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gamescom 2017: World’s Most Powerful Console Makes European Debut and Kickstarts Global Pre-orders

Today, during Xbox @ gamescom Live, we announced global pre-orders for Xbox One X starting today, with a limited edition, fan-inspired design of the world’s most powerful console that features a custom color and vertical stand and the words “Project Scorpio” printed on the console and Xbox Wireless Controller. Pre-orders are now open and available here. November 7 can’t come soon enough! We also revealed more details about the most diverse line-up of games coming to the Xbox family of devices, highlighted by the news that over 100 new and existing Xbox One titles will be enhanced for Xbox One X to take advantage of the world’s most powerful console including Halo 5, NBA 2K18,... Read more

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Eye-Catching Designs in the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage

Here we are at the penultimate week six of car announcements coming to Forza Motorsport 7 and we’re shining the spotlight on a truly unique batch of cars. The Forza world fell in love with the custom built special models that debuted in Forza Horizon 3 and we’re pleased to say that Forza Edition cars, as they’re now known, will be a part of the fun in Forza Motorsport 7! These cars feature unique styles designed to catch the eye, but also custom tuning and special bonuses that will make them must-own additions to every Forza player’s garage. In Forza Motorsport 7, Forza Edition cars will be immediately recognizable on the track. Whether they’re sporting custom widebody kits and... Read more

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gamescom 2017: Top Moments from Age of Empires Livestream At gamescom 2017, we celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the Age of Empires franchise, shared some exciting news on Age of Empires: Definitive Edition and announced our plans for a brand-new title – Age of Empires IV. In case you missed it, the full broadcast is available to watch online, with our top news listed below. Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Launch We were proud to announce that the Definitive Edition for the original Age of Empires will launch later this year on October 19, 2017. Built as an homage to PC gamers everywhere, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will show the classic at its best, exclusively for Windows 10... Read more

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World of Tanks Will Battle in the Xbox Live Arena

Big news, Tankers! Wargaming and Microsoft are ready to deploy Xbox Live Arena tournaments to World of Tanks! We're excited to bring user-generated tournaments to World of Tanks on Xbox One starting on August 22, letting you create tournaments or join with others to prove your tanking skills. Xbox Live Arena makes it easy to compete in online tournaments right from your console and is fully integrated into World of Tanks. In addition, we're planning our own Xbox Live Arena sponsored tournaments this September. Sign-ups begin on August 22 and our first sponsored team tournament kicks off September 15. Be sure to stay tuned to the World of Tanks website for more details in the coming... Read more

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Ruiner Comes to Xbox One and Windows 10 with XPA Support September 26

The dark world of Rengkok City wouldn’t allow for much hospitality. Especially to someone like you: an outlaw, hunted for the attempt on the life of the Boss of Heaven, the leading virtual reality entertainment corporation. You were hacked to do that, and your brother was kidnapped as an insurance. If you want to get him back and redeem yourself, you’ll have to be violent. And prepared. With Ruiner coming out September 26 on Xbox One and Windows 10 with Xbox Play Anywhere support -- buy once and play on both PC and console -- let’s dig a little bit deeper into the quirks and subtleties of the game. Its gameplay is mostly fast-paced and brutal combat. However, it varies depending on... Read more

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gamescom 2017: Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare Launches on September 26

Halo nation, a collective embrace please. On stage at gamescom 2017, we announced Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare is launching on September 26 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC! In case you missed the news from E3, Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare is a completely new expansion for Halo Wars 2, bringing a new Banished campaign, crisp Blur cinematics, new maps, new leaders and a new game mode called Terminus Firefight together in one exciting package. The expansion takes place just a few months after the end of the events in Halo Wars 2, where the war for control of the Ark continues to rage on. The Banished, in their efforts to do anything to regain the upper hand against Captain... Read more

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gamescom 2017: ReCore Definitive Edition Brings Players HDR, New Adventures and T8-NK Corebot!

Hello Far Eden Explorers! We are excited to announce the ReCore Definitive Edition which lets players experience the game’s mysterious and dynamic world with enhanced visuals (increased resolution and HDR), a brand-new adventure, “Eye of Obsidian”, and the long-awaited T8-NK Corebot (“Tank”) who joins Joule, Mack, Seth, Duncan, and Violet as they explore new environments and dungeons while battling the deadly “Obsidian Cult”. In addition to driving the T8-NK over quicksand and traveling across Far Eden with new power and speed, players will enjoy new weapon modes for Joule, new gear for all Corebots, more enemy types and many other gameplay and performance enhancements.... Read more

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gamescom 2017: In Sea of Thieves, Xbox One and Windows 10 PC Players Can Embark on Their Pirate Voyages Together

Hello everyone! We’re super excited to be at gamescom, showing off the magic of cross-play for the first time in Sea of Thieves. On the show floor, you can play together on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One S, so if you’re at the show, be sure to swing by and experience it at the Xbox booth! Sea of Thieves as an experience is perfectly suited for cross-play, and we love how it brings our players together, regardless of device. An important part of cross-play is obviously our Windows 10 PC version, and ensuring we deliver the experience our players expect. At gamescom we’re showing our support for 21:9 displays and the game running in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. In... Read more

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gamescom 2017: Exclusive Trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of War Featuring Foes Old and New

It's nearly time to journey back to the world of Tolkien with Middle-earth: Shadow of War on Xbox One. With a vast new open world to explore, awesome foes to battle, and legions of orcs to fight with and against, we can't wait to continue the adventures of Talion and Celebrimbor in this awesome-looking sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Today we're treated with an exclusive look at the adventure that awaits in the new "Monsters of Mordor" trailer featuring the many beasts we'll encounter and possess, like fire graugs and drakes. And yes, you saw that right. That's a Carnan Drake taking on a Balrog It appears we'll witness the "first" appearance of the Balrog in Shadow of... Read more

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gamescom 2017: Pre-Order the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition Now

Today we unveiled the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition designed for fans who want to be the first to experience the world’s most powerful console – and it’s available for pre-order now for $499 USD until supplies run out. When we announced Project Scorpio last year, we were overwhelmed by the excitement from our fans. And although we revealed Project Scorpio as Xbox One X at E3 earlier this year, the codename will live on in the Scorpio Engine that powers the console, as well as in this limited edition console. We designed the Project Scorpio Edition for fans to celebrate both our heritage and the power and precision that we are bringing into our future. The Xbox One X... Read more

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gamescom 2017: New Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundles Arriving October 10

Forge your army and defeat Sauron with the new Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundles (1TB and 500GB) launching October 10. Experience how the award-winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and go behind enemy lines using strategy, cunning or brute force to conquer Sauron's forces and turn them against him. Xbox One S continues to be the best value in games and entertainment, and if you can’t wait to get your hands-on Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the new Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundles are the best way to do it this October. Both bundles include: Xbox One S with either a 500GB or 1TB hard drive Middle-earth: Shadow of War, including the... Read more

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gamescom 2017: Xbox Game Pass Launches in 8 New Countries and Adds More Great Games this September

On June 1, we launched Xbox Game Pass, a new digital gaming membership giving you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games for just $9.99 USD per month, to 31 markets around the world. Since launch, we have been excited by the amazing fan reaction and engagement with Xbox Game Pass. Xbox Game Pass is part of our commitment to give you more options to diversify and expand your library of games and to discover new experiences. We believe more is better, and each month with Xbox Game Pass, we add a new set of games to the catalog so you’ve always got something new to play. Now, it’s time to say Hola, Olá, שלום, Marhaba, Ahoj and Howzit to our... Read more

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gamescom 2017: Forza Motorsport 7 Delivers the Ultimate PC Racing Experience

Today, during Xbox @ gamescom Live, we talked to fans about our commitment to bring all PC players a world-class racing experience with Forza Motorsport 7 for Windows 10 PCs. We unveiled the game’s PC specifications with an approachable wide range of hardware configurations and a massive list of more than 30 supported peripherals. We also announced that for the first time ever, fans will be able to play the Forza Motorsport 7 demo on Windows 10 PCs prior to the game’s release. At Turn 10 Studios, PC gamers are a top priority, and as such, we have invested significant time to ensure Forza Motorsport 7 offers the best possible experience on Windows 10 PCs and is accessible to millions... Read more

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gamescom 2017: Bluehole, Inc and Microsoft Announce Expanded Partnership for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Hello Xbox fans! I’m CH Kim, Executive Producer of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and VP at Bluehole.  It is my pleasure to announce some exciting news for the Xbox player community around the world. I have been working in the games industry developing online titles for 17 years now and have always wanted to develop a Battle Royale game. In 2016, after I was finishing up an MMORPG, I was given a chance to start a new project, so I decided to try something different and create the Battle Royale game that I always wanted to make. While I was preparing for the project, I stumbled upon a guy calling himself PlayerUnknown – who we all know now as Brendan Greene - whom... Read more

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for August 21 – 27

It’s another edition of Next Week on Xbox! We have an incredible selection of games this coming week, with 20 exciting titles arriving in a few days like the action RPG Path of Exile, the return of the gridiron classic Madden 18 and a slew of unique titles like Mages of Mystralia, Duck Game, and The Escapists 2. Read on to see the full list of new games coming soon to Xbox One and come back every Saturday to find out what's Next Week on Xbox! Madden NFL 18 (Pre-order Now) - August 22 Madden NFL 18 takes a significant visual leap forward, delivering the greatest looking Madden of all time with the power of the Frostbite engine. See stunning new stadium exteriors surrounded by vast... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: August 18, 2017

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show below above featuring the one and only Major Nelson. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Register Now for the Fourth Annual ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House Hi everyone! We’d like to welcome you to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus on August 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for our annual Pre-PAX ID@Xbox Open... Read more

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Take a Lap on Some of Your Favorite Tracks, Reimagined in Forza Motorsport 7

Earlier this week, the folks at ComputerBild published a feature on tracks in Forza Motorsport 7. Featuring a discussion with Turn 10 Studios creative director Dan Greenawalt, the article pointed out the many cutting-edge systems that Turn 10 uses to bring the tracks to life with new weather scenarios and alternate times of day that literally cast the tracks of Forza Motorsport 7 in a brand-new light. If you haven’t already done so, check out the article now. Suzuka Circuit, Completely Rebuilt It’s one thing to read about the changes coming to tracks in Forza Motorsport 7 but it’s a very different thing to see them for yourself. Suzuka is a prime example; like all of the... Read more

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Join DJ Khaled on Xbox Live Sessions a New Interactive Show Premiering August 25 on Mixer

Next week, Xbox will unveil Xbox Live Sessions, a brand new, livestream hosted on the Mixer Xbox Channel that will feature some of the world’s most celebrated pop-culture icons as they play highly anticipated new titles on Xbox One. Beginning on Friday, August 25 at 6:00 p.m. PDT, DJ Khaled will join Xbox for its first-ever Xbox Live Session, as DJ Khaled plays Madden NFL 18 on Xbox One S, all while discussing his projects, answering fan questions and giving away prizes throughout the livestream. Popular radio personality and founder of Dash Radio, DJ Skee will join DJ Khaled in-studio as one of the first hosts of Xbox Live Sessions. "I am pumped to bring my A-game to Xbox Live... Read more

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Yapyap THE DESTROYER Graces Halo Wars 2 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC Today

Until now, we’ve seen the Halo Wars 2 Leader lineup grow in awesome ways – from classic heroes and elemental ferocity, to enhanced alien armies and iconic adversaries. With all this potent firepower on deadly display, it seems like the evolutionary vectors have been leading to an epic eventuality – an all-powerful legion-leading lord of the battlefield, bent on nothing short of total dominance and opponent annihilation. Instead, we get Yapyap. Before you overlook this unheralded Unggoy however, take note – this is no garden-variety Grunt. This is Yapyap THE DESTROYER. Claimer of crowns. Giver of gas. Founding fodder of an unstoppable Unggoy army. GALAXY’S. GREATEST. GRUNT.... Read more

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Rise of Nations: Extended Edition Comes to Windows Store with Cross-network Play on Sept. 14

Multiplayer gaming is all about quality time with your friends. But, it wasn’t always as easy as it is today—long-time gamers like me can remember having to save IP addresses, DNS names or even use third-party tools to search for multiplayer games to join. Since then, the gaming industry has evolved, and services like Xbox Live have simplified and solved for much of this; however, choices for gamers still exist today that can determine who you play with. Ultimately, it’s up to game and platform developers to continue to simplify and solve these questions for gamers. At Xbox, we support creating moments that connect gamers with their friends in new and innovative ways. In support of... Read more