Today, on a special gamescom episode of Inside Xbox broadcast live from Cologne, Germany, we gave fans a closer look at some of the year’s biggest upcoming games, revealed new titles coming to Xbox Game Pass, showed off some new enhancements to Age of Empires II DE, pulled the curtain back on new accessories, and much more. For a full recap, read on below or watch the replay of Inside Xbox episode above.

Gears 5

We revealed the all-new Gears 5 Horde mode, which adds new gameplay features and the Ultimate abilities to this signature mode. Every Horde character will have a unique Ultimate ability; this extends to cross-over characters like Sarah Connor from “Terminator Dark Fate,” and Kat and Emile from the newly announced Halo: Reach Character Pack (included in Gears 5 Ultimate Edition). Additionally, we’re extending our collaboration with AAPE, so if you missed the tease that dropped at E3, you’ll have another chance on August 30. Lastly, we confirmed the Gears 5 is now available for pre-purchase on Steam and will launch on all platforms at the same time.

More Great Games Coming to Xbox Game Pass

gamescom 2019 marked a huge day for Xbox Game Pass, with eight new games announced, including three huge titles that will be available today! Devil May Cry 5 and Stellaris: Console Edition join Xbox Game Pass for console and Age of Empires: Definitive Edition joins Xbox Game Pass for PC.

August 19

  • Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
  • Devil May Cry 5 (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
  • Stellaris (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass for PC)

August 22

  • Ape Out (Xbox Game Pass PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)

August 27 

  • Bard’s Tale IV (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)

August 30

  • Blair Witch Project (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)

For more details on all the Xbox Game Pass news this gamescom, check out the full blog post here.

X019

At E3 we announced X019, our global celebration of all things Xbox, will be coming to London this November and here at gamescom, Xbox’s Aaron Greenberg revealed that X019 will take place November 14-16 at the Copper Box Arena in London, UK with a special episode of Inside Xbox kicking off all the incredible news, world-premieres and reveals on November 14, followed immediately by Xbox FanFest.

On November 15 and 16, X019 will include never-before-seen playable demos, developer panels, Xbox gear, and incredible experiences we can’t wait to reveal later this year. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 24. Tickets will be priced at £19 per session with all proceeds going to charity. For more info on how you can attend X019, read the full recap of our news here.

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Gets a Release Date

Helping to kick off our X019 celebration, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition will launch November 14, 2019. You can pre-order right now for $19.99 and it will also be available for Xbox Game Pass for PC which includes the 4K remaster, complete with a brand-new campaign, and all the expansions and content from the original release.

The team also announced that Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition will be released on Steam as well, and even better, it will support cross-network play between Steam and the Microsoft Store, so you can play with anyone, regardless of what platform you or they own the game on. For fullt details, check out our full news post here.

GearsPOP!

GearsPOP!, the free-to-play, real-time multiplayer mobile entry in the Gears franchise will be available on Android, iOS, and Windows 10 in just three days on August 22. The team also confirmed that cross-saves will be enabled across all three platforms, so you can move from one device to another and maintain all your progress. You can pre-register today, so you’re all set when the game releases on August 22

Hardware/Accessories Announcement

Controller reveals are something of a tradition on Inside Xbox, and at gamescom we brought two brand-new entries to show off to the world. The aptly named Night-Ops Camo Special Edition brings a rugged look to the fore with a black, grey, and metallic gold camouflage pattern, as well as etched trigger grips to help your fingers stay on point in even the tensest encounters.

The team also unveiled the Xbox Wireless Controller – Sport Blue Special Edition, which leaps off the shelf with a vibrant blue design with metallic accents and a rubberized diamond grip. Read our full announcement here.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Season 4 News

Xbox’s Chris Charla was joined by Console Producer Koo Sung Jeong and Console Community Lead Ray Kim, from the PUBG Corporation to debut the Season 4 update for PUBG.

One of the biggest changes in Season 4 is a massive, stunning visual update to the original PUBG map, Erangel. Many of the famous landmarks, such as Military Base and Mylta Power have seen upgrades and beyond the new look and feel, fans can expect newly balanced weapons and vehicles. And keep a sharp eye out, as secret clues have been added that help develop the lore of Erangel and give fans a sense of what happened on this dangerous island.

We also announced a much-requested feature, cross-platform play for console! This will allow Xbox players to join matches and compete against PlayStation players, enabling matchmaking to draw from a larger pool globally and offer more competition for players. The PUBG team is aiming to have the cross-platform play feature on the Pubic Test Server (PTS, a free download from the Microsoft Store) in late September and release to live servers in October

Season 4 also introduces Survivor Pass: Aftermath, which allows players to unlock over 100 rewards, as well as brand new cooperative missions, which allow the community to work together to accomplish special milestones to unlock new rewards.

PUBG Season 4 will launch on Xbox One on August 27. For more, read our full announcement here.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint PVP Reveal

Leading off the show was the reveal of Ghost War, the intense, tactical 4v4 competitive multiplayer mode that will launch with Ghost Recon: Breakpoint on October 4. Ghost War, which will take place on dedicated servers, rewards communication and cooperation within teams amongst the open and diverse maps on offer. The Shared Progression system also ensures that whether you’re playing PVE or PVP your character is always evolving and progressing.

Wasteland 3 New Gameplay Trailer

Wasteland 3 also debuted a trailer chock full of brand new gameplay, including the first look at the mysterious Patriarch, who lures your Desert Ranger from the post-nuclear wastes of Arizona with a promise of aid if you can help rescue his land from the grips of his three bloodthirsy children. The new trailer also showcased the first footage of the Kodiak, an upgradeable battle-truck that will play a key role in the game. We also saw the new precision strike system, where players will be granted a first-person view, allowing them to target enemy weak points, adding an additional tactical layer to a series known for its strategic approach to combat.

Empire of Sin Reveal

At E3 Romero Games and Paradox Interactive gave us a glimpse at the noir stylings of 1920s Chicago in their upcoming title, Empire of Sin, but at gamescom we were treated to an interview with both Brenda and John Romero, who provided a first in-depth look at the gameplay that will drive your experience through the criminal underworld.

Metro Exodus: The Two Colonels

Metro Exodus debuted its first major story expansion, The Two Colonels, which harkens back to the series’ roots with a tense, claustrophobic journey through Novosibirsk. As the name suggests, you’ll take control of two brand-new protagonists, Colonel Khlebnikov, who you’ll journey with in the last days of his life, and Colonel Miller, who will investigate what befell his fallen comrade.

The Two Colonels will also offer a brand-new tool for exploration and eradication: the flamethrower! Like the classic Tikhar, you’ll need to pump up the flamethrower to maintain its power and effectiveness. This first expansion is the first or two promised new storylines, with the even larger Sam’s Story set to release in early 2020.

Destiny 2

The upcoming Shadowkeep expansion for Destiny 2 returns players to the moon, and Bungie Game Director Ben Wommack was on hand to not only discuss the mischief Eris Morn is getting into, but also reveal a definitive look at the final Finishers that Guardians will wield when the expansion drops on October 1. Likewise, we got a better look at how fans will be able to increase their personal challenge level to create their elite Guardian.

Trailers Galore!

Our special gamescom edition of Inside Xbox was also home to a series of incredible new trailers for some of this year’s most anticipated games, including a terrifying new look at the Blair Witch Project, available on Xbox Game Pass on August 30, a fresh look at the always popular MyCareer mode for NBA 2K20, an in-depth overview of the world of The Surge 2, and a full breakdown of the factions and diplomacy that drive the drama and action in the much anticipated action RPG Greedfall. For a look at all the incredible new trailers coming out of gamescom, be sure to check out youtube.com/xbox.

Thanks for tuning in earlier today to watch this special gamescom episode of Inside Xbox live from Cologne, Germany. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire throughout the show for even more Xbox gaming news.

To kick off the Fortnite World Cup, we’re pleased to announce the Xbox Wireless Controller – Fortnite Special Edition, which has previously only been available in the Xbox One S 1TB Console – Fortnite Battle Royale Special Edition Bundle.

Join the battle to be the last one standing with the Xbox Wireless Controller – Fortnite Special Edition, featuring an epic purple design and the Legendary Dark Vertex outfit.  The new controller comes with 500 V-Bucks, so you can expand your repertoire of emotes, upgrade your Glider, or use toward the purchase of the next Battle Pass – the choice is yours. Whether you’re just starting out as a seasoned Battle Royale pro, you can achieve Victory Royale in style.  The Xbox Wireless Controller – Fortnite Special Edition will be available starting September 17 at Microsoft Store and retailers worldwide for $64.99 USD.

The Xbox Wireless Controller – Fortnite Special Edition is compatible with the Xbox One family of devices and includes fan-favorite features such as a 3.5mm headphone jack and Bluetooth technology for gaming on Windows 10 devices. You can also take advantage of custom button-mapping through the Xbox Accessories App, so you can play how you want.

Be sure to tune-in this weekend Friday, July 26, Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 for the Fortnite World Cup Finals. After 10 weeks of online qualifiers, 200 of the world’s top Fortnite players across Solos and Duos gather in New York City to compete for their share of the $30M prize pool.  Can’t make it in person? Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals live stream on Mixer.

The Fortnite World Cup Finals pre-show starts at 12:30 PM ET each day, with the tournament kicking off each day at 1:00 PM ET.

Visit Xbox.com, a Microsoft Store, near you or online, or your local retailer for more information.

It’s E3 week, which means it’s time for a breathtaking Free Play Days event! Although E3 is winding down, that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Through this weekend, Xbox Live Gold members can play Fallout 76, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and LEGO DC Super-Villains. Endure a nuclear wasteland in the largest Fallout world yet or take back and restore Washington, D.C. as a Division agent. But if you prefer to play as the bad guys, become the best villain ever in a DC/LEGO adventure!

The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, June 13 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and runs through to Sunday, June 16 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Fallout 76’s Free Play Day event began June 10 and will continue to run through Sunday as well. 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 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.

  • LEGO DC Super-Villains

Fallout 76

Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4, welcome you to Fallout 76, the online prequel where every surviving human is a real person. Work together, or not, to survive. Under the threat of nuclear annihilation, you’ll experience the largest, most dynamic world ever created in the legendary Fallout universe. Fallout 76 now includes Nuclear Winter, an entirely new way to play the game, as well as newly-unveiled features! Learn more here.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

It’s been seven months since the population was ravaged by a devastating disease and the streets of Washington, D.C., are overgrown and bristling with danger. Violent factions vie for territory while survivors desperately defend their makeshift settlements, and it’s up to you and your fellow Agents to tip the scales.

LEGO DC Super-Villains

It’s good to be bad… Embark on an all-new DC/LEGO adventure by becoming the best villain the universe has seen. You can create and play as an all-new super-villain throughout the game, unleashing mischievous antics and wreaking havoc in an action-packed story.

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.

 
 
The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 releases 11/04/2019.
 
To read more about the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, check out the official website here.
 

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At Xbox, we’re inspired by gamers – they’re at the center of everything we do. We’re constantly listening to your feedback and looking for new ways to provide the best value and choice in gaming. Today, we’re excited to announce a new choice we’re bringing to gamers – the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.

Consumer appetite for digital content and experiences are stronger today than ever before. Gaming and technology have changed quite a bit since the first Xbox debuted in 2001. During this time, we’ve seen a digital transformation across gaming, music, TV and movies. And closer to home, the success of Xbox Game Pass, which gives members access to over 100 great games, is just another example of how consumers today have grown to expect great digital content.  The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition was created for those who prefer to find and play their games digitally and are looking for the most affordable way to play Xbox games.

The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition comes bundled with three of our most compelling and popular games – Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and Sea of Thieves. These critically acclaimed titles are sure to offer something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Those new players joining us can get a head start on their digital collections and discover their next favorite game through Xbox Game Pass. If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass yet, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition comes with a special offer to get started with access to over 100 great games, and with new games being added all the time there will always be something new to queue in your digital library. Cord cutters will enjoy watching 4K HDR entertainment with Netflix, Amazon and more, and thousands of Xbox One games are available from the Microsoft Store digitally.

We realize price plays an important role in providing the opportunity to make console gaming more accessible to more gamers around the world. Available for pre-order today at $249.99 USD, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is $50 USD less than Xbox One S, and we expect to maintain at least that price difference between the two consoles going forward.

You can pick up the disc-free Xbox One S All-Digital Edition at your local Microsoft Store or online, as well as select retailers worldwide including Walmart, Best Buy and Amazon.com beginning May 7.

In June 2017, we launched Xbox Game Pass – with the goal of empowering gamers all over the world to discover their next favorite game. We also wanted to use Xbox Game Pass as a platform for developers to introduce their amazing games to millions of new people. From the beginning, the service was built based on input from gamers and we’re always listening to fan feedbackXbox Game Pass offers a curated library of over 100 great games, available to download and play at full fidelity, for one lowmonthly price. Since launch, we’ve continued to add more diverse titles to the library, including new games from Xbox Game Studios and ID@Xbox partners the same day they release.  

Your feedback directly contributes to the evolution of Xbox Game Pass thank you for taking the time to help us continually improve the service. A top request you have shared from day one is to provide an option to get Xbox Game Pass and the most advanced multiplayer network, Xbox Live Gold, in a single membership. 

We heard you. Today, we’re excited to announce Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will include all of the benefits of Xbox Live Gold with Xbox Game Pass. That means the full Xbox Game Pass library of over 100 high quality games, and Xbox Live Gold online multiplayer, in one convenient membership for $14.99 a month. With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, gamers will be able to play together on the most-advanced multiplayer network and discover their next favorite game. 

Starting today, we’re inviting a limited number of our Xbox Insider community members to join and test Xbox Game Pass Ultimate before it launches later this year in current Xbox Game Pass markets 

We look forward to your feedback and to bringing our members even more choice with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate this year and beyond.

Xbox Briefing Time: Sunday, June 9 at 4p ET / 1 p.m. PT   (click link to find out what time that is in your region.)


At Xbox we’ve been hard at work and are excited to share more of our plans for one of the gaming industry’s biggest annual events. That’s right: E3 is just under two months away and we’ve got a great show lined up for gaming fans around the world. From our briefing to our fan events, the Xbox Experience to the Xbox Official Gear Shop, this will be our biggest E3 presence ever and we can’t wait to share more about what we’ve got up our sleeves for the future. Whether you play your games on Xbox One or on a PC, are fans of RPGs, first-person shooters and everything in between, or just like watching others play games, there will be something for everyone at E3.

We start planning for E3 just days after the big show every year and we couldn’t be more excited for what we have in store for you this June. We’ll be kicking things off with our annual Xbox E3 2019 Briefing, which you can watch live beginning on Sunday, June 9 at 1 p.m. PDT. During the briefing, you’ll have a chance to check out everything from trailers for unannounced titles coming in 2019 and beyond to in-depth looks at previously announced games. You can watch the Xbox E3 2019 Briefing live beginning at 1 p.m. PDT on Sunday, June 9 on the official Xbox Mixer Channel or on the Mixer app for Xbox One and Windows 10.

Once again, we will plan to have a MixPot (the Mixer feature that drops free content for logged-in viewers on certain streams) for our briefing, so be sure to log in to Mixer to get your free MixPot content! The Xbox E3 2019 Briefing will be offered in six languages on Mixer: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish (LATAM), Portuguese (LATAM), and includes support for English Closed Captions. To select an alternate language, click the “cog” button within Mixer to view the available list. We’re excited for more fans all around the world to join in on the Xbox E3 2019 Briefing festivities.

You’ll also be able to catch a live stream of the briefing on other streaming services, which we’ll be announcing soon, as well as on the big screen at select Microsoft Stores.

We’re also happy to share that Inside Xbox, our showcase sharing everything great in the world of Xbox, will be airing a special episode during E3. Inside Xbox: Live @ E3 will air Monday, June 10 at 3 p.m. PDT and will feature a livestream full of exclusive announcements, game demos, interviews, and more.

For those fans attending E3, we’ll have plenty of opportunities to check out what we’ve got going on during the show. The Microsoft Theater and the Xbox Plaza at LA Live will be our home for all of our activities throughout the week. We’re happy to share that not only will the Xbox Experience will be returning this year to the Microsoft Theater, we’ll have it open from Tuesday through Thursday, just like the E3 Expo itself. The Xbox Experience gets bigger this year with over 100 gameplay stations on the main stage and a massive, dedicated Xbox merchandise shop.

This year, the Mixer team is bringing a ton of streaming activities to LA Live with the launch of the Mixer Dome, a dedicated space in the Xbox Plaza where gamers can play, stream, and interact with games like never before. The Mixer Dome will be bringing plenty of excitement to E3, featuring a variety of unique experiences you won’t want to miss, including our popular HypeZone LIVE, Mixer merchandise, a live DJ, and more you’ll have to see to believe.

In addition, every visitor will walk away with some awesome swag, and even a chance at winning a brand-new game console! We’ll also have the Mixer @ E3 LIVE show happening live from both the Microsoft Theater and the Mixer Dome at LA Live throughout the whole week of E3. We’ll be sharing more details on the Mixer @ E3 LIVE show and the rest of our E3 content as we get closer to the week of E3, so keep an eye out for our full schedule.

Finally, if you’re in LA during E3 week, we’ve got something even bigger for you: Xbox FanFest: E3 2019! As we announced during March’s episode of Inside Xbox, FanFest will indeed be returning this year. We’ll be sharing tons of details on Xbox FanFest: E3 2019 later today during Inside Xbox, so be sure to tune in at 2 p.m. PDT to find out more!

Head on over to the Xbox E3 Online Experience for more information, as well as full rules and regulations, on Xbox FanFest: E3 2019.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks, as these are just a few of the activities Xbox has planned for E3 2019!