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Introducing “Mixer”

Hello! I’m Matt, one of the co-founders of Mixer and engineering lead on the platform at Microsoft.  Huge welcome to all of you new visitors who are checking out Mixer today for the very first time.  We think we have something pretty special here, and are excited to share it with you. Those of you who are already a part of our community….you’ve probably noticed a lot of changes today, starting with the name. Today marks a big evolution of our interactive live-streaming platform and a new name for the service: Mixer. But, more than just the name, we’re launching several of the features that you all have been asking for.  Features that will unlock a whole new world of... Read more

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Portal Knights Now Available on Xbox One

We’re thrilled to announce that Portal Knights is now on Xbox One, something we know will excite many of our fans who have been requesting a console launch for many, many months now. We’ve been on an exciting journey over the last 15 months and we really hope you guys love this game as much as we do. For those who don’t know much about Portal Knights, let me fill you in… (I’ll be quick, honest!) Portal Knights is an action RPG sandbox title that features tactical action combat, allows players to express their creativity in any way they like, and can be played in single-player, local two-player split-screen, or online in 4-person cooperative multiplayer. The great thing about... Read more

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The Culling Brings Battle Royale to Console, Exclusively on Xbox One

I’m thrilled to announce we’re bringing The Culling exclusively to Xbox One Game Preview on Friday, June 2! That's when you'll get your first, bloody taste of battle royale as you and 15 other contestants grapple in a no-holds-barred fight to the death. When our small team here at Xaviant began developing The Culling two years ago, we wanted to capture the spirit of the battle royale experience that resonated so strongly with us in books and films. The Hunger Games, Battle Royale, and even old-school classics like The Running Man -- these films make you wonder how you would react in a situation where it was kill-or-be-killed and only one contestant could emerge alive. We knew... Read more

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June’s Games with Gold is Full of Hackers, Superheroes, and Dragons

Summer is almost here and we can't wait to spend some quality time indoors with the latest batch of Games with Gold titles for June. In addition to the two Xbox One and two Xbox 360 games that can be play through Backward Compatibility, Xbox Live Gold members will also get free DLC for Phantom Dust in June. Now for the games! On Xbox One we'll have the competitive racing game Speedrunners available from June 1 - 30 followed by the open-world hacking adventure of Watch Dogs from June 16 - July 15. On Xbox 360, and on Xbox One through Backward Compatibility, explore the American frontier in Assassin's Creed III from June 1 - 15 followed BioWare's classic fantasy RPG Dragon Age: Origins on... Read more

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How About a Round of Gwent? Public Beta Now Live on Xbox One

I'm here to invite you to a game of Gwent. As some of you may know, the original Gwent is a mini-game in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that you could enjoy during breaks from questing, slaying monsters, and saving the world. After The Witcher 3 launched, we received a lot of messages from gamers all around the world asking us to create a standalone version of Gwent so they could play with their friends. A lot of hard work later and here we are with the public beta of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. The core rules are simple -- you collect cards, build armies, and battle it out on a battlefield divided into three rows: melee, ranged, and siege. Every round is a test of skill and strategy --... Read more

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Stealth Horror Game Hello Neighbor Wants You to Spy on Your Neighbor

From my early childhood, I looked for games to play like Hello Neighbor. I wanted to peak behind the curtain of game development: How's the game world created? What does the non-player character do when he’s not being watched? Then as a teenager, I spent dozens of hours no-clipping through games, trying to understand how they work and searching for Easter Eggs. Now that I’m making games, it was important to me to have Hello Neighbor players experience the magic, a sense of wonder, to discover something you’re not supposed to. It’s mind-bending to imagine that a small idea I wrote down would become something so many people are interested in today. The concept of playing against an... Read more

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Take a Weekend Trip to the Commonwealth for Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

It's time to start working on your Southie accent. This weekend we’re offering a trip to the Commonwealth, as Fallout 4 has its first-ever free weekend exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members starting at 12:01am PST on Thursday, May 25 and running to 11:59pm PST on Sunday, May 28. How do ya' like them Dandy Boy Apples? In addition to the free weekend, you can get the standard edition of Fallout 4 for 67% off for a limited time! You can even extend your stay with the Season Pass and Digital Deluxe versions that are also on sale (please see the Xbox Store for pricing and details). And should you decide to return to the Commonwealth at a later date, all your Xbox Live Achievements and... Read more

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Sgt. Johnson Fights Again in Halo Wars 2 on Xbox One and Windows 10

“This is it, baby. Hold me.” The newest leader for Halo Wars 2 is none other than Sergeant Johnson himself and this time he's brought his "Green Machine" with him. Read on to learn more about the new units, abilities and tactics that ol' Sarge will bring – available for Xbox Play Anywhere title Halo Wars 2 as part of the Season Pass or purchasable for $5.99 on Xbox One and Windows 10! From the halls of Installation 04 to the shores of Harvest, Sergeant Johnson represented the UNSC with distinction and honor his entire life, and is remembered as a hero in death. However, in a twist of fate (and poor records-keeping), the UNSC Marine Corps accidentally assigned the life-challenged... Read more

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Xbox Game Pass Launches June 1 with 100+ Games; Early Access for Gold Members Starts Today

Earlier this year, we announced Xbox Game Pass, a new digital gaming subscription service that gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games for $9.99 USD per month. To ensure Xbox Game Pass provides the best experience possible for gamers, we rolled the service out first to the Xbox Insider Program, with a limited number of titles to test the features. Thanks to the positive feedback we received from the community, we’re thrilled to launch Xbox Game Pass broadly to the Xbox community in 31 markets and share the entire catalog of over 100 great games. Beginning today, May 24, all Xbox Live Gold members will get exclusive Early Access to Xbox... Read more

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Destiny 2 Hands-on: Hunting the Cabal in Bungie’s Ambitious Shooter Sequel

As soon as we dove into our hands-on demo of Destiny 2's story-driven campaign, our Warlock Guardian's Ghost asked, “What are the Cabal doing to the Traveler?” The artificial intelligence companion was referring to an enormous enemy craft that'd attached itself, Facehugger-like, to the mysterious, moon-like entity central to Destiny’s mythology. It was a disturbing image, especially for fans who spent much of their time in the original Destiny socializing beneath this sacred sphere. As that faithful following knows, the Traveler isn't just one of the series' most iconic symbols, but also the keeper of the Light, the powerful gift granted to the Guardians. Desecrating the Traveler... Read more

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Xbox Savings in Time for Spring

For a limited time, select 1TB Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles are $50 off! Experience the dawn of all-out war with the Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle (1TB), featuring a military green console with matching stand and controller, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, High Dynamic Range, and one month of EA Access. Includes a full game download of Battlefield 1 Early Enlister Deluxe Edition, the Hellfighter Pack, Red Baron Pack, and Lawrence of Arabia Pack, as well as five Battlepacks. Experience a new generation of Gears with the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle (1TB), featuring a full game download of Gears of War 4 for Xbox One and Windows 10, 4K Ultra HD video streaming, and High... Read more

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Next Week on Xbox: Upcoming Games, May 22 – 28

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover the best games coming soon to Xbox One. Every week, the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console, and Xbox Wire will be here to let you know when you can play every new release hitting Xbox One. Whether you’re a fan of shooting, racing, or adventuring, there’s sure to be something for you to enjoy. So, without further delay, let’s preview the new games coming soon with Next Week on Xbox! Portal Knights - May 23 Explore randomly-generated worlds in this creative cooperative multiplayer sandbox RPG. Pick from a variety of classes like warrior, mage, or ranger and craft gear... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: May 19

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! Looter-Shooter Shadow Warrior 2 Available Now on Xbox One Shadow Warrior 2 is a work of love and fathered by Flying Wild Hog, a company of game industry veterans with expertise in first-person shooters. For eight years the... Read more

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Looter-Shooter Shadow Warrior 2 Available Now on Xbox One

Shadow Warrior 2 is a work of love and fathered by Flying Wild Hog, a company of game industry veterans with expertise in first-person shooters. For eight years the team shared the passion of making games with you guys, starting in 2009 with Hard Reset. Over time we think we've nailed the unique aspects of the FPS genre, from movement and weapons to level and character design. We worked hard to make our game as crisp, neat, and responsive as humanly possible. That's why we were so excited when Devolver Digital approached to take a spin at remaking Shadow Warrior. A few years later we added another chapter to Lo Wang's story. Shadow Warrior 2 is a mélange of a looter-shooter and classic,... Read more

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4K Streaming Comes to Amazon Video Xbox App

Starting today, Amazon Video fans can now watch their favorite shows and movies in stunning 4K UHD on their Xbox One S with the latest Amazon Video app update. Already have the Amazon Video app? Simply launch the app to get the update. Don’t have Amazon Video? Head to the Xbox App Store, download the app and sign up for your 30-Day free trial now. Then sit back and watch Amazon originals such as Bosch, Sneaky Pete, The Grand Tour, and Man in the High Castle and more all in stunning 4K. With four times the resolution of standard HD, 4K Ultra HD delivers the clearest, most realistic video possible. Xbox One S is the only console that lets you stream 4K video content and watch Ultra HD... Read more

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Xbox Play Anywhere Action Platformer A Walk in the Dark Available Now

I’m excited to announce that A Walk in the Dark is now available on Xbox One and Windows 10 via Xbox Play Anywhere. As big fans of 2D platformers, A Walk in the Dark represents our take on the platformed genre we grew up playing. In our game you’ll be playing as Bast, a cat on a mission to rescue his best friend Arielle, from an ancient evil creature that turned their hike into a fight for survival. This journey will take you through 100 levels that will put your skills as a gamer to the test. For the bravest of players, we have added 10 additional Challenge levels that require exceptional precision and mastery to complete. The team that brought this game to life originated almost a... Read more

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Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island Available Now for Xbox One

Today we're very excited for Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island to launch on Xbox One! We’ve teamed up with Right Nice Games, a small but very talented team from Sweden, and have been working hard to bring you their debut title. Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island is a vibrant 3D platformer, a homage to the platformer genre of the previous decade that all of us grew up playing. The game combines classic action gameplay, playful gadgets, and a lighthearted story set in an exotic place with lush greenery and colorful landscapes, reminiscent of childhood adventures. If you miss adventuring like it’s 2001, or just love colorful aesthetics, tasty upbeat music, goofy... Read more

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Enjoy a Multiplayer All-Access Event With Minecraft: Xbox One Edition

We're launching a Multiplayer All-Access event with a free unlock of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition. Xbox is inviting all Xbox Live members, with or without a Gold membership, to play online with friends for free in any game they own during our Multiplayer All-Access event from May 18-21 on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Experience one of the most-popular benefits of Xbox Live Gold membership with access to the most advanced gaming network. Log in now and start playing together. Need something new to play? How about trying out one of the bestselling games on Xbox? All Xbox Live members on Xbox One will get a limited time free unlock of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition to play from May 18-21. Log on and... Read more

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ForzaRC Season 3: The Porsche Cup to Make History at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

It seems like just yesterday that we kicked off the Forza Racing Championship (ForzaRC) Season 3: The Porsche Cup, which is currently in full swing through May 28. Today, we’re excited to share that the Elite finals will take place in France during the most prestigious endurance race in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, from June 17-18 – making it the largest racing esports event ever hosted at Le Mans. To mark this historic occasion bridging real-world motorsport and racing esports, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), creator and organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, made an entirely new category for esports competition: the Official Endurance Esports Category. After the esports... Read more

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Marvel Heroes Omega Launching June 20 on Xbox One

We’ve been receiving lots of requests from players asking for more details about our plans for Xbox One. So on behalf of the entire team here at Gazillion, I’m excited to officially announce that Marvel Heroes Omega will be launching on Xbox One on June 20! Soon, Xbox One players will get to experience Marvel Heroes Omega with its unique blend of non-stop action and long form MMO progression features, all with an ever growing library of playable heroes from the Marvel Universe. Last time we talked, I touched on some tips on how to decide on your very first hero in Marvel Heroes Omega. With 38 heroes lined up for our June 20 launch and many more to come, there’s a lot to... Read more

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Cult Classic Phantom Dust Free on Xbox One and Windows 10

At Team Xbox we put gamers at the center of everything we do and we are driven to build the best platform on which to create and play games. We’ve heard the feedback and passion from fans about this Xbox classic, and for this re-release on modern devices, we’ve decided to give it away for free. Yes, free. You can download Phantom Dust today on Windows 10 PC and the Xbox One family of devices (via Xbox Play Anywhere) at no cost. Phantom Dust is such a unique game, that when it was released for the original Xbox in 2004 in Japan, it was hard to classify. We decided at the time to not release it in the United States, although it was already localized in English. A card game plus an... Read more

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