According to several reports, Microsoft’s online services have been suffering through some pretty major outages this afternoon. Xbox Live, OneDrive, Outlook, Skype, Azure, and the Windows Store have all had issues letting users log into accounts.
Since late last night, it looks like a bunch of hackers have been attacking the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live online gaming services. Merry Christmas 2014, everyone!
We hope you weren't planning to play many games online on Christmas. Xbox users in North America and Europe are having difficulties logging into Xbox Live today, and PlayStation owners are suffering similar problems. Some Internet troublemakers are claiming they knocked both offline. Bah humbug to this.
Did you buy a whole year of Xbox Live Gold just to watch HBO Go on your Xbox? Then you were probably miffed to find out that it'll soon be free to do exactly that. The good news is that you can get a refund. The bad news is that you have to remember to do it months from now.
Rejoice, for the long-awaited day has finally arrived: You can soon watch Netflix on your Xbox without paying for Xbox Live Gold. Not just Netflix, but also Hulu, and Youtube, and HBO GO. And with that, Xboxes everywhere have become gloriously on-par with all the other streaming devices that have done this for years.
For the NSA, you real life isn't enough. No, as well as reading your emails and monitoring your phone calls, its agents have been deployed inside MMORPGs like World of Warcraft and Second Life, as well as Xbox Live.
Everyone who's played so much as a 15 minutes of Candy Crush knows that, aside from mechanics, graphics, and all that other good stuff—swearing is a crucial part of playing games. Swear too much at your Xbox One in gameplay footage though, and your account can get suspended if you upload it.
At Microsoft's huge Xbox reveal last spring, the company made a big hubub about the 300,000 cloud servers it would be adding to help speed up GPU and CPU heavy tasks. But in an interview with Gizmodo, Xbox Live Lead Programmer John Bruno detailed how it could change the way we think about gaming in the future.
In addition to Spielberg's live-action Halo series, Microsoft is supposedly making another sci-fi show for Xbox Live: a brand new remake of BBC TV show Blake 7. Screw regular network television, everyone wants to make their own original content now! [FT]
You don't buy a Big Mac and pay extra for special sauce. You don't buy an iPhone and pay extra for FaceTime. So why in the hell is Microsoft putting some of its most heavily promoted Xbox One features behind an idiotic Xbox Live Gold paywall? Because it can. But that doesn't mean that it should.
Good news, Microsoft fans! For a limited time buying Microsoft products will get you more Microsoft products for free. To be more specific, you'll get a yearlong subscription to Xbox Live Gold when you purchase the new(ish) Microsoft Office 365 which also happens to be a subscription based software suite. Advertised…
A lot of mud has been slung Microsoft's way this week, much of it deserved. Used game restrictions, mandatory internet check-ins; these new impositions don't sit well. But they also distract from the single worst thing about the Xbox One, which was also the single worst thing about Xbox 360: The tyranny of Xbox Live…
Want a constant stream of music videos on your Xbox? Say hello to Vevo TV. (This could have been you, MTV!)
You can watch the Grammy's red carpet on Xbox Live this year, with interactive SmartGlass stuff. If you're into that.
Xbox Live isn't perrrrfect—we wish the streaming half weren't still paywalled—but for a lot of us, it's how we game and stream and basically use our TVs in any way at all. So it's necessary. And a year of it's $35 today (usually $60). So that's a pretty good deal! [Buy via Twitter]
Xbox Live Gold is free this weekend in North America and Australia. Go game and stream movies while you can. [Xbox]
The Verge reports that Microsoft will release a set-top box next year alongside its next generation Xbox. The "Xbox TV" will deliver the popular Xbox Live streaming entertainment services currently available on the Xbox as well as some basic gaming. In other words, it'll bring you Netflix and Angry Birds but not Call…
Univision comes to Xbox with the new UVideos app. Novelas whenever you want? Sobresaliente!