Games with Gold Titles Announced for March

February 26, 2015 by Staff - Leave a comment

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February is almost over, and Microsoft has announced the next month’s titles for Games with Gold.

All month long, Xbox One owners who are members of Xbox Live Gold will be able to pick up Rayman Legends for free. This colorful platformer is one of the best rated Xbox One games, praised for its gameplay, local co-op mode, level design, and more.

Remember, unlike with the Xbox 360 version of the program, you’ll only be able to play this game for as long as you maintain your Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Games with Gold will be even better once March ends. In April, two Xbox One games will be included instead of just one. It sounds as though this increase in free games may be special for April, but we can always hope it’s a lasting change.

Join us in the comments below with your thoughts on Games with Gold and if you’re planning to download Rayman Legends.

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Xbox One Games With Gold Begins This Month

June 3, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


Last month we learned that Games With Gold (the newer, Xbox equivalent of the free games given to subscribers of Sony’s PlayStation Plus) would finally be coming to the Xbox One. As with PS+, you’ll only be able to keep these games for as long as you’re a member of Xbox Live Gold, which is a change from the Xbox 360 version of the program.

Well, it’s June, and that means the first Games With Gold Xbox One games are now available. If you’re a Gold member, you can pick up Halo: Spartan Assault and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood for free now.

By the way, if you’re a Gold member without an Xbox One, you can still “purchase” the free games to register them to your account, so they’ll be there for you to download if and when you do get an Xbox One.

It’s great to see Games With Gold finally come to the new console. Are you interested in either or both of these games? What titles would you like see brought to the program in the future?

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Will the Xbox Live Gold Paywall Be Changed?

April 6, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


Phil Spencer has been causing some waves in the gaming community since he was appointed the head of Xbox. His determination to focus on games and gamers is a beacon of hope for fans who think the Xbox One has been caught up in too many non-gaming activities. He’s working hard to make the Xbox One a success and make Microsoft’s E3 show fantastic. Perhaps even more interestingly, however, he recently referenced “changes” he might make.

While he didn’t actually name anything specific he intends to change, it came up when a fan asked about the Xbox Live Gold paywall. His response?

The paywall is a sore point for many gamers, as you need to be a Gold member to access Netflix, the upcoming Doom beta, and more. Now, he didn’t actually say he’s going to get rid of it, but he both acknowledged that players want someone to “blame” and suggested they could only blame him until he made his “changes.” What do you think? Is Spencer going to take down the paywall? Such a decision would go a long way toward creating goodwill with fans.

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Week of Xbox Live Gold To Make Up for March 11’s Issues

April 4, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


Remember back when the Xbox One had numerous Xbox Live sign-in issues on March 11? It was the launch day of Titanfall, and more than a few players were annoyed that they couldn’t even play their new game.

Well, if you were one of the users who had issues logging in, you should be receiving a message from Microsoft in the near future, offering you 7 free days of Xbox Live Gold to make up for it.

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Thank you, Reddit user Appelgate123456, for sharing a screenshot of the message in question, and thank you, Microsoft, for being nice enough to do this.

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Unlimited Money Glitch for Thief

March 4, 2014 by Staff - 1 Comment


If you’ve been playing the new Thief game, you might be looking for ways to earn more gold. After all, gold is a critical part of the game, and finding treasures to sell aren’t always easy. Well, players have discovered an infinite money glitch.

Basically, you have to take advantage of a feature in Ector’s Client Job 1: Hand Tailored, a side mission you can start around the time of the fourth and fifth story missions. You have to pick up unique items to complete the mission. If you fail to do so, you have to start over, but you keep any loot you’ve already picked up. In this way, players can earn about 250 gold coins in ten minutes.

If you want to use this exploit, you might want to do it quickly. Glitches like this could be fixed in future updates.

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Titanfall Goes Gold, Won’t Have 1080p on Xbox One

February 27, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


It’s official—Titanfall has gone gold. Respawn made the announcement last night on Twitter, complete with a picture of a Titanfall game box.

We also can refute one of the resolution claims we heard the other day. When asked, Respawn’s Vince Zampella said Titanfall will not run at 1080p on the Xbox One. Despite many follow-up questions, he did not say what its resolution will be, but with less than two weeks until Titanfall’s release, we’ll know one way or another soon enough.

Are you excited for Titanfall? How much does the resolution matter to you? Let us know in the comments below.

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Infamous: Second Son Goes Gold

February 26, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


If you’ve enjoyed Sucker Punch Productions’ Infamous games, or if you’re thinking about trying it out, you’re probably looking forward to the release of the latest addition to their open world action-adventure series. Infamous: Second Son will see a global release on March 21, exclusively for the PS4.

That date is coming up fast, and we’re pleased to report that Infamous: Second Son has officially gone gold as of today. It’s all ready and waiting for March 21. We’ve previously shown you some screenshots, and while we still don’t know a lot about the game or its new protagonist, Delsin Rowe, everything we’ve seen looks fantastic.

Are you going to pick up a copy? If you’re interested in getting it but have yet to buy a PS4, GameStop announced an Infamous: Second Son PS4 bundle today, which has already become a best seller.

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Check out this “real gold” Xbox One

December 15, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Harrod’s department store in London, which is pretty famous for getting in swanky/expensive/interesting stuff, currently has for sale a 24 karat gold plated Xbox One console. If this sounds like your kinda thing then provided you have the £6,000 asking price in cash (currently around USD$9,500) then it could be all yours!

We have to say that after checking over the image of the gold Xbox One console that you can see above, it doesn’t actually look too bad. In fact we’d be very interested to know just how much gold was used in plating the device, because to be honest under US$10K for a “real gold” Xbox One doesn’t sound all that bad (not that we could ever afford it!).

We do have one important piece of advice if you are the lucky person who ends up walking away with this particular Xbox One, we suggest you don’t play it. We’re not too sure if Microsoft ever envisaged the Xbox One’s cooling system needing to function correctly while the entire thing is covered in a layer of gold!

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Xbox One allows limited digital game and Gold features sharing

August 12, 2013 by Staff - 3 Comments


Microsoft has just announced two pretty big benefits in terms of Xbox One functionality and features:

  1. When someone purchases and downloads an Xbox One game onto their console (digital games will be available from their release date, by the way) that game will be available to all users of that console, regardless of whether they are signed in to Live or not.
  2. Some of the benefits and features available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers will now be made available to every person who uses that particular Xbox One console at home (i.e. your non-Gold family members).

Sharing digital games

If the Xbox Live Gold subscriber in your house purchases and downloads a digital game, it will be available to all users of that console, no matter if they are signed into their account or not. Effectively anyone can play it on the console.

Also, if the purchaser of the game goes to a friend’s house and signs in, then his or her digital games collection will also be available on that console to play (and with the new smart downloading feature the Xbox One has this will be very useful!).

Sharing Xbox Live Gold benefits

We recently highlighted some features of Xbox Live/the Xbox One that would only be available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. This included things like DVR functionality, Skype and SmartMatch (“smarter” multiplayer game matching).

Well now it has been revealed that these benefits will extend to all users of a Xbox One console provided at least one of them is a Live Gold subscriber. Effectively the Gold subscriber can grant access to the Gold features to all other users in his or her home.

Additionally, when a Gold subscriber goes to a friend’s place and uses their Xbox One console, their Gold benefits will temporarily follow them, enabling everyone to access the Gold features for that gaming session.

Good stuff Microsoft, keep it coming!

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Xbox One DVR, SmartMatch require Gold subscription

August 7, 2013 by Staff - 2 Comments


Yesterday we talked about the Xbox One and it’s DVR system being limited to recording clips at a maximum of 720p and 30fps. Well today we’ve found out that you’ll also need to be a Xbox Live Gold member to enjoy it.

Other services requiring a Gold subscription have actually come to light too, including the ability to use Skype, OneGuide (best described as a “TV guide type thing”) and SmartMatch (a way to get paired more efficiently with other gamers for multiplayer games).

To be honest I find all these features being behind the Xbox Live Gold paywall a pretty bitter pill to swallow. There’s nothing stopping the DVR clips being saved to the console’s hard-drive (it doesn’t need to be uploaded to the Xbox Cloud) so why charge for it? Skype I’m used to being free, except when I call a phone number and in which case I am happy to pay Skype for the privilege.

SmartMatch being Gold only is probably the biggest disappointment. But then again you can’t play online with your Xbox with a Gold subscription, so it makes sense!

What’s your view?

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