Xbox LIVE PayPal functionality confirmed, Xbox 360 firmware rollout begins today [Update]

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[Update] Reports are doing the rounds that the first phase of the new Xbox 360 system update is available to download now in certain regions. [End of Update]

Xbox 360 Console (Smaller) After a bit of rumour-mongering last week regarding potential PayPal functionality over Xbox LIVE with the release of an upcoming firmware update for Xbox 360, the reports have been confirmed by Xbox frontman Major Nelson.

Nelson wrote:

“I am happy to announce that, as a part of a new Xbox 360 System Update, we’re expanding our integration with PayPal to allow U.S. and international Xbox LIVE users to make purchases on their Xbox 360 consoles with their PayPal accounts.”

All you’ll need to do following the release of the next Xbox 360 firmware update to take advantage of this functionality is link your PayPal account to your Xbox LIVE account over, at which time “you’ll be off and running to use it as a billing option, allowing you to buy content such as Microsoft Points, Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions and Games on Demand titles.”

Xbox 360 Firmware Update Rolling Out Today

The ‘upcoming’ system update for Xbox 360 isn’t too far off, either. In fact, Microsoft will “gradually” begin rolling the update out to all Xbox LIVE users starting today, and “throughout the next couple weeks to ensure a high quality deployment.”

When the update is available to you, you’ll be notified the next time you switch your Xbox 360 on with a prompt to download it (provided you’re connected to Xbox LIVE).

This update will also bring with it another piece of new functionality ‒ an auto-standby feature “that places your console on standby if it’s idle for more than one hour, helping to reduce power consumption.”

Xbox LIVE Logo Smaller“This feature will be automatically enabled after you download the update. You can change this setting in the System Settings on your console.”

One last item to note is that, according to Nelson, the new Xbox 360 disc format tests were successful and those of you who participated in the testing programme “helped [Microsoft] prepare for the updated Xbox 360 disc format capability that comes with this release.”

Give yourselves a pat on the back, fellows and fellowettes!

(Note: PayPal functionality will not be available in the Xbox LIVE regions of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan.)

Source: Major Nelson’s Blog

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