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  • Xbox Live temporarily knocked on its face thanks to hackers

    After such a good Black Friday showing for the company's current-gen console, Xbox Live has just about recovered from a DDOS attack earlier today, which led to server downtime for many users on both sides of the Atlantic. Although the service seems to be stable at the time of writing, earlier today the hacker group named Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for plunging the service into darkness. The hacker group seems to enjoy messing with gamers' livelihoods, having previously taken credit for knocking down PlayStation Network earlier this year, as well as League of Legends and World of Warcraft servers too. Although it...

  • The Xbook Duo is the first, and only backwards compatible Xbox One

    We've seen some Frankenstein monster consoles in the wild before, with tinkerers shoving every conceivable system into one tiny box, but what if one doesn't want Sony or Nintendo crashing the party? Well, here's the latest DIY attempt at solving the Xbox One's backward compatibility hate once and for all, and it's epic. The Xbook Duo melds the power of the Xbox One with the post-gen fun of the Xbox 360 into a portable, relatively compact (compared to the Xbox One's case, at least) form factor. Its father, Eddie Zarick, merely constructed it as proof of concept and the system...

  • Games that make you go ‘meh': 11 average titles on Xbox One

    South African Xbox One fans, your time is now. Today, the Xbox One launches in South Africa, a mere eleven months after the 22 November 2013 U.S. launch. Eleven months later. During that time, the Xbox One has seen a price drop, been beaten in sales by Sony's PlayStation 4, failed in Japan and released a whack of great, to really average games. In my opinion, Microsoft's Xbox One is a solid follow-up to the glorious Xbox 360. It has a sturdy controller, brilliant design and one of the most stable online environments yet conceived. But it's saddled with a bucket-load...

  • Arctic blue ‘Holiday Value Bundle’ 500GB Xbox 360 E costs $250, includes Call of Duty: Ghosts and Black Ops II

    There's a lot of life left in the ol' Xbox 360. Games like Skyrim, Devil May Cry, Mass Effect 2 and Destiny are some of the pinnacles of this last-generation console, so it makes sense that Microsoft would release some special bundles this holiday season. "These new bundles for holiday shoppers, new lower price points and new special edition blue console are sure to delight gamers young and old this holiday.” says an incredibly enthusiastic Microsoft press release. While the new consoles are currently dominating the market, the promise of a 500GB console with two games for US$249 is...

  • Is Destiny for you? Take our extremely scientific quiz to find out

    Today, on Destiny launch day, there's going to be much said of the most-hyped game of 2014. But how do you know if Destiny is for you? We've compiled this ultra-scientific report that will easily answer that question for you. Remember your answers, you'll need them later. Do you like Peter Dinklage? Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage voice-acts Ghost, an A.I. companion that will predictably follow us throughout the game, doling out advice and moving the story along. His dulcet tones have in fact, been tweaked three times in the lead-up to the final release of Destiny. After fans voiced...

  • Killstreak confirmed: Microsoft shuttering Xbox Entertainment Studios

    The 18 000 job cuts announced by Satya Nadella earlier this week weren't going to go unnoticed, but Microsoft, for all intents and purposes, is on one massive rampage. After the newly-bought Nokia Devices and Services division suffered the first blow, the company is now slaying its under-performing Xbox Entertainment Studios. Just like the Nokia-Android X debacle, this move doesn't seem much of a surprise either. The division has been at pains to draw interest or projects in its relatively brief lifespan. The Santa Monica subsidiary, charged with providing interactive Xbox-exclusive television content for Live subscribers, employed around 200 people according...

  • Watch Dogs on Xbox 360 is ‘super smooth’, but has PS2-quality trees

    Watch Dogs releases 27 May for Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U but it's only PC and next-generation console owners who'll get the best graphical experience (naturally). But just how bad are the graphics on PS3 and Xbox 360? A YouTube user managed to get their hands on the Xbox 360 version of Watch Dogs and judging by the quality of the trees in the distance, last generation consoles are going to have a tough time keeping up with the slick quality of a 2014 game. Keep watching the clip and concentrate on the tall...

  • Netflix, Hulu no longer trapped behind Xbox Live Gold paywall

    Well, here's some news arriving earlier than expected. After speculation that Microsoft will drop Xbox Live Gold's streaming paywall for services like Netflix and Hulu, the company has not only confirmed it, but added that it will offer refunds to disgruntled Gold subscribers.  That means those who wish to use their Xbox as a streaming media device will no longer need to pay Microsoft and the streaming service (Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO). Additionally, users will be reimbursed on condition they fit the stated criteria. Some services will remain behind the paywall though, including The Elder Scrolls Online, other MMOs and selected free...

  • Finally: Xbox Live Gold paywall for Hulu, Netflix to die off

    The much-hated Xbox Live Gold paywall may soon be relaxed, allowing all Xbox Live users access to premium content, ArsTechnica reports. Currently Netflix and Hulu Plus are only accessible to premium Xbox Live Gold members, on top of additional service-specific costs. But a move by Microsoft could see all 48-million Xbox Live users reap the benefits of these services without paying an additional Live Gold fee. This would include users of the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. ArsTechnica has also suggested that other services could be put behind the paywall as replacements including, to many gamers renewed vexation, upcoming productions from...

  • Xbox gamer Stallion83 first to get 1-million Achievement Points

    Some of us try in vain to get 10 000 gamer points on Xbox Live. Imagine getting a cool million? One man has done it after eight years of work. His name is Stallion83, or Rox Cox IV, and this is his real-life achievement: pic.twitter.com/pbBvLigPvF — Ray Cox IV (@Stallion83) March 13, 2014 The Xbox One-exclusive shooter, Titanfall got him there. Xbox One and Titan Achievement used for 1,000,000. pic.twitter.com/Y18ELD1XDR — Ray Cox IV (@Stallion83) March 13, 2014   Major Nelson himself, Director of Programming for the Microsoft gaming network, tweeted his congratulations. Massive Achievement Unlocked: On behalf of the entire @Xbox team, congrats to @Stallion83 the first...