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Social Media Hits Xbox, Marketplace Arrives On WM6 & 6.1

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Social Media Hits Xbox, Marketplace Arrives On WM6 & 6.1

It was only a matter of time... for both of them.

Microsoft has been busy expanding its well established platforms this week. Firstly it has added Windows Marketplace application store access to older Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1. Secondly it has brought enhanced social media to the Xbox 360 with the integration of Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm and Zune integration.

Looking at the smartphones first and many may scoff at Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 (many still do at 6.5 - and I'm probably one of them), but bringing Windows Marketplace functionality is vital. An incredible 30 million smartphones run 6.0 and 6.1 meaning not just a real boost to a sizeable number of owners, but also a much greater market for application developers.

Windows Marketplace can be downloaded via the link at the bottom of this article and then, hopefully, your phones won't need to follow any more URL download links again!

Next as of today all Xbox Live users will be able access all the aforementioned social and streaming media listed above. The move could be labelled as long overdue, but credit to Microsoft for creating a stunning online experience already with Live so I'd argue this is just the cherry on top.

Dig in!

(More photos on the second page)

Update Sony has said anything-you-can-do (sort of) as Facebook will come to the PlayStation 3 with firmware 3.10 that is due out on 19 November. Official preview video below.

Links:

Download Windows Marketplace

Xbox Live Social Networking Update

rav

November 17, 2009, 12:45 pm

Had the Live update for a while now and while it's nice (particularly Last.fm) it definitely needs some work. Most of all, I can't believe that none of it can run in the background. I don't want to just listen to Last.fm. I want my tunes to be on while I'm playing MW2. Also with Twitter and Facebook, I don't want to go into the specific apps, I want notifications to pop up while I'm in the middle of a game. Messenger already does this so it can't be too hard. Until they work this out for me it's of limited use.

TL1210

November 17, 2009, 11:46 pm

I signed up for beta testing too and agree with Ravmania that it definatly needs some work (facebook app). A lot of people on the xbox testing forums agree as well so hopefully Microsoft will make a note of that :)





LastFM is good as well but i think you can only listen for free when using your xbox. I checked out last.fm website and noticed that i only had x amount of songs left that i could play etc...still it's free on xbox so can complain on that too much ;)





The zune player is good..very good streaming on the previews but i could not tell the difference other than it being branded "Zune" compared to Video market place on xbox dashboard. Zune's not intergrated either and as films are duplicated in marketplace..why would you load up the zune app??





all in all..a good update but I would have prefered an iplayer app or atleast be able to use it on xbox via Mediaplayer :)

Charles 2

November 18, 2009, 2:57 pm

The best thing about the Facebook app is having my photos on my tv. I know I can do this anyway by plugging a memory stick into the side of the telly but its just better on the xbox.


It would be epic if one could click on the links to videos eg youtube that friends send.

kdot

November 18, 2009, 9:07 pm

out of interest is this a key feature for anyone? or is it something that tends to get skipped over like home seems to on the ps3. Doesnt appeal to me because of the way I use my console (and my disgust for FB lol) but wonder how others make use of it.

rav

November 19, 2009, 1:41 am

@kdot


Definitely not a key feature. Just a nice to have, at least in their current form.

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