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October 31st 2013, 9:00 am PT

Xbox Live Gold Members get “A World of Keflings” and “Iron Brigade” Free in November

A World of Keflings Iron BrigadeThe next set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members in November will be A World of Keflings and Iron Brigade.

Starting Friday (November 1st) A World of Keflings (Normally US $9.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through November 15th .

Then on November 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Iron Brigade (Normally US $9.99) for free.

The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

October 31st 2013 at 9:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 924 comments

October 15th 2013, 8:42 am PT

Xbox Live Compute, Smartglass, Kinect and More

Learn more about Xbox Live Computer, Smartglass and in the above video and over on Xbox Wire

October 15th 2013 at 8:42 am | Xbox Live, Xbox One | 49 comments

October 14th 2013, 6:00 am PT

New Friends App and Multiplayer Features for Xbox Live on Xbox One

Let’s start off the week with a look at how the friends list will work on Xbox One. Watch the above video where I walk you through how followers will work on Xbox Live. Don’t worry, the friends lists is still there…but we’ve also added the ability for you to have thousands of followers as well.

I explain more below (which I have cross posted on Xbox Wire) :

Xbox Live has always been about building an amazing community. When we first launched the service back in 2002, our vision was to create a premium online place where friends could come together to play games. With your support we’ve created the world’s largest, most-active gaming and entertainment community and now, as we look ahead to the launch of Xbox One on Nov. 22, we want to pause for a moment to celebrate our community and tell you about what we are doing to make it even better. With that in mind throughout the upcoming days in this “Week of Xbox Live,” we will share more news and information about what is coming to Xbox Live.

First, we want to thank you for choosing and for spending more time with us. In the last 12 months, we delivered more than 20 billion hours of gaming and entertainment on Xbox, over 17% growth over the previous year. We’re proud and humbled to be the top online gaming service – according to NPD’s August 2013 Online Gaming report, close to 50% more online console gamers use the Xbox 360 for playing online than the PlayStation 3.

With your increasing engagement with and growing community, we’re able invest in new features and future innovations that bring more amazing experiences to you and the community on Xbox Live.

Your New Friends App on Xbox One
Designed around you and your friends, Xbox One will have plenty of room for all your favorite people in the brand new Friends system on Xbox One. Your Xbox 360 friends will automatically be added to your Friends list. With Xbox One you can have 1,000 friends, connect with people instantly by following them and have infinite followers yourself. You can also see all of your Xbox One and Xbox 360 friends and their activity in your Activity Feed.

Similar to the other social media networks, Xbox One allows you to share the latest in games and entertainment with fellow gamers, friends and family, or even celebrities and gaming personalities by following people. For example, on Xbox One you can search for me by my gamertag and follow me to see what I share publicly, such as my latest game scores and achievements.

On your Xbox One, there are now more ways to connect than simply sending a friend invite. For example, the one-way follow model of Xbox One allows Xbox Live members to connect with the people they care about in an easier way than ever before.

Friends and Followers
So what’s the difference between a friend and a follower? They are all considered your friends on Xbox One, but the levels of privacy between the two are different. You can follow anyone you want and it’s completely up to them if they follow you back. You can also decide what information your followers can see about you.

When you and another gamer mutually follow each other, it creates a more interactive relationship that unlocks the ability for you both to see information like when each other are online, what achievements you earn in real time and what you’re up to on Xbox One.

The Friends app is also an awesome way to find out about new games and activities to take your Xbox One experience to a whole new level.

“A great driver in ‘Forza Motorsport 5,’ for example, could have a huge group of thousands or even millions of followers all tracking their performance in-game,” Rob Lehew, Xbox Live Program Manager, said. “Those followers can have this driver on their personal leaderboard so that they can constantly keep track of how they stack-up, and they can potentially connect online with the driver to get into a race with him.”

Your Gaming Community on Xbox One
Xbox Live on Xbox One was rebuilt from the ground up so that we could combine the hardware and the power of the cloud in completely new ways. Because of this, the new generation of Xbox Live puts you at the center of all your entertainment and games, with the community you built.

Along with the community, the gaming experience you know and love has evolved and gotten even better on Xbox One. A great example of this is Achievements. There are now two types of Achievements: achievements and time-based challenges. The former is similar to the achievements you earn on Xbox 360. Challenges on the other hand are only available for a certain period of time. What you accomplish during that timeframe will count towards unlocking the challenge.

As a nod to our stellar community, many challenges require a community to work together towards a common goal. Imagine, for example, a game releases a weekend objective that requires players to cumulatively secure an objective “X” number of times in a three day period. And every person who participates and helps build towards the challenge’s goals unlocks that Achievement and earns its reward.

Achievements only scratch the surface of what you can do with gaming on Xbox One.
We also continue to make major investments to make multiplayer gaming on Xbox One even better. The video above highlights some of the work our team has done to continue advancing multiplayer on Xbox Live. We are the only premium gaming service in the world to offer Smart Match, which makes it easier, faster and more enjoyable to get into best-in-class multiplayer gaming. Over time the system gets even better as it learns more about you and your friends. Plus no more waiting in lobbies – Just a better multiplayer experience. You can read more details on Smart Match and the Xbox One reputation system.

We have always been laser-focused on those who make our community what it is. This is the community that you built, and we could not be more excited to take this next step with you in the coming months. During the next few days in this “Week of Xbox Live”, we will continue to share news and more information about what is coming soon to Xbox Live.

Cross Posted on Xbox Wire

October 14th 2013 at 6:00 am | Xbox Live, Xbox One | 201 comments

October 8th 2013, 12:16 pm PT

Coming soon to the Xbox Live Game Store

Here is a look at some of the upcoming content scheduled for the Xbox Live Store Follow me on Twitter for additional updates.


Xbox LIVE Arcade  Release Date USD
Let’s Sing and Dance  9-Oct 9.99
Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion  9-Oct 9.99
The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 – Faith  11-Oct 4.99
Who Wants to be a Millionaire  16-Oct 9.99
Hexodius  16-Oct 9.99
     
Game Add-ons Release Date USD
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Season Pass  8-Oct 19.99
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Hanger 6  8-Oct 4.99
Minceraft: Skin Pack Battle & Beast 2  9-Oct 1.99
A Wolf Among Us: Season Pass – Episodes 2-5  11-Oct 14.99
Pinball FX2: Star Wars  16-Oct 9.99
     
Deal of the Week Discount Dates Discount
Movie Theme 8-Oct to 14-Oct  
 Star Trek     50% off 
 Aliens: Colonial Marines     50% off 
 Guardians of the Middle Earth     50% off 
 Pacific Rim     50% off 
 Aliens v Predator     50% off 
 Transformers     50% off 
 RIPD     50% off 
 Real Steel     50% off 
 X-Men     50% off 
     
 Storm  15-Oct to 21-Oct 50% off
 Capsized    50% off
 Tekken Tag Tournament 2    50% off
 Ben 10 Omniverse™    50% off
 Ben 10™ Galactic Racing    50% off
 BEN 10 ULTIMATE ALIEN™    50% off
Tomb Raider Underworld   50% off
Battlestations Midway   75% off
Balltestations Pacific   80% off
     
Sales & Specials Discount Dates Discount
Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Personalization Packs Sale  8-Oct to 14-Oct  
 Jungle Warfare    25% off
 Benjamins    25% off
 Dia De Muertos    25% off
 Graffiti    25% off
 Kawaii    25% off
 Party Rock    25% off
 Zombies    25% off
 Viper    25% off
 Bacon    25% off
 Cyborg    25% off
 Dragon    25% off
 Aqua    25% off
 Breach    25% off
 Coyote    25% off
 Glam    25% off
 Rogue    25% off
 Pack-A-Punch    25% off
     
Games on Demand Release Date  
Armored Core: Verdict Day  11-Oct  
Just Dance 2014  11-Oct  
F1 2013  15-Oct  
Kinect Star Wars  15-Oct  
Air Conflicts: Vietnam  15-Oct  
     

Note: Prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region

October 8th 2013 at 12:16 pm | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Live | 146 comments

October 4th 2013, 6:54 am PT

Battlefield 4 Beta

Battlefield 4™Content: Battlefield 4 Beta
Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: The Beta features all-out war in the multiplayer map Siege of Shanghai. Battlefield 4 is the genre-defining action blockbuster made of moments that blur the line between game and glory. Fueled by the next-generation power and fidelity of Frostbite™ 3, Battlefield 4 provides a visceral, dramatic experience unlike any other. Only in Battlefield will you blow the foundations of a dam or reduce an entire skyscraper to rubble. Only in Battlefield will you lead a naval assault from the back of a gun boat. Battlefield grants you the freedom to do more and be more while playing to your strengths and carving your own path to victory. This is an online only multiplayer Beta. Please note that the Beta is still undergoing testing before its official release and does not reflect the quality of the final product.

 

Add the beta your Xbox 360 download queue

Enjoy the beta? Order the full game for Xbox 360 or Xbox 0ne

 
 

October 4th 2013 at 6:54 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One | 40 comments

October 2nd 2013, 8:23 am PT

LIVE Activity for week of Sept. 23

Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles (based on UU’s)

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Grand Theft Auto V
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
FIFA 14
EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13 
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Madden NFL 25
GTA IV
Battlefield 3 
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Halo 4 
Diablo III
Skyrim
Ascend: Hand of Kul
Modern Warfare 2 
NBA 2K13
EA SPORTS FIFA 14 Downloadable Demo
Rainbow Six Vegas
Halo: Reach
Gears of War 3 
   

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Terraria – Xbox 360 Edition
State of Decay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Castle Crashers 
Trials Evolution
DuckTales: Remastered
BattleBlock Theater
Magic 2014  Duels of the Planeswalkers
The Walking Dead
Girl Fight
Trials HD
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Worms 2: Armageddon
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Decade Duels Plus
Sonic Adventure 2
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
Counter-Strike: GO
Joy Ride Turbo
Fruit Ninja Kinect 
  The above list is based on full versions purchased.

Top Indie Games (Full Versions purchased)

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Avatar Survival Games
Avatar Warfare!
CastleMiner Z  
White Noise Online  
Mount Your Friends 
Avatar Farm Online
Avatar Deathmatch 
Murder Miners 
CastleMiner
The Impossible Game  
Shark Attack Deathmatch  
Avatar Laser Wars 2
Avatar Miner Paintball  
Avatar Honor and Duty
Total Miner: Forge 
Sexy Island Adventure
Block World  
Thunder Moon Online
The Co-Op Zombie Game  
Avatar Legends 
  The above list is based on full versions purchased.

These lists are based on global unique users connected to Xbox Live or in the case of Arcade and Indie Games, full versions purchased during the week.

Some content (and therefore the links) may not be available in all Xbox LIVE regions

October 2nd 2013 at 8:23 am | Top LIVE, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 69 comments

October 1st 2013, 10:01 am PT

“Destiny” Beta

Details on the Destiny Beta that was just announced. In addition Activision and Bungie have released a new trailer entitled “The Moon,” featuring a highlighted destination in the game, and the Hive, one of the four enemy races featured in Destiny:

Here are the pertinent details on the Beta that I’ve parsed out of the announcement:

ACTIVISION AND BUNGIE ANNOUNCE DESTINY BETA EARLY 2014
Pre-Order Now at Participating Retailers for Invite-Only Access to Beta
Shared World Shooter Game Launches Next Spring

Activision Publishing and Bungie today announced that fans who pre-order the game at participating retailers worldwide will get early access to the Destiny Beta, which will include a diverse sampling of major activities featured in the full game. The Beta will begin in early 2014 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4.

Destiny Beta Redemption Codes are only available while supplies last. To see a list of participating global retailers, fans can visit http://www.destinythegame.com/wheretobuy. Upon pre-ordering the game at a participating retailer, fans can visit http://bungie.net/beta and follow the instructions on the page to secure their spot in the Beta. The required 9-digit entry code will be printed on their receipt, on a flyer distributed at time of purchase or sent via email through their respective retail rewards program. Fans that pre-ordered before October 1st 2013 and qualify for this offer are automatically entered into the Beta and will receive their entry code from their retailer via email. All questions or concerns related to the Beta code should be brought to the attention of the retailer.

Pre-Order Destiny for Xbox 360 or Xbox One from Amazon or the Microsoft Store

October 1st 2013 at 10:01 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One | 101 comments

October 1st 2013, 9:24 am PT

Xbox Live Free Gold Weekend This Weekend

Starting this Friday (4, October)  through Sunday (6, October) we’ll be unlocking Xbox Live Gold for the below regions. If you are not a Gold Member yet, it’s a great opportunity to try Multiplayer on your favorite games.

Regions include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam

Your region not listed above? We’ve got your covered with the following dates:

Oct. 11 – 14: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico
Nov. 7 – 10: Japan

Have fun and I’ll see you on Xbox Live.

     

October 1st 2013 at 9:24 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 43 comments

September 30th 2013, 9:00 am PT

Games with Gold: “Might & Magic Clash of Heroes” and “Halo 3” Free in October

Might & Magic Clash of Heroes™ Halo 3

The next set of free games for Xbox Live Members in September will be Might & Magic Clash of Heroes and
Halo 3.

Starting Tuesday (October 1st) Might & Magic Clash of Heroes (Normally US $14.99) will be free for Xbox LIVE Gold members through October 15th .

Then on October 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Halo 3 (Normally US $14.99) for free.

As a reminder, the “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

September 30th 2013 at 9:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 386 comments

August 30th 2013, 9:46 am PT

Watch the Halo 4 Global Championship this Sunday

The Halo 4 Global Championship takes place live from PAX at Benaroya Hall in Seattle and on Xbox LIVE this Sunday at 4PM PDT. This is an incredibly exciting event for the team, as we showcase eSports and Halo 4 with a very ambitious production both for the fans onsite and through our Xbox LIVE interactive broadcast.

In addition to the tournament itself, we’ll also have exclusive Xbox One content debuting during the show as well as music performances that celebrate the spirit of PAX in a special way. Personally, there’s one performer I can’t wait to see the audience embrace. It’s going to be fun.

The Xbox LIVE audience will also have a chance to choose the content of the show, voting live on the console for which new Xbox One trailers they want to see first.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention that the audience on Xbox LIVE as well as those at the venue will have a chance to win an Xbox One at launch! Follow @HaloWaypoint on Twitter for details. They’ll announce the tweetstakes ahead of the show.

If you’d like to attend the event in person, you’ve got a couple options. First, PAX attendees get first crack at seats with the doors opening at 3:00PM. If there are any seats available after the PAX attendees are seated, the public will be allowed entry free of charge!

PAX is the ultimate celebration of gaming, and we hope we’ll do the great spirit of PAX community justice with the Halo 4 Global Championship show. I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

     

August 30th 2013 at 9:46 am | Halo, Xbox Live | 30 comments

August 30th 2013, 9:00 am PT

Games with Gold for September: Magic 2013 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas

Magic 2013 TC's RainbowSix Vegas

The next set of free games for Xbox Live Members in September will be Magic 2013 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas.

Starting Sunday (September 1st)  Magic 2013 (Normally US $9.99) will be free for Xbox LIVE Gold members through September 15th .

Then on September 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download  Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas (Normally US $19.99) for free. Note: South Africa Xbox Live members will receive Banjo Kazooie:  Nuts & Bolts instead of RSV.

As a reminder, the “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

Updated tiles for South Africa

August 30th 2013 at 9:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 1,091 comments

August 29th 2013, 9:00 am PT

Xbox One delivers premium voice quality via hardware improvements and Skype’s audio codec

Today we want to share some details about the incredible voice chat improvements made to Xbox One and how these changes will enhance your communication with the Xbox One Chat Headset on the console.

Thanks to integration with Skype’s audio codec, which has a proven track record of high-quality voice through billions of hours of use within Skype, as well as dedicated audio processing (for Xbox One conversations via Skype and multiplayer party chats), Xbox One offers higher quality voice chat with the Xbox One Chat Headset compared to Xbox 360—whether you’re chatting in-game or through party chat with Skype on Xbox One.

But the improvements don’t stop there. The Xbox One Wireless Controller’s new expansion port dramatically expands the data transfer rate between the controller and console. Combined with Skype’s audio codec, this enables crystal-clear digital audio with the Xbox One Chat Headset, both capturing and rendering speech at 24 KHz PCM, which is triple the rendering sample rate and a 50 percent capture rate improvement over Xbox 360 headsets. And, as we shared before, the Xbox One Chat Headset comes with every Xbox One console.

But don’t just take our word for it. Listen to this short sample for yourself:

We think gamers will immediately notice the improvement here—whether it’s through crystal clear in-game chats over the Xbox One Chat Headset, through the sound of crisper conversations taking place over Skype or with your multiplayer party chat.

We can’t wait for you to hear the improvements first-hand in a couple months.

*Voice chat requires Xbox Live. In-game voice chat and Skype require an Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately).

Cross posted on Xbox Wire

August 29th 2013 at 9:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One | 317 comments

August 26th 2013, 10:00 am PT

The Next Xbox Live Update for Xbox 360 is Here

Today, we’re announcing the release of the Fall (or Spring depending on where you are from) 2013 Xbox Live Update for Xbox 360. It brings several features for Xbox Live members, chief among them the ability to buy content on Xbox 360 using local currency.

What do you need to do to get this update? The next time you log into Xbox Live, you will automatically be prompted to start the download. After that, when you go to initiate a purchase or redeem a Microsoft Points card through your Xbox 360, we’ll add to your Microsoft account an amount of currency equal to or greater than the Xbox Marketplace value of your Microsoft Points. We’ll also continue to accept purchased Microsoft Points Cards and codes until further notice. It’s that easy.

For more information read this FAQ on Xbox.com

August 26th 2013 at 10:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 291 comments

August 22nd 2013, 5:06 am PT

Upload Outreach Program

We are excited to announce the Upload Outreach Program, an effort to attract creative minds from around the world to become a major part of the Upload experience.  Selected users will receive a brand new Xbox One, a
1- year Xbox Live Gold membership and a selection of launch titles *, and will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with the Upload team to see their content show up within the Upload experience.  

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

IF YOU’RE SELECTED:

We’ll notify you by email and you will receive:

  • An Xbox One
  • A 1-year Xbox Live Gold subscription
  • A selection of Xbox One Launch games*
  • The opportunity to collaborate with the Upload team

Watch the video for more contest details or see Terms and Conditions
* number of games and titles may vary

August 22nd 2013 at 5:06 am | Xbox Live, Xbox One | 118 comments

August 16th 2013, 2:50 am PT

Xbox Live Gold Members: Download your free copies of Dead Rising 2” and “Dead Rising: Case Zero”

Dead Rising 2 DR2: CASE ZERO

Today until August 31st, Xbox Live Gold Members can grab BOTH Dead Rising 2 (Normally US $29.99) and Dead Rising 2: Case Zero (Normally 400 points) for free. Download them both today.

The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

August 16th 2013 at 2:50 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 399 comments

August 14th 2013, 1:18 pm PT

Video interview with IW’s Tina Palacios about the COD Ghosts news

Tina Palacios shares the highlights from today’s Call Of Duty: Ghosts Multiplayer event in LA.

August 14th 2013 at 1:18 pm | Call of Duty, Xbox Live | 80 comments

August 14th 2013, 12:20 pm PT

Introducing Season Pass Guarantee: Buy a Season Pass on Xbox 360, Get a Season Pass for the Same Game on Xbox One Free

Good news today via Xbox Wire

Fans of Season Passes now have another reason to look forward to Xbox One with the Season Pass Guarantee program.  With Season Pass Guarantee, you can purchase a Season Pass for a participating Xbox 360 title and automatically receive access to download the equivalent Xbox One Season Pass.* It’s simple.

Some of the biggest publishers, including Activision, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, are lined up for the Season Pass Guarantee program, offering season pass content you can’t find anywhere else for blockbuster titles in 2013 and 2014. You’ll be able access exclusive season pass content on anticipated titles like “Call of Duty: Ghosts” and “Battlefield 4” on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Season Pass Guarantee makes transitioning from Xbox 360 to Xbox One an easier and smoother process, so you don’t have to worry about which console you’re playing games on or repurchasing your existing add-ons on Xbox One.

Stay tuned as publishers and titles participating in the Season Pass program are announced in the coming months.

*Xbox Live members must own the same game on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One in order to receive Season Pass Guarantee benefits.

 

August 14th 2013 at 12:20 pm | Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One | 165 comments

August 9th 2013, 2:02 pm PT

An update on the change from MS Points to Local Currency

More information about the change from Microsoft Points to local currency that we announced at E3:

Earlier this year, we announced that we are bringing local currency to Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. This change was a direct result of customer feedback. You told us you want to be able to buy things using money instead of points, and we listened.

Our goal is to make this transition as easy as possible for you. After the next Xbox 360 system update, when you go to buy something or redeem a Microsoft Points card or code with your Microsoft account, we’ll add to your account an amount of currency equal to or greater than the Xbox Marketplace value of your Microsoft Points, which will be retired.

Making a purchase will be faster and easier than ever. You will see item prices expressed in local currency; no need to calculate what an item costs! You will still be able to directly purchase content from Xbox stores using any current form of payment available in your region, including credit cards. And starting in late 2013, you’ll also be able to buy new Xbox Gift Cards (denominated in your local currency) through our online retailers and in local retail stores. These gift cards can be added to your Microsoft account online and are another easy-to-use payment option for customers.

Don’t worry about your Microsoft Points Cards either. We’ll continue to accept purchased Microsoft Points Cards and codes until further notice, and we’ll add to your account an amount of local currency equal to or greater than the Marketplace value of those points. In addition, we know you’ve worked hard on your Microsoft Points earned through Xbox Live Rewards. These will remain in your Xbox Live account and transition to local currency with the rest of your Microsoft Points.

Source: Xbox Wire

August 9th 2013 at 2:02 pm | Xbox Live | 247 comments

August 9th 2013, 10:00 am PT

Xbox One: Sharing Digital Games and Gold

Today Marc Whitten has posted details on how Xbox One will expand how you share your games and outlines some of the benefits that Gold members will be getting at no additional cost.

Here are the highlights:

Sharing Digital Games
Everyone in your home can share digital games with each other. Your Xbox One can become your virtual game library filled with digital games that different people in the home bought. Anyone can pick any digital game on your Xbox One, sign in with their own gamertag and play – even if the owner is not signed in. Like physical media, you can also play many digitally downloaded games without being online, although experiences will be best when connected to the internet and Xbox Live. Finally, when you purchase a digital game, you can start playing even before the entire game downloads.

Because your digital games go with you, you can also use and share digital games when you sign in to another console. And, if you happen to buy a digital game when you are signed in on your friend’s console, your game will also be available on your Home Xbox One console for anyone to use.

Sharing digital games is a great feature of Xbox One, and we’re also making it possible for Xbox Live Gold members to share some of the best benefits of Gold.

Sharing Xbox Live Gold benefits
At E3 this year, we briefly highlighted a new benefit we’re bringing to Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One. We’re calling it Home Gold. It will enable any Xbox Live Gold member on Xbox One to extend many Gold features to others at no additional cost. One Xbox Live Gold account delivering great benefits to everyone in the home.

Here’s how Xbox Live Gold members can extend Gold benefits including multiplayer gaming, Game DVR, SmartMatch and access to entertainment apps and experiences, including The NFL on Xbox, Skype, Internet Explorer:

  • At home. You can set up your console at home so that anyone who uses that console will enjoy multiplayer gaming and access to entertainment apps – even if you are not home or logged in.
  • On the go. You can log in at a friend’s house and everyone there can enjoy multiplayer gaming and access to entertainment apps while you are logged in.

At Home with Xbox One
If you’re an Xbox Live Gold member, an unlimited number of people can enjoy many benefits of Xbox Live Gold while they are using your Home Xbox One console. Friends and family will simply create their own account and gamertag and be able to enjoy Xbox Live online multiplayer gaming and access to entertainment apps.

Friends coming over to play? No problem. They can log in with their own gamertag and play online multiplayer. Even if you sign off, your friends and family can enjoy multiplayer gaming while they are playing on your Home Xbox One console.

At a Friend’s House with Xbox One
On Xbox One if you are an Xbox Live Gold member, you will be able to go to a friend’s house and play co-op multiplayer– even if your friend is not a Gold subscriber. Once you log in with your Xbox Live Gold account, everyone using that console can access multiplayer and entertainment apps for as long as you are logged in.

At Home with Xbox 360 and Xbox One
If you are an Xbox Live Gold member today, you are already set for Xbox One. Your Xbox Live Gold membership for Xbox 360 will seamlessly become an Xbox Live Gold account on your Xbox One and you will be able to enjoy Xbox Live Gold features on either console. You can even be logged in to Xbox 360 and Xbox One at the same time. Home Gold benefits are exclusively for Xbox One.

What Home Gold Means for the Xbox One Experience
With Xbox One everyone in your home has a personalized account, which will enable powerful and personal experiences, and that’s one of the reasons why we wanted to create Home Gold. It means that your account and your gamertag are truly yours. You don’t have to share your gamertag for multiplayer gaming with others in your home, or see recommendations for your kid’s cartoons next to the recommended first-person shooter for you. It also means that you can introduce new games and enjoy multiplayer with friends while they are at your house. Last but not least, it also means that when you buy one Xbox Live Gold membership, multiple people can enjoy the best benefits of Xbox Live Gold on your Xbox One at no additional charge.

 

August 9th 2013 at 10:00 am | Xbox Live, Xbox One | 492 comments

August 6th 2013, 8:47 am PT

Saints Row IV Inauguration Station

Saints Row IV Inauguration Station
Price: Free
Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Description: Upload characters created or modified in the "Inauguration Station" to play with them in Saints Row IV. Tip: You can download your Saints Row: The Third characters to update them for Saints Row IV. Browse an online gallery to view thousands of shared community characters.

 

Add the free download to your Xbox 360 download queue

Pre-Order Saints Row IV

 

August 6th 2013 at 8:47 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 124 comments

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