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Xbox Closes a Milestone Year in 2016 with an Exceptional Year Ahead for Gamers

Happy New Year! As we start off the new year, we thought we would take some time to look back at a great 2016 and look forward to what will be an exceptional 2017 for Xbox gamers. We were privileged to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of Xbox in November, but what made 2016 most special was laying out our vision for gaming at E3 2016, delivering a new version of Xbox One along with great new games and services for you to play on the device(s) of your choice and seeing terrific response from gamers worldwide this holiday. In fact, in November and December we saw Xbox Live engagement reach an all-time high of 3.9 billion hours, up 23 percent compared to the prior year. Thank... 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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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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Get After Your Goals with Kellogg’s and You Could Win an Xbox One S

Ready to gear up for a great start? Xbox and Kellogg’s have come together just in time for the new year with everything you need to stay happy, healthy, and entertained. Thousands of specially marked Kellogg’s products around the country contain a winning sticker that can be redeemed for a brand-new Xbox One S, the ultimate gaming and 4K entertainment system. Xbox One S gives you access to all the biggest blockbusters this year, a growing catalog of your favorite Xbox 360 backward-compatible titles 4K Blu-Ray movies and subscription and sports services - all at the touch of a button. Plus, get access to hundreds of free workout videos using the YouTube app. Pair that with a healthy... Read more

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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 through Jan. 9. The sale offers 19 days of deals on hundreds of games, movies & TV shows, music and apps, including daily and weekly offers. Countdown includes deals for both Xbox One and Xbox 360, with titles up to 60 percent off, including discounts on some of this year’s most popular games, like Final Fantasy XV, Battlefield 1, Watch Dogs 2 and many more! If that’s not enough choose from over 40 backward compatible titles on sale! Not an Xbox Live Gold member yet? Go Gold for $1. Now is a great time to sign up... Read more

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Buy Any Xbox One S for $50 Off and Receive a $30 Retailer Gift Card

Since Dec. 11, we’ve been offering a special holiday promotion that allows fans to save $50 for every new Xbox One S bundle purchase. Today, we’re excited to announce that on top of that $50 savings, when you purchase any Xbox One S, you’ll also receive a $30 gift card from participating retailers. Experience the dawn of all-out war with the Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Bundle (500GB); or explore the world of Minecraft with the Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle (500GB). Either way, you’ll receive a $30 retailer gift card with your purchase! Xbox One S is the only console this holiday that offers 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and High Dynamic Range. With the fastest,... Read more

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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 be $50 off at participating retailers in the U.S. Starting at just $249, you can experience the dawn of all-out war with the Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Bundle, featuring a 500GB hard drive, a full-game download of Battlefield 1 and 1 month of EA Access. Or you can explore the world of Minecraft with the Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle, featuring a 500GB hard drive, a full-game download of Minecraft for Xbox One and Windows 10 as well as 13 community-favorite content packs. If you’re looking for even more hard drive space, you... Read more

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Experience Gaming in HDR This Holiday Only on Xbox One S

This holiday, the new Xbox One S is the only console with 4K Blu-ray, 4K video streaming, and High Dynamic Range color support. With HDR color support on your Xbox One S, your TV can display deeper colors and richer contrast, meaning the picture will appear more vibrant and realistic than on a regular HDTV. Experience richer, more luminous colors in games like Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3. With a higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, High Dynamic Range technology brings out the true visual depth of your games and 4k entertainment. With a compatible display, Xbox One S owners can already enjoy HDR gaming with titles including Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, NBA 2K17,... Read more

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With Xbox and Windows 10, Your Games Travel With You This Holiday Season

The holidays are a time to relax and recharge, whether it’s working out, enjoying the company of friends and family, or improving your gaming skills. The latest Xbox and Windows 10 devices make it easy to play anywhere, connect socially around your favorite games, and even take your progress with you during holiday travels. The Xbox app makes gaming a social event. Even if your friends are PC gamers, console gamers, or a mix of both, you can all play together. With the built-in Xbox app in Windows 10, you can stream exclusive titles like Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3 from your Xbox One to any Windows 10 PC on your home network. And that’s just the beginning. The Xbox app brings... Read more

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Buy an Xbox One or Xbox One S, Get an Xbox Wireless Controller

Start your holiday season right by getting a free Xbox Wireless Controller! From Dec. 4 through Dec. 10, when you buy any new Xbox One or Xbox One S console, you’ll get a new Xbox Wireless Controller at no additional cost. The new Xbox Wireless Controller works with any Xbox One console and features enhanced comfort and feel with textured grip, improved wireless range and Bluetooth technology for gaming on Windows 10 devices. Love Minecraft? Pick up the Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle (500GB) and add on the sleek, black Xbox Wireless controller for no extra charge. Or, experience the dawn of all-out war with the Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle (1TB), featuring... Read more

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Overcooked’s Free “Festive Seasoning” DLC Coming December 6

It's been a busy year. I feel like I say this at the end of most years, but this year, I'm confident in saying, it has been the busiest I've ever had. At the beginning of 2015 we started working on Overcooked, sat with our laptops trying to figure out how on earth we'd found ourselves developing a four-player game with only two people in my front room, but when you take that big leap into uncharted waters you don't have much choice but to start swimming. By 2016 we were in full stride on development with an impending deadline approaching and lack of sleep gradually stealing away our sanity. We poured everything we had into the project, we took it to conventions where we sat chewing... Read more

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Microsoft Stores Reveal Deep Xbox Discounts and Offers for the Holidays

Microsoft Stores announced its 12 Days of Deals – the store’s annual series of incredible, one-day-only savings and doorbusters – and there are a ton of can’t-miss deals on Xbox One bundles, games, controllers and more. Savings run December 5 -16 at your local Microsoft Store and microsoftstore.com while supplies last. In-store doorbuster deals are exclusively available at brick-and-mortar locations, while supplies last. Xbox and gaming offers include: Day 3 (December 7): Save 50 percent on select Xbox One games, including Battlefield 1, ReCore and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare. Gamers headed to their local Microsoft Store can take advantage of an In-Store Doorbuster Deal to... Read more

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Give the Gift of Digital Codes for Xbox Design Lab Controllers

Can’t decide what to get the gamer in your life this holiday?  Let them design their own Xbox Wireless Controller with a Digital Code from Xbox Design Lab. Xbox Design Lab Digital Codes are available now and can be purchased exclusively at microsoftstore.com for $89.98 USD. Once you make your purchase, you’ll receive a Digital Code via email to share with your favorite gamer. Then, have them visit xbox.com/xboxdesignlab to design their own Xbox Wireless Controller and redeem their Digital Code at checkout. Each code includes custom engraving up to 16 characters. With more than 8 million color combinations to choose from, give a truly personal gift the gamer in your life will... 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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Get an Additional Game with the Purchase of Any Xbox One S Bundle, Starting at $299

Why wait until the end of November? Enjoy some savings now! From November 4 - 12, when you buy any new Xbox One or Xbox One S console bundle, you also get a new game of your choice, starting at $299. This means you can experience the dawn of all-out war with the Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Bundle (500GB) and add on Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, all for $299. Love Gears of War? Get the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle (1TB) and add on Battlefield 1 or Titanfall 2 at no additional cost. There's no shortage of reasons to buy the newly designed Xbox One S, the only console featuring 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 4K video streaming, and High Dynamic Range. Play over 100 console exclusives and... Read more

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Black Friday Deals: $50 Off Xbox One S, Up to 50% Off Games and More!

There has never been a better time than this Black Friday to pick up this year’s must-have games and an Xbox One, the best-selling gaming console in U.S. for the past four months according to NPD Group. Starting at $249, you can now get Xbox One S at its lowest price ever. Xbox One S is the only console available this holiday with built-in 4K UHD Blu-ray, so you can watch Blu-ray movies and stream video in stunning 4K Ultra HD. It also enables High Dynamic Range (HDR) for gaming so you can experience richer, more luminous colors in blockbuster games like Gears of War 4, now $25 off. But the deals don’t end there. See below for all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals you need to... Read more

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Xbox One S Bundles for Everyone this Holiday

It’s been an exciting year for Xbox fans and this holiday is the perfect time to get your hands on the top selling console in the U.S. and U.K. the new Xbox One S. It’s the only console with built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K video streaming including content from partners like Netflix and, coming soon, Amazon Video. In addition, the Xbox One S provides High Dynamic Range (HDR) for supported video and games like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, NBA 2K17 and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. This holiday season we are excited to have a variety of Xbox One S bundles and new accessories available for our fans and we wanted to share a comprehensive list of offerings. Over the past four months... Read more

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The Biggest Sale Ever For Xbox Store Begins Dec. 22

Update: 12/18/2015 at 2:00 p.m. Starting next week on Dec. 22, Xbox fans can take advantage of Xbox Store’s biggest sale ever, Countdown. The sale will offer 17 days of great deals on hundreds of games, movies & TV shows and apps, including daily and weekly offers counting down to the New Year and continuing through Jan. 7. For the first time ever, all Xbox fans can get great deals on the greatest games lineup-Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and Rare Replay-plus, join Xbox Live Rewards to earn rewards credits. In addition, there will be deals on a variety of blockbuster titles such as Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black... Read more

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Xbox Breaks Black Friday Records; Windows 10 Gaming Continues to Rise

A winning combination of the most critically acclaimed holiday lineup of exclusives in Xbox history,* the New Xbox One Experience complete with Backward Compatibility, and an extensive line-up of console bundles, drove record Xbox One sales in the U.S.** and Xbox Store sales worldwide, with record engagement from Xbox fans around the world*** over Black Friday week. Xbox fans around the world spent a total of 325 million hours gaming on Xbox Live this past week. Hours spent playing games on Xbox One last week were up 196 percent compared to Black Friday week in 2014, and time spent using Xbox apps increased a whopping 321 percent.*** Worldwide Xbox Black Friday sales in the Xbox... Read more