Microsoft to bring video marketplace to Australia

E3 2009: Video download service to hit Aussie shores "by Christmas"; Forza 3 and Gears of War 2 DLC dates announced.

LOS ANGELES--A day ahead of the official start to E3 2009, Microsoft’s press conference brought some surprising, and not so surprising, announcements to light. People in the US have been enjoying the Xbox Live Video Marketplace since late 2006, but Aussie 360 owners' dreams of ever seeing the service down under have all but been written off by local gamers. For more than a year, Microsoft Australia has stated that it is working on bringing it to Australia, but up until now we’ve seen no results.

Via a press release put out by Microsoft’s local arm in the early hours of the morning, the company has confirmed that Aussie Xbox 360 owners will finally be seeing the Video Marketplace. While Microsoft was short on details about how the company was going to roll out the service, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to GameSpot AU that Australians would be seeing the Video Marketplace go live “by Christmas.” At this time it, remains uncertain which studios have signed up to support the service locally. In the US, Video Marketplace launched with support from seven major production studios, with Walt Disney Pictures and Lionsgate Films joining in a year later in 2007.

Another exciting piece of news to come out of Microsoft’s press conference this morning was the announcement that we’d be seeing Forza 3 hit Aussie store shelves in October. While there’s no firm release day set for the Xbox 360 racer, Forza 3 is set to feature more than 400 cars, run at 60 frames per second, and allow users to upload HD video of the game to a YouTube-esque video service in the game.

Finally, Epic Games was out in force at Microsoft’s event, announcing that Gears of War 2: Darkest Corners would be available from July 28. The new DLC pack includes seven new multiplayer maps and a new single-player campaign chapter called Road to Ruin. At this stage we’re uncertain how much the Darkest Corners pack will cost, but stay tuned to GameSpot AU.

For more from the show, check out GameSpot's complete coverage of E3 2009.

Written By

Want the latest news about Forza Motorsport 3?

Forza Motorsport 3

Forza Motorsport 3

Follow

Discussion

15 comments
forhekset
forhekset

Now all we need is decent internet to be able to utilise this.

pakhair
pakhair

It's a good news...........

SephireX
SephireX

With the ease of piracy nowadays, its hard to believe that there are many people buying dvds.

padmdhs
padmdhs

gears of war is the reason i sold my xbox they ruined it who cares about 7 new maps they keep on releasing dlc but not fixing there half baked game i still think gears 1 is superior online and so do alot of people i played online with i just mainly play on my ps3 now and get no lag online what so ever i just think a lot of people are losing faith now and im not that impressed with microsofts e3 showing i think it is pretty weak halo 3 odst looks nothing special i got bored of halo 3 ages ago why would i want to play what is just really halo 3.5 and evilslaya69 is right why pay over inflated costs to rent when buying is cheaper i just think microsoft need to do more most of the good games are multi format any way and the console sellers like gears are getting rubbish

damaster101
damaster101

Lol don't we already have a video marketplace they've got trailers and everything or was this about the movies at the conference because i definately know thats not out anywhere yet.Good that gears dark corners comes out same day still a bummer that allfronts isn't being sold at retail anymore.

lexxxy52
lexxxy52

i think its a good idea and should be available for everyone although it is a little late and to be honest as australians in the gaming market we tend to get the short end of the stick at times and i am a bit undecided on whether i'll use this until i see some prices and see how well this works with australian internet services such as time and size usages. edit: also i'm somewhat in agreement with evilslaya69 dvds are begining to get so cheap these days your probably better off buying them yourself rather than renting ones.

EVILSLAYA69
EVILSLAYA69

its cheaper buying dvds these days then renting them why rent when you can own ican understand if you watch it once but a lot of movies you want to keep microsoft should not worry about bringing us movies as we done without it since the lanuch of the 360 they should just worry about bringing us great DLC hear that microsoft.

Pete5506
Pete5506

good everyone should get it

sirbargearse
sirbargearse

... huh? Video what? Microsoft? Who are they? Sorry guys but you delayed this to the point where we now don't care. Bring on the DLC though!

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

Better late than never but i would like to see how much they charge for watching videos.