Spencer says Microsoft working with Sony & Nintendo to prevent future DDoS attacks

xboxIt was around Christmas time last year when Xbox Live and PSN experienced major outages lasting several hours. Gamers were left in the dark as both Microsoft and Sony’s multi-player networks were brought down in a series of vicious denial of service (DDoS) attacks, allegedly by a group calling themselves the LizardSquad. The tech companies just did not or could not act fast enough to stop the attack and revive their servers.

Reports say some of the hackers involved got arrested in the UK since then, but the damage was already done. Fear and unease has been seeded deep inside many gamers but Microsoft wants to look at this as a “learning experience”. Many were left wondering, just how such big corporate systems can be brought down by a couple of individuals sitting in their parent’s basements?

Well, it appears that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo are now working together and conversations on this important topic are indeed happening.

Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer revealed in a recent interview with Game Informer that he has had talks with Microsoft’s main gaming rivals where the companies shared learning experiences and tried to find ways to work together in an effort to provide gamers with a more reliable and stable playing platform. By tackling the problem collectively, as an industry, they have a better chance at being successful.

“I don’t think it’s great when PSN goes down,” Spencer says. “It doesn’t help me. All it does is put the fear and distrust from any gamer that’s out there, so I look at all of us together as this is our collective opportunity to share what we can about what we’re learning and how things are growing. Those conversations happen, which I think is great.”

Spencer also adds “Our commitment to Xbox One customers is to make sure our service is robust and reliable.”

Amazon Deal: Xbox Live 12 Month Gold Membership for $39.99

xbox-live-gold-membership-cardAmazon is now offering Xbox Live 12 Month Gold Membership for only $39.99. Regular price for Xbox Live Gold subscription is $59.99 so through this deal you can save a cool $20.

When you purchase the subscription through Amazon, you will get an Online Game Code you can enter into your account page on your Xbox 360 or Xbox One. Amazon is currently only offering this discount to customers located in the U.S. and who have a U.S. billing address. We’re not sure for how long this deal is active so act quick if you’re thinking of renewing soon or trying out the service for the first time.

Here are some benefits of being a Gold subscriber:

“With an Xbox LIVE Gold membership, take your Xbox 360 online to play Kinect and controller games with friends wherever they are. Instantly watch HD movies, TV shows and sports, and with Kinect, your voice is the remote control. Not sure what to play or watch? Quickly find new movies, songs or games with your voice. Even use your phone or tablet as a second screen to control and interact with what you’re watching. Plus, now you can explore the web on your TV with Internet Explorer for Xbox.* Entertainment is more amazing with Xbox.”

Click here to check out this great deal on Amazon.com

These Games will be Free for Download in July on Xbox One & Xbox 360

XboxLive_GamesWithGold_EN_RGBXbox Wire has announced an action-packed lineup of exciting titles that will be available as FREE downloads in July, as this part of the Xbox Games with Gold promotion. Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to download the games listed below for either Xbox One or Xbox 360, free of charge as per release schedule for each title.

Please note that June Games with Gold are still available for download (of course, free) until July 1st so make sure you get them while they are still up for grabs! These titles include Halo: Spartan Assault (Xbox One),  Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Xbox One),  Charlie Murder (Xbox 360),  Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (Xbox 360). Click here to find out more.

And here is the lineup for July…

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition” by DrinkBox Studios (Xbox One, $14.99 ERP)

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Coming July 2, “Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition” is a challenging brawler/platformer, arriving via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program for Xbox One. You play Juan Aguacate, a masked Mexican wrestler on a quest to save the President’s daughter from the evil, skeletal Carlos Calaca – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll elbow-drop jaguars. More than just a meticulously balanced brawler, though, “Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition” features cleverly hidden secret areas, a vibrant world of wonderment built around the Mexican land of the dead, and a creative ability system that allows for ever-increasing exploration and rewards. “Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition” will replace June’s Xbox One Games with Gold title “Halo: Spartan Assault” so be sure to grab it while you can!

Gotham City Impostors” by Monolith Productions, Inc. (Xbox 360, $14.99 ERP)

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Available July 1-15, we have “Gotham City Impostors,” a multiplayer, first-person shooter based on DC Comics’ Batman universe. Here, two teams of six players face off against each other using a variety of Batman- and Joker-themed weapons in good ol’ deathmatches. Raucous fun, and plenty of it to be had for fans of blowin’ stuff up.

BattleBlock Theater” by The Behemoth (Xbox 360, $14.99 ERP)

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Available from July 16-31, experience “BattleBlock Theater”! You’ve got nowhere to go but up … on stage. Play single player or co-op to free your friends and save Hatty Hattington! Jump, solve and battle your way through a mysterious theater inhabited by highly technological felines.

Source: Xbox Wire

These Games will be Free for Download in July on Xbox One & Xbox 360

XboxLive_GamesWithGold_EN_RGBXbox Wire has announced an action-packed lineup of exciting titles that will be available as FREE downloads in July, as this part of the Xbox Games with Gold promotion. Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to download the games listed below for either Xbox One or Xbox 360, free of charge as per release schedule for each title.

Please note that June Games with Gold are still available for download (of course, free) until July 1st so make sure you get them while they are still up for grabs! These titles include Halo: Spartan Assault (Xbox One),  Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Xbox One),  Charlie Murder (Xbox 360),  Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (Xbox 360). Click here to find out more.

And here is the lineup for July…

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition” by DrinkBox Studios (Xbox One, $14.99 ERP)

Guacamelee_screenlg6

Coming July 2, “Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition” is a challenging brawler/platformer, arriving via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program for Xbox One. You play Juan Aguacate, a masked Mexican wrestler on a quest to save the President’s daughter from the evil, skeletal Carlos Calaca – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll elbow-drop jaguars. More than just a meticulously balanced brawler, though, “Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition” features cleverly hidden secret areas, a vibrant world of wonderment built around the Mexican land of the dead, and a creative ability system that allows for ever-increasing exploration and rewards. “Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition” will replace June’s Xbox One Games with Gold title “Halo: Spartan Assault” so be sure to grab it while you can!

Gotham City Impostors” by Monolith Productions, Inc. (Xbox 360, $14.99 ERP)

Gotham City Imposters_screenlg6

Available July 1-15, we have “Gotham City Impostors,” a multiplayer, first-person shooter based on DC Comics’ Batman universe. Here, two teams of six players face off against each other using a variety of Batman- and Joker-themed weapons in good ol’ deathmatches. Raucous fun, and plenty of it to be had for fans of blowin’ stuff up.

BattleBlock Theater” by The Behemoth (Xbox 360, $14.99 ERP)

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Available from July 16-31, experience “BattleBlock Theater”! You’ve got nowhere to go but up … on stage. Play single player or co-op to free your friends and save Hatty Hattington! Jump, solve and battle your way through a mysterious theater inhabited by highly technological felines.

Source: Xbox Wire