If Twitch Privileges Can be Pulled, What's the Limit of Microsoft's Xbox One Reputation System Punishments?

Xbox Live is one of the biggest draws to Microsoft's Xbox One console -- even with the advancements in Sony's PlayStation Network, Microsoft still retains the most loyal and competitive multiplayer community. The next step for the new console will be an updated reputation system, rolling out this month. And bad behaviour could be harshly penalised. Read More >>

A Year's Xbox Live Gold Membership for £23.99 is Your 'Sign Me Up!' Deal of the Day

The weekend is nearly upon us and there's a slight rise in temperature outside. That can mean only one thing! Sitting inside playing video games because outside is filled with dreadful, oxygen-thieving louts. Read More >>

Cross-Platform Xbox Live Gaming Could Come to Android and iOS

Unless you've got an Xbox 360 or Xbox One under your TV, or a Windows Phone handset sitting in your pocket, Microsoft's Xbox Live gaming platform is pretty much off limits to you. And no, Wordament's achievements don't count. But that may not always be the case, as it looks as though Microsoft's hoping to bring Xbox Live to rival mobile platforms in a comprehensive way. Read More >>

A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for £149 is Your "iPads are for Posers" Deal of the Day

You don't have enough stuff in your life. You might think you do, but you don't. You need more things. You always need more things. Things to put on shelves. Things to insert into your orifices. Things that you don't care for now, but might be 'worth something' in the future. Most of all, you need more gadgets to distract you from the towering clutter in your house! Read More >>

A 42-Inch 3D Smart TV Is Your "Time to Binge on Those Boxsets" Deal of the Day

There's not much of 2013 left, which is depressing for those who like to achieve things within a yearly timeframe. If you haven't done what you need to do by the close of the year, you may see yourself as a thundering disaster or, if you're sensible, you'll know that 2014 will be the same as 2013 and you can waddle around at your own speed. Read More >>

Report: The NSA Has Undercover World of Warcraft Agents

For the NSA, you real life isn't enough. No, as well as reading your emails and monitoring your phone calls, its agents have been deployed inside MMORPGs like World of Warcraft and Second Life, as well as Xbox Live. Read More >>

How Xbox Live's Cloud Computing Could Make Games That Last Forever

At Microsoft's huge Xbox reveal last spring, the company made a big hubub about the 300,000 cloud servers it would be adding to help speed up GPU and CPU heavy tasks. But in an interview with Gizmodo, Xbox Live Lead Programmer John Bruno detailed how it could change the way we think about gaming in the future. Read More >>

A Gaming Flight-Sim Chair is Your "Look Daddy, I'm a Real Pilot" Deal of the Day

We all LOVE flight simulator games, right? But it's not quite as realistic as it could be when we're sitting on an office chair, sofa or bean bag while we're playing them. Read More >>

UK Sci-Fi Classic Blake's 7 Plots Comeback on Xbox Live

Avon, Blake, Servalan and the rest of the Blake's 7 crew may be about to return, with rumours claiming Microsoft is bankrolling a re-imagined version of the sci-fi epic for exclusive distribution on Xbox Live. Read More >>

Basically Everything on the Xbox One Is Going to Need an Xbox Live Gold Account

Make no mistake, Microsoft's throwing the Xbox One head-long into subscription territory here, more so than the Xbox 360 ever was. Apart from playing single-player games offline, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of whizz-bang fun that can be had on the Xbox One without forking out for an Xbox Live Gold account. Read More >>

Microsoft Seeks Crack Online Troll-Hunters to Help Clean up Xbox Live

Microsoft's launched a weird new, semi-comic anti-trolling measure it calls Enforcement United, a tool designed to let Xbox Live Gold subscribers spend their days trawling through online content for signs of abusive behaviour. Read More >>

Is Microsoft Finally Bringing an End to Those Abusive Kids Online?

One of the biggest downsides about playing online with a headset and in-game voice chat is the barrage of abuse you get from those pesky, twatty teenagers. If it's not homophobic, it's racist, and it's very difficult to avoid without muting the thing or ditching the headset altogether. However, it looks like Microsoft is playing the White Knight and coming to our Xbox One-packing rescue to banish those idiots from our gaming lives. Read More >>

Xbox Live Gold Is Still One of the Biggest Ripoffs in Tech

A lot of mud has been slung Microsoft's way this week; much of it deserved. Used game restrictions, mandatory internet check-ins; these new impositions don't sit so well with everyone. But they also distract from the single worst thing about the Xbox One, which was also the single worst thing about Xbox 360: The tyranny of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions. Read More >>

Xbox Live Gold Is Free This Weekend

Heads up freetards -- time to get your fill your online gaming boots, as Microsoft's giving the UK a free weekend of Xbox Live Gold. You know, just in case you haven't tried it yet. Starts 12pm Friday, and there's even double XP up for grabs in Gears of War, Assassin's Creed 3 and Far Cry 3. [TomsHardware] Read More >>

Rumour: New Xbox "Always-On" DRM Decision is Down to the Publishers

A new collection of rumours regarding what we may see at Microsoft's May 21st Xbox launch appeared over the weekend, with sources claiming the new home console will see Microsoft update the Achievements system, add video sharing and leave the hot potato always-on internet connection decision down to the game makers. Read More >>

This is Why an Always-on Xbox Would Be a Bad Idea

The internet was full of more moaning sad men than usual over the weekend, as a massive chunk of downtime broke Xbox Live and crippled Microsoft's gaming service in the UK and overseas. This is why we don't want to have to deal with an always-on console. Read More >>


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