Windows 10 is kind of a big deal. With countless improvements and pantloads of new features, it’s putting a whole new face on the personal computing world. But of course, what we’re most excited about are gaming features – and fortunately, Windows 10 is bringing with it a renewed focus on gaming. One of the most visible elements is the new Xbox app, which helps unify your gaming experience across your Windows 10 devices and Xbox consoles. Here are just six of the many reasons we love the Xbox app on Windows 10:

It Streams Your Xbox One Games

This is the biggie, of course. Thanks to Windows 10, you can now stream pretty much any Xbox One game to any Windows 10 PC or tablet on your home network. If it runs Windows 10 and you can connect a controller to it, you’re good to go. The device will automagically beam your input over your local network to your Xbox One, and your Xbox One will happily beam output back to you. And yes, it works with Xbox 360 games running on your Xbox One via backwards compatibility. Living in the future is awesome.

It Lets You View, Edit, and Share Your Recorded Game Clips

As part of Windows 10’s renewed focus on games, Game DVR capability is built right into the operating system. That means that with a quick press of Windows + G, you can record your most impressive – or most embarrassing – gaming moments without any hassle. Then you can quickly trim, edit, and otherwise massage them into a form you desire, and share instantly to the social network of your choice. This feature will work in virtually any Windows 10 game, allowing you to save your captured videos (and screenshots!) directly to a folder on your device. The Xbox app serves as the hub for collecting all of your finest gaming moments!

It Helps You Be More Social

Many of Xbox Live’s social features are baked right into the Xbox app, which means you can interact with your friends (and your own profile) from any Windows 10 device. You can view other users’ profiles, see what your friends are playing now, join a party, voice chat, message, and all that good stuff. Plus, you can customize your own profile: tweak your avatar via the linked Xbox Avatars app, switch up your Gamerpic, modify your account color, set your online status, and even change your Gamertag.

It Keeps You in the Loop

Looking to keep an eye on your achievements while you’re away from your console? The Xbox app does that. Want to visit the Game Hub of your latest obsession to check on any updates or other players’ progress? The Xbox app does that. Want to keep an eye on your activity feed – where you can share, like, and comment on your friends’ progress? You know, the Xbox app does that, too. It can keep you up to date with everything that’s happening in your Xbox world, wherever you are, from any Windows 10 device.

For more articles on Windows 10, stay tuned to the Xbox Wire.

Content: King’s Quest – Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember
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Game Description: Download King’s Quest – Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember, the first part of a five-chapter game series that boldly reimagines one of gaming’s most groundbreaking franchises. An aging King Graham reflects on a life of adventure with his granddaughter, Gwendolyn, taking players back to his teen years and his quest to become a knight of Daventry in King Edward’s royal guard. Discover a wondrous world full of whimsical characters, charming puzzles and perilous dangers in this fun and enchanting coming of age story.

Purchase King’s Quest – Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store
Purchase King’s Quest : The Complete Collection for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase King’s Quest – Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember for Xbox 360 from the Xbox Games Store
Purchase King’s Quest : The Complete Collection for Xbox 360 from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: The Odd Gentlemen
Publisher: Sierra
Website: King’s Quest
Twitter: @TheOddGentlemen

Life is StrangeContent: Life Is Strange Episode 4
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Game Description: Life is Strange is a five part episodic game that sets out to revolutionize story-based choice and consequence games by allowing the player to rewind time and affect the past, present and future. In Episode 4, Max realises that changing the past can lead to painful consequences and that time is not a great healer. Her investigation into the disappearance of Rachel Amber begins to reach a thrilling conclusion as she finds the Dark Room. Will the answers lie within? Or will there just be trouble?

Purchase Life Is Strange Episode 4 for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Grab the complete season and get all of the episodes as they are released.

Life is Strange Episode 4 is also available on Xbox 360 and can be purchased here.

Product Info:
Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher: Square Enix
Website: Life is Strange
Twitter: @LifeIsStrange

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Content: World of Tanks
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Game Description:  Take command of history’s most powerful tanks and experience the intensity of tank combat on console like never before. Charge into the fray and engage in epic 15-v-15 multiplayer tank battles. Hundreds of realistic mid-20th century armored fighting vehicles await your command. For the first time ever, battle with players on Xbox One and Xbox 360 with cross-play.

World of Tanks is free to download on Xbox Live, providing unlimited gameplay for Xbox Live Gold members and a 7-day trial for Xbox Live account holders.

Download World of Tanks (FREE) for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Currency Mega Pack – 5,500 Gold & 5,500,000 Silver used to upgrade your firepower, purchase vehicles, train your crew & more.

Currency Big Bucks Pack – 2,500 Gold & 2,500,000 Silver used to upgrade your firepower, purchase vehicles, train your crew & more.

Product Info:
Developer: Wargaming.net
Publisher: Wargaming.net
Website: World of Tanks
Twitter: @WoTXbox

For the month of August, Xbox Live Gold members will receive four new free games – two on Xbox One and two on Xbox 360 – as part of the Games with Gold program.

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On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes ($19.99 ERP) for free during the month of August. How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition ($19.99 ERP) will be available as a free download from August 16th to September 15th.

  

On Xbox 360, starting Saturday, August 1st, Metro 2033 ($19.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through August 15th. Then on August 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Metro: Last Light ($19.99 ERP) for free through August 31st.

  

Read more about August Games with Gold titles over at Xbox Wire.

*Titles are available as free downloads for qualifying Xbox Live Gold members in all markets where Xbox Live is available. Some regions may offer different titles depending on market availability.

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 03 August 2015.

    

Xbox One Deals
Content Title Content Type Discount
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Digital Pro Edition Xbox One Game 33%
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gold Edition Xbox One Game 35%
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Season Pass Add-On 50%
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Illustrious Pirates Pack Add-On 50%
Assassin’s Creed IV Multi-player Gameplay Pack Add-On 50%
Assassin’s Creed IV Multi-player Appearance Pack Add-On 50%
Assassin’s Creed IV MP Characters Pack #1 Beard’s Wrath Add-On 50%
Assassin’s Creed IV MP Characters Pack #2 Guild of Rogue Add-On 50%
Assassin’s Creed IV Crusader and Florentine Pack Add-On 50%
Warframe: 75 Platinum Add-On 30%
Warframe: 170 Platinum Add-On 30%
Warframe: 370 Platinum Add-On 30%
Warframe:1000 Platinum + Rare Mod Add-On 30%
Warframe: 2100 Platinum + Dual Rare Mods Add-On 30%
Warframe: 3210 Platinum + Triple Rare Mods Add-On 30%
AirMech Arena Prime Cube* Add-On 30%
AirMech Arena Prime* Add-On 30%
AirMech Arena Starter Pack* Add-On 30%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.
*These Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold and Silver members.

          

Xbox 360 Deals
Content Title Content Type Discount
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Games On Demand 75%
Need For Speed Carbon Games On Demand 66%
Need For Speed ProStreet Games On Demand 66%
Need For Speed SHIFT Games On Demand 66%
Need For Speed The RUN Games On Demand 66%
Need For Speed Undercover Games On Demand 66%
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Armed and Dangerous Pack Games On Demand 70%
R.B.I. Baseball 14 Games On Demand 75%
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Games On Demand 50%
AirMech Arena Prime* Add-On 30%
AirMech Arena Starter Pack* Add-On 30%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. 
*These Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold and Silver members.

Good news for Xbox One fans! The Summer Spotlight kicks off Wednesday, July 29th to August 31st and brings Xbox One fans more than 25 new digital games to play, with new releases coming out each week, for five weeks.

Some of the titles releasing this week are already listed in the online Xbox store, and I’ll update this post with links to each of the new releases coming out this week when they are available.

Here are the confirmed titles for this week:

  

28 July:
World of Tanks (pre-download)

29 July:
King’s Quest (pre-order King’s Quest : The Complete Collection)
Squid Hero for Kinect (coming soon)

31 July:
Magic Duels: Origins (coming soon)

Upcoming Summer Spotlight Titles Available For Pre-Order

Rare Replay

I have some other surprises planned during the Summer Spotlight including random giveaways, so keep checking my blog or follow me on Twitter.

For more details about the Summer Spotlight, check out the Xbox store website. And for more information about these titles and the greatest games lineup in Xbox history, check out the Xbox Wire.

Android 01

With over 500 total votes on Xbox Feedback(Post #1, Post #2) we are adding the ability to view, share, and save Xbox One screenshots in the iOS and Android Xbox One SmartGlass apps, similar to the capabilities already available in the Xbox app on Windows 10. You will find screenshots in the Activity Feed, on profile pages, and in the new Capture hub available from the drawer. This feature will be available soon in the Android Xbox One SmartGlass Beta app (build 2.4.1507 or higher) which is accessible by all users; the beta version for iOS is currently limited to users that are already part of the Xbox One SmartGlass Beta via the Apple store (Build 2.108 or higher).

Windows 10 Fan Celebration

I’ll be in New York City this Wednesday evening, July 29th for a special invitation only Windows 10 Fan Celebration.  With Xbox and gaming a big part of Windows 10 – I was able to secure 50 invitations for a few lucky Xbox Fans. If you will be in the New York City area this Wednesday evening (July 29th) and would like to attend, please email me (major at Xbox -dot com with the subject line NYC) by Monday (July 27th) evening at 11:59pm ET. Note: Deadline to send me email has passed. No more emails please.

On Tuesday morning, I’ll randomly choose 50 winners and email those chosen with details.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

  • If you are randomly selected, you’ll receive an email from me Tuesday afternoon with the time/location of the event Wednesday evening.
  • If chosen, you’ll be on my guest list with two passes under your name – one for you and one for a guest.
  • Due to alcohol being served at the event, all attendees must be 21 and over.

Thanks and hopefully I’ll see you Wednesday night.

 

Here is a look at what you can do with the Xbox app on Windows 10