Report: Xbox 360 to get expanded PayPal support in spring 2011 update

While Sony's Playstation Network is still down, Microsoft's Xbox Live service for its Xbox 360 console is still up and running. Not only that but according to a leaked document that was posted up today by Joystiq, the service will get a major update later this month that will add a new way to pay for content on Xbox Live.

Specifically, the leaked document shows that the spring 2011 software update will have expanded support for PayPal, allowing the Xbox Live service to expand its reach "to new international markets". This will apparently be the only part of the update that will be noticeable to Xbox 360 users. However the article reports that the update will also support the new Xbox 360 game disk format that will be introduced in future Xbox 360 games later this year. The actual update will be released in a series of waves to Xbox 360 owners between May 19 and May 31. So far Microsoft has yet to officially announce when the spring 2011 Xbox Live update will go live or what it will contain.

The leaded document also reveals something not related to the spring update. It's the launch date for Avatar Kinect, which will allow Xbox 360's cartoony avatars to be controlled by players via the Kinect motion controller-camera. That will include a way for the Kinect camera to track a person's facial expressions and sync it with the avatar's animation. It's scheduled to be released on May 27. Microsoft has already said that all Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to access Avatar Kinect for free.

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That made life a bit worse for me. I don't like Pay Pal because of the policies they set, things i can't change. And my info can't be made to my new account. I'd rather direct bank withdrawal. Sorry.

MrTwentyfour said,
That made life a bit worse for me. I don't like Pay Pal because of the policies they set, things i can't change. And my info can't be made to my new account. I'd rather direct bank withdrawal. Sorry.

Obviously you'll still be able to use the current method of payment. PayPal is an additional payment method.

mad_onion said,

Obviously you'll still be able to use the current method of payment. PayPal is an additional payment method.

I know, but it's just a thought based on experience that i needed to get off my chest.

MrTwentyfour said,

I know, but it's just a thought based on experience that i needed to get off my chest.

If an optional feature that you just ignore makes life worse for you, well, perhaps you need to get a little perspective on life.

iKenndac said,

If an optional feature that you just ignore makes life worse for you, well, perhaps you need to get a little perspective on life.

Where the mods??!! Comments like that should be deleted. WTF

very good option for international users, i hope that psn implement this in a future, i hate how resellers sell expensive prepaid cards

eilegz said,
very good option for international users, i hope that psn implement this in a future, i hate how resellers sell expensive prepaid cards

Although I like the idea for the PSN, I can't help but think that if they were hacked and got our info. What's stopping them from getting our Paypal login information? It's going to be a bit hard to trust them with any information after they get back online. I'm considering a switch.

That's what I want to know. MS are lagging behind Sony in this respect. I believe the US have Hulu and we only have Sky Player which is an additional cost on top of your Gold subscription (unless you have a Sky sub of course).

bod said,
That's what I want to know. MS are lagging behind Sony in this respect. I believe the US have Hulu and we only have Sky Player which is an additional cost on top of your Gold subscription (unless you have a Sky sub of course).

Personally i think they should go with blinkbox.

bod said,
That's what I want to know. MS are lagging behind Sony in this respect. I believe the US have Hulu and we only have Sky Player which is an additional cost on top of your Gold subscription (unless you have a Sky sub of course).

Might have to pay a little more.. but the SKY player is awesome!! If you haven't used it, I recommend it

I guess it's good if you have some extra cash in your account. I usually have around £10 just laying there. But Paypal isn't the future for internet money transfers, it just costs to much we need a free alternative which has the same function, is used across the web and is secure.

Gaffney said,
I guess it's good if you have some extra cash in your account. I usually have around £10 just laying there. But Paypal isn't the future for internet money transfers, it just costs to much we need a free alternative which has the same function, is used across the web and is secure.

Those are impossible for free, credit card carrier bill way more fees than Paypal do

this is good news, hopefully they can put paypal on zune, so it can be even better for people like my sister who wants to get some xbox live wp7 games.

Great news hopefully it makes it to windows phone as well.
My PayPal always have at least 100.00 bucks for online purchases of music from independent artist or stuff from ebay.

I just want them to scrap Microsoft points and let us buy direct, like Sony do on PSN.

I hate always having to buy too many, because of their lousy increments.

Finally! I always wanted to pay with PayPal the MS Points (Although Amazon has been an option lately ) directly through my Xbox, and not with their glitchy site (xbox.com, which used to work, but I never knew that they had such an option)

I just hope they don't "stick" with the PayPal info, as they do with credit cards...

Strawmouth Pete said,
Good news for me because i dont have a credit card.
But buying point cards isn't too inconvenient

Yeh you usually get it cheaper buying points card online

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