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Games with Gold promotion to remain 'ongoing benefit' on Xbox 360

By Andrew Yoon, Oct 18, 2013 9:45am PDT

Microsoft's Games with Gold program was supposed to run through the end of the year. However, Xbox 360 owners will now be able to enjoy two free games per month indefinitely.

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Xbox One real name IDs unavailable at launch

By Ozzie Mejia, Oct 16, 2013 6:00pm PDT

Microsoft's plan to allow Xbox One users to identify their friends by their real names is being postponed to a later date.

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"Well, at least they dont let out millions of users info and CC#s If you cant do something ..."

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Report: Xbox greenlights soccer series for original TV content

By Andrew Yoon, Oct 15, 2013 5:00pm PDT

Microsoft has big plans to bring original TV content to Xbox. Sure, it already has a live-action Halo series in mind. So, what's next? Soccer....

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"Just need the tentacle rape cartoons to get Japan in the trifecta."

- kagath see all 8 comments

Xbox Live Compute makes the cloud free for developers

By Andrew Yoon, Oct 15, 2013 3:00pm PDT

One of the big features Microsoft is pushing with Xbox One is support for "the cloud." Microsoft revealed today that access to their cloud services will be free for developers.

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"They stole that name from Compute Magazine. They don't tell you you have to POKE everything into ..."

- AxeMan808 see all 8 comments

Project Spark free-to-play model doesn't require Xbox Live Gold

By Steve Watts, Oct 15, 2013 8:30am PDT

Project Spark will be free-to-play and won't require a XBL Gold subscription on any of its platforms, according to community manager Mike Lescault.

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"Me too. It definitely captured my interest. Even more so now that it's F2P"

- DrewDrawed see all 3 comments

Xbox One's friends app showcased in video walkthrough

By Andrew Yoon, Oct 14, 2013 8:30am PDT

One of the best new features of the updated Xbox Live experience is the updated Friends app. Taking cues from other social networks, it adds new social features that, simply put, make sense.

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"I feel like I still know very little about the PS4 UX compared to the Xbox One. I saw that like ..."

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How Microsoft will use trending to make 'a rational marketplace' on Xbox One

By Andrew Yoon, Oct 03, 2013 4:45pm PDT

On Xbox One, games are games are games. That means indie games and retail games will all appear under one Game Store. Chris Charla, director of the...

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"'Trending' will be used to show a huge chunk of adverts, too. The control over price and ..."

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Xbox Live Gold free to try this weekend

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 02, 2013 6:00am PDT

With Battlefield 4's multiplayer open beta coming and Grand Theft Auto Online just launched, the coming weekend is a pretty good one for Xboxeers to have Xbox Live Gold membership. If you don't, chin up, as Microsoft is holding a free Gold trial weekend from Friday that'll l...

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"Oh what a novel idea, Free to play online and use Netflix ? Woaaaa . Thanks Ms"

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Halo 3 joins Xbox Games with Gold on October 15

By Andrew Yoon, Sep 30, 2013 2:00pm PDT

Halo 3 is finally hitting Games for Gold, months after it was originally promised.

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"never played any halo games on my xbox 360. I guess this will be the first one."

- djdisco see all 2 comments

Xbox Fitness confirmed with new trailer

By Andrew Yoon, Sep 27, 2013 9:00am PDT

First details of Microsoft's proposed Xbox Fitness subscription leaked yesterday. The company later confirmed the program, with a brand new trailer...

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"I've been using video games as my main workout for about 4 years now, and I'm not really seeing ..."

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Report: Microsoft tests Xbox game streaming for PC & Windows Phone

By Andrew Yoon, Sep 26, 2013 3:45pm PDT

According to a new report, Microsoft is developing its own competitor to Gaikai. Like the PlayStation-owned service, Microsoft aims to stream...

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"Yeah, not really. Let's think beyond the obvious. Why not just bring the Xbox itself and play ..."

- wytefang see all 36 comments

Xbox Fitness subscription service planned for Xbox One

By Andrew Yoon, Sep 26, 2013 2:15pm PDT

Kinect for Xbox 360 found success by appealing to the fitness crowd. Microsoft hopes to capture that magic once again with Xbox One, this time with a subscription-based service.

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"I enjoyed the Kinect fitness stuff, but I definitely wouldn't pay a subscription for it ..."

- darthfusion see all 6 comments

Xbox One's new Dashboard: simpler, better

By Andrew Yoon, Sep 23, 2013 7:00am PDT

Xbox One will launch with a new Dashboard. Taking obvious design cues from Windows 8, Microsoft's approach with its next-gen console is simplicity....

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"what... you think devs like having to support Kinect.... do you know how complicated cross ..."

- Richard Ellicott see all 24 comments

Nearly half of Xbox Live subscribers watch 30 hours of video content every month

By Andrew Yoon, Sep 19, 2013 5:00pm PDT

42 percent of Xbox Live subscribers watch 30 hours of video content each month. With numbers like that, it's no surprise that Microsoft has been aggressively pushing non-gaming features for Xbox One.

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"The reason so many watch videos that subscribe is simple. You cannot watch netflix etc.. on Xbox ..."

- vherostar see all 86 comments

Revamped Xbox Live Rewards program rewards playing new releases

By Ozzie Mejia, Sep 04, 2013 4:00pm PDT

The new Xbox Live Rewards has arrived and now rewards you for playing new release games -- as long as they're on-disc.

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"Fun exercise: search rtricoche's post history and count the number of times her has actually ..."

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