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Xbox Design Lab’s First Batch of Controllers Are Shipping Now

At E3 we unveiled Xbox Design Lab, our newest way to offer Xbox fans more choice and personalization in how they play.  Xbox Design Lab is an online customization program on Xbox.com that let’s fans design their very own Xbox Wireless Controller with more than 8 million different color combinations to choose from. As orders have been coming in, we’ve been busy with production as each controller is handmade to order, and are happy to announce that the first batch of orders have shipped today! Fans who already placed their orders can expect to receive their personalized controllers in early September. For all other orders, fans can expect to receive their controllers in just 14... Read more

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Grammy and Emmy Award-nominated and Game of Thrones Composer, Ramin Djawadi, Scores Gears of War 4

Each Gears of War score has been an unforgettable experience, and Gears of War 4 features one that will take that experience even further. Today, we’re excited to announce that the game’s score is composed by a Grammy and Emmy Award-nominated maestro whose tunes are beloved (and frequently hummed) by millions around the globe: Ramin Djawadi. Renowned for scoring some of Hollywood’s biggest hit TV shows and films, including Game of Thrones, Iron Man and Pacific Rim, Ramin is bringing his unique talent and vision to create a sweeping score that fuels the heart-pounding adventure and riveting story of Gears of War 4. Ramin’s compositions mixed with the sounds of the iconic... Read more

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Halo 5: Forge Comes to PC on September 8, Anvil’s Legacy Content Release Revealed

On September 8, Halo’s most powerful and accessible world, level and game creation suite arrives as a free download via the Windows Store on Windows 10 PCs. Halo 5: Forge lets map makers, creative visionaries, and Spartans of all kinds build, share and play new levels, maps, and experiences across Windows 10 PC and Xbox One. On the same day, the ninth free content release for Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One – Anvil’s Legacy – will deliver significant updates to Forge mode on console that complement the Windows release, as well as two new maps, new weapons, new weapon attachments, customization options and more. Here’s a quick refresher on Halo 5: Forge: Halo 5: Forge Comes... Read more

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Xbox Unveils its Latest Design… and it’s Not What You Might Think

Set to delight fashionistas and entertainment fans alike, the Xbox Australia team this week announced a limited edition ‘Xbox Onesie’ to celebrate the launch of the Xbox One S console 500 GB and 1TB SKUs in their market. The ‘Xbox Onesie’ has been designed in collaboration with some of the country’s biggest film, TV, gaming and sports fans. The result… what can only be described as the perfect loungewear attire for true entertainment fans! With custom features including enlarged pockets to fit controllers, forearm grips for those edge of your seat moments and an XL hood to accommodate headsets, the ‘Xbox Onesie’ comes with everything an entertainment enthusiast could... Read more

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Halo Championship Series Pro League Fall Season Schedule Revealed

Coming off an incredible Summer 2016 Season, the Halo Championship Series: Pro League by ESL is poised to be back bigger and better than before. On both sides of the pond, the HCS Pro League Summer 2016 Season delivered incredible matches and excitement, while providing valuable learnings for us on the HCS team. Heading into the Fall 2016 Season – as well as the 2017 Halo World Championship – 343 Industries and ESL are excited about incorporating excellent feedback provided by teams, players, and fans all over the world. Today, we’re excited to talk more about the upcoming Fall season, including format, full season roadmap, and new open events. The Summer Finals for 2016 saw... Read more

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Halo Wars 2 Beta: Thanks to You, the Game is Changing

Hey Guys, I first wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in the Halo Wars 2 Multiplayer Beta this past June. As a reminder, this was more a technical preview of where we are in development, or as I like to refer to it, a true development beta.  This not only enabled us to test our backend and tuning, but also to put the game in the hands of players early enough that we could respond to feedback. The Halo Wars team, across 343 Industries and Creative Assembly, felt it important to share with you our key takeaways, and how we will be adapting the game based on your feedback. You took the time to play, so now we are taking the time to respond to things YOU have made... Read more

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How to Watch the Summer Games on Xbox One

The year’s most anticipated sporting event kicks off tonight with the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Games. The 2016 entry in this long-running tradition will take place in and around Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with athletes from more than 200 countries competing in more than 300 events from August 5-21. It’s going to be an exciting few weeks, so we wanted to make sure Xbox One owners know where they can experience this momentous event. Watch the Olympics Live with the Official NBC Sports App for Xbox One Watch every minute from the Summer Games live and on-demand, with the NBC Sports app, a free download on your Xbox One!  Plus, stream thousands of live sporting events airing... Read more

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Sign up Today for the Largest Competitive Gaming Event in Forza History

Forza Motorsport has been on the forefront of competitive racing for years and 2016 has proven to be the biggest year yet. The first half of 2016 has been a momentous one for Forza Motorsport 6 and its commitment to competitive online racing and esports. There are currently three million players racing in Forza games every month, competing in events such as June’s Le Mans-timed Michelin 24 Hour Forza Challenge and Audi 24 Hours of Le Forza Contest, where over 700,000 unique viewers tuned in. In addition, recent Forza Motorsport 6 FIA Formula E Race Off competitions garnered over 600,000 unique viewers. In early June, we announced the Forza Racing Championship (#ForzaRC), our all-new... Read more

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Forza Motorsport 6 Heats Up with the Turn 10 Summer Car Pack

The Turn 10 Summer Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 6 has arrived! Whether you’re looking to recreate the legends of motorsport’s past, or you want to create your own legend online in Forza Motorsport 6, this pack has something for everyone. First up, we have four stunning racers, three of which were driven by racing legends: John Surtees’ Ferrari F-158 F1, A.J. Foyt’s Watson #1 Sheraton-Thompson Special Roadster and Paul Newman’s Datsun #33 Bob Sharp Racing 280ZX Turbo. Of course, cars don’t need to have race liveries to be terrifyingly fast, as the monstrous 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan amply demonstrates. And if you value speed over size, you can head straight to the 2016 Abarth... Read more

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Xbox One S: 4K, HDR and what you need to know

The highly anticipated, newly designed Xbox One S starts hitting shelves today. Since Xbox One S features 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and High Dynamic Range (HDR) for games and video, we wanted to ensure those who are about to unbox their new console know all the ins-and-outs when it comes to 4K, HDR and what you need to do in order to enable your 4K TV. Getting Started: Three Things You’ll Need to Experience 4K Before you can experience 4K and HDR games and video, you’ll need to make sure you’re set up properly and have the right equipment. 1. You’ll need a 4K capable device Good news, the Xbox One S is 4K Ultra HD capable 2. You’ll need a 4K TV To check... Read more

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Tune in to Food Network Tonight for a Halo-themed Episode of Cake Wars

Recently I had the opportunity to serve as the guest judge for a Halo-themed episode of the Food Network show, Cake Wars, and the episode is airing tonight at 9 p.m. EDT / 8 p.m. CDT. In the episode, four awesome bakers face off to create cakes based on the Halo universe, with the winning contestant earning $10,000 and a trip for them and their cake to the Halo World Championship finals that took place this past March. Tune in to the special episode tonight as I sit at the judges table along with Cake Wars judges Waylynn Lucas and Ron Ben-Israel to determine who will come out on top in a Halo match like none you’ve ever seen. Hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think of... Read more

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The Xbox Summer Update Starts Rolling Out

The latest system update for Xbox One and the Xbox app starts rolling out today, continuing our commitment to give gamers more choice in how and where they play. Cortana is now on Xbox One, Background Music will be available through music apps like Pandora, we’re bringing the most played PC games to Xbox Live with their own Game Hubs and we’re starting to combine the best of the Xbox Store and Windows Store for a single cohesive experience across devices. And of course, these updates will be available on the new, highly-anticipated, Xbox One S when the 2TB launch edition becomes available on August 2 for $399. The update will also be ready for the 1TB and 500GB Xbox One S models later... Read more

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