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This Week on Xbox: June 23, 2017

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all of 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 below. This week is a special look back at E3 2017! Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Pillars of Eternity Brings a New Generation of Role Playing to Xbox One on August 29 Earlier this year, our team at Paradox released our first game on Xbox One and the reaction blew us away. Turns... Read more

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E3 Offers High Performance and Innovation in Gaming Hardware

All throughout the week at E3, it was apparent that great hardware has a key place in the PC gaming ecosystem, and it was thrilling to witness the amazing innovation.  At Microsoft, we believe our OEM partners build some of the most amazing high performance, innovative, and customizable gaming machines.  Through our strong partnerships, OEMs showed great support for us at E3 that we have been able to demonstrate this week at our booth and at the Showcase.  We hope you have had the opportunity to join us in our PC Lounge and check out some brand new rigs, as well as a few of our amazing Back to School Gaming collection. The gaming devices on display are powered by Windows 10—the best... Read more

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E3 2017: Survival Through Scrounging in State of Decay 2

Like a shot of adrenaline jammed into a barely-beating heart, State of Decay and its definitive Year-One Survival Edition brought new life to the zombie genre. Undead Labs' fresh take on the walking corpse apocalypse proved there was more to surviving than simply filling flesh-craving creeps full of lead. While it afforded fans ample opportunity to put the mutated monsters in their place, its focus on base-building, resource management, rescuing and recruiting survivors, and other RPG-flavored elements separated it from the pack. Next year's State of Decay 2 will build on its predecessor's strong foundation, doubling down on those dynamic simulation elements and presenting players with... Read more

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ForzaRC Season 3: The Porsche Cup Winner Takes Podium at Le Mans

Tom Kristensen. Derek Bell. Jacky Ickx. All are legendary names who have graced the podium as winners of 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s most prestigious endurance driving race. Michael Coyne, (20) from Blackburn, UK can be added to that illustrious list thanks to his victory in the inaugural Official Endurance Esports Category of the largest esports racing event in Le Mans history -  Forza Racing Championship (ForzaRC) Season 3: The Porsche Cup. For the first time ever, the Elite Series finals of ForzaRC Season 3: The Porsche Cup took place onsite at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race weekend in Le Mans, France. And Michael Coyne came out on top in a thrilling competition featuring some... Read more

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Next Week on Xbox: Upcoming Games, June 19 – 25

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover the best 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, and Xbox Wire will be here to let you know when you can play every new release hitting Xbox One. Whether you’re a fan of shooting, racing, or adventuring, there’s sure to be something for you to enjoy. So, without further delay, let’s preview the new games coming soon with Next Week on Xbox! Dead Rising 4: Super Ultra Dead Rising 4 Mini Golf (Season Pass) - June 20 With multiple holes of pure wanton destruction, in Super Ultra Dead Rising 4 Mini Golf players will flip zombies... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: E3 2017 Edition

We know you’re busy and might miss out on a day (or three) of 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 week’s exciting E3 2017 news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox at E3! Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Introducing the World’s Most Powerful Console: Xbox One X E3 marks the world premiere of Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console designed for immersive true 4K gaming, ultimate compatibility, and unrivaled craftsmanship. As the newest member of the Xbox One family of devices, Xbox One X will offer... Read more

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E3 2017: We Submit Our Explosive Application to the Agency for Crackdown 3

The original Crackdown was an instant classic on Xbox 360, and now having had a chance to play the latest entry at E3 2017 it's safe to say Crackdown 3 retains the explosive gunplay, high jumping excitement, and exhilarating superhero aspects from the original and has dialed them up to 11. This time around, the year is 2045, and it's your job as a member of the Agency, an elite taskforce made up of super Agents to uphold their unique brand of justice, to find those responsible, eliminate them, and restore peace in New Providence, a city oppressed by TerraNova, a shady criminal empire. For our demo, we participated in a single-player Skills for Kills challenge in which we had 10... Read more

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Watch Wednesday’s Xbox Daily: Live @ E3 Recap

On Wednesday, June 14, live from the Xbox booth, Microsoft hosted the third of four episodes of its daily broadcast show from E3, “Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3.” Julia Hardy and Kate Yeager joined Larry Hryb (Xbox Live’s Major Nelson) and Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s AceyBongos) to share some of the biggest news from the show, including a special visit from Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer. With several new reveals, interviews with a variety of developers and creators, and amazing trailers, watch the entirety of this episode above (or jump to the following segments at timestamps listed below). And don’t forget to tune in to Mixer.com/Xbox tomorrow at 10AM PDT/1 PM EDT to watch the team... Read more

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E3 2017: Making Friends With Strangers on the Sea of Thieves

Communication is key. That's the biggest thing to know when sitting down to play Sea of Thieves, which we had chance to do today at E3 2017. Our group was comprised of complete strangers as we each sat down to take on the persona of a colorful pirate with compass and sword in hand, and a thirst for adventure. After a brief, friendly introduction, we quickly went about assigning ourselves roles. "Who wants to raise the anchor?" "Anyone want to get the sails ready?" "Which brave soul wants to steer the ship?" I immediately jumped at the chance to take command, grabbed the wheel, and then asked for a heading from whomever wanted to go below deck and consult the map while my other mates... Read more

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Watch Tuesday’s Xbox Daily: Live @ E3 Recap

On Tuesday, June 13, live from the Xbox booth, Microsoft hosted the second of four episodes of its daily broadcast show from E3, “Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3.” Julia Hardy and Kate Yeager joined Larry Hryb (Xbox Live’s Major Nelson) and Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s AceyBongos) to share some of the biggest news from the show. With several new reveals, interviews with a variety of developers and creators, and amazing trailers, watch the entirety of this episode above (or jump to the following segments at timestamps listed below). And don’t forget to tune in to Mixer.com/Xbox tomorrow at 1PM PDT/4 PM EDT to watch the team broadcast live from the show floor at the Xbox Booth again, featuring... Read more

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E3 2017: Heading Into a Firefight With Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare

Earlier this year the we saw the return of grand real-time strategy on Xbox One and Windows 10 with the release of Halo Wars 2. With it came an explosive new single-player campaign, an innovative competitive multiplayer system in Blitz, and an introduction to a new, captivating villain in the Banished and Aritox. At E3 today we got our first hands-on with the next chapter of the saga with Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare which sees the return of our favorite ancient enemy, the Flood, as well as the new co-op multiplayer mode Terminus Firefight. While specific details on the campaign are limited, we do know this expansion will focus on playing from the perspective of the Banished as... Read more

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E3 2017: Feeling the Weight of Xbox One X in Forza Motorsport 7

For more than a decade, the Forza Motorsport series has established itself as not only one of the most robust and realistic racing sims on console, but home to one of the most passionate and vibrant online gaming communities in the world. With so many unique features built into the base game already, like custom paint skins to shared time trials to becoming established as an esport, the series has done an admirable job of making you feel part of a larger global racing community. Now powered by Xbox One X, Forza Motorsport 7 will not only improve the excellent racing experience with state of the art visual fidelity, but also expand upon the robust community features the series has come to... Read more

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Watch Monday’s Xbox Daily: Live @ E3 Recap

On Monday, June 12, live from the Xbox Showcase, Microsoft hosted the first of four episodes of its daily broadcast show from E3, “Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3.” Julia Hardy and Kate Yeager joined Larry Hryb (Xbox Live’s Major Nelson) and Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s AceyBongos) to share some of the biggest news from the show. With several new reveals, interviews with a variety of developers and creators, giveaways and a few surprises, watch the entirety of this first episode above (or jump to the following segments at timestamps listed below). And don’t forget to tune in to Mixer.com/Xbox tomorrow at 1PM PDT/4 PM EDT to see the team broadcast live from the show floor at the Xbox Booth,... Read more

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E3 2017: A Classic Returns to Windows 10 in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

Since its launch on PC in 1997, the Age of Empires franchise has explored early human civilization all the way up to Colonial America, and has even examined legendary creatures and lore. Known for its strategic gameplay founded on historical civilizations, Age of Empires has grown from one game to many with a reputation as a critically acclaimed, award winning Real Time Strategy (RTS) game with an enduring legacy. Fast forward 20 years to today and we’re proud to announce Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is coming exclusively to Windows 10, with a closed beta starting soon. We created Age of Empires: Definitive Edition as an homage to the fans of the series and to PC gamers... Read more

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Xbox at the 2017 PC Gaming Show: Age of Empires Returns, Plus Forza Motorsport 7 and Sea of Thieves

E3, the granddaddy of video game industry events, is here. New and re-imagined games are announced, trailers run at every corner, new tech debuts, and fans get a glimpse at what’s next for their favorite gaming passions. I love it at E3; as a gamer, this is what it’s all about. And as a PC gamer, I’m personally excited because this year is also packing a PC gaming punch. It’s the third year for the PC Gaming Show at E3. I spent some time there earlier today and felt energized by what I saw. It was refreshing to celebrate the latest and greatest in PC gaming, catch up with friends, and see some awesome PC gaming news from Team Xbox. Here’s a closer look at what Xbox shared at... Read more

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E3 2017: ID@Xbox Debuts Biggest and Most Diverse E3 Lineup Ever

We started the ID@Xbox program with the goal of making sure players on Xbox and Windows 10 had access to the broadest collection of games around. And thanks to the stellar work of the independent developer community, wow, we’re delivering like crazy! With more than 25 games from devs working with ID@Xbox in today’s E3 briefing – Xbox’s biggest show ever – the golden age for independent titles is showing no sign of letting up! From exploration and adventure to hardcore action and competition, developers are bringing games for every kind of player and taste to Xbox. Not only did we show off the biggest lineup of games from developers working with the ID@Xbox program ever; it was... Read more

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Introducing New Packaging Icons for Xbox

This is an incredibly exciting time for us on Team Xbox. With great games coming to the Xbox family of devices and Windows 10 this Fall, in addition to the launch of Xbox One X, we can't think of a better time to be an Xbox gamer. And as we grow our catalog of new and exciting games, we want to ensure we're being as clear as possible explaining to you how our family of Xbox consoles play with games and your equipment. Starting this Fall, we'll be introducing new packaging that specifically calls out what your soon-to-be favorite games support and how they support it. Displayed clearly in the upper right corner will be icons that call out what a game supports on Xbox One, Xbox One S,... Read more

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The Xbox E3 2017 Briefing: Everything You Need to Know

Sunday marked a milestone Xbox E3 Briefing as Microsoft Corp. unveiled the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X (formerly code-named “Project Scorpio”) and its largest and most diverse games lineup in E3 history. Broadcast for the first time in 4K UHD on Mixer, Xbox showcased a record 42 games in its briefing including 22 with console exclusivity from creators large and small. Coming to all Xbox One markets starting Nov. 7, Xbox One X will retail for $499, 449 pounds, 499 euros, CA$599 and AU$649.1 Xbox One X was designed to be the best console to create and play games on, putting the greatest graphic fidelity in the hands of the world’s best game creators to create true 4K... Read more

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E3 2017: Crackdown 3 Brings the Boom with Terry Crews and First Look at Campaign

Agility Orbs, explosions, open-world sandbox gameplay, Terry Crews and oh yeah, more explosions -- all the ingredients necessary to step up your boom in Crackdown 3 when it launches November 7, 2017 for the Xbox One family of devices with Xbox Play Anywhere support -- buy it once and play it on both console and Windows 10. Starring Terry Crews as Commander Jaxon, Crackdown 3 blasted into the 2017 Xbox E3 briefing in a big way with the worldwide debut of 4K hyper-powered gameplay from its story campaign (you can see this explosive trailer above). Set in 2045, a major blackout has plunged the world’s major metropolitan areas into darkness and chaos. The Agency, the world’s elite... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: June 9, 2017

We know you’re busy and might miss out on a day (or three) of 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 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! Xbox at E3 2017: Everything You Need to Know It’s almost here: E3 2017 kicks off Saturday, with the industry’s biggest game developers and publishers converging on the Los Angeles Convention Center to share the most exciting game reveals and announcements of the year. Here at Xbox, we’re hard at work getting ready for the big... Read more

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Gears of War Esports Pro Circuit Season 2 Announced

Teams from all over the world made their way to the City of Lights to battle it out over a $300,000 prize pool at the Gears Pro Circuit Las Vegas Open, which delivered a fitting end to an season of incredible stories. Ghost Gaming looked like a potential contender for the crown after becoming the first team to take a map from Optic Gaming in Pool Play all season, but their second duel in the desert against a refreshed Optic Gaming and a determined Team EnVyUs ended their run in third place. The Finals ended with the top two teams in the world facing off – Optic Gaming and Team EnVyUs – with Optic Gaming coming out on top once again to take the crown with a convincing 2-0... Read more

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