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Microsoft boosts Xbox Live security, details changes

Microsoft boosts Xbox Live security, details changes

Earlier this year, we heard about a string of Xbox Live account hacks that had users on edge. The stories of those attacks have since subsided (at least mostly), but account hacking on Xbox Live is still something to guard against. Today, Microsoft announced that it has taken measures to beef up Live's security, with Xbox Live general manager Alex Garden taking to the Xbox.com Blog to detail the changes that have been made, saying "we’ve worked hard these last several months to further protect our members’ accounts, and more is still to come."

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Rock Band Blitz hits XBLA and PSN in August

Rock Band Blitz hits XBLA and PSN in August

Harmonix has announced that its downloadable Rock Band spin-off Rock Band Blitz will release on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network next month. PS3 owners will get it first, with the game releasing for PSN on August 28. Those playing on Xbox 360 will have to wait a day longer, as the XBLA version doesn't launch until the following day, August 29. Rock Band Blitz will cost $14.99 on PSN and 1200 MSP on Xbox Live Arcade.

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Limbo could have been on PSN first, but Sony wanted IP

Limbo could have been on PSN first, but Sony wanted IP

Playdead's Limbo took the indie world by storm when it launched on Xbox Live back in 2010, but Sony could have had the game on PSN before it went to any other platforms. Instead, Limbo was exclusive to Xbox Live Arcade for an entire year before it became available on PSN and PC, and even though the game sold well on PSN when it finally did arrive, that period of exclusivity would have netted many more sales. So, why didn't Limbo hit PSN before any of the other platforms? It's because Sony botched the deal.

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Xbox LIVE is down for everybody, not just you

Xbox LIVE is down for everybody, not just you

For a little over an hour now here in the first half of the day on July 6th, 2012, Microsoft's Xbox LIVE network has been down and out. This problem appears at the moment to be regional, this meaning you very well could be accessing the network provided you're in the right city, but as it stands, quite a bit of the network is down completely for prospective users. Xbox Support member Khoa (aka KN) has let the Twitterverse know that they are "actively investigating" the cause for the downtime and are planning on having it back up soon.

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Sony PSN a more reliable revenue stream than Xbox Live

Sony PSN a more reliable revenue stream than Xbox Live

Sony has been monetizing its online gaming network at a stronger rate than its biggest competitor. That is, if you don't count the cost of Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus. We're only talking about payments for individual pieces of content, like game add-ons, full game downloads, TV shows, and movies, and other pay-per-title forms of media. More than 15% of PS3 owners have paid for a piece of digital content on their console.

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The Walking Dead video game continues Friday

The Walking Dead video game continues Friday

Telltale's video game adaptation of the cult hit-turned smashing success of a TV show The Walking Dead, will be getting its second episode on Friday, June 29. The Walking Dead: Episode 2 will go live on console digital download stores at that time, and your experience will vary depending on how you played the first episode. Telltale says it tracks every decision you make throughout the game's multiple episodes.

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Microsoft Xbox 360 firmware update goes live for all

Microsoft Xbox 360 firmware update goes live for all

Microsoft has rolled out its latest firmware update to everyone. But don’t expect any monumental change to your Xbox Live experience. Yet. This is mainly an update to prepare your system for future major updates. Micosoft’s Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson, confirmed on his blog that the update is now mandatory for all users.

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Microsoft Xbox Live Rewards to give goodies for achievements

Microsoft Xbox Live Rewards to give goodies for achievements

Beginning shortly, you'll be rewarded for getting those myriad achievements in your Xbox 360 games. Microsoft has hinted that there could be a new system in place that gives players special offers or content based on their Gamerscore level. Gamerscore values are pumped up by earning Achievements, virtual gold stars that players receive when they accomplish various in-game tasks.

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Microsoft Tablet: Desperation demands options

Microsoft Tablet: Desperation demands options

Two mystery Mondays in a row: after Apple's WWDC 2012 keynote last week, now here comes Microsoft with a surprise announcement of its own, believed by many to have a tablet at its core. Speculation about a new Microsoft-branded device - or devices - has resurfaced over the past week, though as before it's a haze of rumor around a few nuggets of "trusted source" insistence. Partnerships with Barnes & Noble, the spread of Xbox LIVE, or even a gauntlet thrown down to Microsoft's own OEM partners: one thing most agree on is that it's a new slate in the offing, but that leaves plenty of angles Microsoft could take.

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My Xbox LIVE official for Android: we go hands-on

My Xbox LIVE official for Android: we go hands-on

Today Microsoft has been kind enough to push the Xbox LIVE app you know and love from your Windows Phone and/or iOS device over to Android for full mobile interaction on the go. This version of the application is up on the Google Play app store as we speak, it containing the ability to compare your achievements and awesomeness with the list of LIVE friends you know and trust. It also allows you to change the way your Xbox LIVE 3D avatar looks - and there's no more entertaining place to do such a thing than on your mobile device - no place on earth!

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