As previously announced, you can gift select Xbox One digital games and downloadable game content (durables only) as well as Xbox Live Gold (not available in all regions) and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions, right from Microsoft Store on the Xbox One family of devices, Windows 10, or online – just in time for the holidays.

Here’s what you need to know about giving or receiving a game gift:

In Microsoft Store on Xbox One, those giving gifts can enter the email address of the gift recipient, or choose a Gamertag from their Xbox Live friends. In Microsoft Store on Windows 10 and online, customers will need to know the email of the recipient in order to send a gift.

Gift recipients will receive a code for their digital gift via an email message that contains instructions on how to redeem the code. The email is sent immediately upon gift purchase. In addition to receiving a gift message via email, on Xbox, gift recipients will receive a system message from Xbox Live containing the code for the digital item along with a “one-click” redemption button to streamline code redemption.

Read more about gift giving over at Xbox Wire.

To celebrate this new feature, we are giving away some gifts of our own over the next couple of weeks!

I will be giving away three Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition consoles over the next few weeks. A winner will randomly be selected on December 08th, 15th and 22nd. You only need to enter once to be eligible to win in all three random drawings. I will update this post each week with the winner, so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won.

  • How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is answer the question and submit your entry using the below form:

Project Scorpio Xbox One X Giveaway

Note: Do NOT leave an entry in the comments or on Twitter. Only entries using the entry form above will be accepted.

  • What can you win?

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition console (1TB) – includes console, vertical stand, Project Scorpio Edition wireless controller and Xbox Game Pass subscription (1 month).


  • What are the rules?

Submit your entry using the form above.

Do not @ reply me on Twitter or leave a comment below. That will not count!

Deadline to enter is 7:00 pm ET / 4:00 pm PT on Thursday, 21 December. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regions. The winners will be notified on December 08th, 15th and 22nd.

I will update this post with a list of the winners and/or their Gamer Tags after they have redeemed the prize.

Have fun and good luck!

Note: Any winner who does not respond to my email notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize. Only entries received at using the submission form will be considered. For more information on contest rules, please visit this website.

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Here we go…the latest episode of This Week On Xbox.

Remember, you can watch the interactive version of This Week on Xbox from the Community section of the Xbox One dashboard in Canada, the UK and the US or watch it on the Xbox YouTube channel (This Week on Xbox Playlist).

Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think of the show.

Next week, the best-selling PC phenomenon of 2017 – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – is coming exclusively to console on Xbox One in the Xbox Game Preview program.

To prepare you for your jump onto the island, we wanted to share the exact times the game will be available on Xbox One across the world. As with all multiplayer games – especially those with 100 person matches – as more players and servers come online around the globe, the shorter wait times will become and the faster you’ll be able to get into matches – so players in New Zealand and Australia, be patient!

PUBG Market Release Schedule

Region Start Date/Time (PT) Start Date/Time (UTC)
New Zealand 12/11/2017 3:00 12/11/2017 11:00
Australia 12/11/2017 5:00 12/11/2017 13:00
Japan, South Korea 12/11/2017 7:00 12/11/2017 15:00
Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore 12/11/2017 8:00 12/11/2017 16:00
India 12/11/2017 10:30 12/11/2017 18:30
United Arab Emirates 12/11/2017 12:00 12/11/2017 20:00
Russia, Saudi Arabia 12/11/2017 13:00 12/11/2017 21:00
Finland, Greece, Israel, Turkey, South Africa 12/11/2017 14:00 12/11/2017 22:00
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland 12/11/2017 15:00 12/11/2017 23:00
United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal 12/11/2017 16:00 12/12/2017 0:00
Brazil 12/11/2017 18:00 12/12/2017 2:00
Argentina, Chile 12/11/2017 19:00 12/12/2017 3:00
United States, Canada, Colombia 12/11/2017 21:00 12/12/2017 5:00
Mexico 12/11/2017 22:00 12/12/2017 6:00

As a reminder, Xbox Game Preview is a way for fans to preview and purchase the game while it’s a work-in-progress. PUBG Corp are approaching development on Xbox One with the same community-driven focus that they’ve taken with the game on PC and your feedback is key. Play the game, give the developers feedback and help make the game the best it can be.

We’ll have more information on how and where to share developer feedback, troubleshoot issues and get real-time updates before launch, so stay tuned.

We’ve also heard from many of you that you would like to pre-order the game digitally. Games in Xbox Game Preview are not eligible to be pre-ordered at this time, but you can buy and download the game as soon as it becomes available in your market, or pre-order from participating retailers worldwide.

Gear Up for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds With Limited-Edition Cosmetic Packs

The countdown to PUBG on Xbox has begun – see you on the island!

Joe Neate, Executive Producer at Rare, revealed the Sea of Thieves Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller today plus shared some info about Sea of Thieves, now available for pre-order and releasing March 20, 2018.

Pirates are nothing without the right tools, so we’re also happy to announce the Xbox Wireless Controller – Sea of Thieves Limited Edition so you can fight, sail and loot in style. The controller features a deep purple translucent design, adorned with laser etched barnacles, one treasured golden trigger and haunted by a mysterious glow-in-the-dark skull. The Xbox Wireless Controller – Sea of Thieves Limited Edition is now available for pre-order for $74.99 USD and ships globally in all Xbox One markets on Feb. 6, 2018.  The controller comes with the exclusive Ferryman Clothing Set for your Sea of Thieves character, a 14 day Live Gold trail, and a 14 day Game Pass trial at no additional cost.

For more information about Sea of Thieves and the Xbox Wireless Controller – Sea of Thieves Limited Edition, check out Xbox Wire.

For aspiring pirates new to the adventure, Sea of Thieves is a new type of multiplayer game where players take to the high seas on epic voyages to unravel puzzling riddles, engage in ship-to-ship battles and discover the treasure of a lifetime. Grab your crew and journey into a unique shared world where each pirate is a real player with their own intentions and goals.

Pre-Order Sea of Thieves

Pre-Order Xbox Wireless Controller – Sea of Thieves Limited Edition

While March 20, 2018 can’t come soon enough, we wouldn’t have gotten here without the loyal support of our awesome community. From the fantastic feedback received during the Technical Alpha to support during shows and conventions, Sea of Thieves is a testament to the incredible fans who have invested in this world with us. We look forward to your continued support as we sail toward release and beyond.

For the latest on Sea of Thieves and news on closed beta dates, stay tuned to in the lead up to March 20, 2018. We can’t wait to share more soon!

Larry Hryb🐔🍽 @majornelson

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Content: A Way Out 
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (03/22/2018 – 9:00 PM).

From the creators of Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons comes A Way Out, an exclusively co-op adventure where you play the role of one of two prisoners making their daring escape from prison. What begins as a thrilling breakout quickly turns into an unpredictable, emotional adventure unlike anything seen or played before. A Way Out is an experience that must be played with two players. Each player controls one of the main characters, Leo and Vincent, in a reluctant alliance to break out of prison and gain their freedom. Together, you’ll explore notions of trust and consequence as your choices begin to catch up with you. Play the entire experience with your friends for free using the friends pass free trial feature.

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Content: Demons Age
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Game Description: Demons Age is a classical Role-playing game, designed to be a modern successor of great classic videogames such as “Baldur’s gate” and “The Temple of Elemental Evil”. Despite “Demons Age” being highly inspired in D&D projects such as ToEE, Chaos Chronicles or Baldur’s Gate, it follows its own perspective on a whole new fictional world. Bigmoon took the artistic freedom to innovate, create new fictional locations, interesting characters, a captivating plot, and a whole new world to discover, experience, and gameplay.

Purchase Demons Age for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Bigmoon Entertainment
Publisher: Bigmoon Entertainment
Website: Demons Age
Twitter: @BigmoonEnt

Content: Hello Neighbor
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Game Description: Hello Neighbor is a stealth horror game about sneaking into your neighbor’s house to figure out what horrible secrets he’s hiding in the basement. You play against an advanced AI that learns from your every move. Really enjoying climbing through that backyard window? Expect a bear trap there. Sneaking through the front door? There’ll be cameras there soon. Trying to escape? The Neighbor will find a shortcut and catch you.

Purchase Hello Neighbor for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Dynamic Pixels
Publisher: tinyBuild
Website: Hello Neighbor
Twitter: @dynamicpixels / @tinyBuild / @DynamicNeighbor

Content: Battlestar Galactica Deadlock 
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Game Description: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Deadlock takes you into the heart of the First Cylon War, to fight epic 3D battles that will test your tactical prowess. Take control of the Colonial Fleet from the bridge of the mobile shipyard, Daidalos, and free the Twelve Colonies from the Cylon threat. Build your fleets, protect the Quorum alliance and prepare to dig deeper into the conspiracies of this heroic conflict.

Purchase Battlestar Galactica Deadlock for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Black Lab Games
Publisher: Slitherine
Website: Battlestar Galactica Deadlock
Twitter: @blacklabgames / @MatrixGamesLtd