This Week on Xbox - August 11

This Week on Xbox: August 11

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all 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 past 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 above featuring the one and only Major Nelson. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

Latest Xbox Update Releases to Insiders Starting Today
It’s an exciting day at Team Xbox as Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Ring will get a first look at the latest Xbox update. This release is the next major update for gaming on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, and is designed to make the Xbox gaming experience more fun, personalized, and social than ever… Read more

Spotify Comes to Xbox One
Whether you’re battling hordes of enemies, scoring the winning goal or just enjoying the scenic routes of your favorite open world game, the greatest gaming experiences all have one thing in common – a majestic soundtrack. The perfect soundtrack can take you back to reminisce about moments of gaming triumph… Read more

Explore Your Favorite Car in Stunning Detail in the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage
Welcome to week four of the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage, where we are well on our way to revealing the more than 700+ vehicles that will be a part of Forza Motorsport 7 at launch. With hundreds of cars to race, customize, and explore, this week we’re focusing on the “exploration” part of the game… Read more

Watch the Gears Esports Offseason Finale on Mixer this Wednesday
On July 26th, Mixer and The Coalition launched the first ever Mixer-exclusive reality series, Gears Esports Offseason. The series consists of four episodes, three of which have already aired, with the final episode set to air this Wednesday, August 9th at 5pm PT/8pm EST/12am GMT on… Read more

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Create, Explore, and Survive with the Minecraft Licensed Merchandise Bundle
In August at select retailers, buy the Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Favorites Pack for $29.99 and get Minecraft licensed merchandise at no additional cost! In Minecraft, create and explore your very own world where the only limit is what you can imagine — just be sure to build a shelter before night falls to keep yourself safe from monsters… Read more

Announcing Minecon Earth!
For the past few years we’ve hosted MINECONs throughout the world, and they’ve been great! We’re extremely proud of how our annual conference has evolved since the first one back in Las Vegas, and would like to thank every attendee for taking some time out to join us. But this year we’re switching it up… Read more

Join Xbox Academy at the Flagship Microsoft Store to Design and Create Your First Video Game
When you play video games enough to consider making one yourself, hands-on is the best way to learn. At Microsoft, we’re about inspiring creators, and to empower the next new wave of gaming creativity, Microsoft Store is excited to announce Xbox Academy is back – this time class is in session at the New York and Sydney flagship stores… Read more

Creating the Score of Life is Strange: Before the Storm
It’s now almost two months since we announced Life is Strange: Before the Storm on the Xbox stage at E3 2017, and we’re fast approaching Episode One’s release date on August 31. Thinking back to our announce brings fond memories of the sheer excitement our community and the Xbox conference crowd demonstrated… Read more

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You Asked, We Listened: Fans Can Now Opt into the Xbox Insider Program
The Xbox Insider Program is growing, and with that growth comes exciting new opportunities. Alongside our continual efforts to hear all feedback shared by the Xbox Insider community, we’re now simplifying entry into the Xbox One Update Preview rings and partnering with 1st and 3rd party studios to provide Xbox Insiders… Read more

Play For Honor for Free August 10-13 with Xbox Live Gold
If you’ve been holding back from storming the battlefields of For Honor, now’s your chance to take up arms as a noble Knight, brutal Viking, or skillful Samurai this weekend on Xbox One. Beginning Thursday, August 10 at 12:01 a.m. PDT, Xbox Live Gold members can download For Honor from the Xbox Store for free… Read more

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Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics Coming to Xbox One
I’ve got some great news for fans of Smite and even better news for those who love drawing cards, casting spells, and hardcore tactical gameplay on their Xbox One. I’m thrilled to announce that Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics, a divine blend of the action of collectible card games and the tactics of turn-based strategy games… Read more

Buy Once, Hoon Twice: Xbox Partners with Hoonigan and Ken Block to Bring New Forza Content
Xbox and the Forza franchise have teamed up with motorsport-lifestyle brand Hoonigan to bring some of the most iconic Hoonigan cars to Forza Motorsport 7 and Forza Horizon 3. Fans who pre-order Forza Motorsport 7 digitally will receive Hoonigan Car Packs for both games at no additional cost… Read more

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Indie Up! The First Wave of Creators Program Games Are Available Now
Back in March, we unveiled the Xbox Live Creators Program. Starting today, I’m excited to announce that any developer can directly publish their games to Xbox One and Windows 10. And, the first wave of games from the Creators Program are live right now for everyone on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs… Read more

Experience Battlefield 1 Now with EA Access
Experience the dawn of all-out war as you take to the front line of combat across the entire theater of World War I in Battlefield 1, now available for unlimited play in the EA Access Vault for just $4.99 per month. Battlefield 1’s explosive multiplayer action focuses on team play and unique combat roles on land, in the sky, and at sea… Read more

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Become The One in NBA Live 18
NBA Live 18 is all about player control, taking place where skill meets style, a place inhabited by recently-announced cover athlete James Harden. With moves unmatched, a game that’s always on point, and an artistry and flair about everything he does, Harden is a unique player and individual… Read more