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Gaming Must Promote and Protect the Safety of All

Today, in an opinion article I published on the Official Microsoft Blog, I shared my views on gaming as one of our society’s great unifying forces. We are a 2.6 billion-person strong community of parents playing with our kids, adventurers exploring worlds together, teachers making math wondrous, grandmothers learning about their grandchildren through play, and soldiers connecting with their folks back home. Most gamers today are adults; nearly half are women. For many people around the world, gaming is the first entry point into technology. This widespread embrace of gaming and its global communities have turned video games into the world’s leading cultural industry, bigger than... Read more: Gaming Must Promote and Protect the Safety of All

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Introducing the New Xbox Game Bar

At Xbox, we put gamers at the center of our vision - enabling them to play the games they want, with the people they want, and on the devices they want. As part of our efforts and commitment to improve the gaming experience on Windows 10, we want to bring PC players highly requested features based on their feedback. The first step in that is understanding how gamers engage on Windows and making the features and experiences they want easier to access, including social, music, performance and more. Today, we are excited to release a host of new features for PC gamers to the new Xbox Game Bar on machines running the updated versions of Windows 10. Xbox Game Bar is the customizable... Read more: Introducing the New Xbox Game Bar

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Celebrating 10 Years of Minecraft

This is an incredibly exciting time for Minecraft. Ten years ago today, the game launched on PC. Now, Minecraft has sold more than 176 million copies to-date in virtually every country in the world. As a way to celebrate 10 years for the franchise, we announced today a brand-new Minecraft game – Minecraft Earth. Minecraft Earth is an all new free-to-play augmented reality game for mobile that will bring the creative nature of Minecraft to the real world. The game’s mechanics are simple: explore your neighborhood to find blocks and unique mobs for your builds. Once you have them, any flat surface is an opportunity to build.  Team up with friends to create amazing builds on Build... Read more: Celebrating 10 Years of Minecraft

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Stay on Target with These Sniper Elite V2 Remastered Tips and Tricks

Sniper Elite V2 Remastered is out today on Xbox One, and we’re delighted to be bringing a classic back on Xbox. Its combination of stealth gameplay, sniping simulation, and advanced bullet ballistics is still a joy seven years on from its release on Xbox 360. Now you can enjoy it on Xbox One with substantial graphical improvements, and numerous refinements and tweaks. We’ve also added a photo mode that lets you pause and advance the action frame-by-frame for that epic X-Ray Kill Cam shot, and all the playable characters from Zombie Army Trilogy. And we’ve expanded the multiplayer for up to 16 players to make it online play even more intense. If you really want to the visuals... Read more: Stay on Target with These Sniper Elite V2 Remastered Tips and Tricks

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for May 7 to 10

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 May 7 to 10

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Microsoft Solitaire Inducted into The World Video Game Hall of Fame

Today, The Strong Museum of Play announced the 2019 class of World Video Game Hall of Fame, and we’re excited to share that Microsoft Solitaire is one of the inductees. For many people, Solitaire was their introduction to computer games. Since Windows 3.0 came out in 1990, Solitaire has been a featured program on every version of Windows. Over the past 29 years, Microsoft Solitaire has been providing great entertainment to more than 500 million players in every corner of the world, making it a natural fit for the World Video Game Hall of Fame. “Microsoft Solitaire being inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame makes this a historic day! It’s incredible to think that one of... Read more: Microsoft Solitaire Inducted into The World Video Game Hall of Fame

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Set Sail for the Shores of Gold in Sea of Thieves’ Anniversary Update

The Anniversary Update for Sea of Thieves is available for free on April 30 with Xbox Game Pass or on Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, and our biggest update yet is packed with content we know will appeal to players of all kinds. From the glory and gunfire of competitive multiplayer in The Arena to the serenity of fishing up your latest catch for the Hunter’s Call Trading Company, the Anniversary Update brings something for everyone. If you’re the adventurous kind of pirate, though, it’s likely Shores of Gold – our first set of narrative-driven Tall Tales – that caught your eye when we unveiled the update back in March. Today, we’re taking a closer look at what it means to bring... Read more: Set Sail for the Shores of Gold in Sea of Thieves’ Anniversary Update

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Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update Available Now for Free with Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One and Windows 10 PC

Sea of Thieves marked one year on March 20, and as part of our first birthday celebrations we put the cake aside long enough to lay out details of our largest update so far - the Anniversary Update, which introduces new game modes, requested gameplay features and enhancements that reshape the ways players enjoyed the game. Today, we're thrilled to announce the wait is over – the Anniversary Update is live, free for all Sea of Thieves players with Xbox Game Pass or on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. We hope this is an update both existing players and new fans can dive right into, and are thrilled to finally share what we’ve been building. Here at Rare, we’ve spent the last few weeks... Read more: Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update Available Now for Free with Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One and Windows 10 PC

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Gears of War Esports Pro Circuit to Wrap Up Season 2 in Boston

After 15 Pro Circuit events and a total prize pool of $3 million, the final Gears Pro Circuit event of Gears of War 4 is here. With $300,000 on the line, the top pro and amateur teams from around the world will gather in Boston on April 26-28 at the Hynes Convention Center to take home the trophy and bragging rights leading into the next season of Gears Esports, set to debut following the launch of Gears 5 later this year. There is no shortage of storylines coming into this event. Perennial favorites OpTic Gaming are looking to claim their 13th Pro Circuit trophy and further prove why they should be considered the most successful esports team of all time. Team Reciprocity (formerly... Read more: Gears of War Esports Pro Circuit to Wrap Up Season 2 in Boston

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This Week on Xbox: April 19, 2019

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 Game Pass Ultimate Coming Later this Year In June 2017, we launched Xbox Game Pass – with the goal of empowering gamers all over the world to discover their next favorite game. We also wanted to use Xbox Game Pass as a... Read more: This Week on Xbox: April 19, 2019

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Talking with Studio MDHR About Localizing Cuphead and Looking Back a Year Later

Today, Cuphead’s free update is available on Xbox One and features a variety of new features, art, and other changes making Cuphead ready for the adventures ahead – including adding Mugman as a playable character in single-player, complete with his own level completion jingle. One of the more unique things about this update is the massive amount of work Studio MDHR put in to localize Cuphead for a global audience. We caught up with Co-Director at Studio MDHR Chad Moldenhauer to talk about this work, Cuphead’s art and creative direction, and the surprising success of their game a year later. Xbox Wire: It has been a year since the launch of Cuphead on Xbox One and today its being... Read more: Talking with Studio MDHR About Localizing Cuphead and Looking Back a Year Later

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Inside Xbox April Episode News Recap

Today, on our April episode of Inside Xbox, we made a big announcement about a brand-new Xbox One console, revealed some major news regarding Xbox Game Pass, unveiled some new features coming to Game Bar, shared info on new titles coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility, and much more. For a full recap, read on below or watch the replay of Inside Xbox episode above when the VOD is available. Introducing the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition The big news coming out of today’s show was our reveal of The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, which was created for those who prefer to find and play their games digitally and are looking for the most affordable way to play Xbox games. The Xbox... Read more: Inside Xbox April Episode News Recap

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Gears Esports Comes to ELEAGUE This Summer

Today on Inside Xbox’s episode, Xbox and ELEAGUE announced the "ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood" – a six-part event series and live tournament focused on the stories and players behind the world of Gears Esports. The first episode will debut on TBS, Friday, June 14, at 11 pm ET/PT. ELEAGUE will feature the worldwide debut of Gears 5 Versus multiplayer, culminating in the ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series live tournament. There, eight of the top Gears of War teams from around the world will gather within ELEAGUE Arena at Turner Studios in Atlanta, to showcase and compete in Gears 5. This not-to-be missed esports event will be streamed live on Twitch and... Read more: Gears Esports Comes to ELEAGUE This Summer

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Introducing the Newest Member of the Xbox One Family – the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition

At Xbox, we’re inspired by gamers – they’re at the center of everything we do. We’re constantly listening to your feedback and looking for new ways to provide the best value and choice in gaming. Today, we’re excited to announce a new choice we’re bringing to gamers – the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. Consumer appetite for digital content and experiences are stronger today than ever before. Gaming and technology have changed quite a bit since the first Xbox debuted in 2001. During this time, we’ve seen a digital transformation across gaming, music, TV and movies. And closer to home, the success of Xbox Game Pass, which gives members access to over 100 great games, is... Read more: Introducing the Newest Member of the Xbox One Family – the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition

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Introducing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Coming Later this Year

In June 2017, we launched Xbox Game Pass – with the goal of empowering gamers all over the world to discover their next favorite game. We also wanted to use Xbox Game Pass as a platform for developers to introduce their amazing games to millions of new people. From the beginning, the service was built based on input from gamers and we’re always listening to fan feedback.  Xbox Game Pass offers a curated library of over 100 great games, available to download and play at full fidelity, for one low-monthly price. Since launch, we’ve continued to add more diverse titles to the library, including new games from Xbox Game Studios and ID@Xbox partners the same day... Read more: Introducing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Coming Later this Year

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Tune-In to Sea of Thieves at Twitchcon Europe

This weekend, the crew from Rare will be dropping anchor in Berlin for TwitchCon Europe. We'd love to meet up with as many fellow pirates and streamers as possible, so if you're heading to the Berlin City Cube be sure to visit stand number F25 to say hello! There are plenty of reasons to do so - the chance to meet the dev team (including members of our own weekly stream team), grab some swag and be among the first to watch and play The Arena, the new competitive game mode coming as part of our Anniversary Update on April 30. So drop by to get yourself a (temporary) Sea of Thieves tattoo and check out our shockingly expensive big screen. For those of you who can't join the fun in... Read more: Tune-In to Sea of Thieves at Twitchcon Europe

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This Week on Xbox: April 5, 2019

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! Get Your First Look at The Division 2’s Tidal Basin Update Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is about to get a healthy dose of new challenges and high-level gear as the Tidal Basin update drops on April 5 for all Xbox Live Gold players. Tidal Basin... Read more: This Week on Xbox: April 5, 2019

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Time-Twisting, Abstract Platformer Tyd wag vir Niemand Available Now on Xbox One and Windows 10

Hi everyone! My friend Alexander Ehlers and I made a little time-manipulating, first-person, platform game called Tyd wag vir Niemand and we are proud to announce that it is now available on both Xbox One and Windows 10 with Xbox Play Anywhere support. We wanted to give you all an abstract adventure that will take you to another dimension, and that we hope gives you a fresh take on first-person platform games. We just really like trippy environments; they always feel so satisfying to explore and we're pretty sure you'll agree. Tyd wag vir Niemand is set in a future where a major catastrophe has damaged Earth to the extent that it's almost completely uninhabitable. You take on the... Read more: Time-Twisting, Abstract Platformer Tyd wag vir Niemand Available Now on Xbox One and Windows 10

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