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Xbox Game Pass released today [it’s basically Netflix for games]

Xbox Game Pass released today [it’s basically Netflix for games]

This week the folks at Microsoft behind the Xbox One have released the Netflix subscription model in a game program called Xbox Game Pass. As revealed earlier this year, Xbox Game Pass allows the subscriber to access "over 100 Xbox One and Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games" for right around $10 a month. It's easy to envision a service such as this replacing the traditional one-time-cost model that's been in place since the beginning of games - save the additional barrier in-between there and here.

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The Force is with Xbox Live’s Games with Gold in May

The Force is with Xbox Live’s Games with Gold in May

Microsoft has announced Xbox Live's Games with Gold for the month of May, and Star Wars fans will want to take note. May's selection of free games includes not one but two Star Wars titles, likely as a way to celebrate Star Wars day on May 4th. If you missed out on these Star Wars games the first time around, this is a good chance to pick them up.

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Xbox Live Gamertags will soon come with an expiration date

Xbox Live Gamertags will soon come with an expiration date

If you're one of the millions of people who have a Gamertag through Xbox Live, you should know that soon they'll come with expiration dates. Starting September 15, any Gamertag that goes five years without being used will expire, re-entering the pool of available Gamertags for anyone to claim. With the Xbox brand turning 15 years old in November, something like this was bound to happen sooner or later, and now we have a date for when the policy concerning Gamertags will change.

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Xbox Live wheelchair avatars will arrive soon

Xbox Live wheelchair avatars will arrive soon

A tweeted suggestion led to a petition recommendation, and that petition recommendation led to a surprise announcement: Xbox Live will offer wheelchair avatars in the future, and it sounds like the feature isn't a long way off. The wheelchair avatar plans were first confirmed in a tweet by Phil Spencer, who said, “No petition needed, we hear you. This is something that we’ve already look at, not far off." A couple sample photos of the avatars were also shared.

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Inactive Xbox Live Gamertags will be released tomorrow – Get ’em while they’re hot

Inactive Xbox Live Gamertags will be released tomorrow – Get ’em while they’re hot

Xbox Live has been around for quite some time now. The service first launched in 2002 on the original Xbox. At the time, the ability to play console games online with friends and strangers was a pretty novel concept. Many people signed up for the service back then, and a large number of those accounts were never transferred over to the Xbox 360, and have sat inactive ever since. And now we're finally going to be able to use the usernames that were claimed way back then.

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Here comes Xbox One’s first big update for 2016

Here comes Xbox One’s first big update for 2016

Microsoft's first Xbox One update of 2016 will ramp up the console's social cred, but one of the most hotly-anticipated features will have to wait. The new update, which some gamers will see appearing on their consoles from today, will give a preview of who is in a Party game before it's actually joined, while the Gamerscore Leaderboard will show a comparison of how you're doing compared to everyone else, along with who has improved the most.

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Xbox Live Gold now gets 2 more free games a month

Xbox Live Gold now gets 2 more free games a month

Hot on the heels of E3 2015, Microsoft is raising the cap on the free Games with Gold games it dishes out each month to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. And to celebrate the fact that the promo is now on its 2nd year, Microsoft will be giving Live Gold members two new games to chew on each month. That means that starting July, Live Gold users have a total of four titles to try out for free, two on the Xbox One and two on the Xbox 360.

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UK teen arrested for PlayStation, Xbox hackings over Christmas

UK teen arrested for PlayStation, Xbox hackings over Christmas

Friday saw the arrest of an 18-year-old man in the UK for his involvement in the hackings that took down both the PlayStation and Xbox online gaming networks for several days last month starting on Christmas. The incident saw a number of headlines after the holiday, as gamers were unable to get online for an increasingly frustrating period of time, and hacking group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility. The unnamed teen was arrested by police near the city of Liverpool on suspicion of not only hacking, but also "swatting."

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Trouble with Xbox Live today? You’re not alone

Trouble with Xbox Live today? You’re not alone

Trying to get some gaming in to start your weekend? Yeah, about that: Xbox Live is down, or at least limited. We don’t have a reason for the outage/slowdown, but it’s widespread and affects every part of Xbox Live right now. If you’re experiencing problems purchasing content, or accessing social/gaming content via cloud storage, just know you’re not alone. We don’t yet know what the issue is, but it’s affecting just about everything gaming. Media like TV or music are listed as unaffected.

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Xbox Live founder leaves Microsoft

Xbox Live founder leaves Microsoft

This week the founder of Xbox Live and XNA has announced that he's leaving Microsoft. This will end Boyd Multerer's 18-year run with the company, and begins "something new" for the developer and gaming leader. This departure has nothing to do with the recent DDOS attack during the holiday break. Multerer is "super proud" of his work with Xbox, Live, and XNA, and will likely move on to another gaming-related piece of work in the near future. Code-related, he says in a Tweet.

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PSN is down and Sony isn’t handling it very well

PSN is down and Sony isn’t handling it very well

This morning it was made clear that Sony was having trouble with their PlayStation Network. Meanwhile Microsoft was having trouble keeping Xbox Live online - and the hacker group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility. According to reports throughout the day, it would appear that the Xbox Live system had largely repaired problems by around 10AM Central Time - with another spike near 2PM Central Time - with uptime returning again here closer to 5PM Central Time. Sony's PlayStation Network saw problems from around midnight until 10AM Central Time, and again over the past several hours leading up to 5PM Central Time.

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Sony PSN still down as gaming attack continues

Sony PSN still down as gaming attack continues

The aftermath of the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live hacks continues, with PlayStation gamers in particular finding the PSN remains offline with no end in sight. The result of two DDoS attacks over Christmas by a group calling itself Lizard Squad, the downtime put a dampener on those who received new consoles or games for their existing Xbox One or PS4 over the holidays, with the multiplayer support - among other things - offline. Microsoft has managed to bring much of its services back to life, but Sony is still struggling to return the PSN to normal.

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