Microsoft clarifies Skype & Upload Studio bans for profanity

November 26, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


You might have come across some recent rumors (probably on Reddit) that Microsoft could ban you for swearing while doing a voice over (for example) in the Xbox One’s video Upload Studio. Other reports have suggested that even saying a swear word during a Skype session will cause Microsoft to get the ban hammer out. Well it turns out that both reports are very misleading at best – you could be banned for behaviour like that, but it’s always been that way.

Microsoft has since issued the following public statement to try and clear things up:

To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls,” the representative wrote. “Also, we take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. We want a clean, safe and fun environment for all users. Excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon and result in suspension of some or all privileges on Xbox Live. We remain committed to preserving and promoting a safe, secure and enjoyable experience for all of our Xbox Live members.

So what does that mean exactly? Well when you join Xbox Live you also agree to its Terms of Service. These state that you will not use excessive profanity and other stuff – all the sorts of things you’d expect in any public discussion forum (we need some rules in place don’t we?). So when you break those rules, yes you can expect to get banned or suspended. Does this mean that saying the word “dick” (for example) during a Skype session or over the top of a video will get you in trouble? Probably not, but it’s all a matter of degree and using your common sense – and if in doubt, keep it clean!

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Could friends help you earn Achievements with remote play?

June 4, 2013 by Staff - 4 Comments

Have you ever come up against boss you just can’t beat, or a puzzle you can’t work out? We’ve all been there and it can be incredibly frustrating. Not only does it usually stop your progress within the game, but it might also mean you miss out on valuable Achievement points, which is definitely a major issue for Achievement hunters!.

The Xbox One could provide some relief in this regard however, with sources stating that Microsoft has demo’ed an X1 feature that lets you Skype a friend and ask them to give you a hand in your game. Upon accepting a request, your chosen friend can then take over the game, playing it for you!


While this is happening the originating (ie stuck) player gets to watch their friend play the game on their screen, not only checking their progress, but also hopefully learning some tips on how to improve their own gameplay. Either person can end the remote playing sequence with the push of a button.

One potential issue we see is latency, and the requirements for the whole thing to work. Obviously the “helper friend” will need to have a copy of the game, but will they also, for example, need to have previously visited the part of the game they are being asked to help with?

More to the point of what we focus here on at One Cheats – will Achievements earned by your friend whilst helping you out get added to your account or that of your friend, or not at all? If you don’t get them as the help-seeker, there is always the opportunity to go back with your new found knowledge/skills/tips/cheats and earn the points yourself, we assume. The bottom line being that it can’t be a bad thing for Achievement freaks!

Microsoft itself has said nothing official on this remote play feature, but more is surely to be revealed at E3 in a few days. We can’t wait!

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