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Xbox.com Upgraded, Now Kinder, Gentler

The NXE upgrade madness is reaching a crescendo as Microsoft has gotten their 360 site compatible with tomorrow's new dashboard.

Those of you in the NXE preview program--and as of yesterday, that's a lot of you--have probably noticed that up till now, Xbox.com hasn't supported some of the new features being introduced in the dashboard update. Mainly, the gamer pictures for NXE users have been displaying as big fat question marks when those users apply an avatar snapshot as their pic, and no other sign of custom avatars has been spotted around Xbox.com profile pages.

After a little bit of downtime and a little maintenance, the site is back up and running and now supports all those snazzy custom avatar features you've been oh so excited about. See below for an example of what your avatar will look like on your profile page. As dumb as I thought avatars were initially, I have to disclose the amount of time I sat there trying on stupid virtual outfits for my dude. It was a long time.

Don't forget: If you haven't gotten into the NXE yet, you and everyone else will be downloading it tomorrow when you power on your console.

Exclusive hoodie!




























UPDATE: videogaming247 points out that the new web-based Xbox Live Marketplace is online--kind of. It's just a big Coming Soon graphic at the moment.

UPDATE 2: I can confirm that there are currently no acceptable sets of sideburns available for use on avatars. Come on, who has muttonchops in this day and age?
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Posted by Brad

Those of you in the NXE preview program--and as of yesterday, that's a lot of you--have probably noticed that up till now, Xbox.com hasn't supported some of the new features being introduced in the dashboard update. Mainly, the gamer pictures for NXE users have been displaying as big fat question marks when those users apply an avatar snapshot as their pic, and no other sign of custom avatars has been spotted around Xbox.com profile pages.

After a little bit of downtime and a little maintenance, the site is back up and running and now supports all those snazzy custom avatar features you've been oh so excited about. See below for an example of what your avatar will look like on your profile page. As dumb as I thought avatars were initially, I have to disclose the amount of time I sat there trying on stupid virtual outfits for my dude. It was a long time.

Don't forget: If you haven't gotten into the NXE yet, you and everyone else will be downloading it tomorrow when you power on your console.

Exclusive hoodie!




























UPDATE: videogaming247 points out that the new web-based Xbox Live Marketplace is online--kind of. It's just a big Coming Soon graphic at the moment.

UPDATE 2: I can confirm that there are currently no acceptable sets of sideburns available for use on avatars. Come on, who has muttonchops in this day and age?
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Edited by Superchris129

Too bad you can't make the avatars look more like... yourself. I think my Mii looks more like me than my avatar does.

Posted by Vinchenzo

Yay, just one more day.

Posted by Ginnunga

Any word on the online marketplace they were talking about? That's the only change to xbox.com I care about.

Edited by Megalon
Ginnunga said:
"Any word on the online marketplace they were talking about? That's the only change to xbox.com I care about."

I assume it's the marketplace for avatar stuff? Like buying clothes, etc. I think that is slated for next year.
Posted by Ginnunga

I was referring to this. But I never saw a date before so I didn't know it was supposedly launching when the NXE launches to the public, missed that bit.

Posted by daniel_beck_90

a nice feature

Posted by MattyFTM

All you really need is a giant bomb logo on the front of the hoodie, and a luchadeer on the back and you're laughing.

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Posted by Superchris129

Oh, its good to see that he's been playing Banjo-Kazooie. Review coming soon? 5 Stars.

Posted by MasterSplinter

I happen to love my avatar.

Posted by Milkman

Online marketplace!! Woo!

Posted by mordecaix7

@Ginnunga:  Actually they did mention that the entire marketplace would be browseable online and you can queue up downloads for your 360 which will start the next time the console powers up.  I don't know if that's been dropped or not yet though.

Posted by hppypnts

Can someone confirm that I can (if I leave my xbox on) set up a demo to download from work, while I'm at work to be available to play when I get home? Because that seems really cool.

Posted by WilliamRLBaker
Superchris129 said:
"Too bad you can't make the avatars look more like... yourself. I think my Mii looks more like me than my avatar does."
Actually i've noticed the options inbetween the 2 systems are about the same for your personal look.
Edited by John

I like that I can see my download history on the interwebz, for example, did you know that the first ever thing I downloaded was a 10.000 B.C. theme? Yes, it's true.

Posted by Rinkalicous

Right now if you click the my account tab and select download history, you can queue your previous downloads up for... download, again, so we can safely assume this will come to all marketplace content.

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Posted by Pazy

A lot of the utility parts of the new marketplace is up. You can view your download queue - change the download order, remove items from queue, check why it cant be downloaded (like not enough space) -, you can also change your credit card details and gold membership details. The last two were already there but now its folded into the new interface. The download list is pretty cool, if your someone - unlike me - who leaves there Xbox 360 on all day long then you can set things to download from work/school/prison/burleusqe then you can update the list and have a new game experience (including full arcade games/xbox originals) ready for when you get home. Awesome :)

Posted by PLWolf

So, are the Giantbomb staff's friends lists all filled up or is there room for at least one more. :-)
Anyway, can't wait to get the NXE tonight/tomorrow. Time to go check out the Live Marketplace.

Posted by HazBazz

Why is Brad's avatar pregnant with a box?

Posted by wefwefasdf
HazBazz said:
"Why is Brad's avatar pregnant with a box?"
Whoa! I just noticed that.
Posted by Womble

This news post just puts me in despair, showing that the NXE avatars will have not have decent sideburns...

Posted by PLWolf

I believe that is a hoodie he has on and that is the pockets for said hoodie.

Posted by Willy105

Neat!

Posted by Aaron_G

Good to see the question mark go away. 

Posted by Daniel_Newton

Brad, your Avatar's hair is totally the wrong colour.
Thanks for the update though!

Posted by Jimbo_N

so THATS why my gamerpic has been acting all wierd

Posted by Chicken008

HA, yours looks fat, and it has huge hands.. x_x

Posted by littlereaper

" ...Come on, who has muttonchops in this day and age?"

Well I for one have muttonchops from time to time.

Posted by MrKlorox

Agreed. Facial hair seems to have more diversity nowadays than scalp hair... especially for a bald dude like myself. My beard is the only hair I can style that people will notice. I demand more beards. Fallout 3 was onto a good start with their variety, but they needed to let us mix and match sides/cheeks, upper lip, lower lip, and chin styles. Four slots instead of just one,

Posted by superezekiel

I just tried to check my Xbox.com page to see if anybody was on, only to find that that page doesn't exist anymore.

So this article? The pages you're talking about?

They don't exist anymore.
Posted by Cowman

Hey man I had really awesome sideburns (like the NXE ones) a few year ago.

Posted by jakob187
Brad said:
"Come on, who has muttonchops in this day and age?"
Apparently Hugh Jackman and Liev Schrieber:
And if they do, Brad...
...then so should you!!!
Posted by Sweep

You spent a "long time" trying out virtual outfits, only to opt for black hoody and blue jeans? How inspired....

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Posted by WinterSnowblind

"Too bad you can't make the avatars look more like... yourself. I think my Mii looks more like me than my avatar does."

I hugely disagree.  The avatars have way more options for clothing and little details.  I made mine in a matter of minutes and it still looks far more like me than my Mii ever has.  It's also already had more use in the past week, than my Mii ever had in the past two years.

Posted by floodiastus

14k gamerpoints brad, you need a mentor with a german sounding last name :)

Posted by reversethedevil

i went to xbox.com just now and I can't seem to find the login. maybe they're having trouble with it?

Posted by Alpha1

i have a good set of mutton chops see my profile ;)

Posted by SteveV

I really don't see why this is a big deal?
Its a new look for the dashboard, the menus are more intuitive but seriously....whats the big deal? Why the hype?

Posted by Nate

I was really pumped to get my avatar going, but now that I realize how limited the options are I'm seeing that Microsoft is going to make a whole lot of moola off extra clothes and accessories. Moola that I won't pay :)

Posted by Media_Master

Looks goofy

Posted by kboy

I think that Microsoft, as big a deal as they made out of Avatars, made a wise decision by not making customizable mustaches an option. This cuts back on the number of Hitlers found in public games. Some people think they're so funny.

Posted by Shadow

dude, no.  I originally took a grand total of 10 minutes to figure out how the dashboard worked when I originally got the console.  I can't for the life of me figure out how this new thing works.  It took forever to find my way into system memory to delete stuff.

Posted by Johnny5

I was looking for sideburns too...

also no mustache beard combos?

Posted by marcusfriendly

That looks kind of cool, I hope it is better than it looks though, I m hoping to rip Fallout 3 onto my hard drive.