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Celebrate Games with Gold Turning Three with June’s Free Games

In June, Games with Gold is having its third birthday. To celebrate there will be presents for everyone! We’ve got a special lineup to open up the summer: Xbox One will get two dedicated titles, and two Xbox 360 titles, as well, through Xbox One Backward Compatibility, for a total of four completely free titles thanks to Games with Gold. Xbox 360 gamers, of course, also get access to the latter two titles. Our June celebration begins with the ma-a-a-a-arvelous Goat Simulator and drives into June 16 with The Crew. On the Xbox 360, Xbox Live Gold members start the month with platforming classic Super Meat Boy, and get tactical with XCOM: Enemy Unknown. As usual, all games are... Read more

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HCS Pro League Summer Season Teams and Schedule Revealed

After weeks of intense practice, competition and Sunday’s white-knuckle Last Chance Qualifiers, the final Halo Championship Series: Pro League teams for the 2016 Summer Season in North America and Europe are now locked and ready to compete! Here’s who you’ll be watching in the HCS Pro League starting on June 2: North America: Counter Logic Gaming, Evil Geniuses, Team Allegiance, Team EnVyUs, Enigma6 Group, Renegades, Team Liquid and OpTic Gaming Europe: XMEN, Online Warriors, Deception, Pulse Gaming, Dinosaurs, Realest Tins Where and When to Watch Running from June to July, qualified teams in the HCS Pro League will compete against each other twice a week via... Read more


Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Comes to Stores in June

After releasing the critically-acclaimed Ori and the Blind Forest last year, we listened to our community’s feedback and created an even more feature-rich Definitive Edition for digital release earlier this spring. We’re humbled by the reception Definitive Edition has received on both Xbox One and PC, and want to make sure fans everywhere can experience the game. Following its digital debut, we’re excited to announce that Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition will also hit store shelves very soon. In partnership with stores across the US, the critically-acclaimed Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition for Xbox One will be available on June 14, 2016 for $19.99. Ori... Read more

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Xbox at E3 2016: More FanFest and Streaming Details

E3 is only a few weeks away, and we here at Xbox are hard at work getting ready for the big show. As we announced recently, we’ll be kicking off with the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing, which you can watch live beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT on June 13 on, the Xbox Twitch Channel, YouTube, Facebook Live, via the Xbox Live Events Player on Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, or on the big screen at your local Microsoft store. You can also watch the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing on Spike TV in the U.S. and Canada at 9:30 a.m. PDT / 12:30 p.m. EDT. As was the case last year, one of the coolest things we’ve got going on at E3 is Xbox FanFest, which will give 500 lucky fans a one-of-a-kind,... Read more

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ID@Xbox Creator Spotlight: Introversion Will Turn You into a Prison Architect

Mark and Chris from Introversion have got a following of over 100,000 Prison Architect addicts on their Video channel - not just because it's an amazing game - but for their entertaining double act at the beginning for their monthly update videos. Tune into this clip where they introduce the all-new console version of their award winning God-game, Prison Architect. In Prison Architect, you can take control of the building and running of a maximum security prison. Will you build and manage a prison to create social order where it’s failed in the past, offering rehabilitation and peaceful coexistence amongst inmates? Will your prison disregard human rights, impose intentional harshness... Read more


Forging Ahead – The Halo Forge Experience Comes to Windows 10 PC

From the very beginning, community creations have been central to the Halo experience. From stacking up grenades underneath an unsuspecting Warthog to multiplayer movie-making, the Halo sandbox has always been fertile soil for millions of moments and memories created for, and by, the fans. In 2007, Halo 3 upped the ante with the introduction of a map manipulation tool called Forge, and quite literally changed the game forever, enabling a cascade of creativity, from new map and unique game type experiences to interactive art – all created by the community itself. When Forge was redesigned from the ground up for Halo 5: Guardians on the Xbox One, it opened the door to even more... Read more

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Engage with Developers in Week 3 of the ID@Xbox Game Fest

We’ve arrived at week 3 of the ID@Xbox Game Fest, which runs throughout the month of May and is designed to show off some of the coolest Xbox One games from our ID@Xbox independent developer program. Each week, we’re highlighting a new batch of very special games that coincide with some very cool themes that we’ve chosen. For this week, which runs from May 17-23, we’re giving you the chance to engage with developers and help shape the next wave of awesome games, by way of all the awesome stuff that you can check out in our Xbox One Preview Program. One of the most recent early-access darlings on PC, Unknown Worlds Entertainment’s Subnautica, is making its way to Xbox One. In... Read more

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The Cold War Explodes Again with Call of Duty: Black Ops on Xbox One Backward Compatibility

You might not expect an enormously successful video game franchise to turn its traditional formula on its head. But four and a half years ago, that’s exactly what Activision and developer Treyarch did as they unleashed Call of Duty: Black Ops and helped to redefine the first-person shooter – and now you can revisit these top-secret missions thanks to Xbox One Backward Compatibility. Best of all, you can keep all of your game saves, add-ons, and achievements, as well as play multiplayer with your friends across both Xbox One and Xbox 360. Looking back, we should have expected such innovation from Treyarch. After all, they made their name by shaking up Call of Duty on a smaller scale... Read more

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Jump into the Fast Lane with the NASCAR Expansion for Forza Motorsport 6

America’s most popular form of motorsport is coming to the best-selling racing franchise of this generation, with over 11 million unique players on Xbox One. The NASCAR Expansion for Forza Motorsport 6 arrives today, bringing NASCAR to the world stage. This is an experience that only the comprehensive world of Forza Motorsport can deliver. The expansion features an all-new NASCAR World Tour career with over 10 hours of racing, representing the ultimate “What if…?” for racers around the world. How would American stock cars fare against Australian V8s at Bathurst, or against WEC prototypes at Le Mans? With the NASCAR World Tour career, players will be able to live these fantasies... Read more

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Nearly One Million Gamertags Are Being Released Back Into the Wild Starting May 18

No other console gives you the ability to customize your virtual representation and make your experience more social with easy-to-change Gamertags.  Many of the best and most desirable Gamertags were unavailable…until now.  We’ve listened to your feedback and once again Team Xbox is excited to announce the release of a large number of previously-unavailable Gamertags! Starting on Wednesday, May 18th @ 11:00AM PST, we will begin releasing nearly one million Gamertags to our valued Xbox Live Gold customers with active subscriptions and at least 1 year of cumulative Xbox Live Gold tenure.  These Gamertags will be released over a 24-hour period, to give our fans in various countries... Read more

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ID@Xbox Creator Spotlight: Classic Roblox Game Giant Survival Comes to Xbox One

As many of you know, Roblox on Xbox launched on January 27, 2016 with many popular games created by the Roblox community. One of the inaugural games was Giant Survival by a 15-year-old Texas native, BuildIntoGames. Giant Survival has a simple mission: work together to kill the giant, before the giant gets you. This popular game has over 8 million visits, and before launching on Xbox One, Giant Survival was available on PC, mobile and tablet. “Obviously a bit stressful at first,” says BuildIntoGames, “but it wasn’t too hard to change some keybinds and UI elements specifically for Xbox One. The hardest part for me was having to look back over the old and outdated code I wrote,... Read more

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Doom: Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide

Doom is one of the most important touchstones in the history of games. But as we took a look back at the evolution of this venerable franchise that forever changed gaming, we realized that it’s been more than 10 years since a mainline release in the series. Given that time lapse, it’s pretty likely that some of our readers have never actually played a Doom game. Developer id Software is banking on that changing, with today’s release of Doom. They’ve certainly designed the latest edition of the game with returning players in mind, but they also want to open up the action to gamers who can’t fathom what “BFG” might possibly stand for (hint: Your first guess is probably the... Read more

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Gears eSports Announces Summer North American and European Open Events

Gears eSports is excited to announce two Gears of War open LAN events for this summer. Major League Gaming will host the Gears eSports MLG North American Open in Columbus, Ohio at the MLG Arena on July 30-31. Additionally, Gfinity, in collaboration with Am2Pro, will host the Gears eSports European Open in London, UK from July 8 through July 10. Both events offer great opportunities for players of all skill levels to compete from across the globe and prove their mettle in Gears of War eSports. Interested in participating? See below for more details! Gears eSports MLG North American Open Major League Gaming, in collaboration with Gears of War and The Coalition, will be hosting the... Read more

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The Demons of Doom: Then and Now

The original Doom blasted onto the scene in 1994, in an era where 3D gaming was in its infancy and almost no one had dedicated graphics cards in their PCs. Nevertheless, the designers at id Software squeezed terror and menace out of every single pixel. Now, with the launch of the new Doom, graphic technology allows artists to lovingly render every horn and tooth and trail of slime. But many of the new game’s enemies are still recognizable from their initial incarnations. So let’s take a look at how some of the monsters from the original games have evolved. Lost Soul Old: As one of the few flying enemies in the game, these flaming skulls were pesky in small numbers and potentially... Read more

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ID@Xbox Creator Spotlight: Stainless Games Keeps the Magic Duels Updates Flowing

In 2009, a team of passionate Magic: The Gathering players and game developers from the Isle of Wight, England approached Wizards of the Coast. That team was called Stainless Games and together we made Magic’s first XBLA game, Duels of the Planeswalkers. Since the first Duels of the Planeswalkers launched, Stainless Games and Magic: The Gathering R&D (the team I’ve been a part of since 2011) have formed a closer relationship to make better gaming experiences. I was brought on as Lead Designer to guide a talented R&D team as we crafted a new free play experience, Magic Duels. Wizards of the Coast R&D now works with Stainless Games to create a unique way to play Magic:... Read more

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Memories of Reach Available Today in Halo 5: Guardians

Get ready to deliver hope (and a little bit of chain-gun infused glory) to the battlefield as the next free content release for Halo 5: Guardians arrives today! Memories of Reach is packed with content, including the release of the highly anticipated Infection game mode, the new Arena map Stasis, armor sets inspired by the legendary Noble Team from Halo: Reach, new weapons such as the Brute Plasma Rifle and Jorge’s Chaingun, additional character customizations such as emblems, assassinations, weapon skins and more! As an added bonus, players who launch Halo 5: Guardians after the content release launch will automatically receive a “Memories of Reach Update Pack.” This free one-time... Read more

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Play for Free in Week 2 of the ID@Xbox Game Fest

It’s week 2 of the ID@Xbox Game Fest, which runs throughout the month of May and is designed to show off some of the coolest Xbox One games from our ID@Xbox independent developer program. Each week, we’re highlighting a new batch of very special games that coincide with some very cool themes that we’ve chosen. For this week, which runs from May 10-17, we’re featuring some of the best games from our family of independent developers that you can play for free... right now! One of the premiere free-to-play experiences around is Hi-Rez Studios’ Smite – the online battleground of the gods. Players choose from a diverse cast of deities and use their unique powers to triumph over... Read more


It’s the big 4.0 – Happy Birthday Minecraft: Xbox Edition!

Hello! It's hard to believe it's been four years since Minecraft arrived on Xbox consoles, and we've enjoyed every minute of it. We all know birthdays call for a celebration and we want to make sure that you can dress up for the occasion, so starting today through May 16 you'll be able to download the 4th Birthday Skin Pack for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and Minecraft: Xbox One Edition for free. But that's not all! Even if you're new to Minecraft and missed out on the previously released Birthday Skin Packs, you'll be able to download our three previous Birthday Skin Packs (conveniently named 1st, 2nd and 3rd Birthday Skin Pack!). So, be sure to grab these celebratory offerings... Read more

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