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Outer Worlds now available on Windows PC and Xbox One | Windows Experience Blog

The Outer Worlds, which won the best original game at E3 2019, is now available across the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X and Windows PC.
In this game, you awake from hibernation after drifting in space for 70 years on a lost colonist ship, the Hope. Here at the edge of the galaxy, corporations control all aspects of life in Halcyon, and they are hiding a dark secret that could destroy the colony. As you explore multiple locations in the game’s world, you will encounter various factions, and meet a host of multi-faceted characters who may offer assistance in your missions. But choose carefully, as the actions and choices you make will determine how this player-driven story unfolds.
The Outer Worlds is available now for $59.99 for Xbox One and Windows PC through the Epic Games Store and Microsoft Store. It’s also available with Xbox Game Pass for Console and PC.
Find out more on Xbox Wire.

‘Gears POP!’ now available

“Gears POP!” is now available to play on iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices.
In this game, players collect and upgrade dozens of “Gears of War” heroes and villains, which appear as Funko Pop! vinyl designs. Build the ultimate squad and compete in the Arena, where you battle other collectors and competitors.
Sign into your Xbox profile to sync your game progress across all your devices.
Find out more at Xbox Wire.
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6 great ways to score big during Ultimate Game Sale – Windows Experience Blog

Ultimate Game Sale* is back! Now is the perfect time to save big and upgrade your slowing gaming PC, stock up top-rated PC games, or pick up that new gaming keyboard and mouse at Microsoft Store. While Ultimate Game Sale is our biggest ever, you need to jump all over these deals now because the sale ends July 30.1. Save up to 50 percent on more than 100 top-rated games for Windows

Save big on select Windows 10 games such as “State of Decay 2,” “Sea of Thieves,” “Middle Earth: Shadow of War,” “Forza Motorsport 7,” “Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection” and more. There’s more than 100 popular PC games on sale during Ultimate Game Sale and many support Xbox Play Anywhere, meaning one purchase gets you the game on Xbox One and Windows 10 with cross save capability (PC hardware requirements may vary for games on Windows 10).
2. Save up to 60 percent on select gaming PCs and accessories
Dell G3 15” Gaming PC
Discover great deals on more than 20 gaming PCs, keyboards, mice, headsets, and more including the following:
3. Save with great in-game deals on your favorite free-to-play games
Click on the image to see a video preview of these games
Looking to give your favorite game a boost or in need of a new game to keep you entertained this summer? With the return of the Ultimate Game Sale, you’ll find deals on select in-game content for your favorite free-to-play titles including “Cooking Fever,” “Nonstop Knight,” “Hill Climb Racing 2,” “Minecraft for Windows 10,” “Seekers Notes: Hidden Mysteries” and more.
4. Save up to $250 and take a giant leap into new worlds with select Windows Mixed Reality Headsets
Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset with Motion Controllers
Ultimate Game Sale is a great time to save on select Windows Mixed Reality headsets with motion controllers from Acer and HP. Immerse yourself in a new reality that features a wide range of epic experiences. Select headsets with motion controllers start at $199 during the sale.
5. Save big on select Xbox games, consoles, accessories, and more

If console gaming is more your speed, then Ultimate Game Sale is the perfect time to save up to 65 percent on more than 700 Xbox games including “Far Cry 5,” “PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS,” “Fortnite: Save the World Founders Pack” and more.
Not yet an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass member? There’s also huge savings on Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass memberships during Ultimate Game Sale. Get 3 months of Xbox Live Gold for $10** or 3 months of Xbox Game Pass for $10**. Exclusions apply and promotional offers not valid for existing members.
6. Enter to win the Ultimate Doppelgamer Sweepstakes

Help us celebrate the return of Ultimate Game Sale with the Ultimate Doppelgamer Sweepstakes! Whether it’s an accidental resemblance or the result of hours of cosplay, we know there’s a game character you look like — your doppelgamer. Share that resemblance by uploading your pic on Instagram or Twitter (or both) with the tags #UltimateDoppelgamer and #Sweepstakes, between July 17-30 to be entered for a chance to win a trip to PAX West in Seattle****. Learn more and check out the full rules.
Ultimate Game Sale already is in full swing, so visit your local Microsoft Store or shop online to take advantage of these deals before the sale ends July 30.
*Offers shown are available 7/19/2018 to 7/30/2018 on select items in Microsoft Store while supplies last. Offers and content varies by market and may change at any time. Not valid on prior orders or purchases. May not be combinable with other offers. Other exclusions and limits may apply. Offers on gaming devices, accessories, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets are limited to the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada. 
 **After promotional period, Xbox Live Gold subscription continues to be charged at the then-current regular monthly price (subject to change) plus applicable taxes, unless cancelled. Credit card required. Promotional offer not valid for existing subscribers. 
***After promotional period, Xbox Game Pass subscription continues to be charged at the then-current regular monthly price (subject to change) plus applicable taxes, unless cancelled. Credit card required. Promotional offer not valid for existing subscribers. Subscription required to play games; catalog varies over time.
****No Purchase Necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. + DC 18+. Game ends 7/30/18. For details, see Official Rules.

Dev Center’s Year in Review: 2017

In 2017, the Dev Center Team has been hard at work bringing new features and programs to the Windows developer community. Our goal is to deliver features that will help you, as a developer, attract new customers, engage with your current Windows 10 customers and monetize your apps and games on Windows.  Today, we want to share all the new and exciting things we’ve brought to the community within the past year. Below are just some of the improvements we’ve made:
The Dev Center experience:
Experience a modern and efficient Dev Center dashboard

Use the Import/Export feature to quickly create and update Store listings
Schedule the precise date and time that your app will be available in Store
Flexible sale pricing and configuration to help promote your app

Monetization opportunities:
Xbox Live Creator’s Program – now any developer can integrate Xbox Live into their game and publish to Xbox One and Windows 10

Offer In-app purchases subscriptions with automated recurring billing (Dev Center Insider Program feature)
Desktop Bridge – bring existing apps and games to the Microsoft Store and UWP
See how Evernote used the Desktop Bridge to bring their app to Microsoft Store

Customer engagement:
Create more engaging Store listings with video trailers that could drive more acquisitions

Offer personalized content to specific segments of your customer using targeted offers
Use search terms to help optimize how your app shows up in customer searches
App & game analytics:
View near real time health analytics for your apps
Filter health data with new filters; OS release version, architecture, Sandbox and PRAID

Download CAB files for app failures in the Health report that occur on a Windows Insider release
See how many customers viewed you Store page, acquired, installed and used your apps by viewing the Acquisition funnel
View your app reviews grouped according to categories with Review insight categories to see where you should focus improvement efforts

See how your customers are engaging with Xbox features in your game with Xbox analytics
Understand the impact of any Xbox Live client errors through the Xbox Live service health tab

View acquisition reports for your Office add-ins on Dev Center
Health and Install reports for Windows desktop applications (available through the Windows Desktop Application Program)
Microsoft Ads Platform:
Join the Windows Premium Ads Publishers Program which curates a list of best in class apps and games in terms of usage, engagement and experience

Utilize the Microsoft Ad Monetization Platform that provides ad mediation service ensuring that ads from different networks are delivered to developers from a single SDK
You can now use interstitial and native ads through the Microsoft Advertising SDK
We’ve added new ad networks (Taboola, Outbrain, Revcontent, SpotX and Smartclip) to our platform to help increase fill rates and revenue
We would like to thank all the Windows developers, publishers and partners for continuing to invest in the Windows 10 ecosystem. We look forward to continuing our work to help make you successful in 2018!