Inside Xbox production shut down

Xbox Live's exclusive video series, Inside Xbox, has been discontinued. The ongoing series offered Xbox 360 owners a Microsoft-flavored look into the industry with shows like Major's Minute and Insider Moves.

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Xbox Live's exclusive video series, Inside Xbox, has been discontinued. The ongoing series offered Xbox 360 owners a Microsoft-flavored look into the industry with shows like Major's Minute and Insider Moves.

"At Xbox, we are focused on making entertainment and gaming more amazing, and we must continue to invest our resources and talents wisely. Consequently, we've decided to discontinue production of Inside Xbox in the United States," Microsoft's Larry Hyrb wrote in a statement.

Speaking on the Major Nelson blog, Hyrb added that Microsoft remains "committed to providing our members with access to high-quality news and information via the console," and will leverage third-party news and video content. While there will be "select first-party offerings," Hyrb notes that all "day-to-day news content and weekly programming" will cease production. So long, Featured Videos. Good bye, Xbox 101.

Although layoffs are likely, Hyrb's job seems secure. On Twitter, he added "this only affects Inside Xbox videos and that team. The rest of my work will continue."

Fans have not responded to the news well. "You should be producing more Xbox exclusive content to add value to Xbox LIVE Gold compared to similar services," one commenter noted. "To be honest, Major, Microsoft doesn't seem to want to support or listen to its community any more. Such a shame," another added.

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    May 2, 2012 12:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Inside Xbox production shut down.

    Xbox Live's exclusive video series, Inside Xbox, has been discontinued. The ongoing series offered Xbox 360 owners a Microsoft-flavored look into the industry with shows like Major's Minute and Insider Moves.

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      May 2, 2012 12:13 PM

      So basically my yearly live fee isn't offering any community features anymore. No community games ala 1 vs 100 and now no fucking original content either.

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        May 2, 2012 12:25 PM

        man, I really wish they would bring back 1 vs 100 :(

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          May 2, 2012 12:46 PM

          Why did they end up stopping that? My gf would play that for hours just bsing on the couch. She loved it also.

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            May 2, 2012 2:33 PM

            I think it was because they couldn't find a way to really make it profitable. At least that's what the guys at GiantBomb thought.

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              May 3, 2012 5:27 AM

              yea it seems they never could get any sponsors. You got the same 2 or 3 ads over and over.

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        May 3, 2012 5:42 AM

        The whole Xbox live gold is such a rip off these days.

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      May 2, 2012 2:28 PM

      That is really too bad. Some of them were actually informative. I can't help but feel though all the new video apps kind of took their focus off of this.

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      May 3, 2012 3:39 AM

      I seriously hope that this doesn't affect the UK Inside Xbox series, Dan and Andy really make me laugh and I look forward to their shows.

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        May 3, 2012 5:08 AM

        Same here, I met them a few times when I worked at Ubisoft, really nice guys.

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      May 3, 2012 6:02 AM

      Funny,this coincides with Qore ending on PSN.

      Seems that both Sony and Microsoft feel that they weren't getting their moneys worth out of those shows.