2015 NFL Draft on Xbox One Puts You On the Clock
Don’t worry, football fans, the offseason is almost over and the NFL Draft is here. Tomorrow’s stars will be introduced to the fans of their new teams today and Xbox One is bringing you more ways to enjoy the NFL Draft than ever before. From Thursday, April 30 to Saturday, May 2, all Xbox Live members will be able to stream NFL Network’s live coverage of the draft through the NFL app on Xbox One. Want to play a game or stream a movie but still be in the know? You can snap the draft tracker and get instant updates on the picks. When your favorite team is on the clock, you can switch right back to the live experience to see who they pick.
Six Star Wars Films, and Six Reasons to Own Them All on Xbox
Today is a big deal for “Star Wars” fans, as all six epic films in Lucasfilm’s beloved space opera – from “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” all the way to “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” – are available digitally for the first time ever. Xbox is proud to offer this classic science-fiction saga for purchase, and we hope that you already have plenty of reasons for wanting to own all six films. And if not, here’s just one reason why every “Star Wars” film is a monumentally big deal – you know, aside from the Xbox Live freebies that come when you purchase the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection on Xbox Video.
The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection Arrives on Xbox
It’s almost time to revisit that galaxy far, far away: Disney, Lucasfilm, and Twentieth Century Fox have just announced the availability of the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection – all six epic Star Wars films for the first time on Digital HD, and with all new never-before-seen bonus material. We’re thrilled to reveal that Xbox is a digital distribution launch partner and we’re offering exclusives for Xbox customers who purchase the Saga on Xbox Video! For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga will be available as a complete digital movie collection or individually digitally on April 10. “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace,” “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones,” “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith,” “Star Wars: A New Hope,” “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” and “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” are now available for pre-purchase on Xbox Video, the digital service for new movies and next-day air TV from Microsoft. Microsoft is offering two exclusive incentives for fans who purchase the six-film bundle on Xbox Video. First, they will receive everyone’s favorite scrappy astromech droid, R2-D2, as an Xbox Live avatar companion that flashes characteristics of classic R2-D2 from “A New Hope.” Also, they will receive the action-packed Star Wars Pinball Pack for the free-to-play game Pinball FX 2, for Xbox One or Xbox 360. The Star Wars Pinball Pack lets players relive the greatest moments of the Star Wars universe on a set of brand new pinball tables. In addition, Disney is offering a Star Wars featurette video for Xbox customers; only by pre-purchasing the Saga on Xbox Video will you receive a roughly 60 second sneak peek at the bonus material included in the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. Customers will receive the Xbox featurette when they pre-purchase the “Star Wars” saga bundle on Xbox Video, then all six epic films in the Saga will be added to their collection in all their high-definition glory on April 10.
Sling TV Launches Today Exclusively on Xbox One; Xbox Members Get Exclusive One Month Free Trial
In January, we announced that Sling TV, the new live TV service, would be making its way to Xbox One. Today, we’re proud to announce that Xbox One is the first gaming console for which the over-the-top television service is available, and the best part is that only our members get an exclusive extended free trial for 30 days. Sling TV on Xbox One offers the same great features our fans have come to expect, including the ability to Snap while enjoying other activities, Pin the app to your Home and use voice or gesture controls with Kinect for Xbox One. Check out the walk-through video above for a deeper look into how it all works on Xbox One. If you’re not already a proud owner of an Xbox One, you can also head to your nearest Microsoft store or go to microsoftstore.com and receive a limited time offer of three free months of Sling TV service with the purchase of an Xbox One console (offer available in the U.S. only).1 You can also check out a live demo of Sling TV on Xbox One at your local Microsoft store. We got a chance to sit down with Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch to learn more about the new service and what it means to bring Sling TV exclusively to Xbox One as the first gaming console. See below for our Q&A.
Phil Spencer Announces Developer Tools to Bring Games to Billions
Today at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox at Microsoft, shared the next step in the company’s plans for a unified vision for gaming across Windows 10 devices. And, it’s all about developers. Here at Microsoft, we share a commitment to making sure experiences across all devices are better than ever. That starts with making the development process easier by providing the tools and support our developers have asked for to reach billions of devices around the world. As we press forward on the journey toward the launch of Windows 10, we’ll continue working hand-in-hand with our developers to ensure that together we bring the best possible gaming experiences to gamers. Let’s take a look at a handful of the details shared with game developers today at GDC: Xbox Live SDK Available for Windows 10: In January, we announced our commitment to bringing Xbox Live to Windows and today we announced that the Xbox Live SDK for Windows 10 is currently in the hands of managed partners to create new games. Soon it will be in the hands of a broader set of developers. This SDK will provide access to the vast majority of Xbox Live services currently available on Xbox One, under a shared set of APIs, integrated with the Windows Store. We are also committed to making Xbox Live accessible to all game developers, regardless of size, which is why we’re introducing a new tier of Xbox Live that is designed to allow any developer to engage with the Xbox Live community.