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ID@Xbox program opens today, gives indie devs free Xbox One dev kits

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 20, 2013 2:30am PDT

Microsoft wants you to know that it is serious about indie development on Xbox One. With its new "Independent Developers @ Xbox" program (ID@Xbox), the company plans on courting talent by offering free devkits, a support team, and access to exclusive events.


"And they will get exemptons just like they did on the 360. E.g. Bastion."

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Xbox Live Family accounts converting to individual accounts

By Steve Watts, Aug 12, 2013 11:00am PDT

Microsoft has phased out its Family Gold packs, and will be converting existing ones to individual Gold subscriptions.


"Re-reading this post: ..."

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Xbox One: digital game and Live Gold sharing explained

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 09, 2013 1:30pm PDT

Microsoft has laid out its policies for digital game sharing on Xbox One. And, it isn't too different from what's available now on Xbox 360 and PS4.


"mancides post explains it. You can set up one console so anybody can use your account ..."

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Xbox One game DVR requires Gold subscription

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 07, 2013 9:00am PDT

As with Xbox 360, certain features on Xbox One will be exclusive to Live Gold members. One of those features is "game DVR," which enables users to record and share up to five minutes of gameplay footage.


"I looked and saw - Save $20 on 12-months of Xbox LIVE when purchased with a console - ..."

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Xbox Enforcement United uses community to flush out inappropriate Gamertags

By Ozzie Mejia, Aug 01, 2013 12:30pm PDT

Microsoft has announced Xbox Enforcement United, a new program that uses the Xbox Live community to help determine appropriate content for Xbox Live.


"Sigh. I wonder if after 12yrs of non-stop Xbox Live service allegiance, or whatever its been... ..."

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Microsoft details its 'PhD-validated' Reputation system for Xbox One

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 31, 2013 1:30pm PDT

Microsoft wants to make Xbox Live on Xbox One a better place. Following the reveal of Xbox One, the company promised an updated Reputation system--one that promises to track player behavior and attempt to separate hostile players from the more sportsman gamers. But how exact...


"You are aware a PhD is a doctorate, right? You're getting your terms all mixed up. Your first ..."

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Xbox Games with Gold offers Crackdown & Dead Rising 2 in August

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 31, 2013 10:30am PDT

Xbox Live Gold members will be able to download Crackdown and Dead Rising 2 in August.


"Hm I have wanted to play DR2 for a while but I'm tempted to wait and play Off The Record instead ..."

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Dev claims self-publishing coming to Xbox 360 as well

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 27, 2013 2:57pm PDT

It appears The New Microsoft--the one that loves indies and self-publishing--plans on introducing self-publishing not only on Xbox One, but Xbox 360 as well.


Every retail Xbox One can become a dev kit, everyone can self-publish games

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 24, 2013 2:20pm PDT

Speaking to Shacknews, Marc Whitten, corporate VP of Xbox Live, told us that their indie vision is based on the following idea: "our goal is that everybody can decide to stop playing and start creating." And key to that strategy is that "the box you get at retail can be a de...


"tl;dr ...just kidding. Pretty good post and I feel the same way."

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Xbox One also lets you play games as they download

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 16, 2013 10:00am PDT

Xbox One will let users play games, even if they're only partially downloaded. The feature is similar to what Sony proposed during PS4's reveal event in February.


"Why wouldn't it be able to be done? Guild Wars has done it for years."

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How Microsoft plans to make Xbox One a friendlier place to play online

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 03, 2013 12:30pm PDT

Microsoft wants to tackle the online nastiness of Xbox Live with a new system on Xbox One--but how? A new Reputation system will track player behavior and attempt to separate hostile players from the more sportsman gamers.


"Wow and here i thought people wanted to think for themselves, guess i was wrong there."

- bloodreviara see all 34 comments

How Sunset Overdrive uses Xbox One cloud

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 03, 2013 10:15am PDT

Insomniac Games' Sunset Overdrive is an Xbox One exclusive published by Microsoft. So of course it's going to use that fancy Xbox Live Cloud that Microsoft's been so keen to talk about. So, how does Sunset Overdrive take advantage of all that internet-based computing power?


"How are the funding servers for the PC version? Is Microsoft paying for those too? "

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Assassin's Creed 2 is next Xbox 'Games with Gold' title

By Steve Watts, Jul 03, 2013 9:15am PDT

Assassin's Creed 2 is the next game in Microsoft's "Games for Gold" promotion. It will be included for Xbox Live Gold members from July 16-31.


Xbox Games with Gold continues with Defense Grid

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 01, 2013 10:50am PDT

Like PlayStation Plus, Xbox Live Gold now offers subscribers free games. Last month, gamers were able to get Fable 3 gratis. What's on tap for today? Not Halo 3 or Assassin's Creed 2 as promised.


"Pretty much. There is really no contest between the PSN+ free games and what Microsoft is giving ..."

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Wargaming CEO 'not happy' with Xbox Live Gold requirement for World of Tanks 360

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 25, 2013 11:30am PDT

Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi admits that the Gold requirement for World of Tanks isn't ideal. "This we have to tolerate, which I am not happy about," he said. "I would rather add another 30-40 million non-golden members."


"WOT is more like a shooter than an MMO. I think Microsoft didn't charge for FFXII because they ..."

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