Xbox Experience Update
On September 22, 2010, Major Nelson revealed that the Xbox Live user interface would be redesigned once again. The new style would use the Metro user interface, which is also used in other Microsoft products such as Zune HD and Windows Phone.
The existing dashboard remained in place, with the same layout and design. The new dashboard, which was released on December 6, 2011, includes a "Kinect hub," which is intended to make dashboard navigation easier. Xbox Live members who signed up for the preview were able to do so starting September 29th. On December 6th, 2011, the new dashboard debuted formally.
On June 6, 2011, at E3, it was announced that the dashboard would be updated with Bing as a search engine, allowing users to find games, trailers, and other entertainment content. The Kinect software will also be updated so that people may control the dashboard and Bing using voice commands. Cloud storage, YouTube access, and live television streaming were among the other improvements planned for release on December 6th. The upgrade was put back until December 6th after that
On May 13, 2014, Microsoft revealed that it was eliminating the requirement for Xbox Live Gold memberships on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, allowing subscribers to access applications like Netflix, Twitch, MLB.tv, and others without a Gold membership. However, various rental or subscription payments may still apply.
Microsoft announced August 31, 2014 as the last day to request a pro-rated refund for Xbox Game Pass. The firm also introduced "Games with Gold," which provided subscribers access to free games on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One with one single membership, and "Deals with Gold" for special discounts for Xbox One titles at the Microsoft Store.
Microsoft Movies & TV / Microsoft Films & TV
On November 6, 2006, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox Video Marketplace (formerly Xbox Video), an exclusive video shop accessible via the console.
On November 22, 2006, the first anniversary of the Xbox 360's release, Microsoft launched a television service called Xbox Video in the United States. Users may download high-definition and standard-definition television shows for purchase and movies for rental to an Xbox 360 console for viewing. Streaming video is not yet available, but content must be downloaded except for short snippets.
The Video Marketplace sells movies for rental, although only some films are available. The first 14 days after downloading or after the movie has begun playing, whichever comes first, is the rental period. Episodes of television shows may be purchased and kept on your console indefinitely. 5.1 surround sound is used in downloads and encoded using VC-1 for video at 720p with a bitrate of 6.8 Mbit/s.
MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Turner Broadcasting, and CBS all provide television programs; as well as Warner Bros. (movies), Paramount (movies), and Disney (movies).
Microsoft's "Game with Fame" campaign is its attempt to link Xbox Live members with celebrities and game developers. Participants in "Game with Fame" include Shia LaBeouf, Jack Black, Rihanna, Velvet Revolver, Victoria Justice, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Scissor Sisters, Paramore, Korn, OK Go, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Dream Theater. Linkin Park and Green Day were also invited to participate.
Microsoft has over 6 million "Xbox Ambassadors" who have shown their kindness to others and are ready to assist new Xbox Live users. There are ambassadors from 18 different countries, speaking 30 languages, representing over 30 nations as of March 2009.
The "Xbox Rewards" program was created to give gamers incentives to play online on the Xbox Live network by reimbursing achievement points with real rewards. Gamers were required to complete specific tasks in order for a challenge-specific prize to be rewarded.
It's a current promotion on Xbox Live Rewards (not to be confused with the previous Microsoft Points), which gives Xbox Live members Reward Points when they renew their Gold Membership, make a purchase on the Marketplace, and so on.
From March 10 to 27, 2011, "Xbox Live Labs" was a service accessible in the community area for United States members. Players who chose to participate were rewarded with avatar goods and three zero-point accolades.
The title "Xbox Show" was never used, despite the fact that it's more popular. It aired for four seasons and was released every other Saturday. The entire show was driven by user-submitted queries.
Fans were able to contact the show in a variety of ways, including submitting questions via the SentUAMessage Gamertag on Xbox LIVE, sending an email, or using social network sites.
Microsoft employs a variety of security precautions on its Xbox Live platform. One of these is an active security check that ensures that only unmodified computers may access the service.
On May 17, 2007, Microsoft revoked access to Xbox Live from consoles with altered firmware. According to Microsoft, game consoles with firmware of unknown origin, quality, or purpose were permanently banned from Xbox Live. A Microsoft representative said the decision was taken to guarantee "the integrity of the service" and safeguard partners and consumers.
pretexting has been used to impersonate an Xbox Live user in order to sabotage the service. Microsoft has strengthened security measures in order to limit social engineering attacks on the service.
- In early November 2009, Microsoft disabled over 1 million Xbox consoles with modified firmware from Xbox Live.
- Users of Xbox Live reported that their accounts had been hacked in October 2011, with Microsoft points being used and/or purchased to acquire various in-game items for FIFA 12 afterwards.
Microsoft is taking a similar approach. If you are accused of fraud, Microsoft limits access to your account for 25 days while the investigation takes place. Both EA and Microsoft have denied that there is any security problem.
On December 25, 2014, a denial-of-service assault caused both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live to go down. On December 28th, functionality was restored, but some users were having problems in the days that followed.