This Week on Xbox: November 17, 2017

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

Black Friday Deals: Xbox One S Lowest Price Ever at $189, Gold & Xbox Game Pass for $1 each, Up to 65% Off Games, Accessories & More
Xbox has you covered this Black Friday with discounts on games, accessories, Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, and Xbox One S at its lowest price ever. Starting at just $189 and featuring built-in Ultra HD Blu-ray playback and 4K video streaming, Xbox One S is the best value in games and entertainment… Read more

Experience Your Games in Full Audio Immersion with Windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos Spatial Sound
This holiday, not only can you play your games on Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console, but you also have a broad and diverse lineup of new games to experience – including Forza Motorsport 7, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Assassins’s Creed Origins, Super Lucky’s Tale, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds… Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: ARK: Survival Evolved
Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console… Read more

John Boyega to Play Star Wars Battlefront II on Xbox Live Sessions Wednesday, November 15
Now that we’ve launched Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console, it’s time to have another exciting episode of Xbox Live Sessions! Next up we have someone I’m a huge fan of: actor John Boyega! He’ll join the interactive livestream hosted on the Mixer Xbox Channel… Read more

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Assassin’s Creed Origins Tips
Hey, Xbox gamers! The Tips & Tricks team is here with five tips for Assassin’s Creed Origins. This game takes place in ancient Egypt, but the dry desert heat is the least of your worries. You play as Bayek, a Medjay ranger on a revenge-quest to take out a mysterious, masked group of murderers – and that’s just the beginning… Read more

Play Rainbow Six Siege for Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold
Rainbow Six Siege is stronger now than it’s ever been. After nearly two years of updates, tweaks, and expansions, its tactical attackers vs. defenders matches have been honed into a fast, focused experience that continues to grow and improve… Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Hitman
Today, we’ll be chatting with IO Interactive’s Jonas Meyer, Lead Programmer on the intense action game Hitman: Game of the Year Edition. What specifically is your development team doing to enhance Hitman for Xbox One X? For Hitman on Xbox One X, we provide two different modes… Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Mafia III
We’ll be chatting with Hangar 13’s Andy Wilson, Executive Producer on the open-world action game Mafia III. What specifically is your development team doing to enhance Mafia III for Xbox One X? We have focused on a number of significant graphical improvements for the Xbox One X… Read more

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No Mittens Needed: Snowfall Arrives in Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition
Hello again, mayors. It’s the Cities: Skylines team here, and we’re delighted to share the first expansion from our Season Pass with you: Snowfall. It brings along a new look, new challenges, and new features for your favorite urban planning game. In Snowfall, a set of new Winter-themed maps… Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to Warframe Plains of Eidolon
Welcome to Warframe and our newest update, Plains of Eidolon, which launched earlier this week on Xbox One. For new players jumping in and enamored by the thrill of an open landscape in Warframe, and who want to get to the Plains ASAP, here is a quick guide to point you in the right direction… Read more

Game Gifting via Microsoft Store

Give the Gift of Games this Holiday!
In the past, if customers wanted to send a game to friends or family as gifts, they relied on physical discs or gift cards. Starting today, gamers on Xbox One can now give gifts right in Microsoft Store – just in time for the holidays. Now you can gift select Xbox One digital games and downloadable game content… Read more

Xbox One S: Buy a Bundle and Choose a Game for Free for a Limited Time
When you purchase any Xbox One S bundle you can choose a bonus game like Star Wars Battlefront II. And take advantage of promotional pricing also, with bundles starting at $249, available at GameStop and other retailers… Read more

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The Sims 4 Arrives on Xbox One Today
Howdy, Simmers! Can you believe it?! Just a few short months ago, we announced The Sims 4 was coming to console – and now it’s here! Launch day is finally here, and The Sims 4 is officially available for Xbox One. In addition to The Sims 4 base game, you can add some of our most popular add-on… Read more

Announcing Path of Exile: War for the Atlas on Xbox One
Three months ago, we achieved one of our long-standing dreams of releasing our game, Path of Exile, on Xbox One. Since this launch we’ve been happy to welcome so many new Path of Exile fans into our community and to receive feedback that we have integrated into the updates we’ve released so far… Read more

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SOMA Coming to Xbox One December 1 with Console Exclusive Safe Mode
“What is consciousness?” I can’t remember the exact moment that I asked myself the question, but once I did I couldn’t stop thinking about it. After that I read everything I could find on the subject, but it never really satisfied my appetite. While there were lots of scientific articles and plenty of works of fiction… Read more

Trove – Adventures is Now Live on Xbox One
Trove – Adventures is an all-new, free expansion for Trove released earlier this week. To celebrate this massive event, we’re giving away a stunning new Prismatic Lasercorn mount now through December 18. Whether you’re new to Trove, or an old pro, the Forbidden Spires biome is going to blow your mind. Explore this newly discovered land and face off against fierce draconic forces… Read more

Xbox Live Gold Members Can Now Get a Jump Start on Black Friday Savings
Starting today, Xbox Live Gold members can take advantage of great deals on Xbox digital games during the Black Friday Gold Early Access sale. Xbox Live Gold members enjoy an exclusive 4-day head start on Black Friday, with savings up to 65% on Xbox digital games, movies, and TV shows… Read more

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Xbox Live Gold Members Can Now Get a Jump Start on Black Friday Savings

Starting today, Xbox Live Gold members can take advantage of great deals on Xbox digital games during the Black Friday Gold Early Access sale. Xbox Live Gold members enjoy an exclusive 4-day head start on Black Friday, with savings up to 65% on Xbox digital games, movies, and TV shows. Plus, Xbox Live Gold members receive up to 10% more in savings on top of existing Black Friday game deals. Gold Early Access lasts until November 20, so now’s a great time to find that perfect gift for yourself, friends, or family.

Save Up to 65% on More Than 500 Black Friday Deals

This year there are more than 500 Black Friday deals on popular Xbox games and add-ons including Call of Duty: WWII Digital Deluxe, Destiny 2 Digital Deluxe, FIFA 18, NBA 2K18, Assassins Creed Origins, and many more. And don’t forget the many Xbox 360 fan favorites on sale, playable on Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Red Dead Redemption, Skate 3, and more.

Save on Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Subscriptions

Not an Xbox Live Gold member? Get Xbox Live Gold for just $1 for your first month and join the greatest community of gamers on the most advanced multiplayer network. Get 2 – 4 free games every month, and save up to 50 – 75% on games for Xbox One from Microsoft Store. Sign in and save before this offer expires on November 27 (online only).

Need even more Black Friday gaming deals? For the first time ever, join Xbox Game Pass for just $1 for the first month and play over 100 great games, from exclusives like Halo, Gears of War and Fable, to critically-acclaimed indie titles like Limbo. Sign in and save before this offer expires on November 27 (online only).

A Better Way to Gift Xbox Games

Skip the holiday lines this year and give the gift of great games to your friends and family. Now you can gift select Xbox One games and downloadable game content as well as Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions, right from Microsoft Store on your Xbox console, on Windows, or online. Limitations apply. See here for Terms and Conditions.

Black Friday deals will be available to everyone starting November 21, so check out Xbox.com to take advantage of these great deals before they end on November 27, 2017.

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Xbox One S: Buy a Bundle and Choose a Game for Free for a Limited Time

When you purchase any Xbox One S bundle you can choose a bonus game like Star Wars Battlefront II. And take advantage of promotional pricing also, with bundles starting at $249, available at GameStop and other retailers.

Own the Xbox One S Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Bundle (500GB), featuring a full-game download of racing favorite Forza Horizon 3 including the best-selling Hot Wheels expansion, and choose a bonus game for only $249! Drive, explore, and race all over Australia in more than 350 of the world’s greatest cars, and experience the highest rated, best-selling racing franchise of this generation.

Or, discover the mysteries of Ancient Egypt with the Xbox One S Assassin’s Creed Origins Bonus Bundle (1TB), and choose an additional game! Unravel the origin story of the Assassin’s Brotherhood, then master the art of destruction in the intense close quarters confrontations, team play, and explosive action of Rainbow Six Siege.

Choose from several titles as your bonus game, including Star Wars Battlefront II, Forza Motorsport 7, and Madden NFL 18.  With Star Wars Battlefront II, embark on an all-new Battlefront experience from the bestselling Star Wars HD game franchise of all time. Become the hero and play as a fearless trooper, pilot a legendary starfighter, fight as your favorite iconic Star Wars character, or forge a new path as an elite special forces soldier through an emotionally gripping new Star Wars story.

And with Xbox One S, you get the best value in games and entertainment. Xbox One S has over 1,000 games including the biggest blockbusters, most popular franchises, and games you can only play on Xbox One. Access all of your favorite entertainment through apps like YouTube, Netflix, and more. Play with your friends near and far, use your apps, and enjoy built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K video streaming.

Plus, enjoy 100 additional games right out of the box with a free month of Xbox Game Pass. Whether you’re playing games, watching your favorite shows or streaming gameplay, Xbox One S delivers brilliant graphics with HDR technology, premium audio, and fast, reliable online gaming with friends.

Head to Xbox.com to purchase a console from participating retailers including Amazon, Target, GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart.com, and Microsoft Store. This promotion ends Saturday, November 18 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for November 13 – 19

This past week we saw the release of some great games on Xbox One, like the console exclusive Super Lucky’s Tale, the arcade racer Need for Speed Payback, and the (true) fantasy football experience of Mutant Football League entering Xbox Game Preview. Now for this week on Xbox, we’ll see the arrival of the life-sim classic The Sims 4, the return of the gritty noir classic L.A. Noire, and travel to a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars: Battlefront II. Learn more about these games and more below and come back every week to find out what’s Next Week on Xbox!


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This Week on Xbox: November 10, 2017

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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… Read more

Xbox One X: Explaining 4K, HDR, Supersampling and More
As we continue to roll up to the release date of Xbox One X on November 7, you’ve no doubt heard us talking a lot about feature terminology: 4K, High Dynamic Range (HDR), supersampling and others. Just a few weeks ago, Major Nelson sat down with Albert Penello to cover many of your questions about Xbox One Enhanced… Read more

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There Are Xbox One Consoles and Accessories for Everyone This Holiday
It’s been an exciting year for Team Xbox. Just a couple days ago, on November 7, we launched the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X, which joins Xbox One S in the Xbox One family of devices. The Xbox One gaming experience features a robust library of titles… Read more

Get Your Hands on The Sims 4 Before Launch with EA Access
Hello, Simmers! It’s an exciting time for us working on The Sims 4, as we prep for our official release on Xbox One this November 17. But starting today, we are especially excited to exclusively offer Xbox players a trial of the game before launch through EA Access. If you’re a member of EA Access, you can now enjoy up to 10 hours of The Sims 4… Read more

Gears of War Esports Takes Over the Flagship Microsoft Store This Weekend
This weekend, the flagship Microsoft Store in New York will host the Gears Esports Fall Regionals tournament, where some of Gears of War’s most prestigious pro teams will battle it out for a $20,000 prize pool as part of Season 2 of the Gears Pro Circuit. The flagship Microsoft Store will host the tournament on Saturday, November 11… Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: The Elder Scrolls Online
Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console… Read more

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Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Madden NFL 18
Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console… Read more

Play Star Wars Battlefront II First on Xbox One Plus Win an Ultimate Intergalactic Bundle
Droids marching on Theed’s Royal Palace. Tauntauns racing underneath lumbering AT-ATs on Hoth. First Order Stormtroopers exchanging blaster fire with Resistance fighters on Starkiller Base. This is Star Wars Battlefront II and the Play First Trial on Xbox One is available starting Thursday, November 9 for EA Access members… Read more

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Xbox and Under Armour Team Up To Create the Xbox One X “More Power” Curry 4 VIP Kit
To celebrate the launch of Xbox One X and the all-new Curry 4 from Under Armour, a showcase of premium design, innovation and performance has united to become the Xbox One X and Curry 4 “More Power” VIP Kit… Read more

Super Lucky’s Tale Is Here!
Hello, from all of us at Playful! This is an incredible day for us. We finally get to hand the controller to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC players and see what they think of Super Lucky’s Tale! The Lucky’s Tale series is a diary of sorts for our development team. The original Lucky’s Tale, both our first platformer and first experience… Read more

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Native 4K Racing on Xbox One X Begins Today with Release of Forza Motorsport 7 and New Demo
Since the launch of Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, we’ve been energized by our fans’ feedback and engagement. We’re excited to share that with the release of Forza Motorsport 7, starting with early access in September, and the continued success of Forza Horizon 3, the Forza franchise has had its biggest months to date… Read more

Xbox One X Launch Events from Around the World
This week, across the world, fans flocked to special Xbox events to celebrate the highly-anticipated launch of Xbox One X. Launch festivities were captured in a live broadcast from the Mixer NYC Studio on Mixer, Xbox.com, Twitch and Facebook Live. There are some highlights below, but you can grab all of the photos from each event in the Media Assets section… Read more

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Experience HDR and 4K with the Insects Demo Experience on Xbox One X
When you pick up your Xbox One X on November 7, you’ll experience many of the latest cutting-edge technology features that will be focused in gaming for years to come like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range, or HDR as it’s better known, as well as Spatial Audio. To help showcase these new features to you, even if you may not have the 4K display to run… Read more

Helzberg Diamonds Celebrates the Xbox One Family of Devices This Holiday
Season’s greetings! Here at Xbox we’re getting into the holiday spirit by teaming up with Helzberg Diamonds for some amazing Xbox One family offers. To help spread love and joy throughout the holiday season, Helzberg physical and online retail stores will gift customers an Xbox One S Starter Bundle with purchases of $999.99 or more… Read more

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Play Star Wars Battlefront II First on Xbox One Plus Win an Ultimate Intergalactic Bundle

Droids marching on Theed’s Royal Palace. Tauntauns racing underneath lumbering AT-ATs on Hoth. First Order Stormtroopers exchanging blaster fire with Resistance fighters on Starkiller Base. This is Star Wars Battlefront II and the Play First Trial on Xbox One is available starting Thursday, November 9 for EA Access members.

All of the multiplayer maps and modes will be available, meaning you’ll experience all three eras of Star Wars. Whether you’re in the mood for ground-based combat in Galactic Assault, Heroes vs. Villains, or Strike, or thrilling space battles in Starfighter Assault, there’s plenty to try in the 10-hour trial. You can also play through the first three chapters of the single-player campaign, as Iden Versio guides the elite Inferno Squad through a galaxy plunged into chaos.

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Xbox is celebrating the launch of Star Wars Battlefront II with the Ultimate Intergalactic Sweepstakes. From November 8 through November 12, fans in the United States and United Kingdom can enter every day for a chance to win one of 1,000 1-month EA Access daily token giveaways (500 for US and 500 for UK daily) as well as Star Wars Battlefront II digital tokens.

Plus, your daily entry also includes the chance to win the Xbox Ultimate Intergalactic Bundle, which includes an Xbox One S, custom Xbox Design Lab controller, and a collection of Star Wars digital games including Star Wars Battlefront II, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens, and more! For terms and conditions and to enter the sweepstakes, visit the Star Wars Battlefront II Sweepstakes page here.

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EA Access membership lets gamers play a growing collection of EA’s best games as much as they want, including games from series like Battlefield, Madden NFL, FIFA, Dragon Age and more. Plus, members get an automatic 10% discount on EA digital purchases on Xbox One, and the ability to play new EA games like Star Wars Battlefront II before they’re released for a limited time. All stats, achievements, and save progress carry over to the full game if they decide to buy.

For more information on new features and the latest announcements for Star Wars Battlefront II, visit the official Star Wars Battlefront II website. To stay current on all the latest updates, follow the EA Star Wars Facebook page and Twitter handle @EAStarWars and join the conversation. For more details on EA Access, and to sign up and play first, visit the official EA Access page.

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