Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can log on to Xbox Live May 1-3 for a full weekend of FREE online gaming with your friends.

You may have finished the single player, but that’s only half the game. We’re unlocking multiplayer on Xbox Live Gold to give you a chance to play your favorite Xbox 360 games online. Simply log on to your Xbox 360 during the Free Multiplayer Weekend and experience the fun of fighting side-by-side with friends and allies.

*Full details here. Games sold separately.

Starting today, Xbox Live Gold Members who don’t have an Xbox One yet can start building their library of Xbox One games directly from Xbox 360 by taking advantage of the Games With Gold program. You have always been able to do it this via the web and my monthly Games With Gold posts. But now, on your Xbox 360 console head to the special Games With Gold section from the link on the home page of the console and you can ‘purchase’ it there.

See the video above that will show you exactly how to do it. And don’t forget to grab your copy of Rayman Legends for Xbox One (along with Tomb Raider for Xbox 360.)

A look at the history of Xbox Live

Earlier this week, Russ Pitts posted the second part (here is Part 1) of his look at the history of Xbox Live. Having worked on Xbox since 2003, I can say that this is one of the most comprehensive pieces I have ever read about LIVE. After reading this, I realize how lucky I was to be a part of this amazing history. Enjoy the read. I know I did.

Part 1

Part 2

 

 

 

 

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The Xbox app on Windows 10 has an updated version available starting today. Our goal is to continue to provide monthly updates of the Xbox app, to collect feedback and ideas from our community. There are a few small updates this month with more to come going forward.

You will automatically get updated to the February version of the Xbox app, when it becomes available in the Store (Beta). Once you receive the update, your version number should be 2.2.1502.02017 or higher. You can verify the version number of the Xbox app under Settings. The following features have been updated this month:

• Top Navigation Bar. The smiley face  can be used to send feedback about the app to the product team, get access to forums for the Xbox app, and you can now rate the Xbox app.

• Friends. The user experience for Friends has been updated so that you now see Suggested Friends under a Suggestions header at the top of the Friends list, with a See all button to browse the entire list of VIPs on Xbox and People you May Know. Additionally, you can now start typing in the Friends search box to instantly find specific friends.

• Settings. Small fit and finish items were added to the settings page.

 

Want to help test out Windows 10 (and the Xbox app) ? Sign up for the Windows Insider program

 

 

I’m happy to share some cool new features already available on Xbox.com to enhance how you discover and interact with your family, friends and fellow gamers:

Activity Feed: You can see everything on your feed, make text posts, and like, comment on, and share feed items directly from your browser.

Suggested Friends: This feature will help you expand your friends network and find new people to play on Xbox Live with.

As always, if you want to leave feedback on these new features or propose something completely new, head over to Xbox Feedback.

Sling TV
Today, we’re pleased to share the news of a relationship with the newly announced Sling TV, which is backed by DISH. Sling TV is an over-the-top, television service that will deliver live sports, lifestyle, family, news and information channels, Video-On-Demand (VOD) entertainment, and the best of Internet video for $20 per month.

What’s more, as the first gaming console where Sling TV will be available, we’re excited to announce that all Xbox Live members will get an exclusive extended free trial for one month at launch.*

For more details, check out the announcement over at Xbox Wire.

*Sling TV is offered at $20 per month; Xbox Live members must sign up for extended free trial

Last Minute Deals for Everyone On Your List

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There’s still time to take advantage of all the great deals this holiday season and you can read all about them in the Last Minute Deals for Everyone On Your List announcement at the Xbox Wire.

Take advantage of the $50 off* the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle and the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle with Kinect still going on in the Microsoft Store.

Here’s a list of some of the offers being offered by your favorite retailers you won’t want to miss. These deals are only valid for online purchases and are subject to change at the retailer’s discretion. 

  • Meijer: $50 off Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle or Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle with Kinect, plus a free Xbox One game of your choice
  • Newegg: $50 off Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle or Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle with Kinect, plus a free 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription and a $20 Newegg gift card

*$50 off any Xbox One console or bundle. Offer valid Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 through Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at participating retailers in the U.S.

Here are some other special holiday deals available at select participating retailers in the U.S. and through Xbox Live to help you check off the rest of your shopping list:

  • Save $20 on Sunset Overdrive and Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox One until Sunday, Dec. 28 at participating U.S. retailers
  • Save $10 on Kinect Sports Rivals, Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Zoo Tycoon or Forza Motorsport 5on Xbox One until Sunday, Dec. 28 at participating U.S. retailers
  • For Xbox fans worldwide, save 25 percent on Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on Xbox One through Xbox Live from Tuesday, Dec. 23 to Wednesday, Dec. 31
  • For Xbox Live Gold members worldwide, save 25 percent on The Crew and Far Cry 4 holiday bundle through Xbox Live until Monday, Dec. 22

Deals for Xbox 360 and Xbox Video will also be available until Wednesday, Dec. 31 through Xbox Live. Be sure to check out all the holiday offers and additional deals at your local Microsoft Store, participating retailers or on xbox.com.

Happy holiday shopping!

For the month of August, Xbox Live Gold members can look forward to two new free games on both Xbox One and Xbox 360. Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero will become free downloads on August 1st, replacing current Xbox One Games with Gold titles  Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. Now is a good time download those two if you haven’t already.

    
On Xbox 360, starting Friday, August 1st, Motocross Madness (normally US $9.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through August 15th.

Then on August 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Dishonored (normally US $19.99) for free through August 31st.

    

*Titles are available as free downloads for qualifying Xbox Live Gold members in all markets where Xbox Live is available. Some regions may offer different titles depending on market availability.