To celebrate the start of the NHL season, NHL 20 is available now through Free Play Days for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members this weekend! With more customization, new modes, and gameplay innovation, you can experience even more ways to demonstrate your skills.

You can find and install the game here on In the Microsoft Store, you must be signed in to see the option to install with your Xbox Live Gold membership. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard on your Xbox One.

If you like what you’ve played and want to keep the fun going, you can purchase the game and continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and achievements earned in-game during the event.

Before you lace ‘em up, here are five new things to look for in NHL 20:

1. Signature Shots: Real Player Motion (RPM) tech-powered gameplay introduces Signature Shots that replicate your favorite NHL players’ real-world shot styles. Over 45 new shot animations make every attack a threat, and new passing and puck pick-ups create faster, fluid gameplay executed at full speed.

2. All-New Eliminator Mode: A new mode in the World of Chel introduces winner-take-all competition. Take it on solo, until you’re the last player standing, or jump in with friends and compete to be the best in the barn.

3. Ones Now: Play the fan favorite Ones mode offline and on-the-couch with friends, allowing you to compete up close and personal for head-to-head bragging rights.

4. Squad Battles: For the first time ever, compete offline against squads assembled by the Hockey Ultimate Team community. Or, challenge the Featured Squad, which rotates each week and is assembled by NHL players, hot musical artists, hockey influencers, and superstar athletes from other major sports.

5. Alumni Teams: Feeling nostalgic? Jump in with one of the games alumni teams, featuring players from the past.


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Don’t miss out on this exciting Free Play Days for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest Xbox gaming news.

May the Force be with you! As unveiled during Disney’s Star Wars Triple Force Friday Global Reveal Livestream, we’re excited to announce the Xbox One X Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order bundle ($499.99 USD) and the Xbox One S Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order bundle ($299.99 USD) coming on November 15, both available for pre-order today! Get ready to feel the Force in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a new third-person action-adventure title from Respawn Entertainment.

This narrative-driven, single-player game puts you in the role of a Jedi Padawan who narrowly escaped the purge of Order 66 following the events of “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.” On a quest to rebuild the Jedi Order, you must pick up the pieces of your shattered past to complete your training, develop new powerful Force abilities, and master the art of the iconic lightsaber – all while staying one step ahead of the Empire and its deadly Inquisitors.

Along with an Xbox One console, each bundle comes packed with an Xbox Wireless Controller, a digital download of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Edition, a 1-month trial of Xbox Game Pass and a 1-month trial of Xbox Live Gold. Additionally, both Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order bundles give you 1 month of EA Access, which lets you play EA games for a limited time before they’re released and get unlimited access to The Vault, a growing collection of EA’s best Xbox One games.

Xbox One is the only console system that plays the best games of the past, present and future with thousands of games available today – including over 200 exclusives and over 400 Xbox classics. If you’re playing on Xbox One X or Xbox One S, 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.

Both the Xbox One X Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order bundle and Xbox One S Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order bundle are available for pre-order today. For more information on Xbox One or Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, visit or a Microsoft Store near you or online, and be sure to keep up with the latest Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order news right here on Xbox Wire.

The galaxy awaits, young Padawan!

Watching my favorite cartoons after school as a kid was the best! I couldn’t stop thinking how utterly cool it would be if all my favorite characters were in one spot for a battle royale to see just who the best really was. And I loved inventing my own stories and bringing the heroes to life with my toy cars and LEGO. If you were anything like me as a kid, past-you is going to thank present-you for downloading the games that future-you is going to play soon with Xbox Game Pass.

Games Coming to Console:

September 19

Jump Force – Xbox One X Enhanced

Some of the most famous Manga heroes are thrown into a whole new battleground: our world. Uniting to fight the most dangerous threat, the Jump Force will bear the fate of humankind. Create your avatar to fight alongside powerful Manga heroes in an original story mode, or head to the online lobby to challenge other players and discover tons of additional modes and activities.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – Xbox One X Enhanced

An exploration-focused, side-scroller action RPG packing all the best features you’ve come to know and love from the metroidvania genre into a single, content-packed game. Play as Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist’s curse which slowly crystallizes her body. In order to save herself, and indeed, all of humanity, she must battle her way through a demon-infested castle summoned by Gebel, her old friend whose body and mind has become more crystal than flesh.

September 26

Bad North – Xbox One X Enhanced

Bad North is a charming but brutal real-time tactics roguelite. Defend your idyllic island kingdom against a horde of Viking invaders as you lead the desperate exodus of your people. Command your loyal subjects to take full tactical advantage of the unique shape of each island. Everything is at stake: fail, and watch the blood of your subjects stain the ground red.

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DiRT Rally 2.0 – Xbox One X Enhanced

Carve your way through a selection of iconic rally locations from across the globe, in the most powerful off-road vehicles ever made, knowing that the smallest mistake could end your stage. Rely on your instincts with the most immersive and focused off-road experience yet, and power your rally car through real-life off-road environments in New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Australia and the USA, with only your co-driver and instincts to guide you.

LEGO Worlds

An open environment of procedurally generated worlds made entirely of LEGO bricks which you can freely manipulate and dynamically populate with LEGO models. Create anything you can imagine, one brick at a time or use large-scale landscaping tools. Drop in prefabricated structures to build and customize any world to your liking then watch your creations come to life through characters and creatures that interact with you and each other in unexpected ways.

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Xbox Game Pass Member Benefits

Speaking of perks, here are some tips to get in on now so you get the cool stuff:

*Thank past-you for getting an Xbox Game Pass membership, because you’ll be able to play with even more of your friends during the Dead by Daylight and Just Cause 4 Free Play Days, where Xbox Live Gold members play free – and isn’t it handy that Xbox Live Gold is part of your Ultimate membership? Crazy. And Xbox Game Pass members can keep the party going after the weekend is over, since both titles are already included with Xbox Game Pass.

*Reward future-you by doing some of these Quests in Xbox Game Pass:

    • Devil May Cry 5 – 100 points
      Earn one achievement
    • Sea of Thieves – 100 points
      Earn any achievement
    • Increase Your Gamerscore in 10 Days (September 19 – September 28) – Up to 10,000 points
      Earn one Microsoft Rewards point per Gamerscore point increase

Visit the Xbox Game Pass Quest page to see all quests and remember to check your console for details. Spend your Microsoft Rewards points on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, gift cards and more.

Game Updates

*In case you missed it, the Sea of Thieves Smuggler’s Fortune update dropped last week and is free to all Xbox Game Pass members. It brings players a host of fresh content including new Voyages to complete and loot to claim, unique pirate and ship cosmetics, and adorable animal sidekicks now available for purchase.

*And don’t forget, all Xbox Game Pass members can now play Gears 5, which had the biggest launch for any Xbox Game Studios game this generation. This latest entry in the award-winning Gears of War franchise is bigger than ever, and has been dubbed “The Total Package” by IGN. If you haven’t already played, now’s the time, because you can suit up as WWE Superstar Batista for free by playing Gears 5 before October 28.

We’re not done yet! For our mouse and keyboard warriors, more PC games are coming soon. We’ll keep you updated on all things Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) here on our new Twitter account and you should tune in to Inside Xbox on Tuesday, September 24 for even more news.

Speaking of social, you can always find our spicy memes on Instagram and Twitter. Extra kudos for downloading the mobile app for Xbox Game Pass, so you can remotely install the games to play later. Win-win if you ask me.

We know you’ll have more fun playing these games with friends, so don’t forget to tell everyone that they can get their first two months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $2!

This week, we have some exciting games to announce for the Free Play Days event! To make it even better, both games will be available for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play for a whole week.

Starting today, The Elder Scrolls Online is available from Tuesday, August 27 at 7:00 a.m. PDT through to Tuesday, September 3 at 7:00 a.m. PDT.

Tomorrow, Rainbow Six Siege becomes available from Wednesday, August 28 at 12:01 a.m. PDT through to Tuesday, September 3 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

You can find and install the games here. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard on your Xbox One.

If you like what you’ve played and want to keep the fun going, the games are also currently available for purchase at a discount so you can continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and achievements earned in-game during the event.

The Elder Scrolls Online

Explore a world without limits during The Elder Scrolls Online Free Play Days Event. The base game includes access to four powerful Classes, 23 unique zones filled with adventures, the game’s epic main story questline, and much more. That’s tons of adventure in the ever-growing world of Tamriel!

In addition to the base game access, you can visit Morrowind, the island home of the Dark Elves. There, explore ESO’s first Chapter and help the Tribunal member Vivec restore his lost power.

But that’s not all! Begin your own Season of the Dragon adventure by checking out the Elsweyr Prologue quest and release Dragons into the realm of the Khajiit. The Season of the Dragon began earlier this year with the Wrathstone DLC game pack, but you can experience this important part of the year-long story for yourself during the Free Play Days event!

If you’ve played in a Free Play Days event previously, you’ll be able to continue your adventure as if you never left, and all new ESO accounts made will also receive 500 crowns for the in-game Crown Store.

Rainbow Six Siege

The tense, tactical firefights of Rainbow Six Siege will be free for a week to all Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, throwing open the doors for anyone who wants to breach through walls, smash through floors, and outwit enemy teams using an ever-growing roster of gadget-equipped Operators. During the Free Play Days event, all maps and modes will be available for free to players, along with 20 of the game’s Operators.

The Free Play Days event is an ideal opportunity for new players to ease into the game ahead of the upcoming Operation Ember Rise, which will rework the Kanal map and introduce two new Latin American Operators: Goyo, a Defender from Mexico whose deployable shields hide an explosive, fiery surprise; and Amaru, an Attacker from Peru whose grappling hook lets her zip to ledges and crash through windows. To learn more, get an in-depth view here.

Quick thinking, creative strategies, and an Xbox Live Gold membership are all you’ll need to hold your own in Rainbow Six Siege, so get ready to breach and clear.

Don’t miss out on this exciting Free Play Days week for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest Xbox gaming news.

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With Early Access beginning a month from today you don’t have long to wait to get your hands on the biggest Gears ever. To celebrate, we’re excited to announce a suite of custom Gears 5 hardware, including a stunning Limited Edition Xbox One X console and controller; a headset, wireless keyboard and mouse from Razer (for console and PC); and external hard drives from Seagate.

Featuring the Omen submerged in ice and snow, the Xbox One X Gears 5 Limited Edition Bundle ($499) – the first Limited Edition Xbox One X since the Project Scorpio Edition – is designed by The Coalition and the Xbox Industrial Design Team. Available for preorder today at participating retailers worldwide, including Microsoft Store, the Xbox One X Gears 5 Limited Edition console features a never-before-seen dark translucent casing and laser-etched cracks across the console’s icy top surface, with snow drifting across a golden Locust symbol on the back.

This bundle features the limited edition Xbox One X, the Xbox Wireless Controller – Kait Diaz Limited Edition, a full-game download of Gears 5 Ultimate Edition, a full-game download of Gears of War Ultimate Edition, full-game downloads of Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and Gears of War 4 (note that Gears 5 and Gears of War 4 are both Xbox Play Anywhere titles, meaning they are yours to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC), and 1-month memberships to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold along with in-game Ice Kait and the Ice Jack Character Skins. With 40 percent more power than any other console, a library of thousands of games and true 4K gaming, games play better and are more immersive on Xbox One X.

Beyond the ominous Omen insignia of the Xbox One X Gears 5 Limited Edition, the standard edition Xbox One X Gears 5 Bundle ($499) and the Xbox One S Gears 5 Bundle ($299) are also now available for preorder.

For fans looking to add another Limited Edition Xbox Wireless controller to their collection, search no further. Available to be purchased separately is the Xbox Wireless Controller – Kait Diaz Limited Edition ($74.99), featuring a snow-weathered design inspired by Kait’s armor, a textured trigger grip, and rubberized diamond grip. This Xbox Wireless Controller authentically captures the look and feel of classic COG gear. The new controller is compatible with the Xbox One family of devices and includes a 3.5mm stereo headset jack and Bluetooth technology for playing on Windows 10 PCs and tablets. This controller will be available on August 20 and can be pre-ordered today at Microsoft Store and select retailers. It also comes with a bonus in-game Ice Kait Character Skin which will be available for use when the title launches on September 10.

If you want to show off your brand-new Xbox Wireless Controller – Kait Diaz Limited Edition in style, also available is the officially licensed Limited Edition Gears 5 Kait Diaz Xbox Pro Charging Stand ($49.99) from Controller Gear, manufactured with the same high quality and color material as your Xbox Wireless Controller. The stand includes a magnetic contact system to ensure a perfect and secure charge every time, so fans can display and charge their Xbox Wireless Controllers with ease beginning August 27 and available for preorder starting today at GameStop.

The Gears franchise is famous for its competitive and versatile multiplayer experience, and Gears 5 continues that tradition by offering five thrilling modes. The best multiplayer sessions across these modes call for the best immersive audio experience like the Razer Thresher for Xbox One – Gears 5 Edition wireless headset. With Windows Sonic for virtual surround sound for superior positional audio along with a lag-free wireless connection and digital microphone for crystal clear communication, the Razer Thresher for Xbox One – Gears 5 Edition headset provides a high-quality  audio experience, so your game-winning callout to clinch the match with a Gnasher elimination doesn’t go unheard. A bonus in-game item and Lancer weapon skin will also be included within the Gears 5 Edition headset. The Razer Thresher for Xbox One will be available in September, more details to come.

PC gamers know that a mouse and keyboard can be the difference between life and death out there on the ravaged landscapes of Sera, and our friends at Razer are here to help with a new Gears 5 inspired keyboard and mouse. That’s where the world’s first wireless keyboard and mouse designed for Xbox One comes in with the Razer Turret for Xbox One – Gears 5 Edition and Razer Thresher for Xbox One – Gears 5 Edition. Get incredible precision on a ten keyless keyboard with an inbuilt mouse mat, paired with a mouse featuring the acclaimed Razer 5G Advanced Optical Sensor. It’s the one-device solution for advanced gaming — on the couch. With a 2.4 GHz Wireless Connection with Adaptive Frequency Technology and a single unified dongle for stable wireless transmission and performance and featuring an Xbox Dynamic Lighting and Razer Chroma™ to light up your living space, this keyboard and mouse will ensure you’re well equipped to survive on Sera. A bonus in-game item and Lancer weapon skin will also be included within the Gears 5 Edition headset. The keyboard and mouse will be available in September for $299.99, more details to come.

Last but certainly not least is the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Gears 5 Special Edition, the perfect collector’s item for the true Gears of War fan. With a 2TB hard drive and USB 3.0 Plug & Play functionality, the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Gears 5 Special Edition also includes a Lancer weapon skin, Supply Drops for use in Gears 5, and a 1-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership to play Gears 5 in early access four days early before its September 10 launch. If you need even more space, our friends at GameStop will have a 5TB version of the hard drive as well. With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (your existing Gold/Game Pass memberships will upgrade to Ultimate at a conversion ratio; see for more details), get all the benefits you know and love of both Xbox Game Pass (at select retailers) for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox Live Gold, including access to over 100 great games for console and PC and the most advanced multiplayer network for $14.99 per month.

Next month, Gears fans will descend upon Sera to help Kait uncover her connection to the enemy and discovers the true danger to Sera – herself, but that doesn’t mean they have to go in alone. With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, players can squad up four days early (September 6) and play through five thrilling modes and the deepest campaign yet. Preorders begin today at select retailers worldwide, including a Microsoft Store near you and online. For more information on Gears 5, stay tuned to Xbox Wire.

Get ready for an action-packed Free Play Days event this weekend with this awesome, diverse lineup of games! Through this weekend, Xbox Live Gold members can play Overwatch, Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, and Worms W.M.D. The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, July 25 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and runs through to Sunday, July 28 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

And as an added bonus, we’re also giving Xbox Live Gold members access to the Gears 5 Tech Test this weekend! The Gears 5 Tech Test begins Friday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. PDT and runs through to Monday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

You can find and install the games here. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard on your Xbox One.

The following games are also currently available for purchase at a discount so you can continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and achievements earned in-game during the event. Please note that discounts may vary depending on your region.

 Gears 5 Tech Test

Multiplayer fans of all types can enjoy this weekend test session, as you’ll get to play Escalation (our updated competitive game type) along with Arcade (a new and approachable multiplayer game type) and a longtime fan favorite: King of the Hill. For players new to Gears or those that want to practice their skills and learn new mechanics we’ve added our new training mode – Bootcamp. The Tech Test also features a short Tour of Duty, which is a series of challenges for players to earn content – completing all these challenges unlocks an exclusive Tech Test Banner. Players can also unlock three Versus Weapon Skins by completing some additional challenges. This is your last chance to be among the first to play Gears 5, so jump in now!


Welcome to Overwatch, a highly stylized team-based shooter set on a near-future Earth. Every match is an intense multiplayer showdown pitting a diverse cast of heroes against each other on objective-based maps set across the world. Overwatch features 30 unique heroes, each bringing their own incredible powers and game-changing ultimate abilities into battle.  Grab your friends and have some fun in the sun with the latest in game event: Overwatch Summer Games!

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker

Experience acrobatic ninja action with high-speed battles in Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker. Your favorite Naruto characters return in a vividly colored graphic style, complete with dynamic 3rd person ninja gameplay in an arena environment. Play co-op with friends in a team of 4 and battle with other teams online to become the ultimate ninja!

Note: players who have save data of the Free Trial version of Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker can play the full game during the Free Play Days event. To continue on that specific save file after the event is over, players must purchase the full game. To continue playing the Trial Version after the event, players must delete their Free Play Days save data and start a new file.

Worms W.M.D

Incoming! The explosive Worms W.M.D. is free for this weekend only. Jam packed full of content including the brand-new Brimstone Update, complete with a new theme, gravestones, outfits and now you can use crafted weapons in a scheme.

Don’t miss out on this exciting weekend event for Xbox Live Gold members! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest Xbox gaming news.

This weekend, Xbox Live Gold members are bound to find something to play with Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, NBA 2K19, and Stellaris: Console Edition available as part of the event.

The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, June 6 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and runs through to Sunday, June 9 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. You can find and install the games here. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard on your Xbox One.

The games are also available for purchase so you can continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and achievements earned in-game during the event.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Peeking around a corner to pick off your enemy is satisfying, but blasting through the floor to take them down from above because you found their hiding spot on your drone camera? That’s outwitting and outplaying your opponent in true Siege style. Get ready to put your own clever tactics and quick reflexes to the test. The Free Play Day event comes at the perfect time to help you prepare for the launch of Operation Phantom Sight, which will introduce two new Operators with unique gadgets to shake up the competitive scene.

NBA 2K19

The NBA Finals are here and there’s no better time to jump on the courts and show people what you’re made of! NBA 2K19 continues to break boundaries and cement itself as the best sports game around. Create your MyPlayer and start your own journey in MyCareer mode.  Or make a name for yourself in the Neighborhood, featuring live events and electrifying streetball action. Think you have what it takes to build your own team of superstars? Jump into MyTeam, assemble your line up and take on a variety of competitive online & offline game modes.

Stellaris: Console Edition

Explore and discover a spectacular and ever-changing universe filled with wonders! Featuring deep strategic gameplay, diverse alien races and emergent storytelling, Stellaris: Console Edition gives players the opportunity to forge a galactic empire through exploration, diplomacy and even a bit of interstellar warfare in single or multiplayer mode, with games that can be continued solo both on and offline. Jump in and stretch your imagination beyond the stars.

Don’t miss out on this Free Play Day weekend! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest news on Xbox.

For the month of June, Xbox Live Gold members will receive four new free games – two on Xbox One and two on Xbox 360 – as part of the Games with Gold program. You can play both Xbox 360 titles on your Xbox One with Backward Compatibility.

On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download EA SPORTS NHL 19 ($59.99 ERP) for free during the month of June. Rivals of Aether ($14.99 ERP) will be available as a free download from June 16th to July 15th.

On Xbox 360, starting June 1st, Portal: Still Alive ($14.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through June 15th. Then on June 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Earth Defense Force 2017 ($14.99 ERP) for free through June 30th.

Read more about June’s Games with Gold titles over at Xbox Wire.

See last month’s Games With Gold here.

*Titles are available as free downloads for qualifying Xbox Live Gold members in all markets where Xbox Live is available. Some regions may offer different titles depending on market availability.