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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!

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: Introducing Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console

Xbox One X with Controller Tilted Gray Background

Xbox One X begins rolling out to all Xbox One markets starting Nov. 7.

As the newest member of the Xbox One family of devices, Xbox One X will offer gamers premier console performance for $499 USD / 449 GBP / 499 EUR / 599 CAD/ 649 AUD and begins rolling out to all Xbox One markets starting Nov. 7. Every Xbox One X unit will come with a 1TB hard drive, a matching Xbox Wireless Controller, HDMI cable, power supply, a 1-month free Xbox Game Pass subscription and a 14-day free Xbox Live Gold membership.

Inspired by the sleek design elements of Xbox One S, now in black, Xbox One X is not only the most powerful console we’ve ever created, it’s also the smallest. Like the Xbox One S, it includes a 4K UHD Blu-ray player, built-in power supply, three USB 3.0 ports (one in the front and two in the back), and IR blaster. It can be placed horizontally or vertically with an optional stand. For those who already own an Xbox One S, all the cables you own will transfer over, with port locations designed to be an easy plug-and-play swap in your existing gaming setup.

Games play better on Xbox One X

With 40 percent more power than any other console, Xbox One X is the world’s most powerful console.

With 40 percent more power than any other console, Xbox One X is the world’s most powerful console. With the 6-teraflop Scorpio engine, developers can realize their biggest worlds in vibrant 4K and in a superior format for 1080p screens.

Xbox One X delivers immersive, true 4K gaming

Xbox One X is built for true 4K gaming, which combines 2160p frame buffers, High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut into a pristine visual package. At launch, we’ll be offering Xbox One X Enhanced versions of existing Xbox One games including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft, Resident Evil 7, Final Fantasy 15, Rocket League, each upgraded to take advantage of Xbox One X’s additional performance. In addition, some of this year’s biggest blockbusters will be launching in true 4K, including Forza Motorsport 7.

Xbox One X is fully compatible across the Xbox One family of devices

With the Xbox One family of devices, our focus is on hardware innovation without sacrificing compatibility. That’s why all existing Xbox One games, including Xbox Play Anywhere titles, Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games, and accessories will be compatible with Xbox One X.

Fans can enjoy all the same benefits of Xbox Live on Xbox One X

Xbox Live is the most advanced multiplayer network and all its benefits extend to the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X. Those include dedicated servers to maximize performance, speed and reliability, cross-platform integration with gamers on Windows 10 and Xbox One devices, as well as two to four free games each month with Xbox Live Gold.

It’s an incredibly exciting time for the industry and for our fans, and we’re looking forward to launching the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X, starting this November. Read more about Xbox One X over at Xbox Wire!

E3 2017 Briefing recap: Introducing Xbox One X and an epic lineup of new games

Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, discusses the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, at the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing on Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Los Angeles.

Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, discusses the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, at the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing on Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Xbox/AP Images)

ICYMI: Watch the Xbox E3 Briefing on-demand.

Today marked a milestone Xbox E3 Briefing as we unveiled the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X (formerly code-named “Project Scorpio”), and the largest and most diverse games lineup in E3 history. Broadcast for the first time in 4K UHD on Mixer, we showcased a record 42 games in the briefing including 22 with console exclusivity from creators large and small.

Xbox One X was designed to be the best console to create and play games on, putting the greatest graphic fidelity in the hands of the world’s best game creators to create true 4K games. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer underscored that every game will play great across the Xbox One family, and Xbox One X also makes your existing library even better, with better textures, smoother frame rates and faster load times. Xbox One X is coming to all Xbox One markets starting Nov. 7, 2017, and will retail for $499, 449 pounds, 499 euros, CA$599 and AU$649.1

“Xbox empowers game developers large and small to create different types of games for every type of player,” Spencer said. “Not only do we have the biggest cross-platform blockbusters on our platform, we’ve also scoured the world to bring our fans unique content from creative artists that capture the imagination.”

— Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox

Empowering the world’s creators

Xbox empowers game developers around the world to create different types of games for every type of player. Showcasing a record 42 titles on the E3 stage including 22 with console exclusivity, Xbox debuted a wide range of titles from game creators large and small, all of which play better on Xbox One X.

Here’s a closer look at just some of the great titles announced:

  • Crackdown 3” Xbox One and Windows 10 Exclusive. Starring Terry Crews as Commander Jaxon, “Crackdown 3” brings the boom with its worldwide campaign gameplay reveal, where players will stop crime as a superpowered Agent in a sandbox of mayhem and destruction. Developed by Microsoft Studios in collaboration with Sumo Digital and Reagent Games, “Crackdown 3” delivers four-person campaign co-op, as well as an all-new multiplayer mode2 where destruction is your ultimate weapon, powered by the Microsoft Cloud. Available worldwide on Nov. 7 as an Xbox Play Anywhere title alongside the launch of Xbox One X.  

  • Cuphead” Xbox One and Windows 10 Exclusive. Available beginning Sept. 29, 2017, as an Xbox Play Anywhere title, “Cuphead” is a classic run-and-gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e., traditional hand-drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds and original jazz recordings. Play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single player or local co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves and discover hidden secrets while you try to pay back your debt to the devil!

  • Forza Motorsport 7” Xbox One and Windows 10 Exclusive – World Premiere. The best-selling racing franchise of this console generation3 returns with “Forza Motorsport 7.” Experience the danger and beauty of competitive racing at its limits with the most comprehensive automotive game ever made. Drivers will experience gorgeous true 4K graphics at 60 fps and true resolution in HDR within 30 famous environments, with race conditions that change each time you return to the track. Whether you’re a new player or a pro, collect over 700 Forzavista™ cars, including the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS cover car and the largest assortment of Ferraris, Porsches and Lamborghinis ever. The premier Xbox One X experience launches worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title in October 2017.

  • Minecraft” Unification, Better Together Update, Super Duper Graphics Pack, coming to Xbox One and Windows 10. Mojang and Microsoft announced a new version of “Minecraft” that will bring the complete “Minecraft” experience to everyone on gaming consoles, mobile, VR and Windows 10 PCs this summer. The unification of “Minecraft” across platforms will transform the “Minecraft” experience everywhere from a game to a platform, providing simple access to massive community servers, community creations from the Minecraft Marketplace, Realms, dedicated servers and more. The team also announced the Super Duper Graphics Pack, a new optional upgrade for in-game visuals in stunning true 4K HDR.

  • “Ori and the Will of the Wisps” Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive- world premiere. From the creators of the multi-award-winning “Ori and the Blind Forest” comes the highly anticipated sequel, “Ori and the Will of the Wisps.” Embark on an all-new adventure to discover the mysteries beyond the forest of Nibel, uncover the hidden truths of those lost and unravel Ori’s true destiny.

  • Sea of Thieves” Xbox One and Windows 10 Exclusive. Developed by Rare, the legendary creators of “Perfect Dark” and “Banjo-Kazooie,” “Sea of Thieves” is an immersive, shared-world adventure game filled with pirates, unexpected dangers and loot for the taking. Explore, fight and live the pirate life together in a unique co-op experience that combines the thrill of adventuring together with friends with the unpredictability of a shared ocean and its threats, both from other players and the world itself. Available worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title in early 2018.

  • State of Decay 2” Xbox One and Windows 10 Exclusive. “State of Decay 2” is the ultimate zombie survival fantasy game, where you build a lasting community in an open world filled with hostile zombies, human enemies and the valuable gear necessary to keep your community alive. Play solo or invite up to three friends in multiplayer co-op to overcome challenges and survive as a group while defining your own unique story. Your choices shape the identity of your community, ensuring that no two stories are alike — and remember, once you lose a survivor, they’re gone forever thanks to the return of permadeath in “State of Decay 2.” Available worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title in spring 2018.

  • “Super Lucky’s Tale” Xbox One and Windows 10 Exclusive – world premiere. Developed by Playful Corp., “Super Lucky’s Tale” 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. Along the way, encounter a hilarious supporting cast of friends and adversaries. Available worldwide on Nov. 7 as an Xbox Play Anywhere title alongside the launch of Xbox One X.

  • Tacoma” Console launch exclusive and coming to Windows 10. The second game from Fullbright, creators of the critically acclaimed “Gone Home,” “Tacoma” puts you in control of Amy Ferrier, an independent contractor sent to Lunar Transfer Station Tacoma to recover sensitive data. As she explores the station, she unearths why the previous crew of six have been evacuated, gathering clues to what exactly went wrong. Like “Gone Home,” it’s a game where you pull details of the narrative from the environment, both physical and digital. “Tacoma” is a story about people and relationships, even in the isolation of outer space. Available Aug. 2 on Xbox One and Windows 10.

To catch up on all the news, highlights, exclusive reveals and a behind-the-scenes look at some of your favorite games throughout the week of E3, visit Xbox Wire at news.xbox.com and tune in to Xbox Daily: Live @ E3 on mixer.com/xbox starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on Monday, June 12; 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT Tuesday through Wednesday, June 13–14; and 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT on Thursday, June 15.

1 Prices are estimated retail prices; actual retail prices may vary.
2 Xbox Live Gold membership required for online multiplayer on Xbox consoles.
3 Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service (U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand), November 2012–January 2017.

How to follow along with Microsoft at E3 2017

Follow along with Microsoft at E3 2017

We’re extremely excited to announce that, for the first time, our briefing will be broadcast in 4K! If your monitor or TV supports the technology, you can watch the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing live in glorious 4K on the official Xbox Mixer Channel or on the Mixer app for Xbox One. You’ll also be able to catch a live stream of the briefing on the Xbox Twitch ChannelYouTube, Twitter, and Facebook Live. We’re also partnering with the innovative media company Fuse to bring the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing to cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. and Canada at 2 p.m. PDT (or 5 p.m. EDT). Be sure to download the Fuse TV app or hit up Fuse.tv to find out where you can watch Fuse.

E3 2017 kicks off Saturday, June 10, with the industry’s biggest game developers and publishers converging on the Los Angeles Convention Center to share the most exciting game reveals and announcements of the year.

Feel like enjoying the briefing with your fellow Xbox fans? We’re excited once again for fans across the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia to be able to join the E3 celebration at their local Microsoft Store. Watch the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing live as we unveil the latest Xbox announcements and giveaway Xbox gear and more. Plus, attendees can participate in a Forza Motorsport 6 tournament to show off your racing gaming skills to win exclusive Xbox One prizes. More information can be found on the Microsoft Store Facebook event page.

New York and Sydney fans can also enjoy a premium viewing experience including the brand new Mixer NYC Studio at the flagship Microsoft Store in New York and Los Angeles fans can meet Twitch shoutcaster and four time Pro Bowler Ahman Green, who’s hosting the tournament. What’s more, all three locations will include exclusive access to a special surprise!

Once again, we’re excited to share that Xbox Daily: Live @ E3, our live news show that covers all things Xbox at E3, will return. The show will air:

  • Monday, June 12, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT
  • Tuesday, June 13, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, June 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT
  • Thursday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT

The best place to watch Xbox Daily: Live @ E3 is on the official Xbox Mixer channel (via the web, your Windows 10 PC, mobile device, or your console), as we’ll be doing giveaways there throughout the show. The show will also be streamed live on the Xbox Twitch ChannelYouTube, and Facebook Live. Julia Hardy will be joining our own Larry Hryb (Xbox Live’s Major Nelson) and Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s AceyBongos) as hosts of the show.

You’ll also be able to catch Geoff Keighley and surprise guests from Xbox on the YouTube Live @ E3 show. The show kicks off Sunday, June 11 at 4 p.m. PDT, and will take a deep dive into some of the hottest news coming out of our briefing.

These are just a few of the E3 activities that Xbox has planned; we’ll also have plenty of announcements, game previews, and other awesome stuff, so stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest on E3 2017, and head over here to read more about how you can tune in.

Everspace 1.0 now available on Windows 10 and Xbox One

It has been a very long road to release since we started development on Everspace more than two years ago, and it’s hard to believe the day is finally upon us. Truly an exciting time for everyone here at Rockfish Games and for space game enthusiasts. The greatest addition coming with the full release is the long-awaited campaign, including missions, cinematic flashbacks, and fully-voiced cutscenes (in English and German) with text localization available for more than 10 languages including French, Chinese, and Spanish.

Everspace now on Windows 10 and Xbox One

As all players who have played Everspace in Game Preview have already experienced, the hero finds himself clueless in the cockpit of a space fighter at the beginning of the game. After completing basic pilot training, the peculiar onboard AI provides sometimes useful contextual information about the game world and its lore. Now in the full version, you’ll gradually unveil the mystery behind the hero’s existence and your mission through character encounters and cinematic memory flashbacks.

In the completely revamped final sector, you must survive an all-new boss fight that will provide the last piece of the campaign puzzle. But this will not be the end of the game. There’s still an important objective to accomplish to reach the final destination of your journey — no more spoilers beyond this point!

For the full release, you can also look forward to a great set of Achievements and some further surprises that we got up our sleeves. So look for Everspace if you’re up for a narrative-driven roguelike space shooter in a procedurally-generated universe full of surprises, and head over to Xbox Wire to learn more!