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This Week on Xbox – January 13

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! Legacy Favorites Return to Gears of War 4 with Series 2 Cards and New Maps It’s a brand-new year, and we’re ringing it in with a new series of content and updates for Gears of War 4! This month introduces a huge 280... Read more

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The Creators Update: Beam Streaming, Increased Performance, and Fan-Requested Features Are Coming to Xbox One and Windows 10

2017 is going to be a monumental year for gaming at Microsoft. Whether you play on Xbox One, a Windows 10 PC, your mobile phone, or anywhere you sign-in with Xbox Live, we’re going to make your gaming experiences easier, more social, and better with innovative hardware and software features throughout the year. We’re focused on feedback from our fans and innovative, new ideas from our engineering teams that will enhance gaming on the Xbox One and will make Windows 10 the best operating system for PC gaming. In October, as a part of the Creators Update, we announced that Beam, gamer-created tournaments, and other fan requested features would be coming. We’re kicking off 2017 by... Read more

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Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta Coming January 20

Hi everyone – Last June we invited our fan community to jump in and get hands-on with a slice of Halo Wars 2 with our first multiplayer beta. As discussed, we received a tremendous amount of valuable feedback on both the technical and gameplay side that has helped the team continue to refine and improve the overall Halo Wars 2 experience as we march towards launch on Feb. 21, 2017. As we enter the final stretch of development, I’m happy to announce one more opportunity to get hands-on with Halo Wars 2 and ask for your participation in one final large-scale multiplayer beta. This time around the focus will be exclusively on our brand-new, card-based game mode, Blitz, and it’ll be... Read more

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Legacy Favorites Return to Gears of War 4 with Series 2 Cards and New Maps

It’s a brand-new year, and we’re ringing it in with a new series of content and updates for Gears of War 4! This month introduces a huge 280 new Cards to collect, two of the most popular maps in franchise history, and hotly requested community features that further improve the Gears of War 4 online experience. 280 new Cards to earn as you play! Series 2 is here, bringing with it our biggest content drop to date with 280 new Cards to collect. From iconic characters of the past, to a wealth of new weapon skins, there is something for everyone in this latest drop. Thirteen (13) new characters are up for grabs in Series 2, including the first delivery of Legacy Characters in Gears... Read more

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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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Ring in the New Year with the Forza Horizon 3 Rockstar Car Pack

The new year has arrived and Forza is celebrating 2017 in the best way we know – with amazing cars ready to hit the open roads! Whether you’re cruising the wine country of Yarra Valley or tackling the most extreme elevations of Blizzard Mountain, the Forza Horizon 3 Rockstar Car Pack features seven cars that will kick your year off to a high-speed start. This pack features everything from classic Japanese power to a Ford trophy truck that’s ready to conquer anything Australia can throw at it. Then there’s the awesome BMW i8, making its production car videogame debut here in Forza Horizon 3. And that’s just the start of this incredible pack. The Rockstar Car Pack is included in... Read more

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Legend of Thunder Pack, Available Free to Killer Instinct Players Today

“We have a saying,” said Josiah Blackeagle Pinkham, Cultural Consultant for the Nez Percé (Nimiipuu) the first time we met. “You are who you take care of.” That value of giving yourself for others, to ensure that your family, your friends, and your community, are living their best lives, reverberated through myself and the Killer Instinct Creative Designer Adam Isgreen as we sat in the Cultural Resource Center in Lapwai, Idaho amongst piles of Nez Percé clothing, headpieces, jewelry, tools, and weapons last May. When we rebooted Killer Instinct in 2013 for the launch of the Xbox One, we knew Thunder needed to be more culturally representative, and the Nez Percés were our... Read more

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This Week on Xbox – December 30

Happy holidays! As we close in on the end of another fantastic year of Xbox gaming, where we saw the likes of Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, and Dead Rising 4 arrive on our favorite console, we're eagerly awaiting the arrival of 2017 and all the excitement that year hopes to bring. While our news may have been lighter this week as we enjoyed time with our families, we still have Major Nelson to help us close out the year with a small look back on all the great things that came to Xbox. Be sure to come back next Friday as we get back to business as usual to find out what’s happening This Week on... 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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Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Early Access Available Now

It’s finally here – I’m thrilled to say early access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition starts today for folks who pre-ordered the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition! The first Halo Wars was special for so many reasons, but I always loved how great that game made RTS feel on console. As a die-hard PC RTS player, I was impressed with how well the genre’s traditional keyboard and mouse controls translated to a controller. When we started to work on Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, we wanted to make sure that the experience still shines and that the game looks better than it did seven years ago. However, what’s most exciting to me is finally bringing that experience to... 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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Celebrate “Gearsmas” With Unique Content, Special Events and Offers!

The days are getting colder and the nights are getting longer, which means it’s time for the seasonal signature event for Gears of War – Gearsmas! Beginning today, this year’s holiday spectacular marks the biggest event for Gears of War 4 yet with over 30 pieces of festive content to collect, a special playlist featuring the first ever custom weapon for Gears 4 and a whole lot more. Take a first look at the Gearsmas Celebrations in the trailer above, then read on for all the juicy details. The Festive Collection Gearsmas brings a whole bunch of new festive-themed items to customize your look in the spirit of the holidays! The Gearsmas Pack is full of Holiday Presents with... Read more

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Powerful Dolby Atmos Sound Coming to Xbox One and Windows 10

“Justice rains from above!” If you play Overwatch, that sentence may give you nightmares. It’s Pharah’s catch phrase as she hangs in the air and lets loose a barrage of rockets that destroy everything in their path. Pharah’s attack is so effective in part because you may not be able to tell where it’s coming from. But I have a secret weapon to defend against Pharah’s barrage: Dolby Atmos. Dolby Atmos is sound so precise you can pinpoint exactly where Pharah is and avoid her wrath. And the great news is that starting next year, Dolby Atmos will be coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs and tablets. With Dolby Atmos, sound moves precisely all around and above you. You... Read more

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This Week on Xbox – December 9

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 Launch of Dead Rising 4 With 10 Tips to Survive A Zombie Apocalypse Trying to figure out what to get the zombie survivalist in your life for the holidays? Dead Rising 4 has you covered and we’re excited to... Read more

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Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition Comes to Windows 10 as an Xbox Play Anywhere Game Today

That’s right, you read the headline correctly – Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition releases for Windows 10 today. Previously available only on Xbox One, the Definitive Edition packs up ALL the content we’ve ever released – every character (psst, there are 26), stage (20 in full glory), costume, color, trailers and tracks – and puts it all into one box of awesome goodness. As an added bonus, it also comes with behind-the-scenes videos, never-before-seen concept art, and a full universe map so you can read the bios and backstories of all your favorite characters. With this release, Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition is now an Xbox Play Anywhere title – which means if you... Read more

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Play Gigantic on Xbox One and Windows 10; Tips and Strategies Inside

We're proud to announce Gigantic is available in open beta for the Xbox One and Windows 10 Game Preview Program in North America and Europe! Gigantic is a free-to-play, third-person MOBA that pits two teams of five against each other in the fight to take down the enemy guardian. To help give you an edge in battle, we've put together some tips and tricks to help you get started in this competitive game. Discover a New Way to Play Your Hero Choose between 16 different heroes, each with their own unique playstyle. Each hero can be built in a variety of ways, allowing them to focus on a different aspect of their arsenal. As you play and learn about a hero, make sure to experiment with the... Read more

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Monitor’s Bounty Available Now for Halo 5: Guardians

343 Industries is getting the holiday celebrations off to an early start – Monitor’s Bounty is out now for Halo 5: Guardians! The latest content release marks the tenth update for Halo 5: Guardians, and is an epic salvo of experience-enhancing additions: new weapons, armor and skins, brand new ways to play and seek out custom games, and the largest Forge update we’ve ever released. With Monitor's Bounty, Halo 5's Forge mode has been updated with over 650 new objects on top of entirely new systems and functionality! One of the most exciting outcomes of all these awesome new improvements and additions to Forge's scripting systems is an expanded ability to create all-new game... 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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Extraordinary Driving Awaits in the Forza Horizon 3 Logitech G Car Pack

Hot on the heels of Forza Horizon 3 winning the Best Racing/Sports category at the 2016 Game Awards, today we’re unveiling our latest car pack – the Logitech G Car Pack, which features seven amazing vehicles hand-picked to deliver driving delights during the holidays. Leading off the pack is the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept. Sure, it might not be drivable in the real world yet, but it’s easy to appreciate this car’s beautiful melding of performance and luxury in Forza Horizon 3. The remaining roster in the Logitech G Car Pack is deep in unique driving experiences. The Morgan 3 Wheeler makes its Forza debut, with its unique design making it a highly requested car from fans all... Read more