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'New Xbox Experience' announced for Xbox Live

Microsoft to release new interface for games service

Microsoft has announced it is reworking the interface for its Xbox Live service the largest social network of its kind with 14 million members.

The company said at the Tokyo Game Show today that the 'New Xbox Experience' would involve an entirely new interface, while Xbox Live users will soon be able to create their own customisable avatar which will be visible to friends and present throughout different areas of the interface. Everything from the dashboard, to gamer cards, to tracking friends, and themes has been reworked to make a more seamless and convenient interface.

Xbox Live's Marketplace has also been redone to match. Players will be able to view more detailed descriptions, screenshots, and information more easily for titles. This information will also be made available on the web, so that users who are not at their Xbox 360 can still browse through the Xbox Live Marketplace for one stop shopping. All these changes are scheduled to take place on November 19.

In the gaming space two of the most awaited titles, ‘Star Ocean: The Last Hope' and 'The Last Remnant' were shown in trailer form but that didn't bother the audience because playable versions are on the show floor.

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Other games that were showcased included:

-Biohazard 5 (Resident Evil 5) will launch in Japan on March 12, 2009.
-Ninety-Nine Nights 2 for the 360, but with no release date.
-Tekken 6 on XBox 360 to be released Fall 2009, and to include new online modes and features.
-Halo Wars, early 2009.
-Halo 3: Recon, late 2009.

While the Xbox 360 has an up and coming line-up, the Xbox Live Arcade is not to be forgotten. A "new wave" of games to hit XBLA include a slew of remade classics, such as Space Invaders Extreme, Arkanoid Live, Metal Slug 7, King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match, and R-Type: Dimensions.

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