Skyrim Xbox 360 Contest for the United Kingdom

To celebrate the release of Dawnguard, our UK office is giving folks a chance to win a custom Skyrim Xbox 360 with Kinect. For full details on how to participate, be sure to check out the contest rules after the break.

Not in the UK? Visit our German, French, and Spanish Bethesda Blog pages for contest rules in those countries.

Contest rules after the break…

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Download Dawnguard today on Xbox LIVE

Bloodthirsty for new Skyrim content? Dawnguard, Skyrim’s first game add-on, is now available (!!) on Xbox LIVE in English for 1600 Microsoft Points.

Ready to discuss the new content? Visit our newly-opened Dawnguard forum.

Want to learn more on the game? Check out reviews at these sites:

New Skyrim Avatar items arrive on Xbox LIVE

Starting today on Xbox LIVE, you can download new Skyrim-based avatar items, as well as a new premium theme and picture pack. Details below…

Skyrim Elven Armor for Men/Women (400 Microsoft Points): Don this light armor crafted by the Elves of Summerset Isle.

Skyrim Daedric Armor for Men/Women (400 Microsoft Points): Intimidate your foes in this heavy armor crafted from smelted ebony ingots and Daedra hearts.

Skyrim Dragon Priest Face Mask (160 Microsoft Points): Summon the power of ancient dragon worshippers in this golden mask.

Skyrim Alduin’s Wall Premium Theme (240 Microsoft Points): Transform your Dashboard into the iconic ancient stone wall carved by the Blades.

Skyrim Arrow in the Knee Prop (240 Microsoft Points): Can your avatar dodge the horrible fate of many a guard in Skyrim? Find out with the Skyrim Arrow in the Knee prop!

Skyrim ‘Fus Ro Dah’ Prop (240 Microsoft Points): Mudcrabs beware! Now your avatar can summon the dragon shout of Unrelenting Force!

Skyrim Picture Pack (80 Microsoft Points): Argonian, Redguard, Khajiit – all the races in Skyrim are now yours in the official Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim gamerpic pack!

Visit Xbox.com and Xbox LIVE to see more Skyrim Avatar items

1.6 Update for Xbox 360 (English)

Beginning on Friday, the 1.6 update for Skyrim became available on Xbox LIVE for English territories. The update adds Mounted Combat, new bug fixes, and support for Skyrim’s upcoming game add-on, Dawnguard.

Once we have details on when the update will be available in other territories, we’ll share more information. Likewise, we’ll be sending out our Skyrim beta details to applicants early this week.

1.6 release notes after the break…

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Kinect Support Coming to Skyrim

Fully knowing that you can’t get enough of your favorite dragon shouts, we’re pleased to announce that Kinect for Xbox 360  support is coming to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Available for free as a title update slated for release this month, Skyrim Kinect for Xbox 360 Support will feature more than 200 Voice Commands… including the game’s dragon shouts.

In addition to Dragon Shouts, the Kinect for Xbox 360 integration offers voice commands throughout the game including Hotkey Equipping, Follower Commands, and all Menus (Items, Magic, Map, Barter, Container, Favorites, and Skills). With Voice Commands, quickly create and load saves during gameplay and access menus and inventories. Skyrim’s Kinect for Xbox 360 Support also adds new functionality including special map functions, additional hotkey options, and the ability to sort inventory items by name, weight, and value.

To get an early look at Kinect for Xbox 360  support, watch the video above featuring programmer Ricardo Gonzalez, who put together the preliminary concept for Kinect for Xbox 360 Support during the Skyrim Game Jam.

A full list of Voice Commands will be revealed in the coming weeks, and we’ve got more Skyrim news coming. Bethesda Game Studios has been hard at work on creating the first set of game add-ons that will be exclusive to the Xbox 360. This additional content will add new quests, locations, features, and much more to the world of Skyrim. Stay tuned for more details.

QUAKE 4 returns to Xbox 360

If you didn’t pick up an Xbox 360 at launch, it’s possible you might have missed out on one of the system’s best launch titles, QUAKE 4. With it becoming harder and harder to find a new copy of the game, we’re happy to announce we’re re-releasing to retail at a low price of $19.99.

360 players can unleash their inner Strogg on Tuesday, June 19th in North America. In Europe, the game will be arriving in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Benelux territories.

Playing on Steam? Quake 4 is already available here.