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343 Industries releases Halo 4 DLC for free, claims it’s a promo [UPDATE]

For a short period two days ago, prospective buyers of Halo 4's new Crimson Map Pack were able to snag the entire DLC offering for free. Now, after the fact, Microsoft and 343 Industries claim that this was part of the plan all along.

Microsoft’s new slate of Xbox Live apps heralds the coming of Xbox TV

Microsoft announced more than 40 new entertainment apps for Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Tuesday, including support from TV networks like The CW. What do these releases tell us about the future of Xbox and the rumored Xbox TV?

Sega revives Virtua Fighter 2, other classics for the holidays

Virtua Fighter 2, Sonic the Fighters and Fighting Vipers will all be re-released on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network by the end of November.
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Rumor: Windows 8 powers Microsoft’s imminent ‘Xbox TV’

More details on Microsoft's heavily-rumored set-top Xbox-based entertainment device have emerged, detailing the machine's operating system and supposed release date.

Digital Blend: Xbox Live turns 10 and Star Wars: The Old Republic goes free-to-play

Welcome to Digital Blend, your one-stop shop for coverage and recommendations of all things relating to mobile gaming, digital marketplaces, and indie titles (for the week ending November 18).

Xbox Live marks 10-year anniversary with its busiest week ever

Xbox Live gamers logged more than 442 million hours on the service last week.

Microsoft rewards long-term Xbox Live subscribers with new 360s

A custom-designed, 250 GB console is on its way to veteran subscribers, says XBL Director of Programming.

Microsoft rewards Halo 4 devotion with free ‘money’

Halo 4 has been released, but that won't stop Microsoft's PR efforts. The company wants you playing Halo 4, and it's willing to pay to ensure that happens.

New non-gaming apps further establish Xbox’s future in television

Another Wednesday, another Xbox Live update peppered with non-gaming apps. This week brings WSJ Live and Gol Stadium to Xbox 360, two apps that represent that sort of corporate content partnerships that will redefine Microsoft's game…

Microsoft says games will make Windows Phone 8 a winner, but what’s different?

Windows Phone 8 phones are coming out this fall, marking the next phase of Microsoft's grand Windows 8 transformation. The company says that video games will help the mobile platform thrive, but the company's made the same claims before and…

New Assassin’s Creed III DLC may hint at in-game microtransactions

Hoping to buy Assassin's Creed III, but unwilling to devote hours of your time unlocking the game's features? A series of newly revealed DLC packs seemingly suggest that Ubisoft has got you covered.

Microsoft will allow mature games in the Windows 8 Store afterall

The Windows 8 Store's guidelines prevent UK video game publishers from selling many of their most popular games through Microsoft's new service. On the new operating system's launch day, Microsoft said it would ease ratings restrictions…