Posts Tagged ‘Xbox LIVE’

As per a blog post by Xbox LIVE’s Larry Hryb, otherwise known as Major Nelson, Xbox 360 users are now invited to try out the “2013 Xbox Live Update for Xbox 360 Public Beta,” which adds many performance enhancing updates. Notably, users will be able to make purchases using real-life currency, with the current Microsoft Points system being discontinued later on this year with the Xbox One on the way.

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Today’s been a big day for announcements in the technology space, not least with Microsoft taking to the stage at this year’s E3. We’d all geared ourselves up for an Xbox One onslaught, and whilst we were treated to some new next generation loveliness, it was the current Xbox 360 that caught our attention the most.

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Microsoft has released a brand-new title to iOS, and although it is by no means the Redmond company’s first game for the Apple platform, it is the first time an iOS title has packed Xbox LIVE Achievements. So not only can you have fun with yet another brain-teasing puzzler, but you can also top up your Gamerscore in the process. It’s called Wordament, and is absolutely free to download over at the App Store. Details, as well as that all-important download link, are coming up after the break.

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Xbox Live members, I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you. Which one do you want to hear first? Assuming you answered with good news: Microsoft has started this new thing where they gift Microsoft Points to Xbox LIVE members on their birthday. Cool, huh? Well, there’s some bad news to follow, and you’ll have to head past the jump for that!

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If you’ve been sitting back looking at Windows XP or the Windows Vista boot screen on your PC when it is loading and trying to convince yourself that upgrading to Windows 8 would be the most reasonable thing to do, then the fact that Microsoft’s new operating system comes bundled with a little bit of the Xbox experience may just do the trick and convince you. Microsoft have some pretty fantastic products and services, with Windows, the Xbox gaming console and their Windows Phone platform, they have a pretty solid product line up.

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Microsoft is set to announce a mystery product during an event today, with speculation currently doing the rounds as to what the Redmond outfit could potentially have up its sleeve. At this point it is clear that a Microsoft branded tablet is looking extremely likely, but new rumors suggest there may be a little more to it than that.

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Microsoft has today released three new apps to add to its burgeoning collection of media-based apps for the Xbox 360 console. Microsoft may be in the middle of having to deflect questions about the replacement for its ageing Xbox 360, but the Redmond outfit clearly isn’t getting ready to put the world’s favorite home console out to pasture just yet.

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Video games are a big business, and the mobile video game industry is growing at an alarming rate. You just need to look at the iPhone App Store’s top fifty applications to see just how popular games on mobile devices are, and again, they are growing faster than we actually hoped for. It is no wondering that developers are starting to invest a lot of time and money into producing highly polished and professional looking mobile games which in some instances even feature professionally recorded soundtracks.

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Regardless of whether or not you are a gamer, I am sure you are aware of the astronomical rise in popularity of video games in the last decade. In 2007 the estimated vale of the worldwide gaming industry was approximately $41.9 billion, with that total expected to rise at a rate of 9.1% annually. To give some scale as to how far the industry has come, in 1982 the gaming sector was valued at $1.5 billion, in 1990 it was $4.7 billion, in 1997 it was $7 billion and in 2004 it had risen dramatically but was still only valued at $25.4 billion.

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Microsoft is on a roll these day! First, they pushed out the official My Xbox LIVE app for the iPhone and iPad, then they released Kinectimals; which is the first game ever by Microsoft to land on iOS, then they released SkyDrive for iPhone, and now they’ve pushed out a big treat for all Halo: Reach fans out there.

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Microsoft rolled out its Dashboard update to Xbox 360 users just last week, with strong emphasis on streaming media and video related content.

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If you’re an Xbox 360 owner then you’re probably acutely aware that Microsoft has a brand new, completely revamped version of the Dashboard is on the way. Being the main interface into everything that goes on inside an Xbox 360, the Dashboard is an integral part of the experience, and this upcoming update is the biggest change it has undergone in quite some time.

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