Xbox Live, the service that powers the multiplayer experiences for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, is completely down, and its not because of user overload. Instead, a group of hackers is responsible for the service outage millions of Christmas celebrators are experiencing.
What’s a guy or gal with an Xbox 360 or Xbox One to do when they don’t have any interest in NBA 2K15 and aren’t excited about Alien: Isolation? Easy, you take advantage of Microsoft’s Xbox Live Deals with Gold promotion for the month of October and snatch up discounted copies of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeros and Battlefield.
So you’re sitting around the house wondering what you’re going to do with you Thursday evening. You could go back into some of your older games and dumpster dive for Xbox Live achievements you don’t care about anyway or You could join the rest the United States and watch the Packers vs. Seahawks football game on your Xbox One.
Users excited about watching movies and television shows through apps like Netflix on their Xbox One have reason for celebration this Tuesday night. Today, Microsoft formally announced that it’ll no longer require Xbox One and Xbox 360 users to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription to use both console’s entertainment apps.
Far be it for a week to go by and Microsoft not heavily discount its backlog of first-party and Xbox Live Arcade titles for the Xbox 360. Starting today, all Xbox Live Gold users can pick up copies of Batman: Arkham City and Alan Wake and more on the cheap.
Xbox 360 and Xbox One users wishing they could play games with other Xbox Live users or watch videos through Netflix or Hulu Plus should get excited. Microsoft says it’s temporarily granting all Xbox Live users the benefits of Xbox Live Gold this weekend.