Microsoft Ends Xbox 360 Production

Even we look forwards towards a potential Xbox One revision, Microsoft is turning over a page to their past. After nearly 11 years in production, Microsoft is finally ending Xbox 360 manufacturing. This means while Xbox 360s will continue to be sold and Xbox Live related services supported, once the stock runs out, that will be it for the console. Over its lifetime, the 360 sold at least 84 million units.

Like most consoles, the 360 went through a number of hardware revisions throughout the years. As we all remember, the original Xenon release ended up suffering from the infamous red ring of death. It wasn’t till 2 revisions later with the Falcon and a core die shrink that Microsoft finally got the situation under control. Since then Microsoft has continued to release upgraded versions till the most recent one in September 2014.

In concert with Xbox Live, the Xbox 360 changed the gaming landscape for consoles. In addition to allowing a unified online presence for consoles, the Xbox also ushered in easy streaming for Netflix. For now, continued support is expected till 2018 but for Microsoft’s backwards compatibility efforts may mean you can always play some retro games on the Xbox One. If you do want a 360 though, you’ll have to grab them quickly before they disappear.

Formula E ‘Virtual Championship’ to Take Place on Forza 6

Not content in running only in the real world, Formula E, the racing series for specially designed electric cars, will be running a ‘virtual championship’ that will take the form of a month-long eSports tournament on the popular racing sim, Forza Motorsport 6. The event will begin next weekend and take place across four rounds, with the ending set to coincide with the end of Formula E’s second real-life season. The prize up for grabs will be a share of a pot of €15,000, awarded as part of the final weekend of the series’ season.

Formula E’s cars were already added to Forza 6 last year, shortly before the game’s release and have already gathered popularity due to a number of Formula E events that have been held in the game over the length of the season. These “Race Off” events took place in real life, inviting gamers, YouTube personalities and even the real world Formula E drivers together to face off against each other in the game.

Unlike those events, the new “Pro Series” will take place entirely virtually, with each round providing competitors with a week to run time trials using the Formula E cars. After the event starts on the 24th, players will be able to join a special rivals event from the in-game Xbox Live lobby and compete for the best laps. When the first round ends on March 31st, those with the 10 best laps will be chosen to participate in a virtual final on April 2nd. This format will repeat 3 more times, with the last round ending on June 2nd. The top 2 from each round’s final will then be invited to London to go head to head with each other for a share of the €15,000.

It is exciting to see Formula E becoming so invested in engaging in the virtual as well as the real and makes many of the more traditional racing series look even more outdated by comparison. With AI racing already in the works and now a virtual racing championship, what exciting new ideas will Formula E come up with next?

Microsoft Improves Cyberattack Security Measures

In the modern interconnected world, we rely on technology to complete work, and enjoy various forms of entertainment. Unfortunately, this means there are unscrupulous individuals who try to exploit any loopholes and attack networks. Perhaps, they feel this is a way of exposing a company’s poor security or attempt to ruin people’s free time in a bitter manner. Whatever the case, there’s numerous examples of networks being breached including PlayStation Network. Recently, Xbox Live has suffered from some downtime, due to cyberattacks. This isn’t acceptable for either Sony or Microsoft because they are charging a fee to access a service.

On another note, Steam encountered problems due to a caching error, and allowed access to other people’s accounts. This emphasizes the need for extremely secure networks which involves a great deal of investment. Back in November, Microsoft opened a new facility which brings together around 50 security experts from various divisions including the Office, Windows, Azure, Xbox and other groups. This means they can unify different teams with roughly 3,500 other security employees throughout various offices. Hopefully, this should improve security measures, and help prevent cyberattacks from occurring. While the new facility’s cost is unknown, reports suggest the company has spent $1 billion on security last year. Duncan Brown, research director at IDC Research Inc said:

“Microsoft has been on the fringe of security for some time,”

“Now, they are putting it at the center of operations.”

According to Microsoft, every second matters when dealing with cyberattacks, and it’s essential to have a rapid response. The best form of this is via “machine learning”. So how does this work? Microsoft hired a group of white-hat hackers known as Red Team to attack its networks. The information during these breaches are monitored by programs alongside real attacks to form a database which should help with future cyberattacks. It’s always a difficult task to deal with complicated attacks from criminals, but it’s clear that Microsoft is investing in security infrastructure.

Phantom Squad Threatens Week-Long Xbox Live and PSN Attack over Christmas

Following its attack on Xbox Live earlier this week, hacker group Phantom Squad has threatened to take down both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network for a week over Christmas, calling its first successful attempt a demonstration, The Independent reports. The Twitter account that Phantom Squad used to make these threats has now been suspended, but the group has returned with a new account, @PhantomLair.

“Why do we take down PSN and Xbox Live? Because cyber security does not exist,” the old Phantom Squad account tweeted, followed by, “Some men just want to watch PSN and Xbox Live burn.”

Phantom Squad is claiming that it temporarily took down PSN earlier today, but this has not yet been confirmed:

https://twitter.com/PhantomLair/status/677705163067555840

The hackers are also threatening to DDoS reddit, asking follower to vote for their preferred target:

https://twitter.com/PhantomLair/status/677716229147271168

The threatened attacks mirror those committed by Lizard Squad last Christmas, whose attacks on Xbox Live and PSN were used to advertise their new Lizard Stresser DDoS tool, which offered bespoke attacks on websites for a fee.

“The only reason we are doing this its @Xbox & @PlayStation Fault [sic],” Phantom Squad tweeted earlier today. “Because we are proving there is no cyber security PSN Fix it b4 it happens.”

Hacking Group Threatens to Attack Gaming Networks During Christmas

The hacking group, Lizard Squad targeted the poor security on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network last year and caused major disruption during the holiday period. This meant many new console owners couldn’t play games online with their friends and spoilt the festive cheer for three long days. In the past year, the National Crime Agency has made arrests and targeted Lizard Squad’s cyber criminal activities. However, being anti-establishment can inspire other disaffected people to create a similar organization. Sadly, this is the case, and a new group entitled, Phantom Squad is threatening to shut down Xbox Live and PlayStation Network during Christmas:

https://twitter.com/OfficialSegma/status/675784451977289729

Not only that, the group plans to switch the servers offline for a week and ruin people’s excitement to play games during their time off. This really is pathetic, and illustrates how petty human beings can be. I’m not entirely convinced if the group can perform this hack as it might just be trolls engaging in attention seeking. Although, if any kind of mass outage occurred, both Microsoft and Sony have to answer questions about their investment in online security. Hopefully, this isn’t a sign of things to come and only shows how bitter some people are in the modern world. If you’re frustrated with society, trying to ruin other people’s lives to make your own self-image improve is a flawed line of thinking.

Microsoft Considering Xbox Live Subscription on Windows

Microsoft has been attempting the win back the hearts of PC gamers and making promises to take the platform seriously. Rightfully, this was greeted with a degree of skepticism given Microsoft’s history and the disgraceful Games for Windows Live DRM client which plagued PC gaming for many years. Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Windows and Devices Marketing, Yusuf Mehdi discussed during the Credit Suisse Technology Broker Conference the Xbox brand and potential for Windows gaming:

“On Gaming, Gaming has been pretty big success case. Gaming, think about it in two pieces: there is a traditional Xbox console business where we compete with Sony, and there we have had probably the best year we have ever had for Xbox, and it’s still on the back of the greatest game lineup of the Xbox history.”

“So if you like games, this is the year to get an Xbox. We have Halo 5 launching. We have Minecraft on Xbox. We have Gears of War, Tomb Raider… Best lineup. Next year will also be the best lineup. That leads to really a great success on it.”

“But the other interesting thing, is now we are bringing that Xbox gaming value prop to other devices, in particular the PC.”

This is a very strange statement to make because Microsoft seems completely unwilling to release its core line-up on Windows. Additionally, Fable Legends is a free-to-play title, and the only Halo game is from a mobile spin-off. There are some exceptions such as Killer Instinct and Gears of War, but Microsoft isn’t delivering and still treating Windows gaming quite poorly. Unless Microsoft plans to release those core games on PC, I really can’t understand what world Mehdi is living in.

More worryingly, it seems Microsoft is planning to try and monetize Windows gaming in a similar vein to Xbox Live Gold. Yusuf said:

“And then you have the ability to effectively now start to get Xbox live in all these games that you are using, whether it’d be Solitaire or Minecraft and now what we see is, we have almost the same number of Xbox live monthly active on Windows as we do on the console.”

“To be fair it’s not the same: the console uses our Xbox Live Gold, paying subscribers. These are free customers, but the ability to build a subscription business on the back of that now, you can start to see some light for that opportunity.”

Microsoft, what the heck are you thinking? Do you really want to make the entire PC gaming community irate and launch another form of disastrous anti-consumer DRM? PC gamers will never and I mean never pay a subscription to access your servers. The only time people are prepared to pay a monthly sub is with MMOs and the majority of those are going free-to-play anyway!

This really is laughable and explains why the Xbox app exists on Windows 10. I have no idea how a company can completely mess up something so badly and then try to make the same mistake once again. It also comes across that the whole Windows gaming focus was simply to introduce an online subscription and fool PC gamers to pay for an online service.

Xbox Rewards Changes Star Level Requirements – Users Not Happy

Without warning, Microsoft has shifted the requirements for its various star levels for members of its Xbox Rewards program, with the one star threshold alone doubling. Many users have been angered by the move, which has shifted the progress of many down to a lower tier, meaning that overnight they are entitled to less from the reward scheme.

The new tiers are:

  • 1 star – “old: $150” “new: $300”
  • 2 star – “old: $400” “new: $600”
  • 3 star – “old: $650” “new: $900”
  • 4 star – “old: $900” “new: $1200”
  • 5 star – “old: $1200” “new: $1800”

In the UK, the five star thresholds are now set at £200, £400, £600, £900, and £1,200, respectively.

Much of the ire directed at the Xbox Rewards revision is concentrated on reddit where the rage is palpable:

dee_c: “So, basically Microsoft is running the equivalent of the worst frequent flyer program in the world? They constantly incentivize us to remain Xbox Live gold members, but they still clear out your rewards status even if you continuously buy products and don’t go inactive?”

Mashable_Pixels: “I was on tier 5, Now I’m on Tier 3. Really f***ing annoying.”

Alan066: “I was €25 away from level 3. Bumped down to level 1 now as well. Not happy!”

awsumsauce: “I was 14€ away from three stars LAST NIGHT so I bought a couple games worth around 30€, and now I’m at 1 star, 0%? Way to screw me (and everyone else!) over, Microsoft. Great job!”

Thank you GamerHQ for providing us with this information.

 

Game of Thrones Première Free to US Xbox Live Members

If you haven’t already gorged yourself on the four leaked episodes already, or don’t have access to HBO, Microsoft is offering Xbox Live members – on both Xbox One and Xbox 360 – the chance to watch the first episode of Game of Thrones’ season 5 for free.

The season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones aired last night on HBO, as well as showing internationally on new streaming service HBO Now, but its pre-debut momentum was broken by the leak of the first four episodes of season 5, with each episode reportedly being downloaded over one million times each, confirming Game of Thrones’ existing position as the most downloaded show in history.

HBO’s fantasy television show, based on the A Song of Fire and Ice novels by George R.R. Martin, has been a smash hit for the cable channel since it hit screens back in 2011, popular with both the audience – the show has a gross of 14.4 million viewers per episode – and the critics.

The offer is only available for free via Xbox Live to US customers, mainly due to foreign syndication agreements, though this change after the episode airs in the UK tonight on Sky Atlantic. US Xbox Live members have until 16th April to watch the episode for free.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

US Cop Fired For Racial Abuse on Xbox Live

A Deputy from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has been fired after being caught on camera making racial threats over Xbox Live. Former Deputy Michael Slater abused a man known only as “David”, who was deliberately trolling Slater, while the two were facing off playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

An argument between the two men escalated, to the point where Slater shouted, “You about to come to a f*****g paid police officer’s house. I get paid to beat up n*****s like you.” Slater then, to prove his credentials as a police officer, gave “David” his badge number. Smart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eKfIpK4b2JQ

A spokesperson for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that it was Slater’s voice in the video and that his position has been “terminated immediately after the sheriff became aware of the video.”

Source: Kotaku

Xbox Live Online Multiplayer to be Free on Windows 10

Last week’s Microsoft announcement that Xbox Live would be coming to Windows 10 wasn’t quite as clear as it could have been, saying that users would have access to the “vast majority” of Xbox Live services, without specifying what those services might be.

Thankfully, Xbox Director of Programming Larry Hryb has revealed more details through his Twitter account, replying to a surly yet curious user:

Microsoft has said that they will have more news to reveal on the Xbox Live for Windows 10 project over the next few months. Hopefully, the endeavour will be more successful than the aborted Games for Windows Live program that Microsoft tried to launch a decade ago.

Source: Engadget

Lizard Squad’s DDoS Service Hacked

How deliciously apt: Lizard Squad’s for-hire DDoS service, Lizard Stresser, has been hacked by unknown persons.

Lizard Squad are the hacker group responsible for the attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network that brought the services down over Christmas last year. The group later claimed that these DDoS attacks were meant as a form of advertisement for its Lizard Stresser service.

News of the Lizard Stresser hack was broken by Brian Krebs of online security site Krebs on Security, revealing that the culprit had sent him a copy of Lizard Stesser’s customer database, including their passwords, obtained directly from the site, stored as a plain text file.

The document reveals that although 14,241 people have registered with the site, only a couple of hundred people have paid for the service, raising over $11,000-worth of Bitcoins in sales.

Source: Krebs on Security

Lizard Squad Hacked Home Routers to DDoS Attack Xbox Live and PSN

Brian Krebs, an online security blogger, has found how hacker group Lizard Squad managed to amass the trafficking power to take down Xbox Live and PlayStation Network over Christmas, and the answer lies very close to home.

Krebs’ investigation – outlined on his blog, KrebsOnSecurity – led him to discover that Lizard Squad had used a recently discovered malware variant to take control of thousands of home routers. Together, the routers formed a botnet that was used to direct a high volume of junk internet traffic toward Xbox Live and PSN, putting them under so much stress that they collapsed, unable to cope.

Though Krebs asserts that the majority of Lizard Squad’s botnet hosts home routers, he claims that a significant number of commercial routers, used by companies, schools, and universities, had been compromised.

Source: The Verge

Lizard Squad Member Arrested for Fraud

A yet to be officially named member of Lizard Squad has been arrested over claims of online fraud. The individual is believed to be 22-year-old Vinnie Omari, and is in connection to money stolen from PayPal accounts.

“The arrest is in connection with an ongoing investigation into cyber-fraud offences which took place between 2013 and August 2014 during which victims reported funds being stolen from their PayPal accounts,” Thames Valley police said in a statement on behalf of SEROCU.”

Brian Krebs of KrebsOnSecurity says that this is Vinnie, with him posting an image of his supposed bail notice.

Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for a string of attacks upon Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, culminating in a massive outage over Christmas Day. The group has sparked outrage online for its supposed DDoS attacks. Last week it was reported that the FBI is investigating.

Source: KrebsOnSecurity, The Guardian

The FBI Confirms it is Investigating Lizard Squad After Hacking PSN, Xbox Live

Well, Lizard Squad is in some deep… well… you know what I was going to say. The FBI has confirmed that it is now investigating the hacking group, after they took both Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live services down over the holidays. An FBI spokesperson told GamesBeat “The FBI is investigating the matter. Given the pending nature of the case, we cannot comment further.”

Most would consider the FBI investigating them quite, well, serious, right? Not Lizard Squad, who took to Twitter with this tweet:

Source: VentureBeat.

Lizard Squad Start Selling DDoS Attack Services

It seems that the Christmas DDoS attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network by hacker group Lizard Squad could have been an elaborate marketing campaign. On Tuesday morning, Lizard Squad announced on Twitter that it will begin selling custom DDoS attack services, under the name Lizard Stresser.

Want a website attacked? Pay anywhere between $6 and $500, depending on the size of the site, via Bitcoin and Lizard Squad will oblige. $130 a month will get you 30,000 seconds (about 20 days) of sustained attack, while $500 earns an unlimited attack.

Lizard Squad member dragon told The Daily Dot that the Xbox and PSN attacks were “a huge marketing scheme. Playing games on a Twitter is fun, but it comes down to the money. The objective here, for me at least—can’t speak for others—is money.”

Three hours after launch, 25 people had already paid for the DDoS service. According to dragon, Lizard Squad hopes to keep the service running for a “minimum of one year.”

Source: The Daily Dot

Tor Reassures Users After Hack Attempt

 

The Tor Project, victims of an attempted hack by a group known as Lizard Squad, has reassured users that the threat is being dealt with and that users’ anonymity remains intact.

It seems that Lizard Squad launched what is known as a Cybil attack, creating new relays in the hope of saturating the network, as opposed to taking control of existing relays. But, despite reports, the hackers only controlled 1% of the total number of relays within the Tor network. Tor confirmed this in a statement to Business Insider:

“This looks like a regular attempt at a Sybil attack: the attackers have signed up many new relays in hopes of becoming a large fraction of the network. But even though they are running thousands of new relays, their relays currently make up less than 1% of the Tor network by capacity. We are working now to remove these relays from the network before they become a threat, and we don’t expect any anonymity or performance effects based on what we’ve seen so far.”

Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the Christmas attack on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, explaining that it brought the two online gaming servers down to demonstrate that users were being short changed by a weak, lacklustre network. Its reasoning for attacking Tor is still a mystery but, whatever its motives were, the move has turned the collective head of Anonymous:

On Friday, Anonymous declared war on Lizard Squad, warning the malicious group in a YouTube video, “now you are all going down.”

Source: Business Insider

Lizard Squad Claims Xbox and PSN Hack Was For Our Own Good, Anonymous Declares War

Lizard Squad, the hacker group responsible for taking down Xbox Live and PlayStation Network over Christmas, has claimed it committed the act for the good of gamers. Whatever the motivation, Anonymous has declared war on Lizard Squad, telling the collective that they’ve “made an enemy”.

According to Lizard Squad, a company as large as Microsoft and Sony should have the money and infrastructure to prevent DDoS attacks, and that’s exactly the point, the implication being that users are being short-changed by the two companies not investing in their networks enough.

https://twitter.com/LizardMafia/status/548621930606370816

“If I was working [at Microsoft or Sony] and had a big enough budget I could totally stop these attacks,” a member of Lizard Squad, ‘Ryan Cleary’, told The Daily Dot. “I’d buy more bandwidth, some specific equipment, and configure it correctly. It’s just about programming skill. With an attack of this scale it could go up to the millions. But that’s really no problem for Sony and Microsoft.”

Lizard Squad’s altruistic reasoning hasn’t touched Anonymous, though, as the group has warned Lizard Squad “now you are all going down.” But there seems to be another motive behind Anonymous’ move against the hacker group, as revealed in a YouTube video released on Friday.

“Greetings Gaming Community & Lizard Squad aka Finest, It has come to our attention that despite our continued warnings you have decided to disregard our requests to stop promoting propaganda such as “Anonymous has joined up with the FBI”. The only Anon that ever worked with the FBI is Sabu, the former Lulzsec’s leader and now he’s know as the biggest traitor and scumbag that shopped hes friends to the police in order to save himself among all Anonymous parties. The Leader of Lizard Squad Jord is also the leader of Finest Squad which is in the same position as Sabu (shopped two of hes friends to the police after hacked by Anonymous and, now is struggling to escape from us). Everything that’s happening right now such as “Interview” is a typical brainwashing method of drama in order to save himself. You have made an enemy of Anonymous by saying that we are supporting FBI and now you are all going down!”

http://youtu.be/IwQIhITNTEg

Source: Inquisitr

Lizard Squad Attacks Tor

Lizard Squad, the hacker group responsible for the Christmas Day attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, has turned its sights upon anonymous internet server, Tor (The Onion Network).

https://twitter.com/LizardMafia/status/548525026027507712

Lizard Squad’s latest attack seems to be designed to compromise users’ anonymity by commandeering Tor’s relay nodes. If the hackers take control of enough nodes, it will be able to eavesdrop on, track, and identify Tor users. So far, Lizard Squad has control of 3,000 relays, close to half of all nodes.

As of Friday evening, the attack continues. Tor has yet to comment on the situation.

https://twitter.com/LizardMafia/status/548523618901454848

Source: Gizmodo

Kim Dotcom Saves XMAS, Stops Lizard Squad Attack on Xbox Live and PSN

Hacker group Lizard Squad launched a DDoS attack on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network (PSN), taking both services down on Christmas Day. The official Lizard Squad Twitter account demanded 10,000 retweets before it would allow the services to continue. However, German web entrepreneur Kim Dotcom stepped in, offering Lizard Squad 3,000 Lifetime accounts on his encrypted upload site, Mega.

https://twitter.com/LizardMafia/status/548334845588680705

Dotcom shared a screen capture of a direct message exchange between the two parties:

The conversation seems a little contrived, possibly staged, but the net result is that both Xbox Live and PSN services were able to continue. Though, now that Kim Dotcom has breached the “don’t negotiate with terrorists” rule, will this persuade Lizard Squad to launch more attacks in hope of soliciting further benefits?

Source: Gizmodo

The Lizard Squad Takes Down Xbox Live in the UK

It looks like The Lizard Squad would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, as the hacking group has taken down Xbox Live in the UK, and in many other parts of the world.

The group said they wanted to keep their promise of giving out “presents” to gamers, in the form of taking down Xbox Live. Xbox Live has reportedly been down for many throughout the world, with the official Xbox Live status page stating that it’s hard for people to sign into Xbox Live on the Xbox 360, but not the Xbox One.

Sony’s PSN has reportedly also been hit by The Lizard Squad… so the “giving” continues, I guess. #pcmasterrace unaffecte.d

Source: Attack of the Fanboy.

Xbox Live January Games With Gold Revealed

It has taken Microsoft a while to get their Games with Gold promotion up to a standard that can rival the PlayStation Plus offerings from Sony, but they’re certainly starting to provide gamers with some quality content. In January, anyone with a Gold Xbox Live subscription can claim three free games, so long as you download the games within the given period (see below), you own them for free forever.

Coming to Xbox One is D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die, which normally sells for $14.99, this game will be available from the 1st to the 31st of January. The Xbox 360 will get two games, the first is MX vs. ATV Alive which is worth $19.99 and will need to be downloaded between the 1st and 15th of January. Finally we have the best of the bunch, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, which sells for $29.99, but it’s yours free of charge if you download it between the 16th and the 31st of January.

Thank you Xbox for providing us with this information.

Hacking Group Threatens to Shut Down Xbox Live “Forever” on XMAS

Imagine all the people signing into Xbox Live over Christmas with their brand new Xbox One consoles, to reach it and see it has been hacked and shut down. This could be the future in just a couple of weeks time, as hacking group Lizard Squad has threatened Microsoft, saying it “Microsoft will receive a wonderful Christmas present from us.”

The hacking group has previously hit Sony’s PlayStation Network with a DDoS attack, as well as taking down Xbox Live before. Now the group is taking it a few steps further, threatening to take Xbox Live down “forever”. Lizard Squad has said “This is not a treat but a promise. On December 25 aka Christmas. We will tap into Microsoft and shut down Xbox Live, FOREVER! So enjoy it while it lasts.”

So if you start seeing people complaining about Xbox Live being down this Christmas, you’ll know Lizard Squad have been tinkering around inside of Microsoft’s servers.

Source: WCCFTech.

Xbox Live Hit by DDoS Attack

On Monday, Xbox Live Gaming Servers were taken offline by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, with a hacker group known as Lizard Squad taking responsibility.

https://twitter.com/LizardPatrol/status/539592073452998659

The attack took place on Monday at 8.37pm EST, and was followed shortly by a tweet from Lizard Squad, taking credit for the incident.

https://twitter.com/LizardPatrol/status/539594137117667328

Xbox Live users in turn tweeted Microsoft about the outage, complaining about not being able to access their account. Microsoft did not respond.

Lizard Squad has previously taken responsibility for DDoS attacks on the Sony PlayStation Network, the game Destiny, and “several EA games” (as yet unnamed). They seem to be pondering the target of their next attack.

https://twitter.com/LizardPatrol/status/539630738933817344

Source: Tech Worm

Microsoft Bringing 40 Xbox Live Games To Windows Phone 8 Devices

Running Windows Phone 8 or 8.1? Well Microsoft has just updated the list of available Xbox Live games that are available for Windows Phone 8 users. The list of Xbox Games from Microsoft Studios that are being updated to support Windows Phone 8.X is rather long, as shown below. The requirements for running these games is that you have 512MB of RAM and run Windows Phone 8 or 8.1. Most of the games are “older” ones that were available on Windows Phone 7 but were awaiting a port to Windows Phone 8. Anyone hoping to find favourites like Dodonpachi and Tentacles will be disappointed…

  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  • Microsoft Mahjohng
  • Hexic
  • Shuffle Party
  • Rise of Glory
  • Avatar Gadgets
  • Microsoft Minesweeper
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Breeze
  • Parachute Panic
  • Jet Car Stunts WP
  • Max & the Magic Marker
  • Farm Frenzy 2
  • AlphaJax
  • ilomilo
  • Crimson Dragon: Side Story
  • Fusion Sentient
  • Z0MB1ES (on teh ph0ne)
  • I Dig It
  • BulletAsylum
  • Harbor Master
  • Big Buck Hunter Pro
  • Game Room – Pitfall!
  • Lode Runner Classic
  • Hexic Rush
  • Mush
  • Game Chest: Solitaire Edition
  • Game Room – Asteroids Deluxe
  • Implode!
  • Game Room – Centipede
  • CarneyVale: Showtime
  • iBlast Moki
  • Cro-Mag Rally
  • Hasta La Muerte
  • Crafting Guide
  • Glow Artisan
  • Game Room – Lunar Lander
  • UFC on Xbox LIVE

Source: WPCentral

Image courtesy of Microsoft

WRC Powerslide Now Available On Stream

The developers at Milestone are well known in the world of video game racing, having created many iconic titles since they started out in 1996. Now they look to continue that trend with the release of yet another racing title which has just hit consoles and Windows PC. The game, WRC Powerslide, is now available on Steam at a special discount price for the first week. The game is due to be priced at € 9,99 but if you get in early you’ll be able to pick it up for just €8,49 (15% off).

With a colourful and smart style, WRC Powerslide offers the chance to try all the WRC licensed elements with an arcade attitude. Through two different game modes – Single Player and Multiplayer – the players can pick up a car from WRC Class, Class 2 and Class 3, choose between 8 different rallies – with 3 special stage per each – and compete against other friends/opponents. Furthermore, during the competition, all the drivers will find 6 different Power Ups (Extreme Pace, Flatout, Horn Power, Hailstorm, Thunderbolt, Cloud of Dust) on the road which contain bonus/malus to speed up the vehicles or to slow down the other ones. At least, thanks to the introduction of the brand new on top camera – that will show a great portion of the track – players can enjoy exciting WRC 2012 calendar’s panoramas.

It’s a nice change of pace from the often simulation focused WRC racing games, and being able to bring the camera up above the track and take an almost top down view reminds me of great arcade racing games such as Micro Machines. Just kick back and watch the powerslides flow.

Developed by Milestone studio, WRC Powerslide is now available for PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE and Steam for €9,99.

Thank you WRC Powerslide for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of WRC Powerslides Facebook.

Rumour: Xbox One Dashboard Update & 3 new Xbox One Consoles Designs On The Way

Rumour has it that the Xbox One is expected to get a major dashboard update in March, which will reportedly fixed a number of issues with the Xbox Live service on the console, as well as the usual wave of bug and system fixes that you normally expect with any update. With console users suffering issues with Party-chat, and with the usability and placement of some of the consoles social features, Xbox Live is in need of a few tweaks. The leak first came from a post on NeoGaf, but was later verified by the team at The Verge.

This is no doubt great news for Xbox One console owners, especially those who have been affected by bugs on the console, so hopefully it will address and resolve the issues without creating and new problems of its own. Yet not content with just revealing an update to the dashboard, the anonymous leaker also revealed that there will be three new designs for the console this year!

The first will we a while Xbox One which is expected to launch alongside the release of Sunset Overdrive, as well as a 1TB edition of the console in November. The white one will be the one that was previously seen being gifted to Microsoft employees.

Also revealed this week is the special Titanfall edition of the Xbox One (pic above) and it was only a matter of time before we saw this kind of special edition given that there were many Xbox 360’s launched in a similar format, such as the Halo and Star Wars editions.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of The Verge.