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Xbox Live Update Due for Japan Too

Games on demand, indies games, and more hit on August 11.


When Microsoft updates Xbox Live, it tends to do so in all territories throughout the world. This is true of the latest update. August 11 will see the latest version of the online service in Japan as well.

As detailed by Microsoft in other territories last week, the upcoming update includes a number of features, many of which were announced at E3.

Most notable is Games on Demand, a service that allows players to download full 360 titles using either Microsoft Points or their credit card. While this will start on the 11th, a title lineup has yet to be announced.

Games on Demand

Xbox Live Indies Games will also kick off on the 11th. Players will be able to purchase user created games developed using Microsoft's XNA Game Studio environment. A Japanese version of the XNA Creators Club Online website opened on the 23rd.

Indies Games

Other major new features include a user rating system for Marketplace product, and the start of the Avatar Marketplace, which gives users access to paid avatar content. The update also adds a number of usability features, including convenient menu additions to the dashboard, auto detect for television and audio settings, and a user dictionary with space for up to 100 words.

User ratings.
Paid avatar items

The Japanese version of the update is lacking all the Netflix jive of the overseas version. This makes sense because I don't think Japanese people know what a Netflix is.

On Friday, Microsoft delivered Japanese language screens showing off the new features. Check it out in the gallery.

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