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Xbox Games with Gold: Hitman Absolution & Deadlight in April

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 31, 2014 10:00am PDT

Microsoft has revealed its "Games with Gold" freebies for April, which will have you murdering men in the shadows and surviving the undead. Coming...


Phil Spencer becomes new 'head of Xbox'

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 31, 2014 9:00am PDT

It's been a rather tumultuous time at Xbox, with the recent departures of Marc Whitten and Don Mattrick from the executive team. Taking over as the new official "head of Xbox" is Phil Spencer, former VP of Microsoft Studios.


Xbox One Reputation warnings coming this month

By Steve Watts, Mar 26, 2014 11:00am PDT

Microsoft has announced that starting this month, it will begin sending out warnings to those with yellow "Needs Work" marks on their Xbox One Reputation system. Further offenses will lead to a the red zone, which includes penalties.


"Thats stupid. why penalize someone for having fun? its a GAME!? racist remarks, sexism, ..."

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Dozens of Xbox One indies coming via ID@Xbox

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 18, 2014 5:00pm PDT

Microsoft showcased over two dozen games at an ID@Xbox event at Game Developers Conference today. While some of these games have been previously announced for Xbox One, many of them are brand new for Microsoft's console.


One million Gamerscore milestone achieved

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 13, 2014 7:30am PDT

A dedicated Xbox gamer has become the first person to get a seven-figure Gamerscore.


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Xbox Games with Gold: Civilization Revolution and Dungeon Defenders in March

By Steve Watts, Feb 28, 2014 2:00pm PST

Xbox 360's "Games with Gold" line-up offers Civilization Revolution and Dungeon Defenders.


"Excellent, another month I don't have to re-up my sub with M$. "

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Watch Xbox One's updated party & friend features

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 25, 2014 8:30am PST

The March update promises to improve the party and friends functionality of Xbox Live. A new video shows how.


Microsoft exec pledges free-to-play support coming to Xbox One

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 24, 2014 12:30pm PST

In spite of their slow start, Microsoft promises that more free-to-play experiences are coming to their next-gen console.


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Xbox One system update beta invites going out today

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 20, 2014 9:30am PST

"In order to ensure our customers have the best experience on Xbox One and Xbox Live, we need the help of our passionate community," Microsoft said in an announcement. Yep, that means a beta is coming.


"I only have so much soul to shred and Shacknews already got it."

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Xbox One March update detailed, focuses on improving Live

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 11, 2014 6:00am PST

"The March update includes many more great features," Xbox's Marc Whitten explained.


"I don't think any of that explains why party chat was off by default WHEN YOU CREATED A PARTY. I ..."

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Xbox Games with Gold giving Dead Island and Toy Soldiers: Cold War in February

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 31, 2014 10:00am PST

Microsoft has revealed the pair of games coming free to Xbox Live Gold members in February, namely action-tower defense Toy Soldiers: Cold War and Techland's FPS action-RPG Dead Island. They're a fair enough pair of games, but, well, February's PlayStation Plus lineup includ...


"I agree, Dead Island is a good game but others in this thread pretty much have summed up what I ..."

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World of Tanks servers going offline to prep for Xbox 360 launch

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 27, 2014 6:00pm PST

Servers for World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition beta will be going down later this week, in order to prepare the game for its final release.


Next Xbox One update will address parties

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 09, 2014 1:00pm PST

While the new Xbox One Dashboard does a lot of things right, some things aren't quite as easy to access as they were on Xbox 360. Primarily, parties. That's going to be one of the big focuses for the next system update from Microsoft.


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Xbox Games with Gold for January: Sleeping Dogs and Lara Croft

By Andrew Yoon, Dec 30, 2013 9:45am PST

Microsoft has announced its next two "Games with Gold" offerings for


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Xbox One indie games expected to launch around March

By Andrew Yoon, Dec 16, 2013 2:30pm PST

Although Sony has taken the lead in courting smaller developers this generation, Microsoft's ID@Xbox program has been winning back indies. The fruits of their labors will be seen starting March.