial of Xbox Live Gold this weekend. The Gold subscription level is required to play multi-player console games, and access features such as Netflix and IE9 on Xbox 360. The free trial will be available from now till the 2nd December for players in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States. The free trial was announced by Major Nelson, who said “All Xbox owners in these regions, regardless of their current subscription, will have access to online multiplayer gaming, Internet Explorer, Video Kinect and our entire catalogue of entertainment apps, during that time period. Have fun.” Via Cinemablend.com ...

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Major Nelson has announced that an Xbox 360 update is being pushed out to consoles which brings a number of bug fixes and performance improvements. The update will correct such issues such as displaying the incorrect playlist name when launching a playlist from Xbox SmartGlass to the console, an error with Xbox Video closed-captioning and an error with Xbox Music that some were experiencing. The update is mandatory and will be required before users are able to play online. Read more at Major Nelson here. via Tweaktown.com ...

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Want to get an early start on Black Friday, without leaving your sofa?  The Microsoft Store is offering deep discounts on popular Xbox 360 games. The brand new Forza Horizon is only $14.99, 75% off. Dance Central 3 also clocks in at $14.99, while Borderlands 2 comes in at $24.99, NFS: Most Wanted also $24.99, and Dishonored $24.99. See more deals at the Microsoft Store here. Via Joystiq.com ...

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Telecompaper reports the Xbox Live TV service in the Netherlands has been considerably bulked up, with console owners how being able to watch films and TV from Pathe Thuis, Eredivisie Live, RTL XL and other providers Live TV will also soon be available, pending on-going negotiations with suppliers. Microsoft has been positioning the Xbox 360 as the premier living room video service, with 40% of US owners using it on a weekly basis to watch streaming video. ...

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Today, ESPN on Xbox reloaded with a significant update. The app now includes ALL of ESPN’s live network programming through WatchESPN including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Buzzer Beater and Goal Line. Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers can watch all their favorite sports and shows live, including SportsCenter, SportsNation and the Mike and Mike Show, as well as ESPN’s coverage of the NFL, including Monday Night Football, MLB and the NBA. ESPN on Xbox, now powered by WatchESPN, offers the following features: My Sports. ESPN on Xbox allows you to choose your favorite sports and teams and designate these channels as “My Sports,” so you can jump directly into the games and content you care most about. ESPN on Xbox will automatically provide you with a personalized daily feed of live events, news and highlights based on “My Sports,” catching you up on only the teams and sports you care most about. ...

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Major Nelson has revealed the official list of Black Friday deals for the Xbox 360. Next week Friday the 23rd the following deals and bundles will be available at great discounts: Select Xbox 360 consoles and bundles*: Walmart will offer an exclusive special edition glossy white Xbox 360 4GB console and controller with “Skylanders” and exclusive “Skylanders” figurine, for $149.99 USD (ERP). Best Buy, Fred Meyer, Fry’s and Newegg will carry the Xbox 360 250GB console with “Skyrim” and “Forza 4: Essentials Edition” for $199.99 USD (ERP). Target, Amazon, Sam’s Club, Meijer, Kmart and Microsoft Stores will offer the Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect and “Kinect Disneyland Adventures” for $199.99 USD (ERP). Additional retailers will offer a variety of exclusive deals including: GameStop: Xbox 360 250GB console with “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” for $249.99 USD (ERP) RadioShack: Xbox 360 4GB console with a wired headset for $169.99 ...

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