This Fall, Windows has another major update to bring even more great features to your Windows 10 PC. Learn more here about the broader set of updates and features that arrived with the October Windows Update. And if you like gaming on your Windows 10 PC, we’ve got some specific updates that you’ll want to pay attention to!

Here are the latest improvements to Windows 10 for PC gamers in the recent October Windows Update:

Game bar Improvements

*New look: Enjoy a cleaner new look and layout.

*New audio controls: With the new audio control panel, get more control out of individual audio channels without ever having to leave your game.

*Game bar is now an app: Launching Game bar is now easier than ever, whether through the desktop, apps, the Start menu, or task bar.

Game Mode Improvements

*Fewer gaming interruptions: Based on feedback from gamers, we’ve simplified the way Game Mode works. Now auto-enabled for all games with a master On/Off toggle in Windows Settings, Game Mode suppresses Windows Update driver installs and blocks Windows Update interruptions such as restart notifications while you’re gaming. You may also see improved game performance with less FPS variability depending on the specific game and system.

Got a great idea for a Windows gaming feature? Let us know on the Xbox Ideas site!

A few weeks ago, on our broadcast of Inside Xbox from gamescom, we announced that we’d be bringing five games from our Microsoft Studios teams to Steam and retail outlets on PC disc. Today, we’re happy to announce that these games are now available, offering new and existing fans alike an opportunity to enjoy these five titles on a new platform. PC players can enjoy ReCore: Definitive Edition, Super Lucky’s Tale, Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection, Disneyland Adventures and Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure for just $19.99 each.

ReCore: Definitive Edition, from creator Keiji Inafune and the makers of Metroid Prime, is an action-adventure crafted for a new generation. As one of the last humans, join up with corebot companions and lead them on an epic adventure through a dynamic world.

Super Lucky’s Tale is a delightful playground platformer for all ages that follows Lucky, the ever-optimistic, energetic, and lovable hero, on his quest to find his inner strength and help his sister rescue the Book of Ages from Jinx. Jinx is the scheming and mysterious villain trying to reshape the world, but for what reason?

The wildly popular Zoo Tycoon series gets set to crank up the excitement, challenge, and fun of building the ultimate zoo. Let your imagination run wild with Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection. Build, manage, and maintain your dream zoo alone or with up to four players.

Disneyland Adventures allows fans of all ages to explore Disneyland park, enjoy adventures based on 18 popular attractions, engage in 100 challenging quests, and interact with 35 beloved characters. Disneyland Adventures is your ticket to the magical world of Disneyland right in your living room.

Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure invites families and fans of all ages to experience the worlds of six beloved Disney-Pixar films like never before. Team up with characters from “The Incredibles”, “Ratatouille”, “Up”, “Cars”, “Toy Story”, and “Finding Dory” to solve puzzles and uncover hidden secrets.

Check out these fun-filled games on Steam or at your favorite PC games retailer.

John Smith, Sr. Director, Microsoft Store Product Marketing, provides details about PC digital game gifting.

Last Fall, the Microsoft Store enabled gifting of select Xbox One digital games, Xbox One downloadable game content (durables only), and Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions. This feature has been a huge hit with our fans and has made buying presents for friends and family even easier, especially around the holidays.

Today, we’re excited to announce that we have expanded digital gifting to include PC games and PC downloadable game content (e.g. map packs, skins). Further, all Xbox One games are now eligible for digital gifting.

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Here’s how to start sending digital gifts in the Microsoft Store:

*Head over to the Microsoft Store on Windows 10, on the Xbox One family of devices, or online, navigate to the product that you would like to purchase, select Buy as Gift, and enter the email address of the gift recipient. On Xbox One, you can choose a Gamertag from your list of Xbox Live friends.

*The gift recipient will receive a code for their product along with instructions on how to redeem the code. On Xbox One, gift recipients will receive a system message with a clickable redemption button.

A few things in keep in mind as you’re gifting:

*Gift purchasers can only buy two discounted products – and a total of 10 discounted products – every 14 days. There are no limits for gift purchases made at full price.

*Gifting of Xbox 360 and Xbox original games, pre-orders, free products, and consumable downloadable game content such as virtual currency is not allowed.

*Gift recipients can only redeem gift tokens in the country or region where they were purchased.

Many PC games are available for gifting today, May 10, and all games should be available for gifting by Friday, May 11. We are hard at work on improving digital gifting, adding new capabilities as well as support for new content types. We look forward to bringing you updates on the gifting of paid PC and Xbox apps soon.

Over the years, digital gifting has been one of the top asks from our fans. Please continue to give us feedback on features you would like to see, either using the Windows Feedback Hub app in Windows 10 or using our User Voice page. Thanks!

Content: Raiders Of The Broken Planet – Wardog Fury Bundle And Hades Betrayal Bundle
Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region

Game Description: Raiders of the Broken Planet is a novel 4 vs 1 adventure where you experience both sides of the story: Team up with other Raiders, or change sides and foil their missions, fighting as an Antagonist with the enemy at your side. Experience the full Raiders of the Broken Planet epic adventure with this Ultimate Edition. Get all four premium campaigns for Raiders of the Broken Planet including Alien Myths, Wardog Fury, Hades Betrayal and Council Apocalypse, plus five incredible premium character skins for an unbeatable price!

Download Raiders Of The Broken Planet for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase Raiders of the Broken Planet – Wardog Fury Bundle for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store – WARDOG FURY is a premium campaign for Raiders of the Broken Planet; a new adventure including 4 challenging 4 vs 1 missions. Play your favourite Raider!

Purchase Raiders of the Broken Planet – Hades Betrayal Bundle for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store – Hades Betrayal is a premium campaign for Raiders of the Broken Planet. Pick your Raider, lock and load your weapons and get ready for an intense; crazy, one of a kind experience!

Product Info:
Developer: Mercury Steam Entertainment
Publisher: Mercury Steam Entertainment
Website: Raiders Of The Broken Planet
Twitter: @mercurysteam

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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It’s time to kiss Winter goodbye: the Microsoft Store Spring Sale starts today! Freshen up your gaming and entertainment options and take advantage of savings on select Xbox digital games, consoles, accessories, Xbox Live Gold, movies & TV shows, and apps for Xbox.

See the full list of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games on sale here

Save up to 65% on Xbox games

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There are over 450 deals on popular Xbox digital games and add-ons, and if you are an Xbox Live Gold member then you save up to an additional 10% on games. Save on popular titles like Call of Duty: WWII, FIFA 18, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Cuphead, and Forza Motorsport 7. Discover savings on an array of Xbox One X Enhanced games, Backward Compatible titles, and Xbox Play Anywhere games! Offers on select Xbox digital games and add-ons available now through April 9.

Save on Xbox Consoles and Accessories

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The Spring Sale is the perfect time to upgrade to the world’s most powerful console. Buy an Xbox One X and get a free select game of your choice, including titles like Sea of Thieves, PUBG, Forza Motorsport 7, and more. Want a console, but are prioritizing price over power? Buy an Xbox One S console and save $50 plus get a free select game of your choice. Need a new controller? Now when you buy select customizable Xbox Design Lab controller or an officially licensed NFL Xbox controller you save $10 and get free shipping. Xbox console offers end April 1 and Xbox Design Lab offer ends on April 9.

Save This Spring on Xbox Live Gold

Don’t have Gold? Join now and save this Spring with three months for the price of one. Go Gold and join the best community of gamers on the most advanced multiplayer network.  Get 2 – 4 free games every month and save up to 50 – 75% on weekly Deals with Gold for Xbox One from Microsoft Store. Sign in and save before this offer expires on April 9 for this exclusive online deal. Promotional offer not valid for existing members.

Save on Apps and Entertainment

Save up to 60% on hundreds of hit movies and TV shows including “Blade Runner 2049,” “Planet of the Apes Trilogy,” “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” “Wonder Woman,” and more. From new releases to movie bundles to TV season passes, you won’t want to miss these deals, available for both Windows and Xbox. Save up to 50% on apps for Xbox like Nitrado, Dolby Atmos, AirServer Xbox Edition, and more during Spring Sale. Movies & TV and App offers apply to select movies, TV shows, TV season passes, and apps and end April 2.

Save up to 50% on PC Games

Save on select popular Windows 10 games such as Forza Motorsport 7, Hello Neighbor, ARK: Survival Evolved, and many more. Many games including Forza Motorsport 7, Cuphead, ARK: Survival Evolved, Gears of War 4, and more support Xbox Play Anywhere, meaning one purchase gets you the game on Xbox One and Windows 10 with cross save capability (PC hardware requirements may vary for games on Windows 10). PC gaming offers end April 2.

Spring Sale starts today, so visit Microsoft Store or Xbox.com to take advantage of these deals before the sale ends.

 

Adam Isgreen, Creative Director at Microsoft, shares details about the launch of Age Of Empires: Definitive Edition on Windows 10.

Welcome back to history! Today is an exciting day for us at Microsoft, as we celebrate the legacy of Age of Empires with today’s release of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition worldwide on Windows 10 PCs.

Purchase Age of Empires: Definitive Edition from the Microsoft online store

We created Age of Empires: Definitive Edition as a homage to all Real Time Strategy (RTS) fans and to PC gamers everywhere. The Definitive Edition brings back the original Age of Empires and its Rise of Rome expansion with 16 civilizations to explore and 10 campaigns to conquer. Fully remastered with beautifully enhanced graphics that support up to 4K resolution, an impressive orchestral soundtrack, brand-new narrative, major gameplay improvements, Xbox Live support for multiplayer and Achievements, the Definitive Edition brings back the original feeling of Age of Empires, but better than ever.

We’re excited to start playing the game with you, and can’t wait to show you what’s next for the award-winning RTS franchise as we work on Definitive Editions of Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III.

As we welcome new and returning players to the Age of Empires franchise, we invite you celebrate launch by joining fellow Age of Empires fans at select Microsoft Store locations for the Age of Empires Tournament to conquer other civilizations and advance your Empire to the next age. Starting March 1, join a bracket style 1-v-1 tournament at 5 p.m. local time, to win prizes and a chance to receive Age of Empires swag. Tournaments are free to join, and players can sign up at smash.gg.

Check out the Age of Empires tournaments at the following Microsoft Store locations:

We’d like to thank everyone who has already experienced the game through our Closed Beta program. We’ve been so appreciative of all the insightful feedback we received, feedback which helped us develop the Definitive Edition as it is being released today.

On behalf of Microsoft Studios, Forgotten Empires and the rest of the Age of Empires team, thank you to the fans for supporting Age throughout the years. Ready to return to history with Age of Empires: Definitive Edition? Visit a Microsoft Store near you or Microsoft.com online to play or participate in the tournament action. Hope to see you soon!

Adam Isgreen, Creative Director at Microsoft Studios, shares details about the upcoming launch of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, releasing February 20th on Windows 10 PC.

When we set out to create the Definitive Edition of the original Age of Empires, our goal was to deliver the best possible version of this classic, from a top notch audio-visual presentation to multiplayer to core game systems. Everything needed to be as good as you remembered it (or better!) to deliver a compelling RTS experience 20 years after its original release.

…and that took us a bit longer than we’d originally planned. But, it was important for the team to treat the Age of Empires franchise with the respect it deserves, so we took the time we needed to get features like attack-move and the improved minimap exactly right, and even added things like an in-game tech tree (how did we survive 1997 without that?) that we hope fans will love.

And now I’m happy to announce that Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is launching on February 20 worldwide for Windows 10 PCs at $19.99 USD.

For this Definitive Edition, we’ve made improvements like:

  • Completely rebuilding assets for a modern 4K presentation
  • Letting you play online with Xbox LIVE (in addition to LAN play)
  • Re-recorded the original soundtrack with a new orchestral score
  • Adding campaign narration for every mission
  • Enhancing the campaign and scenario editor, which allows anyone to make original custom campaigns for the game, by letting players easily share them with other players around the world via AgeOfEmpires.com

The above and more outline the many quality of life gameplay improvements we’ve added – all while retaining the original feel and unique gameplay that made Age of Empires so special for so many.

To celebrate this announce, we’re also opening up the multiplayer beta to more players worldwide starting January 29 so everyone can get a taste of the game for free before it launches on February 20. You can find more information on the beta and sign up for it at AgeOfEmpires.com.

We’re excited to get Age of Empires: Definitive Edition into the hands of players this February and we thank you for your patience while we put the finishing touches on it!

Welcome back to history!

Content: Raiders of the Broken Planet – Ultimate Edition
Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region

Game Description: Raiders of the Broken Planet is a novel 4 vs 1 adventure where you experience both sides of the story: Team up with other Raiders, or change sides and foil their missions, fighting as an Antagonist with the enemy at your side. Experience the full Raiders of the Broken Planet epic adventure with this Ultimate Edition. Get all four premium campaigns for Raiders of the Broken Planet including Alien Myths, Wardog Fury, Hades Betrayal and Council Apocalypse, plus five incredible premium character skins for an unbeatable price!

Download Raiders Of The Broken Planet for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase Raiders of the Broken Planet – Ultimate Edition for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Mercury Steam Entertainment
Publisher: Mercury Steam Entertainment
Website: Raiders Of The Broken Planet
Twitter: @mercurysteam

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.