It seems users celebrating the Xbox One launch in the far east may be having way too much fun. How do we know that even though we don’t have an Xbox One? As of right now Xbox LIVE, Xbox.com and Xbox support are all down.
We’ll make this simple. Would you rather be counting down the days until the Xbox 360 gets replaced by playing old busted retail titles or would you rather ring in the Xbox One launch with a shiny new Xbox LIVE
When Microsoft first debuted the Xbox One it also shared plans it had for a cloud service that would allow game developers to create more realistic environments and offload computing tasks to Xbox LIVE.
It doesn’t seem like Microsoft is any closer to dropping the requirement that Xbox 360 users have an Xbox LIVE subscription in order to play multiplayer or use the service’s giant catalogue of entertainment apps, but that isn’t stopping the company from throwing users a bone every now and then. For this weekend only, all Xbox LIVE users will have access to the service’s features.
Sure, card games may not that be the “it” genre that makes users pony up $60 year after year, but they are a respectable genre of console gaming nonetheless. From now until September 15th, Xbox LIVE Gold users can pick up the latest installment in the Magic: The Gathering franchise completely free.
When Microsoft announced that it would be making significant changes to the sharing functionality it had planned for the Xbox One, many thought it would actually give up on its dream of making Xbox LIVE easier on socialites and families. Apparently, it didn’t.
Since Microsoft first announced that it would be bring a number of new features to Xbox LIVE Gold with the Xbox One, it had been noticeably quiet about what features would only be available to users who have an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription. Now, we know.