Just before the festivities began here at PAX East we headed down to Microsoft NERD for the Xbox Live Tweetup. We got some goodies, including a few exclusive PAX Hoodie codes for Avatars which we might be convinced to part with for a few lucky readers. We also picked up some tidbits of information.
There was a question and answer session, too. People with good questions earned themselves some nifty swag. Our own Phawx walked away with a copy of Forza 3. Here are a few highlights of the questions asked:
One big topic of discussion was the USB flashdrive support. It was announced that the maximum portion of the drive that is reservable for Xbox content is 16GB, though different size options are available. An evasive answer to a question regarding why 16Gigs was the limit indicated that there were technical considerations, as well as protecting the HDD market. The format of the saved content will not be conducive to backing up and distributing saves, since the data stored will be broken up into an arbitrary list of files. Microsoft partnered with SanDisk to produce some preformated drives that will be hitting the market in May.
Win Pho 7 will have some integration with Live Games and others, sometimes perhaps as full cross platform gameplay, other times as more subtle contributions to the main platform release, as has been seen in the Facebook contributions to Toy Soldiers.
Project Natal will have some integration with the Dashboard.
Though they are interested in adding more Netflix-like functionality, it really comes down to the lawyers and the developers on the content provider side. The event concluded with a giveaway of a limited edition Arkham Asylum game.