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Bid on Custom Xbox One X Consoles from Top Celebrities to Support Make-A-Wish

Back in 2007, to celebrate the first anniversary of Xbox 360, our Xbox team down under kicked off a program called Konsoles for Kids. The idea was simple. Tap a local designer to jazz up some custom Xbox 360 consoles, get them autographed by some of the country’s top talent and auction them off for charity. Back then, we partnered with the likes of Peter Jackson, Russell Crowe, The Wiggles and a few others with a goal to raise $30,000 for Make-A-Wish. This year, with the same great cause at heart, we’re taking this idea to a whole new level. Rallying some of the biggest names in sports, entertainment and the Internet at large, Xbox and Make-A-Wish have teamed up for the 2018... Read more: Bid on Custom Xbox One X Consoles from Top Celebrities to Support Make-A-Wish

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Xbox is Uniting with Reach Out WorldWide on the 4th Annual Game4Paul Fundraiser

Today, on what would be “Fast and the Furious” star Paul Walker’s 45th birthday, we’re announcing that Xbox will partner with Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW) to hold the fourth annual Game4Paul charity fundraiser on Oct. 11. To celebrate Paul and support the important work being done by the nonprofit he created, his friends, ROWW and Xbox are teaming up to host a live streamed show full of games and exclusive sweepstakes rewards – including a custom Xbox One X console. After seeing such incredible support from Xbox fans during last year’s Game4Paul event, we’re thrilled to be collaborating again for an even bigger show and look forward to setting a new record for funds raised to... Read more: Xbox is Uniting with Reach Out WorldWide on the 4th Annual Game4Paul Fundraiser

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Megan Fox, Zedd and More Battle the Elements in the Forza Horizon 4 Seasons Simulator

With the upcoming launch of Forza Horizon 4 on October 2, there’s plenty of excitement for car enthusiast and racing fans to look forward to and, in anticipation of the game’s release, we’re kicking off a special two-day event on September 12 through September 13 that current and future Forza Horizon fans won’t want to miss, only on the Mixer ForzaSeasons Channel! Seasons change everything in Forza Horizon 4, and tomorrow starting at 11 a.m. PDT, you’ll get to witness celebrities with a love for speed, driving and adrenaline experience a one-of-a-kind Forza Horizon 4 Seasons Simulator. The 360-degree booth is designed to mimic the changing seasons in Forza Horizon 4 – meaning... Read more: Megan Fox, Zedd and More Battle the Elements in the Forza Horizon 4 Seasons Simulator

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Lil Yachty and Karl-Anthony Towns Take on NBA 2K19 on Xbox on September 10 @ 3 PM PDT

Basketball and Hip Hop fans, this episode of Xbox Live Sessions is calling your name! Tune in to catch artist Lil Yachty and NBA All Star and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns play as themselves in the new NBA 2K19, which just launched today. Hosted by Ronnie 2K, the stream will air on the Mixer Xbox Channel on September 10 at 3 p.m. PDT. This is a great opportunity to get an inside look at NBA 2K19, the game that celebrates 20 years of redefining what sports gaming can be, on the world’s most powerful console. But that’s not all – viewers will also have a chance to win one of 10 Xbox One X NBA 2K19 bundles from Team Xbox! Don’t miss all the action on Monday,... Read more: Lil Yachty and Karl-Anthony Towns Take on NBA 2K19 on Xbox on September 10 @ 3 PM PDT

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This Week on Xbox: August 31, 2018

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! Introducing Xbox All Access If you or a friend are looking for the right time to join the Xbox family, this is for you! We’re introducing Xbox All Access, a limited-time offer available only in the U.S. at a Microsoft Store near you while... Read more: This Week on Xbox: August 31, 2018

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Support the Best Friends Animal Society with Square Enix and Xbox

Master of her environment, Lara races through the jungle to save the world from a Maya apocalypse –  but something is different. The team at Square Enix amps up the age-old battle of “Cats vs Dogs of the Beginning” with adorable cats and dogs. Watch the trailer above to learn how the dogged Lara Croft will sneak past the feline guards in order to save her puppy friend from an apocalyptic grooming. In celebration of “National Dog Day” earlier this week and the release of the “Shadow of the Cute Raider”, Square Enix and Xbox are excited to partner with the Best Friends Animal Society, supporting their efforts with an online auction of: A limited edition custom Xbox One... Read more: Support the Best Friends Animal Society with Square Enix and Xbox

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Register Now for the Fifth Annual ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House

For the fifth year in a row, ID@Xbox is hosting a Pre-PAX Open House on the Microsoft campus. Register here (the event is free) to start your PAX party a day early! We're super excited to host everyone on our home turf on campus in Redmond to play more than 50 super cool Xbox games from independent developers, including 8 new announces! Join us on August 30 (the Thursday before PAX) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to play games, meet the wonderful developers who made ‘em, and maybe even win a prize in our raffle! Getting to hang out and play games with devs and Xbox fans makes this one of our favorite events of the year, so we hope you can make it! Not only will you have the chance to... Read more: Register Now for the Fifth Annual ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House

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Ready Your Fists to Play Tekken 7 for Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

Get into an epic fight and unveil the ending of the legendary family warfare between members of the Mishima clan. This weekend, Xbox Live Gold members can enjoy Tekken 7 for free during Xbox Live Gold’s Free Play Days! Starting Thursday, August 2 at 12:01 a.m. PT and running through to Sunday, August 5 at 11:59 p.m. PT, Xbox Live Gold members can play one of the most ambitious entries in the Tekken series. And if you want to train harder, you can pick up the standard or deluxe edition of Tekken 7 at a 60% discount during the Free Play Days event, to continue your experience after the event. And thanks to being an Xbox Live Gold member, even when you decide to come back to the game... Read more: Ready Your Fists to Play Tekken 7 for Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

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Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds takes on the Xbox Game Pass Challenge to raise money for the LOVELOUD Foundation

Those who love Imagine Dragons know that front man Dan Reynolds is a force to be reckoned with on stage. But he’s also a fierce gamer with an important cause to support: LBGTQ+ youth and suicide awareness. This past Friday, Xbox hosted an Xbox Game Pass Challenge to support LOVELOUD, the foundation that Dan founded in 2017 to help ignite the relevant and vital conversation of what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth. LOVELOUD is the catalyst for bringing communities together to start the conversation and celebrate individuality. In the Xbox Game Pass Challenge, Dan had 50 minutes to complete 10 challenges in 10 games throughout the Xbox Game... Read more: Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds takes on the Xbox Game Pass Challenge to raise money for the LOVELOUD Foundation

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Tune-in Today for Gears Pro Circuit and Halo Championship Series Action

In just a few hours, the Gears Pro Circuit and Halo Championship Series will unite in New Orleans for a simultaneous, crossover esports event, where the best Gears and Halo players will each compete for $250,000 prize pools. Featuring hundreds of players, two main stages, multiple feature stations and two open brackets, the tournament is sure to be required viewing for fans of both franchises and esports! The competition kicks off this afternoon at 2 p.m. CDT/12 p.m. PDT, streaming live on live.gearsofwar.com, Mixer.com/Halo, Twitch.tv/Halo, Twitter and Facebook. Gears players tuning into the action will have the chance to earn free in-game weapon skins throughout the weekend, just by... Read more: Tune-in Today for Gears Pro Circuit and Halo Championship Series Action

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First-Ever Xbox Gaming Tournament Hosted at 2018 Special Olympic USA Games

The Xbox Gaming Tournament at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games was a first in the world of competitive video gaming. Xbox and Special Olympics partnered to facilitate the pilot video gaming tournament at a Special Olympics event, featuring Forza Motorsport 7 on July 2nd at the USA Games in Seattle, Washington. Players across the nation came together throughout the month of April to compete in prelims for a spot in the final tournament and a chance to win a custom-wrapped Xbox One X prize. The Xbox Gaming Tournament originated from a hackathon in last year’s Microsoft One Week, where employees spend an entire week to go work on passion projects. Stephen Smith, Karen Woessner Smith,... Read more: First-Ever Xbox Gaming Tournament Hosted at 2018 Special Olympic USA Games

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The Gears Pro Circuit and Halo Championship Series Unite July 13-15

This weekend, two of Xbox’s most legendary franchises converge in New Orleans for a unique, crossover esports event. From Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15 at the New Orleans Convention Center, Major League Gaming (MLG), The Coalition and 343 Industries will host simultaneous standalone tournaments for the Gears Pro Circuit and Halo Championship Series, where the best players from both franchises compete for separate, $250,000 prize pools. Featuring hundreds of players, two main stages, multiple feature stations and two open brackets, the joint tournament is sure to feature non-stop spectacle for fans of both franchises. The competition kicks of this Friday at 2 p.m. CDT/12 p.m. PDT,... Read more: The Gears Pro Circuit and Halo Championship Series Unite July 13-15

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