Xbox Live News


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.


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

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Xbox One drops demo requirement for downloadable games

By Andrew Yoon, Sep 03, 2013 11:30am PDT

On Xbox One, games are just games. Whether it's a downloadable retail game or what would formally be known as a Live Arcade game, they're all the same in the Xbox Live Game Store. One consequence of that decision is that there is no demo requirement for games on Xbox One.


"Awesome as that was, I don't think it's fair to expect developers/publishers to pay to create ..."

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Halo: Spartan Assault gets controller support on August 29

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

Halo: Spartan Assault--the first official Halo game on PC in eons--shipped without any support for Xbox 360 controllers. It was an especially odd decision, given that the game was a twin-stick shooter. That glaring oversight is being addressed in a new title update coming Au...


"Because MS wanted it to be a cool semi-exclusive for their touch devices. "

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Microsoft Points being phased out starting today

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 26, 2013 8:30am PDT

As promised, Microsoft Points are being done away with. The transition begins today, as evidenced by the appearance of real-money pricing on Xbox...


Free Xbox One bundles for Upload Outreach participants

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 22, 2013 11:30am PDT

How much do you love Xbox? Do you like going on YouTube to rant about how awesome Xbox is? Then, you'll want to participate in Microsoft's "Upload Outreach Program," which is giving away Xbox One consoles.


"Please before commenting read the whole article. In the second to last sentence it says to make ..."

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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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