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Hot New Portable Gaming Notebooks Highlight CES 2019

For gamers who want to see a preview of the best hardware and software advances in PC gaming to watch out for in 2019, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is a great place to kick off the new year. Microsoft’s device partners were on hand this week showing off innovative notebooks, eye-popping visual styling, and slick in-game features that will provide powerful platforms for our full line of PC games. As CES comes to a close, you can’t help but be in awe of all that was unveiled this week. Three major trends emerged promising a stellar year in gameplay for both casual and hardcore PC gamers: Thinner and lighter gaming laptops with better graphics: Slim, stylish... Read more: Hot New Portable Gaming Notebooks Highlight CES 2019

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Countdown Sale: Huge Savings on Xbox Games, Consoles, Xbox Game Pass, and More

The Countdown sale officially starts today and now is the perfect opportunity to give thrills with great deals on all things Xbox. Microsoft Store online and Xbox have hundreds of deals for Xbox fans, including savings of up to 65% on select Xbox One and Xbox 360 digital games, discounts on select Xbox consoles and accessories, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold each for $1 the first month, as well as deals on select Movies and TV shows, apps for Xbox, and PC games. There is still time to give thrills with last minute deals on great gifts that you can either buy online and pick it up at a Microsoft Store location near you (US and AU only) or send the gift of digital games and apps from... Read more: Countdown Sale: Huge Savings on Xbox Games, Consoles, Xbox Game Pass, and More

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Play it Today: Fortune Island Now Available for Forza Horizon 4

The first expansion for Forza Horizon 4 officially rolls out today, bringing new treasure, adventure, and epic driving action to players worldwide. With extreme terrain, perilous weather conditions such as atmospheric storms and the Aurora Borealis, a brand-new Horizon treasure hunt and a host of new driving challenges, Fortune Island cranks the Forza Horizon 4 experience to 11. For more information on Fortune Island, be sure to check out last week’s announcement. Forza Horizon 4’s Fortune Island expansion is available on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC for $19.99, and is included for players who own the Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition, the Forza Horizon 4 Expansions Bundle or the... Read more: Play it Today: Fortune Island Now Available for Forza Horizon 4

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Fortune Island Arrives in Forza Horizon 4 on December 13

Treasure, adventure, and epic driving action awaits you on Fortune Island, the first expansion for the critically acclaimed open world racing game Forza Horizon 4, developed by Playground Games. Fortune Island launches on December 13 for $19.99 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC and is included for players who own the Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition, Ultimate Add-Ons Bundle, or Expansion Bundle. In addition, Xbox Game Pass subscribers are eligible for 10% off a standalone purchase of Fortune Island or 10% off each bundle. Travel to Fortune Island and experience the most treacherous expansion ever seen in the Forza Horizon series. Fortune Island is full of extreme terrain just begging to be... Read more: Fortune Island Arrives in Forza Horizon 4 on December 13

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Family Settings on Xbox Provide Fun, Positive Gaming; New Tools for Cross-Play Now Available

Here at Xbox, we see technology as an advantage for families today. It can be a positive force in the home and classroom, in personal growth, and in helping families and friends spend quality time together. We also know that it’s important that children learn how to build a healthy relationship with technology. We’re committed to making gaming a positive and inclusive form of entertainment, and with that goal in mind, family settings on Xbox ensures that gaming can be a rewarding experience for every member of the family. Over the years, we have continued to innovate family settings on Xbox to be as unique as families are today and support their needs. So how can parents take... Read more: Family Settings on Xbox Provide Fun, Positive Gaming; New Tools for Cross-Play Now Available

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Play The Elder Scrolls Online Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

Xbox Live Gold members can play The Elder Scrolls Online and experience Tamriel like never before during our Free Play Event! Get ready to experience an ever-expanding story in a persistent Elder Scrolls world. The Elder Scrolls Online Free Play Event will begin on Thursday, December 6 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and will run until Wednesday, December 12 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. During this period, you can join millions of other adventurers in exploring Tamriel free on Xbox One, with no strings attached. During the Free Play Event, you’ll also have access to the Morrowind DLC and visit the isle of Vvardenfell, the mysterious home of Tamriel’s Dark Elves, to help the demi-god Vivec restore his... Read more: Play The Elder Scrolls Online Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

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Give the Gift of Thrills This Holiday with Deals from Xbox One

It is the holiday season, and to celebrate, we are sharing Xbox One deals on consoles and accessories to get you ready for some winter gaming. Starting today, you can save $50 on any Xbox One bundle, including Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console, and Xbox One S, the best value in gaming and entertainment this Holiday. And there’s no shortage of amazing bundles to choose from at a participating retailer near you. Join the worldwide Fortnite phenomenon with $50 off the Xbox One S Fortnite Bundle and get ready to battle to be the last one standing. This bundle includes a full-game download of Fortnite Battle Royale plus the Eon cosmetic set download and 2,000 V-bucks.... Read more: Give the Gift of Thrills This Holiday with Deals from Xbox One

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This Week on Xbox: November 30, 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! Play the Red Dead Online Beta Today on Xbox One Starting today, the Red Dead Online Beta is open to everyone who owns Red Dead Redemption 2 on Xbox One. Jump in to experience the vast and highly detailed landscapes, cities, towns, and habitats of... Read more: This Week on Xbox: November 30, 2018

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for December 4 to 7

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox One! Every week the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console. To find out what’s coming soon to Xbox One, read on below and click on each of the game profiles for pre-order details (dates are subject to... Read more: Next Week on Xbox: New Games for December 4 to 7

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Set Sail for Shrouded Spoils, the Next Free Sea of Thieves Update

The nights might be drawing in, but the future is looking bright for pirates as Sea of Thieves’ fourth free major content update, Shrouded Spoils, is available to players starting today, Wednesday, November 28. A treasure trove of new content, Shrouded Spoils responds to feedback from the Sea of Thieves community and features new content and improvements to give a deeper and richer experience. From offering new twists on favourite encounters to giving new riches and spoils to uncover, Shrouded Spoils has something for everyone including: The addition of fog that can appear suddenly and cloak all manner of dangers at sea and on land. New Merchant Alliance items to find including... Read more: Set Sail for Shrouded Spoils, the Next Free Sea of Thieves Update

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State of Decay 2 New Free Zedhunter Update Available Now

Today, to celebrate and thank the 4 million strong State of Decay 2 community, we’re releasing the Zedhunter Update to Xbox Game Pass subscribers and current players for free. Players will get this pack, which adds a wealth of new options and ways to enjoy the game, as part of a content update beginning today – it’s our way of saying thanks to the 4 million of you who have supported our game since launch. At X018 last weekend, we provided some initial details for the Zedhunter Update and how it brings new weapons and gameplay items to your community, but now we’re ready to give you a deeper dive into the Zedhunter Update’s additions. The Zedhunter Update integrates into your... Read more: State of Decay 2 New Free Zedhunter Update Available Now

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This Week on Xbox: November 23, 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! Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Announcing HCS Grassroots – The Next Chapter of Halo Esports This weekend, DreamHack Atlanta saw the world’s best Halo 5: Guardians players and Halo legends come together for the Halo Championship Series 2018 Finals. The resulting action was a worthy community celebration, sending Halo 5: Guardians... Read more Get an Overview of... Read more: This Week on Xbox: November 23, 2018