Microsoft has confirmed that playing Xbox Live online games on Windows 10 will be free on PCs and smartphones. This is similar to how the older Games for Windows Live service has set up multiplayer gaming for many years.
Microsoft, as well as Sony, got hit with some major denial of service (DDoS) attacks on its Xbox Live and PlayStation Network services during the holiday person of 2014. In a new interview, Microsoft's Xbox head Phil Spencer says he has had talks with Sony, as well as Nintendo, on how to fight off similar attacks in the future.
Microsoft has announced some of their plans for Xbox and Windows 10. The company is launching their Windows 10 Xbox Live SDK at some point today for some developers, with a slow rollout planned over the next 12 months. Xbox Live on Windows 10 will allow cross-platform play between Windows 10 devices and Xbox One.
Close on the heels of huge promotions for the Xbox One, Microsoft has announced the launch of the Xbox 360 500GB model in India at just INR 19,990 ($ 323). The special bundle for the launch includes two games - Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Call of Duty: Ghosts – as well as one month of Xbox Live Gold membership.
If you're looking for a good deal on a year's Xbox Live Gold membership right about now then Amazon's U.S. site is worth stopping by. Right now you'll find a 12-month voucher for the service discounted by $20 bringing it down to just $39.99. And considering what you get with Xbox Live Gold, that's one great deal.
Update: And everything appears to be back to normal, folks. Happy gaming!
Just a quick heads up for those of you who were hoping to get some gaming in tonight: yet again, Xbox Live is going through hiccups for some users. We'll keep an eye on the service status page and let you know when things are in the clear.
The GameStop website is currently selling a online downloadable code for 12 months of Xbox Live Gold for just $39.99. That's a $20 savings compared to its normal $59.99 price tag. The codes are limited to emails with US addresses.
If you're having a little trouble with Xbox Live this evening, then you're not alone. According to the Xbox Live status page, it began experiencing problems a short time ago with a couple of different services.
A man who claims to be part of the so-called "Lizard Squad" group that ran an attack that [brought both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network to their knees on Christmas Day has been arrested by English authorities. The person in question is 22-year-old Vinnie Omari; he was brought in by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit in England.
Boyd Multerer, the man credited with leading the creation of the Xbox Live service at Microsoft, and who later helped to make the XNA game development tools, announced his departure from the company today after working for 18 years at Microsoft.
Update: Well that was quick. Less than a half-hour after the problems hit, services appear to be restored, with Microsoft saying you should now be able to sign into Xbox Live. Happy gaming!
Original Story: The cycle of Xbox Live outages isn't over yet, folks. After going down and coming back up on Christmas day, it appears that Xbox Live is experiencing outages for Xbox One users once again.
Update: The Xbox Live status page now shows that the service is back up and running once again, after being down for much of Christmas Day and earlier today.
Original story: Microsoft is currently dealing with issues centered on its Xbox Live online service for Xbox One console owners, just a few hours after its Xbox Video and Music stores got hit with similar problems before going back online once again earlier today.
Update: The problems with Xbox Video and Xbox Music appear to be cleared up now.
Original Story: If you were looking forward to a relaxing Christmas Eve soaking up some entertainment via your Xbox One, you may be experiencing some difficulties. According to Microsoft's Xbox Live status page, the service is currently experiencing outages for both the Xbox Music Store and the Xbox Video Store on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and "other devices."
If you live near one of the Microsoft Store locations in the United States, you will be able to get a terrific deal on their already impressive Work and Play bundle of services. The package, which normally costs $199, is now priced at just $149 from now until January 4, 2015.
Some Xbox 360 owners have not been able to sign onto Microsoft's Xbox Live service since Friday evening in an extended period of down time for the service. Microsoft says it is working to restore Xbox Live but there's no word on when that might happen.
It looks like select Xbox Live services are currently down for owners of Windows 8.1 PCs trying to access the music and video stores. According to the Xbox support page, the service interruption is described as "limited" and affects "browsing the Xbox Video Store and Xbox Music Store" from your Windows 8.1 devices.
It's patch day for Age of Empires: Castle Siege, and it's a pretty hefty one at that. The 1.3 update doesn't bring anything in the way of new content or features, but it does bring a literal ton of stability and tuning tweaks.
Some Xbox One owners who have tried to sign into Xbox Live have not been able to do so this morning. Microsoft has confirmed that the online service for the game console is experiencing some issues at the moment.
Now that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has been released for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, owners of one or both of Microsoft's game consoles can also outfit their Xbox Live avatar with a version of the game's Sentinel Task Force Exoskeleton.