Xbox 360 consoles Archives

Xbox 360 consoles Archives

Xbox 360 consoles Archives

Xbox 360 consoles Archives

Xbox 360

Left: Original model Xbox 360 Premium (2005)
Center:
Redesigned slim model Xbox 360 S (2010)
Right:
Latest model Xbox 360 E (2013)
DeveloperMicrosoft
ManufacturerFlextronics, Wistron, Celestica, Foxconn[1][2]
Product familyXbox
TypeHome video game console
GenerationSeventh generation
Release date
  • Original Xbox 360
  • Xbox 360 S
  • Xbox 360 E
Lifespan2005–2016
Introductory priceUS$299, €299, £209 (Xbox 360 Core)[6]
US$399, €399, £279 (Xbox 360 (20 GB))[6]
Discontinued
Units soldWorldwide: 84 million (as of June 9, 2014[update])[8] (details)
MediaDVD, CD, digital distribution
Add-on:HD DVD(discontinued)
Operating systemXbox 360 system software
System-on-chip usedXCGPU(Xbox 360 S and E models only)
CPU3.2 GHzPowerPC Tri-Core Xenon
Memory
  • 512 MB of unified GDDR3 RAM clocked at 700 MHz
  • 10MB of eDRAM cache on XenosGPU
Storage
    • Detachable Hard Drives
      20, 60, 120 or 250 GB (older models); 250, 320, or 500 GB (Xbox 360 S models)
    • Memory Cards (Removable)(Original design only)
      64 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB
    • On-board storage chip
      • Arcade Consoles (later models)
        256 MB, 512 MB
      • Budget level "Xbox 360 S" consoles:
        4 GB
    • USB storage device (requires system software update)
      1 GB to 32 GB
    • Cloud storage (requires Xbox LIVE Gold Membership)
      2 GB [9]
Display
    • Composite video
      480i, 576i (PAL)
    • S-Video
      480i, 576i (PAL)
    • RGB SCART
      480i, 576i (PAL)
    • Component (YPBPR)
      480i, 576i, 480p, 720p, 1080i
    • D-Terminal (YPBPR)
      480i (D1), 480p (D2), 720p (D4), 1080i (D3), 1080p (D5)[10]
    • VGA
      640×480, 848×480, 1024×768, 1280×720 (720p), 1280×768, 1280×1024, 1360×768, 1440×900, 1680×1050, 1920×1080 (1080p)
    • HDMI (later models)
      480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
    • Note: 1080p video playback is limited to content from the Zune marketplace[11]
Graphics500 MHz ATI/AMDXenos
Sound
  • Analog stereo
  • Stereo LPCM(TOSLINK and HDMI)
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 (TOSLINK and HDMI)
  • Dolby Digital with WMA pro (TOSLINK and HDMI)
Controller input
  • 4 maximum* (any combination): *4 Big button pads may be used in addition to other controllers.
ConnectivityOriginal models

2.4 GHz wireless, 3 × USB 2.0, IR receiver, 100 Mbit/s Ethernet
Add-on: Wifi 802.11a/b/g, Wifi 802.11a/b/g/n[12]

Revised "S" models
2.4 GHz wireless, 5 × USB 2.0, Digital Optical audio out, IR receiver, 100 Mbit/s Ethernet, Wifi 802.11b/g/n, AUX port, HDMI port
Revised "E" models

2.4 GHz wireless, 4 × USB 2.0, IR receiver, 100 Mbit/s Ethernet, Wifi 802.11b/g/n, AUX port, HDMI port
Online servicesXbox Live
Best-selling gameKinect Adventures!(24 million as pack-in game for Kinect)[13][14]
Backward
compatibility
461 original Xbox games[15][16](requires hard drive and the latest update)
PredecessorXbox
SuccessorXbox One
Websitexbox.com/en-US/xbox-360

The Xbox 360 is a home video game console developed by Microsoft. As the successor to the original Xbox, it is the second console in the Xbox series. It competed with Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles. It was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005, with detailed launch and game information announced later that month at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

The Xbox 360 features an online service, Xbox Live, which was expanded from its previous iteration on the original Xbox and received regular updates during the console's lifetime. Available in free and subscription-based varieties, Xbox Live allows users to: play games online; download games (through Xbox Live Arcade) and game demos; purchase and stream music, television programs, and films through the Xbox Music and Xbox Video portals; and access third-party content services through media streaming applications. In addition to online multimedia features, it allows users to stream media from local PCs. Several peripherals have been released, including wireless controllers, expanded hard drive storage, and the Kinectmotion sensing camera. The release of these additional services and peripherals helped the Xbox brand grow from gaming-only to encompassing all multimedia, turning it into a hub for living-room computing entertainment.[17][18][19][20][21]

Launched worldwide across 2005–2006, the Xbox 360 was initially in short supply in many regions, including North America and Europe. The earliest versions of the console suffered from a high failure rate, indicated by the so-called "Red Ring of Death", necessitating an extension of the device's warranty period. Microsoft released two redesigned models of the console: the Xbox 360 S in 2010,[22] and the Xbox 360 E in 2013.[23] Xbox 360 is the sixth-highest-selling home video game console in history, and the highest-selling console made by an American company. Although not the best-selling console of its generation, the Xbox 360 was deemed by TechRadar to be the most influential through its emphasis on digital media distribution and multiplayer gaming on Xbox Live.[21][24]

The Xbox 360's successor, the Xbox One, was released on November 22, 2013.[25] On April 20, 2016, Microsoft announced that it would end the production of new Xbox 360 hardware, although the company will continue to support the platform.[7]

History

Development

Known during development as Xbox Next, Xenon, Xbox 2, Xbox FS or NextBox,[26] the Xbox 360 was conceived in early 2003.[27] In February 2003, planning for the Xenon software platform began, and was headed by Microsoft's Vice President J Allard.[27] That month, Microsoft held an event for 400 developers in Bellevue, Washington to recruit support for the system.[27] Also that month, Peter Moore, former president of Sega of America, joined Microsoft. On August 12, 2003, ATI signed on to produce the graphic processing unit for the new console, a deal which was publicly announced two days later.[28] Before the launch of the Xbox 360, several Alpha development kits were spotted using Apple'sPower Mac G5 hardware. This was because the system's PowerPC 970 processor running the same PowerPC architecture that the Xbox 360 would eventually run under IBM's Xenon processor. The cores of the Xenon processor were developed using a slightly modified version of the PlayStation 3's Cell Processor PPE architecture. According to David Shippy and Mickie Phipps, the IBM employees were "hiding" their work from Sony and Toshiba, IBM's partners in developing the Cell Processor.[29]Jeff Minter created the music visualization program Neon which is included with the Xbox 360.[30]

Launch

The Xbox 360 was released on November 22, 2005, in the United States and Canada;[5] December 2, 2005, in Europe and December 10, 2005, in Japan. It was later launched in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, and Russia. In its first year on the market, the system launched in 36 countries, more countries than any other console has launched in a single year.[31]

Critical reception

In 2009, IGN named the Xbox 360 the sixth-greatest video game console of all time, out of a field of 25.[32] Although not the best-selling console of the seventh-generation, the Xbox 360 was deemed by TechRadar to be the most influential, by emphasizing digital media distribution and online gaming through Xbox Live, and by popularizing game achievement awards.[21]PC Magazine considered the Xbox 360 the prototype for online gaming as it "proved that online gaming communities could thrive in the console space".[17] Five years after the Xbox 360's original debut, the well-received Kinect motion capture camera was released, which set the record of being the fastest selling consumer electronic device in history, and extended the life of the console.[33]Edge ranked Xbox 360 the second-best console of the 1993–2013 period, stating "It had its own social network, cross-game chat, new indie games every week, and the best version of just about every multiformat game...Killzone is no Halo and nowadays Gran Turismo is no Forza, but it's not about the exclusives—there's nothing to trump Naughty Dog's PS3 output, after all. Rather, it's about the choices Microsoft made back in the original Xbox's lifetime. The PC-like architecture meant the early EA Sports games ran at 60fps compared to only 30 on PS3, Xbox Live meant every dedicated player had an existing friends list, and Halo meant Microsoft had the killer next-generation exclusive. And when developers demo games on PC now they do it with a 360 pad—another industry benchmark, and a critical one."[34]

Sales

RegionUnits soldFirst available
United States 25.4 million as of March 31, 2011[update][35]November 22, 2005
EMEA region(Europe, Middle East and Africa)13.7 million as of March 31, 2011[update][35](Includes UK sales)December 2, 2005
United Kingdom 8 million as of February 14, 2013[update][36]
Japan 1.5 million as of June 17, 2011[update][37]December 10, 2005
Australia & New Zealand 1 million as of April 19, 2010[update][38]March 23, 2006
Worldwide80 millionas of October 17, 2013[update][39](more...)

The Xbox 360 began production only 69 days before launch,[40][41] and Microsoft was not able to supply enough systems to meet initial consumer demand in Europe or North America, selling out completely upon release in all regions except in Japan.[42][43][44][45] Forty thousand units were offered for sale on auction site eBay during the initial week of release, 10% of the total supply.[46] By year's end, Microsoft had shipped 1.5 million units, including 900,000 in North America, 500,000 in Europe, and 100,000 in Japan.[47]

In May 2008 Microsoft announced that 10 million Xbox 360s had been sold and that it was the "first current generation gaming console" to surpass the 10 million figure in the US.[48] In the US, the Xbox 360 was the leader in current-generation home console sales until June 2008, when it was surpassed by the Wii.[49][50][51] The Xbox 360 has sold a total of 870,000 units in Canada as of August 1, 2008.[52] Between January 2011 and October 2013, the Xbox 360 was the best-selling console in the United States for these 32 consecutive months.[53]

In Europe, the Xbox 360 has sold seven million units as of November 20, 2008, according to Microsoft.[54] In the United Kingdom, the Xbox 360 has sold 3.9 million units as of June 27, 2009, according to GfKChart-Track.[36]

While the original Xbox sold poorly in Japan, selling just 450,000 by November 2011,[55] the Xbox 360 sold almost as poorly, selling 1.5 million units from 2005 to 2011.[37]Edge magazine reported in August 2011 that initially lackluster and subsequently falling sales in Japan, where Microsoft had been unable to make serious inroads into the dominance of domestic rivals Sony and Nintendo, had led to retailers scaling down and in some cases discontinuing sales of the Xbox 360 completely.[56] The significance of Japan's poor sales might be overstated in the media in comparison to overall international sales.[57]

Legacy

The Xbox 360 sold much better than its predecessor, and although not the best-selling console of the seventh generation, it is regarded as a success since it strengthened Microsoft as a major force in the console market at the expense of well-established rivals.[24] The inexpensive Nintendo Wii did sell the most console units but eventually saw a collapse of third-party software support in its later years, and it has been viewed by some as a fad since the succeeding Wii U had a poor debut in 2012.[21][58][59][60][61][62] The PlayStation 3 struggled for a time due to being too expensive and initially lacking quality games,[63] making it far less dominant than its predecessor, the PlayStation 2, and it took until late in the PlayStation 3's lifespan for its sales and games to reach parity with the Xbox 360. TechRadar proclaimed that "Xbox 360 passes the baton as the king of the hill – a position that puts all the more pressure on its successor, Xbox One".[21]

The Xbox 360's advantage over its competitors was due to the release of high-profile games from both first party and third party developers. The 2007 Game Critics Awards honored the platform with 38 nominations and 12 wins – more than any other platform.[64][65] By March 2008, the Xbox 360 had reached a software attach rate of 7.5 games per console in the US; the rate was 7.0 in Europe, while its competitors were 3.8 (PS3) and 3.5 (Wii), according to Microsoft.[66] At the 2008 Game Developers Conference, Microsoft announced that it expected over 1,000 games available for Xbox 360 by the end of the year.[67] As well as enjoying exclusives such as additions to the Halo franchise and Gears of War, the Xbox 360 has managed to gain a simultaneous release of games that were initially planned to be PS3 exclusives, including Devil May Cry 4,[68]Ace Combat 6,[69]Virtua Fighter 5,[70]Grand Theft Auto IV,[71]Final Fantasy XIII,[72]Tekken 6,[73]Metal Gear Solid : Rising,[74] and L.A. Noire.[75] In addition, Xbox 360 versions of cross-platform games were generally considered superior to their PS3 counterparts in 2006 and 2007, due in part to the difficulties of programming for the PS3.[76]

TechRadar deemed the Xbox 360 as the most influential game system through its emphasis of digital media distribution, Xbox Live online gaming service, and game achievement feature.[21] During the console's lifetime, the Xbox brand has grown from gaming-only to encompassing all multimedia, turning it into a hub for "living-room computing environment".[18][19][20] Five years after the Xbox 360's original debut, the well-received Kinect motion capture camera was released, which became the fastest selling consumer electronic device in history, and extended the life of the console.[33]

Microsoft announced the Xbox One, successor to the Xbox 360, at E3 on June 10, 2013. Although succeeded as Microsoft's main console by the Xbox One, support from publishers for the Xbox 360 is expected to continue until at least 2016.[77] On April 20, 2016, Microsoft announced the end of production of new Xbox 360 hardware; the company will continue to provide hardware and software support for the platform, as selected Xbox 360 games can be played on Xbox One.[78]

Hardware

The Xbox 360 E model, announced at 2013's E3, shares many aesthetics with the Xbox One.

The main unit of the Xbox 360 itself has slight double concavity in matte white or black. The official color of the white model is Arctic Chill. It features a port on the top when vertical (left side when horizontal) to which a custom-housed hard disk drive unit can be attached.

On the Slim and E models, the hard drive bay is on the bottom when vertical (right side when horizontal) and requires the opening of a concealed door to access it. (This does not void the warranty.) The Xbox 360 Slim/E hard drives are standard 2.5" SATA laptop drives,[79] but have a custom enclosure and firmware so that the Xbox 360 can recognize it.[80]

Technical specifications

Various hard disk drives have been produced, including options at 20, 60, 120, 250, 320, or 500 GB. Inside, the Xbox 360 uses the triple-core IBM designed Xenon as its CPU, with each core capable of simultaneously processing two threads, and can therefore operate on up to six threads at once.[81]Graphics processing is handled by the ATIXenos, which has 10 MB of eDRAM. Its main memory pool is 512 MB in size.

Accessories

Many accessories are available for the console, including both wired and wireless controllers, faceplates for customization, headsets for chatting, a webcam for video chatting, dance mats and Gamercize for exercise, three sizes of memory units and five sizes of hard drives (20, 60, 120, 250 (initially Japan only,[82] but later also available elsewhere[83][84]) and 320 GB), among other items, all of which are styled to match the console.

In 2006, Microsoft released the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player. The accessory was discontinued in 2008 after the format war had ended in Blu-ray's favor.[85]

Kinect

A Kinect sensor device. The Xbox 360 E revision has an additional Xbox logo to the left of the Xbox 360 branding.

Kinect is a "controller-free gaming and entertainment experience" for the Xbox 360. It was first announced on June 1, 2009 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, under the codename, Project Natal.[86] The add-on peripheral enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without a game controller by using gestures, spoken commands and presented objects and images. The Kinect accessory is compatible with all Xbox 360 models,[87] connecting to new models via a custom connector, and to older ones via a USB and mains power adapter.[88] During their CES 2010 keynote speech, Robbie Bach and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer went on to say that Kinect will be released during the holiday period (November–January) and work with every 360 console. It was released on November 4, 2010[89]

Xbox 360 Chatpad from the Messenger Kit attached to a wireless controller

AV output

Built-in

Through AV connector (excluding E models which have no AV connector)

Retail configurations

Xbox 360 Arcade (replaced Xbox 360 Core)

At launch, the Xbox 360 was available in two configurations: the "Xbox 360" package (unofficially known as the 20 GB Pro or Premium), priced at US$399 or GB£279.99, and the "Xbox 360 Core", priced at US$299 and GB£209.99. The original shipment of the Xbox 360 version included a cut-down version of the Media Remote as a promotion.[6] The Elite package was launched later at US$479. The "Xbox 360 Core" was replaced by the "Xbox 360 Arcade" in October 2007[94] and a 60 GB version of the Xbox 360 Pro was released on August 1, 2008. The Pro package was discontinued and marked down to US$249 on August 28, 2009 to be sold until stock ran out, while the Elite was also marked down in price to US$299.[95]

Two major hardware revisions of the Xbox 360 have succeeded the original models; the Xbox 360 S (also referred to as the "Slim") replaced the original "Elite" and "Arcade" models in 2010. The S model carries a smaller, streamlined appearance with an angular case, and utilizes a redesigned motherboard designed to alleviate the hardware and overheating issues experienced by prior models. It also includes a proprietary port for use with the Kinect sensor.[22][96][97] The Xbox 360 E, a further streamlined variation of the 360 S with a two-tone rectangular case inspired by Xbox One, was released in 2013. In addition to its revised aesthetics, the Xbox 360 E also has one fewer USB port, no AV connector (and thus is HDMI-only), and no longer supports S/PDIF.[98]

Timeline

United States

November 22, 2005[99]

  • Launch of Xbox 360 Premium (20 GB) – $399.99
  • Launch of Xbox 360 Core – $299.99

April 29, 2007

August 6, 2007[101]

  • Price cut on Xbox 360 Premium (20 GB) – $349.99
  • Price cut on Xbox 360 Core – $279.99
  • Price cut on Xbox 360 Elite – $449.99

October 27, 2007

  • Launch of Xbox 360 Arcade – $279.99[102]
  • Discontinuation of Xbox 360 Core

July 13, 2008

  • Discontinuation of Xbox 360 (20 GB) (price cut to $299.99 for remaining stock)[103]

August 1, 2008[103]

  • Launch of Xbox 360 Premium (60 GB) – $349.99

September 5, 2008[104]

  • Price cut on Xbox 360 Elite – $399.99
  • Price cut on Xbox 360 (60 GB) – $299.99
  • Price cut on Xbox 360 Arcade – $199.99

August 28, 2009

  • Discontinuation of Xbox 360 (60 GB) (price cut to $249.99 for remaining stock)
  • Price cut on Xbox 360 Elite – $299.99

June 19, 2010[22]

  • Launch of Xbox 360 S 250 GB – $299.99
  • Discontinuation of Xbox 360 Elite (price cut to $249.99 for remaining stock)
  • Discontinuation of Xbox 360 Arcade (price cut to $149.99 for remaining stock)

August 3, 2010

  • Launch of Xbox 360 S 4 GB – $199.99

June 10, 2013[105]

  • Launch of Xbox 360 E 4 GB – $199.99
  • Launch of Xbox 360 E 250 GB – $299.99

April 20, 2016

Technical problems

Three red lights on the Xbox 360's ring indicator representing a "General Error requiring service of the Console or Power Adapter," commonly nicknamed the "Red Ring of Death."

The original model of the Xbox 360 has been subject to a number of technical problems. Since the console's release in 2005, users have reported concerns over its reliability and failure rate.[106][107][108]

To aid customers with defective consoles, Microsoft extended the Xbox 360's manufacturer's warranty to three years for hardware failure problems that generate a "General Hardware Failure" error report. A "General Hardware Failure" is recognized on all models released before the Xbox 360 S by three quadrants of the ring around the power button flashing red. This error is often known as the "Red Ring of Death".[109] In April 2009 the warranty was extended to also cover failures related to the E74 error code.[110] The warranty extension is not granted for any other types of failures that do not generate these specific error codes.

Since these problems surfaced, Microsoft has attempted to modify the console to improve its reliability. Modifications include a reduction in the number, size, and placement of components, the addition of dabs of epoxy on the corners and edges of the CPU and GPU as glue to prevent movement relative to the board during heat expansion,[111] and a second GPU heatsink to dissipate more heat.[112] With the release of the redesigned Xbox 360 S, the warranty for the newer models does not include the three-year extended coverage for "General Hardware Failures".[113] The newer Xbox 360 S and E models indicate system overheating when the console's power button begins to flash red, unlike previous models where the first and third quadrant of the ring would light up red around the power button if overheating occurred. The system will then warn the user of imminent system shutdown until the system has cooled,[114] whereas a flashing power button that alternates between green and red is an indication of a "General Hardware Failure" unlike older models where three of the quadrants would light up red.[115]

Software

Games

The Xbox 360 launched with 14 games in North America and 13 in Europe. The console's best-selling game for 2005, Call of Duty 2, sold over a million copies.[116] Five other games sold over a million copies in the console's first year on the market: Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter,[117]The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion,[118]Dead or Alive 4,[119]Saints Row,[120] and Gears of War.[121]Gears of War would become the best-selling game on the console with 3 million copies in 2006,[122] before being surpassed in 2007 by Halo 3 with over 8 million copies.[123]

Six games were initially available in Japan, while eagerly anticipated games such as Dead or Alive 4 and Enchanted Arms were released in the weeks following the console's launch.[124] Games targeted specifically for the region, such as Chromehounds, Ninety-Nine Nights, and Phantasy Star Universe, were also released in the console's first year.[125] Microsoft also had the support of Japanese developer Mistwalker, founded by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. Mistwalker's first game, Blue Dragon, was released in 2006 and had a limited-edition bundle which sold out quickly with over 10,000 pre-orders.[126]Blue Dragon is one of three Xbox 360 games to surpass 200,000 units in Japan, along with Tales of Vesperia and Star Ocean: The Last Hope. Mistwalker's second game, Lost Odyssey also sold over 100,000 copies.[127]

The 2007 Game Critics Awards honored the Xbox 360 platform with 38 Nominations and 11 Wins.[128]

Interface

The Xbox 360's original graphical user interface was the Xbox 360 Dashboard; a tabbed interface that featured five "Blades" (formerly four blades), and was designed by AKQA[129] and Audiobrain. It could be launched automatically when the console booted without a disc in it, or when the disc tray was ejected, but the user had the option to select what the console does if a game is in the tray on start up, or if inserted when already on. A simplified version of it was also accessible at any time via the Xbox Guide button on the gamepad.[130] This simplified version showed the user's gamercard, Xbox Live messages and friends list. It also allowed for personal and music settings, in addition to voice or video chats, or returning to the Xbox Dashboard from the game.

On November 19, 2008, the Xbox 360's dashboard was changed from the "Blade" interface, to a dashboard reminiscent of that present on the Zune and Windows Media Center, known as the "New Xbox Experience" or NXE.[131]

Since the console's release, Microsoft has released several updates for the Dashboard software.[132][133] These updates have included adding new features to the console, enhancing Xbox Live functionality and multimedia playback capabilities, adding compatibility for new accessories, and fixing bugs in the software. Such updates are mandatory for users wishing to use Xbox Live, as access to Xbox Live is disabled until the update is performed.[citation needed]

New Xbox Experience

At E3 2008, at Microsoft's Show, Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg and Marc Whitten announced the new Xbox 360 interface called the "New Xbox Experience" (NXE). The update was intended to ease console menu navigation. Its GUI uses the Twist UI, previously used in Windows Media Center and the Zune. Its new Xbox Guide retains all Dashboard functionality (including the Marketplace browser and disk ejection) and the original "Blade" interface (although the color scheme has been changed to match that of the NXE Dashboard).[134]

The NXE also provides many new features. Users can now install games from disc to the hard drive to play them with reduced load time and less disc drive noise, but each game's disc must remain in the system in order to run. A new, built-in Community system allows the creation of digitized Avatars that can be used for multiple activities, such as sharing photos or playing Arcade games like 1 vs. 100. The update was released on November 19, 2008.[135]

While previous system updates have been stored on internal memory, the NXE update was the first to require a storage device—at least a 128 MB memory card or a hard drive.[136]

Microsoft released a further update to the Xbox 360 Dashboard starting on December 6, 2011.[137] It included a completely new user interface which utilizes Microsoft's Metro design language, and added new features such as cloud storage for game saves and profiles, live television, Bing voice search,[138] access to YouTube videos and better support for Kinect voice commands.[139]

Multimedia

The Xbox 360 supports videos in Windows Media Video (WMV) format (including high-definition and PlaysForSure videos), as well as H.264 and MPEG-4 media. The December 2007 dashboard update added support for the playback of MPEG-4 ASP format videos.[140] The console can also display pictures and perform slideshows of photo collections with various transition effects, and supports audio playback, with music player controls accessible through the Xbox 360 Guide button. Users may play back their own music while playing games or using the dashboard, and can play music with an interactive visual synthesizer.

Music, photos and videos can be played from standard USB mass storage devices, Xbox 360 proprietary storage devices (such as memory cards or Xbox 360 hard drives), and servers or computers with Windows Media Center or Windows XP with Service pack 2 or higher within the local-area network in streaming mode.[141][142] As the Xbox 360 uses a modified version of the UPnP AV protocol,[143] some alternative UPnP servers such as uShare (part of the GeeXboX project) and MythTV can also stream media to the Xbox 360, allowing for similar functionality from non-Windows servers. This is possible with video files up to HD-resolution and with several codecs (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV) and container formats (WMV, MOV, TS).[144]

As of October 27, 2009,[145] UK and Ireland users are also able to access live and on-demand streams of Sky television programming.[146]

At the 2007, 2008, and 2009 Consumer Electronics Shows, Microsoft had announced that IPTV services would soon be made available to use through the Xbox 360. In 2007, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stated that IPTV on Xbox 360 was expected to be available to consumers by the holiday season, using the Microsoft TV IPTV Edition platform.[147] In 2008, Gates and president of Entertainment & Devices Robbie Bach announced a partnership with BT in the United Kingdom, in which the BT Vision advanced TV service, using the newer Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV platform, would be accessible via Xbox 360, planned for the middle of the year.[148] BT Vision's DVR-based features would not be available on Xbox 360 due to limited hard drive capacity.[149] In 2010, while announcing version 2.0 of Microsoft Mediaroom, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer mentioned that AT&T's U-verse IPTV service would enable Xbox 360s to be used as set-top boxes later in the year.[150] As of January 2010, IPTV on Xbox 360 has yet to be deployed beyond limited trials.[citation needed]

In 2012, Microsoft released the Live Event Player, allowing for events such as video game shows, beauty pageants, award shows, concerts, news and sporting events to be streamed on the console via Xbox Live. The first live events streamed on Live were the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods, Microsoft's E3 2012 media briefing and the Miss Teen USA 2012 beauty pageant.[citation needed]

XNA community

XNA Community is a feature whereby Xbox 360 owners can receive community-created games, made with Microsoft XNA Game Studio, from the XNA Creators Club. The games are written, published, and distributed through a community managed portal. XNA Community provides a channel for digital videogame delivery over Xbox Live that can be free of royalties, publishers and licenses.[151][152] XNA game sales, however, did not meet original expectations,[153] though Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) has had some "hits."[citation needed]

Services

Xbox Live

When the Xbox 360 was released, Microsoft's online gaming service Xbox Live was shut down for 24 hours and underwent a major upgrade, adding a basic non-subscription service called Xbox Live Silver (later renamed Xbox Live Free) to its already established premium subscription-based service (which was renamed Gold). Xbox Live Free is included with all SKUs of the console. It allows users to create a user profile, join on message boards, and access Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade and Marketplace and talk to other members.[154][155] A Live Free account does not generally support multiplayer gaming; however, some games that have rather limited online functions already, (such as Viva Piñata) or games that feature their own subscription service (e.g. EA Sports games) can be played with a Free account. Xbox Live also supports voice the latter a feature possible with the Xbox Live Vision.[156]

Xbox Live Gold includes the same features as Free and includes integrated online game playing capabilities outside of third-party subscriptions. Microsoft has allowed previous Xbox Live subscribers to maintain their profile information, friends list, and games history when they make the transition to Xbox Live Gold. To transfer an Xbox Live account to the new system, users need to link a Windows Live ID to their gamertag on Xbox.com.[157] When users add an Xbox Live enabled profile to their console, they are required to provide the console with their passport account information and the last four digits of their credit card number, which is used for verification purposes and billing. An Xbox Live Gold account has an annual cost of US$59.99, C$59.99, NZ$90.00, GB£39.99, or €59.99. On January 5, 2011, Xbox Live reached over 30 million subscribers.[158]

Xbox Live Marketplace

The Xbox Live Marketplace is a virtual market designed for the console that allows Xbox Live users to download purchased or promotional content. The service offers movie and game trailers, game demos

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  • Xbox Game Pass: What Happens If You're Already An EA Play Member?
  • Xbox All Access Will Cost You $34.99 / £28.99 A Month With A Series X Console
  • Microsoft Officially Reveals The Xbox Series S, £249 Confirmed
  • US Retailer Target Announces Start Time For Xbox Series Pre-Orders
  • Another 6 Games Will Leave Xbox Game Pass Later This Month (Sep 30)
  • Guide: All The 30+ Backwards Compatible Games In This Week's Xbox Sale (Sep 1-8)
  • Guide: How Do Backwards Compatible Games Work On The Xbox Series S/X?
  • Roundup: Here's What The Critics Are Saying About Kingdoms Of Amalur: Re-Reckoning So Far
  • These Five Games Are Now Available With Xbox Game Pass
  • Microsoft Shares The Official Tech Specs For The Xbox Series S / X
  • These 20+ Games Are Coming To Xbox This Week (Sep 15-18)
  • Xbox Series Pre-Order Supplies Will Be Limited, Warns Microsoft
  • Here's The Complete Launch Lineup For Xbox Game Streaming On Android
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator Will Be 'Just As Amazing' On Xbox As PC
  • Xbox Games Are Still Disappearing From Players' Ready To Install Lists
  • Microsoft's Entire Xbox Series S Press Briefing Has Leaked Online
  • Xbox Series S Reveal Trailer Confirms 120FPS Support, 512GB SSD
  • Rumour: Microsoft Spending 'A Lot Of Money' On Something Xbox Related, Not An Acquisition
  • Deals: Over 250 Games, Bundles & Add-Ons In This Week's Xbox Sale (Sep 1-8)
  • EA Play Joins Xbox Game Pass At No Extra Cost This Holiday
  • Xbox Series X Packaging Surfaces Via Canadian Retailer
  • Microsoft Teases More Major Xbox News For This Month
  • These 5 Games Will Leave Xbox Game Pass In Early September
  • Reaction: Sony Just Boosted The Value Of Xbox Game Pass Even Further
  • Microsoft Confirms Start Time & Retailer List For Xbox Series Pre-Orders In The UK
  • Reminder: Red Dead Redemption 2 Leaves Xbox Game Pass Today
  • Xbox Marketing Lead: We'll Share Series X Price When We're Ready
  • UK Retailer Announces Start Time For Xbox Series Pre-Orders
  • Xbox Takes A Dig At Sony As PS5 Pre-Orders Go Live Without Notice
  • Microsoft Hikes Prices Of Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass In Latin America
  • Multiple Developers Said To Be 'Very Impressed' With The Xbox Series S
  • THQ Nordic Apologises For Kingdoms Of Amalur Issues On Xbox One
  • Hogwarts Legacy Is The Harry Potter Game We've Been Waiting For
  • Xbox Series S Won't Hold Back Next-Gen 'In The Slightest', Says Dev
  • The Xbox Series X Launches November 10th For £449 / $499
  • Microsoft Employee Criticises 'Frustrating' Xbox Series S Leak
  • Sony Responds To Xbox With Official PS5 Price Reveal
  • Bungie CEO Denies Claims Surrounding Xbox Acquisition Talks
  • Even Pringles Is Estimating The Price Of The Xbox Series X Now
  • Here's Actual Footage Of Gears 5 Running At 120FPS On Xbox Series S
  • Final Fantasy XVI Snapped Up As 'PlayStation Console Exclusive'
  • Here's Another Look At Quick Resume On The Xbox Series S
  • Xbox Series S Will Run Xbox One S Versions Of Backwards Compatible Games, With Improvements
  • Crysis Remastered Includes Multiple Graphics Modes On Xbox One X
  • Xbox Will Be The 'Only' Next-Gen Console Supporting Dolby Vision And Atmos
  • Rumour: Is A Third Next-Gen Xbox In The Works? No, Probably Not
  • Rumour: Xbox Series S To Be Bundled With Phone Contracts In The UK
  • Random: The Xbox Series S Has Been On Phil Spencer's Bookshelf Since July
  • Xbox Thanks Project xCloud Preview Members With Founders Badge
  • Xbox And Crunchyroll's 'Good Surprises' Revealed As Competitions
  • New Xbox Game Pass Feature Reportedly Set To Be Revealed Soon
  • Guide: How To Remove Leftover Add-Ons & Free Up Space On Xbox
  • Video: Here's A First Look At Crysis Remastered's Raytracing On Xbox One X
  • Xbox Cloud Gaming For Android Is Now Live With Xbox Game Pass
  • Here's Your First Look At The Official Packaging For Xbox Series S
  • Deals: Over 300 Games, Bundles & Add-Ons In This Week's Xbox Sale (Sep 8-15)
  • Reaction: Xbox Is Making Next-Gen Gaming More Accessible Than Ever
  • Review: Marvel's Avengers - Undeniably Fun, But A Bit Rough Around The Edges
  • Microsoft Shares A More In-Depth Look At The Xbox Series S
  • Poll: Which Next-Gen Xbox Are You Currently Planning To Buy?
  • Expect The Xbox Series S/X To Sell Out Very Quickly, Warns Best Buy
  • Microsoft Officially Announces Its Robot White Xbox Controller
  • Rumour: Is The Coalition Working On Campaign DLC For Gears 5?
  • Forza Horizon 4's Enhanced Version Hits Xbox Series S/X This November
  • Rumour: Could The Xbox Series X 1TB Expansion Card Be Upwards Of $200?!
  • Influencers Get Their Hands On The Xbox Series S & X Prototypes
  • Xbox Game Pass Model Wouldn't Make Financial Sense For PS5, Says CEO Jim Ryan
  • Halo's Master Chief Has A Hidden Cameo Inside The Xbox Series S
  • Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 - Returns The Series To Its Former Glory
  • Xbox Series S Referenced Once Again Via Xbox Game Pass
  • Guide: How Do Accessories Work On The Xbox Series S & X?
  • Crusader Kings 3 Is Now Available With Xbox Game Pass For PC
  • Random: What's Head Of Xbox Phil Spencer Up To In This Interview?
  • EA Play Joining Xbox Game Pass Is About Making Its Games 'Frictionless'
  • Random: Fans Beg Microsoft To Put A Gigantic Xbox Logo On The Series S
  • Free-To-Play Rocket League Will Still Require Xbox Live Gold To Play Online
  • Poll: How Are You Getting On With The New Xbox Store?
  • The Next Generation Of The 'Designed For Xbox' Program Has Arrived
  • More Xbox News To Come This Week, Confirms Aaron Greenberg
  • Super Lucky's Tale Dev Makes DLC Free For Everyone On Xbox
  • Poll: Which Design Do You Prefer, Xbox Series S Or X?
  • Random: Would The Xbox Series S Look Even Better In Black?
  • Random: Xbox Celebrates National Video Games Day With Sony & Nintendo
  • Don't Expect 'New' Next-Gen Xbox News At The Tokyo Game Show
  • The Witcher 3 Is Coming To Xbox Series X With Ray Tracing And Faster Loading Times
  • Microsoft Celebrates The 10th Anniversary Of Halo: Reach
  • Xbox Criticises New Apple App Store Rules For Cloud Gaming
  • Xbox Will Host A Tokyo Game Show Showcase Later This Month
  • Phil Spencer Confirms Xbox Series S Reveal Was Supposed To Be Next Week
  • Prince Of Persia Remake's Visuals Are A Stylistic Choice, Explains Ubisoft
  • Talking Point: What Will You Play First On Your New Xbox Series S/X?
  • Astro Confirms All Of Its Gaming Headsets Are Xbox Series X Compatible
  • Guide: All The 10+ Backwards Compatible Games In This Week's Xbox Sale (Sep 15-22)
  • Rumour: Ubisoft To Reveal Prince of Persia Remake Next Week
  • EA Disables In-Game Replay Ads In UFC 4 After Heavy Backlash
  • New Game Ratings Possibly Hint At More Xbox Series S Evidence
  • Pick One: Which Of These Newly Announced Ubisoft Games Are You Most Excited For?
  • Xbox Series X Isn't Reliant On Massive Launch Exclusives, Says Exec
  • Talking Point: What Games Would You Like Enhanced For Xbox Series X?
  • Pick One: Which Is Your Favourite Prince Of Persia Xbox Game?
  • Roundup: Here's Everything That Was Revealed During September's Ubisoft Forward
  • Spruce Up Your Xbox Profile With These New Rare All-Stars Gamerpics
  • Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time Remake Leaks Early On Uplay Store
  • The Xbox Series S/X Are The Lightest & Heaviest Consoles In Xbox History
  • Rockstar Energy Is Giving Away Xbox Gift Cards With Cyberpunk 2077 Cans
  • Aaron Greenberg Explains The Xbox Series S 'Lockhart' Codename
  • Streets Of Rage 4 Celebrates 1.5M Downloads With A Huge Free Patch
  • Mass Effect Trilogy Remastered Listed For Xbox By Portuguese Retailer
  • Poll: How Are You Getting On With Xbox Cloud Gaming On Android?
  • Don't Worry, Cyberpunk 2077 Won't Take Up 200GB When Installed
  • Mortal Kombat's Ed Boon Praises 'High End & Affordable' Xbox Series S
  • Take-Two CEO Believes Xbox Will Do 'Very Well' In Next Console Generation
  • Deals: Over 100 Games, Bundles & Add-Ons In This Week's Xbox Sale (Sep 15-22)
  • Ubisoft Brings Assassin's Creed Valhalla Release Forward To Concide With Xbox Series X Launch
  • Free Play Days: Try These Xbox Games For Free (Sep 10-13)
  • Random: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Actually Recognises When You Break The Game
  • Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time Remake Arrives Next January
  • Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (September 5th)
  • You'll Be Able To Record & Stream Gameplay At 4K, 60FPS On Xbox Series X
  • Borderlands 3 Is Getting A Free 4K, 60FPS Upgrade On Xbox Series X
  • Video: Codemasters Shows Off Dirt 5 Running On The Xbox Series S
  • Cyberpunk 2077 Still On Track For November Launch, Says CD Projekt
  • You Can Now Grab Battle Royale Spellbreak For Free On Xbox One
  • Rare Shares More Insight On Everwild In New Directors’ Commentary
  • Cyberpunk 2077's Multiplayer Microtransactions 'Won't Upset Gamers'
  • Insider Hints That Free Xbox Multiplayer Is Still On The Table
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator Smashes Xbox Game Pass For PC Record
  • Ubisoft Forward Returns Next Week With An Update On Gods & Monsters
  • Xbox Game Pass For PC Retires Its Introductory Price Next Week
  • Star Wars: Squadrons Will Support Joysticks And Throttles On Xbox One
  • How Well Do You Know The Tony Hawk Series?
  • Yakuza: Like A Dragon Release Brought Forward For Xbox Series Consoles
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Was Released Five Years Ago Today
  • Game Sizes Will Be Around 30% Smaller On Xbox Series S Than Xbox Series X
  • Roundup: Here's What The Critics Are Saying About Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 So Far
  • With Taco Bell, You Could Win An Xbox Series X Before It Launches
  • Honeycomb Aeronautical Working On Flight Sim Controls For Xbox Series X
  • Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (Sep 12th)
  • After Six Long Years, The Scott Pilgrim Game Is Finally Coming Back
  • Gears Tactics Hits Console With Xbox Game Pass On November 10th
  • Deadly Premonition Returns To The Xbox Store After Being Delisted
  • Sorry Folks, It Looks Like Xbox Free Play Days Isn't Happening This Week
  • Ubisoft's Immortals: Fenyx Rising Arrives This December, According To Microsoft Store Listing
  • Xbox Is Hosting A Free Game Development Workshop Next Week
  • Drake Hollow Dev Reveals Highly Successful Xbox Game Pass Launch
  • Video: Watch The Ubisoft Forward September Livestream Here
  • Rocket League Officially Goes Free-To-Play On Xbox Next Week
  • Free Play Days: Try These Xbox Games For Free (Sep 17-20)
  • You Might Be Able To Win An Xbox Series X With Taco Bell Soon
  • Guide: How To Watch Today's Ubisoft Forward Event
  • Microsoft: Developers Won't Be Limited By The Xbox Series S
  • Next-Gen Xbox Will Prioritise Buttery Smooth Gameplay, Says Microsoft
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising Brings Its Mythological Adventure To Xbox This December
  • Expect Cyberpunk 2077's DLC And Expansion Content To Be Revealed 'Fairly Soon'
  • Random: Former Bungie Composer Shares A Look At Ultra-Rare 'Halo The Movies' DVD
  • Xbox Brings Ori And The Will Of The Wisps To Nintendo Switch
  • Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition Joins The Xbox Series X Launch Lineup
  • Ghostrunner Brings Violent, Fast-Paced Combat To Xbox Next Month
  • Dead By Daylight Is Getting A Free 4K, 60FPS Upgrade On Xbox Series X
  • Codemasters Announces Dirt 5 As An Xbox Series S / X Launch Title
  • Video: Immortals Fenyx Rising Spreads Its Wings In Official Gameplay Showcase
  • Halo 3: ODST Joins The Master Chief Collection On PC Next Week
  • AT&T Reportedly No Longer Selling Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Activision Reveals Beta Dates For Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  • Sci-Fi Thriller The Invincible Targets 2021 Launch For Xbox Series X
  • Hands On: What's Different About eFootball PES 2021 Season Update?
  • Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Gets A Premium Collector's Edition
  • Aiden Pearce Returns As A Playable Character In Watch Dogs: Legion
  • UK Charts: Marvel's Avengers Leads The Pack After A Busy Week
  • Extreme Sports Game Riders Republic Announced For February 2021
  • Talking Point: Which Modern Games Will Get A Remaster In 20 Years?
  • If You Pre-Order Crash Bandicoot 4, You Can Play The Demo Next Week
  • Xbox Updates Privacy Settings To 'Improve Transparency And Choice'
  • Psychological Thriller Twin Mirror Heads To Xbox This December
  • UK Charts: Kingdoms Of Amalur Falls Just Short Of The Top Three
  • Poll: How Would You Grade September's Ubisoft Forward Show?
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Becomes The Fastest Selling THPS Game Ever
  • Minecraft Dungeons Is Getting Touch Controls With Xbox Cloud Gaming
  • Rainbow Six Siege Is Getting A Free 4K, 120FPS Next-Gen Upgrade
  • Dirt 5 Slips Into November As Codemasters Delays By A Few Weeks
  • Ubisoft Provides An Update On Roller Champions, Arriving Early 2021
  • Minecraft Live Promises Announcements And Update News Next Month
  • Balan Wonderworld Brings Its Imaginary Land To Xbox Next March
  • Fuser Brings Its Digital Music Festival To Xbox One This November
  • Life Is Strange 2's First Episode Made Permanently Free On Xbox
  • Company Of Heroes 2 Is Now Available With Xbox Game Pass For PC
  • Xbox Series X VS. Xbox Series S: What's The Difference?

August

  • Various Games Go Free On Xbox, But Now Returning To Full Price
  • Microsoft Reveals 7 More Games Coming To Xbox Game Pass In August
  • Xbox Summer Sale Now Live, 400+ Games Discounted
  • Microsoft Is Making Big Changes To How You Buy Classic Xbox Games
  • Microsoft Adds More Perks For Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Members
  • Microsoft Reveals Its New Look For Xbox Game Pass
  • These 20+ Games Are Coming To Xbox This Week (Aug 25-28)
  • Lots Of Delisted Games Return To The Xbox Store, But Quickly Taken Off Sale
  • Microsoft Is Giving Away Free Gift Cards To Some Xbox Players
  • YouTuber Compares The Xbox Series X's Size Next To Other Consoles
  • The First Two Of September's Xbox Games With Gold Are Now Available
  • These 15+ Games Are Coming To Xbox This Week (Aug 4-7)
  • Due To An Xbox Glitch, Some Players Have Received A Free GTA Game
  • Five More Games Are Now Available With Xbox Game Pass
  • Platinum Tells Fans To Send Phil Spencer A Letter If They Want To See Microsoft's Scalebound IP Revived
  • Sony Is Reportedly 'Moneyhatting' Some Huge Timed Exclusives
  • Here Are Your Xbox Games With Gold For September 2020
  • Another 7 Games Will Leave Xbox Game Pass Soon, Including Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Microsoft Unveils 13 More Games Coming To Xbox Game Pass In August & September
  • Microsoft Is Refunding Games That Were Accidentally Relisted On The Xbox Store
  • Madden Fan Shares Photo Of Xbox Series X Cover Without 'Optimized' Badge
  • Talking Point: What September 2020 Xbox Games With Gold Do You Want?
  • Another 5 Games Will Leave Xbox Game Pass Soon
  • UK Retail Worker 'Leaks' Xbox Series X Placeholder Price, Blue Controller On The Way?
  • Free Play Days: Try These Xbox Games For Free (Aug 27-30)
  • Indie Dev: Xbox Game Pass Is The Biggest Financial Deal I've Ever Gotten
  • These 15+ Games Are Coming To Xbox This Week (Sep 1-4)
  • Guide: These 40+ Games Are Coming To Xbox In September 2020
  • Here's What's Included In The August 2020 Xbox One Update
  • Two More Of August's Xbox Games With Gold Are Now Available
  • Microsoft Reveals The Xbox Series X Will Launch In November
  • These 20+ Games Are Coming To Xbox This Week (Aug 18-21)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 Dev Team Gets Hands-On With The Xbox Series X
  • Microsoft Is Again Giving Away Free Gift Cards To Some Xbox Players
  • Grounded's First Patch Is Out Now, Here's What's Included
  • This Is How Moving Backgrounds Will Look On The New Xbox Dashboard
  • These 20 Games Are Coming To Xbox This Week (Aug 11-14)
  • Poll: Will You Be Picking Up An Xbox Series X This November?
  • Hands On: Project xCloud Works Almost Impossibly Well
  • Deals: 30+ Games Added To This Week's Xbox Sale (Aug 18-25)
  • Xbox Boss: Our Approach Isn't About Selling More Consoles Than PS5
  • Xbox Series S Console Leaked In Next-Gen Controller Packaging
  • Spider-Man Will Be Exclusive To Marvel's Avengers On PlayStation
  • Guide: All Backwards Compatible Games In The Xbox Summer Sale 2020
  • Rumour: Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster To Be Announced & Released In October
  • Pre-Orders Appear To Surface For The Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster
  • Reminder: These 6 Games Are Now Available With Xbox Game Pass
  • Microsoft Flight Sim Dev 'Working Full Speed' On Xbox Console Version
  • Reminder: These 5 Games Are Leaving Xbox Game Pass Today
  • Phil Spencer Teases 'Really Great' Announcements For Xbox Game Pass
  • Veteran Halo Studio Announces Partnership With 343 On Halo Infinite
  • Video: YouTuber Unboxes The New White Xbox Series X Controller
  • Deals: Over 150 Games, Bundles & Add-Ons In This Week's Xbox Sale (Aug 4-11)
  • Xbox Big Gaming Weekend: Enjoy Free Multiplayer & 10 Great Games
  • New HDR Calibration Feature Being Rolled Out To Xbox Insiders
  • Deals: Huge Xbox Gamescom Sale Now Live, 200+ Games Discounted
  • Bringing Fall Guys To Xbox Isn't A Priority Right Now, Says Dev
  • Microsoft Officially Unveils The Brand-New Xbox Store
  • Phil Spencer: It Feels Very Different To Play Games On Xbox Series X
  • Xbox Series X Has A Big Backwards Compatible Advantage Over PS5, Suggests Ubisoft
  • Xbox Game Pass Success Could Lead To Poor Imitations, Warns Publisher
  • Video: Bright Memory: Infinite Continues To Impress In Latest Trailer
  • No Changes Being Made To Xbox Live Gold For Now, Says Microsoft
  • The Xbox Summer Sale Officially Begins Tomorrow
  • Microsoft Unveils Lineup Of Mobile Gaming Accessories For Project xCloud
  • Did This Monster Energy Halo Infinite Promo Just Reveal The Price Of The Xbox Series X?
  • Guide: These 300+ Creators Collection Games Are All Free On Xbox
  • Guide: All Free Xbox Games With Gold In 2020
  • Poll: What Do You Think Of The New Xbox Series X Dashboard?
  • Guide: The Best Bargains Under £10 In The Xbox Summer Sale 2020
  • Guide: All Xbox Game Pass Games
  • Upset About PlayStation Exclusive Content? Prepare For More, Says Industry Insider
  • Microsoft Hits Back At Apple Over Project xCloud's iOS Absence
  • Random: Phil Spencer Reveals What He Thinks Of Halo's Craig The Brute
  • Forza Horizon 3 Is Officially Being Delisted Soon
  • That Big 'Optimized' Logo On Xbox Series X Boxes Is Reportedly Being Removed
  • Xbox Series X Makes An Appearance At The Xperion E-Arena In Germany
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Possibly Delayed, Gameplay Reveal Tomorrow
  • Facebook Joins Xbox In Criticising Apple's Gaming Policies
  • Phil Spencer: We'll Bring Many More Third-Party Games To Xbox Game Pass
  • More Perks Are Now Available For Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Members
  • Talking Point: Should The Xbox One Version Of Halo Infinite Be Scrapped?
  • Project xCloud Early Access Is Now Live On Android
  • Guide: Will Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Come To Xbox?
  • Crusader Kings 3 Receives Critical Acclaim Ahead Of Xbox Game Pass For PC Release
  • 343 Responds To Claims Of Halo Infinite Development 'Turbulence'
  • Random: Xbox Fans Are Pointing Out The Irony In This Apple Gaming Advert
  • Xbox Series X Reportedly Expected To Launch Ahead Of PS5 In November
  • 343 Founder Bonnie Ross Apologises For Halo Infinite Delay
  • Latest Halo Infinite Rumour Suggests Xbox One Version Could Be Dropped
  • These Four Games Are Now Available With Xbox Game Pass
  • Video: The New Xbox Store Features Lightning Fast Navigation
  • Review: Battletoads - A Hilarious And Hugely Entertaining Adventure
  • Hotshot Racing Speeds Onto Xbox Game Pass This September
  • Xbox Series X Chip Production Costs Hint At Potentially High Retail Price
  • Interview: The Gunk Dev Talks Slimy Substances, Exploration And The Xbox Series X
  • The 'New Xbox Experience' Launches With The Series X This November
  • Poll: How Important Are Achievements To You In Xbox Games?
  • Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare's Latest Update Is 65GB Larger On Xbox Than PS4
  • Metroidvania Touhou Luna Nights Hits Xbox Game Pass In September
  • Review: Microsoft Flight Simulator - Takes The Genre To New Heights
  • Marvel's Avengers Dev Responds To Xbox Players Amid Spider-Man Controversy
  • Some Xbox Fans Want To Boycott Marvel's Avengers Over Sony Deal
  • Phil Spencer Praises PS5 Design, Talks 'Quietness' Of The Xbox Series X
  • Halo Infinite Has Been Delayed Until 2021
  • Phil Spencer Admits The Halo Infinite Delay Is A Bummer
  • Microsoft Drops 'Xbox 20/20' Phrasing From Series X Showcases
  • Xbox Series X Scoops Gamescom Award For Most Wanted Tech
  • 343 Shuts Down 'Fake Leaks' Regarding Halo Infinite Release Plans
  • Poll: Do You Think The Xbox Series X Will Get A Mid-Gen Upgrade?
  • Talking Point: What Are You Buying In The Xbox Summer Sale 2020?
  • Microsoft Teams With Samsung In New Project xCloud Partnership
  • Soapbox: Despite Halo's Delay, I'm Still Stoked For The Xbox Series X Launch
  • Early Footage Of The Next Need For Speed Has Seemingly Leaked
  • Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Will Reportedly Run At 4K, 120FPS On Xbox Series X
  • Here Are The Latest Rumoured Xbox Series S Specs
  • Project xCloud Launches With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate On September 15
  • Batman Is Dead In Gotham Knights, Arriving Next Year
  • Retailer Listing Possibly Hints At Xbox One S Console Revision
  • Rumour: Microsoft Will Soon Unveil 'Another Big Reason To Get Xbox Game Pass'
  • Drake Hollow Has Shadow Dropped On Xbox One And Xbox Game Pass
  • Gallery: Here's A Closer Look At The Leaked White Xbox Series S/X Controller
  • Poll: How Do You Feel About The Delay To Halo Infinite?
  • Xbox All Access Will Reportedly Roll Out To Many More Countries This Year
  • Deals: Xbox DC FanDome Sale Now Live, Here's What's Included
  • PS4 Game Horizon Zero Dawn Has Native Xbox Controller Support On PC
  • Become Park Manager In The New Jurassic World Minecraft DLC
  • Free-To-Play Battle Royale Spellbreak Launches On Xbox Next Week
  • Ubisoft Ditches Discs For Collector's Edition Pre-Orders On Xbox
  • Roundup: Here's What The Critics Are Saying About Wasteland 3 So Far
  • The NBA 2K21 Demo Is Out Now, But There's One Disappointing Catch
  • Pokémon-Like Nexomon: Extinction Delayed For Xbox One Until Mid-September
  • Random: Xbox Is Getting An Official Classic Controller Cake
  • European Union Says It's 'Aware' Of Project xCloud Block On iOS
  • Pick One: Which Is Your Favourite Game In Rare Replay?
  • Reaction: August Has Been A Truly Fantastic Month For Xbox Game Pass
  • Project xCloud Will Officially Support The PlayStation 4 Controller
  • Gears Tactics Is Now Available To Pre-Load On Xbox One
  • Microsoft Files Statement In Support Of Epic Games Against Apple
  • Age Of Empires 3: Definitive Edition Could Be Shadow Dropped This Week
  • Roundup: Here's Everything That Was Revealed During Gamescom Opening Night Live
  • Pick One: Which Of These August Xbox Game Pass Games Are You Most Excited For?
  • EA Play Members Can Claim An Easy 6000 Microsoft Reward Points This Month
  • Final Fantasy VII Is Now Available With Xbox Game Pass
  • The Standard Version Of Control Won't Get A Free Next-Gen Upgrade
  • 90s Internet Sim Hypnospace Outlaw Hits Xbox Game Pass Next Week
  • New Super Lucky's Tale Is Now Available With Xbox Game Pass
  • Sperasoft Is Assisting 343 With The Development Of Halo Infinite
  • Free Play Days: Try These Xbox Games For Free (20-23 Aug)
  • Hello Games' The Last Campfire Drops On Xbox One Tomorrow
  • The UFC 4 Play First Trial Is Now Available For EA Access Members
  • Guide: How To Watch Today's Gamescom Opening Night Live Event
  • Rumour: The Xbox Series S Reveal Might Have Been Moved To September
  • Deals: Over 50 Games In This Week's Xbox Deals With Gold & Spotlight Sale (Aug 25 - Sep 1)
  • Telstra Tells Customers Xbox Series X Pre-Orders Will Begin Soon
  • You Can Now Pre-Install Battletoads With Xbox Game Pass
  • Bungie Veteran Appointed As Project Lead For Halo Infinite's Campaign
  • Deals: Over 50 Games, Bundles & Add-Ons In This Week's Xbox Sale (Aug 11-18)
  • Rumour: Halo Infinite Outsourcing Has Caused 'Significant Headaches'
  • Crysis Remastered Officially Releases This September For Xbox One
  • Apple Can't Block Epic's Unreal Engine, Rules Judge
  • The Next Call Of Duty Is Officially Called Black Ops Cold War
  • Xbox Series X Release Date Possibly Hinted In Controller Leak
  • Control Publisher Says It 'Can't Offer A Next-Gen Upgrade To Everyone'
  • Xbox Studio The Initiative Hires More Top Talent For Its Secret Project
  • Xbox Will Soon Allow You To Sign Into Multiple Devices At Once, Says Report
  • Rare Celebrates 35th Anniversary With Soundtracks, Merch & More
  • Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Brings The Battle To Xbox This November
  • Review: Tell Me Why - A Memorable And Thought-Provoking Mystery
  • Pick One: Which Of These Is Your Favourite Modern Sonic Game?
  • Kingdoms Of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Unveils Its First Gameplay Trailer
  • Relaxing Indie Spiritfarer Has Just Shadow Dropped On Xbox Game Pass
  • Here's What The Inside Of The Xbox Series X Controller Looks Like
  • Poll: Which Next-Gen Xbox Controller Do You Prefer?
  • Video: Black Myth: Wu Kong Unveils Jaw-Dropping Gameplay Trailer
  • Japanese Xbox Site Classes Halo Infinite As 'Battle Royale Shooting'
  • Guide: What Is Project xCloud & How Does It Work?
  • Rumour: The Initiative's Project 'Plays In The Perfect Dark Universe'
  • Xbox Is Giving Away Three Stunning Wonder Woman Consoles
  • Playground Games Is On A Recruitment Drive For The New Fable
  • Pick One: Which Of These Batman: Arkham Games Is Your Favourite?
  • The New Xbox Dashboard Rolls Out To Insiders This Week
  • Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League Targets Superman In Reveal Trailer
  • Guide: The Best Bargains Under £10 In The Xbox Gamescom Sale 2020
  • Random: This Fall Guys Xbox Series X Concept Needs To Be A Reality
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Doesn't Sound Like It's Going Anywhere For Now
  • Interview: Crystal Dynamics Tells Us About War Zones And The Future Of Marvel's Avengers
  • Unlike Xbox, PS4 Controllers Won't Work With PS5 Games
  • Sega Announces 'Global' Release For Phantasy Star Online 2
  • Xbox One Update Includes Reference To Series X's 'Share' Button
  • WB Games Montreal Unveils Latest Teaser For Rumoured Batman Game
  • Japan Will Get The Xbox Series X This November, Confirms Microsoft
  • EA Access To Be Rebranded As 'EA Play' From Next Week
  • Xbox Veteran Who Named Duke Controller After His Son Passes Away
  • Rumour: Xbox Series S Official Reveal Still Planned For This Month
  • Obsidian Is Working On A Project That Isn't Grounded Or Avowed
  • HD Remasters Of Commandos 2 & Praetorians Arrive On Xbox In September
  • Halo Infinite Teams With Monster Energy For Exclusive In-Game Content
  • Remedy Is Working On A Game In The Same Universe As Control & Alan Wake
  • Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Remaster Listed On Amazon With November Release Date
  • The New Xbox Store Has Begun Rolling Out To Insiders
  • It Looks Like Crysis Remastered Will Be Released This Friday
  • You Can Get A Refurbished Xbox One X For £180 If You're Quick
  • Troy Baker Stars As 'The Maw' In Xbox Series X Horror The Medium
  • Rumour: Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster Still Likely For October, But Could Slip
  • Armature Studio Says New ReCore 'Would Be Great To See'
  • Alan Wake Returns In New Trailer For Control Expansion, AWE
  • BioWare Reveals Plans For Anthem 2.0's Overhauled Loot System
  • Video: Watch The Gamescom Opening Night Live Event Here
  • Poll: Are You Happy With September 2020's Xbox Games With Gold?
  • Rumour: New Batman, Injustice Games To Be Revealed At DC FanDome
  • Random: Panzer Dragoon Orta Is Currently $2,699.90 In New Zealand
  • 343 Begins Flighting For Halo 3: ODST On Xbox & PC
  • Xbox Has Begun Adding Touch Controls To Project xCloud
  • Get A Taste Of Marvel's Avengers With The Open Beta This Weekend
  • Xbox Insiders Can Playtest Hotshot Racing For Free This Weekend
  • Reminder: The Massive Xbox Summer Sale Ends Today
  • Phil Spencer Will Guest On The Animal Crossing Talk Show Next Week
  • Obsidian's New Game Reached One Million Players In The First 48 Hours
  • Video: Batgirl And Robin Take On Mr. Freeze In First Gotham Knights Gameplay
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator Is Now Available With Xbox Game Pass For PC
  • BioWare Shares A Look Behind The Scenes Of Dragon Age 4
  • Random: We're Loving This Trailer Of Halo Infinite For The N64
  • The Sims 4 Is Getting A Star Wars Expansion Pack In September
  • Here's A Look At The Achievements List For Battletoads
  • Here's What's Included In The Tony Hawk 1 & 2 Remaster Demo
  • Random: LEGO Star Wars' Deluxe Edition Box Art Has A 'Secret' Surprise
  • Video: [email protected] Highlights More Indie Games Coming To Game Pass Soon
  • Yakuza: Like A Dragon Launches Nov 13, And That Might Include The Xbox Series X Version
  • Gamescom Opening Night Live To Feature 38 Titles From 18 Publishers
  • Free Play Days: Try These Xbox Games For Free (13-16 Aug)
  • Video: This Battletoads Gameplay Showcase Has Us Toadally Hyped For Thursday
  • Random: More Than 10 Million Turbo Bikes Have Already Been Wrecked In Battletoads
  • How Would You Grade Gamescom Opening Night Live 2020?
  • Poll: Which Lifepath Will You Choose In Cyberpunk 2077?
  • Pick One: Which Of These Call Of Duty Games Is Your Favourite?
  • Video: Observer System Redux Looks Like A Huge Upgrade On Xbox Series X
  • Microsoft Ends Project xCloud Testing On iOS, Focusing On Android For Now
  • Psychological Thriller Martha Is Dead Arrives On Xbox Series X Next Year
  • Over 2,000 Indie Games Have Now Been Shipped Via [email protected]
  • NHL 21 Freshens Up Its 'Be A Pro' Career Mode This October
  • Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (August 8th)
  • Random: Xbox Game Pass Has A New Music Video, And It's Ridiculous
  • Fast & Furious Crossroads Heavily Criticised In Initial Reviews
  • Prince Of Persia Remake Surfaces Via Guatemalan Retailer
  • Street Fighter's Yoshinori Ono Announces He's Leaving Capcom
  • Rocksteady Will Unveil Its New Suicide Squad Game This Month
  • The Scott Pilgrim Game Might Finally Be Making A Comeback
  • Daedalic Unveils First Trailer For The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum
  • Random: Halo Infinite's Demo Is Now Being Recreated In Halo 5: Forge
  • DOOM Eternal & The Elder Scrolls Online Are Coming To Xbox Series X
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Arrives Spring 2021 For Xbox One, Xbox Series X
  • DOOM Eternal’s Ancient Gods DLC Will Be Available Standalone
  • Jack Black Shares A Look At Brand-New Psychonauts 2 Gameplay
  • Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (August 29th)
  • Harvest Moon: Mad Dash Is Heading To Xbox Soon
  • No, Microsoft Hasn't Dropped The 'Xbox' From Xbox Game Pass
  • Today Marks The 13th Anniversary Of The Original BioShock
  • Just Dance 2021 Shuffles Into The Xbox Series X Launch Lineup
  • Xbox 360 Classic Braid Is Getting A Graphical Overhaul Next Year
  • Soulslike Action-RPG Mortal Shell Arrives On Xbox Later This Month
  • Xbox Teams Up With Meta Threads To Support The #GamersMask4Masks Initiative
  • Expect "The Biggest Games In The World" And More At Gamescom Opening Night Live
  • WB Montreal Will Reveal Its New Game At DC FanDome
  • Free-To-Play Battle Royale Hyper Scape Is Now Available
  • Xbox Boss Praises Community For 'Really Great' Support On PC
  • Pacer Brings Anti-Gravity Combat Racing To Xbox This September
  • Talking Point: What Does The Future Hold For Project xCloud?
  • Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (August 22nd)
  • Random: Crazy Halo Modder Designs 'The Longest Warthog Possible'
  • Video: Watch Xbox Boss Phil Spencer's Full Animal Crossing Interview
  • Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (Aug 1st)
  • Bus Simulator 21 Pulls Into The Xbox Station Next Year
  • Wasteland 3 Will Be 'Epic In Size', Says InXile CEO Brian Fargo
  • The Next BioShock Will Seemingly Be Set In A 'New, Fantastical World'
  • Jack Black Reportedly Set To Cameo In Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection Is Getting Crossplay Later This Year
  • GTA's Lazlow Jones Leaves Rockstar After Almost 20 Years
  • Woof Woof! The Next Sea Of Thieves Content Update Is Adding Pet Dogs
  • id Software Teases First Expansion For DOOM Eternal - The Ancient Gods, Part One
  • SpongeBob Rehydrated Has Already Sold Over 1 Million Copies
  • We're Getting Serious 'Knives Out' Vibes From This New Hitman 3 Level
  • Leak Reveals Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Will Be A Direct Sequel To Black Ops 1
  • Hitman's Ghost Mode Is Being Turned Off Permanently Soon
  • Hood: Outlaws & Legends Brings Its Gritty Universe To Xbox In 2021
  • Xbox Thriller Twelve Minutes Adds Hollywood Stars To Its Cast
  • Xbox Insiders Can Now Try Out Crossplay For Deep Rock Galactic
  • Video: Take A Look Behind The Scenes At The Brand-New Battletoads
  • Video: Here's A Fresh Look At Xbox Series X Action-RPG Scarlet Nexus
  • Gearbox Reveals Its Fourth Campaign DLC For Borderlands 3, Launches In September
  • Red Dead Online's Bug-Filled Update Has Been Rolled Back
  • Pokémon-Like MMO Temtem Arrives On Xbox Series X In 2021
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Delayed Until Next Year
  • Reminder: The Huge Xbox Gamescom Sale Ends In The UK & Europe Today
  • Minecraft Dungeons Gets New DLC & More In September
  • UK Charts: Destroy All Humans Probes Its Way Into The Top Ten
  • Here's A Look At The Key Art For Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  • Minecraft Dungeons Team Says More Updates Are Coming In The Future
  • Narrative Adventure Unknown 9: Awakening Slated For Xbox Series X
  • Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (August 14th)
  • Age Of Empires 3: Definitive Edition Heads To PC This October
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 Arrives On Xbox One, Xbox Series X This Holiday
  • Ronald Reagan Features In The Campaign Trailer For Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  • Hitman 3 Will Get A Free Xbox Series X Upgrade Through Smart Delivery
  • Video: Party Like It's '99 With The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Launch Trailer
  • Codemasters' Dirt 5 Has Been Delayed, But Only By A Week
  • Kingdom Hearts: Melody Of Memory Drops The Beat This November
  • WWE Star Hints At Major Role In Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League
  • Sea Of Thieves Celebrates The Arrival Of Battletoads With A Toadally Awesome Cross-Promo
  • Video: Watch Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire Episode 2
  • GTA Online's Summer Special Update Arrives Next Week
  • Cyberpunk 2077's Night City Wire Livestream Returns Next Week
  • NBA 2K21 Sets Up Its New Neighborhood At The Beach On Xbox One
  • UK Charts: PGA Tour 2K21 Lands On The Green In Its Debut Week
  • Dead By Daylight Now Features Cross-Play Across All Platforms
  • DOOM Eternal's First DLC Expansion Brings The Pain This October
  • Little Nightmares II Heads To Xbox One, Xbox Series X Next Year
  • Video: Xbox Live's Major Nelson Interviews The Battletoads
  • Fortnite's JoyRide Update Will Finally Introduce Cars To The Game
  • Messi & Ronaldo Grace The Cover Of eFootball PES 2021 Season Update
  • You'll Be Able To Play As Dingodile In Crash Bandicoot 4
  • UK Charts: UFC 4 Emerges Victorious After A Successful Debut
  • Get Stuck In A Time Loop With Turn-Based FPS Lemnis Gate In 2021
  • Shoot Some Hoops With The Free NBA 2K21 Demo Later This Month
  • Untitled Goose Game Adds Two-Player Co-Op For Free In September
  • Override 2 Brings Its Super Mech League To Xbox Series X This Christmas

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Trials Fusion lands April 16th

Trials is coming back with all the gut-sucking drops and teeth-gritting ascents you remember from the dirt-bike racer’s first two editions, this time adding ATVs, midair tricks and a slew of new...

Last Gen Consoles are here to stay!

With the rush of next generation titles being pushed these days, you might think that Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 in your entertainment center is quickly becoming outdated equipment.   And while it...

Rockstar lays the (ban)hammer down on GTA: Online exploits

Bugs in new video games are certainly to be expected, but when the online component is affected, even a small bug can ruin the experience for everyone. That might explain the heavy-handed approach Roc...

Grand Theft Auto 5 – What we Expect

With the recent news of the mass production of the quickly approaching Grand Theft Auto 5 people have been raving and ranting in excitement eagerly waiting to re-visit the beautiful lands of Los Santo...

Oops! Xbox LIVE Service is down

XBOX LIVE IS NOW UP AND RUNNING   It appears that the boys at Microsoft are having issues with the Xbox LIVE Service, at the moment, people will have trouble accessing Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox LIV...

Google Says: Xbox 720 will be bigger than PS4

Even though neither Microsoft nor Sony have made any announcements regarding their upcoming next generation consoles. This hasn’t stopped Google from announcing who they think will be winning th...

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