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Our Approach to PC Gaming

We believe the player should be at the center of their gaming experience and be able to harness the unique benefits of the devices they choose to play on. Nowhere is that belief more important than on the PC. As the creators of Windows, we have a unique responsibility to ensure we’re investing in experiences that benefit players everywhere, while respecting the PC community’s preference for an open, highly customizable platform. We’ve not always lived up to our aspiration of keeping gamers at the center of everything we do when it comes to the experience they’ve had on Windows. Today I’d like to share three steps we are taking to contribute to the thriving PC gaming... Read more: Our Approach to PC Gaming

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E3 2019: Bleeding Edge is Four-on-Four Competitive Brawling Mayhem

Hellblade developers Ninja Theory brought their frantic new team-based brawler, Bleeding Edge, to E3. Bleeding Edge is a MOBA riff, a competitive four-on-four battle with frantic, fast-moving combat and ridiculously huge attack effects. I played a few rounds of Bleeding Edge on the floor of at the Xbox E3 Showcase. Here are all the details. Controlled Chaos My first experience with Bleeding Edge was pure chaos. As two teams experienced the game for the first time, the match was a riot of clashing area attacks, rapid retreats and dashes towards checkpoints, with not enough attention paid to strategy by new players eager to try out all their attack options. All of which is a... Read more: E3 2019: Bleeding Edge is Four-on-Four Competitive Brawling Mayhem

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E3 2019: Call of Duty Modern Warfare is a Dark Franchise Refresh

The silence is unnerving. A four-person squad shuffles up a narrow stair in a North London building. There’s no room to turn around. They move floor to floor in near-total darkness, night vision goggles tinting the scene green. Orders are whispered. Each man’s breathing has a slightly ragged edge, but it’s under control. When a shotgun fires from behind a door it sounds like a cannon. One man is down. Those still standing turn to fire at a man holding a woman like a human shield. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is not a sequel, but a refresh. It cuts loose some of the gameplay concepts that have defined the series for years — no more slow-motion action sequences — and leans in to... Read more: E3 2019: Call of Duty Modern Warfare is a Dark Franchise Refresh

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E3 2019: Five News Things We Learned About Cyberpunk 2077

Let’s get this part out of the way first: Cyberpunk 2077 looks even more incredible than the last time we saw it. From its massive open world, branching dialog, and multiple ways to play it’s going to be one of the most talked about games in 2020. After a year of waiting for more details and information, the day is finally here as CD Projekt Red pulled back the curtain with a brand-new demo for E3 2019. In that hour-long, closed-door guided gameplay walkthrough, we learned five new things that helps to give Cyperpunk 2077 an incredible level of depth, immersive world design, and lots of Keanu Reeves. In-depth Character Customization The hands-off demo began with showcasing some... Read more: E3 2019: Five News Things We Learned About Cyberpunk 2077

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Play it Now: Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions

Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions is now available! In this all-new expansion for Forza Horizon 4 you are invited to explore a LEGO themed world, with full seasonal changes. You’ll complete LEGO Brick Challenges, build and race amazing new LEGO Speed Champions cars including the McLaren Senna, the Ferrari F40 Competizione, and the 1967 Mini Cooper S Rally. You can explore an entire LEGO city, stunt park, crashed UFO site, pirate’s cove, speedway and a dinosaur graveyard. For more information on Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions be sure to check out the recent announcement. Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions is available on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs for $19.99 and is... Read more: Play it Now: Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions

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E3 2019: The Avengers Finally Assemble at Square Enix’s Press Conference

Square Enix’s 2019 press conference had big superhero energy, courtesy of Crystal Dynamics. The Tomb Raider developer finally unwrapped the first footage of Marvel’s Avengers, which brings a new version of a very familiar band of heroes to gaming. That wasn’t the only title on deck. Square touted recent releases like Octopath Traveler on PC and Life is Strange 2, and debuted footage from another big action title. Here are all the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC games coming from Square Enix. Marvel’s Avengers In Marvel’s Avengers, the team at Crystal Dynamics creates their own interpretation of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. While the starting roster is identical to the... Read more: E3 2019: The Avengers Finally Assemble at Square Enix’s Press Conference

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E3 2019: Hands-on with Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, Coming This Fall with Xbox Game Pass on PC

One of our favorite strategy games will be making a triumphant return later this year in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition on Windows 10 and Steam (with cross-play support) and with Xbox Game Pass on PC. Having received an HD treatment in 2013, which helped reinvigorate interest in the franchise, AoE II: DE will literally deliver the be-all, end-all version of this classic real-time strategy game, bringing with it modern quality of life improvements, a new campaign, and brand-new graphics that support up to 4K resolution. Special for E3 this year, the hands-on demo showcased a combination of the hard work the team has put into modernizing this masterpiece and making it incredibly... Read more: E3 2019: Hands-on with Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, Coming This Fall with Xbox Game Pass on PC

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E3 2019: Rahul Kohli of “iZombie” Joins Cast of Gears 5

Sunday’s Xbox E3 2019 Briefing was packed with Gears 5 news, including a partnership with the film "Terminator Dark Fate," the unveiling of Escape mode, and the announcement that Gears 5 will be available for Ultimate Edition owners and with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members starting September 6, with a worldwide launch on September 10. Today’s Gears 5 panel at the E3 Coliseum hosted by WWE Superstar Austin Creed brought one more surprise to Gears fans, as Rahul Kohli joined Rod Fergusson and the rest of the Gears 5 cast on stage to announce that he’s joining the Gears 5 family. Kohli, known to fans of "iZombie" as Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, steps into Gears 5 as the charismatic and... Read more: E3 2019: Rahul Kohli of “iZombie” Joins Cast of Gears 5

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E3 2019: Watch Dogs: Legion and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint Lead Ubisoft’s New Offerings

Ubisoft kicked off E3 2019 in a very pleasant way, with a string and voice orchestra performing music from the Assassin’s Creed series. The performance heralds a world tour for the 80-piece Assassin’s Creed Symphony orchestra and choir, with performances through Summer and Fall in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. After that pleasant lead-in, Ubisoft got busy with a huge announcement for a very ambitious new chapter in one of the publisher’s core series. Watch Dogs Legion Everyone is a secret weapon in the new Watch Dogs title, which drastically reimagines some of the core concepts in the first two games. Legion takes place in London, which as the trailer notes, “was the... Read more: E3 2019: Watch Dogs: Legion and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint Lead Ubisoft’s New Offerings

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E3 2019: Xbox and Rockstar Energy Drink Unveil Largest Fan Promotion for Gears 5

Today, Rockstar Energy Drink and Xbox unveiled plans to launch the largest fan inspired game promotion to date in support of the upcoming Gears 5 release. The program will be coming to the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, and Mexico. The Can Collection will feature six original designs from UK-based illustrator Luke Preece. The first design -- inspired by Gears 5, all-new "Escape" mode -- was unveiled at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Five additional designs will be announced in the lead-up to the launch of Gears 5 late this summer (September 10), each inspired by a different aspect or character from the upcoming game. On-Can Code activated... Read more: E3 2019: Xbox and Rockstar Energy Drink Unveil Largest Fan Promotion for Gears 5

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Inside Xbox – E3 2019 News Recap

Today’s special E3 edition of Inside Xbox was chock-full of world premiere trailers, developer interviews, exclusive gameplay and general celebration of all things gaming and E3. We delved deep into the hectic, strategic and violent new game mode for Gears 5, Escape, with Rod Fergusson and showcased the fast and fluid 4v4 competitive gameplay of Ninja Theory’s brand new IP, Bleeding Edge. We welcomed Phil Spencer to the stage to discuss Team Xbox’s vision for gaming, plumbed the depths of Halo Infinite’s moving new trailer with Chris Lee, got details on the incredible partnership with Smilegate to bring Crossfire X to Xbox One, and gave a hearty welcome to Double Fine’s Tim... Read more: Inside Xbox – E3 2019 News Recap

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Where to Watch the Xbox E3 2019 Briefing

With E3 coming up on Sunday, we’ve got some final details on what Xbox has got going on for the biggest gaming event of the year! We’ll be kicking things off with our annual Xbox E3 2019 Briefing, which you can watch live beginning on Sunday, June 9 at 1:00 p.m. PDT. During the briefing, you’ll have a chance to check out everything from trailers for unannounced titles coming in 2019 and beyond to in-depth looks at previously announced games. You can watch the Xbox E3 2019 Briefing live beginning at 1 p.m. PDT on June 9 on the official Xbox Channel on Mixer, or on the Mixer app for Xbox One and mobile. Once again, we will plan to have a MixPot (the Mixer feature that drops... Read more: Where to Watch the Xbox E3 2019 Briefing

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E3 2019: How to Experience Xbox Game Pass for PC

As part of our commitment to bring more choice to the PC gaming community, we’re excited to announce that starting today, PC gamers can join the recently-announced Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) and explore a curated, growing library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10. Just like Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC will be $9.99 per month.  To celebrate launch, you can join today for just $1 for your first month and $4.99 per month after that for a limited time. New games from Xbox Game Studios will premiere on Xbox Game Pass for PC, and we’re also working with over 75 content partners to bring a unique library full of great PC titles across a variety of... Read more: E3 2019: How to Experience Xbox Game Pass for PC

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The Greatest Xbox Deals of the Year Drop on June 7, Including $100 off Xbox One X

The big week is nearly upon us: E3 is almost here and we can’t wait to share a look at the future of Xbox with our fans. We’re also excited because E3 also marks the start of our greatest Xbox deals of the year, when gamers can upgrade their console, accessories, and games at deep discounts. If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to buy an Xbox – that moment is now. In addition to great discounts on the Xbox One consoles you know and love, we’re happy to announce that there’s a new bundle joining the family. The new Xbox One S Fortnite Battle Royale Special Edition bundle includes a Special Edition purple 1TB Xbox One S, the Dark Vertex cosmetic set featuring Legendary... Read more: The Greatest Xbox Deals of the Year Drop on June 7, Including $100 off Xbox One X

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This Week on Xbox: May 31, 2019

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 above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Tips for Playing Outer Wilds, Available Today with Xbox Game Pass Hello, travelers! As you prepare for liftoff, here are some tips from a veteran member of Outer Wilds Ventures, your local hearthian space program. As a combination of narrative... Read more: This Week on Xbox: May 31, 2019

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E3 2019: Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Available Today

Since the launch of Xbox Game Pass, we’ve been committed to offering the best value in gaming.  For the last two years, Xbox Game Pass has offered our members on Xbox a curated catalog of over 100 great games, with new games added all the time and day one access to new titles from Xbox Game Studios.  Today, we bring this commitment to PC with the launch of Xbox Game Pass for PC and the new Xbox App.  You can get more details here. Our members have told us they want to be able to choose a plan that is right for how and where they play.  That is why we offer Xbox Game Pass plans for Console and for PC.  Many of our members also want a simple way to get it all, so we created Xbox... Read more: E3 2019: Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Available Today

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Crackdown 3 Makes it Extra with Free Update, Available Now

It’s been an exciting few months since we first saw Agents band together to take on the cruel and corrupt TerraNova Corporation in Crackdown 3 with Xbox Game Pass and on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, and today we’re excited to release, for free, the Crackdown 3 Extra Edition with boomtastic updates to Campaign and Wrecking Zone! First up: Keys to the City, a deep menu of Campaign tools and cheats that gives you control of the world and access to a wide variety of overpowered abilities. Throw down with Elemental Fists, become invincible with God Mode or hit the jets with Super Speed! But why stop there? On your quest to reclaim New Providence, invite a co-op friend and create your... Read more: Crackdown 3 Makes it Extra with Free Update, Available Now

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Introducing the New Xbox Game Bar

At Xbox, we put gamers at the center of our vision - enabling them to play the games they want, with the people they want, and on the devices they want. As part of our efforts and commitment to improve the gaming experience on Windows 10, we want to bring PC players highly requested features based on their feedback. The first step in that is understanding how gamers engage on Windows and making the features and experiences they want easier to access, including social, music, performance and more. Today, we are excited to release a host of new features for PC gamers to the new Xbox Game Bar on machines running the updated versions of Windows 10. Xbox Game Bar is the customizable... Read more: Introducing the New Xbox Game Bar

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Gaming Must Promote and Protect the Safety of All

Today, in an opinion article I published on the Official Microsoft Blog, I shared my views on gaming as one of our society’s great unifying forces. We are a 2.6 billion-person strong community of parents playing with our kids, adventurers exploring worlds together, teachers making math wondrous, grandmothers learning about their grandchildren through play, and soldiers connecting with their folks back home. Most gamers today are adults; nearly half are women. For many people around the world, gaming is the first entry point into technology. This widespread embrace of gaming and its global communities have turned video games into the world’s leading cultural industry, bigger than... Read more: Gaming Must Promote and Protect the Safety of All

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Celebrating 10 Years of Minecraft

This is an incredibly exciting time for Minecraft. Ten years ago today, the game launched on PC. Now, Minecraft has sold more than 176 million copies to-date in virtually every country in the world. As a way to celebrate 10 years for the franchise, we announced today a brand-new Minecraft game – Minecraft Earth. Minecraft Earth is an all new free-to-play augmented reality game for mobile that will bring the creative nature of Minecraft to the real world. The game’s mechanics are simple: explore your neighborhood to find blocks and unique mobs for your builds. Once you have them, any flat surface is an opportunity to build.  Team up with friends to create amazing builds on Build... Read more: Celebrating 10 Years of Minecraft

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Stay on Target with These Sniper Elite V2 Remastered Tips and Tricks

Sniper Elite V2 Remastered is out today on Xbox One, and we’re delighted to be bringing a classic back on Xbox. Its combination of stealth gameplay, sniping simulation, and advanced bullet ballistics is still a joy seven years on from its release on Xbox 360. Now you can enjoy it on Xbox One with substantial graphical improvements, and numerous refinements and tweaks. We’ve also added a photo mode that lets you pause and advance the action frame-by-frame for that epic X-Ray Kill Cam shot, and all the playable characters from Zombie Army Trilogy. And we’ve expanded the multiplayer for up to 16 players to make it online play even more intense. If you really want to the visuals... Read more: Stay on Target with These Sniper Elite V2 Remastered Tips and Tricks

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