Reminder: Watch the US Presidential debate tonight live on Xbox 360


We’re just throwing this little tip for you folks out there in the US who are into the Presidential election. If you have an Xbox 360, you can watch the debate live tonight (9PM ET) in unfettered HD right to your TV and without all the political “noise” from commentators.

It’s all part of this new experiment in politics that Microsoft is spearheading, using the Xbox 360 as a medium for political awareness. See, not only do you get to watch the debates but you can participate in live polling via your Xbox controller. 

During the debate, questions will appear on the screen related to the topic at hand and you can voice your opinion back, with the live voting results showing on your screen. I dunno, but that just seems kind of neat. Too bad there's no Windows Phone app.


"I watched hours of nauseating debates and all I got was this Avatar award"

And if you’re a brave soul and can watch 3 out of 4 of these events, you get a free Halo 4 Warrior Armor outfit for your avatar. Knowing US politics, you will have certainly earned it if you can stomach a few hours between those two.

Here are the dates for the presidential debates 9PM ET/6PM PT

  • October 3, 2012: Presidential Debate - Domestic Policy
  • October 11, 2012: Vice-Presidential Debate
  • October 16, 2012: Presidential Debate – Foreign and Domestic Policy

You can learn more about the program by heading to Xbox.com: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/elections-2012/home


Reader comments

Reminder: Watch the US Presidential debate tonight live on Xbox 360


complete waste of XBL bandwidth.  I'll be watching something on Netflix more appropriate: The Walking Dead

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand it looks like we do. I'm done with the Xbox money grab. You'd think a Presidential Debate would be a freebie in the interest of Rock the Vote or what not.

Am I missing something? I don't see anything or a hub called "Election 2012" or whatever on my Xbox. Can someone tell me where to find this hub or app on the Xbox?

that's becoming a REAL problem on Xbox.  The new interface just doesn't surface content well AT ALL!  Perhaps Microsoft expects us to slide over and "Bing It" to find it, but I often find myself going to the apps page just to see what is new because it is not being surface on my home screen.  Microsoft has really got to figure this out.

I don't understand how this software is suposed to work. There is no debate. They stand for the same thing. There is no choice. Nothing to debate about.

There are other candidates than Obama and Romney. If Microsoft could include them somehow then THAT would be a huge service to the American public.

Obama wants healthcare, education, funding for parks, small businesses, women's rights, no religion in the government, gay rights, immigrant rights, did I mention business development(?), middle and lower class rights and on.

Romney hasn't said what he wants. I really think you need to be in the know, because your decision is very important in making a choice to where this country will head.

That's hilarious. Obama's appreciation for small business can be summed up in this quote:
"If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen."
Of course everyone wants healthcare, education, etc. Just because someone says they want something doesn't mean they are going to do it the right way. 
What we need is less government, and that is the opposite of Obama.
And I'm not saying Romney is great, either, because he's not, but don't act like Obama is some kind of god that will fix everything.

Obama wants to guide us in the direction of Spain, Greece and Italy. You see whats happening there. Take from the hard workers and give handouts to the sorry and lazy people. Eventually you run outta people to tax and your economy collapses. All these handouts sounds good but they don't work. The rich already pay 90% of all taxes. If you cut taxes on the rich they expand there businesses and hire new people.

Obviously you're lost. Rich people don't pocket their money. They invest it (create new businesses and jobs) to make more. You should've took economics.

I think everybody in the world wants to spend there money in there selfish needs not just the rich. Look you must of them hate to work super hard to get what they have money didnt just fall into there lap

I'm pretty pissed that Johnson was excluded from the debates so I'll pass.  I can't even vote for him since i live in 1 of the 2 states where he won't be on the ballot, and Oklahoma doesn't even allow write ins.

I think you have to poll above 10% on an average of Country wide polls. Ross Perot was the last to be able to do this.

The "debates" are not run by the federal government or the states. They are run by a private corporation funded by Democrats and Republicans. They are designed to exclude any other parties.

Based on what I've read all day from the comment sections of news sites, I'm apparently the only one planning on watching the debates. For me, the debates are always a good opportunity to hear what each candidate's plans are on a wide variety of issues.
On top of that, I certainly wouldn't mind getting some free Halo 4 armor for my Avatar. Can't wait for November 6th! Go vote and save the country, then go home to play Halo 4 on release day and save the universe!

Hmm, I wonder, if two accounts are logged in to XBL on 1 console, will both get credit for watching it?

It's more than that though. I don't have Cable or OTA TV (never set it up) so everything I watch is through Xbox (either video files, Hulu, Netflix, Crackle, etc.).

So for folks like me who give the finger to cable companies, this is an awesome treat. The "interactive" part is just a neat twist--I mean, the Xbox 360 is already set up to do that, so why not?

I'd rather MS *try* to care about politics and democracy by attempting potentially gimmicky stuff than just ignoring this...it's a great way to get young people involved.

To spend some time listening to politics uncut like this rather than have sombody just tell you what was they thought was "important" can be very educational and instructive. Democracy (public will) can be easily abused through ignorance. If there's any one time to pay attention, a candidate debate would be it. Way-to-go, Microsoft!
Unfortunately I'll have to watch it on delay from my DVR tonight. :(

@Daniel no cable? I'm serious thinking about cutting the cord. I have Netflix , Hulu, Amazon and crackle. My weakness is football. If the Xbox ever gets the NFL Sunday ticket my cable would definitely be cut.

I work and run my business during the day so I don't think I'd come close to my data cap. Which Comcast doesn't in force in my area.

I'll be watching all 4 debates..but only because I will get extra credit in my class for every debate I watch. If it wasn't for extra credit I would rewatch Game of Thrones.
But this show that Xbox is no longer a game console, it is so much more. I tried this tech when they showed Democratic and Republican conventions and it was pretty neat. Loved the live interactions.

Looks like there are quite a few Johnson supporters on wpcentral, unfortunately he has about the same percentage of followers that windows phone does :)

Definetly will be watching. They clearly DO NOT stand for the same thing people. My only complaint is that everything is scripted.

Well, its a duopoly by the Rs and Ds and they make it impossible for third party candidates to get in. Although Gary Johnson is gaining popularity. I'll be watching the debate in Chicago which all six leading candidates were invited to (only Romney and Obama haven't said if they're going) which is a fair and equal opportunity... Btw I think it's awesome that our Xbox's can do this but I'm not watching, may go down to Denver and protest though.

I hope they show debates but don't have commentary. Commentary is usually bias.
I won't be watching, but I hope those who are still unsure who they'll vote for will watch.
Mitt already has my vote. This recovery has been bad and lies on Libya terror attack is the last straw with Obama.

You say we can watch Live, but don't mention the time in the article. Not the best reminder. Thanks for the tip I googled it.

For sure. During the economy section Romney should have said, "so Obama, are you saying that your first term was just the planning phase."

I thought Obama would actually show up. He got his ass kicked. He couldnt even win on Obamacare, his own Bill. Obama wouldve done better if he left the chair empty.
After watching tonight, it makes you wonder, just how is this man President?

Chicks dig him. That's a huge demographic. Now mix in the white guilt vote, all the liberals and welfare recipients and voila!

No they don't. Stop watching fox news!

Get your facts right. The top 1% pay the lowest tax in the country. Its the rest of us that pay.

They pay more than anyone else. 40% pay nothing. Only one person looked like a leader last night. Barack got exposed as the empty suit he is.

Question... did anyone else's stream cut out mid-way through?  Everything was fine and then it cut.  Everytime I tried to go back, would get an error about not being available.
So I just shut it off and loaded up YouTube on my HTPC and watched the rest live that way.

Mine did the same thing, I switched to OTA broadcast, but I missed the interactive polls and I hope this qualified for the Avatar Halo Armour!