2014 was not a good year for Microsoft, with the Xbox Live network being disrupted at both ends of December by [Lizard Squad DDoS attacks](https://www.daniweb.com/software-development/game-development/news/488412/lizard-squad-claims-responsibility-for-taking-down-xbox-live-today) and then as the year was finally coming to an end a different hacking collective dropped another bomb onto Xbox. A posting on Twitter simply stated "Hey, @Xbox! We thought we'd drop on by and End 2014 with a bang ;)" along with a link to a file on Kim Dotcom's Mega cloud storage service. That file, freely available for download by anyone, was the official Xbox One Software Development Kit. ![dweb-xboxone.jpg](/attachments/large/0/c74c87eb29bf89b2cc9ce2f0855f42fe.jpg "align-center") Interestingly, the …

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A group describing itself as "DDoS kings" who "just want to watch the world burn" has claimed responsibility for taking the Microsoft Xbox Live network down for an hour or two earlier today. The [Lizard Squad](https://twitter.com/LizardPatrol), posting from a Twitter account called LizardPatrol, published a message warning that "Microsoft will receive a wonderful Christmas present from us" and say that taking Xbox Live offline was "a small dose of what's to come on Christmas." ![0992b2b58f5ba1e2f918a1f8b4d51f95](/attachments/large/0/0992b2b58f5ba1e2f918a1f8b4d51f95.jpg "0992b2b58f5ba1e2f918a1f8b4d51f95") The downtime impacted upon users of both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, returning an 80151909 error when trying to connect to Xbox Live. …

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Hi Guys, I have just finished setting up a brilliant space in which we have a large TV with the following connected to it: PC, Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Windows 8.1 Laptop, The only thing missing, is that I am currently using just the basic inbuild TV speakers, which is a bit of a let down with gaming in particular...!! What I want to do is purchase a 5.1 surround sound system (or better) - wireless if possible, to complete the setup. What I dont know though is what sort of thing I should go for... I have …

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Aside from being one of the [most hated CEOs](http://www.businessinsider.com/hated-tech-ceos-2011-12?op=1) in the world of technology, Steve Ballmer is hard at work trying to design a new world for Microsoft and the future of consumer electronics and, simultaneously, saving himself from a history of redicule. Ballmer's ambitious claim of [400 million](http://venturebeat.com/2012/09/05/ballmer-400m-windows-phone-8-windows-8-devices/) Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices comes along with their joint HTC announcement of the [8X and 8S](http://opedtech.com/2012/09/19/windows-phone-7-is-dead-long-live-windows-phone-8/), as well as the Q4 release of Windows 8, Windows 8 RT tablet, and rumors of a (much overdue) new gaming console. All of this however hinges on one man: Steve Ballmer, …

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Nintendo is sitting firmly at the top of the games console tree right now, having just been 'bigged up' by the release of the US sales figures for October which show the Wii on 803,000 and the DS on 491,000. Both well ahead of nearest rival, the Xbox 360 on 371,000. The old, original, Xbox quite unsurprisingly does not feature in the top six list. That said, the PlayStation 2 does, at the bottom, on 136,000. So why mention the Xbox at all then? Simply because the Xbox 360 has yet to manage to sell more units than the original …

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First there was a year of hype surrounding Project Natal, but the reality that is Microsoft Kinect has been in my family home for a week now. Everyone from my 10 year old daughter to my retired mother-in-law have played with it, so what's the verdict? Is this the future of motion control gaming or just a flawed imitation of the Nintendo Wii? [attach]18053[/attach]Let's start at the beginning with what Kinect is not: it's most certainly not a Wii, nor a PlayStation Move for that matter, as it takes a quite different and truly unique approach to the whole motion …

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just wondering what resolution is better for my xbox 360 if you could put as much information into your replies as you can then that would be great

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Hello, My name is Jeannot Thewissen. I have a question. What is the value of an Original Microsoft xbox with one controller and 7 games. I hope to get a reply soon, because I got two of them and I want to sell one. Jeannot Thewissen

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Hi, This may sound very noobish and stupid but i was just wondering if its possible to dual boot an xbox and windows on the same computer. Theoretically an xbox is just a computer with a different os isnt it??? So surely if i could attach my xbox hardrive to my computer i could dual boot it??? Just wondering if this would work and if not then why? what may be some possible problems i may face? has it ever been done? Thankyou, SLasham

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It's going to be a great Easter for Modern Warfare 2 gamers, and that's official. Robert Bowling, Creative Strategist at Modern Warfare 2 developers Infinity Ward, has [URL="http://twitter.com/fourzerotwo/status/10738022531"]posted confirmation on Twitter[/URL] that for the weekend of April 2nd to 5th there will be double experience points on offer to players using the new maps. Ah yes, the new Modern Warfare 2 maps. The Stimulus Pack, as it is known, is due for release on March 30th. The first downloadable content (DLC) for Modern Warfare 2 players is already causing something of a stir amongst XBox 360 owners. Not so much …

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Microsoft has been slowly moving away from the desktop PC software market for many years now, and with the recent launches of Windows 8 and the Surface tablets, along with the latest Windows Phone devices, the whole mobile and touch arena has taken quite a bit of the consumer-oriented focus. It really should come as no surprise, then, to see Microsoft strategically positioning itself in the device integration space: the Xbox SmartGlass app is a prime example of this. ![photo_(11)](/attachments/small/0/photo_(11).JPG "align-right") Available initially for Windows 8 devices and those powered by the Windows Phone OS, and then for Android devices, …

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I first started writing about the 'coming soon' Xbox 720 way back in 2008 if my memory serves me well. Every now and then another rumour emerges, supposedly from 'a reliable source within Microsoft' and confirming that the release date has been fixed or announcing the final hardware specification for the latest next-gen-next-gen games console. So far, all of those dates have passed and none of those hardware details have proved to be anything other then specification speculation syndrome. ![dweb-720](/attachments/small/0/dweb-720.jpg "align-right") So why should this story be any different? Good question, and one that I have to admit I cannot …

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Hey, so I just created a new Youtube video with some highlights about my new Indie game "Temporal Wars". I have been trying to get this cool game out for over a year now!! But the Xbox indie reviewers are tough! Which is good, but this is like 5 times I have updated this stuff! Has anybody ran into this issue with the XNA website? Anyway... Here is my new video -> http://youtu.be/7Vo0t25p2vg Ben :)

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If you've ever played a shooter such as Call of Duty, Battlefield or Halo in online multiplayer mode, then you will appreciate how difficult it can be to stay alive when everyone else has better weapons and knows the game maps so much better than you. But now there is hope for nOObs everywhere, as a new type of online entrepreneur in the form of the virtual bodyguard arrives on the scene. One hard-core gamer who is offering his services as an online bodyguard caught my attention recently, advertising his services on the [URL="http://www.fivesquids.co.uk/Technology/2622/take-bullets-for-you-for-half-an-hour"]fivesquids[/URL] website where he is charging five …

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My cousin wants me to repair her original fat XBox 360. It will play DVDs fine, but when trying to load a game just completely locks up. I've determined that the disk drive is failing, and that it is a Philips Lite-On DG-16D2S. I have an old busted 360 and, before researching, just tried swapping the drives; needless to say this didn't work. I've been reading up and found that there are 2 ways to replace a disc drive, getting the exact same model and replacing the new drive's circuit board with the old drive's, and by getting the Drive …

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Hi everyone, I have on original xbox v1.6 but the hard drive is broken , the program HDDRegenerator says the complete disk has bad sectors. I have an new harddisk, but how can I read the eeprom without eeprom reader. I have no materials for it, and I have no money for it. I still go to school. how can I unlock the broken harddisk to get the hdd info from liveinfo Beta 3 by joshihiro. Gr Jeannot PS: sorry if the english is bad/not good. I'm from the Netherlands

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I am 13 and i really want to create a game and go commercial I would want to know which language is for both PS3 AND PC or Xbox and PC. dont suggest me an easy programming language or :MAKE YOUR OWN GAME!: program that gives you everything in your mouth.I want to start from the roots, not with easy programs where you can do mediocre stuff. the type of game I want to create is something like a GTA (it doesnt mean i want to make a crappy copy of it) I mean the quality. I do this because …

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Hi, I have the new Xbox S, and I am using the built in wireless to play online. When connected I usually have fine connection however my connection often drops out on my Xbox. The problem I believe is the connection between my Xbox and the router as they are on opposite sides of my house. According to Halo my upstream bandwidth is also bad but packet loss is excellent. Anyway, my question. Would using a powerline adapter increase the speed and general reliability/stability of my connection to my Xbox? or is there another underlying issue with my connection Wired …

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Today, Microsoft announced that it has [URL="http://www.xbox.com/en-US/Press/archive/2011/0308-Ten-Million-Kinects"]sold over 10 million Kinect sensors[/URL] as well as Kinect games. At the same time Kinect for Xbox has set a [URL="http://community.guinnessworldrecords.com/_Kinect-Confirmed-As-Fastest-Selling-Consumer-Electronics-Device/blog/3376939/7691.html"]new Guinness World Record[/URL] for having sold 8 million units in the first 60 days. They managed all of this during a recession, hello![ATTACH]19733[/ATTACH] Many [URL="http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/01/10/10-amazing-kinect-hacks/"]PC gamers and users are embracing Kinect[/URL], figuring out ways to hack it to use with a PC. Microsoft has already hinted that Kinect with eventually be made to support PC. I'm thinking Minority Report is getting closer and closer.

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So I have an Xbox 360 and it is NOT hacked in any way. I am a gamer but I do mostly PC gaming therefore I do not my Xbox for gaming much, at least not online. My xbox is used primarily as a Media Center extender and I love it for that. I also play stuff like Guitar Hero, Rock Band and some other games (recent some Kinect games). I did create an Xbox Live account at some point but I barely used it. Now I want to start playing with some friends online so I was planning on …

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If you have not used one of these 'universal' programmable remote control devices for a while then prepare yourself for a shock of stellar proportions: this thing is really easy to use. No, I mean it, really easy. One For All rightly claims that it is just a three button process. The first of those buttons is quite aptly labelled 'magic' because that's exactly what appears to happen. [attach]17970[/attach] Press the 'magic' button, select the type of device you want to control (TV, Set Top Box, DVD, AMP, MP3 or Games Console) and then enter the appropriate generic code for …

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The cost of an Xbox 360 is dropping like a brick, which is just as well considering [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/21179/532/"]so many things can go wrong[/URL] with the Microsoft games console. In fact the whole Red Rings of Death thing has led to some frustrated users [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/21290/532/"]taking Microsoft to court[/URL]. Jesse Maiman, a Yale University student, is also going to court over an Xbox 360 but his lawsuit is not against Microsoft and his console is not broken as far as he knows. It is, however, missing. Maiman boarded a US Airways flight from Connecticut to Cincinnati with the Xbox 360 packed in …

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Well I'm trying to connect my xbox to my pc it's been connected to my pc for about four years but now I recently moved and now for some reason my pc decides it doesn't want to connect to my xbox it reconizes that it's hooked up and it tries to connect then it stops and I get an error saying limited or no connectivity Ive tried to do a restore and it connects after but then for some reason my wireless Internet connection stops working this really doesint make any since because everything worked fine like a week ago …

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Hi, I am about to get a PS3. I know that you install Linux distros for the system. Anyways, I would like to play XBox 360 games on my PS3. Does anyone know any good emulators for that?

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There's a really interesting [URL="http://www.blahblahtech.com/2008/10/but-video-games-are-bad-for-kids-right.html"]blahblahtech[/URL] posting that has popped up to address what it refers to as the "myth that video games harm children both socially and intellectually." It approaches the debate from parental questioning perspective, which seems as good as any to be fair. Some of the research it picks up upon includes that which suggests gamers process information more quickly and multi-task better than non-gamers. I rather liked the research quote which was based upon surgeons playing Super Monkey Ball: "Surgeons who play video games three hours a week have 37 percent fewer errors and accomplish tasks 27 …

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Xbox Live’s third annual Summer of Arcade, presenting the biggest and best smash hits of the season, kicks off today with the release of Limbo. A short description on the Xbox Live Marketplace leads way into a marvelously morose journey: “Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO.” That’s it. There is no before, no after, no rhyme or reason as to why you awake in a wind-swept meadow where everything wants you dead. Premonitions of your sister haunt you, leading you from beginning to end across the puzzles and platforms of a title that you won’t soon forget. …

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The Consumerist is currently running a [URL="http://consumerist.com/5160187/identifying-yourself-as-a-lesbian-gets-you-banned-on-xbox-live"]story[/URL] about how a gamer was first harassed by other players and then booted off Xbox Live by Microsoft. Her crime? Admitting she was a lesbian in her gamer profile. According to the report she was harassed online by other gamers and when she complained to Microsoft was told that gamers found her sexual orientation offensive and her suspension stood. Microsoft [URL="http://consumerist.com/5161145/microsofts-policy-regarding-identifying-sexual-orientation-on-xbox-live"]argues[/URL] that the terms and conditions of use for Xbox Live forbid the creation of a gamertag or use of text in other profile fields "that include comments that look, sound like, stand …

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If you thought that gaming was all about next generation technology, HD graphics or innovative input systems think again. If the results of a survey into console usage in the US during 2008 is anything to go by, it would appear that gameplay is still in charge. The Nielsen research shows that more people were playing with their old PlayStation 2 that their new PlayStation 3. Heck, it showed that more people were playing with that PS2, in terms of the number of minutes spent using a console throughout the year, than the Nintendo Wii or the Xbox 360. Rather …

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[attach=right]13768[/attach]TV presenter and Twitter hero Jonathan Ross was amongst the glitterati of the gaming, gadget and entertainment industries who were invited to a 'top secret' hands-on briefing about Project Natal, hosted by Microsoft in London yesterday evening. He took his son with him, and his son posted a video of Ross playing with the new Xbox 360 Wii-alike controller to YouTube. If you want to see both in action, you can do so [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGvYFAYqRRw"]here[/URL]. However, Ross senior in Tweeting the news that his son was posting the video might have just let slip the official launch date for Project Natal, …

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Absolutely no surprise there then: Modern Warfare 2 is the all-format games Christmas Number One according to the ELSPA software charts just published here in the UK. A position, incidentally, it has held for the six weeks, ever since it was released. The Top Ten, in case you are interested, is as follows: [LIST=1] [*]Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 [*]FIFA 10 [*]Wii Fit Plus [*]Wii Sports Resort [*]Assassin's Creed II [*]Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games [*]New Super Mario Bros. Wii [*]Forza Motorsport 3 [*]Mario Kart Wii [*]Just Dance [/LIST] A little more surprising, it has to …

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