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Microsoft Announces New Features And Games For Xbox Live On Windows Phone.

  • August 17, 2011 7:09 am

Even though we’re in the home stretch of waiting for Microsoft’s upcoming Mango update, the company went ahead and delved into gaming specific updates coming in Mango at the Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany.

  • Avatar Awardables — clothing to dress up your avatar based on game achievements. The first title (of many) to support said feature is “Chickens Can’t Fly” — an odd game in which the player takes the role of a scientist performing experiments on chickens. (PETA’s going to have a field day.)
  • Game Add-ons: Aka — in-game purchases
  • Parental Controls
  • Fast Async

Microsoft also announced 14 new titles set to hit the Marketplace “in the coming months”: Beards & Beaks: Cave Area, Bug Village, Burn the Rope, Chickens Can’t Fly, Collapse!, Gravity Guy, Farm Frenzy 2, Fight Game Rivals, IonballEX, Kinectimals Mobile, Mush, Orbital, TextTwist 2, Toy Soldiers Boot Camp.

Getting excited for Mango yet?

[Update] Continued: Xbox Live Hack.

  • July 8, 2011 6:23 am

Yesterday we highlighted a particular account by GamerTell writer PJ Hruschak and his apparent Xbox Live account getting hacked. Given the seemingly weekly announcements of more websites and services falling to hackers, hearing of a massive network like Xbox Live beginning to have user accounts compromised is certainly alarming. One can’t ever be “too” careful with online account information and data.

We sent out an email to Microsoft asking for any confirmation/details, though the quick response was unsurprising. Microsoft denied anything was wrong andreiterated their commitment to security.

While we don’t feel Microsoft or Xbox Live has suffered a major data breech of any kind, another tip sent in to us last night shares very similar traits to PJ’s story linked above signaling a potential growing issue…

Xbox Live Hack: Microsoft Responds.

  • July 7, 2011 3:39 pm

Earlier today we touched on a story that involved PJ Hruschak of GamerTell and an unauthorized purchase on his personal account signaling a potential larger issue. With LulzSec’s “Final Release” including some Xbox Live information, the threat of a widespread XBL hack has been questioned and certainly can’t be ignored.

We sent out an email to Microsoft asking for any updates and/or clarification. According to the Xbox Live team, nothing widespread has been discovered thus far, though they remain “committed” to Xbox Live’s security.

We have not received widespread reports of this issue, and do not have any evidence Xbox LIVE has been compromised. However, we take the security of our service seriously and work on an ongoing basis to improve it against evolving threats.

So there you have it. Not hacked. Still, with everything that’s been going on as of late it doesn’t hurt to keep an extra eye or two on your financials.

Xbox Live Users Finally Starting To Feel Effects Of LulzSec Final Release?

  • July 7, 2011 11:37 am

Despite claims by Microsoft that hacker group LulzSec’s “Final Release”, which contained an assortment of various credentials and private information for various websites and services, didn’t penetrate their defenses, a new account by GamerTell writer PJ Hruschak signals otherwise. PJ received an email from Microsoft confirming his purchase of 4,000 Microsoft Points for $49.99. The problem: PJ didn’t order any Microsoft points and in fact, hadn’t logged into his XBL account in over a month. A quick check by actually logging into his account ruled out a phishing email attempt. Shortly afterwards, PJ started seeing several notifications within XLB alerting him to Xbox Live maintenance and user account disconnects ultimately causing PJ to Microsoft about the matter.

The above happened late yesterday, July 6th. Today on July 7th Microsoft has responded by crediting his account $49.99 though failing to provide any further details as to why he was charged. It’s very well possible that it was a routine error on Microsoft’s part. They happen. But coming in the form that it did in the middle of one of the most *publicly* active years for hacking does cause us to question Microsoft’s silent approach.

So we ask you dear reader, have you noticed any hokey activity on your Xbox Live account as of late — especially after the whole 50 days of Lulz?

An email has been sent Microsoft’s way. As usual, we’ll update you once we hear anything.

Windows Phone 7 Mango Xbox Live Features Detailed [Gallery]

  • June 23, 2011 8:28 pm

Thus far, Microsoft’s official presentations featuring the revamped Games Hub in Windows Phone 7 has been rather uninformative. Seeing as how mobile gaming is exploding and that Xbox Live — hands down the best console gaming environment — is joining the fray, it only makes sense for Microsoft to beef up WP7 in this area.

With that said, the Windows Phone team updated their blog this afternoon with a slew of newly detailed features and images giving us a glimpse of what we have in store for WP7′s upcoming Mango update. The most notable features include: improved Xbox Live messaging, ability to edit XBL profile, integrated achievements w/ comparison views of your friends, improved Spotlight content, fully animated 3D avatars and improved game request notifications.

Is it the full Xbox Experience ported to the mobile world? Not yet. But it’s getting there. Full gallery after the break…

Next Gen Xbox To Debut At E3 2012, Use DirectX 11, Feature 3D?

  • June 15, 2011 12:04 am

Microsoft’s E3 keynote came and went this year without any new hardware unveiled or even mentioned. Sony followed a similar path. It was Nintendo and Nintendo alone who had some new gear for the gaming world to poke and prod. And even though we certainly see the potential of the Wii U, we see it as more of a catchup to Microsoft and Sony’s current hardware than anything truly groundbreaking. With that said, while Microsoft may have disappointed legions of gamers in 2011, 2012 will be very different if recent claims by citing Crysis developer, Crytek, are to be believed…

Microsoft Confirms: Xbox Integration Coming To Windows 8.

  • June 10, 2011 4:54 pm

Navigating Microsoft’s ecosystem whether it be Windows Phone, Windows on the desktop, or gaming with Xbox Live will soon be much more cohesive thanks to a new announcement by the company — Xbox Live integration is coming to Windows 8!