Xbox Live is getting a new name

After over 18 years, Microsoft will soon rename Xbox Live. The service will be called Xbox network. Some of the earliest mentions of the name change came from beta testers of Xbox’s new dashboard, however Microsoft has since confirmed the changes itself. In a statement to The Verge, a Microsoft spokesperson said, “‘Xbox network’ refers […]

Skyrim, Fallout 4, and other Bethesda games get FPS Boost on Xbox Series X

Five games from publisher Bethesda Softworks now support Microsoft’s FPS Boost feature, the technology that increases frame rates for games running on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, nearly doubling their original frame rates. Those titles are Dishonored: Definitive Edition, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition, Fallout 4, Fallout 76, and Prey. Microsoft […]

Xbox Games With Gold gets Gears 5, Resident Evil, and more in February

Xbox Live Gold subscribers get five games, rather than the usual four, in February, not coincidentally the same month that the price of an Xbox Live Gold subscription goes up a dollar. Gears 5, a staple of Xbox Game Pass since the day it launched in September 2019, is the extra game. It’s available Feb. […]

Xbox Live goes down on Xbox Series X launch day

The Xbox Series X and Series S launched Tuesday and … welp, a general outage on Xbox Live this afternoon left many with the new console unable to play its games. Microsoft’s support team acknowledged the outage beginning at 1:01 p.m ET. and said they were working on it. With users unable to log into […]

Halo 3 fans spent 13 years trying to break into a skybox

By now it should be clear that Termacious Trickocity are a tenacious bunch: The Halo group has made a name for itself by achieving elaborate exploits that the wider community often regards as impossible. But usually, when a challenge stands in its way, Trickocity have objects to play with, like weapons or cover, which can […]

Xbox Series X’s expansion card costs $219.99

The officially licensed Storage Expansion Card for the Xbox Series X and Series S costs $219.99, according to a product listing at Best Buy. Seagate makes the solid-state drive, which Microsoft announced but gave no price for in March. It’s pitched as “the only available expansion card that replicates the Xbox Velocity Architecture,” which is […]

What actually happens when a huge game demo fails at E3

Turn the clock back to 2008. It’s E3, and Bethesda has been tapped to open up Microsoft’s press conference with a live demonstration of its next big game, Fallout 3. This is huge. Beyond performing on a stage for thousands of people, Fallout as a franchise had, at that point, laid dormant for a long […]

Xbox will let you install games before you buy them

A new feature coming to the Xbox operating system allows players to download any game before its launch — whether they’ve pre-ordered it from the Xbox store or not — so that games on disc are as ready-to-go as their digital versions. Jerko Cilas, a writer for Lords of Gaming, noted the capability on Twitter […]

Xbox Series S cuts load times in The Outer Worlds by 77%

Microsoft has been touting the very short loading times enabled by the Xbox Series X and Series S, and now we have a concrete example of the improvement in The Outer Worlds. In a deep-dive video released Wednesday about the newly announced Xbox Series S, Microsoft demonstrated the difference in loading The Outer Worlds on […]

Xbox Games With Gold for July includes Saints Row 2, Dunk Lords

Xbox One players with Xbox Live Gold will gain access to four games this July as part of the Games with Gold program. WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship, Dunk Lords, Saints Row 2, and Juju will be available next month for players who are part of the subscription service. While players who are a […]