Microsoft Fights Back Against Gamers Who Allegedly Stole Xbox Currency

Microsoft Fights Back Against Gamers Who Allegedly Stole Xbox Currency

After some gamers took advantage of an exploit that automatically produced codes for Microsoft Points — e-currency that’s used on Xbox Live purchases — Microsoft invalidated the points and may punish those who took advantage. [More]

Mom Admits Autistic Son Cheated On Xbox Live, Meriting Label

Mom Admits Autistic Son Cheated On Xbox Live, Meriting Label

After complaining to a Seattle news station that her autistic 11-year-old son was unfairly labeled a cheater by Xbox Live, the mother has admitted that her son solicited help in racking up his copious achievements, meaning Xbox Live was right to reset his Gamerscore and affix a “cheater” label to his account. [More]

Xbox Live Assigns Scarlet 'Cheater' Label To Autistic Boy (Updated)

Xbox Live Assigns Scarlet 'Cheater' Label To Autistic Boy (Updated)

UPDATE: The boy’s mother admitted that her son solicited help in racking up the achievements, meaning Xbox Live’s labeling of the boy as a cheater was correct. The original post follows; [More]

Microsoft Tells Me I Qualified For Free Online Cash, Then Takes It Away

Microsoft Tells Me I Qualified For Free Online Cash, Then Takes It Away

Scott tried to take advantage of an Xbox Live promotion that would net him 800 points ($10) of bonus money if he spent 2400 points ($30) in a set amount of time. He spent the required amount of money, then received a message from a Microsoft customer service rep that said he’d get the 800 points if he kept waiting. [More]

The Red Ring Of Death Affects A Very Occasional Xbox Player

The Red Ring Of Death Affects A Very Occasional Xbox Player

Here’s the thing with warranties: they’re limited not by how many hours you’ve used an item, but by how long you’ve owned it. Usually, this works in our favor as consumers, but not in Nathan’s case. He writes that his little-used Xbox 360 has failed after three years, presenting the dreaded Red Ring of Death. He wonders: since this is the same problem that more frequent Xbox users see after less time has elapsed, why can’t Microsoft offer him a repair even though his warranty has expired? [More]

Some Say Kinect Is Breaking Old Xboxes

Some Say Kinect Is Breaking Old Xboxes

Some Xbox 360 owners are complaining that the Kinect is driving their consoles into the grave, inflicting them with the Red Ring of Death. [More]

Motorola Tries To Stop Microsoft From Selling Xbox 360

Motorola Tries To Stop Microsoft From Selling Xbox 360

At the request of Motorola, which claims Microsoft is violating its wireless technology patents, the United States International Trade Commission is conducting an investigation that Motorola hopes ends with Microsoft forbidden to import Xboxes. [More]

Do Not Move Your Xbox While A Disc Is In The Drive

Do Not Move Your Xbox While A Disc Is In The Drive

B learned the hard way that Xbox 360s like to eat games when you flip the machine from vertical to horizontal orientation while playing. He sought out the publisher for a replacement and has been stuck without the game for several weeks while the company spins its wheels. Note: the disc pictured is not B’s. [More]

Microsoft Wants To Turn Your Xbox Into A Cable Box

Microsoft Wants To Turn Your Xbox Into A Cable Box

Whether it’s through the Zune Marketplace or Netflix, you can already watch movies and other video content on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console. But a new story says the company is looking to expand its offering to what could end up turning Microsoft into your cable company. [More]

5 Ways The Kinect Can Improve

5 Ways The Kinect Can Improve

Kinect, Microsoft’s controller-free Xbox 360 motion and voice sensor, is entrancing gamers with its circa-2006 Wii-style magic spell, but not everyone is impressed. [More]

Who Is The First Moron To Break His TV With The Kinect?

Who Is The First Moron To Break His TV With The Kinect?

All those shattered TVs and cut-up hands that resulted when the Nintendo Wii first came on the scene sorta made sense. People were flailing their limbs around holding a plastic controller with a flimsy strap. But the new Kinect motion-sensing system for the Xbox 360 should have cut down on at least some of the damage done by removing the controller completely. And yet, some moron in Arizona has already ruined a perfectly good TV with his recklessness. [More]

Now You Can Finally Search Netflix On Xbox 360

Now You Can Finally Search Netflix On Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 was the first video game console to allow Netflix subscribers to stream movies to their TV, but while the the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii have recently improved their Netflix apps, the Xbox remained stuck in 2008. That is, until yesterday’s update of the console’s software. [More]

Xbox 360s Will Become AT&T U-Verse Receivers

Xbox 360s Will Become AT&T U-Verse Receivers

Starting Friday, Xbox 360 owners who watch TV through AT&T U-Verse will be able to consolidate their “set-top boxes” into one, because the Xbox 360 will act as a TV receiver and DVR. [More]

Halo Glitch Forces Some Xboxers To Play With Themselves

Halo Glitch Forces Some Xboxers To Play With Themselves

The hardest of the hard-core Xbox 360 gamers bought redesigned Xbox 360 Slims and snagged Halo: Reach after it was released at midnight Tuesday morning ready to battle invading Covenant forces with friends. And some were severely disappointed because the newer Xbox 360s don’t allow gamers to play cooperatively through the campaign. [More]

After 6 Years, Microsoft Makes Xbox 360 Controller That Works Right

After 6 Years, Microsoft Makes Xbox 360 Controller That Works Right

Ever since Microsoft released the Xbox 360 in late 2005, gamers have had to put up with a clunky directional pad that lacked precision and actually made it possible for fools out there to get lucky enough to beat me at Tecmo Bowl once in a while. Now the company has announced a redesigned controller, but it will cost players looking to upgrade. [More]

Microsoft Hikes Xbox Live Subscription Fee

Microsoft Hikes Xbox Live Subscription Fee

In what seems like a clever ruse to get gamers to quickly buy an extra year or two of Xbox Live Gold service — which offers online multiplayer as its main draw — Microsoft announced it’s raising the annual subscription fee from $50 to $60. One-month subscriptions rise from $8 to $10 and three-month hitches go from $20 to $25. The price changes go into effect Nov. 1. [More]

Microsoft Upping Xbox 360 Online Voice Chat Quality

Microsoft Upping Xbox 360 Online Voice Chat Quality

One problem with the Xbox 360′s online play is it’s often difficult to determine exactly which swear words, racial slurs and homophobic epithets the teenager on the other end spews after you off him in Modern Warfare 2. Aware of the problem, Microsoft says it will upgrade the quality of the sound that pumps through your headset. [More]

Xbox 360 Glitch Gives Away Five Downloadable Games

Xbox 360 Glitch Gives Away Five Downloadable Games

In a bizarre fluke that sounds like an urban legend come true, five downloadable Xbox Live Arcade games are available for free for those willing to bend their ethics. [More]