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postheadericon Xbox introduces future of gaming beyond console generations and without boundaries

A speaker is seen at the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing Rehearsal on Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Microsoft/AP Images)
Microsoft debuts new Xbox One family of devices, Xbox Live features and biggest lineup of games in Xbox history on Monday, June 13, 2016 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Microsoft/AP Images)

LOS ANGELES — JUNE 13, 2016 — Monday at the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing, Microsoft Corp. unveiled a new family of Xbox One devices, a host of new Xbox Live features and the biggest lineup of games in Xbox history. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer underscored the Xbox team’s commitment to building a future of gaming beyond console generations and inviting gamers to play without boundaries.

Xbox is working to bring Xbox Live to all devices and networks — PC, console, virtual reality and mobile — to create a unified experience where all gamers are welcomed, respected and supported. The new Xbox Play Anywhere program lets gamers buy a game once and play it on both their Windows 10 PC and Xbox One console with shared progress, game saves and achievements. Every new Microsoft Studios title shown at the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing will support Xbox Play Anywhere, with more titles on the way.

“Gamers have never had more choice in how and where they play,” Spencer said. “We are bringing our biggest games lineup ever to Xbox One and Windows 10, uniting gamers across networks on Xbox Live and expanding the Xbox One family of devices with the addition of Xbox One S and “Project Scorpio” to give gamers more choice in how and where they play. There’s never been a better time to be an Xbox gamer.”

Introducing the Xbox One family of devices

The new lineup of Xbox One hardware and accessories delivers unprecedented choice and level of personalization for gamers. All Xbox One devices will play current and future Xbox One games as well as titles in the Xbox One Backward Compatibility program, and all accessories will work across every console in the Xbox One family as well.

  • Xbox One S. Debuting a sleek new design and “robot white” color, the new Xbox One S is the smallest and most compact Xbox ever. The 40 percent smaller console has an internal power supply and supports 4K Ultra HD for Blu-ray movies and content streamed from partners like Netflix and Amazon Video. High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for video and gaming delivers richer, more luminous colors in games like “Gears of War 4.”1 Available for preorder beginning today and in stores starting August 2016:
    • 500GB Xbox One S is $ 299/249 pounds/299 euros
    • 1TB Xbox One S is $ 349/299 pounds/349 euros
    • Limited launch edition 2TB Xbox One S will be available in select markets for $ 399/349 pounds/399 euros
  • “Project Scorpio.” Coming holiday 2017, “Project Scorpio” will be the most powerful console ever created, with 6 teraflops of GPU delivering a premier console gaming experience including true 4K gaming and high-fidelity virtual reality. “Project Scorpio” will join the Xbox One family and coexist alongside Xbox One and Xbox One S and all of your Xbox One games and accessories are compatible.
  • New Xbox Wireless Controller. We’ve enhanced comfort with a textured grip and introduced a sleek, streamlined design in white. Added Bluetooth radio gives you easy wireless connection to your Windows 10 PCs and tablets.2 The new Xbox Wireless Controller will be available worldwide starting in August for $ 59.99/49.99 pounds/59.99 euros.
  • Xbox Design Lab. Now fans can create their own official, one-of-a-kind Xbox Wireless Controllers with more than 8 million color variations to customize the controller body, D-pad, thumbsticks, ABXY buttons and more. Each controller is handmade to order and shipped directly to fans. Xbox Design Lab is open for orders now in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico for $ 79.99 through http://www.xbox.com/xboxdesignlab. Laser engraving is also available for an additional $ 9.99.
  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller – “Gears of War 4” Limited Edition. A pro-level controller designed in collaboration with The Coalition, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller – “Gears of War 4” Limited Edition features laser-etched claw marks and a battle-weathered design, telling the survival story of a confrontation with the Swarm. Available in very limited quantities in early October for $ 199.99/199.99 euros/159.99 pounds with pre-orders starting the week of June 13 at select retailers.

Uniting gamers through Xbox Live

The goal of Xbox Live is to cultivate a safe, fun and reliable online community, where all types of gamers are welcome, respected and supported. Team Xbox announced a slew of new features to break down barriers between gamers playing on different devices and make gaming more accessible for all.

  • Clubs on Xbox Live. A new way to connect with gamers and create private communities with people who have similar play styles, personal interests and values.
  • Looking for Group on Xbox Live. Like a “want ad” for multiplayer, Looking for Group on Xbox Live is the easiest way to seek out players who are available — and qualified — to jump into your multiplayer match right now.
  • Arena on Xbox Live. A new online tournaments platform designed for everyone, from novice to aspiring pro, Arena on Xbox Live brings competitive gaming to Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. Sign up for tournaments directly through the Xbox UI or the Xbox app and play for prizes and bragging rights.
  • Cross-play. Gamers on Xbox One and Windows 10 can now play select multiplayer games together. “Gears of War 4,” “Forza Horizon 3,” “Sea of Thieves” and “Scalebound” all support cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, and now “Minecraft” players on iOS, Android, Windows 10 phone and Windows 10 devices can all join together in cross-device multiplayer fun.
  • Cortana on Xbox One. We’re bringing the popular digital assistant Cortana to Xbox One, featuring familiar voice commands available on Windows 10 devices and new gaming-specific scenarios for Xbox One. Cortana will initially launch on Xbox One in the U.S. and U.K. with additional markets coming soon after.
  • PC games (Win32) in Xbox Live. With the Xbox update coming this summer you’ll see the top PC games on Xbox Live, with more added every month. Use the Xbox app to see what PC games your friends are playing, view game clips and upload your own, and message and voice chat with friends across games.
  • Language Region Independence. Based on overwhelming fan feedback, we’re enabling Language Region Independence to give gamers even more control over their Xbox experience and how they engage with their Xbox One. Language Region Independence gives gamers the freedom to choose any supported language on Xbox One, regardless of their location.

Biggest lineup comes to Xbox One and Windows 10

Xbox premiered a wide range of games launching in 2016 and beyond for Xbox One and Windows 10, including a mix of exclusives, blockbusters and independent games through the ID@Xbox program.

  • “ARK: SURVIVAL EVOLVED” (FIRST ON XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10). The wildly popular indie game from Studio Wildcard has sold over 1 million copies on Xbox One via Game Preview, and is soon coming to Windows 10. Stranded naked, freezing and starving on a mysterious island, you must hunt, harvest, craft items, grow crops and build shelters to survive. Learn how to tame, train, breed and ride dinosaurs and primitive creatures living on the ARK as you forge new paths across the beautiful open world in this large-scale survival game. Team up with hundreds of players online, play split-screen locally or brave the island on your own.
  • “BATTLEFIELD 1” (ELECTRONIC ARTS). Featuring some of the largest, most dynamic battles in FPS history, experience the dawn of all-out war across war-torn France, in the sand dunes of the Arabian Desert, and in the skies over London — only in “Battlefield 1.” Join in massive 64-player battles and experience unexpected Only in Battlefield moments during a time where the old world was destroyed, giving way to the new one. Play it first, exclusively on Xbox One with EA Access beginning Oct. 13. Available worldwide on Xbox One and Windows PC on Oct. 21, 2016.
  • “DEAD RISING 4” (WORLD PREMIERE). Developed by Capcom Vancouver, “Dead Rising 4” marks the return of photojournalist Frank West in an all-new chapter of one of the most popular zombie game franchises of all time. With an unmatched level of weapon and character customization, ambitious new features including new zombie classes and EXO Suits, “Dead Rising 4” delivers a heart-pounding experience as players explore, scavenge and fight to survive in an epic open-world sandbox. Available Holiday 2016 on Xbox One and Windows 10.
  • “FINAL FANTASY XV” (SQUARE ENIX). “FINAL FANTASY XV” is the highly anticipated action RPG and 15th mainline entry in the iconic “FINAL FANTASY” franchise. Set in an enthralling world where fantasy meets reality, players will join Crown Prince Noctis and his comrades on an epic journey of brotherhood, love and despair as they unravel Noctis’ destiny and take up arms against the nefarious Niflheim empire. With a captivating cast of characters, breathtaking visuals, open world exploration and action-packed real time combat, “FINAL FANTASY XV” is the ultimate “FINAL FANTASY” experience for fans and newcomers to the series. Available worldwide for Xbox One on Sept. 30, 2016.
  • “FORZA HORIZON 3” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE — WORLD PREMIERE). The best-selling racing franchise returns with “Forza Horizon 3.” Race and explore the rugged wonder of Australia with your friends in over 350 of the world’s greatest cars as you win millions of new fans and build the world’s greatest automotive festival. As the new boss of the Horizon Festival, you can modify every aspect of race events, and how you get to the finish is up to you. Available worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title on Sept. 27, 2016.
  • “GEARS OF WAR 4” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE). A new saga begins for one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his friends Kait and Del must rescue the ones they love and discover the source of a monstrous new enemy. “Gears of War 4” returns the franchise to the dark tone and intensity of the original and includes split-screen and online co-op, the next generation of the five-player favorite, Horde Mode, 60 frames-per-second Versus multiplayer, and stunning visuals powered by Unreal Engine 4. Available worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title on Oct. 11, 2016.
  • “GWENT” (WORLD PREMIERE OF CLOSED BETA ON XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10). “Gwent,”the hit card game from CD PROJEKT RED’s game of the year — “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” — is now its own standalone collectable card game. Inspired by player feedback, with new rules and mechanics, “Gwent” puts players and their style of play, and not only their cards, in the center of the action. In “Gwent,” You are the Wild Card.
  • “HALO WARS 2” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE). The best-selling console real-time strategy (RTS) of all time is back! Developed in partnership by 343 Industries and Creative Assembly, “Halo Wars 2” is an action-packed RTS on the biggest Halo battlefield ever. Get ready to lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces like Warthogs, Scorpions and exciting new units in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy, The Banished. Available worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title on Feb. 21, 2017.
  • “INSIDE” (FIRST ON XBOX ONE). Developed by Playdead, “INSIDE” is the long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s groundbreaking digital hit “Limbo.” Featuring Playdead’s trademark dark art, emotion and game craft, this adventure puzzler ships June 29, 2016, and is available for pre-order now. To celebrate the launch, “Limbo” will be free to all Xbox players from June 13‒20.
  • “MINECRAFT” (REALMS AND ADD-ONS). Mojang and Microsoft showcased cross-device multiplayer between iOS, Android, Samsung Gear VR and Windows 10 devices, made possible with Monday’s launch of the “Friendly Update” for “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” Beta and “Minecraft: Pocket Edition.” With Xbox Live and the “Minecraft Realms” service, Windows 10 and mobile Minecraft players can host their own multiplayer worlds on private, cloud-based servers and play with friends 24/7, even when the original world creator is offline. Starting today, players with Xbox Live accounts can try “Minecraft” Realms on mobile and Windows 10 free for one month through the “Minecraft” app. The team also announced new game add-ons coming this fall that will let players modify their in-game worlds to customize key game elements and create their own maps and minigames.
  • “RECORE” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE). From legendary video game creator Keiji Inafune and Armature Studio LLC, the team behind the “Metroid Prime” series, comes “ReCore,” an action-adventure game masterfully crafted for the modern generation. Play as Joule, one of the last remaining humans, and forge friendships with courageous robot companions to lead them on an epic adventure through a mysterious, dynamic world. Available worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title starting Sept. 13, 2016.
  • “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. Be the pirates you want to be, share adventures with friends, and set your own rules, roles and goals in a world where every sail on the horizon is another crew of players with unknown intent. “Sea of Thieves” offers an experience that will evolve over time, landing in players’ hands early and growing based on feedback from the community.
  • “STATE OF DECAY 2” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE, WORLD PREMIERE). The next installment in the fan favorite “State of Decay” franchise immerses you in an all-new multiplayer zombie survival fantasy. Players work together to build lasting communities where choices made shape an interconnected world and form a unique experience every time. Available worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title in 2017.
  • “SCALEBOUND” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE). From critically acclaimed developer PlatinumGames Inc. and renowned Game Director Hideki Kamiya, “Scalebound” brings epic adventures and battles at enormous scales across the beautiful and dangerous open world of Draconis. Customize main hero Drew and your dragon, Thuban, to suit your playstyle as you battle legions of soldiers and massive monsters solo or cooperatively with up to three additional friends on Xbox Live. Available worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title in 2017.
  • “TACOMA” (FIRST ON XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10). It is the year 2088, and humanity has taken to the stars. You step aboard the abandoned space station “Tacoma,” the facility’s Augmented Reality technology your only connection to the crew that once lived here. What happened to them — and what role did the station’s AI overseer, ODIN, play? Discover the truth in “Tacoma,” Fullbright’s follow-up to the genre-defining story exploration game “Gone Home,” when it comes to Windows 10 and Xbox One next year.
  • “TEKKEN 7™” (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC.). An engrossing story intertwines the past, present and future fates of fan-favorite characters in “TEKKEN 7.” Known for revolutionizing the fighting genre through both its hard-hitting gameplay and diverse cast of characters, “TEKKEN 7” introduces enhanced fight mechanics alongside a slew of new combatants to ensure that your next fight won’t ever be your last. Available worldwide for Xbox One in early 2017.
  • “TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION– EXPANSION I: UNDERGROUND” (UBISOFT®). Dive into the underbelly of New York to save what remains in Underground, the first expansion for “Tom Clancy’s The Division.” Explore the randomly generated mazes of subways, tunnels and sewers to fight deadly enemies and recover powerful loot. Experience an all-new incursion and find the latest weapons, gear and more. Available first on Xbox One and Windows PC beginning June 28.
  • “WE HAPPY FEW” (FIRST TO CONSOLE ON XBOX ONE). Developed by Compulsion Games, “We Happy Few” is coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One this summer. In a dystopian, mod 1964 England that lost World War II, the citizens of Wellington Wells are taking a happy drug called “Joy,” and living in denial of their grim existence and a terrible past. Can you survive among them once you stop taking your Joy become a “Downer?”

Pre-order now at your Microsoft Store or local retailer

With more than 100 retail locations across the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia, and through microsoftstore.com, fans can begin pre-ordering their favorite games and select accessories and hardware from this year’s Xbox E3 2016 Briefing right now. For a list of Microsoft Stores, visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/find-a-store.

Other news

For additional news throughout E3 week, tune in live to Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Tuesday and Wednesday, and go to https://news.xbox.com.

More details about Xbox One, Xbox One games and the latest Xbox news at Xbox E3 2016 Briefing can be found at https://news.xbox.com.

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Multiplayer on Xbox One requires Xbox Live Gold subscription (sold separately).

1 4K streaming with select apps, see Xbox.com. HDR functionality available with supported games and TVs. Some apps require app provider-specific subscriptions and/or other requirements.

2 Windows 10 Anniversary update required.

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postheadericon Microsoft issues warning after Xbox Live certificate ‘inadvertently’ leaks

A malicious attacker could in theory use the leaked security certificate to launch a man-in-the-middle attack, intercepting Xbox Live usernames, passwords and even payments made by game players.

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postheadericon 1,000 Windows 10 deals at just 10 cents, Xbox One at $299 and more as Microsoft shares holiday deals

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 20, 2015 — This holiday season, Microsoft Corp. has a collection of Black Friday deals, ranging from 1,000 digital movie, music, game and app deals at just 10 cents on Windows 10 devices to Xbox One starting at $ 299, PCs at less than $ 150, and more, for shoppers on everyone’s lists. These great digital and hardware deals — available at the Windows Store, more than 110 Microsoft Stores nationwide and a collection of retail partners, as applicable — provide access to Skype, Office 365, Xbox Live, a wide variety of Windows apps, Cortana and other Microsoft services. Plus, get free shipping and free returns on hardware products from some participating retailers, including http://www.microsoftstore.com. And, if you can’t find exactly what you need from our great selection of deals, Microsoft Edge with Cortana can help you find coupons at other top retailers. From the entertainment enthusiast to the gamer on your list, we’ve got you covered.

Gifts for the entertainment enthusiast

Windows is thanking its fans for reaching 110 million devices running Windows 10 by offering 1,000 10-cent deals over the next 10 days. Those running Windows 10 in the U.S. will be able to download movies, songs, games and apps for 10 cents each using the Windows Store. Starting today and while supplies last, customers can rent movies including “Jurassic World,” “Terminator Genisys” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” Songbirds can purchase today’s top hits including “What Do You Mean,” by Justin Bieber, “All of Me,” by John Legend, and “Timber,” by Pitbull. Deals change daily, so be sure to check back each day.

Gifts for a gamer

From Thursday, Nov. 26, through Monday, Nov. 30, select Xbox One console bundles will be available starting at $ 299, the lowest price ever for Xbox One, at Microsoft Stores, http://www.microsoftstore.com and select retail partner locations. You can also save $ 50 off the estimated retail price of any of the 12 Xbox One holiday bundles this season. Plus, gamers can take advantage of more than 150 game deals, some up to 40 to 60 percent off, and try Xbox Live Gold for one month for $ 1.

Gifts for those on the go

The new Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL with Windows 10 are the perfect partners for your PC, with one Windows experience — one set of files and apps — updated across your Windows 10 devices, as well as Cortana assistance, Continuum, superior processing speed and display resolution, 20MP camera, and 4K video capture. The Microsoft Lumia 950 will be available at Microsoft Stores, http://www.microsoftstore.com, http://www.att.com and AT&T U.S. retail stores in time for Black Friday. Additional Black Friday deals on Lumia phones include these:

Gifts for anyone on your list

Be sure to take advantage of these great offers on Microsoft Office at your local Microsoft Store, http://www.microsoftstore.com, and at select retailers nationwide:

  • $ 10 off Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal.
  • The Work & Play Bundle for just $ 149 includes a one-year subscription to Office 365 Home, Xbox Live Gold, Skype Unlimited World, unlimited Wi-Fi, Assure Software Support, plus a $ 60 promotional gift card for digital entertainment content. That’s a savings of over $ 350.*
  • $ 50 off Office Home & Student and Office Home & Student for Mac.

And if those gift ideas aren’t enough, check out these additional resources for inspiration:

Microsoft stores: Your one-stop shop for everyone

Head to Microsoft stores, the place to buy the most incredible new products, including the Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 and Microsoft Band 2. If you’re having trouble deciding what to buy, our friendly associates at Microsoft Stores can help you pick the best gift for everyone on your list, especially with Black Friday deals with savings of up to $ 200 on the Surface Pro 3 and only $ 399 for the Dell Inspiron 15 — that’s $ 350 saved. Additional deals at stores include these:

Black Friday deals begin online Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 9 p.m. PT and are available at more than 110 Microsoft Stores. Check http://www.microsoftstore.com/locations for a listing of local store hours. All stores will be open Friday, Nov. 27. Select stores will be open Thursday, Nov. 26. Check the site for specific hours for your location.

Microsoft Edge: The best deals, from our family to yours

Starting today, Microsoft Edge will support over 100 retailers including Macy’s, Target and Toys “R” Us through our partnership with Shopular, a leading coupon provider.

Microsoft partner deals for Black Friday

In addition to the great deals happening across Microsoft and at Microsoft Stores, here is what our partner retailers and Windows 10 device partners have in store for Black Friday (while supplies last):

Acer.com

  • The Acer Aspire R13 is a high-performance 13.3-inch convertible notebook. Normally available for $ 1,499, it will be available for just $ 1,099.
  • The Acer Aspire Switch 11V is a 2-in-1 notebook and tablet PC in one flexible device. Normally available for $ 649, it will be available for just $ 499.

Best Buy

  • HP Envy 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop with Intel Core i5 — 6 GB of memory, 1TB hard drive and Windows 10 for $ 479.99 (save $ 200).
  • Samsung ATIV Book 9 Spin has a 360-degree rotating display, 13.3-inch LED QHD+ touchscreen and Intel Core i7 for $ 1,299, which is $ 100 off the MSRP. This offer is available from Nov. 22 to Nov. 25.

Dell

  • Something very special from Dell will be available on QVC.com Monday, Nov. 23.
  • The latest version of the Alienware 15 gaming laptop has a sixth-generation “Skylake” Intel Core i7 processor, an Nvidia GTX 970M GPU, and a 15.6-inch 1,920×1,080 display for $ 1,199.99. That’s down $ 300 from the normal price.

Lenovo.com

  • With the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, enjoy the benefit of multiple devices in one: a 13.3-inch 2-in-1 multimode laptop perfect for multimedia at $ 699, a total of 53 percent off.

Walmart

Black Friday is just the start of the holiday season. Be sure to visit , your local Microsoft store or any of our retail partners throughout the holidays for more deals and information on the hottest new devices and gifts.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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postheadericon Xbox unveils more of its greatest games lineup in history

COLOGNE, Germany — Aug. 4, 2015 — Today Xbox opened gamescom 2015, the world’s biggest interactive games and entertainment expo, with new game reveals for Xbox and Windows 10, extending the company’s greatest lineup in Xbox history into 2016.

The company debuted world-premiere gameplay of anticipated exclusives “Crackdown 3,” “Scalebound” and “Killer Instinct Season 3,” alongside a new gameplay demo of the heavily anticipated “Quantum Break.”

Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, at the Xbox gamescom 2015 Briefing on Tuesday, 4 August 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Ina Fassbender for Microsoft)
Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, at the Xbox gamescom 2015 Briefing on Tuesday, 4 August 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Ina Fassbender for Microsoft)

Xbox also announced “Halo Wars 2” — an exciting new strategy game packed with fast-paced action, massive battles and an all-new Halo story, coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in fall 2016.

Shawn Ashmore, lead actor for Remedy Entertainment’s “Quantum Break,” surprised fans as he took the stage with Remedy’s Creative Director Sam Lake to discuss and showcase the game’s latest time-amplified gameplay features.

By popular fan request, Xbox announced DVR for Over-the-Air TV is coming to Xbox One as a subscription-free service1 in 2016. Once Xbox One is set up for over-the-air TV, Xbox One owners will be able to record their favorite TV shows, movies and sporting events and store them onto a hard drive, so the amount of recorded content is only limited by the size of the drive.

The Greatest Games Lineup in Xbox History Starts Today

The launch of “Rare Replay” on Aug. 4, 2015, kicks off the 2015 Xbox games lineup, which was the most awarded lineup in Xbox history at E3 2015. Today at gamescom, the company revealed more 2015 games news and gave fans an in-depth look at the blockbuster games available this fall:

  • 343 Industries signaled the return of Halo eSports with the Halo World Championship, kicking off this fall with the biggest investment in Halo eSports history — a $ 1 million prize pool.
  • Crystal Dynamics gave fans their first look at one of the expansive hubs gamers will be able to explore in the highly anticipated “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” before showing off Lara’s new guerilla combat skills and the awe-inspiring Prophets Tomb, filled with secrets to be discovered when the game releases this November, exclusively on Xbox.
  • Turn 10 Studios announced four additional tracks coming to “Forza Motorsport 6,” each built from the ground up for this generation — Circuit of the Americas, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Sonoma Raceway and Germany’s famous Hockenheimring — as well as all-new Forza Race Leagues that offer competitive 24-player multiplayer on dedicated servers.2
  • Electronic Arts shared a look at “FIFA 16,” detailing the full roster and new features coming to FIFA Ultimate Team Legends, and reminded fans that EA Access members3 will get exclusive early access to the game beginning Sept. 17, only on Xbox One.
  • Gamers who purchase Square Enix and Avalanche Studios’ upcoming open-world action adventure “Just Cause 3” on Xbox One will exclusively receive “Just Cause 2. 4
  • Ubisoft provided a look at the German CTU featured in its upcoming multiplayer shooter “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.” Gamers who purchase the game on Xbox One will exclusively receive both “Rainbow Six Vegas” and “Rainbow Six Vegas 2. 4
  • Oxeye Game Studio, co-founded by “Minecraft” Lead Developer Jens Bergensten, Daniel Brynolf and Pontus Hammarberg, will launch indie title “Cobalt” as a console exclusive on Xbox 360 and Xbox One in October 2015.
  • ID@Xbox showed several innovative titles at gamescom, including “Worms WMD,” “Thimbleweed Park,” “Train Simulator,” “Ark : Survival Evolved,” “Sheltered,” “We Happy Few,” “Bloodstained” and more than 30 independent games coming to Windows 10. Fans have a lot more to look forward to, as more than 150 new ID@Xbox titles are coming in the next 12 months.
  • Just in time for the holidays, two exclusive “FIFA 16” console bundles, a limited edition “Halo 5: Guardians” console bundle and two new limited edition controllers from “Halo 5: Guardians,” are all available for preorder starting today.
  • Mojang announced that since the launch of “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” beta less than a week ago, players have traveled more than 826 million meters in-game; the equivalent of circling the earth 20 times.

Xbox One Backward Compatibility Launches in November with 100 Xbox 360 Titles and Games With Gold Support

  • Since the announcement of Xbox One Backward Compatibility at E3 2015, fans have cast over 3 million total votes on Xbox Feedback for the Xbox 360 titles they’d like to play on Xbox One.
  • Xbox One preview members have logged more than 83 years playing Xbox 360 backward-compatible titles on Xbox One.
  • Gears of War” and “Shadow Complex” are the newest titles playable on Xbox One today through Backward Compatibility.
  • Xbox One will be the only next-generation console to offer backward compatibility for free this November. With more than 100 Xbox 360 titles and hundreds more to follow.
  • All future Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles will be playable on Xbox One, meaning Xbox Live Gold members will have more free games to play each month on Xbox One.

Xbox Is Home to the Most Anticipated Exclusives and Blockbusters of 2016

Building on the greatest games lineup in Xbox history announced at E3 2015, including games like “ReCore,” “Sea of Thieves” and “Gears of War 4,” Microsoft revealed additional details on the exciting lineup of titles coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in 2016:

  • “Crackdown 3” (XBOX ONE EXCLUSIVE). Stop crime as a superpowered Agent of justice in this hyperpowered sandbox of mayhem and destruction. Developed by original creator Dave Jones, “Crackdown 3” delivers cooperative mayhem and an all-new multiplayer mode2 where destruction is your ultimate weapon, powered by the Microsoft Cloud. Multiplayer beta beginning in 2016.
  • “Dark Souls III.” Known for delivering a high level of unrelenting challenge to gamers, the next chapter of the “Dark Souls” saga returns with “Dark Souls III.” Developer FromSoftware returns to create a new blighted world for players to explore. The embers of a once-proud kingdom set the stage for this new adventure. Players will battle against fearsome enemies and bosses with a variety of weapons and magic through a mysterious land riddled with secrets.
  • “Halo Wars 2” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE). An exciting new strategy game packed with fast-paced action, massive battles and an all-new Halo story, “Halo Wars 2” is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in fall 2016. Developed by Creative Assembly, a SEGA company and the creators of the popular “Total War” series, in partnership with 343 Industries, “Halo Wars 2” is the sequel to the game that redefined real-time strategy on consoles.
  • “Homefront: The Revolution.” “Homefront: The Revolution” is an open-world first-person shooter where you must lead the Resistance movement and wage guerrilla warfare against a superior military force to ignite the Revolution. The dynamic, evolving world responds to your actions as an oppressed nation rises up in defiance against the occupation.
  • “Killer Instinct Season 3” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE). Launching in March 2016 on Xbox One and Windows 10, “Killer Instinct Season 3” was announced at gamescom and features eight new characters, including Rash from Battletoads. Killer Instinct and “Rare Replay” players can download and play a limited sneak peek of Rash on Xbox One starting Aug. 4.
  • “Quantum Break” (XBOX ONE EXCLUSIVE). From the makers of “Max Payne” and “Alan Wake,” Remedy Entertainment showcased new gameplay and footage of “Quantum Break,” the studio’s latest blockbuster game with time-amplified action and a suspenseful storyline brought to life in a way never done before in the gaming world. “Quantum Break” will be available on April 5, 2016.
  • “Scalebound” (XBOX ONE EXCLUSIVE). Unite with a fearsome, noble dragon in “Scalebound,” the next great adventure from critically acclaimed developer PlatinumGames and renowned Game Director Hideki Kamiya. Available fall 2016.

DVR for Over-the-Air TV Coming to Xbox One

With DVR for Over-the-Air TV, you can stream shows to other devices, schedule recordings and take your shows with you on-the-go.

  • Stream recorded TV shows to other devices in your home and schedule recordings while on the go, either via the Xbox app on Windows 10, or through Xbox SmartGlass for iOS and Android.
  • Add, review and edit your scheduled recordings from your Windows 10, iOS or Android PC, tablet or phone while you are away from home with ease.
  • Download shows to your Windows 10 phone, PC or tablet so you can watch them on an airplane, on a bus – really anywhere – even without an internet connection.

New Xbox One Consoles Offer Fans More Ways to Play This Holiday

In addition to the previously announced “Forza Motorsport 6” Limited Edition Console and Xbox One “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” Bundle, Microsoft offers even more options for bringing home Xbox One at a great value this fall.

  • Xbox One “Halo 5: Guardians” Limited Edition Bundle. Featuring a 1TB custom-designed console and controller, a full game download of “Halo 5: Guardians,” the Warzone REQ Bundle that includes 14 premium Requisition Packs, access to “Halo: The Fall of Reach” animated series, and more. The bundle is available starting Oct. 20 for an estimated retail price of $ 499.99/399 pounds/499 euros, so fans will have the benefit of pre-downloading “Halo 5: Guardians” to be ready for launch day.6
  • Xbox One 1TB and 500GB EA SPORTS™ “FIFA 16” Bundles. Pre-order the Xbox One 1TB EA SPORTS™ “FIFA 16” bundle or Xbox One 500GB EA SPORTS “FIFA 16” bundles today. The Xbox One 1TB EA Sports “FIFA 16” Bundle includes a full-game download of “FIFA 16,” three Xbox exclusive FIFA Ultimate Team Loan Legends and one-year of EA Access for an estimated retail price of $ 399.99/369 pounds/399 euros. The Xbox One 500GB EA SPORTS “FIFA 16” Bundle includes a full-game download7 of “FIFA 16,” three Xbox exclusive FIFA Ultimate Team Loan Legends and one-month EA Access for an estimated retail price of 319 pounds/369 euros. Regional offers may vary. As an EA Access member, play “FIFA 16” and other upcoming EA games on Xbox One for a limited time before they’re released.7

Xbox Chatpad and Halo Limited Edition Controllers Take Your Gaming to the Next Level 

  • The Xbox Chatpad. A new Xbox Chatpad for all Xbox One controllers will let you compose messages to friends, enter codes and search apps in seconds. Two new programmable buttons8 available mid-2016 on Xbox One only will give you access to your favorite features like Game DVR, screenshots or apps at the touch of a button. The Xbox Chatpad is coming this November for an estimated retail price of $ 34.99/29.99 pounds/34.99 euros.
  • Xbox One Limited Edition “Halo 5: Guardians” Wireless Controller. Featuring a unique laser-etched design inspired by Spartan Locke and UNSC technology, the controller includes metallic blue accents, UNSC military insignias and a bonus Requisition Pack including the Resolute visor. The controller will be available starting in early October for an estimated retail price of $ 69.99/59.99 pounds/69.99 euros.
  • Xbox One Limited Edition “Halo 5: Guardians” “The Master Chief” Wireless Controller. Featuring the signature green and metallic orange accents of the Master Chief’s armor, the controller includes laser-etched designs and a bonus Requisition Pack including the Dauntless visor. The controller will be available starting in early October for an estimated retail price of $ 69.99/59.99 pounds/69.99 euros.

About Xbox

Xbox is Microsoft’s premier entertainment brand for the TV, phone, PC and tablet. In living rooms or on the go, Xbox is home to the best and broadest games, as well as one of the world’s largest libraries of movies, TV, music and sports. Your favorite games, TV and entertainment come to life in new ways through the power of Kinect, Xbox SmartGlass and Xbox Live, the world’s premier social entertainment network. More information about Xbox can be found online at http://www.xbox.com.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

1 After purchasing the necessary hardware, there are no monthly service fees for OneGuide or Xbox One Live TV DVR services.

2 Online multiplayer requires Xbox Live Gold subscription (sold separately). Broadband Internet required for streaming; ISP fees apply.

3 EA Access requires paid subscription, sold separately; see http://www.ea.com/eaaccess for details. Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately) also required to access certain vault title online features. Conditions and restrictions apply.

4 Xbox One Backward Compatibility feature works with select Xbox 360 games, see http://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one/backward-compatability. Xbox 360 accessories and Kinect, and games requiring those accessories, are not compatible with Xbox One consoles. Xbox Live and broadband Internet required for initial download of game to console. General availability of backward compatibility expected fall 2015.

5 Some features of Game DVR for Xbox One require Xbox Live Gold subscription (sold separately).

6 Digital content provided on multiple labeled download cards inside package. Download from Xbox Live; ISP fees apply. Warzone REQ bundle requires Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately). Halo: The Fall of Reach – Animated Series is streaming only via Halo Channel.

7 “FIFA 16” code and FIFA Ultimate Team™ Loan Legends token inside; game download from Xbox Live and requires up to 20 GB. Loan Legends will be randomly selected and only available for play in five games. After complimentary year, EA Access requires paid subscription, sold separately; see http://www.ea.com/eaaccess for details. EA Access Terms are located at http://www.ea.com/eaaccess/terms.html. Xbox Live Gold (sold separately) also required to access certain Vault title online features. Conditions and restrictions apply.

8 Programmable keys for Xbox One only.

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Top Routers for Gaming - Xbox One & Xbox 360

Image from Xbox Game Far Cry 4

In these heady days of online gaming, the importance of a strong wireless network cannot be overstated. And at FlashRouters, we’re committed to offering the best routers for gaming, whether you prefer PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or any other system out there.

Today, we’re going to focus on a couple of the earlier incarnations of the Xbox, and tell you just how you can get the most out of your console with the best routers for Xbox and Xbox 360.

How a Router Can Affect the Xbox One/Xbox 360 Experience

Top Routers for Gaming

Best Routers for Xbox & Xbox 360

As you’re no doubt aware, Xbox 360 is a generation back from the modern console wars, and the original Xbox goes even further back. Nonetheless, some of the major features of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are still available on the Xbox and Xbox 360.

Online gaming and streaming movies & television are notorious bandwidth-hogs, both of which are primary features on the Xbox One and Xbox 360, as well as the original Xbox. So while these devices may not have a sensor attuned to the user’s heartbeat or any of the other eerily dystopian features of the Xbox One, they can still garner much of your network’s attention. And if you want to avoid annoying skips, stalls, and freezes in the middle of an important moment of Titanfall, then you’ll want a router performance and speed that delivers 24/7.

For the more advanced and frustrated users out there, DD-WRT also has integrated VPN connectivity for region restricted gaming, UPnP (Universal Plug and Play), advanced NAT controls, and many more available tweaks & router troubleshooting tips for Xbox.

Best Routers for Xbox One/Xbox 360

So if you’re interested in making your Xbox and Xbox 360 as fluid and flawless as possible, there’s really only one way to go:


If you don’t have a minute (and thirty-six) seconds to spare to watch the brief, explanatory YouTube video up there about FlashRouters, then maybe you can read about it super quickly!

At FlashRouters, our goal is to provide our customers with the most reliable, fast, and powerful routers available anywhere. We consistently achieve that goal by taking some of the best routers on the market, removing their stock firmware, and installing DD-WRT and Tomato firmware. These replacement firmware bring more features and more versatility to your wireless network, allowing you to do things you’ve never dreamed of with your router.

Do you want an Xbox or Xbox 360 (or even Xbox One) experience free of aggravating interruptions?

With an upgraded firmware router for your home, you can extend your wireless range, access advanced security options, and even control how your router bandwidth is allocated. Believe us, if you’re going to be gaming and streaming, being able to prioritize those activities in your network is an invaluable resource.

When it comes to FlashRouters, there’s no going wrong. We’ve got devices that cover a wide range of prices and power, but they’re all unified by their demonstrable excellence. You can go searching through our catalog on your own, or even take a look at the top DD-WRT routers for gaming list to find just the right router to suit your particular needs, but we’ve whipped together a list of some of our absolute favorites for the gamer who takes his or her wireless network seriously. Enjoy!

R8000 DD-WRT FlashRouter - Best Routers for Gaming - XboxOne/Xbox 360

    1. Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouterOur highest powered Netgear router, and preferred as the top wireless router for gaming.
    2. Netgear R8000 Wireless-AC3200 DD-WRT FlashRouter – Tri-band Wi-Fi (!) with six external antennae for maximum wireless range? Something tells us your gaming experience will be just fine with this beauty.
    3. Asus RT-AC87R Wireless-AC2400 DD-WRT FlashRouter – The ultimate Asus networking centerpiece.
    4. TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 DD-WRT FlashRouter – Our newest entry to our line and our first Wireless-AC TP-Link device. A gem with power and style to spare.
    5. Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Tomato WiFi Router Our most popular Tomato & Wireless-N VPN Router.

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Malicious DDoS attack blamed for taking major gaming networks Xbox Live and Playstation Network offline for Christmas…

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postheadericon XBox and PSN attacks were “marketing scheme” for Lizard Squad’s DDoS service

The attack which knocked the PlayStation Network (PSN) and Xbox Live offline over Christmas appears to have been a publicity stunt, designed to gain notoriety and draw attention to the hacking group which has claimed responsibility – Lizard Squad.

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13,000 login details including payment card numbers an expiry dates have leaked from online services including Amazon, Xbox Live, Playstation Network and more, according to Tech Crunch.

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