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Big Fat Rumor: X360 "Experience" Live Dashboard Event Sept. 25

Some crazy tales are swirling about a gala Xbox 360 "relaunch" at the end of the month. Is it all a bunch of hogwash?

I'm more interested in knowing who will be in attendance.
Please engage your "This could be total bullshit" mechanism.

This VGChartz.com thread (via Joystiq) details a crazy Microsoft plan to turn the upcoming Xbox 360 "Experience" dashboard update into a full-on event, with multi-hour live televised coverage, a heap of major announcements, even more undisclosed dashboard features, and some tantalizing freebies. Note, this wild-rumor-from-a-forum-I've-never-heard of is completely unsubstantiated, attributing the information to, basically, some dude. Yeah, whatever! Here's all the deets, with snazzy bullet points.

  • Five-hour live coverage on G4 starting at 7pm Eastern, 9/25, with streaming video of the event on the 360
  • Sirius Radio integration into the dashboard (which you can subscribe to with Microsoft points)
  • New music store a la iTunes, similar to the existing Video Marketplace
  • A new "mad lib" channel the rumormongering author seems to think is related to a "picture in picture" feature
  • A dozen new game demos
  • Downloadable previews of the GTA IV DLC and a new Mass Effect expansion. Also a new, free Halo 3 map pack
  • Six free Xbox Originals for Gold-tier members -- three new games, one Halo
  • A dozen newly announced retail games with weird code names like Apricot, Dramatis, Kyoto, Gargoyle, and Conker (OK, that last one's probably not a code name). The author speculates these will include new Assassin's Creed and Mass Effect games, a new Rare shooter, and two new Halo games.

Then at the end of all this, the new Experience dashboard update will go live at midnight, when you'll also get access to this whopping pile of new content and features. It all sounds way too good to be true, to me, especially since the original source presents absolutely no credible evidence it's even remotely legitimate. But hey, what would life be without the crushing disappointment that follows this sort of misplaced excitement?

I ran the rumor by Microsoft representatives, who gave a response. Are you ready for this? "Microsoft does not comment on rumors or speculation." Shocking, truly. What do you think? Are you clearing your dance card on the 25th?

UPDATE: At least one piece of this puzzle does not fit. Kotaku has comment from G4 stating the network doesn't have "anything planned" with Microsoft resembling this event. Doesn't mean nothing is happening, but at least that particular network doesn't seem to be covering it, which makes the whole thing even harder to believe. Tonight I was going to fall asleep with the sound of "achievement unlocked" ringing in my ears. Now the only sound will be the patter of my tears on the pillow.
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Posted by Brad
I'm more interested in knowing who will be in attendance.
Please engage your "This could be total bullshit" mechanism.

This VGChartz.com thread (via Joystiq) details a crazy Microsoft plan to turn the upcoming Xbox 360 "Experience" dashboard update into a full-on event, with multi-hour live televised coverage, a heap of major announcements, even more undisclosed dashboard features, and some tantalizing freebies. Note, this wild-rumor-from-a-forum-I've-never-heard of is completely unsubstantiated, attributing the information to, basically, some dude. Yeah, whatever! Here's all the deets, with snazzy bullet points.

  • Five-hour live coverage on G4 starting at 7pm Eastern, 9/25, with streaming video of the event on the 360
  • Sirius Radio integration into the dashboard (which you can subscribe to with Microsoft points)
  • New music store a la iTunes, similar to the existing Video Marketplace
  • A new "mad lib" channel the rumormongering author seems to think is related to a "picture in picture" feature
  • A dozen new game demos
  • Downloadable previews of the GTA IV DLC and a new Mass Effect expansion. Also a new, free Halo 3 map pack
  • Six free Xbox Originals for Gold-tier members -- three new games, one Halo
  • A dozen newly announced retail games with weird code names like Apricot, Dramatis, Kyoto, Gargoyle, and Conker (OK, that last one's probably not a code name). The author speculates these will include new Assassin's Creed and Mass Effect games, a new Rare shooter, and two new Halo games.

Then at the end of all this, the new Experience dashboard update will go live at midnight, when you'll also get access to this whopping pile of new content and features. It all sounds way too good to be true, to me, especially since the original source presents absolutely no credible evidence it's even remotely legitimate. But hey, what would life be without the crushing disappointment that follows this sort of misplaced excitement?

I ran the rumor by Microsoft representatives, who gave a response. Are you ready for this? "Microsoft does not comment on rumors or speculation." Shocking, truly. What do you think? Are you clearing your dance card on the 25th?

UPDATE: At least one piece of this puzzle does not fit. Kotaku has comment from G4 stating the network doesn't have "anything planned" with Microsoft resembling this event. Doesn't mean nothing is happening, but at least that particular network doesn't seem to be covering it, which makes the whole thing even harder to believe. Tonight I was going to fall asleep with the sound of "achievement unlocked" ringing in my ears. Now the only sound will be the patter of my tears on the pillow.
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Posted by tarheeldude

My total bullshit mechanism is now engaged!

Posted by Vasta_Narada

That would be pretty damn awesome. How would streaming work, though, the 360 has trouble watching pre-rendered video as it is (at least the 4 360's I've tried, all at different locations)? I especially like the dozen new demos and six free Xbox Originals.

Posted by wefwefasdf

I hope that is true.

Posted by Vinchenzo

Streaming the event on the 360? Sure hope this is true. This event would get my full attention since I am always awaiting new changes to my favorite system. New demos, new info, free Xbox originals?

Posted by mrfluke

please lett it be true

Posted by keyhunter

I wouldn't mind 6 free XBOX originals that I probably already own.

Posted by JesseG

I doubt some of that would happen. Six free Originals? Okay.

Posted by PLWolf

"3 letters"
"sounds like"
el oh el

The only thing that would really be nice is the Sirius Radio. I already subscribe and it would be cool to have a ready made player in the house.

Posted by Espiox

Well, since MS have already said that the update probably won't arrive until at least November, this seems... unlikely.

Posted by xXTharosXx

That would be fucking awesome

Posted by coonce

i want that earing.

Posted by dvorak

I don't think they would just pop something up so soon without letting the public know. They would have hyped this up sooner. Knowing Microsoft they would advertise it 2 months before it was to take place.

Posted by gamerpigeon

please let this be true , please lord , please microsoft , you need to do this , it would be the next step in making the 360 , numero uno , in the fans of the hardcore , dont let sony cacth up , like they are this year

Posted by deaux

* The Zune will work as a rearview mirror in Forza 2.

* Voice recognition software will let you order food from within Halo 3 by shouting "Pizza!"    into the headset.
* Grand Turismo 5 will be a download-only Xbox 360 exclusive.
Posted by Milkman

I hope this is true because that would be damn awesome!

Posted by Godzilla_Sushi

Well, since I was under the impression there would be no more Mass Effect DLC at all.....maybe that makes it, not quite true.

Posted by Blitzer

Would be awesome, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

Posted by MayorMcCheese

Microsoft would pardon the red ring if they did this

Posted by DragonKore

I hope this is true. I've been dying for this update, and all of the free stuff sounds awesome.

Posted by Sweep

Fuck Microsoft. SWEEP comments on rumours and speculation! And this sounds awesome.

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Posted by Systech

This has got to be the boldest rumor that I have heard in a while. I just want to believe this is all true.

Posted by cosmothehound

if its true. YAY. but i highly doubt it.

i wouldnt be surprised if the dashboard update did come out. conker is awesome too lol.

Posted by mawfu

G4 would be promoting the Crap out of that. The schedule looks open till the Tokyo game show in October. The list should end with the new added ability to use the Wii mote. If half the list happens I'll be surprised.

Posted by fearxloathing

THREE FREE MICROSOFT ORIGINALS!!!

Yeah.... I 'll believe that when pigs fly. Microsoft would never let free games like that out. More of a point, if they did that I would have no space on the 360 hard drive. I see where they are going with this, I would need to purchase one of the bigger hard drives.

You win Microsoft. Here is my money you scum sucking pigs, you want me to grab my ankles too?

*Looks back at the post*

It makes no sense  as does the three free originals rumor.

Posted by mussbus999

I wish, but probably not

Posted by xxNBxx
Posted by sofakingcool

Cautiosly optomistic. If this is true The 360 should be able to get back into first or second place for october sales.

Posted by El_Dom

that sounds like somethin that a company who values there customers would do.

Posted by Armor42

want want want want

Posted by MasterSplinter

ZOMG I MARKZ MY CALINDUR! 360Z FTW.

/sarcasm. I don't believe it, but will gladly eat my words if true.

Posted by JoblessTerence

I highly doubt this is real but if it is, reps for Microsoft!

Posted by pirate_republic

I wish SO much that this was true, but there's no way.

6 free xbox originals? No way. And they would have advertised for this months in advance. It's too short notice.

Again, I wish SOOOOO badly that his is true, but folks don't get your hopes up, it's too good to be true.

Posted by AllThatBacon

Bullshit!

Posted by albedos_shadow

That is way too good too be true.

Posted by Leon31

I would like it if it were true, but until I get solid evidence I can't believe it. I would love to and am praying that Microsoft is planning something like this but I just can't hold my brteath. Please Microsoft, even if this isn't true, do something along those lines for the release.

Posted by AnEternalEnigma

This sounds like a load of bullsPit.

Didn't they say the new dashboard wouldn't be out until November?

Posted by Espiox

Microsoft doesn't release updates on Fridays (or even on Thursdays, actually). They usually release on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Posted by SmokePants

No way, just no way.

Even if the Fall update miraculously came out 2 months early. And even if Bioware was still working on Mass Effect DLC. And even if Bungie had enough maps in the pipe to fill an entire map pack. And even if G4 had a big event planned that they're not pimping the Hell out of. And even if the myriad other unlikely events pertaining to this story somehow happened, there's a 99.9% chance that this event would destroy Xbox Live and every 360 connected to it. Technically, there's no way they could pull it off.

Posted by d0x

That would be just amazing...

The only thing that gives any weight to this rumor is that MS said they would hold a seperate event where they would unveil a new Halo..this could be that event.  To hell with E3 bring on the 360 convention.

Posted by kboy

That...sounds...AWESOME!!!

....but I'm calling shenanigans, bullshit, bananas, whatever.

Posted by elektrixx

The six free Xbox Originals seems like garbage to me out of all those.

I'm sure G4 would want us to know about the great coverage they have coming up if true.

Posted by MrMuise

If it's true I'm going to hire some hookers and sniff coke off their ass while this streams.

Posted by TheWesman

Also, Master Chief will deliver pizzas to every Gold Member out there!  Wow, I hope all that stuff is true.  Seems like Microsoft is really pushing it lately trying to remind everybody why they bought an xbox.  Here's hoping free stuff flows to everyone!

Posted by DECA555

well the from the looks of the PS3 lineup compared to the 360 lineup of games in the next few months, im assuming microsoft would want to try to cheer themselves up with a nice update party. God you shameless xbot pigs.

Posted by killawogg

that would be interesting but i call bs on the free originals games ms doesnt just give there stuff away with out a catch,  the serius radio would be cool though

Posted by lilarchie232

That's all so true.   I don't know what you guys are talking about.
However something smells....

Posted by RHCPfan24

That is one of the weirdest video game-related things I have ever seen.  Microsoft giving away not one but SIX games?  No, nahah.

Posted by Relys

Six free xbox original titles? Mythic Halo 3 map pack for free!?!

*CUM GOES SHOOTING OUT EVERYWARE*.

Posted by TomA

Some of this sounds legit.Also there's no such things as Mythic Map Pack.

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