Major Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Doesn't Include New Content Providers

December 5, 2011 -

With the second major overhaul of the Xbox 360 dashboard ready to go tomorrow during a major system update, GameSpot notes that some promised services seem to be conspicuously absent from it. Microsoft had said previously that a slew of new services would make their way to Xbox Live with this update. Some of those services have been pushed back to "late December," while a bunch of other services won't make it onto the Xbox 360 until early 2012.

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Microsoft: Xbox Live Adds a New Member Every Two Seconds

November 14, 2011 -

According to Xbox Live marketing boss Robin Burrowes, all entertainment will be interactive within the next five years. But his boldest claim is that Microsoft's Xbox Live service adds a new member every two seconds.

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Immortals in the Wake of Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3 Release Week

November 11, 2011 -

The Company Town Blog on The LA Times web site poses an interesting question: will the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim today cause problems for any movie that just happens to be hitting theaters today? If you asked anyone who purchased either of these games and has settled in to start playing them, the answer would be a resounding "yes."

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Rumor: Next Xbox Out in Late 2012

November 9, 2011 -

According to a Computer and Video Games report, the next Xbox 360 - which some have been calling the Xbox 720 - is codenamed "Project Ten," will be released during the 2012 holiday shopping season, and will be "going the Apple route." All this comes from technology reporter Paul Thurrott, who says he's been told these things, but doesn't specify any particular source. Thurrott made the claims on the Windows Weekly video show.

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Xbox Live Bans for Playing Modern Warfare 3 Before Launch

November 4, 2011 -

If you somehow managed (by hook or by crook) to get a copy of Modern Warfare and are trying to play it online via Xbox Live, you'll be treated to a ban. The game officially launches November 8, but apparently Microsoft has noticed that some Xbox Live users have the game and are trying to play it online. Those people are having their accounts banned.

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Call of Duty Series Beating Battlefield 3 on Xbox Live

November 3, 2011 -

If the fight between EA's Battlefield 3 and the Call of Duty series is a popularity contest than EA is losing, according to online usage stats released by Xbox Live's Major Nelson. According to his list of most popular game being online for the week, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 are more popular than Battlefield 3. This might give EA some pause considering that these are very old games beating a game just barely released this month.

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Epic: Console Makers Need to Let Developers Handle Game Pricing

October 26, 2011 -

In an interview with Develop Epic Games President Michael Capps says that console makers need to loosen the stranglehold they have on developers when it comes to pricing. Capps says they need to do this because game revenues have shifted to service and micro-transaction model. Currently developers can't decide what the price of their games on consoles should be because those prices are already set by the console makers.

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Team Meat Reconciles with Microsoft

October 26, 2011 -

Team Meat has decided to bury the hatchet with Microsoft after criticizing the console maker publicly for its experience in trying to get the Xbox Live Arcade version of super Meat Boy approved and onto the Xbox marketplace. Today in a blog post announcing the one year anniversary of the game, Team Meat’s Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes said that it was time to move on and let the past be the past:

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57.6 Million Xbox 360 Consoles Sold

October 21, 2011 -

Buried inside its first quarter fiscal year 2012 results, Microsoft revealed that it has shipped 57.6 million Xbox 360 units around the world to date. The company also revealed that for the quarter the ended on September 30, it managed to move 2.3 million units of its Xbox 360. Compared to last year, that's a 2.8 percent decrease. The good news for Microsoft is that the Xbox 360 has been the top-selling console in North America for the last seven months and revenue for the platform was up 7 percent thanks to sales on Xbox Live.

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Getting Dance Central Tracks into Dance Central 2 Will Cost You

September 21, 2011 -

Microsoft confirmed today that it will cost Dance Central players 400 Microsoft Points to import tracks into Dance Central 2 when it launches in late October. Dance Central owners will need to enter a code from the original game's manual then download an "Import Pack" to move songs over to the new game. Of course, those who pre-order the game can get a voucher that gives them the Import Pack for free.

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Porn Stars Want to Pwn You

September 17, 2011 -

Even with the distraction of a foulmouthed twelve-year-old cursing in your ear, you’ve still got game.  But how well would you hold up against streaming video of a topless porn star?

Adult performers Alana Evans and Misti Dawn have launched PwnedByGirls, a new website that will allow eager gamers to play video games with them or just kick back and watch them mop the floor with competitors who just can’t seem to focus.

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Microsoft: 68 Percent of Live Subscriptions Sold at Retail

September 2, 2011 -

Microsoft claims that over two-thirds of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions purchased are obtained at retail, as opposed to using Xbox Live to renew subscriptions or buy new ones. According to what Microsoft tells MCV, 68 percent of the premium subscriptions for Xbox Live are purchased via retailers.

Robin Burrowes, marketing manager for Xbox Live, also said that Microsoft is "very respectful" of retail, and has no plans to simultaneously release Xbox 360 titles at retail and via digital download at the same time.

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Microsoft Withdraws Patent Infringement Claim Against Datel

August 31, 2011 -

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft plans to withdraw its patent infringement claims (337-715, U.S. International Trade Commission - Washington D.C.) against Datel Design & Development Ltd. over controllers for the Xbox 360. In response to the patent lawsuit, Datel took it upon itself to simply redesigned its controllers and stopped importing earlier versions of the TurboFire2 Xbox 360 Wireless that were the at the center of Microsoft's complaint filed with the U.S.

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Dream.Build.Play XNA Winners Announced

August 29, 2011 -

Guillaume Martin's puzzle/platform game Blocks That Matter has been honored with the grand prize of $40,000 in Microsoft's annual Dream.Build.Play XNA game development competition. Astronomical's Solar 2 won first prize and $20,000, followed by the action-adventure title TIC: Part 1, which won a lovely $10,000 second prize, and rhythm-game/RPG Sequence winning $5,000 for third prize. Honorable mention awards were given to Alien Jelly, for production quality; The Bridge for innovation; and Ninja Crash for fun factor.

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Castle Crashers Pink Knight Downloads Benefit Keep A Breast Foundation

August 29, 2011 -

A new report from The Behemoth development blog brings news of a new title update for Castle Crashers on Xbox Live Arcade, along with some great news for the Keep A Breast Foundation. First, The Behemoth is offering the Pink Knight DLC for Xbox Live Arcade for free and for every time it is downloaded the developer will give $1 to the Keep A Breast Foundation - until it hits the 50,000 download mark.

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Jagex: Platform Holders Were Opposed to 'Universal Community'

August 26, 2011 -

Speaking at the recent Edinburgh Interactive conference, Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard said that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all opposed the idea of the company's MMO Runescape letting players interact with other players on rival platforms.

"Some console owners wanted us to charge five Euros for Runescape. What? It would be crazy to charge for Runescape on consoles," he said. "But Sony was ahead of the game, they said they get it. They understand free. But all three said, 'okay, but, we won’t let our console play online with any other'."

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Home Consoles Still The Devices of Choice for Streaming Media

August 25, 2011 -

According to new data released by ABI Research, the most popular method of streaming Netflix content continues to be through a video game console. The new data also shows that console owners spend a substantial amount of time --seven to eight hours a week-- watching online video through their console devices.

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Newell: Microsoft Should Be More Like Sony

August 25, 2011 -

Valve co-founder Gabe Newell says that Microsoft needs to relax the terms and conditions of Xbox Live to allow other platforms onto Xbox Live. Newell made his comments related to the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive release, which features Steamworks integration. Newell said that Microsoft would do well to emulate Sony, whose decision to allow Steamworks support in the PlayStation 3 release of Portal 2 resulted in better experience on that platform.

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No Porsche for You in Forza 4

August 25, 2011 -

If you were hoping to drive a Porsche in Forza 4, you can forget about it, according to developer Turn 10. The developer of the popular racing series published by Microsoft says that the fancy car brand couldn't be included because of a licensing deal Electronic Arts already has with the company. While Turn 10 or Microsoft could have sub-licensed Porsche from EA, Turn 10 decided against it. In a post on the official Forza 4 site, Turn 10 community manager Brian Ekberg explained the absence:

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed for Xbox Live Subscription Double Billing

August 11, 2011 -

A new class action lawsuit accuses Microsoft of double billing its customer for Xbox Live subscriptions. Ryan Graves of Bloomington, Indiana has filed a class action against Microsoft in U.S. District Court in Seattle, alleging that the Xbox 360 creator double-bills its Xbox Live members and auto-renews subscriptions without their consent.

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XBLIG Title FortressCraft Sees $1.2 Million in Sales

August 11, 2011 -

FortressCraft, the Xbox Live Indie Game that most consider a cheap imitation of Mojang's popular PC title Minecraft (which is coming to Xbox Live Arcade at some point), has made more than $1 million in sales since its launch in April of this year, breaking the record for the highest-grossing XBLIG title to date.

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Zeboyd Games: Microsoft Must Do More to Promote Indie Games

July 26, 2011 -

Robert Boyd of Zeboyd Games says that Microsoft must do more to promote the best games on Xbox Live Indie Games or risk losing the service's most talented developers to other platforms. The warning comes after Boyd's games, Cthulhu Saves The World and Breath Of Death VII, sold more in one week on Steam than their entire lifespan on Xbox Live Indie Games.

"XBLIG is a great solution for new developers," Boyd told Edge. "It's cheap, easy to learn, and has a great community of people that are willing to help each other. However, from a perspective of actually making good money, I do not believe it is a viable platform. The greatest strength and greatest weakness of the service is that it's the most open platform we've ever seen on any home console. Just about anyone can release an XBLIG title, and just about anyone does. As a result, the service has got a reputation for being full of garbage."

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XBLA Head Admits That Prices Have Risen

July 23, 2011 -

XBLA portfolio director Chris Charla recently admitted to GamesIndustry.biz that the cost of purchasing an Xbox Live Arcade game has steadily crept up over the last couple of years, but added that the level of quality has kept pace with the rising prices.

"If you look at Live Arcade, and do the math, and look at the publicly available sales numbers, you can see that average prices on XBLA have crept up over the last few years, which has been an interesting trend because on some app markets there's been a race to zero as fast as possible," he said. "We've seen a little bit of the opposite happening. I don't really know where prices are going to go - ultimately, that's set by the market - but it has been really gratifying to see that people are willing to pay a premium price for digital content. "

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Report: Xbox 360 Cloud Saving Available on Select Games

July 6, 2011 -

Microsoft has activated some of its planned Xbox Live cloud save functionality, according to an MCV UK report. A select number of Xbox Live Arcade games get added cloud save functionality, allowing users to download and resume saved games from any console. It also allows for the recovery of gamertags on another machine, according to MCV.

The full set of cloud features promised by Microsoft is expected to go live when the next Xbox 360 dashboard update is released. Microsoft announced plans to introduce cloud-based services for Xbox Live at E3 last month. We do not know as of this writing what games support these new could-based features.

Source: MCV UK

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Report: Microsoft Planning Support for Free to Play on Xbox 360

June 24, 2011 -

According to a report from Develop Microsoft is now offering support for free-to-play titles on Xbox 360. Several sources close to the situation tell Develop that Microsoft is asking developers to discuss future free-to-play game deals. This is being done "behind the scenes" for the time being, according to Develop. Microsoft is looking at games that can be monetized by in-game item purchases or premium upgrades.

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Cloud Storage, Beacons Coming to Xbox Live

June 7, 2011 -

Microsoft's Larry Hryb offers some new details on Microsoft's Cloud Storage solution for the Xbox 360 on his official blog. Coming "later this year," the cloud-based storage solution will allow Xbox Live members to store game saves and their Live profiles. From the blog post:

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Security Expert: Sony, Microsoft Should Hire Hackers

June 2, 2011 -

Ligatt Security International's Gregory Evans says that both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live remain vulnerable to cyber attacks and that both companies should consider hiring hackers to test security.

"Most big corporations have what’s called an annual security audit and they go out and hire outside security companies," Ligatt Security International's Gregory Evans told Industry Gamers. "But they’re nothing but a bunch of IT managers who went out and got a bunch of certifications and now they come in to see if your system is truly hacker proof. These IT managers who take the test to become a certified computer hacker or a CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional) have to work in a lab and hack into a system that’s in a controlled environment."

Microsoft: 40 Percent of Xbox Live Activity is Non-Gaming

June 1, 2011 -

According to Microsoft's corporate communications Vice President Frank Shaw, 40 percent of all Xbox Live activity is non-gaming. Discussing the evolution of the platform as an entertainment brand rather than a pure gaming console - a theme that will be emphasized through the company’s E3 press event later this month - Shaw mentioned how much Xbox Live users are using the system for non-gaming entertainment such as music and movies.

He says that Microsoft MS intends to market Xbox 360 more "as an entertainment brand this year." Microsoft claims that it is seeing 30 hours of video consumption per month per system.

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New Xbox 360 Firmware Released

May 19, 2011 -

Microsoft has responded to reports that a new dashboard update was causing some older Xbox 360 systems to have a "disc-read error." The company said that the error was actually being caused by disc-reading algorithms, and not defects in Xbox 360 hardware.

The error “is tied to a change in the disc-reading algorithms in a recent software update,” a company spokesperson tells Develop. “It is not specific to older or newer versions of Xbox 360.”

The new firmware offers new anti-piracy measures and 1GB more space for disc-based content. Microsoft says that a "small number” of machines are not compatible with this firmware. In those cases, Microsoft is replacing those consoles with new ones.

Affected users will receive a new Xbox 360S and 12 months of Xbox Live Gold for free, the company said.

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Report: Some Xbox 360s May Be Incompatible with New Disc Format

May 18, 2011 -

You may have heard of Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 disc format and an upcoming firmware update to add support for it, but you may be one of those Xbox 360 owners whose system doesn't support it. The new XGD3 disc standard adds an additional 1GB of useable data to 360 DVDs, but a small number of Xbox 360 systems are having trouble supporting it.

According to Kotaku one beta tester owned such a system, and Microsoft rectified the situation by giving him a new system and a year's worth of Xbox Live Gold. Microsoft has not commented on the story, so this generosity could just be an isolated incident.

"Checking my e-mail earlier today I found a rather interesting message from Xbox Customer Support, saying that a software update is stopping some Xbox 360s from reading game discs," said beta tester Avery Penn.

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InfophileFor reference, see https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/accountable - It just means you have to answer for it. It has nothing to do with being punished for it.07/30/2015 - 1:47am
Mattsworknameohh, gods that game is pretty, just not my style these days07/29/2015 - 11:49pm
Andrew EisenUbisoft's Child of Light.07/29/2015 - 11:45pm
MattsworknameEnjoy man, Im gonna be playing split second myself07/29/2015 - 11:45pm
Andrew EisenSorry. That just slipped out. Off to play.07/29/2015 - 11:43pm
Andrew EisenWords have meanings, people! Use the damn dictionary! They're online! They're free! Arrggghhhh!07/29/2015 - 11:42pm
Andrew EisenThis is just depressing. I'm gonna go play video games.07/29/2015 - 11:42pm
Mattsworknameproliferation of the whole "internet movment" thing, people dont debate, they try to attack and go after peole to shut them down, casue it's easier then trying to debate the issues07/29/2015 - 11:39pm
MattsworknameWhen you break it down, what it is is the shifting of the media lanscape and how it effects news sites and other groups. once upon a time, you could have run that same article and it would have created debate, not online campagns, now, cause of the07/29/2015 - 11:38pm
MattsworknameCall it waht you wil, but thats how its viewed, not just by me, but by just about EVERYONE right now. Media, new networks, they dont' want to call it what it is, soe they call it "accountability"07/29/2015 - 11:34pm
Andrew Eisen"Gamasutra... had to pay" Yes. That's EXACTLY what it was. "Accountability" is and always was horse poop.07/29/2015 - 11:29pm
MattsworknameSo to speak07/29/2015 - 11:28pm
MattsworknameThats why this happened, you get people who felt hurt, marginalize, bettrayd, or otherwise offended, and they don't actually look at teh facts, they just attack and try to get there Blood for Blood07/29/2015 - 11:28pm
Mattsworknamefalse. Weather you think the article was right or not, there was a large group who felt taht gamastura and the other media sites had to pay for there actions, weather they deserved it or not07/29/2015 - 11:27pm
Andrew EisenTrying to yank advertising over a single opinion piece on a site that I would bet money most of the offended (if you will) didn't read, is no more an attempt at accountability than the Brown shooting's subsequent riots.07/29/2015 - 11:27pm
MattsworknameMy point andrew is that it's not about them, its about the people responding to the situation. THe brown shooting was eventually shown to be completely justified, but the "Black lives matter" meme kept on rolling despite all it's intiall claims being07/29/2015 - 11:26pm
Andrew EisenDude, you're comparing an opinion piece with someone who was shot to death. Gamasutra and Alexander already were accountable for the opinion piece in question.07/29/2015 - 11:25pm
Mattsworknamekinds of events. nor has it stopped them from being asshats in my opinion, but in there view, they have to hold someone accountible for recent events, so they are doing what they think they must, even if it's based on falsehoods07/29/2015 - 11:22pm
MattsworknameAndrew: It's really a matter of context for the people involved. For example. The "Black lives matter" thing is based on an entirely false account of events in the brown shooting, but that hasnt' stopped it from triyng to hold Polititcians accountable for07/29/2015 - 11:22pm
Andrew EisenWouldn't surprise me. A lot of words' actual meanings escape many people on the internet.07/29/2015 - 11:17pm
 

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