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Team Xbox Announces the 17th Annual Women in Gaming Luncheon

Xbox is proud to announce the Women in Gaming luncheon is returning to the Game Developers Conference on March 2, 2017 in San Francisco. This year’s event will bring together over 350 women working in the game industry to connect and celebrate accomplishments. This year’s theme is “Be You,” a celebration of everything women bring to our incredible industry every day. Registration for the Women in Gaming luncheon will be open starting January 20, 2017 through February 3, 2017. Team Xbox is committed to empowering women to do the job they love. This year we will host our biggest luncheon ever with women from across the gaming world. Thanks to feedback from our community, we will... Read more

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This Week on Xbox – December 23

We know you’re busy and might miss out on a day (or three) of 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 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. Either way, be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! The Biggest Sale Ever for Xbox Store Begins Dec. 22 Starting Dec. 22, Xbox fans can take advantage of Xbox Store’s biggest sale ever, Countdown. We’ll be counting down to the new year and continuing great deals... Read more

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This Week on Xbox – December 16

We know you’re busy and might miss out on a day (or three) of 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 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. Either way, be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Celebrate the Holidays in 4K with $50 Off All Xbox One S Bundles Start your holiday on the right foot with some savings from Xbox! From Sunday, Dec. 11 through Saturday, Dec. 24, all Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles will... Read more

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Don’t Miss the Forza Racing Championship Season 2 Grand Finals and Viewer Sweepstakes

The second season of the Forza Racing Championship (ForzaRC), sponsored by Michelin, Logitech G and Playseat, comes to a finish in the Season 2 Elite Series Grand Finals this Sunday. For the first time in ForzaRC history, the Elite and Recreational series took place across two Forza games – Forza Horizon 3 and Forza Motorsport 6. Players from all over the world have tested their skills across a variety of cars and locations, and the culmination of Season 2 will crown a new ForzaRC champion. Tune in this Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. CET/11 a.m. PST to watch the ForzaRC Elite Series Grand Finals on our official Forza Motorsport Beam and Twitch channels, broadcast live from ESL’s studios... Read more

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Xbox NFL Player Charity Challenge: Aaron Donald Claims Title as Best Madden Gamer in the NFL

After 7 weeks of competition between eight of the best EA SPORTS Madden NFL 17 Xbox gamers in the NFL, Aaron Donald emerged as the ultimate champion of the Xbox NFL Player Charity Challenge, winning $51,000 along with Microsoft products for the charity of his choice. Donald beat Doug Baldwin in the championship with a final score of 20 to 9, while NFL legend Deion Sanders called the game live on Twitch. Tournament matches were hosted at select Microsoft Stores across the United States, and featured other NFL stars such as Von Miller, Greg Olsen, Patrick Peterson, Devin McCourty, Ryan Tannehill, and Matt Forte. Along with Aaron, one lucky fan who submitted picks throughout the tournament... Read more

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Atriox Smashes Through in New Halo Wars 2 Trailer at The Game Awards

If there's one thing to be certain about in the Halo universe, it's that there's no rest for the weary. New threats seem to pop-up overnight and heroes are always called upon to save the day. Being outmanned and outgunned is a way of life for Spartans and usually they pull through. However, that’s not always the case. In addition to the surprise announcement that early access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition will begin rolling out on Dec. 20 for anyone who pre-orders the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, a world-exclusive trailer for Halo Wars 2 was revealed at The Game Awards today and with that a deeper insight to the new threat that's sure to shake the foundation of... Read more

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Fight With Forge Again in Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on December 20

Get ready to discover the mysteries of Harvest once more! In a surprise announcement at The Game Awards, 343 Industries revealed on stage that early access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, available to anyone who preorders the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, begins rolling out to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on Dec. 20! Halo Wars tells the tale of the UNSC Spirit of Fire and its intrepid crew as they battle against the Covenant on the planet Harvest, set over two decades before the events of Halo: Combat Evolved. Released back in 2009, Halo Wars was widely considered to be the one of the best console RTS games available and with Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, old fans and... Read more

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Gears Pro Circuit to Offer Record-Setting Prize Pool; $300,000 on the line at MLG Columbus Open

Xbox and The Coalition are proud to announce that the prize pool for the Gears Pro Circuit MLG Columbus Open has been increased by $50k, driven by the overwhelming support of our player community and sales of Gears of War 4 eSports Supporter Packs. Players will now be competing for a $300k prize pool and the largest cash prize ever offered in Gears franchise history. The Open LAN event will take place November 25-27 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. This will be the first open event for the Gears Pro Circuit with future live events taking place in cities including Paris, London, Mexico City, and Las Vegas. General Admission passes are still available and teams... Read more

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It’s a Happy Holiday Season With the Xbox Ambassadors Program

If you’re looking for more chances to get involved with all things Xbox this holiday, then the Xbox Ambassadors Program has you covered! Next week, Xbox community members can unlock holiday-themed surprises and other rewards by doing things they already do – like Tweeting, watching YouTube videos, and learning about Xbox products and services. Whether you’re just buying your first Xbox console or have been around from the start, the Xbox Ambassadors Program has a spot for you. Ambassadors are just about everywhere this holiday season. They were some of the first Xbox fans to use Clubs and the Looking for Group (LFG) feature in Preview, and thanks to the most recent console update,... Read more

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Celebrating 15 Years of Xbox

15 years ago today, the name Xbox became part of popular culture. As the first gaming console produced by Microsoft, the November 15, 2001 release of the Xbox in North America was a major moment for both the company and the entire games industry. The original Xbox console gave rise to beloved game franchises like Halo and Forza Motorsport, and helped usher in the online console gaming era with the release of Xbox Live. While it would be easy to go on and on about everything we love about Xbox, it’s easier to simply share some data that will help show just how much Xbox has grown in the last 15 years. Number of players:  222,468,423 Number of total gaming hours:... Read more

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This Week on Xbox – October 28

We know you’re all busy and might miss out on a day (or three) of 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 all of the 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. Either way, be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox. Enjoy! Biggest News of the Week Windows 10 Creators Update Will Enable Any Gamer to Broadcast At an event in New York City this week, Microsoft unveiled the Windows 10 Creators Update, a free update coming in... Read more

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Play Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for Free This Weekend

We’re excited to announce that all Xbox Live members can enjoy Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for free this weekend. Beginning on 07:00 a.m. PST, October 27th through 11:59 p.m. PST, October 30, Xbox Live members in Xbox One markets will get a special opportunity to explore the Handsome Jack saga, from his not-so-humble beginnings to the heights of his ego-maniacal tyranny. During this time, you’ll also have the option to purchase the game online from the Xbox Store at a 60% discount and continue playing. Explore the mayhem-filled world of Pandora and its moon in amazing high definition with smooth high performance frame rates never seen in Borderlands on consoles. And to... Read more

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Windows 10 Creators Update Will Enable Any Gamer to Broadcast

Today, at an event in New York City, Microsoft unveiled the Windows 10 Creators Update, a free update coming in early 2017 with a host of new features that empower people to create and share their experiences with others.  For gamers, the Windows 10 Creators Update will allow anyone to easily broadcast their gameplay and create their own tournaments on the fastest, most reliable multiplayer network – Xbox Live. Beam Integration Makes Game Broadcasting Easy and More Interactive Today, gamers on Windows 10 PCs can enjoy seamless access to gaming features via Game bar (by pressing Windows key and G) like Game DVR, making it easy to share your epic gaming moments with your friends via... Read more

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Don’t Miss Out on Our Multiplayer All-Access Event on Xbox Live, Now Through October 30

Xbox is inviting all Xbox Live members without a Gold membership to play online with friends for free during our Multiplayer All-Access event from October 27 to October 30 on Xbox One and Xbox 360. This is a great opportunity for players across both consoles to experience one of the most-popular benefits of Xbox Live Gold membership; when it comes to multiplayer gaming, network reliability is everything. Log in now to play on a network that delivers as well as you do. Speaking of delivering, how about a free Xbox One game to play with your friends during this event? Not a problem. Xbox is also giving all Xbox Live members free access to play Borderlands: The Handsome Collection now... Read more

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Announcing Xbox FanFest: Ciudad de México 2016

Xbox FanFest is back for a 3-day event in Mexico City from November 11 - 13! Starting on Friday, November 11, Xbox will invite 500 lucky fans to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience on Friday evening. To win an invitation to this special Friday event, fans will be asked to participate in several of our community activities leading up to November 11. Friday's activities include: A special briefing event hosted by Phil Spencer at 8.00 PM local Mexico time (6:00 PM PST). Fans from around the world can watch this live on Twitch at twitch.tv/xbox, www.twitch.tv/xboxmexico, and other Xbox channels we will communicate later Exclusive early access to the Xbox event at Expo Santa Fe with no... Read more

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Top 10 Moments from Gears of War 4: Live

Gears of War 4 is set to introduce a thrilling new saga to gamers worldwide on October 11 (or October 7 for fans who purchased Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition), and last night’s Gears of War 4 Live broadcast gave fans a taste of what to expect. In case you missed it, the full 90-minute broadcast is available to watch online, with a highlight reel of the show’s biggest moments above and some of our favorite segments listed below. Bringing Gears of War to the Big Screen – One of the biggest announcements from Gears of War 4 Live came when The Coalition Studio Head Rod Fergusson announced a partnership with Universal Studios and Bluegrass Films to produce a Gears of War... Read more

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Microsoft Stores Now Offering Minecraft VR Demos on Oculus Rift

Calling all Minecraft players! Explore the world of Minecraft through virtual reality in a fully immersive demo experience exclusively at select Microsoft Stores. Team Minecraft at Mojang and Microsoft have been working with their partners at Oculus to develop Minecraft for VR, and now they’re ready to have everyone experience Minecraft in a whole new way through virtual reality on Oculus Rift, powered by Windows 10. Fans of the game can now demo for free with no appointment needed at their local Microsoft Store where they can discover the phenomenal world building game all over again. The demo also features PC Gaming chairs by NEEDforSEAT, styled like those found in race cars and... Read more

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Xbox at TwitchCon 2016 – Live Stream and Schedule Details

This weekend at TwitchCon, Xbox is partnering with EA to broadcast hours of action packed Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 multiplayer gameplay right from the expo floor, and we’ll be joined on stream by some of your favorite Twitch and YouTube personalities. Watch as they squad up against TwitchCon attendees, and keep glued to the screen as you never know when we’ll be giving away Xbox Live Gold, EA Access membership, and Design Lab controller codes live on air. In addition, make sure to tune in on Saturday at 1pm PDT to get an exclusive look at Battlefield 1’s Single Player gameplay. Eric Holmes, Design Director at DICE, will be on stream to expand on the exciting new content found... Read more