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Microsoft Xbox One “Made By You” lets you influence Gamerpic Gallery

Microsoft Xbox One “Made By You” lets you influence Gamerpic Gallery

Microsoft this week announced a contest whereby you can submit a Gamerpic design to be featured in the Xbox One Gamerpic Gallery. If your design is selected, it will appear for all Xbox One gamers to use as their Gamerpic. Plus, you'll get a free Xbox One controller "to commemorate the win," Microsoft wrote on the "Made By You" contest page.

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Xbox One boots in 17 seconds, among leaked revelations

Xbox One boots in 17 seconds, among leaked revelations

The latest Xbox One revelations ahead of its official Nov. 22 release date come by way of Twitter user @Moonlightswami, whose early acquisition of a console was likely made possible through a mistake on the part of Target. Among @Moonlightswami's confirmed findings are a 17-second boot time, an initial 500MB software update, some very large game downloads in the Xbox Live Marketplace, and others. But he paid a price for sharing those findings via YouTube; more on that little drama later.

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Steam users eclipse Xbox Live, PSN still far and away tops

Steam users eclipse Xbox Live, PSN still far and away tops

This afternoon the folks at Valve have let it be known that they're rolling in with a cool 65 million users total for the Steam gaming network. This number can be compared to the most recent report from Sony on the PlayStation Network working with 110 million users and Microsoft reporting that they're in at 48 million users in Xbox Live. These numbers are not the same as "active users", a number which is much more difficult to grasp.

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Grand Theft Auto Online updated to fix deleted cars and ugly characters

Grand Theft Auto Online updated to fix deleted cars and ugly characters

An update to Grand Theft Auto Online for both PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers should fix missing cars, mods that disappear, and an exploit which allowed the same vehicle to be sold multiple times, as developer Rockstar Games addresses the issues in the overwhelmed multiplayer title. The glitches were down to a cloud save failure, Rockstar Games said, while also pointing out that it had tweaked the algorithms in the character creator so that default "random" generations would be better looking. Meanwhile, there's also news for Xbox Live Games on Demand users.

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Xbox Live Rewards cash payouts have a 1-year expiration date

Xbox Live Rewards cash payouts have a 1-year expiration date

This week the folks behind Xbox Live have re-launched their Xbox Live Rewards system with a new punchcard system and easy-to-use local payouts - and an expiration date. What you'll find in the details we've harvested here are three mentions of expiration dates - two for the cash you can get when trading in Rewards Credits, and another for the program itself. While these dates may not be entirely new for those of you that have used point systems like this before - or received a similar note to this effect earlier this year when Microsoft Points converted to cash - it's important that we make sure we're all on the same level.

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Xbox Live Rewards update includes local payouts and a punchcard system

Xbox Live Rewards update includes local payouts and a punchcard system

Welcome to the next iteration of what Microsoft calls its Xbox Live Rewards system - ready for action just in time (or a few months early) for the next-generation console. Making certain it's ready to roll by the time the Xbox One appears in stores, this Xbox Live Rewards system reboot includes a collection of ways you can access credits, cash out, and shuffle them all around.

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Xbox One “Home Gold” and game sharing detailed by Microsoft

Xbox One “Home Gold” and game sharing detailed by Microsoft

Microsoft's Xbox One Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten has taken to the Internet today, posting a write up on Xbox.com detailing some of the sharing features that will be available to Xbox One owners. One specific area he detailed concerns "Home Gold," which will let Xbox Live Gold users extend some of the perks that come with that to other users in their home for free.

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Xbox Enforcement United beta introduced, gives Live members a taste of power

Xbox Enforcement United beta introduced, gives Live members a taste of power

Microsoft has announced a new initiative to help keep Xbox Live users in check, a program that it is calling (for now, anyway) Xbox Enforcement United. Under the program, which is currently in beta, Live members can participate in a bit of community-initiated justice against those who violate the Code of Conduct. Those who participate will be doing so as volunteers, and must meet certain requirements.

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Microsoft offering Xbox Live Gold to Office 365 subscribers, US gets stiffed

Microsoft offering Xbox Live Gold to Office 365 subscribers, US gets stiffed

Microsoft is looking to appeal to the number crunchers who also might be gamers in their spare time. The company is bundling a whole year of Xbox Live Gold with their Office 365 service for free. Anyone that buys and activates an Office 365 Home Premium or Office 365 University annual subscription before September 28 will be able to get a free year of Xbox Live Gold.

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Xbox Live Rewards transitioning from Microsoft Points next month

Xbox Live Rewards transitioning from Microsoft Points next month

Microsoft announced at E3 last month that they would be getting rid of its Microsoft Points currency system and using real money for transactions for now on. Today, Microsoft announced that Xbox Live Rewards will be doing the same thing, although it's not yet determined how the new Rewards system will work now that it won't be using Microsoft Points.

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Microsoft’s Mattrick led 2010 Zynga acquisition talks insiders claim

Microsoft’s Mattrick led 2010 Zynga acquisition talks insiders claim

Microsoft explored acquiring Zynga as early as 2010, sources claim, with former entertainment division chief Don Mattrick driving discussions around the company he would, most recently, go on to lead as new CEO. Mattrick, who was named Zynga's chief executive in a multi-million job jump earlier this month, opened negotiations in 2010 with the social gaming company's founder Mark Pincus, sources tell Bloomberg, in what was believed to be an attempt to boost the range of titles on Xbox Live.

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Xbox Live Public Beta for new Xbox 360 dashboard and Points replacement opens

Xbox Live Public Beta for new Xbox 360 dashboard and Points replacement opens

Microsoft has thrown open applications for its next Xbox Live beta, giving Xbox 360 gamers the opportunity to have early access to the new Microsoft Points replacement and more. The 2013 Xbox Live Update for Xbox 360 Public Beta will see a trial switch-over to local currency for downloads and purchases, Microsoft's Major Nelson writes, in addition to performance improvements.

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