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Play Three Generations of Games – Better – on Xbox One

Starting tomorrow, for the first time, you’ll be able to play three generations of games on one console – a curated list of Original Xbox classics like Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and more will be available across the entire Xbox One family of devices. And when Xbox One X launches on Nov. 7, you can run select Xbox 360 games at higher resolution, 9X the original pixel count, and with expanded color details. Xbox One X Enhanced Xbox 360 games will include favorites like Halo 3 and Fallout 3. Compatibility is important to Xbox, to developers and their games, and our community. Preserving the art form of video games is part of our DNA,... Read more: Play Three Generations of Games – Better – on Xbox One

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Gears of War 4 Xbox One X Enhancements In-Depth

We’re excited to share how Gears of War 4 has been enhanced for the Xbox One X. Our new trailer showcases the wealth of graphical and gameplay enhancements that are only possible with the world’s most powerful console.  We’re also excited to finally reveal the Preferred Rendering mode so you can play Gears of War 4 how you want! True 4K Experience Get ready to experience unmatched clarity, richness and details with true 4K visuals (3840x2160) in our Visuals Rendering Mode. Even if you’re playing on a 1080p screen, you’ll instantly notice the difference thanks to a 4K super sampled image that brings you a crisper, richer looking Gears game than you’ve ever seen... Read more: Gears of War 4 Xbox One X Enhancements In-Depth

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for October 23 – 29

Welcome to another edition of Next Week on Xbox! The Fall season of gaming continues with more of the biggest games of the year coming to Xbox One, like Assassin's Creed Origins sending us back to Ancient Egypt to uncover the brotherhood's mysterious origins, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus putting us back in the boots of BJ Blazkowicz as he fights back against the Nazi scourge. Or you could get down and boogie with Just Dance 2018, terrorize campers in Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut, or enjoy the retro-inspired side scroller The Mummy: Demastered. Read on for more details on these games and more... Read more: Next Week on Xbox: New Games for October 23 – 29

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Enter to Win a One-of-a-Kind Sneaker Con Custom Xbox

This past weekend in Toronto, over 12,000 sneakerheads packed the Enercare Centre for the "Greatest Sneaker Show On Earth," Sneaker Con. A big draw of a show like this, aside from being able to cop rare Yeezys, Air Maxes, and Jordans, is Ace of Customs. These shoe artists transform rare pairs of kicks into a one-of-a-kind show pieces. https://www.instagram.com/p/BaaajyZDFkQ/?hl=en&taken-by=aceofcustoms No stranger to unique, themed pairs, Team Xbox handed Ace of Customs some Xbox One S systems for them to go wild with. The best part is, they're not staying in Toronto - you can win one! To enter to win the Middle-earth: Shadow of War themed console, head over to Sneakercon’s... Read more: Enter to Win a One-of-a-Kind Sneaker Con Custom Xbox

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This Week on Xbox: October 20, 2017

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! New Fall Update for Xbox One Available for Everyone Today It’s been a busy and exciting summer for everyone at Team Xbox. Back in August we gave you a first look at the fall update for Xbox One, and we showed off the new Home, Guide and Community... Read more: This Week on Xbox: October 20, 2017

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Gears of War 4 October Update Features New Maps and Halloween Event

It’s been a year since Gears of War 4 landed on store (and digital) shelves and the birthday celebrations are winding down. Like a double-punch of awesome, our birthday is followed by the October Update arriving this Monday, October 23rd! This Update is a milestone for us for many reasons. Not only does it deliver the last two maps for Gears of War 4, but it also includes support for our incoming Xbox One X Enhancements. We’ll be talking more about the specifics of our Xbox One X Enhancements VERY soon. Stay tuned. Check out the video above for your first look at this month’s map drop – Fuel Depot and Lift Apex! Map Drop Fuel Depot That rush for Longshot in the... Read more: Gears of War 4 October Update Features New Maps and Halloween Event

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The Walking Dead’s Chandler Riggs to Join the Next Xbox Live Sessions

Get ready for an extra spooky night of Xbox gaming! Chandler Riggs, best known for his role as Carl Grimes on "The Walking Dead," will play The Evil Within 2 on Xbox Live Sessions, an interactive livestream hosted on the Mixer Xbox Channel. The livestream will take place on Saturday, October 21 at 6 p.m. PDT. The highly-anticipated "The Walking Dead" Season 8 premiere follows the next night on October 22. Chandler, who is no stranger to evil, zombies, and horrors, will battle unimaginable monsters and multi-headed creatures in the newest version of The Evil Within 2, recently released on Friday, October 13 and takes the acclaimed franchise to a new level with its unique blend of... Read more: The Walking Dead’s Chandler Riggs to Join the Next Xbox Live Sessions

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Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection Q&A

Last week we announced that Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection was available for pre-order and coming to Xbox One and Windows Store on October 31. We recently had the opportunity to have an in-depth chat with Jorg Neumann, Head of Production, Global Publishing, Microsoft Studios to talk in greater detail about the re-imagining of this game. Tell us about Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection and what is new and different with this version of Zoo Tycoon. When we initially brought the popular Zoo Tycoon franchise to Xbox 360 and Xbox One in 2013, our goal was to create the most beautiful animals in all of gaming and that is something we believe we absolutely achieved. We are... Read more: Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection Q&A

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Rev Your Engines for the Renault Sport Formula One Custom Xbox One S Console

Pairing the impressive Xbox One S with the equally striking Renault Formula One Team R.S.17 car part, Xbox is excited to announce a one-of-a-kind custom Xbox One S that pairs these two legends together as part of the Microsoft partnership with Renault Sport Formula One Team. The Xbox One S Renault Sport Formula One sports the team’s sleek yellow and black design, including actual race grade materials, and was made in anticipation of the upcoming Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, October 20-22. One very fortunate fan will have the chance to win the console by participating in the giveaway opportunity on Xbox’s Twitter page from today through... Read more: Rev Your Engines for the Renault Sport Formula One Custom Xbox One S Console

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Tune in Sunday, October 22 to See the New Xbox One X Commercial

This is truly an exciting time. Not only for Xbox, but for gamers everywhere. With the launch of Xbox One X just a few weeks away on November 7, the world's most powerful console is positioned to welcome the True 4K gaming era in style and we’re celebrating in a big way with the start of our global “Feel True Power” campaign. Please join Xbox on Sunday, October 22 at 4 p.m. PT on our official Xbox YouTube channel as we kick off the campaign in the US for an exclusive preview of our global anthem “Feel True Power” TV commercial before it airs on "The Walking Dead" season premiere at 9 p.m. PT, and also during the Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots NFL game on "Sunday... Read more: Tune in Sunday, October 22 to See the New Xbox One X Commercial

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Gigantic’s Season of Souls Update is Now Live on Xbox One and Windows 10

Greetings, Heroes! October brings with it one of Gigantic’s most exciting updates yet. Season of Souls packs some awesome new content, including a spooky new hero, profile icons, and our first-ever addition to the map rotation, Ember Grove. New to Gigantic? No problem! Download for free on the Windows Store or Xbox Store and party up with your friends, even if they’re on a different platform than you! Come discover why Gigantic is a 2017 Golden Joystick Awards nominee for Xbox Game of the Year! Find the playstyle that fits you with a roster of extremely diverse heroes. Enjoy freedom of movement in expansive and intricate arenas that mix up the action. Use teamwork to power up... Read more: Gigantic’s Season of Souls Update is Now Live on Xbox One and Windows 10

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode Two Available Now on Xbox One

When we released Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode One: Awake some weeks ago, it was with the weight of responsibility and not a little trepidation. We had crafted Before the Storm in a way that we felt it could proudly stand next to the first game from 2015, but ultimately it was up to you, the fans, to decide whether we had achieved that aim or not. To see such positive initial impressions from both players and critics was awesome! We loved seeing how much you enjoyed being back in Arcadia Bay while also discovering new areas and finding out more about the person that Chloe Price is and was. The great thing about episodic games is that the wait in-between releases lets the... Read more: Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode Two Available Now on Xbox One

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Robloxians Beware: the Hallow’s Eve Event is Now on Xbox One

Ready for a fright this spooky night? Good, because you’re in for a real treat! Bloxtober, Roblox’s thrilling month-long Halloween celebration, is already in full swing and we’ve got even more fang-tastic surprises to share with the entire Xbox community! From now until October 31, you and your friends can play three ghoulishly delightful Roblox games, including the all-new Hallow’s Eve: A Tale of Lost Souls, for a chance to win exclusive accessories for your avatar. Feast your eyes on this year’s heart-pounding, bone-chilling, hair-raising Hallow’s Eve event! Hallow’s Eve: A Tale of Lost Souls is not a game for the faint of heart. After hearing rumors about a haunted... Read more: Robloxians Beware: the Hallow’s Eve Event is Now on Xbox One

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Play Madden NFL 18 Free This Weekend on Xbox One

The spectacle of Madden season is in full swing, and the virtual gridiron awaits you this week. Starting Thursday, October 19 at 9:00 p.m. PDT and going through to Sunday, October 22 at 11:59 p.m. PDT, you’ll be able to get hands on with the best-looking Madden NFL ever. All Xbox players will have a chance to try the offline features of the latest edition of the storied franchise, including Longshot, Madden NFL’s first ever cinematic and playable story mode where your decisions lead forgotten prospect Devin Wade on his pursuit to hear his name called in the NFL Draft. Xbox Live Gold members can team-up with their friends to play Madden Ultimate Team (MUT) Squads online for 3... Read more: Play Madden NFL 18 Free This Weekend on Xbox One

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Hand of the Gods Closed Beta Free for Xbox Live Gold Members

The Gods are at war and you must lead them to victory! From the creators of Smite, Hi-Rez Studios presents Hand of the Gods, a new strategy card game packed with mythological gods, powerful creatures, and dynamic spells. We're huge fans of strategy and collectible card games, and our team is excited to bring the closed beta to Xbox One today for Xbox Live Gold members. In Hand of the Gods you’ll wield Thor’s Hammer and release the Kraken, all beautifully rendered in Unreal Engine 4. You’ll command a leader, like Zeus or Odin, build an army of iconic gods, then wage war in competitive multiplayer matches. As you play cards, watch as the action unfolds. Gods, monsters, and... Read more: Hand of the Gods Closed Beta Free for Xbox Live Gold Members

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Xbox Sets Guinness World Record from a Custom Super Lucky’s Tale Hot Air Balloon

Welcome to adventure! In anticipation of the November 7 release of Super Lucky’s Tale, Xbox created a custom hot air balloon that took flight during The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and fans everywhere were able to see the stream from 1,200ft in the sky as they tuned in live on the Mixer Xbox Channel. Friday morning’s exciting flight set the Guinness World Records for "Highest-altitude Gaming Stream" and makes Super Lucky’s Tale officially amazing! The livestream, hosted by Rukari Austin, Community Manager at Microsoft Studios, and featured live gameplay with exclusive never before seen in-game content, while the balloon was soaring through the sky. The Albuquerque... Read more: Xbox Sets Guinness World Record from a Custom Super Lucky’s Tale Hot Air Balloon

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343 Industries Details Massive Updates for Halo Esports and Halo Games

Today, the Halo Livestream unleashed a torrent of news bits, updates, and insight on a pretty diverse range of topics near and dear to a Halo fan’s heart – including Halo 5: Guardians’ November content “Overtime” update, important Halo esports info and news on Halo: The Master Chief Collection. There’s a lot to unpack – check out Halo Waypoint for full details and below for a quick rundown of all the amazing Halo news today. Halo Esports Updates One of the prime highlights of the stream was brand new information and updates on the immediate future of Halo esports – from upcoming championships, to local competitions, and new ways to support some of your favorite... Read more: 343 Industries Details Massive Updates for Halo Esports and Halo Games