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This Week on Windows: Microsoft Store’s 12 Days of Deals, Always Connected PCs and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to learn more about Always Connected PCs, check out Microsoft Store’s annual 12 days of deals, catch up on our Windows 10 Tips on getting started with Continue on PC in the Microsoft Edge mobile app and bringing your stories to life with the reimagined Photos app – or, keep reading for more of this week’s news!
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Here’s what’s new in Microsoft Store this week:
Forza Motorsport 7 – Doritos Car Pack

From classic racers to rough-and-tumble SUVs ready to tackle any conditions you throw at them, the Doritos Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 7 features seven vehicles from six different decades. Learn more on the Forza Motorsport blog.
Affinity Photo

Affinity delivers two serious tools, Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer, for creative professionals at a Microsoft-exclusive 25% discount through Dec. 11. Faster, smoother and more powerful than ever, Affinity Photo ($37.49 through Dec 11; regularly $49.99) continues to push the boundaries for professional photo editing software. Packing a huge toolset specifically engineered for creative and photography professionals, it’s a leader in power and performance.
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This Week on Windows: Tips for traveling with your device and more

 We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to read more about Microsoft Edge, now available for iOS and Android; check out our Windows 10 Tip on how to choose your performance and battery balance – or, keep reading for more of this week’s news!

What’s new in Microsoft Store:
 Kingsman: The Golden Circle

The heroes of Kingsman must band together with an allied spy organization as they attempt to defeat a common enemy in Kingsman: The Golden Circle ($19.99 HD/SD). Watch this action-packed adventure now, available in the Movies & TV section of the Microsoft Store two weeks before it comes to Blu-ray.
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This Week on Windows: Black Friday deals, Minecraft 1.2.5 Update and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to read more about the top Black Friday deals from Microsoft and our partners, kicking off Nov. 23; check out our Windows 10 Tip on editing any URL in your Microsoft Edge Favorites – or, keep reading for more of this week’s news!

What’s new in the Microsoft Store:
 Black Friday deals from Microsoft and our partners

Black Friday deals from Microsoft Store and our partners kick off Nov. 23. Save big on Surface, Windows Mixed Reality headsets, Windows 10 PCs – and get an Xbox One S at its lowest price ever! You can also save on apps like Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018, PC games including Forza Motorsport 7 – Standard Edition and Halo Wars 2, movies like Deadpool and Wonder Woman and more. Here’s a sneak peek into the hottest deals you can enjoy starting next weekend through Cyber Monday at Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com. You can check out more deals here.
Mixer Interactivity, Mobile Broadcasting and Windows Mixed Reality Arrives in the Minecraft 1.2.5 Update

Hot off the heels of MINECON Earth, Minecraft takes a deep dive into the world of Mixer Interactivity and Windows Mixed Reality with the 1.2.5 update, which graduated from beta this week! Players will be able to build, explore and battle mobs from new, creative perspectives, making this update the most immersive yet. Here’s what’s new:
Windows Mixed Reality: Building, exploring and coming face-to-face with monstrous mobs in Minecraft takes on new meaning when experienced with a Windows Mixed Reality immersive headset. Now you can share the adventure with friends playing on mobile, Windows 10 or console, set up your own world with Realms, or join one of the massive player-run servers.
Mixer comes to Minecraft: Players on Android and iOS platforms will gain access to instant, native broadcasting from directly within the game. If you’re streaming on Mixer, you’ll utilize the power of Faster Than Light technology, enabling you to broadcast with sub-second latency and also co-stream your gameplay with up to three friends. We’re also introducing native Mixer Interactivity for Bedrock Engine-based platforms! Any Minecraft command can be turned into an interactive button on Mixer, enabling communities to play along with their favorite streamers in real time.
Netflix – The Punisher

From Netflix (Free, subscription required for content) comes the latest Marvel hero to take care of business, his way. The Punisher is Frank Castle, a former FBI agent whose wife and children are murdered after witnessing a mob hit. After exacting revenge on those responsible, he becomes a one-man judge, jury and executioner, delving into conspiracies and rooting out injustices wherever he finds them.
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This Week on Windows: Surface Book 2 available today, Black Friday deals and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to learn more about the Surface Book 2, available today; read more about the top Black Friday deals from Microsoft and our partners, kicking off Nov. 23; check out our Windows 10 Tip on how to make your movies and games sound better with Windows Sonic – or, keep reading for more of this week’s news!
 Surface Book 2 available today

Surface Book 2 removes the barrier between the desktop and the laptop by giving mobile professionals the power of a desktop, the versatility of a tablet, and the freedom of a laptop in one beautifully designed device. With the latest 8th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete graphics options, Surface Book 2 is up to five times more powerful than the original and is twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro. All this power and Surface Book 2 still provides all-day battery life – up to 17 hours of video playback. Surface Book 2 with the 13” weighs 3.38lbs and the 15” Surface Book 2 is 4.2lbs.
Purchase your own Surface Book 2 here
The detachable display and hinge of Surface Book 2 has been redesigned to provide a smoother, faster detach into Tablet or Studio Mode – and when you detach to sketch an idea or watch a video, the Surface Book 2 turns into the world’s thinnest and lightest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 PC. Surface Book 2 brings you a full array of ports, including USB-A, USB-C, and full-size SD card reader which makes it easy to connect other devices, accessories and memory cards without the need for a bag full of dongles.
Surface Book 2 13” is available today in the United States and additional markets around the world, along with Surface Book 2 15” in the United States at your local Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com. Visit this blog post for 5 reasons you’ll love Surface Book 2.

Black Friday deals from Microsoft and our partners

Black Friday deals from Microsoft Store and our partners kick off Nov. 23. Save big on Surface, Windows Mixed Reality headsets, Windows 10 PCs – and get an Xbox One S at its lowest price ever! You can also save on apps like Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018, PC games including Forza Motorsport 7 – Standard Edition and Halo Wars 2, movies like Deadpool and Wonder Woman and more. Here’s a sneak peek into the hottest deals you can enjoy starting next weekend through Cyber Monday at your local Microsoft Store, Microsoft.com and on your Windows 10 PC. You can check out more deals here.

What’s new in the Microsoft Store this week:
MINECON Skin Pack for Minecraft

MINECON is less than a week away! Get ready with the MINECON Skin Pack for Minecraft ($26.99), full of cosplayers, cake and dinner dress – everything you need for a MINECON celebration. Get a free fully explorable Minecraft map by the Elite map maker Jigarbov based on the MINECON Earth logo. Not to be outdone, the Minecraft team themselves have put together a free celebratory map as well, packed full of disco-dancing parrots. This FREE content is available for a limited time only: Nov. 13-27.
Hulu: Future Man

Hulu (Free, subscription required for content) has something hilarious in store this month, debuting Future Man, a new and original comedy series starring John Hutcherson. When his character, a janitor by day, world-ranked gamer by night, is approached by mysterious visitors from the future, they proclaim him the key to defeating an imminent super-race invasion. Watch what happens.
Candy Crush 5th Anniversary

We’ve devoured this sweet matching game for five years, but we still can’t get enough of Candy Crush Saga and Candy Crush Soda Saga (Free, with IAP options). Now, in celebration of this birthday milestone, there are special events everywhere. Candy Crush Soda Saga offers a Free Birthday Booster for levels 29 and higher through Nov. 21, and Candy Crush Saga does the same from today through Nov. 23.
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This Week on Windows: Surface Book 2 now available for pre-order, Xbox One X launch, Samsung HMD Odyssey availability and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! It’s been a major week for us this week with pre-order for Surface Book 2 now open, the launch of the world’s most powerful console –  Xbox One X – and the availability of the Samsung HMD Odyssey and Super Lucky’s Tale. Head over here to learn more about the Windows 10 Tip in this week’s episode on how to pin your favorite websites to the taskbar with Microsoft Edge, check out the HP Spectre 13, powered by Windows 10 – or, keep reading for more of this week’s news!
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 Surface Book 2 available today for pre-order

Surface Book 2 is available today for pre-order with delivery beginning Nov. 16. Surface Book 2 removes the barrier between the desktop and the laptop by giving mobile professionals the power of a desktop, the versatility of a tablet, and the freedom of a laptop in one beautifully designed device. With the latest 8th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete graphics options, Surface Book 2 is up to five times more powerful than the original and is twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro. All this power and Surface Book 2 still provides all-day battery life – up to 17 hours of video playback. Surface Book 2 with the 13” weighs 3.38lbs and the 15” Surface Book 2 is 4.2lbs.
The detachable display and hinge of Surface Book 2 has been redesigned to provide a smoother, faster detach into Tablet or Studio Mode – and when you detach to sketch an idea or watch a video, the Surface Book 2 turns into the world’s thinnest and lightest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 PC. Surface Book 2 brings you a full array of ports, including USB-A, USB-C, and full-size SD card reader which makes it easy to connect other devices, accessories and memory cards without the need for a bag full of dongles.
Surface Book 2 13” is available for pre-order today in the United States and additional markets around the world, along with Surface Book 2 15” in the United States at your local Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com. Delivery will begin on Nov. 16. To learn more about Surface Book 2, please visit this blog post.
 The world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X, launches worldwide
 
The official launch of the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X, brings a new era of immersive 4K gaming and 4K entertainment to gamers across the globe. With 40 percent more power than any other console, Xbox One X is where console gamers can play the best versions of games. The new console launches with the largest games lineup in Xbox history, with more than 70 Xbox One X Enhanced titles coming in the first week and more than 50 available on launch day, including Forza Motorsport 7, Super Lucky’s Tale, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and FIFA 18. The Xbox One games library consists of more than 1,300 games and more than 220 exclusives, all of which play best on Xbox One X. More titles are on the way like the hottest game on the planet PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, releasing as an Xbox One console launch exclusive Dec. 12, 2017.
The power of Xbox One X
 Xbox One X is built for true 4K gaming, with enough power to drive native 4K resolutions, High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut into a pristine visual package beyond what’s capable in existing consoles. Existing Xbox One games play even better, with improved textures, smoother frame rates and faster load times, even on a 1080p TV. Xbox One X is also the only product in the world that packs all of the following features in one amazing device: 4K gaming for the world’s greatest games, a built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 4K streaming capabilities, High Dynamic Range support for gaming and video, and premium audio that puts gamers in the center of spatial sound with Dolby Atmos support. The craftsmanship in the Xbox One X hardware means it’s not only the world’s most powerful console, it’s also the smallest and most feature-rich Xbox ever.
For the latest on where to buy Xbox One X, visit xbox.com/xboxonex. You can also head to your local retailer, including Microsoft Store, for more information. Read more over at Xbox Wire!
Samsung HMD Odyssey is now available

The Samsung HMD Odyssey is now available for purchase. The Samsung HMD Odyssey provides a remarkable immersive experience with Dual AMOLED high-resolution displays, a 110-degree field of view, built-in premium AKG headphones, and built-in 6 DOF inside-out position tracking. The device is quick and easy to set up and delivers a premium virtual reality experience with superior picture quality. You can buy the Samsung HMD Odyssey today from the Microsoft Store.

Here’s what’s new in the Microsoft Store:
Super Lucky’s Tale

Super Lucky’s Tale ($29.99) is a delightful, playground platformer for all ages that follows Lucky, the ever-optimistic, energetic, and lovable hero, on his quest to find his inner strength and help his sister rescue the Book of Ages from Jinx. Dive into unpredictable foxholes, or try devilish side scrolling challenge levels to unlock additional rewards. Read more about Super Lucky’s Tale over at Xbox Wire!
Forza Motorsport 7: Samsung QLED TV Car Pack

Arriving today for #Forza7, the @Samsung QLED Car Pack features an incredible variety of vehicles. Check out the trailer! pic.twitter.com/lhiLI1YRav
— Forza Motorsport (@ForzaMotorsport) November 7, 2017

The first of the monthly DLC releases for Forza Motorsport 7, the Samsung QLED TV Car Pack ($6.99) includes 7 new cars for $6.99. In true Forza fashion, this pack features an incredible variety of vehicles – from the latest Alfa Romeo to Nissan’s famous Bluebird Super Silhouette race car, as well a couple of rough-and-ready off-roaders.
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This Week on Windows: Super Lucky’s Tale launch trailer reveal, a Microsoft Edge tip and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to read more about our news out of Future Decoded, get started with two new extensions now available for Microsoft Edge – 1Password and Dashlane – and check out our Windows 10 Tips on how to export your Minecraft creations to Remix3D.com, and how to pin your favorite websites to the taskbar with Microsoft Edge!
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Playful fun abounds in the Super Lucky’s Tale launch trailer

Today over at Xbox Wire, we revealed the launch trailer for Super Lucky’s Tale! The video starts by introducing the game’s larger-than-life characters. There’s Lucky, of course, but also Jinx and his mischievous children, collectively known as the Kitty Litter. Early in the game, Jinx steals a mysterious artifact called the Book of Ages, inside of which are entire wondrous worlds and charming creatures who are no match for the Litter. It’s up to you and Lucky, a brave little fox with heroic aspirations, to thwart their wiles and save the day.
On Nov. 7, dive headlong into a world of adventure when Super Lucky’s Tale releases exclusively for the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PC. Plus, as an Xbox Play Anywhere title, you can pick up where you left off on another Xbox One device or Windows 10 PC, sharing all saved progress, Gamerscore and Achievements across platforms.
Classic platforming gameplay, playful puzzles, colorful characters and action-packed challenges take center stage in a nostalgic tale the whole family will enjoy.  It’s time to be a hero, so put on your cape, grab your controller and get ready to leap into Super Lucky’s Tale. Read more over at Xbox Wire!
Ford Performance and Xbox collaborate on custom F-150 Raptor to appear at SEMA and in Forza Motorsport 7

In celebration of the Nov. 7 launch of the Xbox One X, Ford Performance and Xbox have teamed up to create a specially-modified Xbox One X version of the new F-150 Raptor which will be showcased this week at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. In addition, early next year, this version of the F-150 Raptor will be available for free to Forza Motorsport 7 players within the game.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Xbox One X Edition boasts unique graphics, paint, and upholstery inspired by the console’s internal code name, “Project Scorpio,” as well as the Raptor’s desert racing heritage. Custom wheels, bumpers, chase rack and LED lighting in Xbox’s signature green complete the look. Performance-enhancing modifications include a Fabtech six-inch lift kit, upgraded Alcon brakes, Addictive Desert Designs intercooler and Ford Performance Borla exhaust.
The partnership between Ford and Forza goes back over a dozen years to the first Forza Motorsport and the original Xbox. Today, Forza features more Ford vehicles than any other video game, with the Fiesta ST, Focus RS, Mustang GT 350, F-150 Raptor and Ford GT each making their video game debut in the Forza series, the latter two as cover cars.
Forza Motorsport 7 is currently available as an Xbox Play Anywhere title (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC versions included with a single digital purchase at no additional cost) and is releasing on the Xbox One X on November 7 when players will be able to experience it in native 4K and HDR at 60FPS. The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Xbox One X Edition will be available early next year in “Forza Motorsport 7” for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Read more about today’s news over at Xbox Wire.
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This Week on Windows: Shocktober, tips for using the reimaged Photos app and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to read more about the official launch of the Microsoft Reactor in San Francisco, the launch of the World’s Most Powerful Console – Xbox One X – our Windows 10 Tip on how you can bring your stories to life with the reimagined Photos app, or, keep reading for more of this week’s news!
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Here’s what’s new in the Microsoft Store:
Shocktober

Halloween is just around the corner, and Microsoft is getting into the spirit with its annual Shocktober collection of terrifying games, chilling entertainment and haunting apps for Windows 10 PCs. Each day will feature select heroes. Learn more about all the deals in this blog post!
Atomic Blonde – Buy from $14.99

Charlize Theron stars in Atomic Blonde as an undercover MI6 agent sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate a murder and recover a priceless dossier. This gritty action thriller is available now in the Movies & TV section of the Microsoft Store, three weeks before it comes to Blu-ray.
The Walking Dead – Buy Season 8 from $27.99

The wait is over! The Walking Dead (Season 8: $42.99 HD, $27.99 SD) returns for an eighth epic season as Rick and his friends prepare for brutal, all-out war with Negan. Watch the action-packed season premiere now, available in the Movies & TV section of the Microsoft Store.
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This Week on Windows: The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Surface Book 2 and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows, where we’re talking about the new Surface Book 2 and everything in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update! Head over here to read more about this week’s news, check out the Surface Book 2, or, find out what’s new in the Fall Creators Update.
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Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store:
 Happy Hallowdays
 
Spook up your Halloween with this Collection of terrifying games, chilling entertainment, and haunting apps – on sale now through Oct. 31, 2017.
The Dark Tower

The fate of worlds lies with the last Gunslinger (Idris Elba), the only one who can defend the Dark Tower – which holds the universe together – from the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). Watch good and evil collide in The Dark Tower ($14.99 HD/SD), based on the best-selling book series by Stephen King. Get it now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store, two full weeks before it comes to Blu-ray!
Thumper

For a shattering combo of racing and rhythm games, Thumper ($19.99) sets a new bar, with classic rhythm action, blistering speed and brutal physicality. You are a space beetle, screaming down an endless track and crashing through punishing obstacles with simple, airtight controls.
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This Week on Windows: Marimekko, Surface, Middle Earth: Shadow of War and more

This Week on Windows, we’re celebrating a milestone, showcasing new Surface designer accessories and we’re showing off Middle Earth: Shadow of War! Head over here to learn more about Marimekko and Microsoft Surface, check out our Windows 10 Tip on how to work more efficiently with MyAnalytics or keep reading to see what’s new in the Windows Store.
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Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store:
Middle Earth: Shadow of War

Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award-winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths. In the epic new story of Middle Earth: Shadow of War Gold Edition ($99.99), nothing will be forgotten.
 Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, Episode 4

The fate of the Eternity Forge has been decided, but Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Episode 4 ($4.99; $19.99 for a Season Pass) from Telltale Games opens with the Guardians more bitterly divided than ever. This growing tension is temporarily sidelined, however, by a more pressing problem: escaping a dark and treacherous cavern before they all are eaten alive.
War for the Planet of the Apes

In the trilogy’s stunning final chapter, Caesar and his apes will face an army of humans on the battlefield in an epic confrontation that will determine the fate of both their species…and the fate of the planet itself. War for the Planet of the Apes is available now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store, two weeks before it comes to Blu-ray.
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This Week on Windows: Forza Motorsport 7, Windows Mixed Reality headsets and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! In case you missed it, learn how to pre-order your Windows Mixed Reality headset or how you can export your Minecraft creations to Remix3D.com.
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Dell introduces new Inspiron 5000 Series powered by Windows 10

This week, Dell announced the new Inspiron 5000 series laptops offering the perfect blend of style and entertainment. The new Windows 10 devices, available now in 15 and 17 inches, are thinner and sleeker with more sophisticated color options including platinum silver, black, sparkling white, rose gold and recon blue*.
Other features include:
A brilliant FHD resolution screen and Dell’s exclusive Smartbyte technology. Smartbyte is a network optimization software that prioritizes streaming and conferencing above other network activities
MaxxAudio Pro, an audio solution that allows your favorite music and movies on your laptop to sound just like they do in the theatre or studio
The new Intel 8th Gen Intel Core processors, optional GDDR5 discrete graphics and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM
In addition to traditional HDD and SSD drives, the Inspiron 5000 series is future-ready with NVME SSD and Intel Optane memory options
Windows Hello, so you can bypass the password and log in with the optional fingerprint reader located on the power button
The Inspiron 5000 Series is available at Dell.com, and start at $699.99 USD for the 15-inch and $549.99 US for the 17-inch, with multiple upgrades and options available to meet your entertainment and everyday computing needs.
Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store:
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (Preview)

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (Free) is a different type of collectible card game – one based on skill rather than luck. Command customizable armies, hone your strategy and prepare to use deception to defeat your opponents. As you sling powerful unit and spell cards and summon heroes with game-changing abilities, remember that your clever tricks are fair game in Gwent.
Cuphead

Cuphead ($19.99) has arrived on Windows 10 & Xbox One! Cuphead is a side-scrolling action platformer with a heavy focus on boss battles. Traverse the interactive overworlds to help Cuphead and Mugman repay their debt to the devil on a bet they shouldn’t have made.
Batman: The Enemy Within, Episode 2

The death of a villain was just the beginning. Now, as Batman: The Enemy Within ($4.99 Episode 2; Season Pass Ep 2-5, $19.99) opens, explosions are rocking Gotham. Batman races to face a new foe but will the force he meets cause even the Dark Knight to fall?
Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition

Get ready for the thrill of motorsport at the limit. Gear up for the most comprehensive, beautiful and authentic racing game ever made. Forza Motorsport 7 is here, available worldwide today on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Read more over at Xbox Wire!
Pinball FX3

Pinball FX3 (Free, with IAP options) is the biggest, most community-driven pinball game ever – and for pinball fans, that means it’s full of multiplayer matchups, non-stop tournaments and league play with endless opportunities for pinball competition. What started with 68 tables has grown and grown, with new tables released regularly. And now, updated graphics deliver dynamic lighting and real-time shadows for even more realistic play.
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*Color availability varies in each region, based on local customer demand.