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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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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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January’s Games with Gold Welcomes Fun-filled Competition and Cooperation into the New Year

Games with Gold is rolling out four titles for you to add to your game library for January 2017; two new games for Xbox One and two classics for Xbox 360. For Xbox One it's the highly-anticipated ID@Xbox tower defense action-RPG hybrid, World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap followed by the spectacular fighting game, Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition. On Xbox 360 (and Xbox One through Backward Compatibility) it's a pair of critically-acclaimed adventures with The Cave and then Rayman Origins. All games will be available for a limited time as part of the Games with Gold program, so make sure to have Xbox Live Gold to get in on the action! *World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap ($19.99 ERP):... 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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Bully: Scholarship Edition Now Playable on Xbox One Through Backward Compatibility

The Rockstar Games tradition of groundbreaking, original gameplay and humorous tongue-in-cheek storytelling invades the schoolyard in Bully: Scholarship Edition, now playable on Xbox One with Backward Compatibility. As a mischievous schoolboy, you’ll stand up to bullies, get picked on by teachers, play pranks, win or lose the girl, and ultimately learn to navigate the obstacles of the worst school around, Bullworth Academy -- a corrupt and crumbling prep school with an uptight facade. The story follows Jimmy Hopkins, a teenager who’s been expelled from every school he’s ever attended. Left to fend for himself after his mother abandons him at Bullworth to go on her fifth... Read more

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Download Lost Odyssey, the Japanese RPG Classic, Free for a Limited Time

In celebration of the Xbox One Backward Compatibility catalog exceeding 300 games, we have a very special gift to all our Xbox fans. For a limited time, you can download the classic Xbox 360 role playing game Lost Odyssey for free. Yes, for free! Play it now on Xbox One via Backward Compatibility. Relive the journey of Kaim, a mysterious immortal warrior, as he embarks on an epic adventure of self-discovery. Now this epic RPG is yours to enjoy as our small way of saying thank you for being a fan of Xbox. Originally released in 2008 for the Xbox 360 in North America, Lost Odyssey was developed by Mistwalker, a legendary game studio made up of many icons in gaming including the creator... Read more

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Introducing Goat Simulator: PAYDAY, the Latest in Goat Simulation Technology

Rejoice! Goat Simulator returns this week with a new DLC pack, Payday, hoofing its way to Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles around the world. Goat Simulator: Payday is a crossover with Overkill's awesome heist game, allowing you to experience an exhilarating life of crime from the comfort of a familiar goat-based physics sandbox. In Payday, you’re able to shed your solitary nature and become part of a criminal crew, switching between characters at the push of a button, to carry out pranks and capers. Finding it hard to get on top of that skyscraper? We've got a flamingo for that. Wanna scale the side of a building? Then let me introduce you to Dolph, our wheelchair-bound dolphin. Use... Read more

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Take Flight in the Next Update for Minecraft: Console Editions

Today we’re excited to give a sneak peek into some of the long-awaited features we’ll be bringing to Minecraft: Console Editions in December. Since adding banners, beets and polar bears with our last update in October, the team has been hard at work on our biggest Minecraft console update of the year – the Holiday Update! You’ll be getting new mobs, items, blocks and status effects, in addition to UI, game and tutorial updates. Now, with any sneak peek, we aren’t revealing everything right now, but here are some of things we’re most excited to deliver to players: If you’re sick of spending all your time walking on solid ground, just equip the new Elytra, which enables... Read more

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This Week on Xbox – November 18

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. Enjoy! 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... 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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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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This Week on Xbox – November 11

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. Enjoy! Xbox One Backward Compatibility Turns One; Skate 3 Available Today This weekend marks one year since the Xbox One Backward Compatibility program launched, bringing your favorite Xbox 360 titles to our Xbox One... Read more

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The Xbox Insider Program is the Next Step in Providing Feedback on Xbox

Feedback from our fans is important to all of us here at Xbox, and one of the more popular places to give feedback is through the Xbox Preview Program. Since the program launched in February 2014, your feature requests, ideas, and millions of votes have helped shape and improve your Xbox experience for the whole community. We’re excited to share news about what’s next for the Xbox Preview Program, including some improvements and more ways for fans to help shape the future of Xbox. The first change is that the Xbox Preview Program is becoming the Xbox Insider Program. This new name reflects how we are expanding to offer opt-in opportunities to provide feedback on Game and App Previews... 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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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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Explore an Ancient World on October 4 in the Minecraft Chinese Mythology Mash-Up Pack

Come explore ancient temples hidden among the cherry blossoms and survive the night at the Great Wall in the new Minecraft: Console Edition Chinese Mythology Mash-Up. In this new mash-up, you will be able to visit an exquisitely-created, pre-made world. Wander through the streets of an ancient great city, marvel at the dragons that dwell around the high mountains, contemplate on your crafting within a mythical monastery and just enjoy the view as you walk through fields and discover how mobs would look in ancient China. This mash-up also brings you 41 new skins to choose from and 13 themed music tracks for your worlds. On top of all that, the Chinese Mythology Mash-Up also includes a... Read more

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Let’s Get Ready to Tumble! New Minecraft Mini Game Available Now

We hope you've having fun playing Battle, our first mini game for Minecraft on consoles. Getting to challenge your friends and experience Minecraft in new ways is always fun, and we're about to introduce you to even more ways to do it. Today, we’re really excited to bring you the Tumble mini game available as part of the free game update, rolling out to consoles now. Tumble is a frantic competitive mini game where your objective is to avoid taking a dip in red hot lava by making sure that other players fall into it first. You get to do this by destroying the floor beneath your enemies' feet as you stand in platforms that can have one or more layers. Sound easy? Well, remember that... Read more

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