Keep your Xbox Wireless Controller charged with Controller Gear’s officially licensed Xbox Pro Charging Stand. The Xbox Pro Charging Stand is a premium high performing charging stand offering a sleek design and a seamless charging experience.

Xbox Pro Charging Stand:
• Manufactured with the same exact high quality and color material as your Xbox One Controller
• Masterful design that includes a magnetic contact system to ensure a perfect and secure charge every time
• Ergonomically engineered to allow one hand navigation through your Xbox One dashboard while the controller is on the charging stand
• Display and charge your Xbox One controller with ease
• Officially licensed charging stand for Xbox One

Battery Cover:
• Engineered with a magnetic contact system to ensure a perfect and secure charge every time
• Each charging stand includes a controller coordinated battery cover to match your Xbox Wireless Controller
• The Xbox Design Lab Pro Charging Stand battery covers are available in all 15 design lab colors to match your custom Design Lab Controller (available June 20th)

Rechargeable Battery & Power Cord:
• Includes rechargeable 2.4 volt battery; eliminates the need for Double-A batteries
• Quick charging – controller will be fully charged in 2 hours
• Long 6 ft. charging cable for convenience
• When plugged in, the LED on the front of the charging stand flashes 3 times. When the controller is placed on the charging stand, the LED turns orange to indicate the controller is charging. Once the controller is fully charged, the LED turns Green.

Purchase Controller Gear Xbox Pro Charging Stand from the Microsoft Store

Xbox Pro Charging Stands are now available in the following color options: Abyss Black, Robot White, Oxide Red, Photon Blue, Zest Orange & Military Green.

All 15 Xbox Design Lab Pro Charging Stand color options will be available June 20th exclusively at microsoftstore.com.

The Recon Tech Xbox Pro Charging Stand color option will be available July 14th exclusively at microsoftstore.com.

For more details or to order the Controller Gear Xbox Pro Charging Stand – please visit the Microsoft Store website.

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We’ve been humbled by your interest in and passion for Xbox FanFest, and to thank you for your tremendous support, the team found a way to squeeze in one, final FanFest ticket giveaway. Through a random drawing starting now and ending tomorrow morning, a small number of eligible fans will win one, non-transferrable FanFest ticket each. All entries must be submitted by Friday, June 2, at 10:00 a.m. PT. Winners will be contacted after the drawing closes. To enter, provide:

  • First and last name
  • Email address to contact you (make sure it’s correct)
  • Date of Birth
  • Xbox Live Gamertag

We are accepting entries for the random drawing now (see Gamertag question below). VERY IMPORTANT – please read eligibility rules below.

Last-Chance Xbox FanFest Tickets

To be eligible for these tickets (please read carefully):

  • You cannot be a current Xbox FanFest ticket registrant; new winners only.
  • Any person who participated in previous FanFest ticket giveaways is not automatically entered. This is a brand-new opportunity, and to participate you must enter this drawing.
  • If your entry is selected, you have 72 hours from the time we send the notification email to claim your ticket. If you do not respond within that allotted time, we will move to the next eligible winner.
  • Each registrant must be 21+ years old. Persons under 21 years old will not be allowed to enter Xbox FanFest, even if they are holding a ticket and arrive on-site at FanFest; no exceptions.
  • Each registrant must have an account on Xbox Live and an Xbox Live Gamertag. Getting an account on Xbox Live is free. An Xbox Live Gold membership is not required to participate in Xbox FanFest. Sign up for an Xbox Live account here.
  • If your entry is selected, you will be asked to provide a credit card to hold your ticket. There is no charge to reserve an Xbox FanFest ticket, but cancellation/no-show fees will be in effect starting on Monday, June 5, 2017. One-ticket per entry.
  • We will require a valid, government-issued, picture ID (driver’s license, passport), at Xbox FanFest on-site check-in that matches the name on the registration and the ticket.
  • One ticket; one person – tickets are no longer transferable and cannot be resold.

Microsoft reserves the right to cancel, change or suspend this promotion at any time, and may rescind any gift awarded due to cheating, technology failure, or any other unforeseen issue that compromises the integrity of the promotion.

Other Details

  • It’s up to the individual to pay for their own travel and hotel accommodations to the LA area.
  • Check-in for Xbox FanFest registrants will be between 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 11 in downtown LA. The check-in location will be revealed when all recipients receive their FanFest ticket next week. This check-in time is critical because Xbox will transport all FanFest fans to the Xbox Briefing later that afternoon by shuttles.

At the end of the Xbox Briefing, fans will be transported by shuttles to the Xbox community event, which goes from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PT.


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Here we go…a special episode of This Week On Xbox plus a message from Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, about the games lineup coming to Xbox in 2017.

NOTE: This page uses a prerelease interactive media player. Please let us know what you like and what we need to fix. 

Remember, you can watch the interactive version of This Week on Xbox from the Community section of the New Xbox One Experience dashboard in Canada, the UK and the US or at the Xbox YouTube channel (This Week on Xbox Playlist).


 

Today is a big day for Team Xbox as we celebrate the worldwide launch of early access for Halo Wars 2. Since the launch of the original Halo Wars on Xbox 360 eight years ago, the passionate Halo community has been urging us to publish a sequel. I am incredibly proud of the action-packed experience the talented teams at 343 Industries and Creative Assembly have created on the biggest Halo battlefield ever.

From the in-depth, story-driven single-player campaign to the innovative and accessible Blitz mode, to the more traditional Deathmatch, Halo Wars 2 is designed for players of all skill levels to have fun. And, with Xbox Play Anywhere, players get both the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC versions of Halo Wars 2 with a single digital purchase, including shared progress and achievements across both platforms. I have been playing Halo Wars 2 behind the scenes for a few months now and the game feels like a return to what made the first Halo Wars great with a new take on RTS that will attract even more gamers to the genre.

2017 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years ever for Xbox gamers. We are preparing to launch the most powerful console ever made this holiday – Project Scorpio – along with a diverse lineup of games.  In fact, we are committed to delivering even more exclusive games for both Xbox One and Windows 10 this year than we launched in 2016.  I was very proud of our first-party lineup in 2016 and I am encouraged by an even bigger and more differentiated first-party lineup in 2017, starting with today’s launch of Halo Wars 2.

Our studio partners at Rare, Undead Labs and Sumo Digital/Reagent Games are working hard to develop exclusive Xbox One and Windows 10 games this year, from new IP like Sea of Thieves to all-new chapters of fan-favorite franchises like State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3. Sea of Thieves is currently in technical alpha and is taking a community-oriented approach that lets players participate in the development process, and both State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3 are looking and playing great.  And of course, we’ll have more in store for you at E3 2017 in June.

I’m also excited about the return of two original Xbox classics coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 this spring – Phantom Dust and Voodoo Vince. Fans of the original Xbox game Phantom Dust can look forward to the re-release of the original classic with Xbox Play Anywhere support and cross-play, as well as improvements to game balance and frame rate. And Voodoo Vince: Remastered is coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam through the ID@Xbox program. This new edition features high-fidelity visuals and Xbox Play Anywhere support, along with the classic gameplay and brilliant soundtrack fans know and love.

There’s a lot to look forward to this year from independent developers as well.  Between Cuphead – one of my personal favorites and an Xbox One console exclusive also coming to Windows 10 – and Below, Thimbleweed Park, Tacoma, Ark: Survival Evolved, We Happy Few and more, 2017 is shaping up to be an incredible year for the ID@Xbox program.

We are focused on building the largest games library in Xbox console history, which means our Xbox One Backward Compatibility lineup will continue growing this year.  We’ve delivered top fan favorites like Grand Theft Auto IV, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and the BioShock and Mass Effect trilogies to our catalog in recent months, and we’ll continue adding more  games throughout the year.

In addition to all the amazing exclusives, ID@Xbox and backward compatible games coming this year, I’m thrilled with the great games our third-party development partners are creating, including upcoming titles For Honor, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, TEKKEN 7, Mass Effect Andromeda, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, Prey and Injustice 2.

With such a broad and varied roster of games and first party exclusives on the horizon, continuous improvements across Xbox Live, and the upcoming launch of Project Scorpio, 2017 is going to be an incredible year for Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers. On behalf of everyone at Team Xbox, thank you for your continued passion and support.

Phil Spencer
Twitter: @XboxP3
GT: P3


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We know choice is important to our fans and today, we’re pleased to announce the addition of two new controller designs to pair with your Xbox One S, the ultimate gaming and 4K entertainment system with 4K UHD Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and High Dynamic Range: the Xbox Wireless Controller – Ocean Shadow Special Edition and the Xbox Wireless Controller – Winter Forces Special Edition.

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Xbox Wireless Controller – Ocean Shadow Special Edition

The Xbox Wireless Controller – Ocean Shadow Special Edition is following the Dawn Shadow Special Edition controller announced this fall as the newest addition to our Shadow controller series. This controller comes in a matte black that fades to a light blue metallic finish. The buttons, triggers and D-pad have a glossy black finish with light blue highlights on the ABXY and menu buttons. The Xbox Wireless Controller – Ocean Shadow Special Edition will be available for $69.99 USD at select retailers worldwide starting Feb. 7.

Pre-order Xbox Wireless Controller – Ocean Shadow Special Edition

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Xbox Wireless Controller – Winter Forces Special Edition

The Xbox Wireless Controller – Winter Forces Special Edition is the newest of our Forces series controllers, and is inspired by the popularity of our Armed Forces, Covert Forces and Midnight Forces controllers. It has a high-tech artic camo pattern that embodies a modern design.  The finish is matte with dark grey accents and light grey highlights on the ABXY and menu buttons to compliment the colors of the controller. The Xbox Wireless Controller – Winter Forces Special Edition will be also available for $69.99 USD at select retailers worldwide starting Feb. 7.

Pre-order Xbox Wireless Controller – Winter Forces Special Edition

Both controllers include all the same features that you know and love of the Xbox Wireless Controller, including textured grip, improved wireless range and Bluetooth technology for gaming on Windows 10 devices or Samsung Gear VR. 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.

Visit Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com, or your local retail store for more information

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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!