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Content: Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
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Game Description: Set early in the iconic war between the Covenant and UNSC – made famous by the Halo FPS games – Halo Wars: Definitive Edition provides a unique angle on the war while bringing new heroes to the battlefield. Control large Halo armies and direct them in action-packed warfare. Halo Wars: Definitive Edition includes improved graphics, new achievements and all the DLC from the landmark game. Re-live the epic campaign or compete in online multiplayer battles with armies of powerful Halo forces at your command.

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is now available for individual purchase on Xbox One, Windows 10 PC.

Purchase Halo Wars: Definitive Edition for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: 343 Industries
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Website: Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
Twitter: @Halo

Read more about Halo Wars: Definitive Edition over at Halo Waypoint.

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.

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Congratulations to Chris Charla and the rest of the ID@Xbox team and developers on reaching this milestone achievement. Chris shares some thoughts on the state of the ID@Xbox program below:


A little more than three years ago, we took to the stage at Gamescom to unveil a brand-new program for Xbox One. Our goal was to make sure Xbox players have access to the best, most diverse collection of games by making sure  we enabled developers of all shapes and sizes to self-publish their creations on Xbox One.

Today, thanks to the efforts of independent developers from around the world and the fans who support them, we’re proud to reveal that after an amazing month of releases that included console exclusive Beep Games’ Voodoo Vince: Remastered, console launch exclusives Thimbleweed Park from Terrible Toybox and Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition from Paradox Interactive, and dozens of others, we’ve surpassed 500 games released through the ID@Xbox program.

Today’s news is a cool milestone not just for us at ID@Xbox and the independent game developer community; it’s a milestone for everyone who loves great games. In 2016 alone, tens of millions of people played an ID@Xbox title on Xbox One or Windows 10 – what’s more, those players spent more than a billion hours playing ID@Xbox games.  We’ve seen some incredibly rad titles recently, from the critically acclaimed Firewatch from Campo Santo, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime by Asteroid Base, and of course Inside by Playdead (a big winner from the recent British Academy Game Awards). And let’s not forget other fan favorites like Superhot team’s Superhot, Night School Studio’s Oxenfree, Hi-Rez Studios’ Smite, Pit People from The Behemoth, Studio Wildcard’s Ark: Survival Evolved, Wizards of the Coast’s Magic Duels: Origins, Roblox Corporation’s Roblox, The Molasses Flood’s Flame in the Flood, Spotlightor Interactive’s Candleman, ToyLogic’s Happy Wars, Other Ocean’s #IDARB, and so so many more cool titles.

We’re also incredibly proud that ID@Xbox has helped developers bring games to Xbox and Windows 10 that are as diverse and interesting as the world of players that enjoy them. With games like E-Line Media’s Never Alone, Team17’s Beyond Eyes, Sassybot’s Fragments of Him, Bracket Games’ three fourths home, and many others tackling meaningful – and sometimes previously unattempted – subject matter, these developers are not only broadening the landscape of games players can enjoy, but offering inclusive experiences and perspectives that represent our worldwide community of gamers. With forthcoming titles like Culture Shock Gamers’ We Are Chicago and Arconyx’s I, Hope, this is meaningful, groundbreaking content we can’t wait to see more of.

With more than 2000 studios having dev kits in hand, more than 1000 games currently in development, and Project Scorpio coming later this year, the future is bright for both the gaming community and ID@Xbox program.  We’ve got an incredible slate of hotly anticipated ID@Xbox games – that you know about! – on the horizon including the hotly-anticipated Xbox One exclusive Cuphead from StudioMDHR, and console launch exclusives like Capybara’s Below, AURORA44’s Ashen, and Fullbright’s Tacoma. We can’t wait to share more ID@Xbox goodness with you soon.

A sincere thanks to all the developers and fans who have helped ID@Xbox reach this milestone. Every time I look at the games that have shipped, and the forthcoming titles coming through the program, I’m reminded that we’re really in a golden age for independent games — and the art form of games in general — and it feels great to be a part of helping those games come to Windows 10 and the Xbox One family of devices, including Project Scorpio later this year.


For more news about upcoming ID@Xbox titles, check out Xbox Wire – and be sure to follow Chris Charla (@iocat) and ID@Xbox on Twitter.

Here is a list of the ID@Xbox titles released on Xbox One and Windows 10 to date, with plenty more coming in the future:

#IDARB
#KILLALLZOMBIES
10 Second Ninja X
1001 Spikes
101 Ways To Die
140
2020: My Country
6180 the moon
88 Heroes
8DAYS
A Pixel Story
Aaero
Aaru’s Awakening
Acorn Assault: Rodent Revolution
Action Henk
Action News Heroes
Active Soccer 2 DX
Adventures of Pip
AIPD
Air Guitar Warrior
Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space
Alto’s Adventure
Amazing Princess Sarah
Among the Sleep
Anarcute
Animated Puzzles
Anode
Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition
Anoxemia
AQUA KITTY UDX: Xbox One Ultra Edition
Aritana and the Harpy’s Feather
ARK: Survival Evolved (Game Preview)
Armello
Armikrog
Astroneer (Game Preview)
Awesomenauts Assemble!
Axiom Verge
Azkend 2: The World Beneath
BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition
Baila Latino
Bard’s Gold
Baseball Riot
Battle High 2 A+
Beach Buggy Racing
Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians
Beatsplosion for Kinect
Bedlam – The Game By Christopher Brookmyre
Ben-Hur
Beyond Eyes
Bike Mayhem 2
Binaries
Blackwood Crossing
Blast Brawl 2
Blast ‘Em Bunnies
Bloons TD 5
Blue Estate
Blue Rider
Blue-Collar Astronaut
Blues and Bullets Episode 1
Bokosuka Wars II
Bombing Busters
Boom Ball 2 for Kinect
Boom Ball for Kinect
Breach & Clear: Deadline
Bridge Constructor
Bridge Constructor Stunts
Broken Sword 5 – The Serpent’s Curse
Candleman
Cannon Brawl
Carmageddon: Max Damage
Casey Powell Lacrosse 16
Cast of the Seven Godsends – Redux
Castle Crashers Remastered
Castle Invasion: Throne Out
Castles
CastleStorm – Definitive Edition
Cel Damage HD
Chariot
Chime Sharp
Claire: Extended Cut
Clash
Clicker Heroes
Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink
Clouds & Sheep 2
ClusterPuck 99
ClusterTruck
Coffin Dodgers
Color Symphony 2
Commander Cherry’s Puzzled Journey
Contrast
Cosmo Run
Crawl
Crimsonland
Crypt of the NecroDancer
Crypt of the Serpent King
Cubikolor
Cubot – The Complexity of Simplicity
D/Generation HD
Dad Beat Dads
Dangerous Golf
Dark Arcana: The Carnival
Dead Effect 2
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition
Death Squared
Dex
Death God University
Divekick
Dogos
Don’t Starve: Giant Edition
Doodle God: Ultimate Edition
Dovetail Games Euro Fishing
Draw a Stickman: EPIC
Drawful 2
Dreamals: Dream Quest
Dungeon of the Endless
Dungeon Punks
Dynamite Fishing – World Games
Earthlock: Festival of Magic
EARTH’S DAWN
Eekeemoo Splinters of the Dark Shard
Electronic Super Joy
Emily Wants To Play
Energy Cycle
Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek
Enter The Gungeon
Ethan: Meteor Hunter
Eventide: Slavic Fable
EVERSPACE (Xbox Game Preview)
Exile’s End
Extreme Exorcism 
Factotum 90
Fat City
Feist
Fenix Furia
Fermi’s Path
Fibbage: The Hilarious Bluffing Party Game
Fire: Ungh’s Quest
Firewatch
Flockers
Forced
forma.8
Fortified
Four Sided Fantasy
Fragments Of Him
FreezeME
Friday Night Bullet Arena
Frizzy
FRU
Fruit Ninja Kinect 2
Full Mojo Rampage
Funk of Titans
Furi
G Prime Into The Rain
Gas Guzzlers Extreme
Anima: Gate of Memories
Gear Gauntlet
Gemini: Heroes Reborn
Ghost Blade HD
Giana Sisters: Dream Runners
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut
Gimme Five
Ginger: Beyond the crystal
Goat Simulator
Goat Simulator: Mmore Goatz Edition
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride
Gryphon Knight Epic
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
Guns, Gore and Cannoli
Gunscape
Super GunWorld 2
GunWorld: Xbox One Edition
Hack, Slash & Backstab
Hand of Fate
Happy Dungeons
Happy Wars
Hard Reset Redux
Has-Been Heroes
Headlander
Heart&Slash
HeartZ: Co-Hope Puzzles
Her Majesty’s SPIFFING
Hitchhiker
HoPiKo
Horse Racing 2016
Hue
Hunter’s Legacy
Hyper Light Drifter
Hyper Void
Hyperdrive Massacre
I Am Bread
I, Zombie
In Between
In Space We Brawl: Full Arsenal Edition
Infinity Runner
Inside
Inside My Radio
Into the Belly of the Beast
iO
Ironcast
Ittle Dew 2
Jet Car Stunts
Jotun: Valhalla Edition
JumpJet Rex
Kaiju Panic
Kerbal Space Program
Kick & Fennick
KickBeat Special Edition
Kill The Bad Guy
King Oddball
Kingdom: New Lands
Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker
Knee Deep
Knight Squad
Kung-Fu for Kinect
KYUB
KYURINAGA’S REVENGE
LA Cops
Land It!
Laserlife
LASTFIGHT
Layers of Fear
Leo’s Fortune
Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered
Level 22
Lies Of Astaroth
Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition
LIMBO
Line of Defense Tactics
Lost Sea
Lovely Planet
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Lumo
Magic Duels
Magnetic: Caged Closed
MagNets: Fully Charged
Maldita Castilla EX – Cursed Castile
Mantis Burn Racing
Manual Samuel
Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom
Massive Chalice
McDROID
Mega Coin Squad
Mekazoo
Metrico+
Mimic Arena
Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae
Momentum
Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
Momonga Pinball Adventures
Monkey King Saga
Monkey Pirates
Monochroma
Mount & Blade: Warband
MX Nitro
Mystery Castle
Nebulous
Neon Chrome
N.E.R.O.: Nothing Ever Remains Obscure
NeuroVoider
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
Nevermind
Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call
Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart
Ninja Pizza Girl
No Time To Explain
NOT A HERO: SUPER SNAZZY EDITION
Nova-111
Nutjitsu
Obliteracers
Oceanhorn – Monster of Uncharted Seas
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
OlliOlli
OlliOlli2: XL Edition
One Hundred Ways
Orbit
Organic Panic
Outlast
Overcooked
Overruled!
Oxenfree
Paladins
Pang Adventures
Paranautical Activity
Party Hard
Penarium
Perfect Woman
Pharaonic
Pier Solar and the Great Architects
Pinball Arcade
Pinball FX2
Pix the Cat
Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic
Pixel Piracy
Plague Inc: Evolved
Pneuma: Breath of Life
Poi
Polychromatic
Pool Nation FX
Prison Architect: Xbox One Edition
Project Root
Pumped BMX +
Punch Club
Pure Chess Grandmaster Edition
Pure Hold’em
Pure Pool
Q
Q*bert REBOOTED: The XBOX One @!#?@! Edition
Quantum Rush: Champions
Quatros Origins
Q.U.B.E.: Director’s Cut
Quest of Dungeons
Quiplash
R.B.I. Baseball 16
R.B.I. Baseball 17
R.B.I. Baseball 14
R.B.I. Baseball 15
Reagan Gorbachev
Rebel Galaxy
Replay: VHS is not dead
RevErsi Quest
Riptide GP: Renegade
Riptide GP2
Rise & Shine
Rivals of Aether (Game Preview)
ROBLOX
Rock ‘N Racing Off Road DX
Grand Prix Rock ‘N Racing
Rock Zombie
Rocket League
Rocket Riot
Rogue Legacy
Rogue Stormers
Roundabout
RWBY: Grimm Eclipse
Saturday Morning RPG
Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark
Screencheat
Shadow Complex Remastered
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Sheltered
Shift Happens
Shovel Knight
Shred It!
Siegecraft Commander
Silence – The Whispered World 2
Sixty Second Shooter Prime
Sky Force Anniversary
SkyKeepers
Skyling: Garden Defense
Slain: Back from Hell
SlashDash
Slender: The Arrival
Slice Zombies for Kinect
Slime Rancher (Game Preview)
SMITE
Snake Pass
Sniper Elite 4
Snooker Nation Championship (Game Preview)
So Many Me
Soda Drinker Pro
Solar Shifter EX
Song of the Deep
Soul Axiom
Spareware
Sparkle 2
Sparkle Unleashed
Spectra
Speedboat Challenge
Spheroids
Spy Chameleon
Squid Hero for Kinect
Standpoint
Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy
Stardew Valley
Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax
Starpoint Gemini 2
Starwhal
Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones
SteamWorld Dig
Steel Rain X
Steredenn
Stern Pinball Arcade
Stick it To The Man
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure
Stories of Bethem: Full Moon
Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut
Sublevel Zero Redux
Submerged
Subnautica (Game Preview)
Subterrain 
Super Dungeon Bros
Super Mega Baseball Extra Innings
Super Mutant Alien Assault
Super Night Riders
Super Party Sports: Football
Super Time Force
Super Toy Cars
SUPERHOT
Sword Coast Legends
Sylvio
Table Top Racing: World Tour
Tachyon Project
Talent Not Included
Tennis in the Face
Teslagrad
Teslapunk
Tetrobot and Co.
The Assembly
The Banner Saga
The Banner Saga 2
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth 
The Bridge
The Bug Butcher
The Bunker
The Deer God
The Escapists
The Escapists: The Walking Dead
The Fall
The Final Station
The Flame in the Flood
The Golf Club
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II
The Inner World
The Jackbox Party Pack
The Jackbox Party Pack 2
The Jackbox Party Pack 3
The Jackbox Party Trilogy
The Little Acre
The Living Dungeon
The Long Dark (Game Preview)
The Magic Circle: Gold Edition
The Park
The Sexy Brutale
The Solus Project
The Sun and Moon 
The Swapper
The Swindle
The Turing Test
The Witness
The World 2: Hunting BOSS
Thimbleweed Park
Thomas Was Alone
Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition
Threes!
Tiny Troopers Joint Ops
Toby: The Secret Mine
Toro
Toto Temple Deluxe 
Tower of Guns
TowerFall Ascension
Toy Odyssey
Trulon: The Shadow Engine
Tumblestone
TurnOn
Typoman
Ultratron
Uncanny Valley
Unepic
Unmechanical
Unnamed Fiasco
Use Your Words
Vaccine
Valley
Verdun
Vertical Drop Heroes HD
VIDEOBALL
Volgarr the Viking
Wand Wars
Warframe
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide
Warhammer Quest
Wasteland 2 
We Are Doomed
We Are The Dwarves
We Happy Few (Game Preview)
Wells
Westerado: Double Barreled
Wheels of Aurelia
Whispering Willows
Wick
Wondershot
World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap
Worlds of Magic: Planar Conquest
Worms Battlegrounds
Worms W.M.D
Xenoraid
Yasai Ninja
Yooka-Laylee
Zenith
ZHEROS
Ziggurat
Zombie Army Trilogy
Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition
Zombie Vikings

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Content: Voodoo Vince: Remastered
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Game Description: The classic character platformer is back for the first time in over 13 years, and now in glorious high definition! Vince’s adventure takes him from the streets of New Orleans to the depths of a Louisiana bayou to find the whereabouts of his keeper, Madam Charmaine. In true voodoo style, Vince encounters and defeats quirky monsters and villains … by kicking his own butt! By racing under a falling safe, jumping into a high-speed blender, or leaping under falling rubble, Vince is sure to defeat his enemies—all while managing to escape completely unscathed.

Purchase Voodoo Vince: Remastered for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Beep Games
Publisher: Beep Games
Website: Voodoo Vince: Remastered
Twitter: @beepgames / @RealVoodooVince

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

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

UPDATE: We are happy to announce a new date and time for Xbox FanFest: E3 2017 ticket online registration.  To ensure all fans have enough time to plan for this moment, we’re scheduling it next week on Wednesday, April 26th at 9am PT.  To streamline our approach after yesterday’s error, all 400 tickets will be available, all at once, starting at 9am PT.  Tickets remain first-come, first-serve, one ticket per-person.  Additionally, all requirements (21+ years old, credit card required to hold) remain exactly the same.  Stay glued to @Xbox, @MajorNelson and #XboxFanFest on Twitter for when the link to the registration site becomes available on Wednesday, April 26th at 9am PT.  

FAQ

What happened on Wednesday, April 19th?

Fan enthusiasm overwhelmed our Xbox FanFest: E3 2017 registration website on Wednesday, April 19th, and unfortunately, resulted in an error – causing the system to accept more registrants than we had tickets for the event in total.  We determined voiding all of Wednesday’s registrations and wiping the slate clean would help make things as fair as possible for all fans. So, if you were one of the fans who completed the registration, you’ll need to try and register again on Wednesday, April 26th at 9am PT.  For those fans who registered on Wednesday, April 19th, Xbox will be emailing something special to you for the inconvenience.

If I registered on Wednesday, April 19th, and got a confirmation letter, do I still have a ticket?

All registrations and confirmation letters from Wednesday, April 19th, are now voided and canceled, and Xbox is emailing those fans a token of our appreciation for their utmost patience. We will re-launch our new registration process starting on Wednesday, April 26th, at 9am PT.

If I completed the registration process on Wednesday, April 19th, what happens to my personal information?

We take privacy very seriously and have gone to extra lengths to ensure your personal data and credit card information are protected and used in accordance with the Microsoft Privacy Statement. The ticketing vendor, Experient, is 3rd Party Audit PCI Compliant. Experient maintains Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance.  Payment card industry (PCI) compliance is adherence to a set of specific security standards that were developed to protect card information during a ticketing transaction. As a result, Experient cannot retain hard copy forms that contain credit card numbers.

If I have more questions, who can I contact?

Please contact Event Customer Service via email at xboxfanfest@experient-inc.com.

How can I get Xbox FanFest tickets?

400 tickets will be available first-come, first-serve starting on Wednesday, April 26th, at 9am PT.  Tickets will now be released all at once, first-come, first-serve.  Stay glued to #XboxFanFest, @MajorNelson and @Xbox on Twitter for when the link to the registration site becomes available.


Fan enthusiasm overwhelmed our Xbox FanFest: E3 2017 registration website today, and unfortunately resulted in an error – causing the system to accept more registrants than we had tickets for the event in total.  We determined voiding this morning’s registrations and starting over would help make things as fair as possible for all fans. So, if you were one of the fans who successfully registered this morning, you’ll need to re-register, and Xbox is emailing something special to you for the inconvenience.  Stay tuned for more. Keep an eye on my twitter account and Chris@XboxFanFest (@moneyrumble), and we’ll tweet info on when we’ll restart ticketing.

Once again, Xbox FanFest will give 500 lucky fans a one-of-a-kind, up-close-and-personal experience to the gaming industry’s biggest showcase. Xbox FanFest: E3 2017 kicks off Sunday, June 11 and runs through Tuesday, June 13.

Today, we’re pleased to share the first details on just how you can go about taking part. First, as with previous Xbox FanFests, you’ll need to be over the age of 21 and have an Xbox Live gamertag. Next, you’ll need to get a ticket. We’ve had a big change from previous years, as we will now be employing an online registration process. After listening to fan feedback from last year’s event, we wanted to streamline the process to ensure Xbox fans can lock their attendance months in advance. We believe we will deliver an even better FanFest in 2017 with the additional time this new process affords us.

Here’s how it’ll work: 400 of the 500 tickets will be available first-come, first-serve starting this Wednesday, April 19. Tickets will be released in drops throughout the day, with the first drop starting at 6 AM PT. Stay glued to #XboxFanFest and @Xbox on Twitter for when those drops occur! Please note that you will need to have a credit card to hold the ticket. There is no charge to reserve a ticket but cancelation fees will apply. The remaining 100 tickets will be distributed through a variety of other promotions/giveaways. Follow #XboxFanFest on Twitter for when some of those promotions start. Be sure to hit the official Xbox FanFest: E3 2017 page for complete details and an FAQ.

We’re also pleased to share information on more of what you’ll receive if you’re one of those 500 lucky fans. As in previous years, you’ll get entry into the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing on Sunday, June 11, at 2:00 PM PT, in downtown Los Angeles, as well as a custom-built backpack full of gaming swag. Attendees will also get “Early Access” to Xbox’s hottest exclusives, Project Scorpio, and our biggest blockbuster games at a private event on Monday evening, June 12th.

Of course, we’ve still got plenty of awesome E3 experiences for those fans that can’t make it to Los Angeles for FanFest. Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3, our live news show that covers all things Xbox at E3, will begin airing on Monday, June 12, and can be streamed live on Beam, Xbox One, on Xbox.com (both on your desktop and on mobile), on Xbox 360, and on the Xbox Twitch Channel.

For more information about E3 and #XboxFanFest – check out Xbox Wire.

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 shares some thoughts on Project Scorpio.


At Team Xbox we put gamers at the center of everything we do and we are driven to build the best platform on which to create and play games. We know that you can’t have one without the other, which is why we’ve invested so much in new development tools, publishing opportunities, hardware and services for developers and gamers alike. With Project Scorpio, we created a console with the goal of being the ultimate place for developers to realize their visions and the best place to play any Xbox game.

The creativity and innovation in our industry is driven by developers of all sizes. A single person can launch a game that becomes a global phenomenon or teams of hundreds can create the industry’s biggest blockbuster. At GDC in March, we announced the Xbox Live Creators program, opening up access for anyone to create and publish a game to Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs. When you combine that program with dev mode, which enables any retail Xbox One to be a developer kit, you have the easiest path in the industry for game creators to publish their games broadly to console and PC, reaching millions of gamers around the world.

With Project Scorpio, we set a design goal of building the first true 4K console for gamers with an emphasis on compatibility so no one gets left behind. Once we locked that plan, we set our sights on building the world’s most powerful console development platform, which includes the new Xbox One Development Kit and a full suite of software to get every ounce of performance from the platform. Like the retail console, we built this special dev kit by evaluating every piece, from hardware to software and tools, with developers and compatibility in mind. We paid attention to logistical details, like dramatically speeding up how quickly a developer can move their work between PC and dev kit, and made it easy to program and test changes at the literal press of a button on the front of the box. The goal is to let creators focus their time and energy on bringing their game to life, and less of it on getting up and running on new hardware.

We’ve created the most powerful console with you in mind. We’ve created the most powerful development platform with our industry’s creators in mind. And, we’re unifying players across PC and console with Xbox Live, the fastest, most reliable multiplayer network and Beam, the next generation streaming service. Ultimately, we know you care most about great games, whether they be exclusive, multiplatform, independent or AAA. We are proud of the diverse lineup of games coming this year that will only be playable on Xbox One and will play better on Project Scorpio. We designed Project Scorpio to be the best console to play the blockbuster multiplatform games from our publishing partners, made it easy for recently released titles to upgrade to true 4K and for beloved, backward compatible titles to play better than ever before.

I’m proud of the progress made with Project Scorpio and what it will mean for the creators who fuel the passion of gamers around the world. On behalf of everyone at Team Xbox, thank you for your continued passion and support. We’re excited to unveil Project Scorpio and the amazing game experiences it powers at E3 this June.

Phil Spencer
Twitter: @XboxP3
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