A great weekend awaits all our customers. Xbox is happy to invite all Xbox Live members without a Gold membership to play online with all their friends for free during our Free Play Days For All event from November 8 to 11 on your Xbox One.
This is a great opportunity for players to experience the most popular benefit of an Xbox Live Gold membership: playing together with friends or making new ones on the most reliable and advanced network. Log in now to play with others on a network that delivers as well as you do.
Great games unlocked for a limited time.
For this event we will have two amazing Xbox One games to play for free. We are giving ALL Xbox Live members free access to play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and PES 2019 for a limited time now through the weekend. This is the first time that Free Play Days includes:
*PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: Land, loot and outwit your opponents to become the last player left standing in a thrilling game experience full of unexpected, adrenaline-pumping moments.
*Pro Evolution Soccer 2019: Feel the Power of football, the Beautiful Game, with PES 2019, offering photo-realism and lifelike player individuality, combined with a host of new licenses and exclusive Legend players!
Xbox Live members without a Gold membership can download the games here:
Some customers may be able to begin downloading these awesome offers* today, but they are only playable with full functionality and available from November 8-11 (US Pacific Time), so alert your friends, log on your Xbox One and get in on the action now and the entire weekend.
*All Limited Time Unlock games are only available on Xbox One.
For more information, check out the official Free Play Days For All website.
Games play best on Xbox One, but for those of you that haven’t already made the jump, we have two new bundles joining the Xbox One family today: the Xbox One X PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle and the Xbox One S Minecraft Bundle. More details below:
With over 8 million players on Xbox One, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been one of the most popular games on the platform since its release as a console launch exclusive in the Xbox Game Preview program. Today, you can join the Battle Royale phenomenon with the Xbox One X PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle, which comes with the following:
- Xbox One X with a 1TB hard drive
- Xbox Wireless Controller
- Full-game download of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds enhanced for Xbox One X
- 1-month Xbox Game Pass trial
- 1-month Xbox Live Gold trial
The Xbox One X PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle is available later this week for $499 USD at most major retailers worldwide.
If the Xbox One S is more your style, we’ve also got the Xbox One S Minecraft Bundle. Beat the summer heat with the cool new Update Aquatic and explore new ocean biomes, shipwrecks, ruins and more. Infinite worlds and ways to play can be found in this bundle, as well as the option to play with your friends on nearly any other platform thanks to Xbox Live! Join millions of players in the Minecraft community on Xbox, Windows, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices with this new bundle, which comes with the following:
⦁ Full-game download of Minecraft featuring the exciting Update Aquatic plus the Explorer’s Pack
⦁ Season one of Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure
⦁ 1-month Xbox Game Pass trial
⦁ 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial
The Xbox One S Minecraft Bundle starts shipping today and will be available soon for $299 USD at select retailers in select regions. In the U.S., the bundle is exclusively available at Microsoft Store and Walmart.
Xbox One is the only console system that plays the best games of the past, present and future with more than 1,300 games available today – including over 200 exclusives and over 400 Xbox classics. If you’re on Xbox One S or Xbox One X, you can also enjoy the ultimate 4K entertainment experience with a built-in 4K UHD Blu-ray player, premium audio with Dolby Atmos support and the fastest, most reliable gaming network with Xbox Live.
Grab the bundle of your choice at the Microsoft Store.
Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief, put together a recap of Inside Xbox Episode 3. Details below + the full VOD is also available.
Earlier today Inside Xbox Episode 3 aired, continuing to pull back the curtain on Team Xbox to celebrate our games, features, and fans. This episode was full of a variety of projects Xbox is working on, like new content coming soon to Sea of Thieves and updates to The Master Chief Collection, as well as the official reveal of a specially designed controller allowing more gamers to enjoy video games despite any restrictions they may have. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at some of the biggest news coming out of this month’s episode of Inside Xbox.
First Look at Sea of Thieves: The Hungering Deep
Sea of Thieves hit the open water just two short months ago, starting us off on a grand pirate adventure. Since then we’ve traversed storms, explored sunken ships, and (if we were lucky) faced off with a kraken. Now it’s time to prepare for even greater dangers and adventure in The Hungering Deep later this month in Sea of Thieves. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire and the official Sea of Thieves site for more details on The Hungering Deep as we get closer to launch.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Desert Map Launch Date Revealed
Having been available to Xbox players on the PUBG test servers for a few weeks, we’re excited to reveal that May 24 will be the public launch date of the Miramar map – also commonly known as the Desert Map. A huge thank you to those players who have helped the development team squash bugs and provide feedback. We can’t wait to drop in on this new map!
State of Decay 2 Community Q&A
Richard Foge, Jeff Strain, and Wonder Russell from Undead Labs stopped by take community questions about the soon-to-be-released zombie apocalypse survival game State of Decay 2, covering such topics as four-player co-op, including the benefits for players joining another friend’s game, how the world simulation builds dynamic, emergent gameplay, and what opportunities and challenges fan can expect to face in the world.
Revealing the Xbox Adaptive Controller
One of our biggest features of today’s episode of Inside Xbox was an in-depth look at our newest piece of hardware which we believe will enable and empower even more Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers across the globe: The Xbox Adaptive Controller.
In this segment, we learned how the team at Microsoft took an inclusive design approach, and considerations of gamers who might not be able to reach all the bumpers and triggers or hold a controller for an extended period, designed a controller that provides a way for more fans to enjoy gaming.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller has been years in the making and has been a passion project for people around the world, both inside Microsoft and beyond. The team was thrilled to introduce it to the world today, tell the story behind it, and take what they have learned to inform future initiatives in inclusive design.
No Man’s Sky Details
Hello Games took to the stage here at Inside Xbox to give some more details on the Xbox One version of the upcoming No Man’s Sky, including the first details on multiplayer, additional content coming to the game, as well as what work was put into making the game Xbox One X Enhanced. We’ll have more details to share on No Man’s Sky: Next in the coming months here on Xbox Wire.
Forza Motorsport 7 Update
Brian Ekberg from Turn 10 Studios joined us to talk about quite a few exciting updates and features coming soon to the award-winning racing game Forza Motorsport 7. The team outlined a brand-new series of features for multiplayer, including the new Forza Race Regulations, which not only create a more fair, skillful online experience but also teach players how to improve in online competition. This includes new track limits, which highlight when you’re about to go off-track.
Based on community feedback, the team is also introducing Time Attack back into Forza Motorsport 7, with every track, ribbon and class having a time attack associated with it.
Turn 10 also announced that the team is experimenting with a new drag-race mode, including custom stats and mechanics, such as free rev, to help create a true, simulated drag racing experience. This experience is still early in development, so keep your eyes here on Xbox Wire for more information as it becomes available.
New Halo Arcade Experience and Halo: The Master Chief Collection Update
Brian Jarrard and James Monosmith from 343 Industries came to the show today to talk about a brand-new Halo arcade experience called Halo: Fireteam Raven, built in partnership with acclaimed arcade-game developers Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix. Sporting a 130-inch, 4K screen experience and four turret-mounted multipurpose machineguns, Halo: Fireteam Raven is set to offer a Halo adventure unlike any other. Fans can play it first this summer at Dave & Buster’s in the US and Canada, and expanding to more locations this Fall. In addition, Brian and James provided the latest details of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection update, following through on the team’s commitment to make this the definitive Halo collection with improvements to multiplayer functionality and Xbox One X enhancements.
The Gears Pro Circuit and Halo Championship Series Join Forces
Joining us to talk competitive gaming was Tahir “Tashi” Hasandjekic, Lead Esports Producer at 343 Industries, about teaming up with The Coalition and Major League Gaming to bring Halo and Gears of War together for a unique esports event in New Orleans on July 13-15. The event will feature hundreds of players, two main stages, multiple feature stations and two open bracket areas – and both tournaments will feature a $250,000 prize pool! More details are available at Halo.gg and Gears.gg.
A Look at Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition
Michael Douse from Larian Studios to share with us a look at one of the most critically acclaimed RPGs in Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition, which is available now via the Xbox Game Preview program on Xbox One.
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.
In the U.S. and Canada, there are great savings on Xbox One S bundles, including the new Xbox One S PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle launching February 20 and available for pre-order today.
- In Canada, starting today, February 15, through February 23, save $60 CAD on 1TB Xbox One S bundles
- In the U.S., starting February 18 through March 3, save $50 USD on Xbox One S bundles
Also, back by popular demand, we’re bringing back the offer where every Xbox One X purchase will come with a digital copy of the Xbox console launch exclusive PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The promotion will be available in most Xbox One markets for a limited time – starting February 18 through March 4. Start and end dates will vary by market – in the U.S., the promotion runs from February 18 through February 24 – so you’ll want to check with your local retailer for more information including, Microsoft Store near you or online. Here’s a quick overview of where the promotion will be available:
- Available in Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States and select Latin American countries starting February 18
- Available in Australia, India, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and select European, Middle Eastern and African countries starting February 20
The Xbox One gaming experience features a robust library of titles with more than 1,300 games and 220 exclusives available today, including Backward Compatible titles that make Xbox One the only console system to play the best games of the past, present and future. It’s also the only console where you can play the hottest game on the planet, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, now with more than 4 million players across the Xbox One family of devices.
In addition to having a comprehensive games library at one’s fingertips, Xbox One X and Xbox One S owners have access to a full suite of exclusive services like Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Play Anywhere and Xbox Live – the fastest, most reliable gaming network. Fans can also enjoy the ultimate 4K entertainment experience with a built-in 4K UHD Blu-ray player and premium audio with Dolby Atmos support.
Whether you’re gaming on Xbox One X or Xbox One S, there’s never been a better time to join your friends on Xbox.
Since its release as a console launch exclusive on Xbox One in the Xbox Game Preview program, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has reached incredible milestones, most recently surpassing 4 million players across the Xbox One family of devices. We’ve been blown away by the response to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One and today, we’re excited to announce the Xbox One S PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle, offering fans the best value in games and entertainment with the hottest game on the planet.
Launching February 20, the Xbox One S PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle includes:
*An Xbox One S with a 1TB hard drive, Xbox Wireless Controller, built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, support for 4K video streaming, premium audio with Dolby Atmos and access to a games library of over 1,300 games like Forza Motorsport 7 and Cuphead.
*Full-game download of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Join the battle playing solo, or team up with friends in duos or squads. With the Xbox One S PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle, you’re one step closer to earning your first chicken dinner.
*1-month Xbox Live Gold trial so you can experience the most advanced multiplayer network.
*1-month Xbox Game Pass trial so you can discover over 100 Xbox One games across three generations of games. Xbox Game Pass members will also receive access to new games from Microsoft Studios like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3 on the same date as at their global launch.
The Xbox One S PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle will be available for $299.99 USD at participating retailers worldwide and is available for pre-order today. For more information, visit xbox.com or Microsoft Store, near you or online.
There’s never been a better time to join your friends in the ultimate battle royale experience on Xbox. See you on the battleground!
Sammie Kang, Lead Community Manager, PUBG Corporation, shares details about the popularity of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One. Details below:
Today we’re excited to announce another milestone for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG): the community of players on console has now grown to over 4M players! We’re thrilled to see the community continue to grow and have been inspired by everyone’s enthusiasm for the game – with your ongoing support and feedback we will continue to evolve PUBG and create the best experience for Xbox players.
This week we deployed the sixth content update for the game, delivering numerous gameplay, optimization and bug fixes. More details on all the updates we’ve made since launch can be found here.
To show the community our appreciation for your support and feedback, we are rewarding players with 30,000 Battle Points to purchase cosmetic crates in the game. Anyone who has purchased or purchases PUBG on Xbox One and has created a character before January 31 at 12AM PST will receive this bonus, so if you’ve been waiting to jump onto the island, now is the perfect time to become a part of our growing community on console. Bonus Battle Points will be delivered and appear directly in players BP accounts (right below their gamertag) after February 1, 2018 at 12AM PT.
We will continue to build on the foundation we’ve laid with PUBG on Xbox One with the feedback received from the community and we encourage you to continue in your pursuit of chicken dinners! Be sure to stay tuned to Xbox Wire and Major Nelson for all the latest PUBG news. See you on the battleground!
Xbox note: If you haven’t picked up PUBG yet, now is a great time to make your first jump onto the island. Buy the game here, or gift a copy. PUBG has been the top gifted title in the Microsoft Store since the feature launched in December – now is a great time to build up your squad! And for a limited time only, buy 3 Months of Xbox Live Gold and Receive a 3 Month Gold token. Give it to a friend and team up for many hours of PUBG together.
Aaron Greenberg, GM of Games Marketing for Xbox, shares some info on the success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, currently available in Xbox Game Preview.
Since PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) launched on Xbox One through the Xbox Game Preview program, it’s been awesome to see the excitement and passion on display from the Xbox community. Whether you’re streaming in the HypeZone on Mixer or battling for a chicken dinner with your squad, players on Xbox are helping build and improve the game on console. Today, PUBG Corp. and Xbox are excited to share that through the end of 2017 the PUBG community on Xbox One has already grown to over three million players. Thank you for your incredible support!
The team at PUBG Corp. is determined to continue to improve the in-game experience for PUBG’s growing and active community and have already released four updates since the game’s launch in Xbox Game Preview on December 12. You’ll continue to see regular updates roll out for PUBG on Xbox One such as this week’s addition of first-person support for solo, duo, and squads gameplay and the team is just getting started, with more updates planned that include additional game optimization and the new Miramar map – keep up-to-date by visiting PUBG Corp’s official forums.
For players just getting started, there will be a Tips and Tricks segment on Mixer at 3 p.m. PST on January 16 to share tips on inventory management and showcase UX shortcuts and features on the Xbox One controller. This is part of an ongoing series to help new and existing players jump in and start earning their chicken dinner. Be sure to stay tuned to Xbox Wire and Major Nelson for all the latest news on PUBG for Xbox One – see you on the battleground!
For more information about Xbox news and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – check out Xbox Wire.