Game of Thrones - Episode 4: Sons of WinterContent: Game of Thrones – Episode 5: A Nest of Vipers
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Game Description: Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series is a six part episodic game series set in the world of HBO’s groundbreaking TV show and Episode 5 is now available. This new story tells of House Forrester, a noble family from the north of Westeros, loyal to the Starks of Winterfell. Caught up in the events surrounding the War of the Five Kings, they are thrown into a maelstrom of bloody warfare, revenge, intrigue, and horror as they fight to survive while the seven kingdoms tear themselves apart.

Requires Game of Thrones – Episode 1: Iron From Ice. DO NOT purchase this content if you own the season pass.

Purchase Game of Thrones – Episode 5: A Nest of Vipers for the Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase Game of Thrones – Episode 5: A Nest of Vipers for the Xbox 360 from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Website: Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series
Twitter: @telltalegames

Content: Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
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Game Description: XBOX ONE GAME EXPECTED TO RELEASE ON 8/25/2015. YOU MAY DOWNLOAD THE GAME FROM XBOX LIVE BEFORE THEN, BUT IT WILL NOT BE PLAYABLE UNTIL 12:01 AM EST ON THE RELEASE DATE.

Emergence Day set in motion a brutal war that would both shatter humanity and forge a valiant band of heroes. Revisit the explosive events that lead to the beginning of Gears of War in this opening cinematic for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, which releases starting August 25th. The shooter that defined the first generation of HD gaming has been painstakingly remastered in 1080P, modernized for Xbox One with 60FPS competitive multiplayer, and loaded with new content including five campaign chapters never released on Xbox.

 

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Standard Pre-Order version) – The landmark original Gears of War returns, stunningly remastered and modernized for Xbox One. Includes pre-order bonus Adam Fenix multiplayer skin and bonus Civilian Anya and Animated Imulsion Weapon Skin for use in multiplayer matches.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Deluxe Pre-Order version) – Includes the base game, Deluxe Weapon Skin Pack which is comprised of 10 different Animated Weapon Skins and 36 standard Weapon Skins as well as Civilian Marcus Fenix, Aaron Griffin multiplayer characters, pre-order bonus Adam Fenix multiplayer character, Anya Stroud bonus multiplayer character, and bonus Animated Imulsion weapon skin.

Content: Madden NFL 16
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Game Description: XBOX ONE GAME EXPECTED TO RELEASE ON 8/25/2015. YOU MAY DOWNLOAD THE GAME FROM XBOX LIVE BEFORE THEN, BUT IT WILL NOT BE PLAYABLE UNTIL 12:01 AM EST ON THE RELEASE DATE.

Madden NFL 16 delivers all-new controls that allow you to dominate in the battle for air supremacy. New QB mechanics including body-relative throws, plus touch and roll out passes provide you with unprecedented depth and control while under center. Combined with a new risk/reward catch and pass-defend system, get ready for the biggest WOW moments in franchise history.

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gamescom 2015, the largest consumer gaming show in the world, is nearly upon us – and, as usual, Xbox will be there in full force. To kick things off, this year’s Xbox gamescom 2015 briefing starts on Tuesday, August 4 at 4:00 p.m. CEST (10:00 a.m. EDT). You can watch the Xbox gamescom 2015 briefing live on Xbox One, Xbox.com (desktop and on mobile), and Xbox 360.

Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom

We’ll cover everything Xbox happening at gamescom – breaking news, exclusive announcements, trailer reveals, game demos, and interviews with game creators. The 60 minute live show will be hosted by Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, Graeme Boyd, Xbox Live’s AceyBongos, and Julia Hardy, and will include guest stars and industry elites, including Head of Xbox Phil Spencer and guests from top game studios that are creating amazing games for Xbox One and Windows 10.

  • August 5th – 6:00 p.m. CEST (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • August 6th – 6:00 p.m. CEST (12:00 p.m. EDT)

Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom will be streamed live on Xbox One, on Xbox.com (desktop and on mobile), and on Xbox 360. Each show will also have interactive experiences created just for fans watching live on Xbox One.

Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015

If you’re going to be in the Cologne, Germany area before and during the show, we’ve got some great news: you could be one of 500 lucky fans to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015 from Tuesday, August 4 through Wednesday, August 5!

These 500 fans will kick the week off with exclusive access to the “Xbox FanFest Showcase” the night of Tuesday, August 4. Get hands-on with the best games lineup in Xbox history before any other gamescom attendee.

The Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015 ticket also includes:

• A secret Wednesday day-time activity.
• VIP Access to the very first Xbox Party on the Rhein on Wednesday, August 5. Take an evening cruise while enjoying an epic Xbox event, just for our fans.
• Exclusive fan swag and Xbox-branded backpacks.
• Meet and greet some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.

How can you get an Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015 ticket?

Fans can begin lining up for tickets at the Gloria Theater in Cologne, Germany, beginning at 2:00 p.m CEST on Tuesday, August 4 until all tickets are taken. The full address for the Gloria Theater is: Apostelnstrasse 11, Cologne, NW 50667, Germany. Please note that you’ll need to be over 18 years of age and that you’re limited to one ticket per person.

Halo 5: Guardians gamescom Invitational by ESL

Finally, this year’s Halo 5: Guardians gamescom Invitational by ESL will take place on Friday, August 7 beginning at 3 p.m CEST (9 a.m. EDT) in the ESL Arena on the gamescom show floor. The Invitational will provide fans with a first look at high-stakes Arena gameplay, which focuses on pure, skill-based 4v4 combat. Four top teams have been invited: Epsilon Esports (EU), Supremacy (EU), CAZ.Esports (EU), and OpTic Gaming (NA).

The pro teams will have an opportunity to get reacquainted with Halo 5: Guardians Arena multiplayer during the week at gamescom, and on Friday, duke it out against one another in a four-team bracket. Be sure to tune into the action on the Halo Channel and Twitch.tv/Halo to see the first look at pre-launch Arena tournament goodness. Keep an eye on Halo Waypoint for info about the teams, format, maps, and more as we get closer to the event.

We’ve got an amazing lineup planned for gamescom 2015. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all of the latest news and updates on the greatest games lineup in Xbox history.


Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015 FAQ

Where can I line up to get my Xbox gamescom FanFest ticket?
Line up for tickets at the Gloria Theater in Cologne, Germany. Address is: Apostelnstrasse 11, Cologne, NW 50667, Germany. Map location is here.

When can I get in line to pick up my Xbox gamescom FanFest ticket?
Line up for tickets begins at 2:00pm (14:00) on Tuesday, August 4th, and will remain open until all tickets are taken.

Will I be able to see the Xbox Briefing live?
Unlike E3, our gamescom Briefing is held in a location with very limited seating and is reserved primarily for our key business partners.  Registered fans will be able to enjoy exclusive hands-on gameplay with the best games lineup in Xbox history at the first fan event, Xbox FanFest Showcase, Tuesday evening, August 4th.

Is there an age-minimum to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015?
Yes, every ticket-holder has to be over 18 years of age. Parents with children under the age of 18 will not be allowed. We will require a valid, government-issued, picture ID (driver’s license, passport) as part of the check-in. You will have to fill out a liability waiver form.

How many Xbox FanFest tickets can I get?
One ticket; one person – tickets are non-transferable and cannot be resold.

If I’m traveling to Cologne, are there hotel accommodations?
It’s up to the individual to pay for their own travel and hotel accommodations.

What if I can only spend a couple of days in Cologne; can you tell me now what the other surprises are for the rest of the week?
We are not ready to reveal any more surprises at this time. Stay tuned for more information!

Will the 500 fans be able to go to gamescom, like some fans did at E3?
We have nothing more to reveal right now about other fun activities during Xbox FanFest. Stay tuned for more information.

Content: Dishonored Definitive Edition 
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Game Description: XBOX ONE GAME EXPECTED TO RELEASE ON 8/25/2015. YOU MAY DOWNLOAD THE GAME FROM XBOX LIVE BEFORE THEN, BUT IT WILL NOT BE PLAYABLE UNTIL 12:01 AM EST ON THE RELEASE DATE.

Dishonored and all of its additional content come to the next generation in Dishonored Definitive Edition! With Dishonored’s flexible combat system, creatively eliminate your targets as you combine the supernatural abilities, weapons and unusual gadgets at your disposal. “Void Walker’s Arsenal” offers unique character bonuses, additional bone charm slots, and more that will aid you in pursuit of revenge.

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Windows 10 releases to the world in just under 10 days and I’ll be in New York on the 29th of July to celebrate the launch with some of our fans. I couldn’t be more excited for the release of Windows 10. Not only is it being described as the best Windows ever, a number of new features like DirectX 12 and integration with the Xbox are going to have a big impact on gaming while uniting the two platforms.

Here are Ten Tips you can do now to make sure you’re ready to upgrade to Windows 10 on 29 July.

1. Check out the new features coming to Windows 10

Is upgrading to Windows 10 right for you? Maybe you’re content with Windows 7 or Windows 8 and don’t know if you want to upgrade to Windows 10. After you check out the new features coming with Windows 10, I think you’ll change your mind. From Microsoft Edge, an all-new browser; Cortana, your personal digital assistant; and the Xbox app, which brings some of the best features on the Xbox to your PC, Windows 10 is the Windows you know, only better. You can read more information about the new features coming to Windows 10 here.

2. Learn about DirectX 12

With DirectX 12 graphics, performance optimization and Xbox, Windows 10 makes PC gaming better than ever. DirectX 12 will deliver high-end graphics and can improve performance of your games, even on existing hardware.

Watch Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, talk about DirectX 12 at the Windows 10 presentation back in January (jump to the 7:15 mark).

Stay tuned to the Xbox Wire for some upcoming features focusing on DirectX 12.

3. Did you know there is an Xbox Experience In Windows 10?

As gamers, one of the coolest features coming with Windows 10 is the Xbox app. With Xbox on Windows 10, you’ll have more ways to connect and play, wherever you go. Your games, your friends, your achievements, and more follow you across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. The Xbox app for Windows 10 features include streaming Xbox One games to your Windows 10 PC, offers cross-device multiplayer, and enables the Xbox Game DVR feature on your PC. Read more about the Xbox experience in Windows 10 here.

4. Take a moment to verify Your System Requirements

If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 on your PC or tablet, you can find the system requirements here. You can also check to see if your system meets the system requirements by selecting “check my PC” in the Get Windows 10 app.

5. Don’t wait! Reserve Your Copy Today

Upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Yes, free! This upgrade offer is for a full version of Windows 10, not a trial. To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of availability. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device. Windows 10 Upgrade Offer is valid for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices, including devices you already own. You can find all of the Windows 10 Upgrade Offer details here.

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6. Archive Your Old Data & Create A Back Up

Even though the Windows installation asks you if you want to keep files on your computer when you start installing, it’s always a good idea to archive any files you want to keep. One of the best ways to archive files you want to keep is using an external hard drive or uploading the files to OneDrive. It’s also a good idea to create a backup of your system prior to commencing the Windows 10 installation, just in case something goes wrong or you want to revert back to your previous setup.

Here are a couple Microsoft Support pages for creating backups, but there are plenty of resources available online talking about this in greater detail.

Back up your programs, system settings, and files (Windows 7)

What happened to Backup and Restore?

7. Hardware Drivers With A New Version Of Windows

Whenever you install a new version of Windows it’s always a good idea to verify you’re using compatible drivers to avoid any hardware conflicts or stability issues. Many hardware manufactures already have Windows 10 drivers (or beta drivers)  available now with updates coming soon after Windows 10 releases. Tech savvy PC enthusiasts can use the device manager or DXDIAG tools to identify their specific hardware and drivers, and see if the manufactures have already released Windows 10 drivers. It’s a good idea to download these to a portable drive so you have them available during your Windows 10 installation, just in case you need them.

Open Device Manager

Run DirectX Diagnostic Tool

8. Games and Apps for Windows 10 – New Games and Old

When Windows 10 launches, it will introduce the new Windows Store, a unified shopping experience across every Windows 10 device. Browse the store on your PC, tablet, or phone and easily purchase great digital content including apps, games, music, movies and TV shows.

There are a number of new games and apps coming to Windows 10, so you might want to start thinking about the ones you want to get as soon as you upgrade. One of the biggest titles to announce a unique Windows 10 version is Minecraft, but you can bet there will be some other cool new games and apps available for Windows 10 when it launches.

And if you’re wondering if some of your older PC titles are compatible with Windows 10, this unofficial community created list may help.

 9. Xbox Controllers For Windows 10

The Xbox experience is coming to your Windows 10 device and you want to play games on your PC, and you prefer the Xbox controller – no problem. You can use an Xbox 360 or Xbox One wired controller with your PC. There is a wireless adapter for Xbox 360 controllers available now, and the a wireless adapter coming this fall for Windows users to enjoy the freedom and convenience of the Xbox One wireless controller on Windows 10 PCs, laptops, and tablets.

How to set up an Xbox 360 Controller for Windows

Is my Xbox One Wireless Controller compatible with my PC?

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10. HELP! I have questions.

Depending on your level of technical expertise, you might have questions before, during and after the upgrade installation process. And before you start upgrading it’s always a good idea to know how to get help in case something goes wrong in the middle of the process, especially when your computer is likely unavailable. Check to see if your question has already been answered in the Windows Community Forum, or post a new question. If you need help installing Windows 10 when it’s available on July 29, 2015, Microsoft will offer phone and chat support to make sure that you get up and running smoothly.

*Bonus Tip – Get Windows 10 while its free!

To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of availability. After that, you’ll have to purchase it.

Whether you’re an Xbox gamer looking forward to using the Xbox app on Windows 10 to extend your console’s capability or a PC gamer excited to see how the latest installment of Windows enhances your gaming experience, it’s going to be an exciting time. Stay tuned for more news and updates as we gear up for the biggest Windows launch ever.

Important Links:

Windows 10 Blog

Windows 10 FAQ

Xbox on Windows 10

Xbox Wire

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. World of Tanks is cross-play enabled so you can voice chat and coordinate with your teammates and compete against players worldwide across both Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms. 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.

Pre-download Bundle (FREE): Show your enthusiasm for World of Tanks by grabbing a free T1E6-X1 unique U.S. light tank with Xbox One Founder Emblem. It’s only available BEFORE the release of World of Tanks for Xbox One. Download now to claim your tank and be ready for battle on July 28!

Pre-order the Vanguard Pack: Bundle features the rare AMX Chaffee French light tank, special Xbox One Founder Emblem, 100% Trained Crew, 36 Prf. 1930 Shells, 8 Frt.Prf. 1944 Shells, 1 Garage Slot, 7 Days of Premium and player-selectable AMX Chaffee Ace Operation.

Pre-order the Assault Pack: Bundle Includes the rare prototype T95E2 tank, Xbox One Founder Emblem, 30 Days of Premium Account, and player selectable T95E2 Ace Operation.

Pre-order the Battalion Pack: Bundle comes with Xbox One Founder Emblem on included tanks, American Tier III MTLS-1G14, American Tier VIII T95E2, French Tier VI F224 AMX Chaffee, 500,000 Silver, 30 Days of Premium Account, Player selectable Operations (Op MTLS Ace, Op T95E2 Ace and Op AMX Chaffee Ace).

Pre-Download World of Tanks for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

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

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 27 July 2015.

    

Xbox One Deals
Content Title Content Type Discount
Forza Horizon 2 and Forza Motorsport 5 Bundle* Xbox One Game 35%
Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass* Add-On 50%
Infinity Runner* Xbox One Game 50%
TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT* Xbox One Game 10%
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Premium Edition Xbox One Game 33%
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Imperial Edition Xbox One Game 33%
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Xbox One Game 33%
The Evil Within Season Pass Add-On 33%
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Xbox One Game 25%
DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin Xbox One Game 33-40%
Dragon Ball Xenoverse Xbox One Game 25-33%
Dragon Ball Xenoverse + Season Pass Xbox One Game 25-33%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

*These Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members only.

          

Xbox 360 Deals
Content Title Content Type Discount
Max Payne 3* Games On Demand 75%
L.A. Noire* Games On Demand 75%
Red Dead Redemption* Games On Demand 75%
Midnight Club: LA* Games On Demand 75%
Bully Scholarship Ed.* Games On Demand 75%
Forza Horizon* Games On Demand 50%
Forza Horizon Season Pass* Add-On 75%
Evil Within Season Pass Add-On 33%
Doom II Arcade 50%
Doom Arcade 50%
Quake Arena Arcade Arcade 50%
Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall Add-On 50%
Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches Add-On 50%
Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage Add-On 50%
Fallout 3: Broken Steel Add-On 50%
Fallout: New Vegas – Gun Runners Arsenal Add-On 50%
COD: Black Ops – First Strike Add-On 25%
COD: Black Ops – Escalation Add-On 25%
COD: Black Ops – Annihilation Add-On 25%
COD: Black Ops – Rezurrection Add-On 25%
COD: Black Ops II Season Pass Add-On 33%
Ace Combat – Assault Horizon Games On Demand 67-75%
Armored Core – Verdict Day Games On Demand 60-66%
Beautiful Katamari Games On Demand 67-75%
Dark Souls Games On Demand 67-75%
Dark Souls II Games On Demand 40-50%
Digimon All-Star Rumble Games On Demand 45-55%
Dragon Ball Xenoverse (DBX) Games On Demand 25-33%
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z Games On Demand 45-55%
Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection Games On Demand 60-67%
Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi Games On Demand 60-67%
Enslaved Games On Demand 67-75%
Eternal Sonata Games On Demand 60-66%
Galaga Legions DX Games On Demand 60-66%
MotoGP 14 Games On Demand 60-66%
MXGP Games On Demand 60-66%
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution Games On Demand 40-50%
PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+ Games On Demand 60-66%
PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures Games On Demand 67-75%
PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 Games On Demand 40-50%
PAC-MAN Museum Games On Demand 67-75%
Ridge Racer Unbounded Games On Demand 75-80%
Soulcalibur II HD Online Arcade 67-75%
Soulcalibur V Games on Demand 67-75%
Star Trek Games On Demand 67-75%
Tales of Vesperia Games On Demand 67-75%
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Games On Demand 67-75%
Xevious Games On Demand 33-40%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. 

*These Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members only.

F1 2015 is Now Available for Xbox One

Content: F1 2015
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Game Description: F1 2015 puts you in the heart of the action with a new game engine that recreates the fast and highly responsive racing cars of FORMULA ONE and features all-new ‘broadcast presentation’ that immerses you in the unique race day atmosphere. Compete as your favorite FORMULA ONE star in the new Championship Season and push yourself to the limit in the challenging Pro Season mode. Hone your skills in the new Online Practice Session, and then challenge your friends and racing rivals from across the world in Online Multiplayer.

Purchase F1 2015 for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Codemasters
Publisher: Codemasters
Website: F1 2015
Twitter: @Formula1game