Announcing Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta
We have exciting news to share! A whole new version of Minecraft is on its way. This time, it’s for Windows 10 - Microsoft’s new swanky operating system that’s due for release on July 29th. We’re calling it Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. Just like the first release of Minecraft all those years ago, this version will develop and evolve over time with the help of your feedback. That’s why it has “Beta” in the title - because it’s not quite finished, and will become even more fun over time. Just like the other versions of Minecraft, all future updates will be free. We spoil you. We really do. If you’re one of the 20 million(!) players who have the PC edition of Minecraft (referred to by techy people as the Java version) you’ll be able to download Windows 10 Edition Beta from the Windows 10 store for free. Other players can get it for the paltry price of $10 during the beta period (the length of which is still being decided).
A Dynamic, Co-Op Campaign Leads the Way for Call of Duty: Black Ops III
In the future, you’ll be able to control robots with your mind. Well, not your mind, exactly, but your Cyber Core – a piece of cybernetic technology tied into your brain stem. In Call of Duty: Black Ops III, modern super-soldiers use their Cyber Cores in tandem with other cybernetic augments to dominate on the battlefield, leaping enormous distances, sending shock waves on their landing, and yes, taking over robotic drones and using them against the enemy. You’ll still have plenty of awesome firearms to choose from, of course; this is a Call of Duty game, after all. But you won’t have to rely on bullets (or grenades, rockets, etc.) alone. In fact, you won’t need to rely on anything alone, since Black Ops III allows for complete, four-way cooperative gameplay throughout its main campaign, either locally or online.
Win One of 20 Collectible Xbox One Consoles at SDCC International 2015
Get excited for Xbox at San Diego Comic-Con! To celebrate Xbox at San Diego Comic-Con International 2015, we’re giving away 20 custom Xbox One consoles featuring some of our greatest upcoming titles. If you’re at Comic-Con, drop by the Xbox Lounge to see the consoles on display and enter to win. And while you’re there, play some of the hottest games coming out on Xbox One including Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, and The Division. Stop by the Xbox Lounge and take a photo of your favorite console. Post your photo to Instagram or Twitter tagged with #XboxSweepstakes and #SDCC, and you’re entered to win! Log onto Xbox Live on your Xbox One or Xbox 360, and look for the SDCC Collectible Console Sweepstakes experience to enter. Follow @Xbox to learn how to win a Gears of War: Ultimate Edition collectible Xbox One console. Jump into the action in the Xbox Gaming Lounge. Get hands-on gameplay with some of our biggest blockbuster titles of the year. We’ll even have live tournaments and celebrity guest appearances.
Minecraft: Console Editions are Getting Flatter, Woodier, Optionier!
Everyone loves free updates, right? They make games more fun and cost literally nothing. What wonderful things. Excitingly, one of them is landing on Minecraft this week. On the first of July, all console versions of Minecraft will be updated to version 1.17, bringing a heap of exciting tweaks and additions. Here are a few highlights:Offended by mountains and caverns? Worry not, strange crafter, because now you have the option to customize your super-flat worlds so they’re only as vertical as you desire.New blocks! Oak, Spruce, Birch and Jungle wood types. Fences, Gates and Doors! Create the log cabin of your dreams with 1.17.A heap of new game options! Change the game mode, difficulty, time, player spawn position, ambient cave sounds, and weather without leaving your game session. Very handy.Classic crafting! Now console players get to craft items just like their PC buddies on Java Minecraft. Some players find this style of creation more satisfying. Check it out.New stuff! Iron Trapdoors, Inverted Daylight Sensors, Book & Quills, and Stained Glass have arrived. Use them wisely, and for good, please.The Minecon Pack Even more DLC news for y’all! To celebrate the awesomeness that is this week’s Minecon 2015, we’re releasing a free bundle of skins for consoles. This pack is extra-special because it features Alex and Steve wearing a selection of smart capes.The Minecon 2015 pack will be available for just 10 days from the 1st of July onward. Download it from the Xbox Games Store while it’s still hot. You’ve got nothing to lose but your bandwidth!
Xbox at gamescom 2015
A couple of weeks ago at E3, we gave fans their first look at the greatest lineup in Xbox history. We were overwhelmed by your amazing response, which is why we got right back to work on the next big event after we returned from LA. In early August, the collective eyes of the gaming world will look toward Cologne, Germany for gamescom, the largest consumer gaming show on earth. Xbox will be there in full force for a variety of events, many of which you can watch online if you’re not able to make it to the show. It’s going to be a fun, exciting time in Cologne, so we really hope you can join us either in-person or online. See you in Germany!