xbox

Xbox Live Integrating Facebook & Twitter Next Week

xbox-integrationJust yesterday I wrote about Facebook being integrated into Playstation 3 and now official news from Xbox regarding their own social integration. If you didn’t get into the Preview Program for Xbox LIVE’s forthcoming social networking integrations featuring Twitter, Facebook and last.fm support, don’t worry — you don’t have too much longer to wait.

According to Major Nelson, the new Dashboard Update will be going live to everyone next Tuesday, November 17. The update also includes a new Zune video area that picks up where the Xbox Video Marketplace left off, adding the ability to stream a number of purchases instantly instead of having to wait for them to download.
The one drawback, due to a lack of parental controls on the new social services, is Xbox Live users under the age of 18 won’t be able to access these new services. Microsoft says it is working on building out those controls, so within a few weeks those user should be able to access the new features.

Is there anyone who was involved in the new preview? What are you thoughts?

Breaking: Facebook Being Integrated into Playstation 3

facebook-ps3Xbox LIVE recently released a Dashboard Update that adds social networking integrations with Facebook, Twitter and last.fm. While not available to everyone the preview mode is being syndicated to beta testers and will go live to the public in short order. Perhaps trying to play catchup with Microsoft, Sony apparently has plans to add its own Facebook integration to the company’s flagship PlayStation 3 console in a coming firmware update.

Website Scrawl apparently found screenshots buried deep within a publicly available section of Sony’s European website showing off some sort of native Facebook integration, as evidenced by a Facebook settings subsection located in the User Accounts section of the PS3’s cross-media bar (XMB) main navigation interface.

Naturally, Sony refused to comment on the leaked shots or the Facebook integration rumour. However the screens do come from a legitimate Sony source, and it seems highly likely that they’d want to get in on some of the social media action considering they’re working diligently to portray the PlayStation 3 console as an all-in-one entertainment hub for the home.

Personally, I’m still not sold on the Verizon FIOS, Xbox, Playstation integration with social networks. What are your thoughts? Do you need social to be part of your video game experience?