Security Expert IDs Two Idiots Claiming to Be Lizard Squad Hackers

Security buff Brian Krebs thinks he knows the names of two of the people behind last week's massive PSN and Xbox Live outages. Or at least, he thinks he knows the names of two people who went on TV and the radio claiming to be been behind it. » 12/29/14 12:35pm 12/29/14 12:35pm

Hackers Are Attacking PSN and Xbox Because Christmas Spirit Is Dead

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! » 12/25/14 2:14pm 12/25/14 2:14pm

How To Get Your Xbox Live Gold Membership Refunded

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. » 5/14/14 2:27pm 5/14/14 2:27pm

Xbox Is Finally Dropping the Paywall for Netflix and Streaming Apps

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. » 5/13/14 11:00am 5/13/14 11:00am

Report: The NSA Has Undercover World of Warcraft Agents

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. » 12/09/13 8:12am 12/09/13 8:12am

Sharing Cuss-Filled Videos on Xbox One Can Get Your Account Suspended

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. » 11/25/13 8:06pm 11/25/13 8:06pm

How Xbox Live's Cloud Computing Could Make Games That Last Forever

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. » 10/15/13 9:00am 10/15/13 9:00am

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] » 8/14/13 8:08pm 8/14/13 8:08pm

Why the Hell Are the Xbox One's Best New Features Behind a Paywall?

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. » 8/08/13 9:36am 8/08/13 9:36am

You Can Get a Free Year of Xbox Live Gold for Buying Office 360

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… » 7/18/13 3:31pm 7/18/13 3:31pm

Xbox Live Gold Is Still One of the Biggest Ripoffs in Tech

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… » 6/13/13 10:30am 6/13/13 10:30am

12 Months of Xbox Live Gold Are $35 Today

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] » 1/22/13 9:45am 1/22/13 9:45am

Report: Microsoft's Xbox-Like Set-Top Box Is Coming Next Year

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… » 11/21/12 1:34pm 11/21/12 1:34pm

Xbox Live Now Has WatchESPN

ESPN on the Xbox just got a helluva lot better. Instead of being an awkward, half-featured sports channel, Xbox Live is now getting the real deal: a WatchESPN app. That means you can watch ALL of ESPN's channels: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and more. » 11/19/12 5:14pm 11/19/12 5:14pm

Yes, Microsoft Paid to Make This Terrible Xbox Live Ad 10 Years Ago

Once upon a time, online console gaming was a novel thing. And a singular, cohesive, online community built around a console was downright mindblowing. Enter Xbox Live, which turns 10 this week. » 11/15/12 4:00pm 11/15/12 4:00pm

Get Internet Explorer for Xbox Before Anyone Else Does

Major Nelson just announced that Microsoft is accepting beta testers for the next version of Xbox Live which includes new features like Internet Explorer for Xbox, better search and discovery, an updated dashboard and more. If you're interested and of course you are (new features yay!) you can sign up right here. [… » 7/26/12 12:09pm 7/26/12 12:09pm