If we could pull your attention away from exploring the beautiful scenery and becoming a Horizon Superstar in historic Britain with Forza Horizon 4, we have some new Xbox One features to share. The October 2018 Xbox Update adds new ways to express yourself with Avatars, interact with your console with Voice Skills, and enjoy your favorite streaming content. Here’s a rundown of what’s new:

New Xbox Avatars

The new Xbox Avatars are expressive, creative and, most importantly, bring to life the community of fans they represent. The Avatar Editor features a wide range of body types, and the entire Avatar closet supports all of them, enabling you to uniquely tailor your Avatar however you see fit.

Avatars will appear across your Xbox One.  You will see your own Avatar on your profile, as well as the profile pages of anyone who has chosen to represent themselves as an Avatars. You’ll also find Avatars on activity feed posts, Friend blocks on the Home screen, Gamerscore leaderboards, club headers, profile comparisons, and more. In addition to all the items that are available at launch, we also have a new Avatar Store where you can obtain even more new Avatar items, including licensed designs from Halo, Gears of War, and more. With new content every month, the Avatar Store is a diverse marketplace of clothing, outfits, props, and accessories to make your Avatar even more unique.

Once you’ve created your new Avatar, you can use the Photobooth feature to capture a great photo of your Avatar to use as your Gamerpic.  In addition to the mood that you set for your Avatar, you can also use the Photobooth to pose your Avatar using a multitude of different emotes, each of which can be paused and advanced frame-by-frame with more control than ever before. Rotate and zoom controls help you capture the exact pose that you’re looking for, and a wide variety of background colors enable you to set the scene.

If you prefer your Xbox Original Avatar, that’s okay too! The new Xbox Avatar Editor also enables you to compare and choose which version of the Xbox Avatar best represents how you want to be seen on Xbox Live. If you choose to represent yourself as an Xbox Original Avatar, all the content from your Xbox Original avatar’s closet continues to be available via the Xbox Original Avatars app on Xbox One and Windows 10.

Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa

The Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa is available today in the U.S. This feature enables people to use their voice to navigate and interact with Xbox through Cortana and Alexa-enabled devices – expanding voice navigation beyond previous Kinect and headset capabilities. With the Xbox Skill, people can use voice commands to power on/off their console, adjust volume, launch games and apps, start and stop broadcasts on Mixer, capture screenshots, and more. For example, if you have the Xbox skill enabled on your Echo just say “Alexa, launch Forza Horizon 4” and this command will automatically turn on your console, sign you in, and launch Forza Horizon 4. Look for the Xbox Skill in the Alexa Skill Store or the Cortana Skill Store to get started. To set up Alexa, just say, “Alexa, open Xbox” and to set up Cortana, just say, “Hey Cortana, open Xbox”, or search for “Xbox” in the assistant skill store. To learn more about this new feature, see our previous post.

Additionally, in the coming days in the U.S., anyone who buys a qualified Xbox One S or Xbox One X bundle at Amazon.com will also get a new Amazon Echo Dot, but don’t wait too long because this offer is only available while supplies last.

Dolby Vision video streaming on Xbox One

Xbox is committed to bringing rich entertainment options to our fans. Today we are excited to launch our latest entertainment option, Dolby Vision™ HDR video streaming support across Xbox One S and Xbox One X! Dolby Vision enables select TVs to deliver enhanced HDR with dynamic scene-by-scene precision and accuracy versus standard HDR, which is static for the entire movie/show you are watching. If you have a TV that supports the latest version of Dolby Vision and a Premium Netflix subscription, jump in and experience incredible brightness, contrast, and color for yourself today! Dolby Vision on Netflix with a premium subscription will be supported at launch with more Dolby Vision apps adding support in the coming months.

To enable Dolby Vision on your console, navigate to Settings -> Display and sound -> Video output -> Video modes -> Allow Dolby Vision. If you need more assistance setting up the feature or want more information on supported TVs, check out this blog post.

New languages for Narrator

Xbox is committed to being more accessible and inclusive. Today we are adding five additional languages to Narrator on Xbox One, including Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch. We’re also adding an Australian version of English language for Narrator, so Australian users will no longer have to select U.S. or U.K. English to use Narrator.

These updates are available because of the Xbox Insiders who have helped shape these features, so big thanks to all of you for your valuable input. If you’d like to help create the future of Xbox and get access to early features, download the Xbox Insider Hub app on your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC today. You can also visit the Xbox Insider Blog here for the latest release notes and to learn more. We’ll have more to share soon on additional features releasing to Xbox One this fall. Until then, enjoy the October Update and happy gaming!

Matt Salsamendi, Co-founder and Mixer Engineering Lead, discusses Mixer – the next generation live game streaming service.

Hello! I’m Matt, one of the co-founders of Mixer and engineering lead on the platform at Microsoft.  Huge welcome to all of you new visitors who are checking out Mixer today for the very first time.  We think we have something pretty special here, and are excited to share it with you.

Those of you who are already a part of our community….you’ve probably noticed a lot of changes today, starting with the name.  Today marks a big evolution of our interactive live-streaming platform and a new name for the service: Mixer.  But, more than just the name, we’re launching several of the features that you all have been asking for.  Features that will unlock a whole new world of possibilities for social streaming, and help viewers find the content they’re looking for across the service.

Why the name change? This was a tough decision, and not one that we made lightly.  But, it was something that we decided on as a team.  We believe so much in the power of the platform and want to grow it in every major market around the world.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t something we could do with the Beam name.  We chose Mixer as our new name because it represents what we love most about the service….how it brings people together.

It brings people together through the core experience and “special sauce” that our fans already know and love: the ability to not just watch streams, but to also interact with streamers and play together in near real-time. In other words, Mixer is livestreaming that’s actually LIVE, compared to the 10 – 20 second latency you typically get on other platforms. What’s more, viewers can actively participate in what’s happening on screen instead of just watching from the sidelines. With Mixer, you can influence everything from quest selection to tools to movement, mixing it up with your favorite streamers to create a new kind of gaming experience. The Minecraft team is experimenting with the interactivity that Mixer offers as a possibility for official game integration. And, some Minecraft community members have already created interactive experiences using this technology that allow viewers to do things like spawn in zombies or change the weather.

This gets to the heart of what Mixer means for us. We want to empower gamers and everyone who wants to share their passion – whatever it may be – to create and share more easily than ever before across PC, console and mobile. Mixer represents our vision for the next generation of multiplayer – watching and participating alongside your friends in gameplay streaming from anywhere in the world.

Crowd Play from Telltale Games

One fantastic example of interactivity in action is from our friends at Telltale Games.

Ever wondered what it’d be like to play a game with a dynamic interactive story where hundreds or thousands of other people are voting on a player’s choices? Well, Telltale Games has designed something truly unique. Their “Crowd Play” feature in “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series,” “The Walking Dead: A New Frontier” and “BATMAN: The Telltale Series” allows an audience to choose what happens at story moments and determine the trajectory and outcome of the adventure.

They’ve already debuted games on the big screen in theaters and at gaming conventions where hundreds of fans have lined up to help vote on decisions from their mobile devices. In the online space, this type of “live audience” interaction is only possible on a service without latency issues since it’s important that the dialogue and gameplay feel smooth and natural. What’s especially exciting is that Telltale plans to bring this unique type of massive online player participation to streamers and players around the world in all their future projects.

We’re thrilled to see developers and community members using Mixer’s interactive tools in such creative ways and can’t wait to see what other imaginative ideas creators will bring to life building on our Interactive 2.0 development kit.

 New Innovations for the Next Generation of Streaming

The Mixer service is built directly into the Guide on Xbox One and Game bar on Windows 10 to make it super easy for anyone to start streaming their gameplay.  Anyone can share their gameplay with friends, or start building out an audience, in just a couple of clicks, and with no extra software required.

Today, we’re excited to start rolling out several new features that will unleash a whole new world of possibilities for streamers to interact and engage more deeply with their audiences, and for viewers to find the content most relevant to them:

*Co-Streaming Launches Today

. Starting today, we’re launching the first built-in cooperative streaming experience on a streaming platform where up to 4 streamers can combine their streams into a single viewer experience. Co-streaming enables multiple channel streams to be displayed on a single Mixer page. You and up to three other friends can deliver a stream that combines separate stream sources into one shared “split-screen” view, including a centralized chat experience. Co-streaming is available now for everyone. And in the coming weeks, Xbox One users will be able to invite friends to join a co-stream directly from the Guide. Co-streaming doesn’t require streamers to play the same game or even do the same activity, and you can join a co-stream with friends who are streaming from different types of devices. Four friends can broadcast a co-op session of “League of Legends” or “PLAYERUNKNOWN’S Battlegrounds,” and then just as easily stream a remote live-band jam session or play a multiplayer board game with their viewers. Viewers don’t need to flip back and forth across different streams to view the same group of streamers – they can watch all the action in one place, while enjoying all the innovative interactivity that Mixer offers.

*Mixer Create Beta Launches on Mobile Devices (iOS and Android). Mixer Create is a new mobile app that enables self-broadcasting, and we’re kicking off the beta today (available publicly on Android, and through Apple’s TestFlight service by invite only). Soon thereafter, we’ll add the ability to stream live gameplay from your mobile device as well. The ability to broadcast gameplay on-the-go opens up entirely new social gaming possibilities. In the future, you could imagine streaming Pokémon Go on your mobile device, through Mixer, and hunting with viewers! Once mobile gameplay streaming launches, you’ll be able to join a co-stream with friends who are broadcasting on PC, console or other mobile devices.

*Channel One. Channel One is an always-on, moderated channel of content that lets you see what’s happening across Mixer. We’ll highlight a wide variety of content, including big title releases, livestream events, tips and tricks, esports updates, and more. There’s always something new on Channel One, and it’s a great “first stop” for new visitors to see what’s out there and get acquainted with our service.

*Mixer Page on the Xbox One Dashboard. Launching today to Xbox Insiders, the new Mixer page on the Xbox One dashboard will feature some of the most unique, popular and engaging streams that are broadcast on Mixer, curated by our dedicated team. We’ll showcase the huge variety of diverse, creative content from our streaming community and allow viewers to easily find content relevant to them. And it’s a great way to see what many of our awesome Mixer partners are up to.

We’re also committed to making Mixer the premier place to watch Xbox at E3 June 11-15.  Today, we’re excited to announce that Xbox will be broadcasting the E3 briefing in 4K Ultra HD, with a special edition Mixer 4K broadcast for those with a 4K A/V setup ready to go.   And, there will be some special digital bonuses for those watching and signed in on Mixer.  Be sure to create your account in advance so you don’t miss out on any of the fun.

We hope you enjoy these new features. Be sure to let us know what you think on our feedback forums!

Mixer NYC Studio

Another exciting announcement today is the introduction of the Mixer NYC Studio. Located at the flagship Microsoft Store in New York, the Mixer NYC Studio is a digital production studio designed for live audience, competitive and community gaming events. The state of the art facility includes broadcast capabilities to bring gaming and esports events held on the store’s 5th floor to fans globally through Mixer, as well as serve as a destination for gaming fans to experience next-gen interactivity as players, creators and viewers, in an array of events at the center of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

The studio is outfitted with professional-grade gaming stations, a control room that supports 2D and 3D graphic effects, a digital audio system bringing arena, concert sound quality, full interactive lighting control, an LED video wall, shoutcaster desks and player lounges, along with stage, audience and commentary setups.

Check out Mixer.com/MicrosoftStore for the latest Mixer NYC Studio events, streams and how to join.

A Mixer Celebration

Finally, we invite you to join us in celebrating Mixer’s launch with a full day of livestreaming fun at mixer.com/mixer! We will be kicking off the festivities at 11 a.m. Pacific Time today with a livestream from the Microsoft campus where we’ll share more details and demo all the great new features that are launching. Immediately afterwards, the Mixer NYC Studio will host a gaming marathon that continues throughout the day, featuring a variety of streamers competing for bragging rights in a multi-genre esports gauntlet including Forza Motorsport 6, For Honor, Rocket League, Gang Beasts and Overcooked. Plus, Microsoft Store locations will be celebrating today’s launch with Forza Motorsport 6 tournaments, giveaways and more.  At 6 p.m. PT, co-founder James Boehm will be hosting a Co-streaming Partner Spotlight where he’ll be playing, co-streaming, chatting, and answering questions alongside many of our amazing Mixer partners.  The celebration concludes with Mixerworks, an interactive fireworks show that begins at 9 p.m. PT and showcases how Mixer’s interactivity truly works by allowing you to create the display.

Thank you to all our fans for your support in making Mixer such an engaging and welcoming community. And for all the new visitors today, please let us know what you think.  You can reach us at @WatchMixer or at www.mixer.com.

See you on the streams!

-Matt

The Game Awards 2016 live show will air today – Thursday, December 1, 2016 – 5:30p to 8:30p PT – from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA and streamed on a number of platforms and apps including Xbox Live, which means you can watch it on your Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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Besides watching The Game Awards 2016 on your Xbox One or Xbox 360, it will also be streamed on Beam as well as these channels:

YouTube Live

Twitch http://www.twitch.tv/thegameawards

Facebook live video

Twitter Live

Snapchat

The Xbox One stream of The Game Awards 2016 will include a couple of interactive features you can participate in while watching the broadcast using the free Xbox Live Event interactive app (XLEi app), including the opportunity to vote on the nominated titles you think are going to win the category (more details below) as well as the chance to take advantage of the flash sales being offered for many of the nominated titles.

Predict The Game Awards 2016 winners

  • Before the nominees of each category are announced, grab your controller and make your prediction from the on-screen list.
  • Think fast! The quicker you predict the right answer, the more points you get when the winner is announced.
  • Points are tallied to a community leaderboard and the top ten gamertags will be showcased during the broadcast.
  • Plus, you can check out your personal stats along the way.
  • At the end of the show, we’ll announce the champion and reveal their gamertag as part of the broadcast.

For more information about the show including a look at the nominations, check out the official website here. There are some great titles representing each category, and we’re pleased to see a few of our titles made the list, including:

Best Sports / Racing Game
Forza Horizon 3

Best Action Game
Gears of War 4

Best Multiplayer Game
Gears of War 4

Best Fighting Game
Killer Instinct Season 3

If you’re not able to watch The Games Awards 2016 on Xbox One, I’m posting a list of all of the associated deals here. These special offers are available for all Xbox Live members and are only available through 04 December, so take advantage of them while you can.

Xbox One Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Battlefield 1 Xbox One Game 33% 1 – 4 DEC
Battlefield 1 Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 33% 1 – 4 DEC
Battlefield 1 Ultimate Edition Xbox One Game 20% 1 – 4 DEC
Gears of War 4 Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition Xbox One Game 25% 1 – 4 DEC
Titanfall 2 Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
Titanfall 2 Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
NBA 2K17 Xbox One Game 30% 1 – 4 DEC
NBA 2K17 Legend Edition Xbox One Game 35% 1 – 4 DEC
NBA 2K17 Legend Edition Gold Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
Dishonored 2 Xbox One Game 17% 1 – 4 DEC
EA SPORTS FIFA 17 Standard Edition Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
EA SPORTS FIFA 17 Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
EA SPORTS FIFA 17 Super Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 30% 1 – 4 DEC
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Xbox One Game 50% 1 – 4 DEC
Overwatch: Origins Edition Xbox One Game 33% 1 – 4 DEC
DOOM Xbox One Game 50% 1 – 4 DEC
DOOM Digital Deluxe Xbox One Game 50% 1 – 4 DEC
DOOM Season Pass Add-On 40% 1 – 4 DEC
XCOM 2 Xbox One Game 35% 1 – 4 DEC
XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
LEGO STAR WARS: The Force Awakens Xbox One Game 30% 1 – 4 DEC
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 35% 1 – 4 DEC
Battlefield 1 – Titanfall 2 Deluxe Bundle Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
Dark Souls III Xbox One Game 20% 1 – 4 DEC
DARK SOULS III – Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 20% 1 – 4 DEC
The Witness Xbox One Game 33% 1 – 4 DEC
Firewatch Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
INSIDE Xbox One Game 33% 1 – 4 DEC
Oxenfree Xbox One Game 50% 1 – 4 DEC
Overcooked: Gourmet Edition Xbox One Game 33% 1 – 4 DEC
Hyper Light Drifter Xbox One Game 33% 1 – 4 DEC
The Banner Saga 2 Xbox One Game 20% 1 – 4 DEC
Killer Instinct: Season 3 Ultra Edition Xbox One Game 50% 1 – 4 DEC
Forza Horizon 3 Xbox One Game 25% 1 – 4 DEC
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 – Digital Exclusive Xbox One Game 35% 1 – 4 DEC
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood & Wine Add-On 25% 1 – 4 DEC
Mafia III Xbox One Game 30% 1 – 4 DEC
Mafia III Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 35% 1 – 4 DEC

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.
These special offers are valid for all Xbox Live members.

Whether you’re attending The Game Awards 2016 in person or watching it via a live stream, I hope you enjoy the awards presentation for some of the best games of 2016, plus world premieres, musical performances and other surprises Geoff Keighley and crew have planned for the audience.

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Today, at an event in New York City, Microsoft unveiled the Windows 10 Creators Update, a free update coming in early 2017 with a host of new features that empower people to create and share their experiences with others.  For gamers, the Windows 10 Creators Update will allow anyone to easily broadcast their gameplay and create their own tournaments on the fastest, most reliable multiplayer network – Xbox Live.

Beam Integration Makes Game Broadcasting Easy and More Interactive

Today, gamers on Windows 10 PCs can enjoy seamless access to gaming features via Game bar (by pressing Windows key and G) like Game DVR, making it easy to share your epic gaming moments with your friends via Xbox Live. We’re excited to announce that, with the release of the Creators Update in early 2017, Game bar will allow gamers to start a Beam broadcast for any game almost instantly.

By bringing Beam to Xbox, we’re creating more interactive gaming experiences for both the player and the viewer on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, allowing you to watch live game streams and give you the ability to interact in real time with broadcasters. Best of all, Beam technology will be built right into Windows 10 and Xbox One, so anyone can become a game broadcaster.

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Arena on Xbox Live Adds Gamer-Generated Tournaments

Arena on Xbox Live (available in Preview today) brings the healthy fun of competitive gaming to everyone, regardless of skill-level. Today, we announced gamer-created tournaments are coming to Arena on Xbox Live, allowing you easily define the rules of competition by setting your tournament style, inviting friends and tracking tournament progress seamlessly across your devices, whether it’s on Xbox One or Windows 10. Creating and managing your own tournaments on Xbox Live has never been easier.

Arena on Xbox Live is powered by the world’s most advanced gaming community, uniting gamers across Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, and fueled by hundreds of thousands of servers to deliver maximum performance while reducing lag and cheating.

Plus, with new features like Clubs, Looking for Group and Arena on Xbox Live, and cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, we make it easier than ever to connect with people who have shared interests and have fun together on Xbox Live.

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Xbox One S is This Holiday’s Must-Have Console

The smaller and sleeker Xbox One S is available now, delivering more power, built-in UHD 4K Blu-ray, 4K video streaming, and High Dynamic Range for video and gaming – all starting at $299. With Xbox One S, you get one of the top 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players on the market, giving you the ability to watch Blu-ray movies and stream video in stunning 4K Ultra HD with HDR, including content from partners like Netflix (available now) and Amazon Video (available later this year). With four times the resolution of standard HD, 4K Ultra HD delivers the clearest, most realistic video possible, making Xbox One S the console to buy this holiday.

What’s more, we’ve got a great lineup of Xbox One S bundles available for some of our top blockbuster titles this holiday, letting you get the most for your gaming dollar and choose the title and hard drive that’s right for you, with 500GB, 1TB and 2TB consoles.

Finally, audio enthusiasts will be excited to learn that bitstream audio pass-through including Dolby Atmos support is coming soon to Xbox One with our Blu-ray player.

For more on today’s announcements from the event, head over to the Windows Blog, where you can find more on the day’s biggest announcements, or read more at Xbox Wire.

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Today, in partnership with Twitch, we’re pleased to announce capture card support for Twitch Xbox One broadcasters on Xbox Live. Previously, only Xbox One players broadcasting their gameplay via the Xbox Twitch app could take advantage of the several different ways to amplify their content and channel on Xbox Live to share updates and grow their audience. Now, any Twitch user who has linked their Xbox Live and Twitch accounts together and is broadcasting an Xbox One game using a capture card will automatically have their content amplified in the following places:

Xbox One Capture Card Update Broadcast

• The Activity Feed on Xbox One and the Xbox app on Windows 10, iOS and Android
• Notifications to their followers on Xbox One and the Xbox app on Windows 10, iOS and Android
• Game Product Details Page in the Xbox Store

To make sure your Twitch broadcasts are amplified across Xbox Live, all you need to do is link your Xbox Live and Twitch accounts within the Twitch app. From there, use your favorite capture card and broadcasting software on PC, broadcast to Twitch like you normally do, and ensure you’re correctly identifying the game you’re playing. And that’s it! This new feature is starting to roll out today and I look forward to seeing all of your Twitch broadcasts on Xbox Live!

 

 

The Game Awards 2015 live show will air today – Thursday, December 3, 2015 – 6:00p PT – from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA and streamed on a number of platforms and apps including Xbox Live, which means you can watch it on your Xbox One and Xbox 360. The Xbox One stream of The Game Awards 2015 will include a couple of interactive features you can participate in while watching the broadcast using the free Xbox Live Event interactive app (XLEi app), including the opportunity to vote on the nominated titles you think are going to win the category (more details below) as well as the chance to take advantage of the flash sales being offered for many of the nominated titles.

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Predict The Game Awards 2015 winners

  • Before the nominees of each category are announced, grab your controller and make your prediction from the on-screen list.
  • Think fast! The quicker you predict the right answer, the more points you get when the winner is announced.
  • Points are tallied to a community leaderboard and the top ten gamertags will be showcased during the broadcast.
  • Plus, you can check out your personal stats along the way.
  • At the end of the show, we’ll announce the champion and reveal their gamertag as part of the broadcast.

For more information about the show including a look at the nominations, check out my other post here.

If you’re not able to watch The Games Awards 2015 on Xbox One, I’m posting a list of all of the associated deals here. These special offers are available for all Xbox Live members and are only available through 04 December, so take advantage of them while you can.

    

Xbox One Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount
Life Is Strange Xbox One Game 50%
Batman: Arkham Knight Xbox One Game 35%
Life is Strange Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) Add-On 50%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Xbox One Game 50%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game + Expansion Pass Xbox One Game 35%
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Digital Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 10%
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Xbox One Game 17%
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gold Edition Xbox One Game 60%
Destiny: The Taken King – Legendary Edition Xbox One Game 33%
Skylanders SuperChargers Portal Owner’s Pack Xbox One Game 40%
NBA 2K16 Xbox One Game 20%
NBA 2K16 Michael Jordan Special Edition Xbox One Game 25%
Mortal Kombat X Xbox One Game 40%
Mortal Kombat X Premium Edition Xbox One Game 45%
Batman: Arkham Knight Premium Edition Xbox One Game 40%
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Xbox One Game 60%
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Imperial Edition Xbox One Game 60%
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Premium Edition Xbox One Game 60%
Forza Motorsport 6 Standard Edition Xbox One Game 17%
Ori and the Blind Forest Xbox One Game 50%
Tales from the Borderlands Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) Xbox One Game 60%
Halo 5: Guardians Xbox One Game 20%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

These special offers are valid for all Xbox Live members.

Whether you’re attending The Game Awards 2015 in person or watching it via a live stream, I hope you enjoy the awards presentation for some of the best games of 2015, plus world premieres, musical performances and other surprises Geoff Keighley and crew have planned for the audience.

By now, you’ve surely heard that you can play Xbox One games on any Windows 10 PC or tablet. You’re probably eagerly asking: “How!?” The answer is: “It’s actually surprisingly easy, to be honest.” There’s really not much to it. Check out my tutorial video above, and let’s walk through it:

Step 1: Plug in and set up an Xbox One controller on your Windows 10 PC or tablet. Windows 10 PCs already have native support for Xbox One controllers. Just plug the controller in via the USB cable that came with it, wait for the drivers to install, and you’re good to go. It’ll vibrate when it’s ready to use. Easy!

Step 2: Launch the Xbox app for Windows 10. It’s free, and built into Windows 10. Also easy!

Step 3: Create an Xbox Live account, or sign into your existing account. After launch, you should see the Home screen, and a prompt to either log into your account or create a new account. It’s a simpler process than ever, as well as free. Just follow the steps you’re given; you should hopefully have some experience logging into accounts for things, if you’re on the Internet reading this!

Step 4: Turn on your Xbox One. It might be easier to set it up in the same room as your Windows 10 PC so you can see both at once – but it’s certainly not necessary, if you don’t mind moving back and forth should you need to double check any info.

Step 5: Connect your devices. Make sure both your PC and your Xbox One are on the same wired or wireless network (wireless networks should have the same name). Then, on your Xbox One, navigate to the Preferences section of the Settings menu, and make sure the “Allow game streaming to other devices” box is checked.  Next, in the Xbox app on your PC, go to the left-hand navigation and click on “Connect.” You should see your Xbox One listed as a connection option (in certain circumstances, it will already be connected – for example, if you’ve previously connected in the past). Simply click on your console’s listing, and the app will handle the rest. If you’re having trouble connecting, try restarting the app.

Step 6: Stream those games! Go to the Xbox app’s Home menu, then select a recent Xbox One game from the Recently Played list, then “Play from Console” to start streaming. Alternatively, you’ll notice two live buttons in the “Connect” area: “Test Streaming” and “Stream.” You can use “Test Streaming” for troubleshooting, or to test your connection, but “Stream” is where the magic happens. Click that, and your PC will establish a live stream immediately to your Xbox One. A full-screen interface will pop up, and your controller (the one connected to your PC) will be in charge. You will be able to play whatever game is currently running on your Xbox One, completely live. You can launch the game via your Xbox One, or launch it through the Xbox app (although, if it’s a physical disc game, remember that you will have to physically put the disc into the console yourself – there are limits to what streaming technology can do!).

You can also access all Xbox One menus, talk to friends via Xbox Live, play online (if you have Xbox Live Gold on Xbox One)… heck, you can even play Xbox 360 games through Xbox One Backward Compatibility, all on your PC!

Step 7: There is no Step 7. That’s it! Seriously. There are really just six steps. And since Step 1 was “plug in the controller” and Step 2 was “fire up the Xbox app”, let’s be honest here: That’s really four steps. Pretty darn simple!

Oh, don’t forget that voice chat works just fine too; you’ll just need to plug a Windows 10 compatible mic into your PC or tablet, so you can talk with your friends over Xbox Live via streaming, too!