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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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Go from the Pond to the Pros in NHL 19 on Xbox One

NHL fans! Lace up your skates and get ready to play against some of the greatest legends in the game when NHL 19 comes to Xbox One on September 14, 2018. Play with or against 200 of the greatest legends of the game, or go from the pond to the pros as you compete on outdoor rinks surrounded by stunning landscapes in never-before-seen environments. Powered by Real Player Motion Technology, NHL 19 is our most-authentic hockey experience yet. The Great Outdoors As mentioned above, NHL 19 will take the game back to ponds. For the first time in franchise history, compete in the EA Sports Hockey League, NHL Threes, Play Now, and brand-new modes NHL Ones and Pro-Am on the pond. In NHL Ones,... Read more: Go from the Pond to the Pros in NHL 19 on Xbox One

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This Week on Xbox: E3 2018 Edition

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week, especially during E3 2018. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s E3 news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Announcements and Reveals E3 2018: Microsoft and McLaren Continue Storied Partnership with Forza Horizon 4 During the Xbox E3 2018 briefing, we announced that the 2019 McLaren Senna will grace the cover of Forza Horizon 4, the latest entry in the award-winning Forza Horizon series, and we couldn’t be more... Read more: This Week on Xbox: E3 2018 Edition

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E3 2018: Gaming for Everyone, a Conversation with Phil Spencer

E3 is always an incredible time to come together to appreciate the breadth of creative energy that abounds in our industry and to celebrate what’s ahead for gamers. At this year’s E3 Coliseum series, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox sat down with Tina Summerford, Head of Programming at Xbox, to discuss Microsoft’s approach to gaming, his perspective on E3 and to hear why the industry has a responsibility to make gaming for everyone. Other topics discussed during the panel were the unique games Xbox is looking to bring to the ID@Xbox program, insight into the creation of the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing, from matching thematic elements to creating an engaging experience, and the creation of the... Read more: E3 2018: Gaming for Everyone, a Conversation with Phil Spencer

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Watch the ForzaRC 2018 Series 1 Playoffs

This weekend, June 16 - 17, Series 1 of the Forza Racing Championship (ForzaRC) 2018 heads into its final lap with the ForzaRC 2018 Series 1 Playoffs. Broadcast live from Seattle, home of Turn 10 Studios, some of the best drivers from around the world will compete for the title of Series 1 Champion, a $75,000 prize pool and the opportunity to move a step closer to the Forza Racing World Championship 2018 this October. We’ve got an exciting weekend of racing lined up with competition beginning tomorrow, June 16 at 9 a.m. PDT with the first day of playoffs. Throughout the day, drivers will race their way through the quarterfinals and into the semi-finals, with the field narrowed to just... Read more: Watch the ForzaRC 2018 Series 1 Playoffs

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E3 2018: We Embark on a Mini-Adventure with a Furry Friend in Tunic on Xbox One

Making its appearance during the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing, the isometric camera, colorful visuals, and exploratory gameplay of Tunic were immediately drawing links to another green tunic wearing adventurer. And getting our hands on this title showed that indeed, there are similarities, but Tunic is trying some unique things that make it stand on its own. Waking on the beach of a small island, I took control of the little fox adventurer as he ascended some lengthy stairs, roll-dodging aggressive blobs and made my way into a small cave. Inside I found a small, unlocked chest that contained a large stick for whacking enemies across the head -- which I quickly proceeded to do once outside of... Read more: E3 2018: We Embark on a Mini-Adventure with a Furry Friend in Tunic on Xbox One

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E3 2018: Getting Reacquainted with Legendary Fighters in Soulcalibur VI on Xbox One

It’s been some time since I’ve transcended history (and the world), and experienced a tale of souls and swords, eternally retold. At E3 this year, with a refined and near-final version of Soulcalibur VI for Xbox One on hand, I took some of the classic SC characters for a spin like Sophitia and Siegfried, and new-to-the-roster Geralt of Rivia. Unlike some fighting games that have you on a 2D plane, the Soulcalibur series features fighters on a 3D stage in which you can shift your character left and right to avoid enemy attack. This same technique can be used to position yourself to counter-attack your opponent, shifting away from their weapon strikes, and landing an attack from... Read more: E3 2018: Getting Reacquainted with Legendary Fighters in Soulcalibur VI on Xbox One

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E3 2018: Xbox Green and Black Air Jordan I Spotted at E3

Xbox spokespersons and execs have been spotted wearing Air Jordan I Mids in Xbox green and black at E3 2018. They were first spotted at the Xbox briefing on Sunday, June 10 and can be seen throughout the week here at E3, having been seeded to Xbox spokespersons and key influencers in the gaming and lifestyle space. These shoes were custom made by Jordan Brand using premium suede for a clean finish. A closer look reveals the insoles featuring the Xbox and Jumpman logos, along with the Xbox wordmark on four different color laces (black, grey, dark green, and light green) to add their own flavor. The most unique element is the glow-in-the-dark sole that is inspired by the powering... Read more: E3 2018: Xbox Green and Black Air Jordan I Spotted at E3

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E3 2018: Taking Turns with the Tactical Strategy of Valkyria Chronicles 4 on Xbox One

It's understandable if you're unfamiliar with Valkyria Chronicles -- the original title released a decade ago, and some entries never saw a Western release. But don't let the "4" in its title scare you off from experiencing one of the most unique games coming to Xbox One this year. Based on the meaty E3 demo we experienced, Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a fresh return to the turn-based strategy, endearing characters, and stunning watercolor visuals that made the original a fan favorite. And as the storyline runs concurrently with events of the original Valkyria Chronicles, past experience with the series is purely optional. Set in something of an alternate history Europe during a... Read more: E3 2018: Taking Turns with the Tactical Strategy of Valkyria Chronicles 4 on Xbox One

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E3 2018: Surviving the Harsh Winter of Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus made a serious splash when it debuted at the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing. Showcasing the power of Xbox One X, the gorgeous first-person survival game brought gamers face to face with some of the less…friendly…denizens of the franchise’s post-apocalyptic Russia. Rats aren’t supposed to grow quite that big, you know. Roughly one year to the day, we finally got a closer look at 4A Games’ ambitious game. Delivering a vast, frigid landscape to explore, tight storytelling, overhauled weapon customization, and new survival systems, it’s shaping up to be another technical and mechanical showpiece. Here are four things we learned about Metro’s waterlogged wasteland during a... Read more: E3 2018: Surviving the Harsh Winter of Metro Exodus

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E3 2018: Inside Xbox Recap – June 11, 2018

Earlier today, we kicked off our first episode of Inside Xbox live from E3, pulling back the curtain and giving more details on all of the exciting reveals coming out of our Xbox E3 Briefing yesterday, as well as a world reveal of a new survival experience from Bohemia Interactive, new gameplay footage of Outer Wilds, Phil Spencer giving more details on some of the new studios that have joined the Xbox family and much, much more. For a full recap, read on below, watch a replay of the show above, or click on each of the subheadings to go directly to that interview segment. For continued coverage of Xbox at E3 2018, tune in to Mixer.com/Xbox throughout the week. Vigor Kicking things off... Read more: E3 2018: Inside Xbox Recap – June 11, 2018

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E3 2018: Bethesda Showcase Recap

This evening at E3 2018 we got a look at several games coming soon to Xbox One from Bethesda, as well as further details on Fallout 76, Rage 2, as well as new announcements for franchises like Doom, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Prey. With the stated goal of wanting to highlight where they’re at now, but as well as where they’re going, Bethesda Softworks delivered a ton of news on games they’re working on… oh, and confirming The Elder Scrolls VI exists. Rage 2 Naturally, with his song highlighted in the reveal trailer a few weeks ago, it was only fitting to have Andrew WK kick things off with a deeper look at the upcoming open-world shooter Rage 2. Taking on the role of... Read more: E3 2018: Bethesda Showcase Recap

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E3 2018: World Premiere of Halo Infinite

For millions of fans around the world, Halo has become the quintessential Xbox experience. Whether it’s descending onto the shores of Installation 04 in The Silent Cartographer from Halo: Combat Evolved, struggling against the endless onslaught of Covenant in Halo: Reach or landing a perfect four-shot in Halo 5: Guardians, the Halo franchise is filled with unforgettable moments. At E3 2018, 343 Industries officially announced that the next chapter in the epic Halo saga is in active development – Halo Infinite. Unveiled through a thrilling engine demo, Halo Infinite will be a new Halo experience centered on the Master Chief that continues the current storyline. Speaking of the... Read more: E3 2018: World Premiere of Halo Infinite

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This Week on Xbox: June 8, 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! Red Dead Redemption 2 Available for Pre-order Today on Xbox One Today we're pleased to announce details for the Special Edition and Ultimate Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2, along with extra pre-order bonuses for all three versions and a unique... Read more: This Week on Xbox: June 8, 2018

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The Gears Pro Circuit and Halo Championship Series Are Coming Together

This summer, two of Xbox’s largest gaming franchises are coming together as the Halo Championship Series and Gears Pro Circuit unite for a unique esports event in New Orleans. Working with Major League Gaming (MLG), The Coalition and 343 Industries will host simultaneous standalone tournaments at the New Orleans Convention Center from July 13th-15th. The event will feature hundreds of players, two main stages, multiple feature stations and two open bracket areas for what’s sure to be a historic spectacle. Fans of both franchises will witness non-stop action and high-quality gameplay all weekend. Gears Esports Pro Circuit “Gears of War 4” players will compete for a $250,000... Read more: The Gears Pro Circuit and Halo Championship Series Are Coming Together

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