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.

Earlier this week, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) released as a console launch exclusive on Xbox One in the Xbox Game Preview program, bringing the hottest multiplayer game of the year to console for the first time. Xbox fan excitement for the launch has been incredible, with more than 1 million players on Xbox One in its first 48 hours alone.

Released as part of the Xbox Game Preview program – in which players can preview and purchase work-in-progress digital titles, participate in the development process and help developers make Xbox One games the best they can be – in the weeks and months ahead PUBG on Xbox One will continue to receive enhancements, new content updates including the new desert map, “Miramar,” optimizations and more.

Today, in celebration of PUBG coming to the hottest console of the season, we’re excited to announce a special holiday promotion where every Xbox One X purchase will come with a copy of PUBG! That means you can join in on gaming’s biggest phenomenon and jump right into the ultimate battle royale experience on Xbox One. The promotion is available in select regions for a limited time, starting Dec. 17 through Dec. 31. For more information, please check with your local retailer, including your local Microsoft Store, whether you’re shopping in a physical store, online or through your Xbox device.

Buy Xbox One X 1TB Console from the Microsoft Store

 discusses the Xbox Year in Review, a personalized view of how you spent 2017 with Xbox.

Another year coming to an end means another year’s worth of achievements to celebrate. That’s why we made the Xbox Year in Review, a personalized view of how you spent 2017 with Xbox. Now every Xbox gamer can celebrate the achievements and adventures that make their individual story so unique.

Xbox players who log in to xbox.com/YearinReview can see how this unique experience highlights individual achievements, top games played, hours spent playing, and much more — all pulled from billions of data points to deliver a unique dashboard experience for each and every gamer in our Xbox community.

To help ensure everyone knows about Xbox Year in Review and gets a chance to see their personal stats, we’ve made this year’s results easily shareable, so players can boast and show off their achievements to friends, family, and the greater Xbox community.

It’s been a great year for gaming and we’re grateful for everyone who chose Xbox as their place to play. Head to xbox.com/YearinReview to see what you did with Xbox in 2017.

Content: Romancing SaGa 2
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Game Description: Romancing SaGa 2 is one of the many titles in the lauded SaGa roleplaying game series. In this popular entry, released in Japanese only in 1993 and boasting sales in excess of one million copies, the player’s struggle spans multiple generations as he assumes the role of a series of rulers of the Varennes Empire in a valiant struggle against the Seven Heroes. A free scenario system—a hallmark of the SaGa series—enables the player to take command of a variety of protagonists along the line of imperial succession and experience the history of a nation as it grows and changes. This freedom of choice provides a compelling narrative that served as the cornerstone of the title’s success on its initial release.

Buy now and save 20% – Limited Time Offer.

Purchase Romancing SaGa 2 for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Website: Romancing SaGa 2
Twitter: @SquareEnix

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.

Content: Ultimate Chicken Horse
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Game Description: Ultimate Chicken Horse is a party platformer where you and your friends build the level as you play, placing deadly traps before trying to reach the end of the level. If you can make it but your friends can’t, you score points! Play online or locally with your animal buddies and experiment with a wide variety of platforms to find new ways to mess with your friends.

Purchase Ultimate Chicken Horse for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Clever Endeavour Games
Publisher: Clever Endeavour Games
Website: Ultimate Chicken Horse
Twitter: @ClevEndeavGames 

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Content: It’s Quiz Time
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Game Description: Go head to head with a brand new massive quiz game on console! From a team of former Buzz! developers, you’ve never played anything like It’s Quiz Time before. Over 25,000 questions make this the largest quiz game ever on console. With thousands of categories to choose from, it’s perfect for all ages! From cartoons to video games, sports and history: we’ve got you covered. Up to 8 players can simultaneously play together using their smartphones! Take selfies, hide your answers, and share with your friends – It’s Quiz Time gives you a whole new way to play.

Purchase It’s Quiz Time for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Snap Finger Click
Publisher: Vision Games Publishing
Website: It’s Quiz Time
Twitter: @snapfingerclick / @ItsQuizTimetv

Content: Hammerwatch 
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Game Description: Kill hordes of enemies with varied looks and features through unique environments with traps, hidden secrets and puzzles. Master 7 different classes, including The Sorcerer, a new class coming first to consoles; and unlock and upgrade their unique abilities. Play solo or co-op from bottom to top of Castle Hammerwatch in the fantasy pixel art environment. Then crawl around the desert in the Temple of the Sun Expansion and try to survive in the two extra modes. Gather your friends and unleash your powers in a memorable couch-play session!

Purchase Hammerwatch for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Crackshell
Publisher: Blitworks
Website: Hammerwatch
Twitter: @RealCrackshell / @BlitWorks

Content: Lost Grimoires 2: Shard Of Mystery
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Game Description: Shortly before his coronation, the young prince Fern disappears with a mysterious girl. The royal protectress and teacher is tasked to track him down and bring home. Using the knowledge of alchemical arcana, the protectress will do everything in her power to save prince Fern from the looming mortal threat. Will she succeeed? The future of the kingdom is in your hands!

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Purchase Lost Grimoires 2: Shard Of Mystery for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase Lost Grimoires Bundle for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store – includes Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom and Lost Grimoires 2: Shard of Mystery.

Product Info:
Developer: World-Loom
Publisher: Artifex Mundi
Website: Lost Grimoires 2: Shard Of Mystery
Twitter: @ArtifexMundi

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!

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