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All posts tagged "XBox Live"

  • Why spend R159 per month on Xbox Live when you can do this?

    News of Microsoft increasing the price of Xbox Live Gold in South Africa has not been received positively. Then again, when do price hikes ever get a good reaction? Anyway... the increase from R50 a month to R159 a month has seen many lash out at Microsoft - and rightfully so. Sure, the pricing ostensibly brings us in line with the exchange rate, but when the competition is much cheaper, it's cause for alarm. With that in mind, I wondered what else you could get for R159 a month... Get a PlayStation Plus account Got a PS Vita, PS3 or PS4? Then at...

  • SA’s Xbox Live Gold subscription to cost R159 per month from June [update]

    Update: added clarification on three, six, and 12-month subscriptions Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold (XBL) subscription service will increase from R50 to R159 for South African users from 20 June. The tech giant announced the price increase in an email sent to subscribers today. No reason for the increase has been stated. On a month-to-month basis, a year's worth of subscriptions will now cost R1908 as opposed to R600. Microsoft has yet to announce new pricing for three, six, and 12-month subscriptions. "We continually evaluate our offerings and are always working to provide a balance of service and value that meet the needs of our...

  • Alan Wake, Castlevania, Pac-Man now available for Xbox One

    In the latest round of backwards compatibility games for the Xbox One, Microsoft has released three new titles for the system. This wave consists of Alan Wake, Pac-Man, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The games were announced in a Major Nelson blog post along with a full list of all currently available backwards compatible titles. Alan Wake was teased in the initial backwards compatibility announcement. It was later revealed to be included with every purchase of Remedy Entertainment's upcoming game Quantum Break on Xbox One. The game has now been released with both DLC add-ons, The Writer and The Signal. Read more: Quantum...

  • Xbox Live finally supports cross-platform play, Rocket League to use it first

    Microsoft's Xbox Live network will finally be open to cross-platform play. The announcement comes from a blog post written by Director of ID@Xbox, Christ Charla. This effectively means that gamers on an Xbox can play alongside and against PlayStation counterparts within the same game. This new openness will first be supported by indie darling Rocket League, which is also available on PC and PlayStation 4. The post specifically mentions PC and Xbox One cross-platform capabilities, but doesn't mention its rival by name. The feature will be up to developers to incorporate. There has been no mention of how easy or difficult the feature will...

  • Styx, Gears of War 2 included in February’s Xbox Games with Gold

    Microsoft has announced the Xbox Games with Gold lineup for Xbox One and Xbox 260 subscribers. The first of these titles will be available to download from 1 February free of charge for those enrolled in the Xbox Games with Gold service. Most of next month's games carry an RPG-tone. First up is Styx: Master of Shadows (available 1-29 February). Players will guide goblin assassin Styx through a dark fantasy world as he infiltrates the Tower of Akenash. The second Xbox One title is Hand of Fate, which will be available from 16 February to 15 March. The title is described as...

  • The Witcher 2, CS: GO added to Xbox One backwards compatibility list

    Microsoft this week announced a few more backwards compatible titles for their Xbox One video game console. The announcement also included a change to the way backwards compatible titles will be released. The latest batch didn't include as many titles as the December update, and not many available in the South African Xbox Store. Some of the titles in the latest release include Age of Booty, Small Arms, and Counter-Strike: GO (CS: GO). Microsoft has said there will be a chance to the way games in the Xbox backwards compatible programme will be released. Instead of bulk releases, which the company originally...

  • Helsing fights its way onto December’s Xbox Games with Gold

    The latest batch of games in the Xbox Games with Gold programme is ready for download. The first batch of games for the month include The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing on Xbox One, available from today until 31 December, and CastleStorm for Xbox 360, which is available until 15 December. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is an action RPG and has been available through Steam since May 2013. It currently holds a 9/10 on Steam and a 3.5/5 on Metacritic. The second title, CastleStorm is a tower defence game available on multiple platforms. It too has a 9/10 rating on...

  • Xbox Live revived after outage, Xbox 360 social features still affected

    Microsoft's having a pretty bad start to the week it seems. Xbox Live dropped off the map earlier today for reasons yet unknown. The company has since repitched the core services for Xbox Live users, but social services, Slacker Radio and Xbox Fitness remain limited. Social services will affect those looking for multiplayer action, but it is currently only affecting Xbox 360 and not Xbox One users. Microsoft notes: Hey Xbox members, are you having issues with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare crashing during multiplayer following the latest title update? Additionally, are you having trouble sharing to Facebook? We’re working with...

  • Xbox Live Gold games for March includes ‘Rayman Legends’, ‘Tomb Raider’ and ‘BioShock Infinite’

    There are some seriously great games coming to Xbox Live Gold in March, including the likes of Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite and Rayman Legends. Not a bad line-up at all if you ask us. For those who have Microsoft's Xbox One console, you'll be getting Rayman Legends but Xbox 360 users will be getting the latter two games, that could easily take up a weekend of ravishing couch play. Read more: BioShock Infinite review: the sky’s the limit While online subscriptions are the bane of the gamer's existence, the Xbox Live Gold subscription definitely has its benefits when taking Games with Gold's...

  • Lizard Squad fells PlayStation Network in latest festive attack

    The festive season might be fast approaching, but the mood around the PlayStation Network camp can't be too jolly. Lizard Squad, the group of online rebels that brought down Xbox Live last week, has (according to its Twitter account, at least) struck again. But it's not one of Microsoft's platforms that's suffering. PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad — Lizard Squad (@LizardPatrol) December 8, 2014 Those trying to access the PlayStation Store at the moment are greeted with an error message stating: "It's not you. It's the internet's fault." It's not just the Store either. It would appear that PlayStation Network is down for console...