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  • 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...

  • ‘Titanfall’ won’t launch in South Africa: here’s why

    Titanfall is without a doubt, the most exciting online shooter of the next-gen consoles. Killzone: Shadowfall was generic nonsense while Call of Duty: Ghosts was simply an upscaled port. While Titanfall will soon see a release around the world, South Africa won’t be joining in on the mech-related shooting. Why? Here’s what EA says regarding Titanfall‘s South Africa release: This is only half the story though, because despite South Africa’s reputation for having “terrible” internet (out of 188 countries, we’re number 129 and on average internet speeds are 4.88Mbps says Netindex stats), online gaming is a common occurrence, with the PS4...

  • Xbox Live features reportedly coming to iOS and Android games

    In a post first spotted by The Verge, Microsoft is flirting with the idea of pushing Xbox Live functionality to iOS and Android games, making it an alternative (and competitor) to Google’s Play games and Apple’s Game Center. Xbox Live is currently limited to Xbox consoles and Windows Phone games with one exception. As it stands, the only app available on iOS and Android which has Xbox Live features is the free-to-play word puzzle game Wordament. iOS and Android users can keep track of their achievements by logging in with their Xbox accounts. In the job posting, Microsoft stressed that the...

  • Win ‘Thief’ for Xbox 360 [competition closed]

    Update: We’ve awarded Samu with our Thief gift! Well done. To everyone else, there’s been a few good reads and thanks for entering. Better luck next time! Don’t steal Thief, win it. Garret, master thief is keen on you getting your sticky paws around his latest game, aptly named Thief. It’s the fourth game in the series and a rollicking round of fun, based on our day or so of playing. But sharing is caring, and we’ve got the Xbox 360 version of Thief up for grabs. Want to win it? Here’s what you have to do. In the comments below,...

  • Register here for Titanfall Beta, now open for PC and Xbox One

    It’s a superlative day for gamers. Especially those whose itch can only be scratched by the FPS bug. For them, we offer the Titanfall beta which begins today. Signing up takes place now for either Xbox One or PC (if your rig can handle it, the specs are quite high), but it’s apply first, to potentially qualify for beta entry later. If and when you’ve been selected for the beta, EA’s promised to shoot you an email with detailed instructions on how to sign up for what is surely the most potent-looking FPS of 2014. “Seats are limited” and signups end...

  • Microsoft announces Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Controller

    In our opinion, the Xbox 360 is still the preferred Microsoft console for 2014. Dark Souls 2, Castlevania 2 and Destiny are just three of the excellent titles coming this year. So it makes sense to pick up a new controller for the aged Xbox 360 before it’s put out to pasture. Enter Microsoft’s Major Nelson, who’s just announced the availability of the Special Edition Chrome Series Controllers, which dazzle in dragon purple or void black. Here’s what the Major has to say: Today we are announcing additional colors to the Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Wireless Controllers: black and purple....

  • Why 2014 is the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3’s best year

    The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are shiny and new, but that doesn’t mean you should run out and buy them right away. No, there’s still a lot of life to glean from the old PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In fact, if you’re new to consoles altogether, there are compelling reasons why you should go for one of these older consoles instead of forking out considerably more for their successors. Outside of the games, the differences between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are largely negligible, but there are a few worth mentioning. First, here is what the PS3 has...