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Microsoft ‘sincerely apologizes’ for Xbox Live issues, says Titanfall not to blame

Thousands of excited Titanfall gamers were left disappointed on Tuesday after sign-in problems with Xbox Live kept them offline for much of the day. Xbox One owners voiced their frustration on Twitter starting around 2:45 p.m. PT Tuesday. By 8 p.m., Microsoft tweeted that the problems had been fixed. However, the Xbox Live status page was still showing… Read More

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Xbox Live Marketplace now called Xbox Games Store

Bye bye, Xbox Live Marketplace. Days after Microsoft moved from Microsoft Points to real world currency, the company has rebranded its Xbox Live Marketplace to simply “Xbox Games.” The new Xbox Games Store compliments the Xbox Music Store and Xbox Video Store. Both moves are part of Microsoft’s goal of easing the transition from Xbox 360… Read More

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Pivot tables meet Master Chief: Microsoft offers free Xbox Live memberships with Office 365 subscriptions

Microsoft is putting together an unusual package deal for Office 365 subscription buyers, but unfortunately those in the U.S. won’t be able to take advantage. The Redmond software giant is offering 12 months of free Xbox Live memberships for anyone who purchases an Office 365 Home Premium (year-long) or Office 365 University subscription (4-year) before September 28th…. Read More

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Microsoft preps new Xbox Live beta for Xbox 360

Microsoft is getting gamers ready to test an updated version of its Xbox Live service for Xbox 360, promising better overall system performance and setting the stage for the company’s shift away from Microsoft Points to local currency. It’s part of the company’s plan to continue releasing updates for its existing game console even after… Read More

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Your old Microsoft Points will be worth ‘equal or greater value’ as real currency

Microsoft confirmed earlier this week that it will be shifting away from its Microsoft Points virtual currency for purchasing games and other items on Xbox Live, as transactions will soon take place with your local currency. But what about the gamers who have Microsoft Points outstanding? What will happen to those points? Microsoft cleared that… Read More

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Xbox Live dumping Microsoft Points, ending 100-friend limit, adding Gold account sharing

Microsoft confirmed this morning that it will be shifting away from its Microsoft Points virtual currency for purchasing games and other items on Xbox Live. The company made the announcement as it released new details about the upcoming Xbox One console. “We’re moving from Microsoft Points to real money,” said Marc Whitten, the Xbox Live… Read More

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Always on? Study says 72% of U.S. gamers now play online

The number of people who play video games without an online connection is quickly dwindling, according to the results of a study released today. The report by the NPD research firm found that 72 percent of U.S. gamers now play games online, up 5 percentage points from last year. It’s not a huge surprise, but the… Read More

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Machinima, The LeBrons, Golden Gods Awards all coming to Xbox Live

Xbox Live is adding a load of content in the coming days, from a season of NBA star LeBron James’ animated series to a Machinima app. Online video network Machinima, which currently hosting a ‘Portal’-themed live action web series, is the first app to launch worldwide on Xbox and offers everything from narratives like “Mortal Kombat: Legacy,” and “Halo… Read More

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Master Chief’s new job: Pizza Hut delivery man

Master Chief has done so much in the last decade, tirelessly fighting off the Covenant in countless epic battles throughout the Halo series. Now, the quiet legend can add a new accomplishment to his resume: Pizza Hut delivery boy. And not just any deliverer — on Tuesday afternoon at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Master Chief… Read More

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Bored this weekend? Xbox Live Gold is free for everyone

If you’ve wanted to experience the benefits of Xbox Live’s Gold service but didn’t want to dent your wallet, Microsoft is providing a nice little treat this weekend. Starting this morning and running through Monday morning, Xbox Live Silver members can enjoy the benefits of a Gold membership without charge. That means Xbox owners in… Read More

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Movie time: Flixster arrives on Xbox Live

If Netflix or any other movie app on Xbox Live ain’t cutting it for you, there’s another option now available: Flixster. Microsoft announced the availability of Flixster for Xbox Live subscribers in the U.S. and you can now rent and buy movies directly from your console by using the app. Some cool features include the ability to… Read More