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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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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: 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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