Microsoft have just announced details of the next Xbox Live update to hit their Xbox 360 console.
First up is the news that PayPal payments will now be accepted in international markets for Xbox Live content. While US subscribers can already purchase Microsoft Points, games and movie rentals using their PayPal accounts, the feature now goes worldwide.
Secondly, the update will allow Xbox 360 consoles to be compatible with the Xbox Game Disc Format (XGD3), giving developers an extra gigabyte or so of storage space with which to flesh their games out.
Lastly, and potentially coolest of all, is the roll-out of Avatar Kinect features, demoed in the video above. First shown at CES back in January, it allows even minute facial movements to be picked up by Microsoft’s motion sensor, and is expected to be used in some sort of virtual chat environment.
Hitting Xbox 360 consoles in a series of instalments between the 19th and 30th of May, the new features, particularly the PayPal one, must feel like rubbing salt into Sony’s wounds right now, given the recent PSN hack and potential loss of users’ credit card details that went along with it.