There are a number of deals and opportunities available to the Xbox Live community this weekend announced throughout the week, so I thought it would be a good idea to provide a recap. If you’re looking for something new to play, you might want to check them out – some of them are even free (but most require you to have an Xbox Live Gold account).

Free Things To Do This Weekend

Apex Legends (FREE) – A new free to play battle royale shooter from the team that brought you Titanfall. The game is free, but there are packs you can purchase to buy in-game cosmetic items. (And if single player is more your style, you can pick up Titanfall 2 for 85% off in this week’s Deals with Gold. This is an amazing game for an unbelievable price.)

Crackdown (FREE) – To celebrate the launch of Crackdown 3, we are giving away the original Crackdown for free! Play it on your Xbox One with Backward Compatibility.

Free Play Days (FREE) – Xbox Live Gold members can play The Sims 4, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Fishing Sim World for free as part of the Free Play Days event, going on now until February 10th.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Private Beta (FREE, if you have access) – The Division 2 Private Beta will include both early game and endgame missions, and will run from February 7 at 1AM PT through February 11 at 1AM PT.

Sea of Thieves (FREE, if you have friends or contacts who can give you access) – Starting February 6 through February 13, everyone who owns Sea of Thieves or who has played it through a current Xbox Game Pass subscription will be able to invite up to three friends to try the game for free with the “Friends Play Free” event.

Devil May Cry 5 Demo (FREE) – CAPCOM released a new demo for Devil May Cry 5 that expands the previously released Xbox Exclusive Demo with the addition of a Punchline Devil Breaker and a customize option.

Play For Honor’s Wu Lin Faction (FREE, if you already own For Honor) – For Honor players who’ve held off on unlocking the four Heroes of the Wu Lin faction can play as the Tiandi, the Nuxia, the Shaolin, and the Jiang Jun for free until February 12.

Watch (or re-watch) Inside Xbox (FREE) – On February 6th, we livestreamed our first episode of Inside Xbox from 2019. The show is just over an hour long and includes special guests, a look at upcoming releases, a new Xbox One console bundle and controller announcement and a whole lot more.

Deals With Gold And Spotlight Sale

There are a number of sales going on this week in addition to our normal weekly Deals With Gold sales, including a sale to support Anime Month, the ID@Xbox Sports Spectacular Sale, and the Wolfenstein Franchise Sale. Prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. I update this post as needed to reflect current active sales, so keep checking back as new items may be added.

See the full list of Deals With Gold and Spotlight Sale offers

Introducing Xbox Game Studios

Matt Booty shared we are changing the name of our game development organization from Microsoft Studios to Xbox Game Studios. In his words: “At Xbox, we believe when everyone plays, we all win. It’s why we’re passionate about building a portfolio of games for players across console, PC and mobile. As we’ve expanded our focus beyond the console, the Xbox brand has also evolved from its original roots. Today, Xbox is our gaming brand across all devices, no matter how or where you want to play, or who you want to play with.” Check out our full Xbox Game Studios announcement post for more information.

Experience Halo Like Never Before with Halo: Outpost Discovery

The team at 343 Industries is always cooking up something for the Halo community, and today’s episode gave us our first look at a brand-new offering. Halo: Outpost Discovery is a touring fan experience for all ages, that brings the Halo video game universe to life like never before. This five U.S. city event lets you step into Halo’s vast and epic world, with enthralling themed attractions, interactive in-universe encounters, playable games and so much more. Experience details, ticket information and more are available right now at HaloOutpostDiscovery.com. You can learn more in our Halo: Outpost Discovery announcement post right now.

Bringing the Boom in Crackdown 3

Crackdown 3 is nearly upon us, so the team took a couple of in-depth looks at the game with some very special guests. In addition to an interview with Creative Director Joseph Staten, Crackdown 3 star and all-around great guy Terry Crews joined us from LA to chat about his role and how he infused his trademark personality and energy into the game. To top it off, we revealed the official Crackdown 3 launch trailer, giving fans a final taste of the game’s boom-infused playground across both campaign and Wrecking Zone. Crackdown 3 will be available starting February 15 on Xbox Game Pass and for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, so get ready to cause some mayhem!

Complete Your Crew in Sea of Thieves

Ahoy mateys! Rare’s action-packed pirate game is better than ever thanks to a bunch of updates and one of the strongest communities in game, so now is the perfect time to bring more players aboard. On today’s show, we announced that the Sea of Thieves Friends Play Free program will be starting on February 6. All existing players will be able to log in to the Sea of Thieves website to get three codes that they can share with their friends who don’t already have the game. Those friends will be able to play until February 13, and everyone can enjoy a special, limited-time voyage featuring a high-value reward and unique cosmetics. For complete details, click through to our Sea of Thieves Friends Play Free announcement post. All aboard!

Xbox Game Pass Gets Even Better

The monthly Xbox Game Pass announcement is always one of our biggest news beats, and we’re happy to share that this month’s lineup features some truly excellent games. One of 2018’s best games is hitting the subscription service, as Shadow of the Tomb Raider brings Lara Croft’s action-packed trilogy to a close. She’s joined by Clementine, one of our favorite characters from The Walking Dead – Season One, and everyone’s favorite amorphous lump, de Blob. For complete details, take a look at our Xbox Game Pass February games announcement post.

Experience Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 with Two New Bundles

Today, we announced two new bundles with Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 joining the Xbox One family. Pre-order the 1TB Xbox One S ($299.99) or the 1TB Xbox One X ($499.99) Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Bundle, and experience the ultimate RPG open-world action shooter set in Washington D.C., where exploration and player progression are essential to survival. Jump in on Xbox One and see how the dynamic environment combines the series’ core authenticity with tactical decisions, trading and more.

Both bundles feature an Xbox One console, 1TB hard drive, an Xbox Wireless Controller, a full-game download of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and 1-month trials for Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold. Additionally, as part of the Xbox One family, you can enjoy features like a built-in 4K UHD Blu-ray player, 4K streaming with High Dynamic Range and Dolby Vision, and premium audio with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support. Plus, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is specifically enhanced for Xbox One X so you can experience immersive true 4K gaming with 4K Ultra HD with HDR and Dolby Atmos support. Pre-order now; arrives in stores starting March 15, 2019.

Pre-Order Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Xbox One Console Bundles

A Shiny New Controller Appears

The announcement of new Xbox controllers is always a big deal for our fans and collectors, so they’ll be happy to hear that we revealed a brand-new controller on today’s show. The Xbox Wireless Controller – Sport Red Special Edition is vibrant red and features metallic accents, rubberized diamond grip, and built-in Bluetooth technology for gaming on Windows 10 PCs and tablets. For more information, give our Xbox Wireless Controller – Sport Red Special Edition announcement post a read!

Jumping In With Jump Force

Fighting game fans rejoice! Jump Force, the upcoming battler featuring combatants from the Shonen Jump universe, will be releasing soon, and we were lucky enough to be able to reveal some new characters. Jotaro and DIO from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure will be coming to the game, and we can’t wait to see how Stand users stack up against the competition! The team also shared that they plan to keep the game as fresh as possible in the months following its release, thanks to new costumes and stages that will be given to fans for free.

A New Fighter in Mortal Kombat 11

The latest entry in the world’s most brutal fighting game has been announced, and our team was on the ground at the recent unveil event to take a good look at the carnage. What’s more we are now able to reveal that D’Vorah is returning in Mortal Kombat 11. She is a half-human, half-insect fighter who is aligned with Kotal Kahn, the ruler of Outworld. She was first introduced in Mortal Kombat X, where her swift, vicious moves made a (deep) impression on her enemies.

Inside the Minds Behind Journey to the Savage Planet

One of the biggest announcements at The Game Awards, Journey to the Savage Planet takes players to an alien world on which everything isn’t always as it seems. We went behind the scenes at Typhoon Studios to see first-hand what it takes to leave security behind and set out to build both a studio and a brand-new franchise from the ground up.

We hope you enjoyed the show, and we’ll see you next month!

 

Inside Xbox returns Tuesday, February 5 at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET with an all-new episode featuring exclusive news, content, reveals, interviews and footage you won’t see anywhere else!

With the February 15 release of Crackdown 3 available with Xbox Game Pass and on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, you can expect it to take center stage in the February episode of Inside Xbox. We’ll have Creative Director of Crackdown 3, Joseph Staten, on hand to divulge details on the game’s campaign mode and more.

And that’s just the start! We’ve got reveals and new info to share on Mortal Kombat 11, The Division 2, Sea of Thieves, Astroneer, Journey to the Savage Planet, Jump Force, Metro Exodus, and of course, Xbox Game Pass and bunch of news under lock and key so be sure to tune in on Tuesday, February 5.

You will find the show live on MixerTwitchYouTubeFacebook, and Twitter. We want you to watch the show where you want to watch it, but we hope you’ll check us out on Mixer for some exclusive behind-the-scenes content and a super-top-secret MixPot that will give you free stuff just for logging in. We’ll have more details on these exciting (and did we mention free?!?) giveaways before the show airs, but if you don’t already have a Mixer account, now’s the perfect time to head over to our streaming service on your Xbox, PC or mobile device and get logged in with your Microsoft account so that you’re all set on show day.

Set your alarm for Tuesday, February 5 at 2 p.m PT / 5 p.m. ET. See you then.

There were a lot of news and announcements covered on the Inside Xbox: Live From X018 stream, so I wanted to share a recap linking to the Xbox Wire articles and Xbox YouTube videos from the event – including a VOD to replay the full show.

Xbox Wire Articles for X018

Everything We Announced at X018

Obsidian and inXile Join Microsoft Studios

Xbox Game Pass Gets 16 New Games Including PUBG. Get the Mobile App & $1 Deal Today

Crackdown 3 Announces Xbox Game Pass Launch on February 15 with Explosive Debut of Wrecking Zone Multiplayer

Black Friday Deals: Biggest Black Friday Sale Ever With Lowest Price Yet for Xbox One X, Xbox Game Pass & More

Xbox YouTube Videos for X018

As a reminder, that was the last episode of Inside Xbox for 2018, but we’ll be back in 2019 with a a new show.

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Inside Xbox: Live from X018 presents a special two-hour show Saturday, November 10 at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT on MixerTwitchYouTubeFacebook, and Twitter.

We’ll be celebrating an incredible holiday season for gamers with our biggest episode of Inside Xbox yet, including news, interviews, great deals, and much more. Guests include Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty, Minecraft Studio Head Helen Chiang and many, many more.

Tune in for games including Crackdown 3, Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, Forza Horizon 4 and of course, we’ll have a surprise or two as well.

Xbox Game Pass
Will we have Xbox Game Pass news? Do we ever! We’ll be making over a dozen game announcements for Xbox Game Pass.

MixPot!
Do you like free stuff as much as we like free stuff? If you watch this special X018 episode of Inside Xbox on Mixer and you’re logged into your Microsoft account, you’ll receive in-game items for Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 4! Remember, to be eligible all you need to do is watch the show live at Mixer.com/Xbox on any Xbox, PC or mobile device while logged into your Microsoft account.

Of course, we’ve got a couple big surprises up our sleeves, so make sure you don’t miss a minute!

See you online!

Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief, shared a recap of the latest episode of Inside Xbox. Read or watch the full VOD below:

Today, at a special episode of Inside Xbox broadcast directly from Great Britain at the Goodwood House, we gave fans a closer look at the highly anticipated Xbox One racing game Forza Horizon 4, talked to the creative talent behind Fortnite Battle Royale, revealed new titles coming soon to Xbox Game Pass like Wolfenstein: The New Order and Metro 2033 Redux, revealed mouse and keyboard support for Xbox One, and much more. For a full recap, read on below or watch the replay of Inside Xbox episode above.

New Forza Horizon 4 Launch Trailer

At the start of the show, we got our first look at a brand-new trailer for Forza Horizon 4. Dynamic seasons change everything at the world’s greatest automotive festival where you can go it alone or team up with others to explore beautiful and historic Great Britain in a shared open world. Collect, modify and drive over 450 cars; race, stunt, create, and explore – choose your own path to become a Horizon Superstar when Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition launches exclusively on Xbox One and Windows 10 September 28; standard edition launches October 2.

Game Pass October Titles Revealed

Next up on the show was the first reveal of the new games entering the Xbox Game Pass catalog starting on October 1. With awesome titles like Wolfenstein: The Order, Metro 2033 Redux, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, and Forza Horizon 4, this month’s group of titles is as great as any we’ve seen enter the program. With over 100 great games available for one low monthly price, including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released, plus more games added all the time, Xbox Game Pass gives you the ultimate freedom to play.

Games with Gold October Titles Revealed

As an added special,on today’s show we got our Games with Gold reveal for Xbox One and Xbox 360 for October! On Xbox One, battle it out in the kitchen in Overcooked! then get ready to defeat the forces of evil in Victor Vran. On Xbox 360 and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, create movie magic in Stuntman: Ignition and take out a new batch of targets as Agent 47 in Hitman: Blood Money.

Talking with Playground Games’ Ralph Fulton

Graeme sat down with Ralph Fulton from Playground Games to talk about the launch of Forza Horizon 4, the reaction to the gameplay demo (available now) and sharing a few details about what the near future holds for fans for both Forza and Playground Games who joined the Microsoft family earlier this year.

Forza Horizon 4 Bond Car Reveals

Speaking of Playground Games, we had even more news to share on Forza Horizon 4 which is launching with some day one DLC and it’s a love letter to 007. With 10 classic James Bond cars on the way, and even some of the weirder ones, the only thing we’ll be missing is a properly shaken and stirred martini to make us feel like the super spy himself.

Fortnite Interview and Xbox One S Fornite Battle Royale Bundle

Getting ready to celebrate the first birthday of Fortnite Battle Royale, our very own Larry Hryb sat down with Nathan Mooney from Epic Games to look back on the year that was. A time before Ninja and Drake were besties, when Thanos appeared, and many other memorable moments. Mooney also shared what the future of Fortnite has in store for all of us. Not to mention the reveal of the Xbox One S Fortnite Battle Royale console bundle.

Route Creator Revealed for Forza Horizon 4

Next up were even more details for Forza Horizon 4 – the reveal of the much-requested fan feature: Route Creator. This in-game tool will allow fans to draw our their very own course in the world of FH4 and then share that online with the larger gaming community.

New Xbox Update Details

The first info for the next Xbox One update came through today as well, with features like Dolby Vision, new voice integration for Cortana and Alexa-enabled devices, and new details on Xbox Avatars. But in perhaps the biggest bit of news coming to Xbox…

Mouse and Keyboard Support for Xbox

Phil Spencer joined Inside Xbox for a very exciting piece of news: mouse and keyboard support for Xbox One. Soon, developers will be able to build mouse and keyboard support in their games if and how they choose — entirely at their discretion — and Xbox will support them in creating the right experience for their games to ensure an optimal and fair gaming experience. Warframe will be one of the first titles testing mouse and keyboard input when the feature arrives to Insider. We also announced that we’re partnering with Razer, a premiere peripheral manufacturer in the gaming hardware space, to bring you the best possible mouse and keyboard experience for this new functionality. We’ll have more details to share on mouse and keyboard support during our November episode of Inside Xbox.

Announcing X018

A global celebration all things Xbox filled with news, first looks, and surprises live streamed on the largest Inside Xbox episode ever. X018 will be hosted at the fourth-annual Xbox FanFest: Mexico City. While more than 10,000 fans will join us onsite, we hope millions of Xbox fans will join the celebration online. We will livestream X018 on Inside Xbox so fans all around the world can participate online.  Inside Xbox will air 3 – 5 pm central time on Saturday, Nov. 10, and fans can tune into Mixer throughout the weekend for additional X018 news.

Reach Out Worldwide Charity

Last year, Xbox teamed up with Cody Walker for Game4Paul3 and helped raise over a $150,000 for Reach Out World Wide. We’re getting everyone back together this year for another big charity stream, and we could not be more excited about this event. Catch the Game4Paul4 live stream on October 11.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider DLC Reveal

Shadow of the Tomb Raider may be the conclusion of the new Lara Croft trilogy, but there’s still plenty do to after the credits roll. In fact, seven-months-worth of tombs to explore. Larry raided Rich Brigg’s brain-space from Crystal Dynamics for an exclusive look at the first DLC coming this October on this episode of Inside Xbox.

The Forza Horizon 4 Seasons Simulator

We looked at the one-of-a-kind Forza Horizon 4 Seasons Simulator. The 360-degree booth is designed to mimic the changing seasons in Forza Horizon 4 where celebrities had to endure rain, snow, heat, and mud while they play the game on Xbox One X. Check out these stars battling all the elements on Inside Xbox.

Hollow Knight Interview

Hollow Knight is an incredible indie platformer that’s full of style and mystery, and it’s available on Xbox One right now. The Voidheart Edition on Xbox One means you get all the DLC included for free and is currently 20% for a limited time until October 2. Learn about this modern classic here on the show.

A Closer Look at the Forza Horizon 4 cover car: the McLaren Senna

Only 500 of these high-performance machines were made — and they’re completely sold out. The last one was auctioned off for close to three million dollars and Justine got to check out the cover vehicle for Forza Horizon 4 with Tanner Foust to find out why they’re so coveted.

McLaren Senna Stunt

Inspired by the cover car and spectacular showcase events in Forza Horizon 4, we staged an unprecedented head-to-head race at one of the world’s most iconic motor racing venues. The race saw a McLaren Senna take on the bikes in a straight fight to the top of the Goodwood Estate’s world-famous Hill Climb. And despite the bikes’ unconventionally direct route up the hill, including a few jaw-dropping jumps and tricks, the Senna’s incredible speed and power won out in the end.

Thanks to everyone who tuned in! We hope you enjoyed the show and we can’t wait to tell you all about next month’s episode in a few weeks.

For more information about Inside Xbox and other Xbox-related news, check out Xbox Wire.

Inside Xbox returns on Tuesday, September 25 at 4 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, with a special episode spotlighting Forza Horizon 4. We’ll be live from Great Britain, the setting for the latest entry in the Horizon franchise, at the historic and prestigious Goodwood House located in the British countryside. We’ll be celebrating the upcoming launch of Forza Horizon 4 with exclusive news and interviews on the game, but of course we’ll have much more to report. We’ll reveal all the games showcased on Inside Xbox closer to the show.

Inside Xbox isn’t the only item on the broadcast slate. Be sure to tune-in early next Tuesday, too, as we’ll have a Forza Horizon 4 pre-show exclusive to Mixer and Twitch featuring gameplay streams with Playground Games and the UK’s own Xbox On, along with a few big surprises along the way. For more information on all things Forza Horizon 4 from Goodwood, head to https://www.forzamotorsport.net.

For a closer look at ALL the content for Inside Xbox, keep your eyes here on Xbox Wire, Facebook and Twitter for a full reveal of content on September 25th. Mark the date on your calendar – You’ll be glad you did!

Inside Xbox kicks off one of the world’s largest video game shows with a live broadcast direct from Cologne, Germany on Tuesday, August 21 at 7:30 a.m. PDT/10:30 a.m. EDT on MixerTwitchYouTubeFacebook, and Twitter.

Our gamescom content will include the latest on Forza Horizon 4Sea of Thieves, and State of Decay 2, plus breaking news, exclusive interviews and never-before-seen content for many other games.

Stay tuned @Xbox on Twitter and here on Xbox Wire for the latest Inside Xbox: Live @ gamescom news, and mark August 21 on your calendar so you don’t miss out!