Xbox Goes Social with Facebook, Twitter, and Zune Integration

Today’s the big day for Xbox users. In case you haven’t heard (where have you been?), a new update for Xbox 360 owners is arriving today to bring social networking and Zune integration from Facebook, Zune Video, Twitter and Last.FM.

The Facebook integration lets you update your status to share details about what movie you’re watching or game you’re playing. It also acts as a Facebook application, letting you see your friends’ status updates, the News Feed, and new photos your friends have posted. And best of all, you can now see which of your Facebook friends are on Xbox LIVE so you can friend them there, too.

With Twitter, you can post and reply to tweets, view profiles, watch trends, and do Twitter searches. Both Facebook and Twitter will appear in the new “My Community” channel on your Xbox dashboard.

Last.fm, which will be under the Music channel, lets you love, ban, or skip tracks. There’s also a “gamer stations” section which offer game-related music for the U.S. and U.K. gamer communities.

Zune video on Xbox LIVE provides access to HD videos you can rent or buy through the Xbox. The videos offer 1080p HD and 5.1 surround sound.  When you download a video from this section under the Video Channel, you can watch it on your Xbox and then watch it again later on your PC or on your Zune HD device.

To get the update, just turn on your console and log into Xbox LIVE with your Gold membership. If you only have a Silver membership, you can demo the new features for free from November 20th until the 23rd.

Note: The update is only available to members over the age of 18 for now. Here's why.

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