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  • Blog Post: Xbox Live's Free-To-Play Ascend: Hand Of Kul Heading To PC

    After gaining 2.5 million players on Xbox Live, Signal Studios has decided to expand the Ascend: Hand of Kul operation. The PC version of Ascend: Hand of Kul will be available to download on Steam on May 20. It's online free-to-play action-RPG – a much different genre than Signal Studios'... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis - Breaking Down The Kinect-Free Xbox One

    Since Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One on May 21, 2013, the company has been haunted by decisions and comments about the console’s direction . Today, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer and his team announced three major changes that should shrug off the specter of the past in favor of striding into the future... More
  • Blog Post: Games With Gold Gives Away Dark Souls, Expands To Xbox One

    Next month's free Games with Gold titles are headlined by From Software's harrowing action/RPG Dark Souls. For Xbox 360 owners, June's free Games with Gold titles are the aforementioned Dark Souls, Ska Studio's quirky brawler Charlie Murder, and the excellent Street Fighter IV: Arcade... More
  • Blog Post: [Confirmed] Microsoft To Free Netflix From Xbox Live Paywall

    Update: Microsoft has confirmed changes to the paywall and much more. Not only are subscription services moving in front of the Xbox Live membership fee, but the company is dropping Kinect from the Xbox One. For more, read our additional coverage . Original Story: According to new reports, Microsoft... More
  • Blog Post: May’s Games With Gold: Bunnies And Marital Aids

    Microsoft has announced the two Xbox Live Games with Gold for May. As usual, it’s a pairing of one digital and one retail release. For the first half of the month (May 1 - 15), Xbox Live Gold members can download Dust: An Elysian Tale . It’s a side-scrolling game in the Metroid vein featuring... More
  • Blog Post: Deadlight Available Now Via Xbox Live Games With Gold

    April’s second Xbox Live Games with Gold title is available starting today. You can pick up Tequila Works’ Deadlight right now. Deadlight is a 2.5D platformer set in a world overrun by zombies. Not sure if it’s worth your time? Check out our review (we liked it). More
  • Blog Post: Titanfall For Xbox 360 Won't Be Available On Games On Demand

    Titanfall has finally released for Xbox 360 – and it's good ! However, EA has confirmed that it won't be coming to Xbox Live's Games on Demand as a downloadable title. The statement released on EA's official site reads: "After extensive testing, we felt that it simply did not... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Xbox Live Issues Fixed

    Update #2 (4:47 p.m. Eastern): That was fast. Xbox Live is back up and running. Update #1 (4:41 p.m. Eastern): Microsoft has amended its statement on the issues facing Xbox Live right now. "It’s come to our attention that some of you are unable to sign in to Xbox Live," the statement... More
  • Blog Post: Five-Year-Old Finds Backdoor Into Xbox Live Account, Rewarded By Microsoft

    Microsoft's newest security researcher is a five-year-old boy. How is this possible? Well, he was given the title after he discovered a backdoor on Xbox One into his father's Xbox Live account. As reported by ABC 10 , young Kristoffer Von Hassel discovered that after entering the wrong password... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Microsoft Offering Free Xbox Live Gold To Those Affected By March 11 Outage

    Xbox Live experienced connectivity issues March 11, and Microsoft is offering a free week of Xbox Live Gold to those affected by the outage. Messages are currently going out to users reading "We know you experienced an issue signing in on your Xbox One on 3/11/14. We apologize and will soon give... More
  • Blog Post: Respawn Talks About Titanfall's Use Of Xbox One's Cloud Computing Power

    In a new video, Respawn talks about how the studio took advantage of Microsoft's cloud in creating its blockbuster shooter Titanfall. In the video, producer Drew McCoy and other Titanfall developers wax enthusiastic about the ability Xbox One games have to use dedicated cloud servers for multiplayer... More
  • Blog Post: Phil Spencer To Lead Xbox At Microsoft

    Microsoft has announced that Phil Spencer is the new head of Xbox teams. Spencer, who was most recently Microsoft Studios vice president, will lead a combined Xbox, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Studios team. This puts Spencer at the head of all things Xbox, including Microsoft’s media efforts in music... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft To Issue Warnings, Penalties For Bad Xbox Live Behavior

    Microsoft is preparing to increase the impact of its new reputation system . Soon, players who are labeled as “needs work” and “avoid me” will start getting direct feedback. Starting this month, “needs work” players will begin to receive warnings as their reputation... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Titanfall And Xbox Live Are Back Online

    Update: Titanfall and Xbox Live are back online. XboxOne players should be able to connect as well. Thank you for your patience! — Respawn (@Respawn) March 26, 2014 Xbox Live's service page is currently showing everything being back to normal. Original story: Xbox Live is currently running... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Microsoft Says Xbox Live Sign-In Issues Are Resolved

    Update: Xbox Live is still struggling, but Microsoft and Respawn are offering some tips for getting back online, and says the service is beginning to come back to life. Thanks for your patience, Xbox Live is good to go! Try these specific steps to get back in the game now: http://t.co/iakwR3sZDz ^CW... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Xbox Live Expanding Further Into The iOS And Android Space

    A new report points to Microsoft expanding its iOS and Android Xbox Live implementation beyond its SmartGlass applications. According to a report from The Verge , and a since removed job posting from Microsoft's job site , Microsoft has plans to push the Xbox platform further into mobile devices... More
  • Blog Post: Xbox One Friend Alerts Coming Online After March

    The Xbox One is getting a stream of updates to increase the user experience. In February, the battery indicator and hard drive management were enabled. In March, friends list and parties are getting boost. Now we know approximately when to expect friend alerts to return Xbox Live. If you played on Xbox... More
  • Blog Post: Games With Gold In March Will Leave You Defending Your Borders

    Microsoft has announced the two titles featured in March’s Xbox Live Games with Gold. Both will leave you protecting your kingdom from oncoming invaders. From March 1 through 15, Xbox Live Gold members can download 2008’s Civilization Revolution. This accessible take on Firaxis’ long... More
  • Blog Post: Only A Sliver Of Monaco's 500,000 Sales Were From Xbox Live

    Although the game got off to a rocky start, Andy Schatz's excellent Monaco has passed the half-a-million mark in sales. However, the game's Xbox Live Arcade numbers remain very poor. Much of Monaco's success can be attributed to its inclusion in a recent Humble Bundle. Prior to that, the... More
  • Blog Post: Free Xbox Live Gold This Weekend In US And Canada

    Before you rush to register for the Titanfall beta, you might want to read past the headline. Microsoft is offering a free weekend of Xbox Live Gold for the United States and Canada. However, it’s for Xbox 360 only. Still, if you aren’t paying for Microsoft’s premium service and have... More
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