This Week on Xbox: February 16, 2018

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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 above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

Xbox One X Contest: Limited Edition Air Jordan III Inspired Consoles
30 years ago, I was sitting at home watching Michael Jordan participate in the 1988 slam dunk contest as he took off from the free throw line in what would become the most iconic dunk in basketball history. Not only was it one of the greatest and most watched moments in basketball history, it launched a revolution — every kid (like me) from around the world would spend years experiencing the thrill of what it’s like to own the same sneakers as the Jumpman himself. Today I’m honored and humbled to announce a very special and unique collaboration between Air Jordan and Xbox. Anyone who’s a sneaker enthusiast knows that the next five weeks are a very big deal when it comes to some… Read more

Xbox One Deals for Every Gamer
Games play best on Xbox One, but if you haven’t already made the jump, we’ve got a couple great deals kicking off as early as today for Xbox One S and Xbox One X. In the U.S. and Canada, there are great savings on Xbox One S bundles, including the new Xbox One S PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle launching February 20 and available for pre-order today. In Canada, starting today, February 15, through February 23, save $60 CAD on 1TB Xbox One S bundles In the U.S., starting February 18 through March 3, save $50 USD on Xbox One S bundles Also, back by popular demand, we’re bringing back the offer where every Xbox One X purchase will come with a digital copy of the Xbox… Read more

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Xbox Live Free Play Days for All This Weekend
Xbox is inviting all Xbox Live members without a Gold membership to play online with friends for free during our Free Play Days For All event from Thursday, February 15 at 00:01 a.m. PST to Sunday, February 18 at 11:59 p.m. PST on Xbox One and Xbox 360. This event is a terrific opportunity for all our players to experience multiplayer gaming, one of the most popular benefits of an Xbox Live Gold member, on every multiplayer-enabled game they own across the Xbox family of devices. Use this weekend to cooperate with your friends and compete in thrilling matches with other players across the world. Rainbow Six Siege and NBA 2K18 Unlocked for a Limited Time To make this experience even… Read more

Play Heartwarming Favorites in the Valentine’s Day Indie Sweets Sale
You had me at Start Game… Love is in the air so the ID@Xbox team has curated some of our favorite co-op and love-themed games and discounted them by up to 75% in the Valentine’s Day Indie Sweets Sale. Whether you’re looking to cuddle up on the couch and watch a delightful story or you’re playing co-op with your favorite someone on the other side of the country, we have a bunch of great games to help get you through the week. Now’s a wonderful time to add some romance to your gaming collection with great games like: Conga Master (50% off). Express your love through the great art of dance. Shake your virtual hips to the ridiculously fun arcade action of Conga Master as everyone… Read more

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Play and Save with 2K’s All-Stars This Week Only
Are you a point guard or a Pandoran vault hunter? A Big Daddy or big wrestling champion? Take your pick because the 2K Publisher Sale has a game for everyone. For one week only from February 13 to February 19, get the lowest prices on all your 2K favorites including NBA 2K18WWE 2K18Borderlands: The Handsome CollectionBioShock: The Collection, and more. The 2K Publisher Sale includes deals for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 digital games, with savings up to 75% off! Enjoy these great games all with the convenience of downloading them right from your living room to your Xbox console… Read more

Dragon Ball FighterZ Tips and Tricks
Hey, Xbox gamers! The Tips & Tricks team is back with five tips for Dragon Ball FighterZ! Click on the video player above to check it out. Put on your turtle school gi, unleash your hidden potential, and thank Kami because Dragonball FighterZ is here and it’s a brawling beauty! Utilizing Unreal Engine 4, Arc Systems replicated the traditional anime art style to a tee, all while providing intuitive gameplay and gorgeous 3D effects. Add the fact that Arc System is no stranger to the fighting game formula and you’ve got the perfect storm for an incredible game! For even more strategies and tactics on today’s hottest games, plus plenty of other gaming-related fun, tune in to Mixer… Read more

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Olympic Athletes Lend Their Expertise to Steep Road to the Olympics
With the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang officially underway, Steep is giving you the perfect opportunity to ignite your competitive flame with Road to the Olympics, available now on the Microsoft Store. This expansion introduces a sprawling new powder-filled mountain set in Japan as well as a bevy of new events set on South Korean slopes. These new challenges are specially tuned to capture the speed and challenge of Olympic competition, and they include Giant Slalom, Slalom, Super-G, Downhill, Parallel Giant Slalom, Halfpipe, Snowboard Cross, Slopestyle, Big Air, Ski Halfpipe, Ski Cross, and Ski Slopestyle. To help get the look and feel of these events exactly right, the Steep… Read more

Kingdom Come: Deliverance – Welcome to Bohemia
One could argue that the main protagonist of Kingdom Come: Deliverance is history. The game takes place in 15th century Bohemia — 1403, precisely. After the passing of beloved king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, the whole empire is left in the hands of his son, Wenceslaus IV. Sadly, Wenceslaus does not take much after his father, as he neglects the affairs of the realm and instead spends his time feasting and hunting. This upsets the imperial nobility and therefore they do not hesitate to turn to Wenceslaus’ half-brother, Sigismund of Hungary, who swiftly decides on a radical solution. He invades Bohemia, imprisons Wenceslaus, and lets his army of mercenaries pillage the… Read more

Console Launch Exclusive Deep Rock Galactic Arrives on Xbox One and Windows 10 This Month
Deep Rock Galactic is the bearded brainchild of a team of video games industry veterans who hail from leading studios such as, IO Interactive, Ubisoft, Havok, Deadline Games and Press Play. In 2016, we suddenly found ourselves with the opportunity to start our own game company, and thus Ghost Ship Games was born. As a studio, our goal is to create co-op first experiences in weird and wonderful settings that unite players and will keep them engaged for years to come. Deep Rock Galactic is our first title and encapsulates the game we’ve always dreamt of making – a co-op first space mining FPS, with dwarves! To make our lives even more difficult, we decided to go with procedurally… Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console, and what that means for the future of gaming. Today, we’ll be chatting with the development team The Astronauts about enhancing The Vanishing of Ethan Carter for Xbox One X. What specifically is your development team doing to enhance The Vanishing of Ethan Carter for Xbox One X (textures, draw, framerate, resolution)? The… Read more

Announcing the Forza Racing Championship 2018
Drivers start your engines! Turn 10 Studios is taking racing esports to the next level with the Forza Racing Championship (ForzaRC) 2018. Taking the physicality of real-world motorsport and blending it with the approachability of racing esports, ForzaRC 2018 is built on the award-winning Forza Motorsport 7 –  which features more than 700 cars, 60 frames per second, and native 4K resolution on Xbox One X. Drivers of all skill levels will compete for glory and more than $250,000 in prizes, our largest prize pool to date. Starting today, drivers can register at the official site,, to compete in the first ranked season of global competition, which begins April 2. ForzaRC… Read more

Kingdom Hearts III Confirms Monsters, Inc. World at D23 Conference
A new Kingdom Hearts III trailer was unveiled at Disney’s D23 conference in Tokyo this past weekend revealing Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” as the latest world to be included in the blockbuster video game series, building upon last Summer’s announcement of “Toy Story” appearing in the upcoming RPG. Longtime Kingdom Hearts fans will spot a lot to be excited by in the trailer: the return of past friends and foes, expanded party size in action, and outlandishly dazzling Keyblade transformations that give Sora power and moves like never before. Kingdom Hearts III will mark the first time the franchise comes to Xbox, a beloved action RPG series built upon a collaboration between… Read more

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Pre-orders Now Available for Surviving Mars on Xbox One
The main challenge of managing your colony in Surviving Mars isn’t just the budget; it’s right there in the title: if you want your Martian settlement to grow and thrive, your colonists have to survive long enough to see that happen. On March 15, Xbox players will get the chance to see whether they’re cut out for life on Mars in the newest strategy game from Paradox Interactive and Haemimont Games. Surviving Mars is a building and management game that raises the stakes a little more than the usual builder (raises them roughly 225 million kilometers from Earth). Sure, having a power shortage in a city-building game is annoying, but in a world where a power shortage means your… Read more

Halo World Championship 2018 Finals to Take Place at CenturyLink Field Event Center
The Halo World Championship is the biggest and most prestigious event in the Halo esports calendar. It’s the crown jewel, with more than a million dollars in prizing on the line as well as the right to claim the title of best Halo players in the world. Finding a venue to match the spectacle of such an event in Halo esports is always a challenge; you have to find a destination, and one that people can easily travel to and have an unforgettable in-person experience, but also one that ensures a premium experience for viewers at home. When we announced that a new era of Halo esports had begun in partnership with MLG, we teased that the Finals venue for Halo World Championship is coming… Read more

Tune in to the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Mixer Livestream on February 19
The Definitive Edition of the original Age of Empires with the Rise of Rome expansion pack will launch on February 20, local time for Windows 10 PCs! To celebrate, the flagship Microsoft Store in New York is hosting a special livestream from the Mixer NYC Studio the day before, so fans around the world can experience the action. Join hosts Kate Yeager, Adam Isgreen from Microsoft Studios, Bert Beeckman from Forgotten Empires and more special guests as they discuss the remastering of the classic real-time strategy game, stream gameplay and share their best tips and tricks.  Fans can get the game from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 beginning at midnight on February 20. The Age of… Read more

Celebrate the Release of Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” in 4K HDR on Xbox One
To celebrate the release of “Coco” in 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) , Disney-Pixar and Xbox are excited to announce the Xbox One S Coco Custom Console Sweepstakes. In Disney-Pixar’s vibrant tale of family, fun, and adventure, an aspiring young musician named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There, the charming trickster Héctor (Gael García Bernal) becomes an unexpected friend who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family’s stories and traditions. Only five limited-edition Xbox One S consoles and controllers inspired by “Coco” have been created. Each console includes a copy of “Coco” in 4K Ultra HD…. Read more

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Get Lost in Fe’s Unfathomable Forests, Available Now on Xbox One
Fe arrives today on Xbox One. By now, we hope you’ve had a chance to glimpse a few of the breathtaking images from the game. It’s a strikingly lovely world, a marvelously contoured land of hidden valleys, shimmering waterfalls, and towering evergreens looking down over vast valleys teeming with life. The forest is a world of quiet, sublime beauty, a canvas of bold colors and deep shadows… some concealing hidden menace. As Fe, you will explore this expansive, marvelous, and occasionally frightening wilderness. The Silent Ones have come, seizing the wild animals of the wood for their own mysterious purposes. As Fe, you will unravel this riddle and free the trapped creatures. Along… Read more

Claybook Now Available via Xbox Game Preview on Xbox One
We’re incredibly excited to announce that Claybook is now available through Xbox Game Preview for Xbox One gamers. Bringing Claybook to Xbox One has been a huge undertaking for our small two-person team. We started our journey two years ago, and now we’re ready to hand over the game to the Xbox community. Claybook is a unique world made entirely of clay. Everything acts like it’s made of real clay. Every inch of the environment can be shaped and molded. Everything has matter inside it, not just an outer shell. Clay can be liquid or solid, and it can be deformed and destroyed. Claybook runs at smooth 60 fps on both Xbox One versions and offers enhanced high-quality 4K assets for… Read more

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Shaq Joins Chris Paul and Karl-Anthony Towns for a Special Xbox Live Sessions
On February 16, Xbox is teaming up with basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal and top-tier players Chris Paul and Karl-Anthony Towns for a special Xbox Live Sessions episode on Mixer! Paul and Towns will join Shaq to feel the true power of Xbox One X, playing NBA 2K18 live on February 16 at 3:00 p.m. PT hosted on the Xbox Mixer Channel. Shaq, the 15-time all-star, will show off his gaming skills and answer questions from fans on Mixer. Then, Chris Paul will square off against Karl-Anthony Towns in a special Xbox Charity Challenge, which will air on this episode of Xbox Live Sessions. It’s going to be a blast for a great cause. On Xbox Live Sessions, fans will be able to submit… Read more