Microsoft warns of Xbox 720 scam sites

Xbox Live director of programming says all sign-up pages for next-generation platform are fake.

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All sign-up pages claiming to offer testing access for the rumored Xbox 720 are fake, Microsoft has warned.

"Confirmed: All sign-up pages for testing the 'next Xbox' are fake," Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb said. "Do not give them your information--it's a scam."

Microsoft is believed to announce its highly rumored next-generation platform during a one-off media event in April. Rumors about the device have run rampant.

According to past reports, the Xbox 720 may require Kinect and an Internet connection to function, block used games, and feature Siri-like voice recognition, among other features.

Sony beat Microsoft in announcing its next-generation platform. Last month, the company officially revealed the PlayStation 4, along with a new touch-enabled DualShock 4 controller. The console is due out this holiday season, though region availability and pricing has not been divulged.

Discussion

85 comments
Buzzkil
Buzzkil

Scam the hell out of them..... idiots.  I've seen the posts going around on facebook and the I could tell they were bogus from the first sentence....

TTDog
TTDog

Seriously... if you're thick enough to sign up to something like this then you deserve to be scammed out of every penny you have.

AlexFili
AlexFili

Scammers are the worst kind of people in the world, almost as bad as those who make computer viruses.

unveilingframe
unveilingframe

vIRTUAL BOY  HEY COULD YOU HOOK UP YOUR XBOX 360 TO THE NEXT GENERATION PLATFORM XBOX

Takeno456
Takeno456

I hope they announce the system soon. At least this way all the fanboys will have tangible evidences to hate each other over instead of random speculation and "leaked information" thrown up onto the net. 

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

Come into here. I wasn't expecting a bunch of PS3 and PC fans. Gamespot...

sonyfreak456
sonyfreak456

microsnot and it's idiotic hardware are a scam to just get money. Greedy, lazyboned good-for-nothings.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

Sony did not have fake sign up pages, why does MS?

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I concur with many here.. Xbox Live is a scam.

Why is Xbox Live Gold required for browsing the Internet and using streaming apps like Netflix and Xbox Music?

Ask Microsoft. They won't respond. They have no justification for these limitations on Silver members other than it being a marketing scam to get people who wouldn't otherwise need XBL Gold to pay for it anyway.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

If Microsoft keeps charging us to play games online or worse, they block used games then I'm not buying the next Xbox. Bungie has already announced that Destiny will have exclusive content for the PS3 and PS4, so I already know which console I'm buying that game on. Also, it won't be enough for them to announce a new Halo or Gears of War game for the next Xbox, they need a new IP that actually excites me (unlike Knack).

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

Like he said: "it's a scam". If anyone ask you for $60/year to access the internet, do NOT do it, it's a SCAM. 

Ledah
Ledah

Well, they are taking their time for the new Xbox announcement, if it's not based on Kinect, then they might be better prepared than Sony to show some sort of evolution of gameplay.

m4a5
m4a5

Let the gullible people fall for this. Might even teach them a lesson about common sense -_-

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

Scam sites?  Like www.xbox.com/live?  The bastards just auto-renewed my live membership without my permission.  I probably agreed to it somewhere in piles of legalize associated with that site.

emperiox
emperiox

I love the fact that they are basically admitting that their Xbox fans are stupid as hell. ;)

6orange6
6orange6

well, considering they refuse to update their console for the best part of a decade, what do MS expect? Have they noticed that people are FED UP with the aging crap that is available to buy? 

Have they and Sony noticed, that while Real Racing 3 cant compete with either GT or Forza on simulation, the graphics on the iPad 4 version are so sharp you literally cannot see any pixel edges at all? 

Do MS and Sony know that while they update consoles every decade, Apple updates its iPad EVERY YEAR? How long into this next console cycle will we go before the iPad has completely overtaken the PS4 and 720 in power as well?

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

If you fall for this then you deserve to be scammed. Its exactly the same as people still falling for emails telling them that theyve won the "Spanish Lottery" or the "Nigerian Uncle" they never knew of has died leaving them millions. Morons.

Zoza24
Zoza24

No need for Fanboy bullshit folks, Im a Ps3 gamer, and im willing to give the new Xbox a change if they can show proper games and changing their online Play policies.

And if they do?, then i'll purchase both.

bigruss51
bigruss51

Sony didn't reveal the PS4, they only announced it officially and showed us that retarded controller that's gonna have everyone stretching there thumbs again. Microsoft is gonna show us the console itself. Personally I'm gonna buy the console that's built the best for gaming and it seems like sony has more to offer but I will wait for facts and not rumors.

Buzzkil
Buzzkil

@Hvac0120 who the hell uses silver??? lol   Xbox live is great. The dashboard is way beyond Sony...  You can't even chat without a struggle on PSN. lol.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@JLCrogue it not so much a problem with charging to play online (though that should probably be free too).

My biggest complaint is that you can't even browse the Internet on an Xbox without paying for XBL Gold. If Microsoft wants to charge, they need to be careful how much and for hat they are charging. If things stay as they are now, I will not be getting the next Xbox either.

ChiefReaver
ChiefReaver

@SingletreeAve Quit your bitching. When you purchase a subscription, it says in clear text that it will be automatically renewed. As soon as you complete the transaction, you agree to that.

Who doesn't know this?

blackace
blackace

@emperiox They're admitting more and more people are becoming interested in the Next XBox. Haven't seen any sites for beta testing the PS4.

ChiefReaver
ChiefReaver

@6orange6 How stupid do you sound? Would you seriously go out and buy a new console year after year? The iPad argument is irrelevant seeing as how people who buy those devices don't even upgrade every year. And when was the last console cycle that lasted 10 years? Please tell me.


By the way, mobile gaming will never surpass the PS4 and next Xbox. Mobile gaming hasn't even surpassed the current generation.

blackace
blackace

@6orange6 

Apple updates the IPad every year because they know their stupid rabid fanbase will run out and buy them every year. lol!! I have an IPad 2. I won't upgrade until the IPad 5 or 6. Game consoles don't need to be upgraded every year. Upgrading every 4-5 years is fine. 

bigruss51
bigruss51

@Zoza24 Chances are that if you have a decent pc u won't need an xbox. I like sony for the games but I couldn't get used to the controller. But I think most people will get both systems especially if microsoft can do something special with Kinect 2.0.

ChiefReaver
ChiefReaver

@bigruss51 I would say they most definitely "revealed" the PS4. They showed all of the most important thing. The games, the UI, the controller, things you will be actually USING. The look of the damn box is the least important.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@Suikogaiden wtf are you talking about bringing in those types of services? They can be argued in various aspects similar to this but there is no apples to apples comparison to relate those topics to the issue at hand with Xbox Live.

How about comparing it to Tablets, Smart TVs, PCs, Smartphones, DVD players, and other media devices that provide the same services and features that XBL provides (mostly) but they don't charge extra to access the Internet.

emperiox
emperiox

   @AyeeeMatt Because you have to be INCREDIBLY stupid to fall for a scam site  for a product that hasn't even been announced yet. LOL

bigruss51
bigruss51

@blackace @6orange6 Agreed, can't update every year but 4-5 years sounds good to me. And since this next gen of consoles took the path of the pc tech, I assume the cycles will be smaller then what the current gen was. But of course they still have to maximize profit. I just hope they realize that most people don't want the extras, just a simple and powerful console for gaming.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@xSaulxTighx That makes no sense at all.

You're saying that Netflix is a better experience on Xbox. It's not. 

You're saying that Browsing the internet with Internet Explorer is a better experience on Xbox because of Xbox Live. It's not.

The things that you mention [b]only apply to online multiplayer[/b].

Xbox Live's online multiplayer isn't all that superior to other services. It's the best, but not $60/year better. However, if Microsoft wants to charge for that, then that's more reasonable than charging for access to Hulu and Last.fm. But online multiplayer is not worth $60/year all by itself, so the cost has to be more reasonable. (There really should be some form of online multiplayer that is free, whether it be limited by time or features, or not limited at all.)

That's what your argument lacks. It lacks any acknowledgment of services that are requiring Xbox Live that should not require it.

The "infrastructure and maintenance" makes no sense in these cases because those things do not apply to these types of services. For example: Microsoft doesn't pay for or maintain Netflix's servers, so there is no cost for Microsoft. And if Microsoft is running those services through their own servers, that's a bad design decision purposefully crafted for forcing people to pay for Xbox Live Gold. Proof is in every other internet connected device that does the same things.

For a direct comparison, the PS3 and Wii both have Netflix and web browsers. They do not charge for those features. PS3 is the most popular device for watching Netflix in the US. Going by your argument, there is no way Sony could ever afford to provide Netflix for free. Sony and Nintendo have no problem with this because they aren't unnecessarily throwing their own servers into the mix.

If you want to argue this issue, you have to come with a much stronger defense then that. There is more to this issue than server maintenance costs. 

xSaulxTighx
xSaulxTighx

@Hvac0120 

Sorry dude the network infrastructure, bandwidth. maintenance and providing a far more stable and better experience than there competitors for 55 million subscribers costs a lot of money. If you work in IT you would understand. I play on steam and on my friends ps3 and xbox live and so far ahead its not funny.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@Suikogaiden you do not understand how the Internet works. People pay a service provider to connect their home to the Internet. All of the devices in your home that connect to the Internet use this connection.

The providers that offer home Internet own or contract the physical wiring that is under the ground that provides your home with the Internet connection. Comcast, BrightHouse, Time Warner are examples of cable providers that also provide home Internet. AT&T and Verizon also offer home Internet. Microsoft does not provide Internet.

Xbox connects to Xbox Live using your existing Internet connection. Even if you pay for Xbox Live, you still have to pay for an Internet service from a different company in order to access it.

TVs, Pcs, tablets and other devices that run Netflix and other streaming apps use that same connection to access those services and those devices do not need to be filtered through a server owned by the device manufacturer. Example: when use watch Netflix on an iPad, Apple isn't sending the video through their servers. It comes directly from Netflix over your Internet connection.

If Microsoft is running these services through Xbox Live servers then that is bad design and/or intentional design.

Xbox is capable of not needing to use Xbox Live servers for browsing websites or watching Netflix or listening to Last.fm. Microsoft purposefully does not open the platform like this in order to make more money from Xbox Live. As I have stated, they do this to force Xbox owners who have no need for Xbox Live to pay for a Gold subscription.

I suggest you do some research on some of this. You do not understand how all this works and if you are going to debate on this topic you should at least have a basic understanding of what you're talking about.

I'm not dogging the Xbox or Xbox Live for what they are; great console and solid service. But I am concerned with the business model for the console and its services. They don't make sense, are not justifiable, and nobody at Microsoft or it's Xbox division will even try to explain their thought processes for restrictions and pricing.

Why doesn't Microsoft be more transparent about it?

Because they know they are scamming people but can't come out and say it. They will only put a positive spin on the service and will ignore anything that puts it into question.

I just want a fair system. Xbox Live is not such a service.

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

@Hvac0120 This just in....on the xbox 720 you will need gold to watch a blu ray movie on your tv! (so they can pay Sony for the blu ray rights)  lmmfao xbox live is a sucker service.....F M$

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@Suikogaiden Xbox is the ONLY device to charge extra to use these features. Your argument is not believable and you've been scammed to think that way.

If by chance you are correct then that's purposefully bad programming from Microsoft designed to support their subscription scam called Xbox Live.

With so many competitors out there providing the same services without extra fees to the user, there is no way that Xbox is a special case where Microsoft's servers HAVE to be used to connect those services to Xbox users. Your argument fails on many levels.

Plus did you hear that from a Microsoft rep or did you read that on the internets? Because Microsoft does not comment on is subject. Provide sources for your claims to back them up.