The last seven days saw the removal of Gold as a requirement for free-to-play multiplayer on Xbox, the arrival of some troublesome updates, and much more. Be sure to catch up via our handy overview.
Microsoft has confirmed that it is dropping the "Xbox Live" brand name and will now refer to the underlying online service as "Xbox network" instead. Hints of this change began back in August 2020.
This last week brought into view Microsoft's Q2 FY 2021 earnings report, the impressive growth of Game Pass, new Insider builds, and an updated Edge roadmap. Be sure to catch up via our overview.
Microsoft shares details on the numbers driving the 51% (50% CC) growth in gaming revenue during the FY21 second-quarter earnings call. Cloud gaming is a heavy influence on this growth.
This week brought folks a strange bit of indecisiveness on Xbox Live Gold pricing from Microsoft, a commitment to Win32, and much, much more. Be sure to catch up via our handy overview.
Microsoft has acknowledged an issue with Xbox Live that is currently preventing users from accessing games or apps on Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs. The firm is working on a fix.
Microsoft is reportedly testing the ability to let users log into Xbox Live from multiple devices. This will allow users to play games using xCloud from a phone while streaming content on a console.
Microsoft has seemingly removed the option to buy a year of Xbox Live Gold directly from its website. This also comes after the announcement of Game Pass Ultimate getting Project xCloud in September.
Dan McCulloch, a 15-year veteran at Microsoft, revealed today that he is departing the company soon. McCulloch is currently the General Manager of Xbox Live, responsible for growing its community.
Microsoft has reinstated the option to upload a custom gamerpic via Xbox Live after temporarily shutting down that capability three months ago due to COVID-19 community quarantines.
Microsoft has announced another edition of Free Play Days for Xbox Live Gold members, making Sonic Mania, NBA 2K20, and Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD available for free this weekend.
Microsoft has announced new Free Play Days for this weekend, giving Xbox Live Gold members the opportunity to play games such as Dead by Daylight and Surviving Mars at no additional cost.
Microsoft has announced a new bug bounty program, this time for its Xbox network and services. Rewards go up to $20,000 depending on the severity of the issues that are discovered.
Microsoft today announced that you can now link your Reddit account to your Xbox Live account, also allowing users to show their Reddit account on their Xbox Live profile and get a trophy.
The Xbox support team has acknowledged an issue with Xbox Live services, which is preventing users from launching games they own. This is another of the many issues Xbox users have faced recently.
Today, Microsoft announced new content filters for Xbox Live messages, allowing you to filter out messages that you might not find suitable, or you might not find suitable for your kids.
Microsoft has introduced a new metric, "Xbox content and services revenue growth" in earnings reports, which will be replacing gaming revenue and Xbox Live monthly active users going forward.
Included in this week's Deals with Gold are both the standard and deluxe editions of Mass Effect: Andromeda at 70% off for the Xbox One. There are also a few Xbox 360 deals valid until July 9.
Microsoft today announced a revamp of gamertags on its Xbox Live network. Gamers can now change their tag to any name, even one that was previously taken, at the cost of a hashcode at the end.
Microsoft says that more Funko Pop! figures for Gears of War will be available in a couple of days time, including Marcus Fenix in his classic gear, Kate Diaz in her winter gear, and more.
Phil Spencer stated today that video games are a unifying force for the world. Noting Microsoft's commitment to inclusive gaming, a number of steps have been outlined to improve this aspect.
Microsoft is significantly hiking the price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions in the UK, with prices going up between 17% and 25%. The increase aims to accommodate the "changing market conditions".
Microsoft and StudioMDHR today announced that Cuphead will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, and it will feature Xbox Live integration with a post-launch update. Cuphead is also getting a free update.
Microsoft today announced that it's bringing Xbox Live to third-party games on both iOS and Android, as was previously rumored. It used to be exclusive to Microsoft's own first-party games.
Microsoft is working on an Xbox Live SDK that will make cross-platform play easier across Xbox, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. Sony's PlayStation is notably absent from this list.
Xbox One users starting up their consoles today might be met with a black screen barring them from using the console. Thankfully, Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix.
Raymond Cox, also known by the Xbox Live username Stallion83, has once again broken the world record for the highest Xbox Gamerscore, doubling the number of points he had hit back in 2014.
It might be hard to believe, but it has been 17 years since the release of the original Xbox. The company's first console made its debut in the US, going head-to-head against stiff competition.
Another week, another stack of Microsoft news to go through. Quite a few gaming tidbits, some of the usual Insider Preview builds, and a fair number of app updates. Be sure to catch up via our guide.
It's that time again, and the team over at Xbox has made sure that you have more than ample reason to suit up and take on some bad guys, thanks to yet another bumper week with Deals with Gold.
Microsoft is transitioning Xbox Live Rewards to Microsoft Rewards in the US. This is your last chance to opt-out or automatically transition your account to unify your rewards under one place.
Microsoft today announced a collaboration with Discord which will allow gamers to link their Xbox profiles with Discord and share what they are playing as well as sync their friends list.
It was reported a while back that Microsoft will be adding a new Career system to Xbox Live. Now, the feature has been detailed in a new report, showing how users will be able to earn EXP.
A source familiar with the new Xbox Live Avatars has claimed that they'll be rolled out during April and that some Microsoft employees already have access to them. Alpha testers will get them soon.
As per a job listing, Microsoft might be working on implementing game mod support for Xbox Live titles on the Xbox One and Windows 10. The company has not officially announced such plans.
If you're a fan of the cold or like to see how long you can survive in a world filled with zombies that have mastered the art of parkour you'll be right at home thanks to this week's Deals with Gold.
This week, set out into the void with your fireteam as you fight against the mysterious Thargoids; or take on the big city in Grand Theft Auto V thanks to discounts of up to 80% on Xbox.
If you've been eyeing Assassin's Creed: Origins, or For Honor, it might just be the most opportune time to consider picking some of these titles up thanks to a massive Ubisoft publisher sale on Xbox.
Several EA titles have received massive discounts this week, including Titanfall 2, Star Wars: Battlefront II, and Battlefield 1, giving you ample reasons to stay in and take on your foes.
If you are eagerly waiting for the next version of Halo and need a fix, then you'll be happy to know that Halo 5: Guardians is free to play this weekend with an Xbox Live Gold membership.