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Look playa, you should never pay full price for an Xbox Live Gold membership, not when there's almost always a sale price to be had. Even Microsoft hawks its Xbox Live Gold subscriptions for a discount on occasion, like it's doing now -- for a limited time, you can purchase a 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership for $39.99 from the Microsoft Store.That's $20 off the regular price of $59.99 and represents the typical sale price that third-party vendors often mark these things down for. Every once in awhile you can find them for a few dollars less, and if you're lucky, you can snag one for about $30... Read more...
An 18-year-old man living in the U.K. was picked up and arrested in Southport as part of an investigation into distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that brought down Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) and Microsoft's Xbox Live service on Christmas Day. The investigation is part of a joint effort between U.K. cybercrime authorities and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).The DDoS attacks carried out by members of the hacking group Lizard Squad caused both services to be overwhelmed with online traffic, which disrupted access. Both Sony and Microsoft were forced to shut down their... Read more...
All things eventually come to an end, and for Boyd Multerer, the dude responsible for Xbox Live and creator of the XNA game development language, the ride at Microsoft is over. Voluntarily, we might add -- he wasn't shown the door or the victim of restructuring. Instead, Multerer posted to Twitter that, quite simply, it was time for him to do something new.Most of us eventually get to that place in our careers, sometimes several times, though Multerer's resume is more impressive than most. During his time at Microsoft, which spanned nearly two decades (18 years), he not only launched Xbox Live,... Read more...
It was a very un-merry Christmas for millions of gamers who scored a Microsoft or Sony game console yesterday, or otherwise wanted to partake in some online console gaming, only to find out that both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network had been rendered unusable due to a DDoS attack. Ah, but of all the unlikely heroes, Kim Dotcom swooped in today like ol' St. Nick and struck a deal with Lizard Squad, the hacker group taking responsibility for the DDoS attacks, to back off so that he could play some Destiny. Dotcom took to Twitter to offer the Lizard Squad (@LizardMafia) 3,000 lifetime premium... Read more...
Both Sony and Microsoft have been reportedly hacked today, with numerous disruptions to both Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Network. both services have been partially or totally offline all day, with Microsoft's official Twitter campaign chiming in to note that the service had been disrupted and that the company was working to bring it back online -- but didn't have an ETA on when that would happen. A group called Lizard Squad is currently claiming responsibility for the attack on Twitter, which likely involves spamming both networks with huge amounts of data to jam servers and make it impossible... Read more...
The number of connected devices offering access to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu continues to grow. Heck, don't be surprised if the capability is baked into the next smart toothbrush you buy. What most of these devices have in common is they typically don't sit behind a paywall, though that isn't true of Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles, both of which require an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access streaming media apps. Well, that's reportedly about to change. Citing "multiple sources within Microsoft [who] have been briefed" on the matter, ArsTechnica says an upcoming change... Read more...
Time flies, doesn't it? That seems especially true when it comes to Xbox Live Gold subscriptions -- before you know it, Microsoft is nagging you that it's nigh time renew that 12-month subscription you purchased last year, leaving you to wonder where the time went. Inevitably, you end up picking up another 12-month card, so if Microsoft offered a 24-month subscription at a discount, would you bite? Microsoft is determined to find out. Gamers in the U.K. can already head over to GAME and purchase a downloadable 24-month Xbox Live Gold membership for £59.99 (around $100 in U.S. currency). A... Read more...
Microsoft closed out 2013 by launching its Xbox One console and selling more than 3 million units before flipping the calendar over to 2014. That's not bad for a gaming system that costs $500 and up, albeit not quite as impressive as Sony selling 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the same time period, plus an extra week (the PS4 launched a week ahead of the Xbox One). Nevertheless, Microsoft is happy with those figures, and so now the focus shifts on keeping gamers happy with the Xbox One. Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten revealed to Engadget in an interview that Microsoft's first order... Read more...
We've seen a lot of strange information come out of the Snowden leaks, much of it deeply worrying. We've learned that the government allegedly has enormous siphoning capability, and sucks up data from the Internet at will, gains access to the entire database of cell phone metadata on everyone in the United States, and has even infiltrated the linkages between Google and Yahoo datacenters. Today, we found out that the government has spread that campaign of spying...to Azeroth. Taurrorism. Get it? I'll be here all week, folks According to The Guardian, the GCHQ (British NSA) and our own organization... Read more...
With the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 both launched, the pressing question is: Which one should you pick? Comparing stats on the two is the typical way websites tackle this issue. I'm not going to. If you've read anything about the two devices, you already know the following: The PS4 is more powerful than the Xbox One. The Xbox One has Kinect. Some people hate Kinect. Some people don't. The PS4 is smaller and has a replaceable hard drive. The Xbox One is quieter, and will eventually support external storage. As of today, the Xbox One's menus and organization are nicer. It also supports MP3 playback.... Read more...
Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on its transition away from Microsoft Points for the Xbox ecosystem. One of those touches is bringing back the Xbox Live Rewards program, which was temporarily put on hold while Microsoft stopped the Points program. As of yesterday, the system is up and running – with Rewards Credits, rather than Points. Sadly, the punch cards don't let you mix and match: you'll need to buy five map packs to complete a card, for example, rather than watch some TV, buy a few map packs, and buy an app. As before, there are plenty of ways to earn credits, which can... Read more...
Microsoft is taking the retail release of its upcoming Xbox One console seriously. So seriously, in fact, that it's committed to investing $677.7 million in a data center in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register. Dubbed "Project Mountain," the investment will help beef up Microsoft's cloud infrastructure to support products like Xbox Live and Office 365. "We are proud to watch tech leaders like Microsoft choose to make significant investments in Iowa,”" said Governor Terry Branstad. "Microsoft’s continued expansion at its West Des Moines location is a vote of confidence that our... Read more...
We've sure come a long way from playing Pong and other primitive games on the Atari 2600, haven't we? Not only are graphics and the level of immersion leaps and bounds ahead of those primitive times, but unlike back then, today's consoles are home entertainment hubs that offer so much more than just gaming. Heck, you can even order a pizza on your Xbox 360 console! It's true, and it's ultra convenient thanks to Pizza Hut's "first-of-a-kind order app." If you're an Xbox Live subscriber living in the U.S., you can link to your Pizza Hut account and order pizza, wings, pasta, and other grub all from... Read more...
Some Xbox 360 gamers who tried to sign into Xbox Live over the weekend may have run into difficulties doing so. That's because the service was down for a period of time, and it couldn't have come at a worse time for a couple of reasons, especially for Call of Duty: Black Ops II players. Activision's been awarding double XP to Black Ops II gamers since Friday and will continue to do so until 10AM PDT on Monday, so if you holed yourself up for the weekend, you could have earned some major points. "We're still hard at work fixing the issue members are having signing in to Xbox Live. Thank you for... Read more...
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