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Halo Esports Makes its Mark at X Games Aspen

Over the weekend, eight of the top Halo esport teams from around the world flew to snowy Colorado to participate in the Halo World Championship Tour: X Games Aspen Invitational 2016. At stake was $30,000 in prize money and, more importantly, X Game Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. For many pro players and fans, it was a dream come true to see Halo at the X Games and the tournament did not disappoint, hosting some of the most competitive and intense matches ever in Halo esports. In addition, segments and highlights of the tournament were integrated directly in ESPN’s coverage of the X Games, giving many viewers at home their first taste of Halo and esports on television. (Photo by... Read more

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Introducing the Xbox One Quantum Break Bundle

The holidays may be over, but the bundles with the greatest games and experiences you want most just keep coming. Today, we’re excited to unveil the Xbox One Special Edition Quantum Break Bundle featuring a 500GB Cirrus White console and matching wireless controller, a full-game download of Quantum Break and a full-game download of Alan Wake as well as The Signal and The Writer DLC content, playable soon on Xbox One via Backward Compatibility. The Xbox One Special Edition Quantum Break Bundle will be available for $349 USD ERP at participating global retailers, including Microsoft stores, starting March 29. Experience time-amplified action and a suspenseful storyline in Quantum Break,... Read more

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Your Community Calendar is Live on Xbox One

The Xbox Live community is filled with passionate gamers who are constantly putting on great events for their fellow fans. From livestreams to tournaments, there's always something happening and always someone new and interesting to meet. To help you, our fans, discover all that’s going on and get more involved, we are introducing a new Xbox One feature called the Community Calendar app. Preview members have been testing the Community Calendar since October and we’ve seen a great response. We’re excited to roll the feature out to the Xbox Live community. The Community Calendar provides a destination to help you easily discover hundreds of upcoming events, get involved and meet... Read more

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New Features Coming to Xbox One Preview and Xbox Beta App this Month

In November, we transformed Xbox One to make it the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever. We continue to evolve the Xbox experience based on your feedback and I’m excited to announce the first of a set of new features releasing in 2016. Rolling out to the Xbox One Preview audience starting today, and to Windows 10 PC & mobile Xbox Beta app members next week, are a host of updates. This month, we’re focused on continuing to improve social features to help you stay connected to the Xbox Live community across console and PC, while bringing these experiences closer together. Brand new experiences and updates which will start to rollout to Xbox One Preview: • See who’s... Read more

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Take Back New York with the Xbox One Tom Clancy’s The Division Bundle

Today, we’re pleased to announce the Xbox One Tom Clancy’s The Division Bundle – the ultimate next-gen experience that brings the RPG into a modern military setting. The bundle features a 1TB hard drive, giving you added space to play and store more games than ever, and a full-game download of Tom Clancy’s The Division. In addition, fans in the U.S. that pre-order the bundle will also receive guaranteed early access to the upcoming closed beta launching on Jan. 28. Tom Clancy’s The Division takes place weeks after a devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City on Black Friday. One by one, basic services fail and in only days, without food or water, society collapses into... Read more

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Greatest Games Line-Up in Xbox History Fuels Record Holiday, Extends to 2016

With the arrival of the New Xbox One Experience with Backward Compatibility and the most critically-acclaimed fall lineup of exclusives ever on Xbox*, you set new records for global engagement on Xbox Live this holiday. On Dec. 28 there were more gamers using Xbox Live than any other day in Xbox history, and the number of hours spent gaming on Xbox One and Xbox 360 during Christmas week 2015 were up compared to last year**. Thanks to you, Xbox One continues to outpace Xbox 360 at the same point in time in the Xbox 360 generation, making it the best-selling console in Xbox console history. 2015 was a monumental year for Xbox – the biggest in our history – and we owe it all to our... Read more

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Celebrate the New Year with New Xbox One Bundles

During the holidays, we announced more bundles than we ever have before, delivering an unprecedented number of choices for every gamer. While the holidays are now behind us, we’re excited to ring in the New Year with even more value and choice for our fans to experience the greatest games lineup in Xbox history well into 2016. Today we’re announcing two new Xbox One bundles: the Xbox One Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Bundle and the Xbox One 500GB Name Your Game Bundle. Xbox One Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Bundle In partnership with Ubisoft, we’re thrilled to offer the new Xbox One Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Bundle, shipping to retailers in most regions starting... Read more

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Here Are The New Xbox One Backward Compatibility Titles Playable Today

Last month we launched one of the most requested features: Xbox One Backward Compatibility, with an initial set of more than 100 titles, allowing fans to take their Xbox 360 experience to Xbox One and still be able to play with their friends, take screenshots, stream and record in-game DVR clips. Today, we’re excited to announce even more Xbox 360 titles available now on Xbox One via Backward Compatibility. Since launch on Nov. 12, fans have been enjoying Xbox 360 games on Xbox One for the first time ever, logging more than 9 million hours spent playing Xbox 360 games on Xbox One. And the most popular games fans from around the world have been spending those hours playing are Fallout... Read more

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Time is Power in the New Quantum Break Cinematic Trailer

Remedy Entertainment and Microsoft Studios gave players an all-new look inside the world of Quantum Break at The Game Awards 2015. Shawn Ashmore, who plays the main protagonist Jack Joyce, was present onstage to reveal a new trailer with never-before seen content captured all in-game. Narrated by Shawn as Jack Joyce, the trailer shows how Jack gains time manipulation powers as a result of a catastrophic accident. In tandem, a fracture in time threatens to lead to the end of time itself, and only Jack can stop it. The new trailer highlights the game’s Frozen Scenes of Drama, where Jack explores the world from the unique perspective of frozen time. Players have other time-based... Read more

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Halo: The Fall of Reach Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD Today

Starting today, the animated feature, Halo: The Fall of Reach, is available on Blu-ray, DVD and various video on demand (VOD) providers, such as the Halo Channel, Microsoft Movies & TV, iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, and more. Adapted from the beloved Eric Nylund novel of the same name, this animated feature explores the dramatic origins and intrigue behind the SPARTAN program that propelled characters like the Master Chief and Dr. Catherine Halsey into the pantheon of Halo lore. The story reveals the events that brought Master Chief and Blue Team together, including their Spartan training and their daring mission to strike back at the Covenant during the first days of the deadly... Read more

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Bring Your Spartan to Life with 3D Printing for Halo 5: Guardians

Since the launch of Halo 5: Guardians, fans have been busy customizing their Spartans for battle across the Halo universe. Previously, we announced nine million hours of multiplayer had been played in the first week alone, and today we’re excited to offer fans a unique way to bring those characters to life. Starting today, 343 Industries and Xbox, in partnership with Sandboxr and 3D Systems, will let fans to create 3D-printed versions of their customized Spartans from Halo 5: Guardians. Using items unlocked in the game, fans can build a 3D prototype of their Spartan, choosing from 175 armor and helmet types respectively, and more than 30 color variations. 3D Spartans can also be... Read more

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Your New Xbox One Experience Begins Today

The update for the New Xbox One Experience is available starting today. Monthly releases inspired by your feedback have been a cornerstone of the Xbox One experience. We launched the Xbox Feedback site to enable you to influence how Xbox One evolves and we’ve been listening. Over the past two years, we have delivered more than a hundred new features based on your input. On behalf of the entire Xbox team, I want to express our appreciation for all of your valuable feedback. The New Xbox One Experience is a complete transformation of Xbox One, integrating the speed and versatility of Windows 10. We put fans at the center of everything we do and wanted to make some big changes,... Read more

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A Closer Look at the New Xbox One Experience’s Avatars and OneGuide

The New Xbox One Experience launches on November 12 – and today, we’ve got a couple of new sneak peeks at some of the updated features you’ll be getting your hands on when the update goes live: introducing Xbox One Avatars and the new-and-improved OneGuide! Bringing Avatars to Xbox One should be music to any Xbox 360 fan’s ears – and Avatars on Xbox One come with the same visual fidelity improvements that gamers on Windows 10 have already gotten a taste of. That means improved anti-aliasing, lighting, shading, and an altogether more modern feel. Of course, the core Avatar experience on your Xbox One is exactly what you’d expect. You can create an Avatar, change his or her... Read more

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Black Friday Deals: $299 Xbox One Consoles, 150+ Discounted Games and Gold for $1!

If you haven’t made the move to Xbox One yet, there’s never been a better time to switch over than this Black Friday. Prices on the console will be lower than ever before, dozens of games will be discounted with up to 60 percent savings and Xbox One owners will be able to enjoy Backward Compatibility for more than 100 Xbox 360 titles, including the Gears of War series, Mass Effect and Borderlands. Here are the deals you need to know about: From Thursday, Nov. 26 through Monday, Nov. 30 in the U.S., select console bundles will be available starting at $299, the lowest price ever for Xbox One. You can also save $50 on any of our 12 Xbox One holiday bundles: Xbox One Limited... Read more

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Fallout 4 Owners Get Fallout 3 via Xbox One Backward Compatibility Next Week

As you get ready for the awesome, post-apocalyptic goodness that is Fallout 4 on Xbox One, don’t forget that for a limited time it comes with its direct predecessor, Fallout 3 –available first on Xbox 360 and then on Xbox One after November 12 when Xbox One Backward Compatibility becomes available. Whether you pre-order or purchase the game physically, digitally, or as part of the Xbox One Fallout 4 Bundle, you’ll definitely want to pick up Fallout 4 now if you haven’t already to grab your free copy of Fallout 3 for a limited time. While both Fallout 3 and Fallout 4 are thematically similar, Fallout 3 remains one of the seminal steps in the role-playing genre, revolutionizing a... Read more

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Here’s a Closer Look at the New Xbox One Experience’s Game Hubs

Update: Edited on 11/3/15 at 11 a.m. to include a link to yesterday’s blog post. The New Xbox One Experience is just around the corner, and those who have not experienced it in Preview will be able to experience it officially starting November 12. Faster navigation and a more social experience are at the heart of what is our biggest Xbox One update yet. Today, we’re giving you a peek at the New Xbox One Experience’s redesigned Game Hubs, with a video walkthrough by Major Nelson and Partner Group Program Manager for Xbox One, Richard Irving. They’ll also highlight improvements to Achievements and the new Community section. Now, Game Hubs themselves have been part of Xbox One... Read more

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A Closer Look at the New Xbox One Experience’s Store

The New Xbox One Experience is almost here – and we’ve got an exciting video of the improved Xbox One Store to share with you! As you’ll see in the video clip above, Major Nelson recently sat down with Partner Group Program Manager for Xbox One, Richard Irving to talk about a few of the changes and updates we’ve got in store for... well, the Store! There’s a ton to discover in the New Xbox One Experience, and all of the games you already own will be ready and waiting for you. But when you’re ready for more, quickly find the games and content you want in the optimized Store. As you land on the Store from Home, you’ll notice it expands into four easy to explore areas –... Read more

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The New Xbox One Experience Launches in 10 Days

Starting on November 12, you will be able to update your Xbox One with the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever. And, you’ll be able to play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One at no additional cost. We’re delivering on some of the biggest requests you asked for – thanks for your continued input. The New Xbox One Experience is releasing alongside the greatest games lineup in Xbox history, making it an incredible holiday for gamers. We’re going to give you a closer look at the New Xbox One Experience over the coming days, with today’s focus on your new Xbox One Home. We’ll be sharing more videos and updates, so check back often to see more details on what you can expect to see... Read more

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Frontwoman Karen O Writes and Records “I Shall Rise” for Rise of the Tomb Raider

Action-adventure fans, rejoice: Rise of the Tomb Raider is just two weeks away, making its long-awaited debut on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Lara Croft’s latest adventure finds her journeying to the ends of the Earth in search of the secret of immortality – and she’s getting some extra-special music to accompany her journey. Xbox and developer Crystal Dynamics collaborated with Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman and Academy Award-nominated musician Karen O on an original song for the game, titled “I Shall Rise.” “They wanted an emotional song that captures the intensity of the moment Lara Croft transforms into the Tomb Raider, the theme of a young woman becoming an icon,” said Karen O.... Read more

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