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The Better Together Beta for Minecraft is here!

The Better Together Beta for Minecraft is here!

The Better Together Update we announced at E3 2017 is designed to unify the console, mobile and Windows 10 PC versions of the game under one single Minecraft edition, which will include infinite worlds, the community Marketplace and community servers (which are coming to the beta later on!). It’ll introduce cross-platform support, allowing console, Windows 10 PC and mobile Minecrafters to play together for the first time! The Better Together Update also brings the biggest collection of new features ever to players on Bedrock Engine platforms (Windows 10, mobile), including the very long awaited and much in demand stained glass, fireworks, PARROTS THAT DANCE, customizable banners, armor stands, jukebox and music discs, recipe book and ravines. And for Windows 10 PC versions, integration with Paint 3D and Remix3D.com, making it easy to export and share 3D creations and inspire others.

It's easy to export and share 3D creations and inspire others.

Who can participate? Players on Windows 10 PC, Android and soon Xbox One are welcome to jump into cross-platform play with other beta testers across all three devices.

Xbox One and Windows 10 PC beta testers will need to have downloaded the Xbox Insider app, and players on Xbox One will need to own a digital version of Minecraft. Beta testers on Android will need to have devices that support Google Play and own a copy of the game purchased through the Google Play Store.

For the full announcement, head over to Minecraft.net!

Gigantic launches on Windows 10 and Xbox One

Gigantic

We at Motiga and Perfect World Entertainment couldn’t be more excited to get our unique hero-shooter into the hands of gamers across the globe. The development team has been working for years to create a visually stunning and strategic experience featuring massive Guardians, creatures to summon, and a diverse roster of heroes.

One of the best aspects of gaming is that it offers experiences for all types of gamers. With Gigantic, we’re proud to offer 19 heroes (with many more on the way) that each have their own playstyles, diverse skill sets, and varied skill trees to fine-tune your gameplay for each match. Even in the heat of battle, hero skills can be upgraded depending on the friendly or enemy team composition, the state of map control, or if you feel like making some wacky plays.

We know that choosing a hero can be difficult, especially when they have captivating aesthetics, but we put together a few tips over at Xbox Wire that will hopefully point you in the right direction. We can’t wait to see you on the airship!

Forza Motorsport 7 Garage opens today

Forza Motorsport 7 Garage opens today

With more than 700 vehicles in the game at launch, Forza Motorsport 7 features the most diverse lineup of cars in series history. Each week in the Forza Garage we’ll put the spotlight on some of the most notable cars in the list and offer some background on what makes these cars so special. Whether you’re looking to learn something new or you’re making plans of which cars to hit first when the game is released beginning on Sept. 29 (via early access for Ultimate Edition), we hope you enjoy our weekly look at Forza’s biggest and best car list yet.

We’re kicking off the Forza Garage with a bang, showcasing more than 160 cars this week alone, including the largest collection of Porsches, Lamborghinis, and Ferraris ever seen in a racing game. Head over here for the entire list of cars we are announcing the first week of the Forza Garage, and stay tuned every week to Xbox Wire and This Week on Windows for more car reveals!

Xbox at gamescom 2017

Here at Xbox, we’re still buzzing from our fans’ reaction to our news at E3 – from the unveiling of the Xbox One X to the 42 games shown on our stage. But we’re only just getting started.

Today, we’re happy to announce that in August we’re coming to Cologne, Germany for gamescom 2017.

Xbox at gamescom 2017

This will be the first time Xbox One X will be on the ground in Europe, and we’ll have a huge line up of 27 playable games for the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PC from developers around the world, including Forza Motorsport 7, Age of Empires Definitive Edition and Sea of Thieves.

Tune in on Sunday, August 20, at 9 p.m. CEST, 12 p.m. PDT to a special Xbox @ gamescom live show to get latest news and announcements on Xbox One X. We’ll have news to share, games to show off, will sit down to talk with developers from fan favorite studios and play some of the year’s hottest games yet to be released. There will even be a few surprises and giveaways along the way, so be sure to tune in on mixer.com or watch via the mixer app.

We’ll be tweeting, live streaming and sharing news and content via social media – Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Mixer, etc, most often using the hashtag #XboxGC. Head over to Xbox Wire for a rundown of everything that’s happening throughout the week. See you there!

Windows 10 Tip: How to get started viewing and streaming with Mixer

Mixer is the only next-gen live game streaming service that offers viewers real-time influence and participation in game streams. Mixer’s streaming protocol delivers content with less than one second of latency. It makes game streams so fast and clear, that it’s a refreshing surprise to both streamers and viewers—almost like they’re in the same room! Here’s how to get started with Mixer:

To view Mixer content from your PC, simply navigate to Mixer.com

To view Mixer content from your PC, simply navigate to Mixer.com. 

Featured streams are available right from the homepage, or you can sort streams by game using the “Games” menu on the left-hand side of the homepage.

While you’re there, consider logging in with your Microsoft account so that you can start earning sparks when you view Mixer streams across both Windows and Xbox One devices.  Sparks are in-app currency you use to interact with streamers in ways they’ve setup (like soundboards!).

To log in to Mixer with your Microsoft Account:

Login to Mixer with your Microsoft Account

  • Click “Log In” in the top right corner of the window.
  • In the Log In menu, select “Log in with Your Microsoft Account”
  • In the popup, complete the log in steps using your Microsoft account and password.

You should now see your Microsoft account profile photo in the top right corner of the Window.

To start broadcasting a Mixer stream of your own:

To set more detailed settings for your future broadcasts, select the Start button, then Settings > Gaming > Broadcasting. 

  • Launch a game.
  • Press Windows logo key + G on your Windows 10 PC to open the Game bar.
  • Press the Broadcast button to choose how you want your broadcast to look.
  • Press Start broadcasting to broadcast your game.

To set more detailed settings for your future broadcasts, select the Start button, then Settings > Gaming > Broadcasting.  Additional settings can be accessed by visiting your channel on Mixer.com.

Enable Video on Demand (VoD) for your streaming sessions:

A Video on Demand (VoD) is a recording of a previous stream that is automatically saved on Mixer. VoD recording must be enabled with the “Keep recordings [VoDs] of my streams” option on your “Manage Channel” page of Mixer.com before your stream starts for the VoD to be saved (VoD recording is disabled by default).

  • In a web browser, navigate to Mixer.com and log in.
  • Click your profile photo in the top right, then click on “Manage Channel” in the menu.
  • Select the button for “Keep recordings (VoDs) of my streams” in the preferences menu.
  • Once enabled, any broadcast longer than 5 minutes will be automatically saved as a VoD.

You can watch, download, and delete saved VoDs from your “Manage Channel” page on Mixer.com. Don’t forget you can read all of our Windows 10 Tips right over here.

Have a great week!

Announcing Microsoft Store back to school deals that begin today

Starting July 7 through September 17, your local Microsoft Store is offering savings on best-in-class products for back to school.

Before heading back to school or setting out on that first job search, there is a moment where the excitement, hope for the future and desire to learn is empowering, and Microsoft Store is the best place to discover and purchase the technology to help you achieve more. Starting July 7 through September 17, your local Microsoft Store is offering savings on best-in-class products, including the well-crafted Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book to help students and young professionals start new adventures and make ideas happen. Microsoft Store offers a 10 percent discount for students, faculty, and staff currently attending or working at a higher education institution in the U.S.

Two young students at Microsoft Store interacting with a Microsoft Surface.

Below are the deals available to help students and new professionals make their ideas happen:

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 shown with blue Type Cover and Surface Pen.

  • Get a Surface Pro 4 and a black type cover for $999, $899 for students*: Surface Pro 4 is powered by Intel Core processors and Windows 10 – with features like Paint 3D, game broadcasting, Windows Ink, Microsoft Edge and more. Surface Pro 4 combines the portability and performance of a laptop to enable the creator in all of us. With its unmatched versatility as a tablet or a laptop, it’s perfect for students, teachers and anyone who needs to get things done on the go, with a sleek and light form factor. With Microsoft Store’s Recycle for Rewards, customers can also trade in their old devices including laptops, tablets, phones and gaming consoles for up to $850 off a new Surface Pro or Surface Laptop**. Additionally, students and teachers get Office 365 for Education for free, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, with additional classroom experiences. All you need to get started is a valid school email address.

Microsoft Surface Book shown with Surface Pen.

  • Save up to $150 on Surface Book: Surface Book is the ultimate laptop combining the power of a high-performance laptop with the versatility of a tablet. Surface Book enables people to do what they need to work with professional-grade software, anywhere they want.
  • Receive a 3-month Groove membership with any Surface purchase: Surface devices are well-crafted, beautiful devices that help people get stuff done, and with a Groove membership, you will have access to millions of ad-free songs, custom and expert-curated playlists and artist radio.
Dell XPS 15 powered by Windows 10.

Dell XPS 15 powered by Windows 10.

Lenovo Yoga 910 powered by Windows 10.

Lenovo Yoga 910 powered by Windows 10.

  • Get creative with a free Intel Software Starter Pack with eligible PCs: Receive the software bundle, worth $429, with seven apps centering around creativity, entertainment, and productivity when you purchase an eligible PC, including Dell XPS 15, Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre x360, and Lenovo Yoga 910.

Technology not only helps to inspire your best ideas, but also helps take those ideas, and make them a reality! Visit your local Microsoft Store and microsoft.com for the best-in-class products to start a school year or first job off on the right foot. Need help finding the right fit? Microsoft Store’s knowledgeable and friendly associates are on hand to help, support and make recommendations that best fit your technology needs. Customers can learn how to make the most of their technology at the Microsoft Store with personal training, workshops, and more.

Happy shopping!

  • Deals begin on July 7 and are available at local Microsoft Store and microsoft.com, while supplies last. Unit limit per customer will also vary.
  • Surface Pro 4 bundle offer runs through September 19.
  • *With valid student ID.
  • **Based on the appraised value of the trade-in device.
  • Surface Book offer runs through July 15 and Groove membership offer runs through September 17.
  • Intel creativity software starter pack offer runs through August 31.
  • Xbox One S console offer runs through August 30.
  • Valid in the U.S. only at Microsoft retail and microsoft.com
  • For local store hours visit this link

This Week on Windows: E3, the new Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Windows 10 S and more

It’s been an action-packed week between announcing Xbox One X and showing 42 new titles at E3, and the availability of the new Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, and Windows 10 S. Head over here to catch up on all the Xbox news out of our E3 Briefing, check out the new gaming devices announced at E3 by ORIGIN PC and Alienware and Dell – or, keep reading for what’s new in the Windows Store! Our This Week on Windows video team is all down at E3 this week, and we’ll be back with a new episode of the show next week!

In case you missed it:

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All about E3 2017:

Heading into a Firefight with Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare

Earlier this year the we saw the return of grand real-time strategy on Xbox One and Windows 10 with the release of Halo Wars 2. With it came an explosive new single-player campaign, an innovative competitive multiplayer system in Blitz, and an introduction to a new, captivating villain in the Banished and Aritox. At E3, we got our first hands-on with the next chapter of the saga with Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare, which sees the return of our favorite ancient enemy, the Flood, as well as the new co-op multiplayer mode Terminus Firefight. Head over to Xbox Wire to read all about it!

Razer announces upgraded Blade Stealth Laptop powered by Windows 10

This week, Razer announced its upgraded 13.3-inch version of the 12.5-inch Razer Blade Stealth with Windows 10, measuring 0.52 inches thin, weighing 2.93 pounds and with up to nine hours of battery life. Powered by the Windows 10 Creators Update, it arrives with the all-new Paint 3D app and Remix3D.com community, Night lightmini view and more. It also ships built-in with Microsoft Edge for fast and secure browsing, your digital personal assistant Cortana* and comprehensive protection with Windows Defender.

Features of the Blade Stealth Laptop include:

  • Available in traditional black or gunmetal with tone-on-tone Razer logo (US only)
  • 3 in. IGZO 16:9 aspect ratio, capacitive multi-touch display
  • QHD+ (3200 x 1800)
  • 100% sRGB Touch IGZO Panel
  • Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (2.7 GHz / 3.5 GHz) and Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 256GB / 512GB / 1TB PCIe SSD options
  • 16GB Dual-Channel System Memory (LPDDR3-1866MHz)
  • Killer Wireless-AC 1535 (902.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1)
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) – External Graphics with Razer Core
  • USB 3.0 port x 2 (SuperSpeed); HDMI 2.0a audio and video output; built-in stereo speakers; built-in array microphone; 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
  • Built-in 43.6 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery

To learn more, visit razerzone.com!

Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store this week:

Pre-order Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition

Experience the danger and beauty of competitive racing at its limits with the most comprehensive automotive game ever made: Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition is now available for pre-order. Drivers will experience gorgeous true 4K graphics within 30 famous environments, with race conditions that change each time you return to the track. Pre-order it from the Windows Store here, and head over to Xbox Wire for our hands-on impressions of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS!

Blockbuster Movie Sale* – Save up to 45% off

 Blockbuster Movie Sale in the Windows Store 

Kick off summer with the Blockbuster Movie Sale! Save up to 45% on new releases like XXX: Return of Xander Cage, score amazing deals on movie bundles like the Transformers 4 Movie Collection, and enjoy major savings on franchise favorites like Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, The Hunger Games, and more. Don’t miss the Blockbuster Movie Sale, now through June 19 in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.

Saban’s Power Rangers – Buy for $14.99

Saban's Power Rangers now in the Windows Store

When five high school students discover an old spaceship and acquire unique superpowers, they must team up to save the world from a dangerous alien threat. Saban’s Power Rangers ($14.99 US) is available now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store, two full weeks before Blu-ray and DVD.

Have a great weekend!

*Blockbuster Movie Sale is not available in all markets. Sale content and discounts may vary by market.

E3 2017: Alienware and Dell announce PC gaming systems powered by Windows 10

Today at E3, Alienware and Dell announced new PC gaming systems and components, including Alienware gaming desktops with new multi-core processor options, and a full range of performance gaming monitors and peripherals. Powered by Windows 10—the best version of Windows for gaming— these new devices are built specifically for the needs of gamers, including native live game streaming through the Game bar with Mixer, Game Mode, connection to your gaming community through the Xbox app, DirectX 12 and more.

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop launches at E3

Dell introduced the first gaming desktop in its growing Inspiron Gaming line at Computex and will start shipping it in the US tomorrow. The new Inspiron Gaming Desktop is built for gamers seeking a competitive advantage at an affordable price and incorporates the latest AMD multicore Ryzen processors featuring SenseMI, thermally-optimized airflow routing, Polar Blue LED Illumination, easy component access and power supply options up to 850 watts for supporting dual discrete Ready for VR graphics from AMD and NVIDIA. Available in the U.S. starting today, from $599.99 USD.

Alienware Area-51 updated with new multi-core processors

Intel and AMD’s new multi-core processors available in two new versions of Alienware Area-51, for the best experiences geared towards gamers who create or creators who game.  Each are excellent choices for Megatasking, streaming gamers as well.  If you can picture yourself gaming, recording and broadcasting your game while running a render or deeply immersed in VR or with multiple 4K displays running concurrently, these are the gaming PCs for you.  They’re powered by Intel’s Core™ X-Series or AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper – marking Alienware’s first 16-core/32-thread Area-51. The Area 51 Threadripper Edition will be available to order on July 27 and the Area 51 featuring Intel Core X-Series will arrive on August 22, with pricing to be announced soon.

Alienware 15 to offer NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q design

 
Alienware will offer the new GeForce® GTX 1080 with Max-Q technology starting June 27 with their award-winning Alienware 15 notebook.  Alienware’s adoption of Max-Q technology provides the highest performance possible in a 15.6” notebook and continues our tradition of designing outstanding products tailored specifically for gamers. The Alienware 15 also features a full complement of input/output connections for popular gaming peripherals and VR headsets. Available in the U.S. June 27, with pricing to be announced soon.

Alienware debuts high-performance monitors, keyboards & mice

MonitorsThe Alienware 25” gaming monitor, with either NVIDIA G-SYNC (AW2518H) or AMD FreeSync, (AW2518HF), offers fast, responsive gameplay with virtually no input lag, at an extremely rapid 1 ms panel response time, and a native 240Hz refresh rate for sharp, clear graphics. With AlienFX lighting (AW2518H only), three preset display modes, full adjustability, single-diecast stand legs, and a seamless panoramic multi-monitor view with ultra-thin bezel, the Alienware 25” gaming monitor is perfect for any gamer. Available in the U.S. June 13, concurrent with E3: monitors ($499-699 USD).

 Alienware Advanced Gaming Keyboard

Alienware Advanced Gaming Keyboard – The Alienware Advanced Gaming Keyboard with optional palm rest delivers a premium gaming experience at an affordable value. Featuring mechanical keys with brown switches, with more precise, responsive and consistent key strokes and five keys dedicated for macro commands that give gamers a competitive edge. Available in the U.S. June 13, concurrent with E3: Advanced Gaming Keyboard ($89.99 USD).

Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard

Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard – The Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard with optional palm rest exemplifies all the essential design components of the Advanced Gaming Keyboard, and elevates the engineering innovation with dedicated volume roller, onboard memory, 15 macro commands and 13 zone-based RGB backlit lighting options. Available in the U.S. June 13, concurrent with E3: Pro Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 USD).

 Alienware Advanced Gaming Mouse

Alienware Advanced Gaming Mouse – The Alienware Advanced Gaming Mouse offers multiple configurations with 3 on-the-fly DPI (dots per inch) levels to switch between precision and speed style gameplay.  Outfitted with nine unique buttons for in-game customization. Available in the U.S June 13 ($49.99 USD).

 Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse

Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse – Additionally, the Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse leverages advanced custom ability innovation with swappable grips, up to 13 programmable buttons, adjustable palm rest and four variable levels of weight adjustment providing ultimate control over cursor precision and movement speed to dominate opponents. Available in the U.S. June 13 ($89.99 USD).

To learn more about everything Dell announced today, visit Dell.com/Gaming!

E3 2017: Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare comes to Windows 10 and Xbox One this fall

Today at E3, we announced Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare, a full DLC expansion coming to Xbox Play Anywhere title Halo Wars 2 in Fall 2017 that sets the stage for an epic conflict between the Banished and – that’s right – the Flood!

Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare promises to expand on the epic story from the main game, where players will battle through a brand-new series of campaign missions from the perspective of the Banished and experience their desperate struggle against the terrifying Flood.

Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare is more than just a story expansion though; it is jam-packed with new content that also includes new multiplayer maps (available for all Halo Wars 2 players), gorgeous Blur cinematics, exclusive new multiplayer Leaders and Terminus Firefight, a unique game mode in the expansion set on a dynamic map where players build bases and armies to defend against waves of enemy forces. In this tower-defense style firefight mode, you can build various types of walls, mini bases, and turrets to protect your Terminus from every enemy unit imaginable including new mini bosses!

Head over here to read more about today’s announcement, and be sure to stay tuned to Halo Waypoint and Xbox Wire for all the latest news with Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare.

E3 2017: A classic returns to Windows 10 in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

Since its launch on PC in 1997, the Age of Empires franchise has explored early human civilization all the way up to Colonial America, and has even examined legendary creatures and lore. Fast forward 20 years to today and we’re proud to announce Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is coming exclusively to Windows 10, with a closed beta starting soon.

We created Age of Empires: Definitive Edition as an homage to the fans of the series and to PC gamers everywhere. Fully remastered with beautifully enhanced graphics that support up to 4K resolution, entirely re-orchestrated soundtrack, brand-new narrative, major gameplay improvements, Xbox Live support for multiplayer, and achievements — the Definitive Edition brings back the original Age of Empires and its Rise of Rome expansion with 16 civilizations to explore in time periods ranging from the Stone Age all the way to the Roman Empire.

Developed by Forgotten Empires, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will highlight the original classic at its best, exclusively for Windows 10 and available for purchase from the Windows Store. Can’t wait for launch? Check out the trailer above for what to expect in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, and sign up for the closed beta at AgeOfEmpires.com to play soon! We hope it will excite loyal PC gamers, as well as encourage a new generation to experience this classic.