Originally posted by Joystiq XboxMicrosoft has announced that it's rolling out the real Xbox Live Music Games stores. When the latest Dashboard Update rolled out earlier this year, this section was comprised solely of Xbox Live Marketplace entries for music game DLC, but now each game will be receiving its own themed store. So, if you want to pick up Rock Band or Guitar Hero tracks, you can open up the corresponding store and start browsing. Each store will also allow users to preview songs, so there's no need to fire up each game to see if you like a particular track.
The stores should be going live sometime today, so keep an eye on the Music Marketplace section of the Xbox 360 dashboard. The games that will feature their own stores include Rock Band, Rock Band 2, The Beatles: Rock Band, LEGO Rock Band, Guitar Hero 5, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Band Hero, Lips and Lips: Number One Hits.
Gold Member Deal of the Week - Shadow Complex (800 points)
Avatar Marketplace - 2010 glasses (free)
Retail North America (Tuesday) - Guitar Hero: Van Halen
Demos (free) - Divinity II (Monday) - Dante's Inferno (Thursday)
Rock Band DLC (Tuesday; 160 points each or 440 for the Weezer pack) - Weezer: "Beverly Hills" - Weezer: "Let It All Hang Out" - Weezer: "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" - Limp Bizkit: "Build a Bridge" - The Offspring: "A Lot Like Me" - Yellowcard: "Ocean Avenue"
Guitar Hero DLC (Tuesday; 160 points each except where noted, or 440 points for the three not-free songs) - Steve Ouimette: "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" (free!) - Taylor Swift: "Our Song" - Maroon 5: "Harder to Breathe" - No Doubt: "New"
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising DLC (Tuesday; 500 points) - Overwatch (adds two new multiplayer modes: Blindside and Supremacy)
Games on Demand (Tuesday) - Devil May Cry 4 - Lost Planet: Colonies
XBLA (Wednesday; price TBD) - 0 Day Attack on Earth
Trials HD DLC (Wednesday; 500 points) - Big Pack
Lips DLC (Friday) - Violent Femmes: Blister In The Sun - Flo Rida: Right Round - Aretha Franklin: Think - Måns Zelmerlöw: Cara Mia (Only available in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden) - Måns Zelmerlöw: Hope & Glory (Only available in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden)
XBLA (out now) - Polar Panic (800 points) - 0 Day Attack on Earth is 1,200 points if you were wondering
Those free Avatar glasses were a one-day thing. There's a deal of the day promotion going on right now. I'd post them, but I'm too slow to make it worthwhile. It looks like Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is about half-off for an hour or so still.
Zeruel is right, the hard drive is needed for playing Xbox games. It has to download an emulator for each game and store it on the hard drive. Because of this you also must be hooked up to Xbox Live to make it work from what I understand.