Xbox Live News


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...


"'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...


"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.


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

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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...


"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...


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

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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.


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

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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....


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

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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.


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

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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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