Monday, November 19, 2007

Xbox 360: Maintenance Change and Expansion Release

The usual weekly maintenance will be switched to Tuesday this week to support the incoming pre-expansion patch as well as the posting of the expansion itself. It will specifically be the following:

Date: Tuesday, November 20th
Time: 1 AM to 6 AM PST, 4 AM to 9 AM EST, 9 AM to 2 PM UTC

The start of this maintenance coincides with the usual posting time of most new content on the Live servers. During maintenance, there should be plenty of time to download the expansion.

Going here will let you keep downloading even after turning your system off:
system blade -> Console Settings -> Shutdown -> Background Downloads -> Enable

You may want to do this as maintenance will most likely not be ending early. In fact, they took extra time with the PC/PS2 servers and I expect it to be no different here. So make sure to at least get a little bit of sleep and you'll be able to play even longer your first day!

As stated before, the expansion will be costing 1600 Microsoft Points. This equates to 20 US dollars. You can buy a card for this exact amount at many stores and then enter its code by hitting 'Redeem Code' on the marketplace blade. I've even seen some of these cards at my closest 7-11. However, it is of course possible (much more convenient and sometimes without tax as well) to buy the points off of Live. The only problem with this is that there is no option for exactly 1600 points (closest that is enough is 2000, but a lot of Arcade games are 400 so...just a suggestion). I've been told that you can buy the necessary amount off the Zune marketplace (using the same ID) by a friend, but I haven't tried it myself.

Anyway, if you want to buy the points over Live, you can do this by clicking on any piece of download content and hitting the X button. It will show the various packages they offer. Click on one and it will ask you to confirm your credit card information. Here you can either confirm the purchase or add/switch to another card.

The location of the expansion will probably be in some combination of the following marketplace categories:

Games -> All Games -> Phantasy Star Universe
Games -> Genre -> Role Playing -> Phantasy Star Universe
Games -> Played Games -> Phantasy Star Universe
Games -> New Arrivals -> Phantasy Star Universe (I'd check second)
Featured Downloads (I'd check first)

The way most download content works on the 360 is the following:

Any user can play it on the first console it is downloaded to (even offline, but in this case there is no offline mode).
The user that bought the item can redownload and play the piece of content on any other console as long as they are online.

That should be everything you need to know, but otherwise just ask!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

if i was to buy the guardian license for a month can i unlock an offline mode palying the new storyline or is my money limited to only online? and if so why?