All of the previous week, nothing has come close to the level of response and hype generated by the biggest gaming news to come post E3; Microsoft’s big announcement to take back their online DRM and allow used games.What that means is that Microsoft has decided to do a total 180 degree turn in its Xbox One policies and decided to do away with its restrictive DRMs and anti-used games dogma. No longer will Xbox One users be required to connect online once a day to play offline component of their games and they will be able to gift and sell their games as they are able to do with their current gen games.Whereas majority of gamers where vocally against the initial policies, there was some division on the matter as there were few who were indifferent or, in some circumstances, actually liked these policies.My opinion on the matter is quite straight forward and certainly more in tune with the former, rather than latter camp. Instead of retreading old grounds, if you would like … [Read more...] about What Does Microsoft ’s Xbox One Policy Reversal Mean for Gaming Future?
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It’s no mystery that Microsoft has been struggling to find an audience for the Xbox One in Japan, with sales of the console bouncing up and down around a hundreds units a week, as of late.Yet, the local arm of the company hasn’t given up, and keeps up its promotion work. Recently, they have launched a campaign named “The Ultimate Gaming Experience,” in which users are prompted to pitch their ultimate gaming experience (duh). The pitch selected will actually be turned into reality by the company.The campaign is now at its second round, and user “mocrain” asked to create an “Xbox Ladies’ Party” to enjoy games among girls.As a result, Microsoft will organize an event on June 26th at its headquarters in Shinagawa, Tokyo, from 1 PM to 5 PM local time.The house of Xbox opened applications today to attend the event. All you have to do (if you have a chance to go, of course), is to follow the twitter account … [Read more...] about Microsoft Organizing “Xbox Ladies’ Party” Event in Tokyo, Japan
Microsoft has been constantly improving the experience for the Xbox One users with updates and new features. Now, the company has added a new feature that has been requested by the community for a long time. Now, users will be able to purchase Xbox Live Gold subscription using Microsoft Account balance.Also, users will not only be able to purchase Xbox Live Gold subscription using their Microsoft Account balance but, users will also be able to purchase physical items like Xbox One controllers and other Xbox One peripherals using Microsoft Account balance.What is interesting is that this feature comes shortly before Microsoft is preparing to launch its Xbox Game Pass service, a subscription-based service that let players choose from over 100 games to play against a monthly $9.99 fee. The service will add more games in coming months.Also, Microsoft has listed all the games that will be available through the service in the month of June. These games include A Kingdom for Keflings, … [Read more...] about Xbox Live Gold Subscription And Other Physical Peripherals Can Now Be Purchased With Microsoft Account Balance
Microsoft is rolling out an upgrade to its Microsoft Account system over the next couple days, increasing security options for those users who want to do more to protect their personal information. Microsoft Accounts are the all-encompassing center-points for Xbox Live, Outlook, SkyDrive, Office and other Microsoft services. "With all this potential," reads the Microsoft Blog post, "criminals increasingly target customers online... some people have asked for more tools to protect themselves." Microsoft's answer is an optional two-step verification system for user logins. If enabled, Microsoft will ask for your password and another piece of information, which could be "a code sent to a phone or email on file as security info." Basically, it's like resetting your password if you've forgotten it, only every time you log in. It's unclear if this affects Xbox Live logins on your Xbox 360 or only logins through other devices. One would assume the system will recieve some sort of patch or … [Read more...] about Microsoft Ups Xbox Live Security With Optional Two-Step Verification
Microsoft is updating its cross-platform Microsoft account to add optional two-factor authentication for the entire account, the company announced today.Because two-step authentication will apply for the entire account once it's enabled, it will secure all services and devices under the Microsoft account umbrella, including Windows PCs, Windows Phone devices, Xbox Live, Skype and Outlook. Two-step verification was previously available only for certain uses of the Microsoft account, such as changing credit cards and subscriptions on the Xbox website.Two-factor authentication works by requiring you to have not just a set of information like a username and password, but also a device on hand as well. Once you log in, a code will be sent to your phone, for example, and only when you enter that code will you be able to access a service. That way, a hacker would still need a device of yours in addition to your login details in order to get into your account.A Windows Phone app, … [Read more...] about Microsoft adding two-step authentication for Microsoft accounts