A number of new screenshots showing the Xbox 360 Guide have been released by Microsoft, revealing how the sliding panel-based system will be at the heart of the new console.


Xbox 360 Guide screenshot


Xbox 360 Guide can be called up from within any game, whilst watching a DVD or listening to music - it'll be there at the touch of a button, and gives full control over Xbox Live invites, messages, lets you pick what music to play from your collection, and gives full access to game downloads in the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Video chat conversations will also be possible with Xbox 360 thanks to the new camera which will be available, and instead of just having voice and picture, you'll also have the ability to play games such as 7 Hand Poker as seen in the screenshot below.


Xbox 360 Guide screenshot

Xbox 360 Guide screenshot

Xbox 360 Guide screenshot


Xbox Live Marketplace will be a combination of paid downloads such as add-on maps, and also free downloads including smaller content packs and trailers for upcoming games. It's even expected to offer full game demo downloads, and the ability to buy customisable themes to skin your Xbox 360 Guide menus.

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