News to receive “massive facelift” tomorrow, downtime expected

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Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb (of ‘Xbox frontman’ fame) has revealed that the official online destination for all things Xbox,, will be receiving a “massive facelift” tomorrow, October 20th.

Changes to the site won’t just be limited to including support for the new Xbox LIVE regions being added this year (including South Africa), but a number of visual enhancements and under-the-hood improvements will also materialise, examples of which are included below:

  • Browser based Avatar editor: Edit your avatar and preview avatar items before purchase
  • Combined views for messages, friend and game requests
  • Improved notification of your account subscription
  • Leverage Family Reports to understand what your family is doing and how they are using LIVE
  • Play web games with your Xbox LIVE friends on the web or on Windows Phone 7
  • Marketplace: More powerful search and more intuitive ways to browse and filter

“Those are just a few of the changes,” writes Hryb, “starting tomorrow you’ll be able to explore the entire thing yourself.”

Thankfully, Hryb has been kind enough to include a bunch of images that clue us in about some of the more visual changes coming to, a selection of which you can see below:

(“Note: In order to prepare for these changes, starting at 0500 ET/0200 PT/0900 GMT on October 20th (tomorrow) and the Xbox forums will be offline and unavailable for a short period of time. When it returns, you’ll see the new site.

“The Xbox LIVE service is not affected by this upgrade and will remain available during this time.”) Update Image 1 Update Image 2 Update Image 3 Update Image 4 Update Image 5 Update Image 6 Update Image 7 Update Image 8 Update Image 9 Update Image 10

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