Archive for the ‘XBox Live’ Category

Xbox’s new Code of Conduct: yes to “get wrecked,” “potato aim,” no to hate

May 2nd, 2019
An artist's approximation of an Xbox Live player crossing the lines as set by Microsoft in a new Xbox Community Standards page this week.

Enlarge / An artist's approximation of an Xbox Live player crossing the lines as set by Microsoft in a new Xbox Community Standards page this week. (credit: Getty Images / Sam Machkovech)

An apparently new page at the official Xbox website, dubbed "Community Standards for Xbox," was recently unearthed by members of the ResetEra gaming forums. The page appears to be the first of its kind from a console online-gaming provider, as it translates the legalese of Microsoft's existing "services agreement" to straight-up "l33t" speak.

The page, which has yet to see a signal-boost from Xbox representatives like Phil Spencer or Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb, goes into detail about 10 major points in Microsoft's Services Agreement—the form you must scroll through and click "accept" on when creating any Xbox or Microsoft account. These 10 points have been rephrased slightly to better reflect an Xbox use case and are followed by examples of hypothetical activities, including smack talk.

The most notable section may be the "keep your content clean" category. In Microsoft's official agreement, this is described as follows:

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Game Pass “Ultimate” and Game Pass for PC rumored to be coming soon

April 5th, 2019
The arrow is pointing to a PC that's just off-frame to the right.

Enlarge / The arrow is pointing to a PC that's just off-frame to the right.

Microsoft is reportedly planning a couple of new subscription services for gamers, per Brad Sams and WalkingCat.

First up is a "Game Pass Ultimate" that combines an Xbox Live Gold subscription with a GamePass subscription. Xbox Live Gold is routinely on sale, but it typically costs around $60 when bought annually, $10/month when bought month-by-month. Game Pass is a flat $10 per month (though there's a special offer at the moment giving one month for one dollar). The Ultimate subscription is going to be $15/month, making it a break-even proposition for annual subscribers (or even a slight price increase, if you can get Gold for less than $60) but a nice discount for monthly subs.

Second, it's claimed that Microsoft will soon have a Game Pass subscription for Windows, too. Details are thin to non-existent at the moment, but with Microsoft's increasing efforts to unify Xbox and Windows gaming and plans to bring the previously Xbox-exclusive Halo: Master Chief Collection to Windows, a Game Pass for Windows would make a lot of sense.

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Microsoft’s Xbox Live is coming to Switch, iOS, Android

February 4th, 2019
Microsoft’s Xbox Live is coming to Switch, iOS, Android

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Xbox Live users will soon be able to take their "gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more" to games on the Nintendo Switch and mobile platforms. That's according to a Game Developers Conference session description recently posted ahead of the March conference (and first noticed by Windows Central).

The conference session is titled "Xbox Live: Growing & Engaging Your Gaming Community Across iOS, Android, Switch, Xbox, and PC" and is led by members of the Xbox team. It promises a first look at a new "cross-platform XDK" that will "enable game developers to connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs." That will expand the potential audience for Xbox Live from 400 million gaming devices to over 2 billion, by Microsoft's count—the service currently has 68 million active players, Microsoft says.

The next step

Microsoft has been slowly opening up the Xbox platform's walled garden for years now. Back in 2014, Microsoft bought Minecraft maker Mojang but continued to support the game on many non-Microsoft platforms. In 2016, the company officially opened up the Xbox One to allow for gameplay with players on other platforms, eventually pressuring Sony to reluctantly do the same.

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Hackers threaten to take down Xbox Live and PSN on Christmas Day

December 24th, 2016

Bad news for gamers!

It’s once again the time when most of you will get new PlayStations and XBoxes that continue to be among the most popular gifts for Christmas, but possibilities are you’ll not be able to log into the online gaming console, just like what happens on every Christmas holidays.

On 2014 Christmas holidays, the notorious hacker group Lizard Squad knocked the PlayStation

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Hackers Plan to Ruin Christmas Eve for Millions of PlayStation and Xbox Live Gamers

December 17th, 2015

Remember the notorious hacker group Lizard Squad that spoiled last Christmas holidays of many game lovers by knocking the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live offline with apparent Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks?

But, Will you be able to Play Xbox and PlayStation Game this Christmas?

Probably Not.

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Because a new hacking group is threatening to carry out

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17-Year-Old Lizard Squad Member Found Guilty Of 50,700 Hacking Charges

July 8th, 2015

An alleged member of Lizard Squad, who claimed responsibility for knocking Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live offline late last year has been convicted of 50,700 counts of cyber crime.

The infamous computer hacker gang Lizard Squad launched massive Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks against the largest online gaming networks — PlayStation Network and Xbox Live

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