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All posts tagged "XBox Live"

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Microsoft grounding users who upload cuss-filled videos to Xbox Live

    Want to be potentially banned on Xbox Live for swearing? Microsoft is going to make that nightmare come true and has recently said users of its online service, Xbox Live, could face suspensions or worse if their uploaded videos contain "excessive profanity". This knee-jerk reaction is thanks to select Xbox Live user who've discovered that their Skype privileges have been revoked, as well as the use of the Xbox One Upload Studio app. The Big M issued a full statement to TechCrunch, saying: "To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications...

  • ‘Elder Scrolls Online’ subscribers will still have to pay for Xbox Live, says Bethesda

    Elder Scrolls Online (ESO)  is coming real soon to take over our lives. Sure, there's been World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy Online, Guild Wars and Conan, but the thought of combining an actual open-world game with endless possibilities is almost too much to bear. Almost. Why the negativity? Because Elder Scrolls Online will cost US$14.99 (R150) monthly on top of Xbox Live and PlayStation Network fees. Yesterday though, Elder Scrolls creators Bethesda said they are trying to make life a little easier for Xbox Live owners, by liaising with Microsoft to wave the online fees for its online services. This...