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Xbox LIVE: Don't Expect Day 1 Games On Demand Anytime Soon

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Digital Distribution, Digital vs Retail, Games On Demand, Microsoft, Retail, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

Xbox LIVE: Don't Expect Day 1 Games On Demand Anytime Soon

Microsoft has defended its stance on digital distribution of full retail titles, saying the that reason Games on Demand titles release around six months later on Xbox LIVE than they do on high street shelves is all about consumer choice.

Which doesn't seem to make a huge amount of sense.

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Microsoft To Implement TV-Style Adverts In Entertainment Apps

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Advertising, Entertainment Apps, Microsoft, Xbox Live

Microsoft To Implement TV-Style Adverts In Entertainment Apps

Let The Monetization Begin!

Microsoft plan to add 15-30 second adverts into both free and Gold-membership exclusive Xbox Live entertainment video apps, which ties in nicely with a leaked memo suggesting that Microsoft plan to "further monetize" Xbox Live subscribers.

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RUMOUR: Xbox LIVE Subscribers...Prepare To Be Further Monetised!

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Cash, Dosh, Microsoft, Monetisation, Rhino, Shrapnel, Wedge, Wonga, Xbox 360, Xbox Live

RUMOUR: Xbox LIVE Subscribers...Prepare To Be Further Monetised!

There's nothing quite as stark as business-speak is there? While you Xbox LIVE subscribers are going about your daily lives, frittering away the hours of daylight in joyous pursuits, somewhere, under intense beams of halogen strip lighting, men in suits are coming up with ways to further monetise you.

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Polytron Acknowledge FEZ Bugs, Working On Patch

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Bugs, Fez, Microsoft, Patch, Polytron, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

Polytron Acknowledge FEZ Bugs, Working On Patch

The first twenty-four hours following FEZ's birth seem to have been littered with bug reports and crash complaints, and developers Polytron have acknowledged the issues and are beavering away at working on a patch for the Xbox 360 exclusive alongside Microsoft.

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Microsoft: Xbox 360 Entertainment Apps More Popular Than Online Gaming

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Entertainment, Microsoft, TV on demand, Xbox 360, Xbox Live

Microsoft: Xbox 360 Entertainment Apps More Popular Than Online Gaming

Microsoft has been banging on about how the Xbox 360 is an entertainment centre rather than a dedicated games console over the last few months, and it appears that their gambit is paying off. According to their latest figures, players spend more time watching films or listening to music than playing online multiplayer.

The recently-released statistics state that Xbox Live users spend an average of 84 hours a month using Xbox Live services (a 30% increase on last year) - and over half of that is spent using entertainment apps like Netflix, Zune or on-demand television. Of course, it's worth noting that these numbers don't include singleplayer or local cooperative gaming. [L.A. Times]

Xbox Live recently received the long-awaited BBC iPlayer app after months of painful deliberation (and arguments about whether to charge for it, no doubt).

New Xbox Live Gold Subscribers Get Fable III, Halo Reach & More Free When You Sign Up For Six Months

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Halo Reach, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox LIVE Gold Membership

New Xbox Live Gold Subscribers Get Fable III, Halo Reach & More Free When You Sign Up For Six Months

Microsoft has launched a limited-time promotion to attract new subscribers to Xbox Live Gold (the full Xbox 360 online service). The offer, which is available directly through the Xbox 360 dashboard, gifts new customers Halo: Reach, Fable III, Kinect Sports, The Gunstringer and Toy Soldier for free when they buy a six month Xbox Live Gold subscription for £26.66.

This might seem pricey, but the five games would normally cost £125 if downloaded via Xbox Live.

The promotion is not available to current Xbox Live Gold users and ends on April 3rd 2012. [Gamerzines]

BBC iPlayer Launches On Xbox LIVE

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
BBC, BBC iPlayer, Media streaming, Microsoft, TV on demand, Xbox Live, Xbox LIVE Free

BBC iPlayer Launches On Xbox LIVE

It's here. It's happened. Xbox LIVE's great white elephant, the addition of BBC iPlayer to the service, has emerged, and it's absolutely free.

"Today’s launch builds on a core BBC value, to reach all audiences on a universal basis at no extra charge," said iPlayer head, Dave Price, proudly. "So we are delighted that BBC iPlayer content will be available to all Xbox 360 users, for free. Indeed the BBC is the only UK content partner to make their service available free to all Xbox Live Gold members and Xbox Live Free (previously known as Silver) members."

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Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Membership | £28.85 | Simply Games | Xbox 360

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Microsoft, Xbox 360 accessories, Xbox Live, Xbox LIVE Gold Membership
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Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Membership | £28.85 | Simply Games | Xbox 360

  • What: Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Membership
  • Where: Simply Games
  • Current Price: £28.85

Amazon were the lowest, but now Simply Games have stolen the rug from out underneath them with a sneaky price drop. Anything under £30 is usually a bit of a steal, so treat yourself to a further saving here. Not quite as cheeky as exploiting a glitch for a month per pound deal, but a good price all the same.

Klei Entertainment Announce Mark of the Ninja

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Klei Entertainment, Mark of the Ninja, Stealth Games, XBLA, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

Klei Entertainment Announce Mark of the Ninja

Klei Entertainment, the team that brought us claret-spilling, 2D action-fest Shank and its sequel, have announced a new game: Mark of the Ninja.

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Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Increases XBLIG Visibility...Only In North America

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Indie Games, Metro update, XBLIG, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Increases XBLIG Visibility...Only In North America

The criticisms of the Metro dashboard update that went live across Xbox LIVE at the end of last year have been well documented. Indie developers in particular decried the "burying" of the XBLIG service behind a swathe of navigation options. However, an Xbox 360 dashboard update went live over the weekend that looked to increase the visibility of Xbox LIVE Indie Games, amongst other things.

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Why We Love . . . Microsoft Points

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Microsoft, Microsoft Points, Virtual currency, Windows Phone 7, Xbox Live

Why We Love . . . Microsoft Points

A bit of a special Why We Love today, in which we take a peek at the recent rumour surrounding Microsoft's alleged abandoning of the Points scheme in favour of "real" currency, and what such a move could entail.

Rumours have been flying around over the past week or two suggesting that Microsoft Points - the currency currently used to purchase or rent content across Xbox LIVE, Zune Marketplace and Windows Phone 7 - will soon be canned in favour of actual "real" money. For many this will be a joyous relief, and event worthy of celebration as an outdated and potentially confusing model is jettisoned in favour of a simple marketplace that everyone can understand.

Crucially, it will bring Microsoft more in line with its competitors on the mobile gaming battlefield, where transactions are very much one-to-one: you always know where you are with your purchases. In an industry where the lines between gamers and non-gamers, hard core and casual, are becoming every more blurry, such transparency is vitally important.

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Infinity Ward Pledge To Remove MW3 Map Profile Lock

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Call of Duty Elite, DLC, Modern Warfare 3, Xbox Live

Infinity Ward Pledge To Remove MW3 Map Profile Lock

Yesterday we reported that Modern Warfare 3's Elite maps are locked to a single Xbox Live profile, which means that other Gamertags on the same console can't access the content despite it being guaranteed in the Xbox Live terms of service. It seems that this state of affairs was an accidental error rather than a purposeful lockout, and Infinity Ward have promised to fix the issue "as soon as possible." More details below.

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Call Of Duty Elite Maps Locked To Single Gamertag

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Call of Duty Elite, Infinity Ward, Modern Warfare 3, Xbox Live

Call Of Duty Elite Maps Locked To Single Gamertag

Call Of Duty Elite has laid out its schedule to deliver an inordinate number of small DLC drops to paying members over the next nine months, but eagle-eyed Elites have spotted what could very well be a contravention of Xbox Live's download terms. The new Modern Warfare 3 DLC maps are only playable by the Elite-enabled Gamertag that downloaded them, even though the terms state that "you can use this item on the first Xbox 360 console you downloaded it to. Access to this item will also be granted to all users on this first console." According to the forums, Activision isn't even certain whether this restriction will be retired when the first full-blown DLC pack becomes available in March.

This will likely irk gamers who are used to downloading DLC content to share with family, housemates or friends. Note, however, that you can still play the maps in split-screen so long as the Elite account leads the lobby. [via Joystiq]

REPORT: Xbox 360 To Keep Redeemable Codes After Ditching Microsoft Points

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Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Microsoft, Microsoft Points, Xbox 360, Xbox Live

REPORT: Xbox 360 To Keep Redeemable Codes After Ditching Microsoft Points

Remember how we reported that Microsoft were allegedly thinking about getting rid of their Microsoft Points scheme by this year? Well it seems that another source has added to this rumour, suggesting to Eurogamer that consumers will "still be able to use redeemable codes to buy DLC and other products after Microsoft phases out Microsoft Points".

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Xbox LIVE Newsbeat: January 24th - February 6th

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Bastion, L.A. Noire, Major Nelson, Puddle, Quarrel, Syndicate, XBLA, Xbox Live, Xbox Live Deal of the Week, Xbox LIVE Newsbeat

Xbox LIVE Newsbeat: January 24th - February 6th

Half Price L.A. Noire DLC, Puddle and Quarrel Released, Syndicate Demo Dated

Microsoft have announced that a co-op demo for EA and Starbreeze's upcoming shooter Syndicate will be arriving on January 31st. Furthermore, all of L.A. Noire's DLC is half price for the next week as part of the Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week and, better still, Bastion is half price the week after. There's literally going to be no excuse for not playing Supergiant's splendid smash hit.

Whilst waitingthe end of the month to roll around, check out our Syndicate co-op preview and read our Bastion preview.

Hit the jump for the full list of Xbox LIVE updates for the next two weeks...

REPORT: Microsoft Points To Be Discontinued By Year End?

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Digital Distribution, Microsoft, Microsoft Points, Windows Phone 7, Xbox Live, Zune Marketplace

REPORT: Microsoft Points To Be Discontinued By Year End?

Well this is interesting. According to a new report, Microsoft appear set to discontinue the use of Microsoft Points when it comes to transactions in the virtual marketplaces in a move that will affect the way consumer purchases operate across Xbox LIVE, Zune and Windows Phone.

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RedLynx Talk Multiplayer In New Trials Evolution Video

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Microsoft, RedLynx, Trials Evolutlion, XBLA, Xbox Live

RedLynx Talk Multiplayer In New Trials Evolution Video

RedLynx's director of marketing and public relations, Jason Bates, has revealed more about the upcoming puzzle-platformer in a new Inside Xbox vid. In the interview he reveals more about the four-way multiplayer as well as the new track editor.

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Report: Microsoft Quietly Tightens Xbox.com Security?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
brute force, hacker, Hacking, Microsoft, Xbox Live, Xbox.com

Report: Microsoft Quietly Tightens Xbox.com Security?

Jason Coutee, the whistleblower who potentially outed the Xbox.com password weakness that could be behind the galling prevalence of illictly-accessed Xbox Live accounts, has reported that Microsoft may have secretly beefed up their security by limiting login attempts to 20. Partly to address the brute force issue, but also to possibly discredit the report without having to make a public admission of having an Achilles' heel. Full report after the break.

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Microsoft: Xbox.com Brute Force Hacks Are An "Industry-Wide Issue"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
brute force, Hack, hacker, Microsoft, Xbox Live, Xbox.com

Microsoft: Xbox.com Brute Force Hacks Are An "Industry-Wide Issue"

Microsoft has officially responded to this weekend's compelling report suggesting that the recent spate of illegally-accessed Xbox Live accounts were facilitated by brute force attempts made through the Xbox.com website. In a statement, the Redmond giant contends that the issue is "industry-wide" and there is no specific "loophole" that hackers are taking advantage of. As always, they recommend following a stringent online security regimen and employing strong passwords to deal with the issue - though suggest that phishing and fraud still has a lot to answer for. Full quotes and details after the break.

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Report: Xbox.com Password Flaw Behind Recent 'Hacking' Woes?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
brute force, Hack, Microsoft, Xbox Live, Xbox.com

Report: Xbox.com Password Flaw Behind Recent 'Hacking' Woes?

When Is A Hack Not A Hack?

When it's brute force. According to a new report from AnalogHype who were contacted by an eagle-eyed hacking victim, the recent spate of unauthorised Xbox Live account access may stem from a vulnerability in the Xbox.com website. Jason Coutee, a network infrastructure manager who had his Xbox Live account hacked earlier this year, noticed that Xbox.com allows users to make eight incorrect password attempts before CAPTCHA challenges them... which can be reset by clicking 'try with another Live ID.' Hackers can therefore run simple automated password-generating scripts and gather lists of Windows Live IDs from numerous online sources.

This is definitely a rumour at present, but a compelling one nonetheless. It certainly explains the sporadic nature of the accessed accounts, since it isn't technically a hack at all, rather a brute force attempt. The FIFA 12 connection, which heavily suggested a loophole in the EA servers, could be explained away simply because it's one of the best selling games of the year with plentiful DLC. We hope that Microsoft will at least issue a statement soon since users are still falling prey to unauthorised access months after this issue was first reported, .