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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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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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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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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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Gear up for Battle Mini Game, Coming to Minecraft on Consoles in June

Hi everyone! Team Minecraft at Mojang, 4J Studios and Microsoft have been working on some cool free content for Minecraft: Console Edition, and we’re really excited to introduce mini games to you today. Of course, coming up with improvised rules and new ways to play with friends is already a popular activity among Minecraft: Console Edition players - and long may it continue! But with our new mini games, we'll be helping you quickly and easily jump into competitions with tailor-made rulesets, so you can have fun straight away without having to fuss around with manual count-downs, laboriously prep loot chests or keep score. Sound good? Great - you won’t have to wait very long for this... Read more

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Achievement Unlocked: 10 Years – Thank You, Xbox 360

Last November, we celebrated a major milestone, as the Xbox 360 console turned 10 years old. The Xbox 360 helped redefine an entire generation of gaming at Microsoft. I am incredibly proud of all of the work and dedication that went into development of the Xbox 360 hardware, services and games portfolio over the last decade. And I’m grateful to the fans for their continued passion and support. Franchises like Gears of War were born on the 360, and established blockbusters like Halo really came into their own during this console generation. Xbox 360 was also the foundation for industry-leading technical innovation like Kinect, and the start of system updates and dashboard refreshes... Read more

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Minecraft: Story Mode Skins Out Now for All Console Editions, Pocket Edition and Windows 10

Hello everybody! Following last week’s release of Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 5, today we’re bringing you a brand new set of skins to enjoy, across more Minecraft platforms than ever before! The latest skin pack, Minecraft: Story Mode Skin Pack, allows you to make your own adventures as one of the characters from the beloved Telltale Games series! Play as one of the various Jesse options, the TNT juggling Magnus, the scheming Ivor, or one of the many other Minecraft: Story Mode characters. This highly requested pack will help you recreate your favorite moments in Minecraft: Story Mode or craft a new story and world of your own. This is an extra special skin pack for us,... Read more

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Minecraft: Story Mode Returns for Episode 5 on March 29, Plus Three More Adventures in 2016!

The adventures of Jesse and the NEW Order of the Stone are set to continue this month! In the first episode since the Wither Storm finale, Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 5 - Order Up! will be available starting March 29 on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. And that's not the only exciting news for Minecraft: Story Mode players today. We can also reveal that Order Up! won't be the last you see of Jesse, as Episode 5 will bridge the gap between the Wither Storm story arc, and three all-new adventures that will continue as post-season episodes are set to release in the coming months of 2016! These continuing adventures of the New Order of the Stone will follow the additional escapades of Jesse and... Read more

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Xbox Talks UWP, Gaming on Windows 10, and Xbox Dev Mode at Build 2016

Microsoft’s 2016 Build Developer Conference is unfolding at San Francisco’s Moscone Center this week – and the Xbox team was in attendance to share its vision and goals for gaming, both on Xbox One and Windows 10, and the future of game development across devices. At Build 2016’s day one keynote earlier today, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer discussed Universal Windows Platform (UWP), the development platform we’re embracing for gaming and apps across multiple Windows 10 devices, and what it means for game developers going forward. The brand-new Xbox Dev Mode was also highlighted, allowing developers of all shapes and sizes to unlock their retail Xbox Ones to more efficiently build,... Read more

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Cold Darkness Awakened DLC Coming To Rise of the Tomb Raider Next Week

Throughout Rise of the Tomb Raider we’ve seen Lara Croft rise to a world fiercely protecting its secrets while overcoming a ruthless organization known as Trinity, prevail over the brutal conditions of Siberia in the ultimate woman-versus-wild tests of stamina in Endurance Mode, and most recently navigate through myth and reality in conquering the curse of Baba Yaga. The next and final piece of downloadable content in Rise of the Tomb Raider will have Lara encounter an army of nightmarish predators in Cold Darkness Awakened on March 29 in the Xbox Store and Windows Store. A decommissioned Cold War research base has been breached, unleashing a deadly affliction from its Siberian... Read more

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Coming to Preview: Buy Xbox 360 Games on Xbox One, 16-Person Party Chat and More

This month’s update is all about our continued commitment to listen to all of you and transform the Xbox experience based on your feedback. Today, we’re excited to announce a few features that you’ve been asking for which are coming to Xbox One, the Xbox app, or both. The host of updates include top-voted Xbox Feedback requests such as the ability to purchase Xbox 360 Backward Compatible games on Xbox One and improving social features like Party Chat broadcasting to Twitch. The updates will begin to rollout to the Xbox One Preview audience starting today and to Xbox app (beta) members starting tomorrow. Here’s what’s coming to Xbox One Preview: Purchase Xbox 360 Backward... Read more

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