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Xtival 09 Brings Free Games, Music and Movies to Xbox Live

by Rainier on April 29, 2009 @ 4:49 a.m. PDT

Microsoft's Xtival 09 is a four-day festival of gaming, competitions and exclusive downloads, free to all Silver & Gold Xbox Live members. Xtival 2009 will bring a broad range of entertainment content and experiences from music, movies, game tournaments and promotions from May 1-4.

For the first time ever, Live users will be able to view full length music concerts, straight to their living room, an experience which has never been offered by any console. Music fans can watch concerts from rock music legends Queen taken from their tour ‘Rock Montreal 1982’, there will also be 3 tracks available, to keep any dedicated Queen fans happy. In addition fans of indie rock favourites Franz Ferdinand can watch their iconic Big Gig O2 Arena 09 in HD, all from the comfort of their sofa.

‘Xtival 09’ will also satisfy pop music lovers everywhere, with the chance to experience great content from the MSN Xclusives, with Xbox Live delivering content previously available only on the PC straight to the TV. This includes performances and interviews from sexy girl group The Pussycat Dolls and up and coming girl band The Saturdays, showcasing material from their debut album ‘Chasing Lights’. In addition, Xbox Live have partnered with the world’s biggest selling weekly rock magazine ‘Kerrang’ bringing over 25 exclusive items of content including Placebo, Fightstar, You Me at Six and many many more. Plus, all readers of Kerrang will be offered a unique theme pack experience to join in the Xtival 09 madness!

Xbox Live will continue its journey as a diverse entertainment platform, with ‘Xtival 09’ bringing a collection of blockbuster Hollywood film content. Films fans can enjoy Heath Ledger’s ‘Oscar award winning’ and chilling performance as the Joker from the smash hit ‘The Dark Knight, watch Brad Pitt grow younger with time, in the multi Oscar nominated ‘Curious Case of Benjamin Button’. Or for some light hearted action there is ‘The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’

There will also be plenty to keep the gamers happy, with lots of multiplayer tournaments and exclusive prizes on offer. A Call of Duty competition will see one lucky Xbox member win a fantastic trip to Los Angeles. In addition, one singing superstar will have the chance to sing and win a pair of limited edition Lips microphones made with Crystallized – Swarovski Elements.

Stephen McGill, Director, Entertainment and Xbox, Microsoft Ltd said, “This is by far the broadest entertainment content spectrum we’ve ever had, with great music, movies, gaming content and a number of ‘money can’t buy’ prizes, offered through our games tournaments. This is the first time we are showing full length concerts on the Live platform and are showcasing material from such a diverse range of music artists. Not forgetting all the movie stuff available during the weekend”.

Set the alarms, cancel plans, block out your diaries, divert your mobile, Xtival is your chance to round up all your mates, hang out for 3 days, to play, watch, listen and party!

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