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 www.majornelson.com using the submission form will be considered. For more information on contest rules, please visit this website.

Jerome Holman, Senior Program Manager on Mixer Mobile Apps, discusses the new Mixer App, available today.

Just months ago, we announced we were rebuilding the Mixer app for Android and iOS. Since then and with the help of our community, we’ve built the best version of the app to-date, and are excited to announce it’s available for download today on Android and in the coming days on iOS.

Complete with a new code base to enable faster updates than ever before, we’ve redesigned the new app pixel-by-pixel to offer a more consistent Mixer experience across devices. From beta through to launch, we’ve focused on improved discoverability, new personalization options, and Mixer interactivity. You’ll notice this new functionality, designed to immerse you in your streamers’ experiences, wherever you are!

We’ve also added several new features: push notifications, tap-and-hold video previews, and an introductory first-run video to help you get acquainted with what’s new. With a Mixer experience optimized for mobile, stay connected with the streams you love.

Download the current version of iOS and the receive the new update soon!

Push Notifications: New notifications mean you’re always in the loop and connected at all times — especially when you’re on the go. Get notified when your favorite streamers go live. Follow your favorite streams directly from your phone or tablet.

Easier Navigation: Whether you’re looking for something new or something you’ve been watching for a while, new “Trending,” “Following,” and “Profile” tabs get you there quicker. Tap-and-hold on the home page to see a quick video preview. You’ll notice improved discoverability thanks to an enhanced search algorithm. The “Trending” tab now shows the top streams based on viewer count.

Enhanced Stream Page & Player settings: Tailor your viewing experience to fit your needs. Within the app, select your stream video quality, toggle through chat and audio, and easily share the stream you’re watching with friends.

In addition to the new features above, below is a refresher of all the great functionality we’ve improved upon during the beta period:

  • Featured streams at the top with auto previews
  • Trending Games spotlighted on your home page
  • Search history added below the search bar
  • A new Following tab, with LIVE and recommended streams
  • New indicators to help you easily find streams using Interactive, Co-streaming, and FTL
  • An improved Profile page with links to your channel, your level, and your sparks
  • Improved filtering for Trending broadcasts
  • Improved Chat complete with Viewer list, whispers, and basic mod featuresIn the new Mixer mobile app, you’ll sign-in with your Microsoft account. Learn how to create a Microsoft account here. Also to note, Apple has updated the app rating to 17+, which may impact iOS users.With thorough testing and tons of positive fan feedback, we’ve tweaked and tailored the Mixer mobile app just as you’ve requested. Here’s to the Mixer community for sharing thoughts on what a mobile streaming app means to you! Keep the feedback coming!

Welcome to Mixer. Streaming is better this way.

Content: The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human 
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (01/18/2018 – 9:00 PM).

As resources began to dwindle in the year 2971, sub-aquatic spaceships were sent to a nearby wormhole to look for habitable planets. Things did not go as planned. And now the ship Argo9 has returned, thousands of years later. Witness the beauty of the sea as well as humanity’s influence on nature, told through the art and backgrounds with some textual hints along the way.

Xbox One Pre-Order FAQ

Content: ACA NEOGEO REAL BOUT FATAL FURY SPECIAL
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Game Description: REAL BOUT FATAL FURY SPECIAL is a fighting game released by SNK in 1997. Introducing a brand-new 2-line battle system, a refinement of the Power Gauge system, and the abolishment of the ring-out system, the battle tactics of this system have been further improved. Along with Wolfgang Krauser, a total of 19 combatants appear.

Purchase ACA NEOGEO REAL BOUT FATAL FURY SPECIAL for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: SNK
Publisher: HAMSTER Corporation
Website: ACA NEOGEO REAL BOUT FATAL FURY SPECIAL
Twitter: @SNKPofficial / @HAMSTER_Corp

Content: Night In The Woods 
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Game Description: NIGHT IN THE WOODS is an adventure game focused on exploration, story, and character, featuring dozens of characters to meet and lots to do across a lush, vibrant world. Break stuff, play bass, hang out, walk on powerlines, jump between roofs, and discover strange and amazing and terrible things you never asked for. Come home and waste your life away in Possum Springs.

Purchase Night In The Woods for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Infinite Fall
Publisher: Finji
Website: Night In The Woods
Twitter: @FinjiCo / @NightInTheWoods

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Content: Future War: Reborn 
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (12/19/2017 – 9:00 PM).

Future War: Reborn is the latest 3D TPS game about a post-apocalyptic war. You will control the full-fledged Genome Fighter to strafe enemies and sweep through battlefields with cutting-edge weapons, to defend human beings from hordes of dead walkers.

Xbox One Pre-Order FAQ

Matt Matt Salsamendi, one of the co-founders of Mixer and engineering lead on the platform at Microsoft, posted an article about Mixer HypeZone, an all-new dedicated channel for PUBG. Details below:

Hopefully you’re all just as eager for PLAYERUNKNOWN’s BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) arriving today as a console launch exclusive as we are! The quest for a chicken dinner has a new home on Xbox One, so get ready to grab your controller, prep your parachute and ready that frying pan. We know the competition will be fierce and can’t wait to see new PUBG Mixer streams, plus it’s never been easier to broadcast gameplay on your Xbox One: just start a game, navigate to ‘Broadcast & Capture’ tab, and press ‘Broadcast’.

In a PUBG match, making it into the top 10 comes with intense emotions: the circle’s shrinking and you’ve got your head on a swivel looking for movement anywhere around you… it’s pretty intense to say the least.

Today, we’re introducing the HypeZone PUBG Channel to beta, which celebrates these action-packed moments for streamers and viewers alike.

TheHypeZone PUBG Channel is the must-watch Mixer channel featuring the most exciting, down-to-the-wire PUBG action. HypeZone switches between Mixer streamers closest to winning the coveted Chicken Dinner, hosting the streamer until they either win or die. This gives viewers the opportunity to discover streamers of all levels during the most intense moments of the game.

Whether you and your closest friends are Co-Streaming a calculated squad assault, or you’re streaming a solo run to hundreds of viewers, HypeZone knows the distance between you and some tasty chicken, plus with Hosting 2.0, we’ve made it easy to follow those featured and cheer them on. Streamers will accrue all the views associated with their time on HypeZone, along with the added surprise visit of potentially hundreds of extra viewers when being featured!

We’re always keen to hear feedback on features. If you have a suggestion or just want to spread some love, let us know at @WatchMixer on Twitter or on Official Feedback Site. Your feedback is critical to evolving the Mixer experience as we continue to grow. We’ll see you around on Mixer!

Content: Mass Effect: Andromeda – Recruit Edition
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Game Description: Mass Effect: Andromeda – Recruit Edition takes players on a mission to find a new home for humanity, in the Andromeda galaxy. As the Pathfinder, you lead humanity’s fight for survival. This edition includes the Turian Soldier Multiplayer Recruit Pack which ensures you will join the battle well equipped with the Turian Multiplayer Character and a selection of special weapons, items and boosts. The hope for humanity lies on your shoulders. You must ask yourself…How far will you go?

Purchase Mass Effect: Andromeda – Standard Recruit Edition for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase Mass Effect: Andromeda – Deluxe Recruit Edition for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Website: Mass Effect: Andromeda
Twitter: @bioware / @EA / @masseffect

Content: Fearful Symmetry & the Cursed Prince
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Game Description: Fearful Symmetry is a fun puzzle game with a unique brain-teasing twist. Control multiple characters at the same time; both in different dimensions. It is up to you to move the characters simultaneously in opposite directions to guide them through treacherous puzzles filled with traps. Every character offers ways to overcome puzzles in the game, which makes every level different depending on your choice of character!

Purchase Fearful Symmetry & the Cursed Prince for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Gamera Interactive 
Publisher: SOEDESCO Publishing
Website: Fearful Symmetry & the Cursed Prince
Twitter: @gameragamesint@SOEDESCO

NOTE: Supports Xbox Play Anywhere: yours to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC at no additional cost.

For more information on Xbox Play Anywhere, check out this article at Xbox Wire.