Microsoft revamped their Xbox Live Rewards program last year. With Xbox Live Rewards, it’s easy to get rewarded for being loyal to Xbox Live. The more you use Xbox Live services, the more rewards you get. You get rewards for playing games, watching movies and more. For example, renewing your Xbox Live Gold membership  gets you 3,000 Rewards Credits, take monthly surveys (250 Credits) and more. Microsoft recently highlighted few information about the program, read it below. 1) It’s easy to use (you’re practically doing it already!) One of the nice things about the Xbox Live Rewards Program is that it rewards you for doing the stuff you’re already doing on your Xbox One and Xbox 360. Namely: playing games, watching movies, and using apps. It’s the easiest and most fun way to earn credit for games! 2) Payouts are automatic When your Xbox Live Rewards account reaches 5,000 Rewards Credits, ...

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Microsoft today revealed their plans for PAX Prime 2014. They will be present in the Xbox Booth [#412] where gamers will be able to play many blockbusters games. As you can expect, Microsoft will be featuring hands-on Xbox One exclusives like Sunset Overdrive, remastered Halo 2 Anniversary and Forza Horizon 2, the highly anticipated Electronic Arts title Dragon Age: Inquisition and digital favorites like Ori and the Blind Forest, Killer Instinct, Project Spark, and Project Totem, plus various ID@Xbox titles. We’re also leading panels, participating in Pinny Arcade, hosting a Halo Tournament with Twitch, giving PAX fans a way to put themselves in the world of Sunset City at the Paramount Theatre and inviting everyone to a pre-PAX ID@Xbox event on the Microsoft Campus showcasing over 25 of our upcoming ID@Xbox titles! Learn more about these activities, our full Xbox@PAX Schedule and more at our U.S. Events Website. Read more at Xbox Wire. ...

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Major Nelson today revealed ReddX, the first app built for reddit for consoles, and it’s exclusively available on Xbox One, available in the United States and Canada. Since ReddX is designed for the big screen on Xbox One, it can be Snapped to the side of your TV while you’re gaming or using another app to help you monitor and join in threads on the site while you’re doing anything else. Also you can interact with each other in similar ways to the reddit.com experience, and in addition unlock unique media achievements named after some of the Internet’s favorite memes. It also allows you to upvote or downvote a thread with just the touch of a button, as well as easily add your comments using your Xbox One controller, media remote or Xbox SmartGlass on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Features: Browse your favorite subreddits Vote, comment, and save Snap ...

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In the annual letter sent to all the employees of Microsoft, Satya Nadella has highlighted the commitment Microsoft has towards Xbox platform and has effectively ended all the rumors about Microsoft selling or spinning of Xbox division. He reaffirmed that Microsoft will vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox. I also want to share some additional thoughts on Xbox and its importance to Microsoft. As a large company, I think it’s critical to define the core, but it’s important to make smart choices on other businesses in which we can have fundamental impact and success. The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming. We are fortunate to have Xbox in our family to go after this opportunity with unique and bold innovation. Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox. Xbox is one of the most-revered ...

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Since Valve Corporation co-founder, and former Microsoft employee, Gabe Newell publically called Windows 8 a “catastrophe,” it’s been fun game to look at the Steam user statistics every month. For the month of June we see PC gamers still prefer to use Windows, with a dominating 95.35% of OS share among Steam users. All versions of MacOS combined control 3.42% among Steam gamers, and Linux comes in at third with 1.13%. For a further breakdown of Windows, Windows 7 still leads with 62.06%. Combining Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 we see 24.98% OS share among Steam gamers. Up nearly 2% from last month and up 5% from January of this year.  Windows XP usage still remains around 5% even though the operating system has hit end-of-life. I suspect when DX12 is released we will see a further shift to Windows 8 off Windows 7 among gamers. Source: Steam ...

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While Kinect has been a clear hit with more than 8 million sold, there is one demographic which has not been so enthused by the Xbox 360 accessory. Hardcore twitch games have found games like Dance Central and Kinect Sports not exactly to their taste, but Kevin Unangst, senior producer of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business, have some good news for this core group. "There are many [hardcore games] coming," he said. "We’re not even a hundred days since we launched Kinect yet. It was very intentional with Kinect to go out and deliver blockbusters like Kinect Sports and Dance Central – games that resonated with a broader audience." "This is sort of scratching the surface of what’s happening, but we’ve got Child of Eden here today, we’ve got Twisted Pixel’s Gunstringer… and certainly you’re going to see more. Apparently what has been seen so far is just the beginning of ...

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Microsoft is claiming Xbox Live gamers in UK spend on average £64 (around $100) per month on games. The numbers come from a small survey of 251 UK Xbox 360 gamers aged between 25 and 34 years old. The most popular games are shooters, followed by racing and RPGs. One third of Xbox Live gamers play casual games or MMOs, and over a third play gambling titles. 360 gamers go online almost every day each week – by contrast, the average male checks websites five days a week. Microsoft is touting Xbox gamers as attractive targets for marketers, saying they are higher earners, obviously big spenders, and very engaged. “Earning a higher wage, being advocates of premium goods and over half playing for more than three hours each day, this provides firms with a profile from which they can base their message.” “Compared against the average male, gamers represent an ...

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