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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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Xbox One to get reputation system in Xbox Live to encourage good behavior

Xbox One to get reputation system in Xbox Live to encourage good behavior

It's no secret that Xbox Live is filled with all sorts of mean people. While many of these young, naive gamers are laughable at times, cyber-bullying has been proven to be a pretty serious matter. In order to get gamers to behave on Xbox Live, Microsoft is looking into a reputation system to add into Xbox Live with the Xbox One.

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Xbox One Live Cloud gets multiplayer kudos from Titanfall devs

Xbox One Live Cloud gets multiplayer kudos from Titanfall devs

Microsoft may have junked its demands for Xbox One always-on connectivity, but game developers like Titanfall's Respawn are doing their level best to persuade you to keep the next-gen console hooked up, with Xbox Live Cloud processing the carrot. The server-side crunching - which Microsoft has previously described as in effect three virtual consoles adding their processing abilities to that of the user's own Xbox One - has been given a breathlessly positive write-up by Respawn engineer Jon Shiring, who waxes lyrical about the system's potential for multiplayer gaming.

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Xbox One will allow multiple users on single Xbox Live membership

Xbox One will allow multiple users on single Xbox Live membership

While there's been a lot of controversy over various Xbox One features, the good news is that gamers will be able to use a single Xbox Live Gold membership across multiple accounts in a household. A membership can also be supported across the Xbox One and the Xbox 360, which means that a single membership can be used across multiple consoles as well.

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Xbox LIVE “The Music Room” heralds Xbox 720 age of interactive TV

Xbox LIVE “The Music Room” heralds Xbox 720 age of interactive TV

Microsoft's big "Xbox 720" reveal isn't the only Xbox-related launch this week. The company has also announced a new interactive TV series, The Music Room, which will be exclusively available to Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers. The show will, unsurprisingly, focus on musical performances, but allow viewers on their consoles to shape the direction the content takes.

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