Showing posts with label Xbox. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Xbox. Show all posts

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Microsoft Will Pay Hackers to Find Xbox Security Issues

Gamers and non-gamers seeking to earn big cash can join Xbox Bounty Program and get paid for finding bugs.

In an attempt to find out vulnerabilities within their security systems, Microsoft has recently launched Xbox Bounty Program that will pay out anyone to detect major issues of Xbox Live service or even hack Xbox One systems.

Whether you are an Xbox gamer or not, you can earn reward amounts from as minimum as $500 to highest $20,000 depending on how critical these issues actually are and how thoroughly they are being reported to authority.

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Microsoft Will Pay Hackers to Find Xbox Security Issues

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All a person with bug-hunting skills needs to do is to send their report in writings or a video clip demonstration. Microsoft is looking for detecting elevation of privilege, remote code execution, spoofing and other key problems than DDoS attacks.

Major companies often offer bug bounties to actual product users for effectively finding flaws in their software. This way, they save a lot of money from spending in researches and more work is getting done on a regular basis.

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This initiative will attract many security researchers and technologists for a chance to earn a lot of money. Although some submissions are not eligible for financial incentives, Microsoft will still acknowledge any effort if a report leads to a fix.

However, there is no implication of any vulnerability in Xbox Live services and purpose of this announcement is to let people know that the company is very willing to pay five figure sums than facing a critical hit and loss of personal information.

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Back in 2011, Sony Entertainment came under a major security hack that took down PlayStation Network for 23 days and instead of being generous to hackers for their help with security systems, they only offered white hats a t-shirt.

Microsoft already has a similar bounty program in place for Windows 10 that will pay out a maximum amount of $250,000 to point out its security issues, which they are now extending towards console systems and online services.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Xbox Series X Games Will Be Cross-Gen With Xbox One

Microsoft has confirmed that games released for Xbox Series X will also be playable on Xbox One for first few years.

This holiday season 2020, both Microsoft Studios and Sony Interactive Entertainment are launching their latest gaming hardware Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 for next console generation with full backward compatibility support.

However, that doesn't mean that current and upcoming games will skip previous consoles. Going a step further, Microsoft ensures that all first-party games for Series X will also be playable for Xbox One for at least two years.

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Xbox Series X Games Will Be Cross-Gen With Xbox One

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Head of Xbox Game Studios internal development team, Matt Booty has confirmed in a recent interview that all of their games coming out for over next two years will play out on Xbox family of existing and next-gen devices.

Committed to consumers about content, they want to make sure that players feel they made a good investment. Two first-party games Halo Infinite and Senua's Saga: Hellblade II is already scheduled to arrive alongside Xbox Series X.

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One of their biggest push in gaming will come from xCloud, which is claimed to be Netflix for games and even though this cloud gaming service is currently in beta, it can compete against Google Stadia with a greater lineup.

Lately, Microsoft has teamed up with Nintendo to bring popular titles like Cuphead and Minecraft to Nintendo Switch. Banjo and Kazooie joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as guest DLC fighters only hints at something big coming in future.

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In his interview, Matt Booty talked more about their approach to and intended vision for next-gen Xbox console.

Our approach is to pick one or two IP that we’re going to focus on and make sure that they’re there at the launch of the console, taking advantage of all the features. And for us, that’s going to be Halo Infinite, which is a big opportunity. It’s the first time in over 15 years that we’ll have a Halo title launching in sync with a new console. And that team is definitely going to be doing things to take advantage of [Series X].

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Halo Infinite was heavily marketed as a flagship title for Xbox Series X and also a cross-gen release for Xbox One. However, it won't be the only one and a select few games will be focused to showcase powerful feature of Series X hardware.

This way, player community of their ongoing titles like Sea of Thieves will get an extended period of support while forthcoming multiplayer online games like Battletoads and Bleeding Edge will be benefiting from extra updates.

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Offering cross-generation compatibility is great news for millions of Xbox One owners as they don't essentially have to buy the latest console to play newest Halo game with only downside of playing on a machine that is less powerful than Series X.

Microsoft is preparing themselves for next generation in their own way despite facing heavy market challenge from Sony but staying away from new exclusives to be more favorable to customers compared to PS5 is a really odd strategy.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Xbox Backwards Compatibility Final Lineup Revealed

At E3 2019 stage, Microsoft announces final lineup for classic games that will join Xbox backwards compatibility library.

When Phil Spencer of Gaming at Microsoft took stage to announce Xbox One backward compatibility feature back at E3 2015 event, it surely was a memorable moment in video gaming history that every fan cheered for.

Over past four years, more than 600 titles have been added to a vast library of games from previous generation but that development cycle has now come to an end as upcoming Project Scarlett device will be compatible with all past games.

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Xbox Backwards Compatibility Final Lineup Revealed

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Design for Scarlett is largely focused with an ambitious goal of being capable to run any games from last four generation of 18 years Xbox console history, so there is no point in dedicating resources to make more titles compatible anymore.

Due to popular fan demand, Microsoft Studio have worked hard on bringing back popular franchises like Assassin's Creed, Gears of War and Mass Effect from original Xbox and Xbox 360 platforms to enjoy on current-gen consoles.

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Original Xbox Classic Backward Compatible Games

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So this week, here comes the final lineup of Xbox classics that are now playable on both Xbox One and Xbox One X devices.

  • Armed and Dangerous
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb
  • Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent
  • Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict

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Entire backlog of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell stealth shooter series from developer/publisher Ubisoft is now finally complete and thanks to recent inclusion since Blacklist and Conviction has already joined backwards collection a while ago.

Witness the upscale for superior graphical prowess that is four times higher than original. Players who own Xbox One X can run these titles on a higher resolution with finest color detail and improved texture using existing in-game assets.

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New Xbox One X Enhanced Updates

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Several other Microsoft owned Rare Studio titles are receiving Xbox One X enhanced updates to enjoy a pixel count up to 4K Ultra HD.

  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Kameo: Elements of Power
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise

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Moreover, free content packs for games like Battlefront, Battlefront II, Knights of the Old Republic and Republic Commando from Star Wars franchise are out now, which includes new heroes, maps, missions, mode and villain.

Also, Xbox 360-exclusive action RPG game Too Human from developer Silicon Knights is being added as latest list of playable title on Xbox One and it is now available digitally for free as a thanks to everyone within this community.

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New Xbox 360 Backward Compatible Games

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Finally, a few more of fan-favorite Xbox 360 games joins backward catalog for Xbox One and Xbox One X by this week.

  • Asura's Wrath
  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
  • Enchanted Arms
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • Far Cry Classic
  • Far Cry Instincts: Predator
  • Infinite Undiscovery
  • Peter Jackson's King Kong
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • Skate
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syndicate
  • Too Human
  • Unreal Tournament III

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Anyone with a physical disc of these games from Xbox and Xbox 360 platform in their possession can play them on Xbox One. Otherwise, you can always purchase a digital version from Microsoft Store with applicable market restriction.

E3 2019 event clarified that backward compatibility program will no longer add any titles and are wrapping things up while we eagerly wait for Project Scarlett to begin a new chapter in gaming that is open to all generation of Xbox games.