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State of Decay 2 now available worldwide on Windows 10, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox One

State of Decay 2 is the ultimate zombie survival fantasy, where it’s up to you to decide how to survive in an open, post-apocalyptic world. State of Decay 2 takes everything you loved about the first game and greatly expands on it – giving you more unique survivor characters, more backstories and skills for each member, more community and base management options, and bigger maps to survive in.
State of Decay 2 also adds one of the most requested features from the community: cross-platform co-op. You and up to three of your friends can survive together on Xbox One or Windows 10 PC and help develop one player’s community, and then everyone returns to their games with extra supplies and loot after playing co-op. As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, you’ll get both versions with one digital purchase and be able to switch seamlessly between them, as all game progress, Gamerscore and Achievements are saved on and accessible through Xbox Live.
The Standard Edition of State of Decay 2 is available to Xbox Game Pass members ($9.99 monthly subscription) starting today. In addition, the State of Decay 2’s Standard Edition ($29.99) and State of Decay 2: Ultimate Edition ($49.99) can be purchased via the Microsoft Store or your favorite retailer.
Read more over at Xbox Wire!

State of Decay 2 now available worldwide on Windows 10, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox One
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Microsoft Store announces PC digital game gifting

Last Fall, the Microsoft Store enabled gifting of select Xbox One digital games, Xbox One downloadable game content (durables only), and Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions. This feature has been a huge hit with our fans and has made buying presents for friends and family even easier, especially around the holidays.
Today, the Microsoft Store team announced over at Xbox Wire that they’ve expanded digital gifting to include PC games and PC downloadable game content (e.g. map packs, skins). Further, all Xbox One games are now eligible for digital gifting. Head over here to learn how to get started!

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A closer look at MSI’s new gaming laptops powered by Windows 10

These devices, powered by Windows 10, come with simple, built-in Mixer streaming for low-latency, interactive moments for viewers and streamers to engage with other gamers, while Xbox Play Anywhere enables you to buy a game once and play it on both your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.
 The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

The GS65 Stealth Thin features a 144 Hz display with 4.9mm thin bezel design, achieving a stunning 82% screen-to-body ratio. Packing advanced features in to the smallest dimension possible, with outstanding golden diamond-cutting design, the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin brings gaming laptops into a new, stylish gaming era. It arrives equipped with the 8th Gen. Intel Core i7 processor, GEFORCE GTX 10 series graphics and MSI Cooler Boost Trinity cooling design to provide uncompromised gameplay for all gaming perfectionists.
144Hz thin bezel gaming laptop with minimized dimension: Maximizing the vision with 4.9mm ultra-thin bezel and an 82% screen-to-body ratio, it provides a magnificent visual gaming experience. The 15.6-inch display features a 144Hz refresh rate and only 7ms response time to elevate the gaming and entertaining experience with clear and vibrant visuals.
Premium Aesthetics: Weighing a mere 1.8 kg and just 17.7mm in height, the GS65 Stealth Thin packs 8+ hours battery life into the incredibly slim chassis.
Gaming experience optimized Per-Key RGB Keyboard by SteelSeries and Dragon Center 2.0: You can customize each key and receive real-time game status through keyboard lighting. The various animated effects come in 16.8 million colors, offering not only personized gaming aesthetics but also practical benefits like lighting only the frequently used keys.
The flagship GT series gaming laptops featuring intel core i9 processors
MSI’s latest generation of its flagship GT lineup powered by Windows 10 arrive with latest 8th Gen Intel processors and up to Core i9 overclocked processors. Together with NVIDIA SLI graphics cards and rapid mechanical RGB keyboards, the new GT series pushes performance beyond the limit and offers uncompromising desktop gaming experience for the pro gamers.
MSI GT series now also uses SAMUNG DDR4-2666 ultra-speed memory module, offering even higher gaming performance. With the latest SAMSUNG M.2 NVMe PCI-E Gen.3 SSD at up to 5x faster speed of SATA SSD, the new GT series brings ultimate data access performance.
Let’s take a look at the lineup:
GT75 Titan

The GT75 Titan features Intel Core i9 processors with fully unlocked hexa-core performance. With the MSI exclusive Cooler Boost Titan cooling design, the fully unlocked 6-core 12-thread configuration releases its full potential with extreme overclock performance.
In addition to the 10Gbps Killer Ethernet, the GT75 also features an upgraded wireless connection to the latest Killer Wireless-AC 1550. With up to double the speed of the standard 802.11ac Wi-Fi, gamers can enjoy smooth and lag-free gaming experience with or without plugging into Ethernet.
GT83 Titan
The GT83 Titan is been designed to pack full desktop gaming experience in a mobile powerhouse and integrates a full Cherry MX Speed Silver switch keyboard. The new 8th gen Intel processor comes with 6 cores under the hood, along with GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics and exceptional cooling.
GT63 Titan
Built upon the popular GT62 series, the new GT63 has evolved in both aesthetic and performance and now features the latest 8th gen Intel processor and up to GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.
The GT63 now also features per-key RGB SteelSeries gaming keyboard. It comes with everything gamers know and love, but takes lighting to a new level by granting gamers the ability to customize every single key to their own liking. From built-in lighting presets to personalization in 16.8 million colors, every GT63 can be unique and like no other.
Head over here to learn more about everything MSI announced!

All the new laptops, All-in-Ones, and game-ready PCs Dell announced this week

Powered by Windows 10, these devices arrive built-in with your digital personal assistant Cortana* and optional cameras and fingerprint readers that light up Windows Hello for fast and secure login. With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can also save files in OneDrive, and access them like any other file on your PC without filling up disk space; download files on-demand; or select files to always be available offline – or, tell your story easily in the reimagined Photos app with a soundtrack, transitions, 3D effects, and more.
Your gaming device with Windows 10 comes with simple, built-in Mixer streaming for low-latency, interactive moments for viewers and streamers to engage with other gamers, while Xbox Play Anywhere enables you to buy a game once and play it on both your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.
Let’s take a closer look at these devices.
Dell is making the XPS 15 even more powerful with the latest 6-core 8th Generation Intel Core processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics.

Wrapped in a refreshed platinum silver exterior with premium materials and finishes, Dell’s most powerful XPS laptop also includes a stunning UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD InfinityEdge touch display with 100% Adobe RGB color for lifelike images for creation or entertainment. The 15.6-inch performance laptop is also only 4lbs, and includes Windows Hello log in with an optional fingerprint reader in the power button, and the ultimate connectivity with Thunderbolt 3 with four lanes of PCI Express and HDMI 2.0.
Everything you need, all in one device: Inspiron New AIO Series

With the Inspiron 22 and 24 3000 series, Dell delivers an affordable AIO available in both glossy black and white with all the right features for basic computing and entertainment.
Includes a 5” or 23.8” FHD IPS wide-viewing angle monitor, built-in stereo speakers and pop-up webcam all in one slim panel
Up to 7th Gen Intel Core processors, up to 16GB of storage, DDR4 memory and optional NVIDA GeForce MX110 discrete graphics, combined with a stylish design. It includes a keyboard and mouse.
 

The new Inspiron 24 5000 AIO delivers powerful performance, rich feature options and superior connectivity optimized for multi-media entertainment, perfect for families who want solid performance and storage at a reasonable price.
Features include:
Up to Intel 8th Gen Core processors, optional NVIDIA GTX 1050 gaming quality graphics, and Intel Optane Memory to help reduce buffering time and enables a more fluid and enjoyable video streaming experience.
8-inch InfinityEdge IPS display with antiglare and FHD resolution, and up to 32GB DDR4 memory
Conveniently log in with one look with Windows Hello and the optional IR-camera

Lastly, the new Inspiron 27 7000 AIO introduces enhanced Inspiron AIO experience and powerful performance.
Features include:
Up to Intel 8th Gen Core processors and optional NVIDIA GTX 1050 Graphics Card
Beautiful, sweeping, nearly borderless 27-inch InfinityEdge display with up to 4K UHD resolution
Next-generation technologies such as HDR and virtual reality to provide immersive eye-popping visuals for entertainment enthusiasts and gadget lovers
Multi-taskers will love the speed DDR4 memory offers
Get the best of both worlds of capacity and speed with a dual hard drive option, with up to 1TB HDD and 256GB PCle NVMe SSD
 
Dell is also announcing a new version of the Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 with an Abyss Black finish and top of the line features including Intel Core i7 processors, premium 4k UHD touch screen, higher capacity SSDs, 16GB of DDR4 memory, NVIDIA MX130 discrete graphics and included Dell Active Pen.
Dell and Alienware debut new portfolio of gaming laptops
Alienware and Dell are launching six new high-performance gaming laptops based on the new Intel 8th Gen H-Series processors, as well as the Dell G-series, a suite of PCs designed and engineered for the gamer who prioritizes performance and excellent gameplay, starting at $749. Native Mixer streaming provides low-latency, interactive moments for viewers and streamers to engage with other gamers–no extra hardware or software required, while Xbox Play Anywhere enables you to buy a game once and play it on both your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Stay connected with your gaming community through the Xbox app and the power of Xbox Live.
Alienware 15 and 17 boost performance with Intel 8th Gen H-Series CPUs

Alienware 15 and 17 gaming laptops will offer:
New Intel 8th Gen i5, i7, and i9 H-Series CPUs with up to 6-cores, enabling overclocking up to 5.0GHZ
Alienware’s mechanically engineered improved cooling technology, Alienware Cryo-Tech v2.0, with 50% thinner fan blades and a vapor chamber on the CPU to cool down the higher number of cores more efficiently.
The next generation of Alienware Command Center, which introduces a simple yet elegant new interface to help novice and experienced gamers optimize, overclock, and tune Alienware PCs and peripherals to their unique gaming needs.
Joining the Alienware 15 and 17’s iconic space grey aesthetic, Alienware welcomes a sleek new Epic Black color option in both sizes.**
Introducing Dell G-series, a robust new portfolio of four new affordable game-ready PCs starting at $749

The new game-ready laptops include powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics, 8th Gen Intel H-Series CPUs, thermal management solutions, intelligent content prioritization software, anti-glare IPS panels, and other complimentary game-ready features.
Dell G3 15 and 17
Coming in 15 and 17-inch sizes, Dell G3 15 and 17 laptops are powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 up to 1060 Max-Q discrete graphics, 8th Gen Intel quad-core H-Series CPUs up to i7, dual fans and dual drives with SSD options
The laptops 2×2 WiFi antenna design provides great wireless performance, while the SmartByte software prioritizes gaming and video content to keep games and videos smooth, even during large file downloads
All encased in a refined performance inspired design and a silky matte exterior finish, the laptops boast a sleek 22.7mm (15) / 25mm (17) profile encouraging gaming-on-the-go
Dell G3 15 will offer three color options (Black, Recon Blue, Alpine White) and Dell G3 17 will offer two color options (Black, Recon Blue).**
Dell G5 and G7 15
For those seeking a step-up in performance from the G3 systems, the Dell G5 and G7 15 come in a sleek 25mm thin 15-inch chassis, with powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics
The systems feature 6GB GDDR5 dedicated memory, 8th Gen Intel 4- and 6-core H-Series CPUs (up to i7 in G5 and i9 in G7), dual fans and dual drives with SSD options
G7 15 will offer optional i9 CPU and UHD display (3840×2160) configurations, available in late April
Killer 1×1(supporting up to 2×2) Networking optimization and SmartByte software responsively prioritize content downloads for liquid smooth gaming and streaming
Designed to push heat and noise away from the user, Dell equipped a front air intake and rear exhaust vent to the laptops’ frames to keep players cool, and able to game longer
Immersing players deeper into the game, Dell G5 and G7 15 will also offer an optional IPS UHD 4k panel to summon a premium on-screen experience
Dell G5 15 is available in either Standard Black or Beijing Red flavors, and Dell G7 15 is available in either Standard Black or Alpine White.**
Pricing and availability
Available now in US, China and Europe and shipping later in April:
Alienware 15 and 17 available on Dell.com starting today at $2,399.99 and $3,699.99 with additional configurations starting at $1,449.99 and $1,599.99 coming April 10.
Dell G7 15 is available on Dell.com starting today at $1,099.99 with additional configurations starting at $849.99 on April 10.
Available April 16:
Dell G3 15 and 17 will be available April 16 globally on Dell.com starting today at $749.99 and $1,099.99 with additional configurations starting at $799.99 (Dell G3 17) soon.
Dell G5 15 will be available April 16 globally today on Dell.com starting at $949.99 with additional configurations starting at $849.99 soon.
Head over here to read more about everything Dell announced this week!
*Cortana available in select markets. **Colors and sizes will vary by region.

Sea of Thieves now available worldwide on Windows 10 and Xbox One

The week of launch is basically one long celebration of Sea of Thieves, with an array of cool activities across the world. We have our launch events across all Microsoft Store locations in the U.S., with special events at the flagship Microsoft Store in New York and Sydney. The Quest for the Golden Bananas offers crafty crews riddles to solve for a chance to win four 18-carat gold bananas, while which The Voyage live stream in the UK presents an opportunity for the community to engage with their favorite content creators.
The game is available to buy now for $59.99/£49.99/€69.99, and you have the ability to purchase it for your personal library or become a member of Xbox Game Pass and play for $9.99 a month. As a reminder, Sea of Thieves is also an Xbox Play Anywhere title so if you purchase digitally on either Xbox One or Windows 10 PC, or acquire via Xbox Game Pass, you can play on either platform. We are also completely embracing the magic of cross-play, with players seamlessly playing together regardless of platform of choice.
Get Sea of Thieves here!

We’ve also got a variety of bundles and accessories to support the Sea of Thieves launch. If you’re in the market for a console, the Xbox One S Sea of Thieves bundle features a digital copy of Sea of Thieves and 1 month of both Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass, while the purchase of a new Xbox One X now until March 24 also comes with a digital copy of the game. If you’re looking to further embrace the pirate life, check out the amazing Xbox Wireless Controller – Sea of Thieves Limited Edition, the “Tales from the Sea of Thieves” lore book, our beautiful “Art of Sea of Thieves” book, the Comic range, or the Seagate Special Edition 2TB Game Drive.
Read more about today’s launch from Joe Neate, Executive Producer at Rare, over at Xbox Wire!

State of Decay 2 releasing May 22 on Windows 10 and Xbox One — Pre-orders start today

State of Decay 2’s Standard Edition will be available for $29.99 and fans can also purchase State of Decay 2: Ultimate Edition for $49.99. State of Decay 2: Ultimate Edition includes 4 days early access beginning May 18, along with two add-on packs: “Independence Pack” and “Daybreak Pack” (available at a later release date) on both Xbox One and Windows 10. Gamers who pre-order between now and May 21 will also receive some exclusive in game pre-order items.
State of Decay 2 is the ultimate zombie survival fantasy, where it’s up to you to decide how to survive in an open, post-apocalyptic world. Featuring unique survivor characters with their own backstories and motivations, expanded options to manage your community and develop your base. In addition, State of Decay 2 features one of the most requested features from the community: cross-platform co-op, where you and up to three of your friends can survive together on Xbox One or Windows 10.
Pre-order the Standard Edition for $29.99 and Ultimate Edition for $49.99 today!

State of Decay 2 can be pre-ordered starting today at your favorite retailer’s site or at the Microsoft Store through the following links: Standard Edition and Ultimate Edition. Starting this week, fans can check out exclusive first reveals of State of Decay 2 on IGN throughout the month of March here, and stay tuned to Xbox Wire and Major Nelson for all the latest State of Decay 2 news!

FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION available now

Graphics-wise, the Windows Edition includes many of the latest cutting-edge technologies, allowing for gameplay with an even more beautiful picture quality than Xbox One. With HDR support, the image quality can be output at 4K resolution and a maximum framerate of up to 120 FPS (Frames Per Second).
Download FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION here!
Windows Edition includes integrated Nvidia Gameworks technology, adding incredibly high-quality graphic expressions to various parts of the game, as well as support for Windows Sonic so you can experience more immersive audio with the flip of a switch.
The other striking thing about the Windows Edition is that the game features have been expanded to meet the needs of PC gamers, including first-person view, mouse and keyboard controls and customization support for PC gamers, as well as support for 21:9 wide-screen display support, cloud-sharing and more.
To read more about the magic of FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION , as well as the challenges the team overcame in its development, head over to Xbox Wire!

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite available today on Windows 10!

Join your favorite heroes in Story Mode as they team up to battle the frightening Ultron Sigma, the merged form of Ultron and Sigma, who plans to unleash a virus that will decimate all organic life. Or, you can try your hand at Arcade Mode where every win will advance you towards a confrontation with the final boss in an epic showdown of skills.
Download the Standard Edition or the Deluxe Edition from the Microsoft Store!

In Mission Mode, you can complete a tutorial with 10 missions that focus on combos and special moves created to help you learn to play a specific character. In Training Mode, various parameters can be set to hone your skills, improve your fighting abilities, or discover new teams to play. Once you’ve completed your training, you can go head-to-head against the CPU to fight AI-controlled opponents of various difficulty. And be sure to access the Dr. Light Database which contains numerous unlockable items including cut scenes from the Story Mode, background information, concept art, and audio tracks!
Take your skills online to battle other players across a variety of modes like Ranked Match, Casual Match, and Beginners League. Search for or create your own lobby where up to eight players can engage in simultaneous player-vs-player matches. View rankings or replay your favorite matches and experience them all over again!
The Windows 10 version of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will include all balance changes and bug fixes since its initial launch in September 2017 and will include cross play with Xbox One players. The Windows 10 version will have the same features as the Xbox One version, and it’s compatible with Xbox Play Anywhere so you can play on Xbox One as well.
The Standard Edition is available for MSRP $39.99 and the Deluxe Edition is available for MSRP $59.99. Read more over at Xbox Wire, and play Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite on Windows 10 now!

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite available today on Windows 10!
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How to watch the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Mixer Livestream on Feb. 19

How to watch the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Mixer Livestream on Feb. 19
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The Definitive Edition of the original Age of Empires with the Rise of Rome expansion pack is launching on Feb. 20, local time for Windows 10 PCs! To mark the occasion, the flagship Microsoft Store in New York is hosting a special livestream from the Mixer NYC Studio on Feb. 19, so fans around the world can experience the action. Join hosts Kate Yeager, Adam Isgreen from Microsoft Studios, Bert Beeckman from Forgotten Empires and more special guests as they discuss the remastering of the classic real-time strategy game, stream gameplay and share their best tips and tricks.
You’ll be able to get the game from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 beginning at midnight on Feb. 20!

Let’s talk about specs for Sea of Thieves

This marks an exciting time for the team as they move towards the game’s launch on March 20, as it gives you the chance to see what the performance will be like on your system;

For more detail into how Sea of Thieves has been built from the ground up for Windows 10, and for more technical insight into all the great features coming to PC, head over here to read more about today’s news!

Let’s talk about specs for Sea of Thieves
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