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PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and All Under Weekend DDoS Attack

Sunday was not a good day to try to game online. A group (or person) referring to themselves as Lizard Squad launched a series of DDoS attacks against a whole host of online gaming networks. Among those affected were the PlayStation Network, Blizzard’s, and Xbox Live among others.

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Another Xbox One-80: Microsoft to Sell Console without Kinect

xbox-one-no-kinect-headerAfter launching at a price point $100 higher than the PlayStation 4 and insisting that the Kinect was an integral part of the Xbox One and had to be connected for the console to work, Microsoft has completely walked back on all claims about the Kinect 2.0.

Microsoft announced that they will begin selling the Xbox One without the Kinect starting in June for $100 less than the original $499 asking price.

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Xbox One Game Recording Only for Xbox Live Gold

xbox-one-console-bannerAs part of their corporate policies, Microsoft has mandated that they can’t go more than a few weeks without doing something to annoy their current and potential future consumer base.

So August’s early frontrunner for Xbone move of the month is Microsoft confirming that users will only be able to use the Xbox One’s ability to record gameplay if you are an Xbox Live Gold member.

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Microsoft Uses Change from Points to Money to Raise UK Prices

xbox-live-moneyThe exciting change from the mythical Microsoft Points system (which, according to a friend in marketing, was designed to make people think they were paying less than they actually were) to real world currency might not be all that it’s cracked up to be for gamers in the UK.

Reports from Xbox Live users in the UK say that Microsoft has used the conversion from Microsoft Points to real money as an opportunity to raise prices by upwards of 34%.

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Defense Grid: The Awakening is the First Xbox Games with Gold Game

xbox-games-with-goldBack at E3, Microsoft promoted their new Games for Gold program during their keynote. This program gives away two free games between the beginning of July and the launch of the Xbox One. Fable III was the first game given away under this promotion and Assassins’ Creed II and Halo 3 were announced as the first two games that would be given away as part of “Games with Gold.”

Well, funny I should mention that. Today was the release of the first Games with Gold game and it wasn’t Assassins’ Creed II or Halo 3. It was actually 2008 tower defence game Defense Grid: The Awakening.

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