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Register Now for the Fourth Annual ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House

Hi everyone! We’d like to welcome you to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus on August 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for our annual Pre-PAX ID@Xbox Open House! If you're planning to join us, please RSVP to this Eventbrite invite to ensure we have you registered. You can play more than 50 awesome new games from amazing independent developers from all over the world, including seeing some of the very first games running on Xbox One X and Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets! We’ll also have a nice selection of first-party games from Microsoft Studios on hand too! And of course, we’ll have some celebrity guests on hand as well, as well as our famous raffle -- want to win a ticket to PAX, the... Read more

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for August 14 – 20

High fantasy, dark sci-fi, and third-person action adventure games are all coming to Xbox One in the coming days. Welcome to the latest edition of Next Week on Xbox, where we cover the latest games coming soon to your favorite console. We have another exciting week of variety, like the open-world chaos of Agents of Mayhem, the brutality of Conan Exiles entering Xbox Game Preview, and the ambitious >observer_ to name just a few. Read on below to get a preview for all the new games coming soon to Xbox One. Agents of Mayhem - August 15 An open-world, third-person action game from the creators of Saints Row, Agents of Mayhem puts you in the boots of a group of super agents, each with... Read more

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Join Xbox Academy at the Flagship Microsoft Store to Design and Create Your First Video Game

When you play video games enough to consider making one yourself, hands-on is the best way to learn. At Microsoft, we’re about inspiring creators, and to empower the next new wave of gaming creativity, Microsoft Store is excited to announce Xbox Academy is back – this time class is in session at the New York and Sydney flagship stores! Xbox Academy is a series of FREE, hands-on game development classes that aims to foster creativity and STEM education outside of the classroom. In partnership with the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) – an award-winning educator for the game development, 3D animation and visual effects industries – the flagship Microsoft Store are... Read more

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HCS Summer 2017 Finals at DreamHack Atlanta Sees Record-Setting Participation

Coming off the most watched Halo esports broadcast ever in the Halo World Championship 2017 Finals, the Halo Championship Series and Halo 5: Guardians continue to reach landmark achievements well into the year. Last weekend, DreamHack Atlanta played home to the Summer 2017 Finals of the Halo Championship Series and saw a record-setting number of participants for the league. With 93 total teams and almost 300 Free-for-All players in attendance, DreamHack Atlanta was not only the biggest open event for Halo 5: Guardians, but the biggest since the Halo Championship Series first kicked off nearly three years ago. Featuring a mix of up-and-coming amateur talent and battle-hardened pros, the... Read more

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Xbox and Taco Bell Join Forces to Bring Xbox One X to Fans

Mark your calendars for August 31, when Xbox and Taco Bell will give fans nationwide the first chance to win the newest member of the Xbox One family, the Xbox One X, when they pick up the new Steak Quesarito $5 box. Beginning August 31, each Taco Bell $5 Box will include a unique code for consumers to text in for a chance to win the new Xbox One X. Boxes will be available during the promotion from August 31 to October 4 at participating Taco Bell locations while supplies last. Throughout the duration of the promotion, a potential winner will be notified on an average of every 10 minutes. Winners will be the first to get their hands on the Xbox One X, as well as win Forza Motorsport 7... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: July 28, 2017

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 below above featuring the one and only Major Nelson. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Xbox Game Pass: Dead Rising 3, Limbo, DiRT Rally and More Available August 1 Hello, fellow gamers. Welcome to your August Xbox Game Pass update! Xbox Game Pass offers you unlimited access to over 100... Read more

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Terry Crews Highlights Explosive Crackdown 3 Panel at San Diego Comic-Con

Terry Crews came, he saw, and he Comic-Conquered last Saturday’s Crackdown 3 panel at SDCC. Joined by Xbox’s Major Nelson, Terry elaborated on his passion for gaming and shared a behind-the-scenes look at bringing his character Commander Jaxon to life in Crackdown 3, from the original partnership idea to the result of becoming an in-game character. Speaking to the role that Commander Jaxon plays within Crackdown 3’s story, Lead Writer Jon Goff (known for his work on the Spawn series of comics) shed some more light on the state of The Agency being in all-new city, facing off against new gangs and villains that are sure to leave an impression. The Agency will have a few new... Read more

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Play Destiny 2 Open Beta During the Multiplayer All-Access Weekend

Editor's Note: The Multiplayer All-Access event and Destiny 2 open beta are extended to Monday, July 24 at 9 p.m. PDT. The article has been updated to reflect this extended time. It’s simple -- games are better with friends. Starting Friday, July 21 to Monday, July 24 you can play online in any game you own with your friends for free during our Multiplayer All-Access event on Xbox One and Xbox 360 -- Xbox Live Gold membership not required. And if you're looking for a new multiplayer experience to try during the Multiplayer All-Access event, the Destiny 2 Open Beta on Xbox One also runs for free from July 21 to 24. Though let’s be real. You should play the Destiny 2 Open Beta even... Read more

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Join Xbox at Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con, the world’s largest comic and pop-culture festival, is July 20 - 23, and Xbox is gearing up to make our mark both in and out of the convention center. We have a week of fun activities planned, including Middle-earth: Shadow of War gameplay, a huge photo experience, an explosive Crackdown 3 panel, exclusive Mixer streaming, and a Comic-Con Game Night sweepstakes. Whether you’ll be in California or will be tuning in on Mixer, there’s something for you! Read on for more details on everything Xbox at SDCC: Xbox Booth Hall A, Booth #100 Play Middle-earth: Shadow of War in the Xbox booth and check out the new Xbox One X. In this highly anticipated sequel to... Read more

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Unleashing Update 6.66 and a Free Weekend for Doom on Xbox One

Editor's Note: We've updated the post to reflect that the free weekend for Doom is available to all players on Xbox One -- both Gold and Silvers alike. Did you miss out on playing Doom, one of the biggest shooters of last year? It’s okay, now's your chance. This weekend, we’re unleashing the ultimate Doom experience, dropping a jam-packed game update that makes all the DLC available to everyone, and inviting you to try all of it as part of a free weekend for all players. Starting at 9:00 a.m. PDT on Thursday, July 20, you can experience the thrill of blasting away hordes of demons in the first two levels of Doom’s critically-acclaimed campaign -- totally free! If that’s not... Read more

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Xbox is Now the Official Console Partner of Real Madrid

Today, we are excited to announce that Xbox is the official console partner of five-time world champion football team, Real Madrid. With many of their players in the global spotlight, it’s easy to see why Real Madrid is one of the most widely supported teams in the world. And to kick off Real Madrid’s US Summer Tour here in the United States, we are partnering up to invite fans to join in a variety of events across the states, and even win the chance to see them play live in a US match. Hour of Code As the Real Madrid Summer Tour begins, the Microsoft Century City store will engage local youth groups in Minecraft coding alongside Real Madrid Players. Empowering youth through... Read more

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Xbox at gamescom 2017

Here at Xbox, we’re still buzzing from our fans’ reaction to our news at E3 – from the unveiling of the Xbox One X to the 42 games shown on our stage. But we’re only just getting started. Today, we’re happy to announce that in August we’re coming to Cologne, Germany for gamescom 2017. This will be the first time Xbox One X will be on the ground in Europe and we’ll have a huge line up of 27 playable games for the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PC from developers around the world, including Forza Motorsport 7, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition and Sea of Thieves. Here’s a rundown of what we’ll be up to throughout the week: Xbox @ gamescom Live Tune in on... Read more

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Play Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Free with Xbox Live Gold and Prepare for War

You’ve fought them, killed them, and dominated them. The Orcs in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor definitely leave an impression. Now the experience is even more personal -- the Nemesis Forge update for Shadow of Mordor will allow both new and existing players to bring their top Nemesis and Follower to Middle-earth: Shadow of War when the game releases later this year. And now's the best time yet to prepare for war. Thanks to Xbox Live Gold's Free Play Days, Xbox Live Gold members can play Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for free starting now from Thursday, July 6 at 12:01am PDT to Sunday, July 9 at 11:59pm PDT. You can also pick up the classic Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for 80% off... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: June 23, 2017

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all 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 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 below. This week is a special look back at E3 2017! Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Pillars of Eternity Brings a New Generation of Role Playing to Xbox One on August 29 Earlier this year, our team at Paradox released our first game on Xbox One and the reaction blew us away. Turns... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: E3 2017 Edition

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 exciting E3 2017 news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox at E3! Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Introducing the World’s Most Powerful Console: Xbox One X E3 marks the world premiere of Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console designed for immersive true 4K gaming, ultimate compatibility, and unrivaled craftsmanship. As the newest member of the Xbox One family of devices, Xbox One X will offer... Read more

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E3 2017: War is Hell in Call of Duty: WWII’s Boots-on-the-Ground Campaign

Call of Duty: WWII is bringing fans back to the trenches of the second world war, giving them a brutal, boots-on-the-ground view of the most important battles of the European theater. As protagonist Private “Red” Daniels of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division, players will fight through iconic encounters such as the Battle of the Bulge and the D-Day invasion of Normandy. During our behind-closed-doors demo of the game's story-driven campaign, we got a taste of how Sledgehammer Games is bringing these historical skirmishes to scary-real life. In a mission dubbed “Marigny 44”, Daniels and his squad-mates are tasked with taking a church from the Axis forces occupying it. In true Call of... Read more

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E3 2017: Making Friends With Strangers on the Sea of Thieves

Communication is key. That's the biggest thing to know when sitting down to play Sea of Thieves, which we had chance to do today at E3 2017. Our group was comprised of complete strangers as we each sat down to take on the persona of a colorful pirate with compass and sword in hand, and a thirst for adventure. After a brief, friendly introduction, we quickly went about assigning ourselves roles. "Who wants to raise the anchor?" "Anyone want to get the sails ready?" "Which brave soul wants to steer the ship?" I immediately jumped at the chance to take command, grabbed the wheel, and then asked for a heading from whomever wanted to go below deck and consult the map while my other mates... Read more

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Watch Tuesday’s Xbox Daily: Live @ E3 Recap

On Tuesday, June 13, live from the Xbox booth, Microsoft hosted the second of four episodes of its daily broadcast show from E3, “Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3.” Julia Hardy and Kate Yeager joined Larry Hryb (Xbox Live’s Major Nelson) and Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s AceyBongos) to share some of the biggest news from the show. With several new reveals, interviews with a variety of developers and creators, and amazing trailers, watch the entirety of this episode above (or jump to the following segments at timestamps listed below). And don’t forget to tune in to tomorrow at 1PM PDT/4 PM EDT to watch the team broadcast live from the show floor at the Xbox Booth again, featuring... Read more

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