It’s a great time to be an Xbox gamer! Hot on the heels of our record breaking E3 briefing, and the amazing reaction we’ve had from our fans, we’re excited to let you know that Xbox will be coming to gamescom in Cologne, Germany this August. We’ll be bringing a great line up of games from developers around the world that we can’t wait for gamers in Europe to get their hands on.

Here’s a quick overview of what we’ll be getting up to at the show this year:

Inside Xbox

This year at gamescom, we will be hosting a special episode of Inside Xbox, broadcast live from our Xbox booth in the Koelnmesse. Tune in on Tuesday, August 21, at 4:30 p.m. CEST (7:30 a.m. PDT) for lots of news, new Xbox One bundles and accessories, and features on upcoming titles that we can’t wait to tell you more about and perhaps even a few surprises!

You can catch the show on xbox.comMixerTwitchYouTubeFacebook, and Twitter.

Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2018

Xbox FanFest will return to gamescom once again this year, this year on the Rhein River! FanFest will happen for one incredible night on Thursday, August 23.  More information on tickets and all the special activities happening on this day will be revealed very soon.   Be sure to track #XboxFanFest for all updates.

Xbox Booth

The Xbox booth will feature a fantastic line up of 25 games across a diverse range of genres – we’ll be making sure everyone has a way to play and have fun! If you’re coming to the show, do make sure you pay us a visit – we’re in Hall 8 of the Koelnmesse (North entrance).

This is the first time that European gamers will have the chance to jump in and try out many of our newest gameplay experiences including the open world freedom of driving through stunning beautiful historic Britain in Forza Horizon 4 or embarking on a journey to unravel Ori’s true destiny in this emotionally engaging, hand-crafted, story-driven adventure in Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Gamers will also have the opportunity to get the first ever hands-on with State of Decay 2’s Daybreak Pack, an all-new mode set to release in September.

And you won’t want to miss the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds experience, featuring a new mode for Xbox One, playable for the first time at gamescom – and only in the Xbox booth.

Mixer Booth

Microsoft’s livestreaming service Mixer will also be at gamescom, located right next to the Xbox booth in Hall 8, where they will be bringing back the always popular HypeZone LIVE experience! Attendees will have the chance to earn victory in battle royale matches and even walk away with big prizes, while everyone at home can watch the turmoil unfold.  Get a head start on the competition by watching some HypeZone action on Mixer.com now.

Visit the Xbox Official Gear Shop

Making our European debut and in partnership with Game Legends, come and visit the Xbox Official Gear Shop in the Gamescom fanshop arena. Fly your gaming colors and show off your fandom for Xbox and award-winning franchises like Halo, PUBG, and Gears of War with all new apparel and collectibles. We will have more information on this exciting new initiative over the coming weeks.

Show opening times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, August 21 – 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CEST (press/trade only day)
  • Wednesday, August 22 – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Thursday, August 23 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Friday, August 24 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Saturday, August 25 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST

Remember to keep your eyes on Xbox social channels all gamescom week for the latest – Mixer, Facebook, Twitter – we’ll keep you updated with all the great activity happening from the show. Can’t wait to see you there!

 

Edit: This post has been edited to clarify the hardware news.

Back by popular demand, the Xbox Wireless Controller – Armed Forces II Special Edition is the second iteration of the original Xbox Wireless Controller – Armed Forces Special Edition. This version takes on the fan-favorite modern military green camouflage pattern and has a new hint of orange on the Bind button. Plus, with this version, you’ll get the latest and greatest features available for Xbox Wireless controllers. Available for pre-order today for $64.99 USD, this controller will start shipping to all Xbox One markets worldwide on August 14. Specific to the U.S., the controller will be available exclusively at Walmart and Microsoft Stores. In select markets, 14-day trials for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass are included.

Pre-order the Xbox Wireless Controller – Armed Forces II Special Edition

This controller comes fully loaded with the Xbox Wireless Controller features you know and love. Plug in your favorite headset with a 3.5 mm jack, stay on target with textured grip and use Bluetooth technology for gaming on Windows 10 devices or Samsung Gear VR. 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.

Visit Xbox.comMicrosoft Store or your local retailer for pricing and product details.

Keep your Xbox controller collection fresh with the new Xbox Wireless Controller – Sport White Special Edition, available for $69.99 at your local Microsoft Store and participating retailers in the United States and Canada starting July 31; shipping worldwide starting August 7. Whether you’re catching up on your gaming with a new subscription to Xbox Game Pass or streaming an intense round of Fortnite on Mixer, this controller will score you extra style points.

Inspired by trends in athletics and sports lifestyle, the Xbox Wireless Controller – Sport White Special Edition is the first controller in the new Sport series. It features an energetic color palette with a fresh white base color (the same white offered through Xbox Design Lab), mint accents, and grey and silver patterns. The grey rubberized diamond grip on the back of the controller is designed for comfort and will help you stay on target throughout your gaming session. In select markets, this controller comes with 14-day trials for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass. Check with your local Microsoft Store for details.

To add to your gaming endurance, you can keep your controller fully charged with Controller Gear’s officially-licensed Xbox Pro Charging Stand. The Sport White Special Edition Xbox Pro Charging Stand is a premium charger offering a sleek design and a seamless charging experience. Built with the same high-quality material as the Xbox Wireless Controller – Sport White Special Edition, it’s always an exact match and perfect fit. Each Xbox Pro Charging Stand comes with a premium charging stand, battery cover, rechargeable battery, and 6-foot power cord. The Controller Gear Sport White Special Edition Xbox Pro Charging Stand will be available in North America starting August 7 for $49.99 at your local Microsoft Store and select online retailers.

All Xbox Wireless Controllers are compatible with the Xbox One family of devices and the Sport series controllers include fan-favorite features you know and love, such as a 3.5mm headphone jack and Bluetooth technology for gaming on Windows 10 devices or Samsung Gear VR. You can also take advantage of the custom button-mapping feature through the Xbox Accessories app.

Visit Xbox.comMicrosoft Store or your local retailer for more information.


Games play best on Xbox One, but for those of you that haven’t already made the jump, we have two new bundles joining the Xbox One family today: the Xbox One X PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle and the Xbox One S Minecraft Bundle. More details below:

Xbox One X PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle

With over 8 million players on Xbox One, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been one of the most popular games on the platform since its release as a console launch exclusive in the Xbox Game Preview program. Today, you can join the Battle Royale phenomenon with the Xbox One X PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle, which comes with the following:

  • Xbox One X with a 1TB hard drive
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • Full-game download of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds enhanced for Xbox One X
  • 1-month Xbox Game Pass trial
  • 1-month Xbox Live Gold trial

The Xbox One X PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle is available later this week for $499 USD at most major retailers worldwide.

Xbox One S Minecraft Bundle

If the Xbox One S is more your style, we’ve also got the Xbox One S Minecraft Bundle. Beat the summer heat with the cool new Update Aquatic and explore new ocean biomes, shipwrecks, ruins and more. Infinite worlds and ways to play can be found in this bundle, as well as the option to play with your friends on nearly any other platform thanks to Xbox Live! Join millions of players in the Minecraft community on Xbox, Windows, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices with this new bundle, which comes with the following:

⦁ Full-game download of Minecraft featuring the exciting Update Aquatic plus the Explorer’s Pack
⦁ Season one of Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure
⦁ 1-month Xbox Game Pass trial
⦁ 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial

The Xbox One S Minecraft Bundle starts shipping today and will be available soon for $299 USD at select retailers in select regions. In the U.S., the bundle is exclusively available at Microsoft Store and Walmart.

Xbox One is the only console system that plays the best games of the past, present and future with more than 1,300 games available today – including over 200 exclusives and over 400 Xbox classics. If you’re on Xbox One S or Xbox One X, you can also enjoy the ultimate 4K entertainment experience with a built-in 4K UHD Blu-ray player, premium audio with Dolby Atmos support and the fastest, most reliable gaming network with Xbox Live.

Grab the bundle of your choice at the Microsoft Store.

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After announcing earlier this month that Fallout 4, The Division, and The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited have joined Xbox Game Pass, members can look ahead to a plethora of games from independent developers through 2018 and beyond, including Warhammer: Vermintide 2 which joins the catalog July 11.

Xbox Game Pass members can look forward to DiRT 4, Zombie Army Trilogy, Human Fall Flat, Bomber Crew, Abzu, Shadow Complex Remastered, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and Fallout 3 all coming to Xbox Game Pass this July, in addition to the over 100 more great games included in your membership.

Plus, tune into Inside Xbox, July 10 where we’ll reveal another exciting addition to the Xbox Game Pass catalog!

01 JULY

DiRT 4

Zombie Army Trilogy

ABZU

Shadow Complex Remastered

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Fallout 3

Human Fall Flat

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Bomber Crew

11 JULY

Warhammer: Vermintide 2

With over 100 great games available for one low monthly price, including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released, plus more games added all the time, Xbox Game Pass gives you the ultimate freedom to play. Thanks for reading July’s Xbox Game Pass update and don’t forget: if you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass yet, you can start your 14-day free trial now.

To read more about the titles coming to Xbox Game Pass in July, check out Xbox Wire.

 

Today was the Xbox At E3 briefing where we showcased a record 52 games on stage including 18 console launch exclusives and 15 world premieres. You can find a recap of the stories posted on Xbox Wire and videos posted on Xbox YouTube channel below + new releases and pre-orders for titles announced during E3.

Tomorrow we’ll be hosting another episode of Inside Xbox. Watch the teaser trailer here.

The big E3 sale is going on now with discounts on hundreds of games, accessories, Xbox Game Pass and Live Gold subscriptions, plus $50 off of ANY Xbox One. Read about the sale and see a list of discounted titles here – The Biggest Xbox Sale Of The Year Drops For E3 Week, Including $50 Off Xbox One X And Much More.

Xbox At E3 – Xbox Wire Articles posted on 10 June:

E3 2018: Everything We Announced at the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing

E3 2018: Announcing Devil May Cry 5 for Xbox One, an Insane, Over-the-top, Stylish Action Game Like No Other

E3 2018: Epic Fighting Game Mash-up Jump Force Leaps to Xbox One in 2019

E3 2018: NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition Comes to Xbox One June 26

E3 2018: Announcing Just Cause 4 for Xbox One

E3 2018: The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit Releasing for Free June 26 on Xbox One

E3 2018: Tales of Vesperia, One of the Greatest Xbox 360 RPGs, Returns to Xbox One This Winter in HD

E3 2018: Launch was Just the Beginning for Sea of Thieves

E3 2018: Jump into Games Twice as Fast with FastStart

E3 2018: Compulsion Games Brings its Off-Kilter Worlds to Microsoft Studios

E3 2018: Experience Stunning Seasons and Open-World Adventure in Forza Horizon 4

E3 2018: Tripling-Down on Gears with Gears 5, Gears Pop!, and Gears Tactics

E3 2018: Microsoft Opens Brand New Game Studio The Initiative in Santa Monica

E3 2018: Undead Labs Joining Microsoft Studios

E3 2018: Ninja Theory Joins Microsoft Studios

E3 2018: Playground Games Joins Microsoft Studios

E3 2018: Commander Jaxon Welcomes You to The Agency in Crackdown 3

E3 2018: Ori and the Will of the Wisps Takes You Beyond the Forest of Nibel

E3 2018: World Premiere of Halo Infinite

Xbox At E3 – Videos posted on the Xbox YouTube channel on 10 June:

New Pre-Orders and Releases from E3:

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow we’ll have another busy day with an episode of Inside Xbox to discuss all of our E3 briefing announcements. Tune in and watch the show, and hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think of E3 so far.

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Today the May Xbox One update arrives for gamers around the world.  As part of our ongoing effort to continually improve the Xbox experience, we’ve got a feature-packed update that enables you to get even more out of your console with some exciting new features. Here’s what’s new:

Connect with Gamers Across Xbox Live and Discord

In response to your feedback, you now have the option to link your Discord account to your Xbox account, making it easier than ever to see what your friends are playing. Starting from the Discord app on PC or on a mobile device, you will see an option to link your Xbox account with your Discord account through the Connections tab under User Settings. Click on the Xbox Live option and sign in to your account. After enabling permission, your accounts will be linked. Starting from your Xbox One, open the Account Settings menu and select “Linked social accounts.” Here, you will see a new option for linking your Discord account. Once you receive your unique code from Xbox, open the Discord app and insert the code within the Connections tab. After following these few simple steps, your accounts will be linked and your Xbox Live presence will be shared across Discord, enabling friends and users in your same Discord servers to see what you are playing on Xbox Live.

120Hz Video Refresh Rate Support

Console owners already enjoy variable refresh rates, the option of 1440p resolution, and auto low latency mode (read more about that here).  In this update, we’re adding support for additional panel refresh rates. Gamers using monitors and televisions that support a 120Hz refresh rate can now turn on 120Hz support for 1080p and 1440p output resolutions on Xbox One S and Xbox One X. This high refresh rate option means you can now take full advantage of displays with 120Hz capabilities. High refresh rate support can provide a smoother gaming experience and lower latency on some displays, and games may benefit from reduced tearing and stuttering via 120Hz output.

Trim Clips Directly in the Guide

With the April Xbox Update, we added a new sharing feature that helps gamers upload their captured screenshots and videos directly to Twitter. Now, sharing is getting even quicker! With the May update, you can trim your recent game captures directly from the Guide, so you won’t need to switch to Upload Studio to make a quick cut to your saved clips.

Improved Family Settings

Xbox One continues to help parents keep their families safe with updates to family settings. We’re adding a “Details” page where parents can easily find and manage all family settings on Xbox One. Parents will easily be able to tell which family and content settings are set up and configured. Important settings that are turned off or require attention will be flagged for parents, as well. Some settings, such as activity reports and Screen Time Limits, can only be accessed through the web: We’ll identify those settings and provide links where parents can easily set them up.

New Intuitive Button Commands

Some of the button commands throughout the dashboard are being refreshed for easier navigation. For example, you can now use the “View” button on Home to edit the order of blocks or reorder items within Groups.  Pressing the “View” button on the main tab of the Guide will also now display additional capture options. Note: If you group your collections in My Games & Apps by letter, you will now need to select a letter to view all groups.

Improvements to the Xbox Accessories App

The Xbox Accessories app has been modernized to make it easier to navigate, and to look and feel more consistent with the rest of the Xbox One dashboard.

And lastly, a special shout out to the Xbox Insiders who have helped shape these features.  If you’d like to help shape the future of Xbox and get access to early features, download the Xbox Insider Hub app on your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC.  You can also visit the Xbox Insider blog here for release notes and to learn more.

 

Xbox is happy to invite all Xbox Live players without a Gold membership to play online with friends for free during our Free Play Days For All event from 12:01 a.m. PDT on May 17 to 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 20 on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

This is a great opportunity for players across both consoles to experience one of the most-popular benefits of Xbox Live Gold membership — when it comes to multiplayer gaming, network reliability is everything. Log in now to play on a network that delivers as well as you do.

Great Games Unlocked for a Limited Time

And how about two free Xbox One games to play during this event? All Xbox Live members will have free access to play Rainbow Six Siege and Fallout 4 for a limited time from now through May 20. (Note: the limited time unlocks for these games are only available on Xbox One).

Xbox Live members can download the games here:

These offers are only available from May 17-20, so log on your Xbox One or Xbox 360 now to get in on the action. More info at http://www.xbox.com/live/free-play-days-for-all.