Xbox 360 Free Multiplayer Weekend (May 1-3)

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.

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  • Professor Oak

    I wish you guys would extend our Xbox Live Gold a few days when you do these weekends. Some of us pay our gold year after year to play games online, be nice to get a few days when online is free for everyone.

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    • TheHeraldOfDeath

      Agreed.

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    • evilfangs .

      3 days is nothing! I pay for WWE Network and they give out free months to new customers all the dam time!

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      • Professor Oak

        I know 3 days is nothing, worth less than 11 cents a day for me. Still would be nice to get a couple days back.

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      • Dirk Diggler

        You obviously don’t know how WWE Network works. They HAVE to give free months away because of how the monthly charge works. Example…I signed back up for the Network the day BEFORE Wrestlemania. What this means is no matter what I got Extreme Rules for FREE because they couldn’t charge me until the day AFTER Extreme Rules. This is why they made it “Free to new subs” The same thing happened in February when people could sub the day before the Royal Rumble in Jan and get Fast Lane for free in Feb. WWE has their hands tied and are forced to give away these free months when the billing dates are like this.

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      • http://www.v0id.co.uk/ v0id

        Every Xbox console sold gets upto three one month gold subs (One sub per gamertag created)

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    • Catalyst

      These days are for multiplayer only. They do not get any other Gold benefits during this time, otherwise I would agree.

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      • Professor Oak

        Multiplayer is and has always been the main benefit of gold. Just saying, not that big of a deal, but I pay to play online, be nice to get some give back from this.

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      • eAbyss

        At one time I would have agreed with you but console users have been spending more time streaming media over the past 6 years than gaming. Consoles do more than one thing as well they should. The other functions of Gold add value to what is already a great system but one part of the ecosystem or another remains hidden to potential customers in these limited Gold unlocks.

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    • GypsyMic

      entitled much?

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      • Professor Oak

        Read my other replies, I don’t care that much, just said it would be nice.

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    • Pemalite

      Or give something free to gold members… Oh wait they do. Games every month.

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  • http://itsmassivepaper.com Massive Paper

    Free days on xbox gold……… how about giving us something decent for games with gold? Or just give me 3 bucks back every month.

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    • Michael Burden

      You can get that by playing the Games With Gold titles for 10 hours each.

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  • http://gamenology1.wordpress.com/ Ahnaf Mahmud

    A ripoff of PS Plus online multiplayer weekend.

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    • Michael Burden

      Microsoft has done this a LOT longer than SONY has. Care to try again?

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      • TheHeraldOfDeath

        Hahaha, OMG the Sony fans always crack me up.

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      • http://gamenology1.wordpress.com/ Ahnaf Mahmud

        Oh ok, sorry about that, I barely keep up with Xbox news so had no idea Microsoft does this as well.

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      • Massamo

        why are you on a microsoft news site anyway if you barely keep up with xbox news

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      • Costas

        You know the asnswer

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      • http://gamenology1.wordpress.com/ Ahnaf Mahmud

        I saw this on Twitter

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  • Rohan Mayers

    Microsoft you should make online play on Xbox 360 free now without the need for Xbox Live Gold. And do a big marketing push to developing nations. I know you are focusing on the Xbox One but the Xbox 360 has a lot better experience because of its long legacy. You can use the Xbox 360 to bring new and poor gamers into gaming especially now with the external HDD.

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    • TheHeraldOfDeath

      I’m curious to see why you think it would benefit a poor gamer to buy an Xbox 360 if he probably can’t afford the games because he can’t afford the $30 to buy Gold? Besides he would have more benefit with Gold because of GwG.
      It sounds like a pirate’s plea to be able to use XBL for free.

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      • Rohan Mayers

        Xbox Live GOld is $60 USD. In my example, I mentioned developing nations. Lets say someone is in Jamaica, Haiti, Brazil, etc and they do not have enough disposable income and not good internet connection. They buy a 4GB Xbox 360 for $99 USD, and have a 16GB flash drive, they are good if online play was free. They could buy used old games and play against their friends locally or internationally online without the burden of additional cost. Finally, I have over 150 Xbox 360 games digitally. I am no way a pirate. I am a gaming humanist!

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      • TheHeraldOfDeath

        ;).
        Yes, officially it is, but even in Brazil (I know because I have friends there) you can get Xbox Live for half through sites like eBay. The codes are universal in every country.
        Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see free multiplayer, but it’s not going to happen as it would undermine Xbox Live Gold on the Xbox One. It won’t happen until Sony, who now does the same, is out of the industry and MS are completely forced to do it.

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      • Komrad

        Almost every day this week I’ve seen 12 months of gold for $35 . I usually pay $40. Microsoft is a business . They exist to make money pay creating products and services that people are willing to pay for.

        If they give everything away for free , how are they supposed to make money?

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  • ImTheMetalLord

    WONDERFUL!! Gonna be open season on noobs this weekend.

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  • csucoldpizza

    Multiplayer should be free by now. Come on already.

    Robin Williams– What year is it?!!!

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    • evilfangs .

      2014.

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      • csucoldpizza

        Shoot, someone tell microsoft!

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      • evilfangs .

        I sent them a message but I had to use internet explorer at the time so it might arrive late.

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      • csucoldpizza

        Did you forget your hotmail or live email account password?

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    • Guest

      The year of PC gaming, since that’s where almost every Xbox “exclusive” is going to.

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    • Caught_an_FPS

      Why?

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  • Ricky Garrido

    It’s great to see Microsoft still supporting the 360. While most of my gaming is on the One now, I still regularly use my 360. It’s a system that refuses to die.

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  • Lucky13X

    Awesome for those who are still Silver.

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  • GypsyMic

    No, this doesn’t let you download the GWG games. Knew someone would ask, gonna answer before it happens.

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  • gtx

    off-topic,really hate online achievement..in some cases the server closes down meaing you will never get relative achievement

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    • http://www.v0id.co.uk/ v0id

      We should also be able to delete our achievements. I’ve got so many games where I’ve only got one or two because the game was rubbish, and now they’yre forever stained on my profile

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  • Dirk Diggler

    This would be great if Xbox Live actually worked. And before people say it works for me…there has been a service alert for 360 for the last 4 days.

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    • ImTheMetalLord

      what country? I’m in the US and on mine as we speak and been on it all day for that matter.

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      • Burnt Offering

        It has been down for a lot of the US. It has been hit and miss instead of a complete outage, and the problem seems to very off and on.

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      • Dirk Diggler

        IM in the US as well..Not only was there a service alert but Xbox support even had it on their twitter last night that people were having problems signing into xbox live.

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    • Roy Guy

      Works for me 🙂

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      • Dirk Diggler

        I posted this 20 hours ago.

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    • evilfangs .

      Lizard Squad at work again?

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  • TheHeraldOfDeath

    Off topic I know but has anyone seen the Kickstarter for Yooka-Laylee?
    First I want to say it looks great and am glad we’re getting another 3D platformer (it’s going to hit the 1 million dollar goal soon). I think it’s stupid that MS wouldn’t fund such a great project themselves and let those guys go.
    Second, it looks like a clone of Banjo-Kazooie in every way and has legal trainwreck written all over it. It’ll take a week on PC to mod this into Banjo-Threeie.

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    • evilfangs .

      The developers are old RARE and they’ve said it’s a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie.

      I’d like to see Microsoft try sue them. If Microsoft can’t see a good thing they had then scr*w them.

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      • TheHeraldOfDeath

        I don’t think they will sue, wouldn’t be wise since the game is coming to the Xbox too, but I sure as hell believe they will have a chat once they are further in development and the game still looks like this.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/SabzilaTV SABZILA

    They put out a major popular update for the 360 at the same time they offer a free live weekend and wonder why their servers get disrupted lol

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  • evilfangs .

    Wolfenstein: The old blood getting a digital push over physical?

    5th of May the date that XBLA and PSN have it for digital, but on other game websites it’s saying 15th of May. Has someone made a mistake or is digital getting pushed yet again? ( UK dates )

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    • TheHeraldOfDeath

      That’s correct. Digital will come before retail, it’s where the entire industry is heading to and after that it will be the platforms that put the publishers out of business so that all the men in the middle will be gone.

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      • evilfangs .

        I really hate digital and this digital push.

        Looks like I will finally have a backlog of games! I’m just going to wait till 8th for Project Cars, 19th for Witcher 3 and then some time in June is F1 2015. So be late June / July till I get around for Wolfenstein.

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      • TheHeraldOfDeath

        It was inevitable once companies started using the internet for distribution of software. We’re going to see things like this happening more often until there is basically no more specialized gaming retail left and after that it will be the big publishers that will bite the dust. It’s actually pretty logical too, not that I don’t miss the cartridges, manuals, etc, that came with games over the past 30 years. It does take away from the experience though, but since I’ve gone all digital I haven’t looked back that much.

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      • ImTheMetalLord

        And it will make a resurgence to at some point. Look what’s happening with vinyl.

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      • TheHeraldOfDeath

        Oh yes, there will always be a small revival of such things at some point.

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  • Michel Simmons

    Honestly I think the best thing Microsoft could do for the Xbox 360, especially with it nearing it’s 10 year anniversary is to make Xbox live for the 360 free. Imagine how great getting the console would be for little kids then. How much more sales a ten year console would generate.

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    • TheHeraldOfDeath

      That won’t happen, especially since PlayStation does the same with the PS4. The best thing people can hope for is that the account system becomes region free.

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    • Deadly000

      Yeah, imagine how many hackers will create profiles for in online games!

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      • Robert Allan Kasko

        If Steam could do it, We Can. Heck, CS:GO Has their own Hacker Cam.

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  • Kryton

    So do I get a discount on my gold membership since right now I am paying for something you are giving away for free. I guess you just want more people to join live rather then stay on it.

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    • Pickleofwar

      No, you get what you pay for.
      3 days is nothing and its restricted gold anyway.

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    • Burnt Offering

      You want 48 cents back?

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  • https://www.youtube.com/user/Dragzilla66XL Dragzilla66

    My Xbox One is a dust collector compare to my Xbox 360 and my PC gives me all of the multiplayer experience I need without paying a single penny besides the internet bill. Have fun paying for “gold and plus” scam console peasants. If you rage on me then you just exposed yourself as a corprate fanboy. At least have a PC before you start complaining. 2015 and we are still paying for console’s third and first party multiplayer servers. This should have died with the original Xbox. Micro$oft and $ony butt raping gamers. Power to the gamers! Restriction and limitations only on consoles!

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    • Pickleofwar

      I’m going to point out a few things (as a fellow PC gamer), you call everyone here a “console peasants” while admitting you OWN at least 2 consoles.

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      • Roy Guy

        Don’t poke the troll

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    • gtx

      if GTX TITAN X price for $299,i will be glad to give a chance for pc,otherwise you pc gamers still play port games using high advanced Graphic tech.& every year throwing $$$$ for upgrading

      ..not worth

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      • https://www.youtube.com/user/Dragzilla66XL Dragzilla66

        Because your 2013 consoles are holding back games with parity. GTX Titan X is only good for video editing and effects. GTX 980-970 are good for PC gaming..

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      • gtx

        titan x is a good gaming graphic card & editing use…same as 980,970,& 12GB vs 4gb vs 3.5GB huge difference …

        pc is for creating games for consoles only,for gaming on pc, you need every year upgrade hardware,,not worth

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      • https://www.youtube.com/user/Dragzilla66XL Dragzilla66

        GTX Titan X is for video creation, editing, and effects. It does not perform better in PC games. The GTX 980-970 can perform better for demanding games then this movie graphics card. Building a PC is not expensive for damn sakes.

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    • Superman64

      Peasants have to beg to get things…like you guys were begging for GTA V for over a year while console players were already enjoying it. Or how you guys were begging for Red Dead Redemption on your superior PCs, but you never got it while console players were playing it and loving it. Who are the peasants again?

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  • Pickleofwar

    No it wouldn’t

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  • Robert Allan Kasko

    I stopped paying for Xbox Live, when I realised I was paying to play on the internet connection I’m already paying for. Ofcourse, The More people pay, The more Microsoft will take advantage of. “Oh, But the Dedicated Servers, To prevent Lag!” How about having a thing, where you pay to play on dedicated servers, and don’t pay to play on regular netcode servers? “If you can’t afford Xbox Live, You Can’t afford anything!” Not everyone can afford Xbox live after paying for other life things.

    And to Add on! PC Players not paying to play with Xbox Live? Dafuq???

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    • http://www.youtube.com/SabzilaTV SABZILA

      its only 40 bucks a year and we get lots of free games. If u cant afford it then u need to ask mum for an increase in ur allowance.

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    • TheHeraldOfDeath

      Look, I’ll be honest. Everybody with a brain can see that the current consoles are already holding back the PC, multiplatform games are all vastly superior on PC now (Sony fans fail to see it completely blinded by hype and at least most Microsoft fans understand it).
      Nvidia released graphs during the last console generation where the power gap between the consoles and PC was even in favor of consoles during the first year, this gen however, well, PC was already WAAAY ahead. The new x390 for example has 8.6 TFLOPS of GPU power compared to the Xbox One’s 1.3. I won’t talk about price difference here because that’s completely logical that it costs more. This is why so many are flocking to the PS4 for console gaming and this is why some people like me have been saying that MS need to update their hardware frequently to at least keep up with mid range PC specs. It’s also why I’ve been saying that MS needs to start working on their own PC store and start doing cross buy offers with it, so when people buy it on their Xbox One, they will always have the better version on PC as well. Now that everything has become so PC like for Xbox, it’s the right thing to do and will give the competition no quarter.
      Holding multiplayer hostage through subscriptions isn’t going to change, I don’t see that happening for a long time, especially now that Sony does the same. I even think Nintendo will start doing the same at some point. We’ll see what they do with the launch of Windows 10. If they do make everything even for all their platforms and drop the cost of multiplayer (making Gold essentially only about added value), it would be a HUGE plus for them in the console space.

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      • Guerrero Ultimo

        “Nvidia released graphs during the last console generation where the power gap between the consoles and PC was even in favor of consoles during the first year, this gen however, well, PC was already WAAAY ahead.”

        Seriously? Shocked Nvidia said that. But I had a pc that would out do the 360 at launch when I received my 360. Actually 2 of them. And they were not the very top of the line although they were very powerful for the time.

        And yeah, PCs are way ahead of these consoles but it is always like that. To be current with top PC power, consoles would indeed cost much more than they do.

        “Everybody with a brain can see that the current consoles are already holding back the PC”

        Another HUGE thing holding the PC back is the pace at which people upgrade. A very large group is not going to have near the top hardware. These game companies need to sell to those people as well. Then again, games are easily scalable in terms of graphics on PC and you can get higher end games working on lower end hardware.

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      • TheHeraldOfDeath

        Of course you could have had, the graphs were average PCs and you can easily search them on the net. The gap also wasn’t nearly as wide back then as it now the same near 2 years into the console lifecycle.
        That last thing you mention is the beauty of it when Windows 10 becomes the basis of the Xbox One. It will be near on par with every API on the PC and thus will allow that exact same scalabilty and ease of PC portability.
        IMO, MS needs to start treating the Xbox as the Steam Box, tiering their hardware in a couple of performance stages, though not as crazy as the Steam Box with all the third parties making different models with completely different specs because that would completely negate optimization efforts for developers. I’d just keep it at a three year rotation with a budget model and a performance model, all playing the exact same games only at different resolutions and framerates, that way people can make an easy choice how far to go with their expenses.
        When that 3 year period ends the last budget model comes into extended support where developers are no longer required to make games for it but are still allowed to. This would still give the console a 6-7 year lifespan (and maybe longer) with every new iteration and guarantee future compatibility. It would even allow people to skip a “generation” without any hassle.

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      • https://twitter.com/Ganon255 Ganon255

        The hardware this gen was certainly a disappointment. I think we’ll see some great looking games in the future as new game engines come to fruition and with Direct 12 on the horizon, further console firmware/software updates, and as the developers grow more familiar with the consoles.

        I find it hard to believe that they are gamers who don’t game on PC. Even a modest PC can be upgraded cheaply over time to play a large majority of titles. I think there’s a misconception that PC gaming has be at the bleeding edge. I always assume that everyone has a PC and then buys a console in addition. Almost everyone I know (and their mothers) owns a PC now days.

        The 360 was beast when it launched in ’05.

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    • Roy Guy

      I pay for Gold for the free games. £22 a year. It suits me.

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  • Gooseinurwife

    major nelson i got some requests for the next xbox one update i need a buton to turn off the runble on the controller completely cuz right now the energizer max batteries use to last me 2 months at max rumble off on xbox 360 on the xbox one with no way to turn rumble off they only last 1 week so fix that ok

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    • http://www.youtube.com/SabzilaTV SABZILA

      i can just see it now the Major running over to his computer to start programing ur requests lol get real people.

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      • TheHeraldOfDeath

        Yeah, this guy’s unbelievable. You’ll see him upvote his own comments frequently too and doesn’t understand there’s an edit button for disqus comments.

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    • Professor Oak

      Or, or, you could just buy rechargable batteries or use a micro USB to power your controller, just saying. Regular AA bateries are a waste of money.

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    • http://www.thefitpartners.com/ Xenmic

      I’m pretty sure I shut mine off using system settings. My controller doesn’t rumble anymore.

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  • Gooseinurwife

    also i need a thing that says game hub next to the messges thing at the top that we can choose to find the games hib cuz u forgot to put 1 in its missing so fix that asap

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    • Michael White

      You could also try asking him to put a thing next to the thing you’re talking about because that thing should be there also

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      • Gooseinurwife

        at the top where it has Pins friends whats on store they forgot something between friends and the usless whats on should be games hub just like it use to be on the xbox 360

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      • http://www.youtube.com/SabzilaTV SABZILA

        and u forgot grammar and full stops.

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      • Michael White

        Ok 1st thing – There is a “Games & Apps” button on the Xbox home screen, is that not even more convenient than what you suggest?

        2nd thing – The What’s On tab is far from useless, if like me, you have the TV Tuner or a TV source plugged in. It’s actually very useful

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  • TheHeraldOfDeath

    So MS, now that you’ve officially declared WMC dead (Elektrodragon isn’t going to be happy when I’ve been saying it for over a year). Are you finally going to add protected content support to the Xbox One? Cablecard/CAM AND DVR support to external protected harddrives? You know you can do it as the Xbox One already allows delayed playback.

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    • Deadly000

      WMC?!

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      • TheHeraldOfDeath

        Windows Media Center. Elektrodragon is one of those people that was asking for extender support every now and then when I’ve been telling him it was considered dead for a long time and that Xbox One is considered its replacement, which has now been confirmed officially by MS. The only things missing from Xbox One to make that picture complete are the things I mentioned.

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      • Deadly000

        Meh, windowns media center is useless, anyways.

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      • TheHeraldOfDeath

        It used to be great and useful, but now it just doesn’t really serve a purpose for most people anymore.

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      • Deadly000

        Alright.

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    • https://twitter.com/Ganon255 Ganon255

      that’s a great idea, you should mention it over on the xbox feedback/suggestion forums too

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      • TheHeraldOfDeath

        Oh, it’s there alright…

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  • Kinectamaniac

    I’m good at least until mid-2017…hehe.

    Grab them Amazon Gold Membership deals…haven’t paid more than $39.99 a year for more than 4-5 years, or so.

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    • ImTheMetalLord

      Ditto. In fact I’m averaging less than $30 a year.

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      • Professor Oak

        Where you getting them at that price?

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      • ImTheMetalLord

        about 2 or 3 years back I purchased three 12 month codes for $24.99 each from Amazon. I only wait for sales and currently have two more 12 month codes I can’t even add on my account since you can’t go over 3 years out. The last few I bought at $29.99 off of the Microsoft store directly when they were on sale there. Codes never expire so you just can’t lose them so I take a picture of them and email them to myself so I have copies as well.

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      • TheHeraldOfDeath

        Same here, I always look for 12+2 month card deals when my sub ends and they usually are between 30-35.

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    • Professor Oak

      Same

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    • evilfangs .

      We never get any deals with memberships in the UK.

      I see Larry at least once a month on Twitter saying how there is a deal on Xbox gold 2 months on Amazon.

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  • James Jiao

    Which timezone does this apply to?

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    • https://twitter.com/Ganon255 Ganon255

      The Xbox Live multiplayer service will be unlocked during Free Multiplayer Weekend, which will take place on Xbox Live from 12:00 A.M. PST on May 1, 2015 to 11:59 P.M. PST on May 3, 2015. Open only to users with an account on Xbox Live (a Gold membership isn’t required to participate). Multiplayer unlock not available in all games.

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  • Komrad

    It would be nice if my apartment was free. Stupid rent.

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