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2016 was a great year for gaming on Xbox – we brought you the new Xbox One S, the ultimate gaming and 4K entertainment system with 4K UHD Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and High Dynamic Range; we released over 100 console-exclusive games; we became the fastest, most reliable gaming network with Xbox Live; and we launched our most comfortable, highest-performing controllers to date with the new Xbox Wireless Controller. Today, we’re pleased to introduce two more color options for the Xbox Wireless Controller that provide even more choice to our fans so they can game how they want.

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The first new controller is the Xbox Wireless Controller – Red, which has a two-tone matte red finish with gloss highlights on the triggers, bumpers and D-pad, as well as behind the thumbsticks. The Xbox Wireless Controller – Red is available now in the U.S., exclusively at Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com and GameStop, for $64.99 USD. The controller is also shipping to select retailers worldwide today.

Purchase Xbox Wireless Controller – Red from Microsoft Store

Purchase Xbox Wireless Controller – Red from GameStop

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The second new controller is the Xbox Wireless Controller – Green/Orange, which has a similar design to the Xbox Wireless Controller – Red, but it’s green with orange accents. This controller comes with a green matte finish and gloss highlights on the triggers, bumpers and D-pad, as well as orange accents behind the thumbsticks. You can get the Xbox Wireless Controller – Green/Orange in the U.S., exclusively at Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com and Walmart, for $64.99 USD starting January 24. The controller will also be available at select retailers worldwide starting January 31.

Purchase Xbox Wireless Controller – Green/Orange from Microsoft Store

Purchase Xbox Wireless Controller – Green/Orange from Walmart (coming soon)

Both controllers feature all the benefits of the latest Xbox Wireless Controller, including textured grip, improved wireless range and Bluetooth technology for Windows 10 devices. These controllers are compatible for gaming on Xbox One, Xbox One S and Windows 10 PCs and tablets. You can also take advantage of the custom button mapping feature through the Xbox Accessories App, available for download from the Xbox Store or Windows Store.

For more details, check out xbox.com or visit your local retailer.

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Microsoft Stores announced its 12 Days of Deals – the store’s annual series of incredible, one-day-only savings and doorbusters – and there are a ton of can’t-miss deals on Xbox One bundles, games, controllers and more. Savings run December 5 -16 at your local Microsoft Store and microsoftstore.com while supplies last. In-store doorbuster deals are exclusively available at brick-and-mortar locations, while supplies last. Xbox and gaming offers include:

  • Day 3 (December 7): Save 50 percent on select Xbox One games, including Battlefield 1, ReCore and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare. Gamers headed to their local Microsoft Store can take advantage of an In-Store Doorbuster Deal to get a $50 Microsoft Store gift card with the purchase of a 12-month subscription to Groove Music.
  • Day 4 (December 8): When you visit your local Microsoft Store, get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card while supplies last with the purchase of a 12-month Xbox Live Goldsubscription, giving you access to the fastest, most reliable gaming network, free games through the Games with Gold program, exclusive discounts on games purchased through the Xbox Store and more.
  • Day 7 (December 11): Get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card with the purchase of select Xbox Wireless Controllers. And for those looking to take an Xbox One home too, you can save $120 on select Xbox One* bundles (500GB) at your local Microsoft Store, while supplies last.
  • Day 8 (December 12): Save $50 and get two free select games with the purchase of select Xbox One S and Xbox One bundles. Plus, if you’re one of the first in line at your local Microsoft Store, you can also get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card.
  • Day 9 (December 13): Get a $100 Microsoft Store gift card with the purchase of an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, offering some very real savings on virtual reality. Want to test it before you buy? You can try HTC Vive or Oculus Rift for yourself at select Microsoft Store locations.
  • Day 10 (December 14): Save up to $1,000 on select Intel powered gaming PCs, starting at $799. You can also get Microsoft Studios blockbuster games: Quantum Break, Halo 5: Guardians and Forza Motorsport 6, for $19.99, as an in-store doorbuster deal at your local Microsoft Store.

For a full list of the 12 Days of Deals offers, visit the The Fire Hose blogs. With such great savings, there’s never been a better time to visit microsoftstore.com.

*Offer applies to original Xbox One bundles

We’re celebrating the 15 year anniversary of Halo and Xbox this week and to promote the special occasion we’re adding a number of new images to the Xbox One gamerpic gallery. These new images are starting to roll out over the coming days but may take some time to appear in all Xbox Live regions. To change your gamerpic, go to Settings, About Me, Customize profile, Change gamerpic (this may vary if you’re a Preview Program member with the New Xbox One Experience).

Browse the gallery and you should see the new Halo And Xbox 15 Year Anniversary images – shown below:

You can download a .ZIP file containing all of the images here: Halo And Xbox 15 Year Anniversary

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Feedback from our fans is important to all of us here at Xbox, and one of the more popular places to give feedback is through the Xbox Preview Program. Since the program launched in February 2014, your feature requests, ideas, and millions of votes have helped shape and improve your Xbox experience for the whole community. We’re happy to share news about what’s next for the Xbox Preview Program, including some improvements and more ways for fans to help shape the future of Xbox.

The first change is that the Xbox Preview Program is becoming the Xbox Insider Program. This new name reflects how we are expanding to offer opt-in opportunities to provide feedback on Game and App Previews alongside System Update previews.

Next, we have an update to the Xbox Preview Dashboard that has been rebuilt from the ground-up based on fan feedback. A few highlights include:

  • A new name – the Xbox Insider Hub
  • Personalized to give you more relevant announcements, quests, and Insider content opportunities to get early access to select games and apps
  • A new UI, inspired by the New Xbox One Experience, makes it easier to find the right info and provide more robust feedback
  • The Xbox Insider profile card where your contributions in the program come front and center
  • Support for multiple users on a console to participate and provide feedback

We’re starting to roll these changes out today to a small number of preview members who have provided the most feedback since the inception of the Xbox Preview Program. If you have your Xbox One console in Instant-on mode and you have the Xbox Preview Dashboard app installed, then you don’t have to do anything – the app will update automatically overnight. If you want to see the changes sooner, you can check for updates by going to My games and apps, and then looking at the updates section. Over the next few weeks, all existing Xbox Preview members will get access to the new Xbox Insider Hub.

Our final change is that the Xbox Insider Program will soon be open to all Xbox users. More fans will have the ability to provide feedback directly from their Xbox One consoles. The Xbox Insider Hub will provide great opportunities to try out games, apps, and other console experiences. Note that Xbox system updates will currently be limited to those already testing them (not open to new members), as we still have a huge number of volunteers already doing a great job testing and providing feedback. For more detailed info, check out the Xbox Insider Program FAQ located here.

Whether you’re an Xbox Insider who enjoys previewing the latest Xbox One system updates, or an Insider who loves checking out the beta of the latest installment in your favorite franchise, you’ll now get to choose how to participate. We hope you enjoy the new experience. Be sure to let us know what you think by taking surveys in the Xbox Insider Hub, or on the Xbox.com forums. Thank you for participating, and know that each of you is a huge part of making Xbox a great place for all of us to play!

〰 Larry Hryb 〰 @majornelson

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Ever since the team at Xbox Australia revealed the Xbox Onesie, many fans have been asking how they can get one of these unique and rare Xbox One wardrobe items (myself included). Well, the good news is the team graciously provided me with some to give away.

The team at Xbox Australia has now turned its hand to the world of fashion design, releasing their first collection known simply as the Xbox Onesie.

Set to delight fashionistas and entertainment fans alike, the limited edition Xbox Onesie has been designed in collaboration with some of the country’s biggest film, TV, gaming and sports fans. The result…what can only be described as the perfect lounge wear attire for true entertainment fans!

Not just your standard onesie, the Xbox Onesie comes with everything an entertainment enthusiast could need when streaming a favorite TV show or film, watching a sports match or playing the ultimate gaming session. The Xbox Onesie has been custom designed to enhance the entertainment experience with features including:

  • Enlarged pockets to fit your Xbox Controller and Media Remotes
  • Arm pouch to offer quick and easy access to your mobile phone
  • Roll-able legs and arms to cater for all temperatures and seasons
  • Forearm grips to prevent slipping on those ‘edge of your seat’ moments
  • Extra-large hood to accommodate headsets for the ultimate gaming sessions
  • Customised Gamertag embroidery

If you win one of the Xbox Onesies – you can choose your size (S/M/L/XL), color (black or white) + the name or gamertag you would like embroidered on it – and we’ll ship it to you.

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One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regions. Winners will be notified on or about 01 September. I will update this post with the winners after they have redeemed their prize.

Have fun and good luck!

UPDATE: Winners have all been notified via email and claimed their prizes. Once the Xbox Onesies have been shipped to the winners, I’ll update this post with the winners.

For the sixth consecutive year, Xbox will be bringing great gameplay, first-look panels; and exclusive experiences to San Diego Comic-Con. I’ll be there hosting a few panels and meeting the fans, so if you’re going to be there, stop by, say hello and check out everything we have to show.

San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) will take place from 21-24 July at the San Diego Convention Center.

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You can find Xbox in two different locations this year.

XBOX BOOTH LOCATIONS AND HOURS

Xbox Booth
San Diego Convention Center
Hall A #100
111 W Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
(Comic-Con badge required.)

9:00 AM – 7:00 PM PDT (Thursday – Saturday)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT (Sunday)

Xbox @ Nerd HQ
The New Children’s Museum
200 W Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

9:00 AM – 9:00 PM PDT (Thursday, Saturday)
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM PDT (Friday)

XBOX PANELS AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

-Sea of Thieves: Art of Adventure
Thursday, 7/21/16, 10:30am – 11:30am, Room: 24ABC (San Diego Convention Center)
Comic-Con badge required.

-Gears of War 4: Creators, Characters and Cast
Thursday, 7/21/16, 2:15pm – 3:15pm, Room: 6BCF (San Diego Convention Center)
Comic-Con badge required. (I’ll be moderating this panel)

-Nerd HQ PANEL: Gears of War 4: Creators, Characters and Cast
Friday, 7/22/16, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Nerd HQ (The New Children’s Museum)
Nerd HQ badge required. Register here. (I’ll be moderating this panel)

-Halo Wars 2: Know Your Enemy
Friday, 7/22/16, 10:15am – 11:15am, Room: 6BCF (San Diego Convention Center)
Comic-Con badge required.

For more information about Nerd HQ and/or to register for events, visit the Nerd HQ website.

For more information about San Diego Comic-Con, visit the official website here.

For more information about Xbox at San Diego Comic-Con including a look at the titles we’ll be showing off, visit the Xbox.com events page.

San Diego Comic-Con is one of the country’s biggest and longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention and one of my favorite industry events I always look forward to attending. Hope to see you there next week.

Today is the final day of the 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) and since we shared so much information in the press briefing, the two Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 shows, plus all of the content published at Xbox Wire and posted on the Xbox YouTube channel, I thought a recap was in order.

June 13, 2016

We held our Xbox E3 2016 Media Briefing on Monday. You can watch the highlights below or read the recap I posted here.

June 14, 2016

We held the first of two Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 shows on Tuesday, hosted by Major Nelson (me), Jessica Chobot, @AceyBongos, and Julia Hardy – featuring breaking news, exclusive announcements, trailer reveals, game demos, and interviews with game developers. You can watch the show below:

Segments:

[03:13] Welcome!

[06:33] Gears of War 4

[13:40] Scalebound

[19:25] VRV

[25:57] ID@Xbox

[27:20] Titanfall 2

[33:23] Xbox Live

[37:58] Dead Rising 4

[43:01] Killer Instinct 3

[47:06] Halo Wars 2

[50:01] Phil Spencer

[55:35] 1m Gamerscore

[58:22] Free Stuff!

For more details on each segment – check out this post at Xbox Wire – Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 Tuesday, June 14 Recap

Xbox Wire Articles posted on 14 June:

Resident Evil VII: biohazard Coming to Xbox One on January 24

We Happy Few: An Ode to Joy in a Dystopian Hellscape

Halo Wars 2 Tests Your Reflexes and Your Mind

Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, Season Pass, and Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Detailed

Fast-Paced Sci-Fi Action Meets Critical Thinking in ReCore

Dragonborn Again: Skyrim Special Edition Coming to Xbox One on October 28

Inside Is Equal Parts Smart, Stunning, and Scary

Xbox YouTube Videos posted on 14 June:

June 15, 2016

We held the second and final Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show on Wednesday, hosted by Major Nelson (me), Jessica Chobot, @AceyBongos, and Julia Hardy – featuring breaking news, exclusive announcements, trailer reveals, game demos, and interviews with game developers. You can watch the show below:

Segments:

State of Decay 2

Forza Horizon 3

Gwent

Gaming for Everyone

We Happy Few

PC Gaming

Xbox Design Lab

Ark: SE

Block by Block

Sea of Thieves

Bloodstained

Recore

For more details on each segment – check out this post at Xbox Wire – Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 Tuesday, June 15 Recap (available soon)

Xbox Wire Articles posted on 15 June:

Put the Hammer Down (Under) in Forza Horizon 3

Hacking Into Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s Breach Mode

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Stays Grounded with a Focus on an Epic Story

Koji Igarashi Arises from His Gaming Slumber to Deliver Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Taking on the Trial of the Titan in Final Fantasy XV

Xbox YouTube Videos posted on 15 June:

I hope you all enjoyed the show and all of the new hardware, accessories and video games we announced this week. Hit me up on Twitter and let me know your feedback.

It’s that time of the year again: E3 is just a few weeks away! That means now is the perfect time to start sharing some of our plans for one of the gaming industry’s biggest annual events.

Today, we’re announcing the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing will take place Monday, June 13, beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT. During the briefing, you’ll have a chance to check out everything from in-depth looks at previously-announced games to trailers for our unannounced titles coming in 2016 and beyond. You can watch the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing live beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT on June 13 on Xbox.com, the Xbox Twitch Channel, via the Xbox Live Events Player on Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, or on the big screen at your local Microsoft store. You can also watch the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing on Spike TV in the U.S. and Canada at 9:30 a.m. PDT / 12:30 p.m. EDT.

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For more Xbox news at E3, we’re also happy to share that we’ll be bringing back Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3, our live news show that covers all things Xbox at E3 – from breaking news and exclusive announcements to trailer reveals and interviews with game creators. I will be hosting the one-hour show with Graeme Boyd, Xbox Live’s Acey Bongos, and will include a variety of guest stars and prominent industry figures. Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 will air on Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT, and can be streamed live on Xbox One, on Xbox.com (both on your desktop and on mobile), on Xbox 360, and on the Xbox Twitch Channel.  Each show will also have interactive experiences created just for fans watching live on Xbox One.

This year, Xbox is partnering with Twitch to bring gaming fans wall-to-wall coverage of the entire week of E3. Go behind the scenes, catch the latest announcements, and watch the best Xbox games in real-time. You’ll be able to watch everything on the Xbox Twitch channel from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, June 15, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday, June 16.

Finally, if you’re in LA during E3 week, we’ve got something even bigger for you. Once again, Xbox will be giving 500 lucky fans a ticket for exclusive access to Xbox FanFest: E3 2016. The Xbox FanFest: E3 2016 is from Monday, June 13, through Wednesday, June 15. Tickets will include:

  • Entry into the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing on Monday, June 13th, 9:30 a.m. PDT at the Galen Center
  • Access to a special Forza Motorsport event at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Monday afternoon, June 13th.
  • A can’t-miss “Fan Celebration” event on Tuesday evening, June 14th, at the Premiere House at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center.
  • A custom-built backpack filled with gaming swag
  • Play time with all-new exclusives and our biggest blockbuster games coming this holiday
  • The chance to meet some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.
  • Even more surprise events during the week.

Today, we’re happy to share some new details on just how you can go about taking part. First, as with previous Xbox FanFests you’ll need to be over the age of 21 and have an Xbox Live gamertag. Next, you’ll need to get a ticket. Fans can line up at the Microsoft store at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles starting on Saturday, June 11 at 10:00 p.m. PDT. Credentials will be distributed to the first 500 fans in line, then FanFest tickets will be distributed to credential holders the following morning, Sunday, June 12 at 11:00 a.m. PDT. The Microsoft store is located at 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. Lining up will take place near the Food Court, located on level 2. Be sure to hit the official Xbox FanFest: E3 2016 page for complete details and an FAQ.

We’re also excited to share information on more of what you’ll receive if you’re one of those 500 lucky fans. In addition to already announced goodies like entry into the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing and a custom-built backpack full of gaming swag, FanFest attendees will be invited to a special Forza Motorsport event at the Petersen Automotive Museum on the afternoon of Monday, June 13 and a can’t-miss “Fan Celebration” event on the evening of Tuesday, June 14 at the Premiere House at Regal LA Live.

Of course, we’ve still got plenty of awesome E3 experiences for those fans that can’t make it to Los Angeles for FanFest. Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3, our live news show that covers all things Xbox at E3, will air on Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT, and can be streamed live on Xbox One, on Xbox.com (both on your desktop and on mobile), on Xbox 360, and on the Xbox Twitch Channel. Today, we’re excited to reveal that Jessica Chobot and Julia Hardy will be joining Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s Acey Bongos) and I as hosts of the show.

You’ll also be able to catch an Xbox Briefing Post-Show Special with Geoff Keighley and other surprise guests on the YouTube Live @ E3 show. The dedicated 30-minute Xbox show kicks off Monday, June 13 at 4 p.m. PDT and will break down and dive deeper into some of the hottest news coming out of our briefing.

Head on over to the Xbox E3 Online Experience for more information, as well as rules and regulations, on Xbox FanFest: E3 2016. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

These are just a few of the activities Xbox has planned for the week, so stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest updates on E3 2016!