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The World’s Best Halo Teams Compete this Weekend at Halo World Championship 2017

The wait is over. The twists and turns of the road to the Halo World Championship 2017 Finals have all lead to this moment, where 12 of the world’s greatest Halo teams will vie for greatness, glory and a million-dollar payout. Will OpTic Gaming continue their dominance and give each of their squad members a second-straight championship? Will an international team shock the world with a top finish? The answers to these questions, and many, many more, lie in the midst of the incredible action that will unfold this weekend in sunny California. We’ve got everything you need to wrap your head around all the madness right here, so let’s get started! Who is competing at Halo World... Read more

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Prepare to Binge: It’s Originals Week on Xbox One

Binge your way through some of the best original shows from your favorite entertainment apps on Xbox One, starting now through March 26 during Originals Week. With great new content from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, HBO NOW, Crackle and more, now's the best time to visit the Xbox One Apps Store to start your free trials. And with the Xbox One S, the ultimate games and 4K entertainment system, you can experience sharper, more detailed picture quality in 4K Ultra HD from apps like Netflix and Hulu. Kick things off with the latest original series from Netflix: Marvel’s Iron Fist, a continuation of the Marvel Universe and available in stunning 4K Ultra HD with the Xbox One S. The... Read more

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Xbox Closes a Milestone Year in 2016 with an Exceptional Year Ahead for Gamers

Happy New Year! As we start off the new year, we thought we would take some time to look back at a great 2016 and look forward to what will be an exceptional 2017 for Xbox gamers. We were privileged to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of Xbox in November, but what made 2016 most special was laying out our vision for gaming at E3 2016, delivering a new version of Xbox One along with great new games and services for you to play on the device(s) of your choice and seeing terrific response from gamers worldwide this holiday. In fact, in November and December we saw Xbox Live engagement reach an all-time high of 3.9 billion hours, up 23 percent compared to the prior year. Thank... Read more

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Halo Wars 2 Releases Original Art Collection Featuring Gabz, Craig Drake and Kevin Tong

In celebration of the launch of Halo Wars 2, Xbox and 343 Industries have partnered with three famed artists for a limited edition poster series. Each artist uses their unique style to capture the memorable characters of Halo Wars 2. Grzegorz “Gabz” Domaradzki, Craig Drake and Kevin Tong each take on two opposing characters, portraying the conflict between the crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire and the new enemy faction, the Banished. “We’re really excited to be working with such talented artists in bringing the characters of Halo Wars 2 to life,” stated 343 Industries Studio Head of Strategy Games Dan Ayoub. “Storytelling is particularly important in real-time strategy and... Read more

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Halo Wars 2 Composers Revealed, Listen to the First Two Tracks Here

The Halo series has become synonymous with large-scale battles, expansive lore, intense multiplayer battles and, of course, iconic music that’s been with us every step of the way. Halo Wars 2, the next exciting chapter of the Halo saga, will be arriving on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on Feb. 21, 2017. As Creative Assembly and 343 Industries continue to refine the technical aspects of the game before release, we had a chance to talk with the team behind the music. Composers Gordy Haab and Finishing Move (comprised of Brian Lee White and Brian Trifon), as well as Halo Wars 2 Audio Director Paul Lipson, shared with us their creative approach, the importance of honoring Halo musical... Read more

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New Halo Wars 2 and Forza Horizon 3 Xbox One S Bundles Kick Off 2017

On the heels of a record-setting December for Xbox One, today we are excited to offer even more choice for our fans with two new Xbox One S bundles joining the lineup: the Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition Bundle (1TB) and Xbox One S Forza Horizon 3 Bundle (1TB and 500GB). Both bundles include the new Xbox One S, the ultimate games and 4K entertainment system, that allows you to play the best blockbuster games, watch 4K Blu-ray movies, stream Netflix and Amazon Video in stunning 4K Ultra HD and experience richer, more luminous colors in games and video with High Dynamic Range (HDR). With over 100 console exclusives currently available, a growing library of Xbox 360 backward compatible... Read more

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HBO’s Highly-Anticipated New Series is Here: Watch Westworld on HBO NOW Today

Take one-part science fiction, one-part thriller, and two-parts action western and you have HBO’s brand new series Westworld, available in the HBO NOW app on your Xbox beginning tonight at 9:00 PM. From the studio that brings you Game of Thrones, Ballers, and classic American television like The Sopranos, comes a new series that explores the dawn of artificial intelligence and the evolution of sin. Westworld is a series about the theme park of the future, not complete with your ordinary roller coasters and Ferris wheels. At Westworld, park guests are transported back in time to the Old West, where they interact with eerily human-like AI, destined to be at the mercy of the park’s... Read more

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Xbox Wireless Controller Support Comes to Samsung Gear VR, Powered by Oculus Starting with Minecraft: Gear VR Edition

As part of our ongoing commitment to enable gamers to play anywhere, on the devices they want, we announced last month the expansion of the Xbox Wireless ecosystem across Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Today, we’re excited to announce that the new Xbox Wireless Controller, will soon be compatible with controller-enabled games on Samsung Gear VR starting with Minecraft: Gear VR Edition. In addition, broader support across all Gear VR controller-enabled titles like Herobound, Spirit Champion, Omega Agent, and End Space will be available in the coming months. Fans attending MINECON this weekend can get the first hands-on experience playing Minecraft: Gear VR Edition with the Xbox Wireless... Read more

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Black Friday Deals: $50 Off Xbox One S, Up to 50% Off Games and More!

There has never been a better time than this Black Friday to pick up this year’s must-have games and an Xbox One, the best-selling gaming console in U.S. for the past four months according to NPD Group. Starting at $249, you can now get Xbox One S at its lowest price ever. Xbox One S is the only console available this holiday with built-in 4K UHD Blu-ray, so you can watch Blu-ray movies and stream video in stunning 4K Ultra HD. It also enables High Dynamic Range (HDR) for gaming so you can experience richer, more luminous colors in blockbuster games like Gears of War 4, now $25 off. But the deals don’t end there. See below for all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals you need to... Read more

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Celebrate Forza Horizon 3 with Ken Block at the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA

The wait is almost over for Forza Horizon 3! This Saturday, September 24, Xbox and Ford Performance will host the Forza Horizon 3 LA launch event at the Petersen Automotive Museum from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. to 1 a.m. UTC). The event will feature a meet-and-greet with Ken Block, Xbox’s Larry Hryb (“Major Nelson”), hundreds of cars on display, free food and giveaways, live music from Peanut Butter Wolf and DJ Flow and the opportunity to go hands-on with Forza Horizon 3 before its September 27 release on Xbox One and Windows 10. The event is free to the public (online RSVP required) and will be streamed worldwide on twitch.tv/forzamotorsport. Forza Horizon Car Meet... Read more

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Get Ready to Race with the Forza Horizon 3 Launch Trailer

The day racing fans have been waiting for is nearly upon us: Forza Horizon 3 is almost here! If you’ve pre-ordered (or purchased) the Forza Horizon 3 Ultimate Edition, you’ll be able to start your engines on September 23 with early access. If you grabbed the Deluxe or Standard versions of Forza Horizon 3, you can hit the road starting on September 27. To get you pumped for some gorgeous high-speed action, the team at Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios has released the official launch trailer for Forza Horizon 3. Check it out below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD1ccSM9qiA This time out, you’re in charge of the Horizon Festival. Customize everything, hire and fire your... Read more

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Xbox One S Bundles for Everyone this Holiday

It’s been an exciting year for Xbox fans and this holiday is the perfect time to get your hands on the top selling console in the U.S. and U.K. the new Xbox One S. It’s the only console with built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K video streaming including content from partners like Netflix and, coming soon, Amazon Video. In addition, the Xbox One S provides High Dynamic Range (HDR) for supported video and games like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, NBA 2K17 and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. This holiday season we are excited to have a variety of Xbox One S bundles and new accessories available for our fans and we wanted to share a comprehensive list of offerings. Over the past four months... Read more

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Xbox and Ken Block Bring Forza Horizon 3 to Life in Gymkhana NINE

The wait is finally over for the latest installment in the Gymkhana series, starring race car driver Ken Block! Created by Hoonigan Industries in partnership with Hoonigan Racing Division, Gymkhana NINE Raw Industrial Playground draws inspiration from the Forza Horizon series of videogames, recreating the daring tricks and race events that only existed virtually until now. “With Forza Horizon, our goal is to create the ultimate celebration of speed, style and freedom behind-the-wheel,” said Ralph Fulton, Creative Director. “What players get to do in the game – such as race an opponent whose vehicle is suspended from a fast-moving helicopter – are so incredible that they could... Read more

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Watch Football Your Way on Xbox

Are you ready for football? We are!  The Xbox Store has you covered with the apps you need to watch and listen to the best in pro and college football.  Access games, discuss plays, keep track of stats, and follow all your favorite teams on Xbox. Here are some of the ways you can prepare for kick off: NFL on Xbox One: The official source for the NFL  Experience the Evolution of NFL Game Day. Get all your NFL game day content in one place, exclusively with the NFL on Xbox One. Track fantasy football on your TV, get fantasy highlights, and manage teams all on your TV.  Watch your own personalized highlight reel on demand, and get notifications that keep you up to date.  Dive... Read more

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Halo Championship Series Pro League Fall Season Schedule Revealed

Coming off an incredible Summer 2016 Season, the Halo Championship Series: Pro League by ESL is poised to be back bigger and better than before. On both sides of the pond, the HCS Pro League Summer 2016 Season delivered incredible matches and excitement, while providing valuable learnings for us on the HCS team. Heading into the Fall 2016 Season – as well as the 2017 Halo World Championship – 343 Industries and ESL are excited about incorporating excellent feedback provided by teams, players, and fans all over the world. Today, we’re excited to talk more about the upcoming Fall season, including format, full season roadmap, and new open events. The Summer Finals for 2016 saw... Read more

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Announcing the Gears eSports Pro Circuit for Gears of War 4 with $1,000,000 Prize Pool

Xbox and The Coalition are proud to announce the Gears eSports Pro Circuit for Gears of War 4. Gears of War players can compete in marquee live open events around the world operated by world-class tournament organizers Major League Gaming (MLG) and Gfinity for a starting $1,000,000 in cash prizes. Players worldwide can earn “Gears Pro Points” by competing in regional MLG GameBattles online ladders and in daily and weekly tournaments. Gears Pro Points qualify players for the international circuit open LAN events that take place every 1-2 months from the Gears of War 4 game launch in October 2016 to July 2017. The Gears Pro Circuit features more international crossplay and... Read more

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Xbox One S: 4K, HDR and what you need to know

The highly anticipated, newly designed Xbox One S starts hitting shelves today. Since Xbox One S features 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and High Dynamic Range (HDR) for games and video, we wanted to ensure those who are about to unbox their new console know all the ins-and-outs when it comes to 4K, HDR and what you need to do in order to enable your 4K TV. Getting Started: Three Things You’ll Need to Experience 4K Before you can experience 4K and HDR games and video, you’ll need to make sure you’re set up properly and have the right equipment. 1. You’ll need a 4K capable device Good news, the Xbox One S is 4K Ultra HD capable 2. You’ll need a 4K TV To check... Read more

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