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Microsoft’s Xbox Live will add Comcast and HBO Go tomorrow

Microsoft’s Xbox Live will add Comcast and HBO Go tomorrow

Attention, Xbox 360 owners - you'll be prompted to download an Xbox Live update tomorrow. And if your home cable provider is Comcast, and/or you happen to be a fan of the many original shows on HBO, it'll be an update worth downloading. Both content providing companies will be adding their stamp to the growing catalog of Xbox Live streaming video content when the new firmware update is rolled out.

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NPD calculates $3.3 billion in digital game sales in US and Europe in Q4 2011

NPD calculates $3.3 billion in digital game sales in US and Europe in Q4 2011

According to the latest numbers from analyst group NPD, digital game sales are on the rise in a big way. In the fourth quarter of 2011, in the US and Europe - the regions that NPD normally deals with - the amount of revenue that was brought in from digital download sales in the gaming industry was $3.33 billion. In the US, sales in this growing segment were up by 9%. NPD does not have comparative data for Europe or for the US/Europe aggregate.

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Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition confirmed for May 9

Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition confirmed for May 9

The Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition has been confirmed to arrive on May 9 as part of the Arcade NEXT series of titles from Microsoft Studios, according to Major Nelson. The new Xbox LIVE Arcade games will start arriving April 18 with a new downloadable title launching every Wednesday until May 9, when Minecraft drops for 1,600 Microsoft Points.

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BBC iPlayer hits Xbox 360

BBC iPlayer hits Xbox 360

BBC iPlayer content is available on Xbox LIVE from today, the broadcaster has announced, with UK gamers now able to access the streaming media service directly from their consoles. As with iPlayer users on other platforms, viewers will be able to choose from catch-up content over the past seven days, while those with Microsoft's Kinect sensor bar will be able to navigate and control playback using hand gestures and voice commands.

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Xbox LIVE and WinPho sync gaming tipped for new Sonic

Xbox LIVE and WinPho sync gaming tipped for new Sonic

Upcoming game Sonic the Hedgehog: Episode II looks to be the first to support synchronized gaming between Xbox LIVE and Windows Phone, allowing gamers to pick up playback cross-platform as they move between console and mobile. Game manager Ken Balough confirmed the functionality in a video interview with Official XBOX Magazine that you can see after the cut, with the new Sonic itself attempting to channel the addictive 16-bit spirit of the early 90s.

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Microsoft fixes temporary Xbox Live Achievement fiasco

Microsoft fixes temporary Xbox Live Achievement fiasco

For several hours today, Xbox 360 players had a horrible sinking feeling in their gut when they look at their Xbox Live profile and saw that they had no achievements. For some, that meant it looked as though 6.5 long years of building up a horde of digital accomplishments had been wiped away in an instant. Luckily, the problem had been solved with no reported loss of data.

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Microsoft doubling Xbox Live Arcade Gamerscore points

Microsoft doubling Xbox Live Arcade Gamerscore points

The number of points that players will be able to add to their Xbox Live Arcade Gamerscore tally is about to increase. That is, at least, for players who spend a lot of time with downloadable Xbox Live Arcade titles. Microsoft has decided to double the number of points that can be achieved in those (not-so) bite-sized games.

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HBO Go Xbox 360 app coming on April 1

HBO Go Xbox 360 app coming on April 1

Hopefully this isn't an April Fool's joke, but HBO has announced that it will bring its streaming video service to the Xbox 360 in just a little more than a month. This would be the latest extension for the platform, which has already launched on set-top boxes like the Roku as well as Android and the iPhone/iPad. Of course, the service only works if customers have an existing HBO subscription with a participating provider.

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Warner Bros Gotham City Imposters gets free DLC on Xbox 360

Warner Bros Gotham City Imposters gets free DLC on Xbox 360

The downloadable game that features everything you love about the Batman universe, except everything that's actually part of the Batman universe, has just been handed a free pack of downloadable content. Gotham City Imposters, which as the name suggests is an action adventure starring characters that look like the classic heroes and villains but aren't quite, was released earlier this month so the launch of DLC is pretty quick.

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Microsoft plans to ditch Live, Zune branding in Windows 8

Microsoft plans to ditch Live, Zune branding in Windows 8

In the next generation of Microsoft's Windows operating system, you won't be signing into your Windows Live Mail account or your Windows Live Photo Gallery Account, or your Windows Live Messenger account. You'll be signing in, simply, to your Microsoft account. The "Live" branding is going away in an attempt to make all of Microsoft's products and services more tightly integrated. Ironically, that was the goal of the Live moniker in the first place, but it just isn't working. Windows Live Photo Gallery is just too long of a title.

 

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