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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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Conquer Oxeye’s Cobalt with These Helpful Tutorial Videos

Oxeye Game Studio and Mojang’s crazy, action-packed sidescroller Cobalt hits Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows PC tomorrow – and the good folks at Oxeye have assembled a quartet of tutorial videos to help bring you up to speed on all that Cobalt has to offer. We can’t stress enough how absolutely chaotic this game can get, so it’s important to nail the basics! Time Dilation In Cobalt, threats prompt a time dilation mechanic, slowing things down and allowing you to pull off some of the coolest bullet-time shenanigans this side of “The Matrix.” This video demonstrates some of the cool things that can occur around this... Read more

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Halo X Games Aspen Invitational 2016: Full Schedule

The Halo World Championship Tour: X Games Aspen Invitational 2016 kicks off today! The six teams from North America and two international teams (UK and Germany) – will compete in group play that will culminate in a single-elimination bracket-style tournament onsite at X Games Aspen for medals and $30,000 in prize money. The action will be streamed live on WatchESPN, Twitch.tv/Halo and mlg.tv/halo. The full streaming schedule includes: Time Activity 1/28, 3:00 MT / 5:00 ET Day 1 Pregame Show 1/28, 3:30 MT / 5:30 ET Group A - Team Allegiance vs. Epsilon 1/28, 4:30 MT / 6:30 ET Group B - CLG vs. PENTA Sports 1/28, 5:30 MT / 7:30 ET Group A - Renegades... Read more

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Infinity’s Armory Brings New Maps, Halo 2 Battle Rifle, More to Halo 5: Guardians Today

The latest Halo 5: Guardians content release is available for free beginning today. Infinity's Armory delivers REQs straight from the arsenal of the most powerful space vessel in the UNSC fleet. Players can battle it out on two new battlegrounds, with the winding routes of steel and sand on Riptide for Arena and dynamic battles and open sightlines enabled by Urban for Warzone Assault. The Halo 2 Battle Rifle also makes its return to Halo 5: Guardians as a Mythic loadout weapon REQ to deploy in Warzone, and is also selectively available in Arena.  Additionally, Infinity’s Amory adds new uncommon and rare variants of the Carbine and the new ACHILLES armor set For more details about... Read more

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is Coming to Windows Store on January 28

Professional danger-seeker Lara Croft delved her back onto Xbox last holiday season in Rise of the Tomb Raider – and now, she’s getting back into the swing of things on Windows 10. Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ high-octane open-world adventure hits the Windows Store, Steam and other major retailers on January 28, bringing all of the exploration, excitement and beautiful scenery of Lara Croft’s latest quest to a whole new audience. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara journeys into the heart of Siberia in search of the lost city of Kitezh – but the nefarious Trinity organization is in a no-holds-barred race to uncover Kitezh’s legendary secret of immortality. Lara’s myriad... Read more

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Get Behind the Wheel of Forza Motorsport 6 at the Petersen Automotive Museum

The Forza Motorsport Racing Experience Gallery is now open to the public as part of the renovated Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, one of the premiere auto museums in the world and the largest in the United States. Anyone in L.A. or headed there for the holidays should go check it out! The museum’s Forza experience is featured in a 1,500 sq ft permanent gallery with 10 racing sleds and three Xbox kiosks all running a custom built demo of Forza Motorsport 6, featuring eight distinct experiences with vehicles from the museum’s collection. On the opposite wall is a collection of community images from Forza Motorsport 6. Along the back wall are details of how games are made,... Read more

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Start the New Year Off Right with January’s Great Games with Gold Titles

You’ve probably dropped a bunch of holiday cash on gifts for yourself and others, and heck, maybe you’ve thrown a lavish new year’s party. We know how it is. But dang it, you still want to play some hot new games. Well, don’t worry: Games with Gold is coming to the rescue! On Xbox One, Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition – the premier, combo-based, butt-kicking, mano-e-mano extravaganza – is first among your free offerings, followed by a brand new title to Xbox One, Zheros, an indie beat-em-up with an incredible art style. On Xbox 360, Games with Gold gives gamers a gearhead’s dream with DiRT Showdown, the most recent off-road racing experience from the well-known Colin... Read more

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Greatest Games Line-Up in Xbox History Fuels Record Holiday, Extends to 2016

With the arrival of the New Xbox One Experience with Backward Compatibility and the most critically-acclaimed fall lineup of exclusives ever on Xbox*, you set new records for global engagement on Xbox Live this holiday. On Dec. 28 there were more gamers using Xbox Live than any other day in Xbox history, and the number of hours spent gaming on Xbox One and Xbox 360 during Christmas week 2015 were up compared to last year**. Thanks to you, Xbox One continues to outpace Xbox 360 at the same point in time in the Xbox 360 generation, making it the best-selling console in Xbox console history. 2015 was a monumental year for Xbox – the biggest in our history – and we owe it all to our... 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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Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode Four and Windows 10 Arrival

Ahead of next Tuesday’s release of Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode Four, the folks at Telltale Games and Mojang have put together a spiffy new trailer, above! Arriving Dec. 22 on Xbox, PlayStation, PC and mobile platforms, Wither Storm Finale will complete the Wither Storm chapter for members of the Order of the Stone. But fret not, season pass disc holders – the episode will be available the same day through an online update. Lastly, we have great news for Windows players: Minecraft: Story Mode is now available on Windows 10! Head over to the Windows Store to purchase the first episode or the full season pass. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire and the Telltale Games Blog for... Read more

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Halo: Reach Hits Xbox One Backward Compatibility Today

With the library of backward-compatible Xbox 360 titles coming to Xbox One growing after today’s announcement, it’s another great time to return to some of your favorite games from last generation... or check out some titles that you may have missed. Thanks to the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, there are now only a couple of Halo games not natively available on Xbox One. One of those games, the excellent Halo: Reach is now available thanks to Xbox One Backward Compatibility, allowing you to experience the fantastic tale of the Spartans who defended against one of the most iconic attacks in the entire Halo mythos. Halo: Reach is the sixth entry in the Halo series and... 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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Rise of the Tomb Raider Add-On Content Detailed

Back in October, Xbox and Crystal Dynamics revealed how the single player experience will be extended in Rise of the Tomb Raider and last night at The Game Awards shared a first glimpse at Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, one of the major content packs coming early next year via the Season Pass or as standalone DLC. In addition to Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, fans can also look forward to two other considerable additions to Rise of the Tomb Raider with Endurance Mode (available Dec. 29) and Cold Darkness Awakened (available in 2016) along with a slew of new outfits, weapons and expedition cards to personalize and extend fans experience in the main campaign. See below for more... Read more

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Xbox One Console Deals Return for a Limited Time: $50 off All Bundles, Starting at $299

Thanks to the support of our fans, Xbox One saw record-setting U.S. sales* and record global engagement** during the week of Black Friday. Due to this amazing response from gamers, we’re bringing the discounts back for a limited time: starting today, Dec. 9 through Saturday, Dec. 26 in the U.S., all Xbox One console bundles will be available for $50 off, starting at $299. This special offer is valid for any Xbox One bundle, including the Xbox One Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Bundle, the Xbox One Elite Bundle and the Xbox One 1TB Holiday Bundle, which includes Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rare Replay and a full-game download of Ori and the Blind Forest. With more bundles... Read more

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Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch Debuts at The Game Awards

Today during The Game Awards pre-show, Xbox and Crystal Dynamics gave fans a first glimpse at all-new downloadable content coming for Rise of the Tomb Raider with a tease of Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch which will be available in early 2016. Deep in the wilds of Siberia, there is a forbidden forest that no man will enter, where a Soviet expedition vanished without a trace. Lara enters the Wicked Vale in search of a missing man, but what she finds is a nightmare that she cannot explain. Is the witch, Baba Yaga, truly haunting the forbidden forest? Or is there more to the legend? Featuring hours of gameplay and a new outfit and bow, Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch expands the... Read more

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The Magnificent Destruction of Rainbow Six Siege

There’s no denying that one of the marquee features of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is its dynamic destruction engine. Walls, barricades, ceilings, and floors can all be destroyed, punched through, or otherwise mangled (not every surface is destructible, but enough are that the system doesn’t feel unduly artificial). It’s a wonderful feature, and changes traditional first-person shooter tactics dramatically. Here are six ways to experience all the beautiful destruction Siege has to offer. The Contractor Special The most obvious and widely used entry tactic in Siege is always going to be the breach charge. By placing these delightfully destructive mats against breakable... Read more