Xbox 360 hosting interactive presidential debates

Microsoft has announced that as it airs the first 2012 presidential debate tomorrow night, it will offer live polls and invite poll questions from viewers.

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Microsoft is airing the presidential debates on Xbox 360 through its Election 2012 hub. But since it will be aired on a platform that's explicitly made for interactivity, you'll be able to chime in and voice your support for hope, taking America back, or what-have-you.

According to Major Nelson, users can respond to real-time poll questions about the candidates, including their performances, responses, and policy views. Poll results will be published on Xbox Live during the debate. Poll suggestions can be submitted via Twitter with the hashtag #XboxPoll.

The first debate takes place tomorrow at 9PM ET (6PM PT). Microsoft has already announced it will be airing all four debates (three presidential, one vice presidential). Viewing three of the four through Xbox Live will get you some shiny Halo 4 Warrior Armor for your Avatar (pictured above). Presumably, Microsoft is planning the same social interaction features for the remaining three debates.

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    October 2, 2012 10:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Xbox 360 hosting interactive presidential debates.

    Microsoft has announced that as it airs the first 2012 presidential debate tomorrow night, it will offer live polls and invite poll questions from viewers.

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      October 2, 2012 10:59 AM

      What could go wrong?

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        October 2, 2012 11:03 AM

        They did this during the RNC/DNC and people seemed to find it interesting.

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          October 2, 2012 12:23 PM

          Teabag the candidate of your choice! For America!

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      October 2, 2012 11:08 AM

      Bring back 1 vs 100 you jerk offs.

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      October 2, 2012 12:10 PM

      I'm assuming this will be US only.

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      October 2, 2012 1:05 PM

      Oh i see... a robot, pretty much like a majority of people that actually get involved. no insult intended.

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      October 2, 2012 2:01 PM

      I like it. Any attempt to better educate people about their vote has my support. Add in an incentive to one of the most anticipated games releasing this autumn, and you're bound to get at least a few people watching (and they may even pay attention).

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      October 2, 2012 2:03 PM

      Also, if you are an Xbox LIVE Rewards member you get 100 MSP for watching 3 of the 4 debates!

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      October 2, 2012 2:13 PM

      Do I have to be Gold to participate?