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All posts tagged "XBox Live"

  • 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...

  • Reversal of fortune: Xbox One doesn’t need Kinect to function, says Microsoft

    The Xbox One needed the new Kinect to work. Without it, the Xbox One would not work. Simple as that. In an unsurprising about-turn, Kinect can now be turned off, unplugged from the console and everything will still work as it should. In Marc Whitten’s words, “the console will still function if Kinect isn’t plugged in, although you won’t be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly uses the sensor.” Whitten, Microsoft’s VP of Xbox Live was interviewed by IGN and, as part of a Reddit-style Ask me Anything session, he dropped the details on the new Kinect-less...

  • Xbox Live to shun trolls, haters and cheaters

    Reputation is key. When you’re online, you’re vulnerable to the socially awkward, the psychos, the cheaters and jerks. Xbox Live wants to shun these haters on the Xbox One. Like a tough street corner in the hood, you’ll be forever marked by your actions, whether they’re fair or foul, Microsoft’s new HAL-algorithm will know. In this effort to make Xbox Live an “even more kick-ass” community, Microsoft designed an algorithm. As is the usual case with algorithms, they’re complicated. “The new model will take all of the feedback from a player’s online flow, put it in the system with...

  • Inflated Xbox Live beta pricing issues an ‘unintended error’ says Microsoft

    When Xbox Live updates later this month, it’s going to remove Microsoft Points and replace them with local currency options. Some lucky users got to try the currency conversion process via a beta Xbox Live update and reported a serious error: that the conversion process actually made content a hell of a lot more expensive to purchase. Microsoft quickly reached out and responded after the internet went insane. Joystiq was the first to report on Microsoft’s stuff-up. Microsoft’s official statement follows below. “We are aware that select regions experienced some incorrect game title pricing in the Xbox Live beta. This...

  • Xbox One E3 games roundup: a collection of assured hits

    It was amazing how many of the new launch games for Microsoft’s Xbox One use online to power their best features. At this year’s Microsoft Press Conference at E3 in troubled Las Vegas, we get to see the future of games. It isn’t as rosy as we want it to be, and the Xbox 360 truly gets the short end of the stick this year, but there are gems to be found and Microsoft’s vision of always connected titles with a solid multiplayer foundation will ultimately win out the hearts of the core gamers. Its investments in casual titles...