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Sources reinforce rumors that Microsoft’s next Xbox requires constant internet connection

Sources reinforce rumors that Microsoft’s next Xbox requires constant internet connection

Some new sources have reinforced previous rumors that Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 720 will require a constant connection to the internet in order for you to play your games. The news comes from Microsoft Blogger Paul Thurrott in a discussion with Andrew Zarian on What The Tech. His sources say that there is a note for the Xbox 720 saying, "must be internet-connected to use".

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Microsoft announces Play To Earn rewards on Xbox Live

Microsoft announces Play To Earn rewards on Xbox Live

In an effort to get Xbox Live users to play more of Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade games, the company will be launching a new "Play To Earn" rewards system on Xbox Live on April 1 that will reward gamers with free items and Microsoft Points in exchange for playing XBLA games. The new program is only available to Xbox Live Reward members, so if you aren't a member, get signed up now to take advantage of the new rewards.

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Microsoft confirms LIVE accounts hacked, pulls Xbox Entertainment Award app

Microsoft confirms LIVE accounts hacked, pulls Xbox Entertainment Award app

Microsoft has issued a statement confirming that some of its "high-profile" Xbox LIVE accounts that are said to belong to both former and current employees have been hacked, reports the folks over at ars technica, which was cyberattacked yesterday by the same hacking group. Known as Team Hype, the hackers are suspected to have caused a host of grief, including having possibly caused a police raid on Brian Krebs, a security reporter.

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Crysis 3 Open Beta hits Xbox 360

Crysis 3 Open Beta hits Xbox 360

Eager gamers desperate for a taste of Crysis 3 can get their teeth into the title early, today, with the Crysis 3 Open Beta opening up for Xbox LIVE Gold members. The premature access - which comes ahead of Crysis 3's general availability in February 2013 - is based around two unique maps, Museum and Airport, and gives a teaser of the multiplayer experience on the Xbox 360.

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Call of Duty unsurprising tops Xbox Live activity list for 2012

Call of Duty unsurprising tops Xbox Live activity list for 2012

Many gamers played a bunch of different games on Xbox Live throughout 2012, but there are a handful of titles that obviously rise above the rest in terms of activity. Today Microsoft's Major Nelson released a list of the top 20 Xbox Live titles of 2012, and we're seeing some entries that are predictable and others that are somewhat surprising. Care to guess which game landed at the top of the list?

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NHL GameCenter launches on Xbox Live

NHL GameCenter launches on Xbox Live

The NHL season officially starts tomorrow, folks, and after months without the sport, fans are most likely eager as ever to finally see their favorite team take the ice again. On top of that, Microsoft has announced that NHL GameCenter is launching on Xbox Live today, just in time for you to get settled in and start watching the games again.

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Xbox Live account migration tool nutshells the process

Xbox Live account migration tool nutshells the process

This week the folks at Microsoft have revealed a feature that should very well have been part of the ecosystem all along: the Xbox Live account migration tool. This process allows you to port your Xbox Live account from place to place with minimal hassle - that's country-to-country, mind you. The pieces of this puzzle you can always take with you are different from those that cannot move region to region - this being the reason why the tool has taken so long to develop.

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