Dec 09, 2014 - 6:14 PM - by garyopa
Sorry, Sony fanboys you might never see a Tombraider!
It seems Microsoft's deal with having Tombraider as exclusive is more 'exclusive' then first thought, as looks like Microsoft themselves will be publishing the game directly, not Square-Enix,
Tons of angry Sony fanboys have flooded the various forums, after finding out more in-depth details on the big deal between Microsoft and Square-Enix on how the next Tombraider game will be launching first on the Xbox One platform.
So it seems the publishing deal is similar to Dead Rising 3, which means we might never see a PS4 release, just on PC in the future.
Square Enix has also responded to our request for more information on its relationship with Microsoft.
"Yes, Microsoft will be publishing ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider' on Xbox," a Square Enix representative told us via email. "Microsoft has always seen huge potential in ‘Tomb Raider' and they will get behind this game with more support across development, marketing and retail than ever before, which we believe will be a step in continuing to build the ‘Tomb Raider' franchise as one of the biggest in gaming."
Ever since Microsoft announced at Gamescom that Rise of the Tomb Raider is an Xbox exclusive for Holiday 2015, questions have swirled about what that means. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer later qualified the arrangement a bit, though the complexities of the deal are still unknown.
"Obviously the deal does have a duration," he told Eurogamer. "I didn't buy the IP in perpetuity."
Yesterday afternoon, Xbox marketing chief Aaron Greenberg told a fan that Microsoft is publishing the game.
NEWS SOURCE: Microsoft’s Tomb Raider Publishing Deal Similar To Dead Rising 3 (via) GamingBolt
Dec 07, 2014 - 7:37 PM - by garyopa
If you use same password on other forum sites change it asap
It seems a group is after the long-time Team-Xecuter site that been Rockin' the Xbox Scene since early 2000, and were able to finally 'steal' their database and are trying to un-hash their passwords!!
Team-Xecuter has been famous for over a decade in hacking into the original Xbox and Xbox 360, and hopefully in the near future the Xbox One, but it seems someone decided to turn the tables on them and hack TX's big official support forum.
Here is official statement from TX regarding what happen:
We are reporting this news since alot of Xbox and Xbox 360'ers use our forum site, and just might have similar passwords out there, and as warning to other website admins that run similar 'scene' sites keep an eye out for this horrible group of messy bad hackers.
We recently moved to a new server and stupidly left our backend open for an easy attack which has now been fixed.
Luckily the guys who gained access left their muddy prints all over the place so it was easy to clean up. What we did find out was more interesting. Who did it, why they did it.
If you want a quality hack, use someone who isn't going to leave their signature all over the place and take 5 minutes to find out who they are and have half their team rat out the other half. In short - don't hire these guys for the job: http://xbl.services http://refaced.org
For the last 12 years our community of 282,000+ members have always had the security of knowing that we have never used their information for any purpose other than to be part of the Xecuter community. You will now be pleased to hear these group of hackers tried to steal the accounts to various high level staff and admin of the se7ensins community, who are also part of the Xecuter community, so they came in to grab our entire database. Hackers have been trying to do this for years and this weekend succeeded due to a stupid failure on our part to button up a few holes in our backed after we moved to a new server, making it easier for lesser skilled individuals.
If you have an account with us you can now assume that your email and password is now in their possession. We highly recommend you change your password here on the Xecuter forums and if you use the password anywhere else that you change it too - there is a maximum probability that it is now, or will be in the very near future compromised. No passwords are stored in clear text of course, they are all hashed but we are very skilled in this area and know there are ways around this so we can only assume they know the same tricks that we do so it is only a matter of time. These guys attempted to install a crappy keylogger too, it didn't work of course, it was a mess so no worries there.
We're not sure who to reach out to at se7ensins but i'm sure this will no doubt reach their ears in good time.
OFFICIAL SITE: Xecuter Forum Database Stolen
Our thanks to 'Team-Xecuter' for this news item!
Dec 07, 2014 - 3:10 PM - by garyopa
'Xbox Fans Will Have a Fun 2015' - Phil Spencer does believe that IP that Xbox owns is critical.
With the PlayStation Experience over, Xbox division head Phil Spencer took to Twitter to provide his own feedback and information on the event.
Sony recently had their big two-day experience for fans, which showcased a few exclusive games like FF7 and SF4, and some brand-new IP's, and afterwards Microsoft has decided to praise Sony for holding their fan-only-expo, but at the same time took a little dig at them.
So what are your thoughts next-gen console war between the two companies, is the PS4 a truly boring experience, and will the XB1 end up being the 'more FUN' platform to own in upcoming year 2015?
For instance, with the announcement of Street Fighter 5 for the PS4 and PC, and whether it would arrive for Xbox One, Spencer said,
"Business deals happen. We won't do all of them. When we have a 1st party franchise in a genre I'd rather invest in ours."
Spencer also added that, "I agree, there is a mix of deals to do but making sure we own IP XBOX gamers love is critical imo."
As for what Microsoft had planned in light of so many announcements from Sony, Spencer said that, "PSX was a nice event, good way for Sony to celebrate 20 years. I watched, it was well done. I feel good about 2015 for XBOX."
He also made an excellent point when he said that many of the announcements didn't have ship dates. "I didn't see ship dates on everything in PSX but I know what our plan is and I think XBOX fans will have a fun 2015."
NEWS SOURCE: Xbox Boss Praises PlayStation Experience (via) GamingBolt
Dec 04, 2014 - 1:26 PM - by garyopa
Xbox One might have sold alot during Black Friday, but come Christmas, A Big Live Attack is planned!
After CyberMonday Xbox Live was taken down by hackers. The group responsible for the outage, Lizard Squad, says that this is just a test run for a larger attack.
Microsoft had a very busy Thanksgiving weekend, with huge big sales on Black Friday and again on Cybermonday, but those unwrapping their Xbox One's early before Christmas were in for a shock, Xbox Live was DOWN due to 'hackers' again, ddos'ing the servers.
But come Christmas morning, the Lizard Squad is bragging that the whole Xbox Live network will come down like a deck of cards.
The Xbox Live problems affected anyone playing online on either Xbox One or Xbox 360. Whenever players tried to log in, they were shown error code 80151909. This service outage only lasted a little while but Lizard Squad says that Xbox gamers won't be so lucky next time.
The name "Lizard Squad" might ring a bell for you. They're the folks who took down popular PC games like League of Legends and World of Warcraft in late August. Sony was their main target, though. Lizard Squad caused outages for PSN along with Sony Online Entertainment games like PlanetSide 2.
Lizard Squad even went so far as to call in a bomb threat on SOE president John Smedley's flight to San Francisco. The threat resulted in the flight being diverted to Arizona. This drew the FBI's attention. The group then allegedly disbanded after having their identities exposed.
"We proved that even though we are little in this very big world, that a small group of friends who work together can cause a lot of havoc without legal repercussions," the group said in their farewell letter on their now-defunct website. "Today we will be disbanding, behind the green reptiles and other bullshit, we have lives believe it or not, things to do, people to meet."
No matter what happened behind the scenes, Lizard Squad was soon back to their old tricks. In late September, they knocked Destiny and Call of Duty: Ghosts' servers offline. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, they claimed responsibility for outages in Destiny, GTA Online and EA's games.
NEWS SOURCE: Xbox Live Hackers Are Planning A Huge Attack Christmas (via) BusinessInsider
Nov 30, 2014 - 11:00 AM - by garyopa
Bundles & Xbox Dominate the Console War
The XBOne dominated Black Friday sales, according to market-research firm InfoScout. Microsoft’s latest system made up 53 percent of all console sales on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
It most likely will be a few weeks before we get official sales tracking info on what console did the most sales over the American Thanksgiving long weekend, famously called Black Friday / Cyber Monday, but one market research firm is claiming the Microsoft Xbox One came out as the King of Hill for holiday sales so far.
They claim XB1 got 53% of the Black Friday sales, compare to 31% for Sony's PS4, and leaving 16% to other consoles.
The Xbox One was on sale for $330 at a number of big stores like Target and Walmart, and Microsoft bundled it with big games like Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Unity. That helped gamers choose the Xbox One over the PlayStation 4, which was $400 bundled with Bungie's sci-fi shooter Destiny or with the rereleases of Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us.
As shown in the picture above from InfoScout, the poor Nintendo Wii U come in losing Fourth place below Microsoft's older Xbox 360.
NEWS SOURCE #1: Xbox One beats PS4 on Black Friday (via) VentureBeat
NEWS SOURCE #2: Bundles & Xbox Dominate the Console War (via) InfoScout
Nov 28, 2014 - 1:46 AM - by garyopa
Nov 27, 2014 - 10:48 AM - by garyopa
Nice update for RGH'ing the Phat Xbox360's consoles by 15432
15432 over at hackfaq.net has released custom firmwares in XSVF format for X360ACE v1/v2 to support RGH2 in fat Xbox 360 consoles. The firmware files can be flashed via JTAG interface.
ModRobert over at EurAsia is reporting that 15432 has released a nice update for the X360ACE glitch'ing chips that are very affordable let via stable, so now with this custom firmware you be able to easy RGH your Phat Xbox 360 console.
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Here is the translated tutorial from HackFAQ posted by 15432 in Russian:
For about a month I have been working on the launch of the chip RGH2 x360ace. Finally, everything is ready for release!
For fun, try to arrange an article in the form of FAQ
Q: Why now? RGH2 on veils was for a long time!
A: Cheap and powerful chips x360ace appeared relatively recently. Besides, I was impressed this video
Indicating that stable RGH2 on fatkah possible.
Q: The video and so x360ace, why do something different?
A: Unfortunately, the author has not posted any code or xsvf files. I had to do everything myself
Q: How quickly start?
A: In my console - in the region of 4 cycles. But I did not even try to optimize starts by moving the wires and other magic. I'm sure you can do better.
Q: Faster than CR4?
A: No, not faster. Using ECC CR4 images can be reduced to the time of one cycle, but stability at start up CR4.
Q: What console are supported?
A: Judging by the reviews on Falcon and Jasper works. When will I Zephyr and Xenon - and for them to do
Q: Where can I download ??
A: Set the firmware available here
Source code posted on GitHub
Q: The most important question. How to install?
A: For starters, you need to find x360ace v1 or v2:
You can buy them on the ebay or aliexpress. With a price of $ 2 - $ 10 apiece, a fake bump difficult because almost nobody forges. Then find what they ask. XSVF files are supported by programmers as Super NAND Flasher, NAND-X and JR-Programmer. If zamorochitsya separately, can be written through Squirt 360 flasher and even after MTX SPI Flasher. But still recommend something from above. Contact us to write firmware are on the opposite side of the chip:
Next you need to solder them to the console. Points marked similarly TX Coolrunner, problems should arise. Use your favorite laying wires, then I will tell you how to find the appropriate firmware file. The only thing that requires change is the chip power. Need to unsolder and solder the diode at that point postings with 1.8V:
1.8V to take from here:
So. Now the most interesting - how to choose the firmware.
Important Note: If the chip is already soldered to the console before the firmware you want to paste the power to Xbox!
Firmware files are named according to the principle l x _s y, where x - pulse length, y - the start point.
Diode chip flashes to the beat of the bus post_out, it will help to choose the right firmware without logic analyzer.
Most importantly - find the pulse length is the main problem RGH2. It's simple, but the sign for more info:
- write l6_s5.xsvf, look at the behavior of the LED.
- most likely for one cycle you will see a lot of small pulses and one of Authenticity ("long" cycle). This means that the pulse length is too small.
- take the firmware with more length, for example l7_s5.xsvf, again, look at the diode.
- continue to increase the length, until there are only cycles of short pulses blinking ("short"
Nov 24, 2014 - 10:27 AM - by garyopa
Get great deals from MCC for all your Xbox 360 modding needs!
Even tho the Xbox One is out, the 360 console is still going to be hot-seller this Holiday and best of all the 360 is fully moddable, and MCC has you covered with the latest cool Team-Xecuter gadgets!
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Don't worry if you too busy on CyberMonday, this great deal will be available thru-out the whole Holiday Season for our loyal readers!
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Oct 27, 2014 - 10:33 AM - by garyopa
No need to wait for Black Friday to save some bucks!
If you’re holding off, now is the right time to buy an Xbox One, as Microsoft is dropping the price of its console this holiday season. 'Fans don’t have to wait for Black Friday this year.'
Microsoft has decided to start the holiday buying season early, instead of waiting for Black Friday you will be able to save up to $150 on Xbox One console with price drops and special offers starting as early as Nov. 2nd.
The holidays are starting early this year as the Season of Xbox will begin on November 2, when Xbox One will be available for a special, limited-time promotional offer of $349 in the U.S. Special promotional pricing of $50 off the console of your choice applies to any Xbox One console, including special edition bundles, offering some of the year's most anticipated games - Assassin's Creed: Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Sunset Overdrive. With Xbox One available at its best price yet, and savings up to $150 off select bundles, there's never been a better time to own an Xbox One.
"Fans don't have to wait for Black Friday this year to enjoy great savings on Xbox One. We're offering our best price yet, with unprecedented choices and value, so more people can play on Xbox One this holiday," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president, Microsoft. "We're gearing up for one of our biggest holidays ever and we are thrilled to offer fans up to $150 in savings on Xbox One and some of the biggest blockbuster games of the season."
"We want this to be an unforgettable holiday season for Xbox fans around the world," said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox. "Only on Xbox One can you play some of the most anticipated exclusives, newest blockbuster franchises and innovative independent games of the year. We're pleased to start the season off early with an incredible portfolio that includes millions of hours of fun for gamers and their friends."
Looks like Microsoft wants to capture this Holiday Season, if Nintendo is smart they will lower their price also, and now we have to see what Sony is planning on do for the upcoming big holiday shopping season in North America.
NEWS SOURCE #1: Xbox One Available for $349 Starting November 2 (via) XboxNews
NEWS SOURCE #2: Microsoft drops Xbox One price to $349 for this holiday season (via) PureInfoTech
Oct 23, 2014 - 11:25 AM - by garyopa
For $49 you can now hook-up the XB1 Kinect to your Desktop
Microsoft previously released an stand-alone Kinect One for Windows, but it costs $200, and lots of people have un-used Kinect's from their XB1 when it was bundled in, now you can use it on your PC
Microsoft is busy trying to get people to use the new Kinect One on Windows platform, and as such they finally released an adapter so you can move the barely used Kinect from your Xbox One console over to your Desktop PC, for only $49 bucks, saving you from buying a whole-new Kinect v2 designed for Windows that has been selling for $200 in stores for a few months already.
Also Microsoft has done alot of work on SDK for Kinect and now allows developers to finally release their APPS onto the Windows Store for others to use:
So as an Xbox One owner forced to purchase the Kinect in the original bundles, are you going to invest another $49 bucks to move the un-used Kinect sensor over to your Desktop PC, or is it going to sit unused, at least now you can safely sell it on eBay knowing users can purchase an adapter to use it their PC if they don't have an Xbox One console.
More important, perhaps, Kinect for Windows has moved from the scientific experiment stage to become something real world developers can use to make real world apps for real users. With the release of the Kinect SDK 2.0, developers can finally deploy Kinect apps in the Windows Store for the first time.
"This was a frequent request from the community and we are delighted to enable you to bring more personal computing experiences that feature gesture control, body tracking, and object recognition to Windows customers around the world," Microsoft's Alex Kipman notes. "Access to the Windows Store opens a whole new marketplace for business and consumer experiences."
A few Kinect apps for Windows are already available, including a series of Nayi Disha interactive apps for early childhood education, YAKiT (which animates 2D or 3D characters in real time), and 3D Builder, which enables anyone to scan a person or object, turn it into a 3D model, and create a 3D print of that model.
NEWS SOURCE #1: Adapter kit allows Kinect for Xbox One sensors to work with Windows 8 (via) ZDNet
NEWS SOURCE #2: Microsoft Brings Xbox One Kinect to Windows, Announces New SDK (via) WinSuperSite