Minecraft to Join Microsoft
Today is an incredibly exciting day for our team as Mojang and the Minecraft franchise join Microsoft. Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, from players since its launch in 2009. Minecraft inspires millions to create together, connects people across the globe, and is a community that is among the most active and passionate in the world. Our relationship with Mojang began when we initially talked to the team about bringing Minecraft to the console. Minecraft quickly became the top online game on Xbox Live, with over two billion hours played on Xbox 360 in the last two years. That working relationship set the ground work for other opportunities. We’ve long seen the incredible potential of Minecraft. At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people. Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms. Gaming is the top activity across devices and we see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and nurture the franchise. That is why we plan to continue to make Minecraft available across platforms – including iOS, Android and PlayStation, in addition to Xbox and PC.
Sports Fans, We’ve Got Something New for You on Xbox One
You know we love sports here at Xbox. Just last week, we celebrated the launch of Madden NFL 15 by announcing the Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle available now at Microsoft retail stores and other select U.S. retailers. Just yesterday we announced that NHL 15 is available for pre-order and pre-download now. And we’ve got sports apps on Xbox Live for every fan, including NFL, ESPN, UFC, WWE and MLB.tv. We continue to deliver new experiences, and today we’re adding Team Stream from Bleacher Report to Xbox One just in time for football season. Editor’s note: Go Seahawks! Team Stream, Bleacher Report’s top-rated mobile app, is coming to the TV for the first time and offering sports fans in the U.S. the latest news and information on their favorite sports teams. You can personalize the app to feature the top sports news alongside the latest videos featuring your favorite teams and even use the app in Snap mode to catch up on the latest news during a break in a game.
Xbox One Standalone Kinect Sensor Available in October
Since we announced the availability of a new Xbox One console option for $399, we have been excited by the response from fans. While we’ve seen our Xbox One sales double since the new Xbox One option became available, we have also seen increased demand for Xbox One with Kinect. When we announced the new Xbox One option, we also shared that we would deliver a standalone Kinect sensor for people that chose to purchase the sensor at a later date. We’ve always believed in the magic Kinect brings to Xbox One and today we’re excited to confirm that, beginning in October 7, fans will be able to purchase a standalone Kinect sensor for Xbox One. The standalone Kinect sensor comes with Dance Central Spotlight, the latest in the dance series from developer Harmonix, which will be available as a digital download and features a soundtrack of 10 hot tracks. Kinect with Dance Central Spotlight will be available at retailers for $149.99.
New Sharing Features Added for Upload Studio on Xbox One
Game DVR and Upload are about more than just recording gameplay. They’re about using the editing tools within Upload Studio to create a masterpiece that showcases your most epic gaming moment that you can then share with the world. To date, millions of Xbox One gamers have created more than 500 million clips, and there are more than one million active Upload creators every month using Upload Studio and Kinect to edit clips and share their voice and personality with friends and the Upload community. And today, it gets even better, with the latest Xbox One Update rolling out around the world bringing with it new features for sharing your favorite gaming moments.
gamescom 2014: Introducing the Halo Channel, Your New Home for All Things Halo
Ahead of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Halo: Nightfall and the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta coming later this year, we’re excited to unveil the Halo Channel – an all-new interactive digital network that provides unprecedented, personalized access to the Halo universe. Created by 343 Industries, the Halo Channel is home to all your Halo content and entertainment, and includes an abundance of interactive features that allows fans to immerse themselves in Halo like never before.
gamescom 2014: More social features, new ways to watch TV, and USB and DLNA support are coming soon!
Ahead of our Gamescom briefing live from Cologne, Germany at 2:00 p.m. CEST – that’s 8:00 a.m. ET and 5:00 a.m. PT – I’m excited to announce new and exciting features coming to Xbox One within the next few months. We’ve been bringing tons of new features to Xbox One fans worldwide throughout the year. Thanks to our recently launched Xbox Feedback, our fans have played a huge role in shaping these updates. In fact, we’ve received thousands of posts and more than 400,000 votes to date. Starting in the early access program later this month, new social features making it easier for gamers to connect with their friends and new ways to access their TV and entertainment throughout their homes will be coming to Xbox One.
Every Street United Players Go Head-to-Head in Finale and Take on MLS Players
The most important day of the “Every Street United” players’ lives has arrived at last! Last week, the two teams were selected and players prepared for the 4v4 game in Rio. This Sunday, in the “Every Street United” finale, the players will receive final words of advice from their coaches, Thierry and Edgar, before taking to the street to prove once and for all who is worthy of a tryout with the Seattle Sounders FC. We’re also excited to announce an “Every Street United” vs. MLS Player Challenge this Sunday, August 3 in Portland, OR as part of the MLS All-Star Game. In the challenge, four players from “Every Street United” will take on four MLS players in a friendly skills competition. An exhibition will follow the tournament, where the players will show off their skills and trick shots. The competition kicks off at 12:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Courthouse Square. Hope to see you there!
You can watch the “Every Street United” finale virtually anywhere on Xbox Video, or catch up on past episodes and check out interactive features in the “Every Street United” app on Xbox One and Xbox 360. An Xbox Live Gold membership is not required.
For more information, visit “Every Street United.”