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Report: Intelligence agencies spied on Xbox Live, World of Warcraft, and Second Life

By Steve Watts, Dec 09, 2013 8:15am PST

A set of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reveal that intelligence agencies like the NSA and British GCHQ created characters and obtained communications data on Xbox Live, World of Warcraft, and Second Life to keep tabs on possible terrorist and crimi...


"I think the guy who had to pull duty on Second Life had it worse. On a related note, I'm going ..."

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Over 30 developers signed up to make indie games on Xbox One

By Andrew Yoon, Dec 04, 2013 10:00am PST

Microsoft has been aggressively pursuing indie talent through its ID@Xbox program. Today, Microsoft revealed exactly who's on board. Unsurprisingly, there are some big names interested in self-publishing on Xbox One.


"And Crytek and Double Fine have had no outside funding? You guys are delusional..."

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Xbox Live goes down on eve of Xbox One launch

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 21, 2013 3:55pm PST

With just a few hours to go before Xbox One officially launches, it appears Xbox Live service has gone down. At the time of publishing, the...


"its almost like they had these things that look like boxes and can connect to the internet to ..."

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Xbox One SmartGlass app now available to download

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 19, 2013 2:40pm PST

Xbox One may not be available until this Friday, but that doesn't mean you can't pretend to own one. You can get your mind and body ready for...


"Psh, typing in your codes at all was so last gen. Kinect will scan them for you now! But yea, ..."

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Bing for Xbox One promises to be more 'conversational'

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 19, 2013 2:15pm PST

Major Nelson believes you'll use Bing on Xbox One because it's far more "conversational" than before. It'll be particularly helpful if you're looking for certain media--say, "romantic comedies starring Julia Roberts."


"I used to love him on Just Shoot Me. He didn't get enough screen time."

- AxeMan808 see all 13 comments

Free Games with Gold coming to Xbox One in 2014

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 14, 2013 11:50am PST

Microsoft's Games with Gold program is coming to Xbox One. Currently available to Gold subscribers on Xbox 360, the program offers two free downloadable games every month.


"Thank you Linday for coming to give us news of wonderful employment opportunities. I am sure no ..."

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Cloud-based streaming of Xbox games too 'problematic'

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 08, 2013 3:00pm PST

"It's really cool and really problematic, all at the same time, insofar as it's really super cool if you happen to have the world's most awesome internet connection," Microsoft said of cloud-based streaming of games.


"Wow for someone with 20 years of experience you sure are quite ignorant. You wouldn't need ..."

- uncleanmonkey see all 11 comments

Yes, you can get achievements for watching TV on Xbox One

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 08, 2013 5:00am PST

Yes, you'll be able to unlock an achievement for watching TV with Xbox One.


"ROFL now this is funny. They should add a prosthetic arm to the side so it can high five you ..."

- bloodreviara see all 34 comments

Xbox One video explains why it's 'all-in-one'

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 08, 2013 4:00am PST

What can you do with your Xbox One? A new video from Microsoft finally goes over what you can do with the OS.


"Game suspension won't work through sleep mode at launch, but the PS4 is still fully ..."

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Xbox One entertainment apps detailed

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 08, 2013 3:00am PST

For many, a console's ability to stream entertainment apps is just as important as the ability to play games. PS4 already has a number of apps...


"I hope it is not a casualty of the MS/Google pissing match they've had as of late."

- Dolemite see all 6 comments

Xbox Music will offer 15 song trial on Xbox One

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 06, 2013 11:30am PST

One way you'll be able to stream music to your Xbox One is through Xbox Music, Microsoft's music streaming service. And while the PC version does offer a free ad-supported option, Xbox One won't support that feature.


"I was thinking they'd do a free month. It's a subscription service. You'd think you'd let be ..."

- Peanut Fox see all 37 comments

Scanning codes into Xbox One is ridiculously fast

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 06, 2013 11:15am PST

One of the benefits of having Kinect included with every Xbox One is how simple redeeming codes will be.


" its not impressive since everything can read QR codes really fast now."

- cloud8521 see all 28 comments

Xbox Live Fitness will allow a la carte purchases for Free members

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 06, 2013 9:45am PST

Until December 2014, Xbox Live Gold members will get Fitness subscription features for free. Like Netflix, Xbox Fitness has a catalog of streaming videos that are part of the membership. However, Xbox Live Free members will also be able to use Xbox Fitness.


"It's rather no-frills, but it's totally a sensible and worthwhile addition to the typical ..."

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Xbox Live Compute won't be exclusive to Xbox platforms

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 05, 2013 3:15pm PST

"The cloud" is one of the big features of Xbox One. Games like Forza 5 and Titanfall take advantage of Xbox Live Compute to offload certain...


"I don't see Sony disallowing it, they should allow their developers to shop for the best cloud ..."

- Chandler55 see all 26 comments

Xbox Games With Gold adds Iron Brigade and World of Keflings in November

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 31, 2013 12:45pm PDT

Sony today revealed its November lineup of free games for premium members and Microsoft, bless its little white cotton socks, has too. November's 'Games With Gold' titles for Xbox Live Gold members will be Double Fine's Iron Brigade (née Trenched) and A World of Keflings.


"A bit unrelated, but damn, the cover art for those PS+ games looks amazing."

- Younanomous see all 13 comments