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Downloadable Metal Gear Solid HD Versions To Be Sold Separately, Dated

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Konami, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty HD, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD, PS Vita games, PSN, Xbox Live

Downloadable Metal Gear Solid HD Versions To Be Sold Separately, Dated

Konami will be releasing the HD versions of Metal Gear Solid 2, Snake Eater and Peace Walker as standalone downloads on PS3, Vita and Xbox 360 later this month. These titles were previously-available in the MGS HD Collection at retail, so gamers will soon be able to cherry-pick.

And no, before you ask, the original Metal Gear Solid isn't getting an HD revamp yet. But at least it's on sale on PSN. We've got the release schedule below.

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Microsoft Beefs Up Xbox Live Security

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Security, Xbox Live

Microsoft Beefs Up Xbox Live Security

Urges Subscribers To Change Their Passwords

Xbox Live security has been thoroughly improved, Microsoft assures us today, in the wake numerous account hijack incidences over the last few months. However, you'd best change your password just in case...

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BioWare Mythic: Migrating Communities "Key" To Next-Gen Success

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Microsoft, Miiverse, Multiple connected devices, Next-gen, Nintendo, PS4, PSN, Sony, Unified Accounts, Wii U, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

BioWare Mythic: Migrating Communities "Key" To Next-Gen Success

BioWare Mythic general manager Eugene Evans, a man with over three decades of industry experience, has suggested that the key to success when it comes to next-gen consoles will be directly related to the ease with which console communities might be migrated from one generation to the next.

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Kinect PlayFit Will Let Us Keep Track Of Burned Calories

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Free, Kinect, Kinect PlayFit, Xbox Live

Kinect PlayFit Will Let Us Keep Track Of Burned Calories

Free Kinect App Launches This Week On Xbox Live

A free Xbox Live app will automatically tally the amount of calories gamers have burned in Dance Central 2, Kinect Star Wars, Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 and other Kinect-enabled titles - unlocking avatar rewards and achievements as we cumulatively increase our score. Social features and daily challenges will goad players into getting involved, and of course, there's a dynamic advert in the bottom-right corner. According to Major Nelson, Kinect PlayFit is already available Stateside, and will likely arrive in Europe tomorrow as part of the Xbox Live content update.

Will achievements and avatar stuff encourage us to keep fit? We're not sure, but either way, it's nice to see Kinect owners getting some free stuff, and given another reason to dust off the powerful yet under-used peripheral.

Breaking: Xbox LIVE Is Down, Microsoft Investigating [UPDATE]

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Microsoft, Problem, Xbox Live

Breaking: Xbox LIVE Is Down, Microsoft Investigating [UPDATE]

At the time of writing, Xbox LIVE is currently not allowing users to sign in. This problem has persisted for an hour and a half so far, and Microsoft are currently "working to resolve the issue." Whatever that may be.

Keep calm and carry on. You can check the status of the service here.

UPDATE: Signing in now seems to be working for some users - at the very least, I've been able to load a few adverts. Many gamers are reporting normal service, so with luck, things should be sorted very soon.

Xbox Live Deal Of The Week | Trine Two Give Nexuiz Away

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Nexuiz, Trine 2, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

Xbox Live Deal Of The Week | Trine Two Give Nexuiz Away

Apologies for the truly horrendous title pun, but this week's Gold Member-exclusive Xbox Live deal features a couple of major highlights. Nexuiz, the slick arena shooter, is down to an outrageous 200 Microsoft Points - and fantabulous puzzler Trine 2 will only set you back 600. Be sure to check out our 9/10 review. Otherwise, also be sure to check out Shoot Many Robots while it's discounted - well worth a punt. Review here.

Here's the list and marketplace links so far, as always, chime in if you've spotted any more!

Xbox LIVE Summer Of Arcade Lineup Dated And Priced

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Deadlight, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Hybrid, Summer of Arcade, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, Wreckateer, XBLA, Xbox Live

Xbox LIVE Summer Of Arcade Lineup Dated And Priced

Microsoft have unveiled their Xbox LIVE Summer of Arcade lineup. It kicks off on July 18th with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD and will end on August 15th with Dust: An Elysian Tail. Remember, if you buy the lot, you'll get a nice 400 MSP rebate.

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Microsoft To Allow For Greater XBLIG Pricing Flexibility

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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App Hub, Indie devs, Indie Games, Microsoft, XBLIG, Xbox Live

Microsoft To Allow For Greater XBLIG Pricing Flexibility

Starting from tomorrow, Microsoft will be changing how frequently indie developers can alter the prices of their games on the Xbox LIVE Indie Games service.

Previously, developers had only been able to change their pricing once every 90 days. Now, however, developers will be able to shake things up once a week should they wish.

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RUMOUR: Kinect-Controlled Web Browser Coming To Xbox

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Bing, IE9, Internet browser, Internet Explorer, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox Live

RUMOUR: Kinect-Controlled Web Browser Coming To Xbox

There are a few rumours afoot today, with the latest suggesting that Microsoft have a Kinect-controlled Internet Explorer experience in the pipeline for Xbox 360. It would make sense, after all, the Xbox 360 is the only console that currently doesn't have one.

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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

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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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
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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
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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

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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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

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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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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