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Gears Pro Circuit Season 2 heads west to San Diego

Gears Pro Circuit Season 2 makes its first appearance on the West Coast this week with the Gears Pro Circuit San Diego Open, taking place from September 28th-30th at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center. The top Gears teams from around the world will all be in attendance as they battle it out for a piece of the $250,000 prize pool.

OpTic Gaming comes into the event as the favorite to take home the title following their dominating performance in New Orleans and winning the last seven online 2Ks. Echo Fox coming in as the second seed is looking to avenge their loss in New Orleans and take home the championship. Ghost Gaming and Spacestation Gaming, Europe’s top team, both feature new team members as they look to run the table to the Championship Match on Sunday.

San Diego also marks the Gears Pro Circuit debut of 2v2 Gnashers Only on Boxes. Featuring a $10,000 prize pool, this side tournament will take place during the Gears Pro Circuit San Diego Open and will have some of the top players in Gears looking to prove their CQB dominance. Anyone with an event pass (spectator or team) is eligible to compete for free. Registration will be from 10am-1pm PDT, on Saturday, September 29th at the main registration table on a first come, first serve basis. Make sure to get their early as the tournament is capped at 96 teams and will start at 2:00 PM PDT on Saturday.

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Watch all the action at http://live.gearsofwar.com starting at 2:00 PM PDT on Friday, September 28, then into the weekend on both Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM PDT.

Visit https://gearsofwar.com/en-us/esports and follow @EsportsGears on Twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest information about Gears Esports and the Gears Pro Circuit San Diego Open!

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Developers: Mouse and keyboard support enabled on Xbox One for select Xbox Insiders in coming weeks

At Xbox, we’re committed to bringing gamers more choice in what they play, who they play with and how they play. We’re also equally committed to providing developers with the best platform to create and deliver the best gaming experience on Xbox. Today we’re announcing a new way to play games on Xbox: we’re enabling mouse and keyboard support on Xbox One for select Xbox Insiders in the coming weeks.

With this new input support at the platform level, developers can now build mouse and keyboard support in their games if and how they choose. It’s important to note that mouse and keyboard support for games is added on a title-by-title basis, entirely at developers’ discretion. For all other titles, nothing changes. Mouse and keyboard input is not enabled by default for games. Each development team knows their titles best and we support them in creating the right experience for their games as they see fit, to ensure an optimal and fair gaming experience. Warframe will be one of the first titles testing mouse and keyboard input when the feature arrives to Insider in the coming weeks.

While most wired or wireless USB keyboards and mice will work on Xbox One, we know access to best-in-class hardware is a must. That’s why we’re partnering with a premiere peripheral manufacturer in the gaming hardware space – Razer – to bring you the best possible mouse and keyboard experience for this new functionality. We’ll have more to share soon on this partnership, but for now check out Razer’s website and our Xbox Twitter and Facebook pages for a sneak peek.

We’ve been working closely with studios of all sizes to ensure mouse and keyboard experiences on console are fun, fair and correctly balanced, and look forward to introducing more games with support for mouse and keyboard input in the future. Tune into the November 10 edition of Inside Xbox for more details about additional titles supporting mouse and keyboard, and to learn more about our partnership with Razer.

Features like mouse and keyboard support come to life with the right fan feedback. So, as always, please share feedback with us and with your favorite developers to ensure we’re getting this right. If you’d like to test out this experience on Xbox, you can join the Xbox Insider program. For more on the latest news from Xbox, stay tuned to Xbox Wire.

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Bid on custom Xbox One X Consoles from top celebrities to support Make-A-Wish

Back in 2007, to celebrate the first anniversary of Xbox 360, our Xbox team down under kicked off a program called Konsoles [sic] for Kids.

The idea was simple. Tap a local designer to jazz up some custom Xbox 360 consoles, get them autographed by some of the country’s top talent and auction them off for charity. Back then, we partnered with the likes of Peter Jackson, Russell Crowe, The Wiggles and a few others with a goal to raise $30,000 for Make-A-Wish.

This year, with the same great cause at heart, we’re taking this idea to a whole new level. Rallying some of the biggest names in sports, entertainment and the Internet at large, Xbox and Make-A-Wish have teamed up for the 2018 “Consoles for Kids” Charity Auction. Think Ninja, Post Malone, Ronda Rousey, iJustine, Dwayne Johnson. Charlie Puth, Carmelo Anthony and some of the squad of Liverpool FC. Jack Black, Prince Royce, Wiz Kahlifa. And on. And on. Some of our favorite gaming studios are even getting in on the action – the Master Chief and the team at 343 Industries, Todd Howard and the team at Bethesda and our Minecraft friends at Mojang. Each has inspired, signed and some even helped design custom Xbox One X consoles* that are being auctioned off to help raise money for Make-A-Wish.

From September 19 to October 3, Charitybuzz.com/makeawish is hosting the Xbox and Make-A-Wish “Consoles for Kids” Charity Auction. 100% of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish. Check out who else has signed up and joined the cause:

Sports and Entertainment

  • Caleb McLaughlin – Caleb is all about self-motivation and believing in yourself, this console is inspired by his motto #beyourbiggestfan.
  • Carmelo Anthony – What’s better than a signed console by Melo himself? A signed console AND signed pair of sneakers 😉
  • Charlie PuthATTENTION: How long can you resist this signed console by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Charlie Puth?
  • Dwayne Johnson & Emily Blunt– You can’t get any more solid than this custom Jungle Cruise Xbox One X signed by The Rock and Emily!
  • Justine Ezarik (iJustine) Justine is all about expressing herself in the tech space in creative and unique ways, she hopes this custom console will inspire others to get creative!
  • Jack Black – This console is inspired by Jack Black’s passion for live music performances…whether shredding on guitar, blazing a high pitched vocal or blowing a classic sax solo…JB always gives it 💯
  • Ludacris – Our most Ludacris Xbox One X console yet – signed by the man himself.
  • Liverpool F.C. – “You’ll never walk alone” with this exclusive Liverpool FC Xbox One X console and copy of PES 2019.
  • Ninja & Marshmello – It’s a bird, it’s a plane it’s a…Fortnite glider?! Streaming legends Ninja and Marshmello teamed up to sign this all-things Fortnite custom console signed with love, (X_X) and celebrating their E3 2018 Pro Am victory!
  • Post Malone – This console is inspired by Post Malone’s epic and inspirational performances from all around the world!
  • Prince Royce – This console is fit for a Prince (or Princess), inspired by Prince Royce’s iconic sound and style!
  • Ronda Rousey – Feel like a champion with this WWE Superstar’s one of a kind console!
  • SMOSH – America’s most popular comedy YouTube channel partners with Xbox to bring you this custom signed Xbox One X.
  • Usain Bolt – The fastest man and the most powerful console in the world come together for one gold-featured, signed console.
  • Wiz Khalifa – Show your true colors by adding our dopest Xbox One X to your collection, signed by Wiz!

Game Development Teams

  • Battlefield V – Join the action on the front lines in Battlefield V with this custom Xbox One X console, signed by the team at DICE in Sweden.
  • Fallout 76Signed by Todd Howard at Bethesda, this console features a tricentennial artwork befitting the brave pioneers of Vault 76.
  • HaloJoin the Master Chief on his quest to save humanity with this Xbox One X console, signed and designed by the team at 343 Industries.
  • Minecraft – Enjoy this Limited Edition Xbox One S console in all of its blocky goodness, signed by the team at Mojang.
  • Rocket League – Go for the goal and celebrate more than three years of Rocket League with this unique Xbox One X, signed by the team at Psyonix!

This is a special opportunity to make donations that can transform lives of kids with critical illnesses while also showing support for the games, entertainers, and athletes you love. Never before have I seen such an array of talent come together to support such a cause, and on behalf of Team Xbox, we’re privileged to support it. Thanks to Charitybuzz for hosting and to Make-A-Wish for letting us play a small part in granting wishes to help kids build strength to fight illnesses and improve their quality of life. We know it’s a game changer and together we want to help change the game.

To learn more about the “Consoles for Kids” Charity Auction, go to charitybuzz.com/makeawish. To learn more about donating to Make-A-Wish, visit wish.org.

*With the exception of the Limited Edition Minecraft Xbox One S, all consoles are Xbox One X

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Limited time offer: Get a year of Xbox Game Pass, ‘Forza Horizon 3’ and ‘Forza Motorsport 7’ to keep – all for just $99

With Xbox Game Pass, you can experience the ultimate value and freedom to play over 100 great games, including new Xbox One games from Microsoft Studios the day they release.

Microsoft is excited to announce a special offer that unites Forza and Xbox Game Pass fans. Starting today, get the best deal of the season for Xbox Game Pass and Forza games, just in time to hone your skills for the Forza Horizon 4 launch on October 2. For a limited time, get a year of Xbox Game Pass ($120 value), Forza Horizon 3, and Forza Motorsport 7 to keep – all for just $99. This offer is open to new as well as existing Xbox Game Pass members, starting September 13 through September 30, so get it today!

You can take advantage of this offer on Xbox.com or from your Xbox One console. You can begin playing games with Xbox Game Pass immediately and will receive codes to download Forza Horizon 3 and Forza Motorsport 7 via Xbox Message Center, likely within 7-10 days, but no later than October 21, 2018.

If you have a knack for racing or have just always been interested in giving the Forza series a try, this is the offer for you. Not only will you receive access to Forza Horizon 4 the day it launches on October 2, but you can also check out the most recent titles from the Forza Horizon and Motorsport series with this limited-time offer.

Forza Motorsport 7 lets you experience the thrill of motorsport at its limit with the most comprehensive, beautiful, and authentic racing game ever made. Forza Horizon 3 puts you in charge of the Horizon Festival where you can customize everything, hire and fire your friends, and explore Australia in over 350 of the world’s greatest cars. Make your Horizon the ultimate celebration of cars, music, and freedom of the open road. How you get there is up to you!

From recent blockbusters to critically-acclaimed indie titles, Xbox Game Pass lets you discover and download games you’ve always wanted to play or revisit favorites that you’ve been missing. With new games added every month, and the option to cancel anytime, Xbox Game Pass is your ticket to endless play.

Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for more news on Xbox Game Pass and all things Forza Motorsport. For the latest in Xbox Game Pass news, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Until next month, game on!

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Xbox now connects with Cortana and Alexa-enabled devices

Here at Team Xbox, we’ve had a long history in offering voice controls as a way to interact with your Xbox console through Kinect and headsets. Today, starting with select Xbox U.S. Insiders, we’re expanding voice support by introducing the Xbox Skill, which enables you to navigate and interact with Xbox One using voice commands through your Cortana and Alexa-enabled devices.

With the Xbox Skill, you can use voice commands to power your Xbox One console, adjust volume, launch games and apps, start and stop broadcasts on Mixer, capture screenshots, and more. It’s the fastest way to get into your games and one of the easiest ways to interact with your console for everyday tasks. For example, if you have the skill enabled on your Echo and you’re a part of the Insider preview, just say “Alexa, start Rocket League.” and this command will automatically turn on your console, sign you in, and launch your game.

The Xbox Skill integrates with your Cortana and Alexa-enabled device such as a Windows 10 PC, Amazon Echo, Harman Kardon Invoke, Sonos One, or Cortana and Alexa apps on iOS and Android, enabling voice commands to control your Xbox One console.

For Xbox Insiders* in the U.S. who want to try the Xbox Skill with Cortana or Alexa, here’s how to get started:

If you use Cortana:

  1. Sign into the Xbox you want to control.
  2. On your Windows 10 PC, click here and sign in with your Microsoft account to link the skill.
  3. Try your first command! “Hey Cortana, tell Xbox to open Netflix.”

If you use Alexa:

  1. Sign into the Xbox you want to control.
  2. Click here, sign in with your Amazon Account, and click Enable.
  3. Sign in with your Microsoft account to link the skill.
  4. Let Alexa discover your console, then follow the instructions to pair your console with Alexa.
  5. Try your first command! “Alexa, start Rocket League.”

Wondering what else the Xbox Skill can do? Just say “Ask Xbox what can I say?” to discover more commands for your console. For a full list of commands, troubleshooting assistance, and to give the team feedback and ideas, you can visit the Xbox Insider Subreddit.

As always, your feedback is important to us and our partners as we continue to evolve this experience and grow our voice integration across devices, digital assistants and voice services.

*Note to Xbox Insiders: We will be rolling the Xbox Skill out to Xbox Insider rings gradually. If the Digital Assistant setting is visible on your console in Settings -> Devices, then you are currently eligible to test the Xbox Skill. If it doesn’t appear, then please be patient as we are working quickly to add more Insider rings to the beta.

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Find out what Xbox is up to at PAX West 2018

Xbox is bringing games, gear, and more to downtown Seattle for PAX West August 31 – September 3. Whether you’re joining us in person or following along on social media and Mixer, here’s what you can expect:

Xbox Booth
North Hall, 4th Floor, Booths 403, 411, 417

Experience a few of the games that make up Xbox One’s diverse line-up at the Xbox booth. We’ll have playable demos of Forza Horizon 4, The Division 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Devil May Cry 5, NBA 2k19, Metro Exodus, Kingdom Hearts III, Tunic, Ooblets, Kingdom Two Crowns, Generation Zero, Bendy and the Ink Machine, Supermarket Shriek, My Time Portia, and some new DLC from State of Decay 2. You will also have the opportunity to earn a Cuphead Pinny Arcade pin, participate in a Tomb Raider-themed scavenger hunt, guess the amount of Nuka Cola caps in a Fallout 76 experience, visit the Game Pass vending machine, and pick up exclusive Xbox Official Gear for the first time at PAX.  (PAX Badge required)

Mixer
North Hall, 4th Floor, Booth #425

Drop by booth #425 in the North Hall to meet up with some of your favorite broadcasters and Mixer Partners, and for a chance to win swag in the HypeZone LIVE! In addition to that, there’s also going to be a main stage at PAX featuring our Mixer Partners, developers, and so much more. Can’t make it to PAX West in person? No problem! Watch all the action happening at PAX West via Mixer.com/Mixer and Mixer.com/HypeZoneLIVE!

Want the full rundown? Make sure to get all the latest details from the official Mixer blog, right here: https://blog.mixer.com/2018/08/22/mixer-pax-west-2018/

Xbox PAX West Panels

Find out more about streaming and the Xbox Adaptive Controller at these panels featuring Xbox and Mixer members. (PAX West badge required.)

Building Your Streaming Community
Wyvern Theater, Saturday, September 1 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Building a community comes with many challenges and hurdles, good news is we’re here to help! We’ve gathered a council of content creators to discuss the ins-and-outs of building a great online community in your own livestreams. We’ll be smashing myths and sharing the facts about streaming to help you set a foundation for a positive and effective community.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller: Designed with the Community
Sasquatch Theater, Sunday, September 2 from 12:30pm-1:30pm

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is the newest controller by Xbox, created to help people with limited mobility play. Larry Hryb will lead a conversation with pivotal community experts and representatives of game accessibility organizations like AbleGamers and Stack Up, along with one of the controller’s creators.  We’ll describe the journey of designing the controller leveraging the input of gamers with disabilities from the start… and where we need to go next.

Xbox One Summer of PUBG Tour

The Xbox One Summer of PUBG tour will be making their final stop in Westlake Center during PAX West. No badge required to visit! Check out the PUBG bus and enter to win it or one of many other prizes. More information can be found here.

Xbox PAX West Sweepstakes

PAX West 2018 Sweepstakes Image

PAX West 2018 Sweepstakes Image

Enter for a chance to win one of 11 Xbox Design Lab controllers, influenced by some of our favorite games. Xbox Design Lab allows you to create your own personal controller from over a billion different color combinations, metallic finishes, and rubberized grips. Check it out and design your own controller at xboxdesignlab.xbox.com.

There are two ways to enter:

  • Take a photo of your favorite Xbox Design Lab controller in the Xbox booth and share via Twitter using #XboxPAX #XboxDesignLab #Sweepstakes. Don’t forget to follow @Xbox while you’re at it!
  • Follow @Xbox or @XboxCanada on Twitter and retweet one of their tweets mentioning the sweepstakes and including #XboxPAX #XboxDesignLab #Sweepstakes.

You have until September 3rd to enter. The contest is open to anyone from the US or Canada. Click through for the Official Rules.

See you at PAX West! For more Xbox news, follow @Xbox on Twitter, visit the Xbox PAX West website, and stay tuned to Xbox Wire.

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Go behind the scenes with ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ enhanced for Xbox One X

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, and what that means for the future of gaming. Today, we’ll be chatting with Eidos-Montreal Programming Director Frédéric Robichaud on the highly anticipated Shadow of the Tomb Raider which sees Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider.

What specifically is your development team doing to enhance Shadow of the Tomb Raider for Xbox One X?

To ensure that Shadow of the Tomb Raider looked crisp and amazingly polished on Xbox One X, we have worked incredibly hard to fully support HDR mode. We’ve revamped the entire pipeline to be HDR from the get go: realistic lights intensity calibration, HDR textures and global illumination energy conservation.

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, we offer two modes for players: High Resolution and High Framerate mode. With the GPU power of the Xbox One X, we were able to get 4K at a constant 30 FPS and with the CPU boost, we are targeting 60 FPS with full HD (1080p) in High Framerate mode.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Screenshot

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Screenshot

We’ve been able to improve the quality of certain algorithms on the Xbox One X like stochastic screen-space reflections and atmospheric effects. With the extra memory, we have increased the shadow maps and texture resolution to enhance the visual quality.

Audio wise, we are fully supporting Dolby Atmos to create real 3D audio immersion.

How do these enhancements impact the gaming experience, and why did your development team choose to focus on these enhancement areas?

The recent Tomb Raider games are known for their high quality graphics and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, as the final entry in the origin trilogy, pushes the visual boundaries more than ever before. Supporting 4K was mandatory for us. Players that do not own a 4K TV will still see the visual improvements, mostly with less aliasing and more details in the image.

If the player chooses the High Framerate mode, they will enjoy the fluidity and reactivity of the controls in a seamless gameplay experience.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Screenshot

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Screenshot

The audio immersion is perfect with Dolby Atmos, especially in the jungle areas which are dense with wildlife like the locusts below and birds above. Spatial audio is best experienced with a home theater system; however, all players will still hear those effects and an overall increase in audio fidelity.

How do you expect fans of Shadow of the Tomb Raider will respond to playing it on Xbox One X with these enhancements?

Those playing Shadow of the Tomb Raider on the Xbox One X will be blown away by the visual quality in High Resolution mode or the fluidity if they choose the High Framerate mode. Players will not want to go back to the previous generation of consoles!

What enhancement were you most excited about to explore leveraging for Shadow of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One X?

Without a doubt, High Framerate mode. Maximizing the CPU power to target 60 FPS with a huge, living crowd like in the Cozumel café or Paititi was an interesting challenge. A lot of optimization to our engine was done to achieve these stunning results.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Screenshot

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Screenshot

What does 4K and HDR mean for your game, games in the future and development at your studio?

We completely revamped our pipeline to integrate HDR from the beginning of production. Shadow of the Tomb Raider looks more real and better than ever before because of 4K and HDR. Better resolution, less aliasing, more intensity and more nuance.  We hope that players are blown away by the visual fidelity of the most recent edition to the Tomb Raider franchise.

It is only the beginning; 4k and HDR will become standard to all the games, especially when all developers begin to follow a common HDR standard.

Thanks to Frédéric for taking the time to chat with us about Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which releases on September 14. We’ll bring you more interviews with more developers in the future, as well as more on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, so stay tuned to Xbox Wire!

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Indie games galore: Register now for the Aug. 30 ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House

For the fifth year in a row, ID@Xbox is hosting a Pre-PAX Open House on the Microsoft campus. Register here (the event is free) to start your PAX party a day early!

We’re super excited to host everyone on our home turf on campus in Redmond to play more than 50 super cool Xbox games from independent developers, including 8 new announces!

Join us on August 30 (the Thursday before PAX) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to play games, meet the wonderful developers who made ‘em, and maybe even win a prize in our raffle! Getting to hang out and play games with devs and Xbox fans makes this one of our favorite events of the year, so we hope you can make it!

Not only will you have the chance to check out more than 50 games releasing on Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program, you can also plan for the following:

  • Meet and chat with other teams at Microsoft.
  • Say hello to the Xbox Ambassadors and spin their prize wheel to win some swag!
  • Head to the Mixer area to try out the latest MixPlay experiences and get a glimpse at the future of interactive gaming.
  • Chat with the Microsoft User Research team to share your personal feedback and help them make better products for you and everyone.

But what about the games?

The following eight games haven’t previously been announced for Xbox One. We’re thrilled to reveal for the first time that they’re coming to Xbox One through the ID@Xbox program and you can try them out at this event:

  • Bot Rods (Holy Cow Productions)
  • La-Mulana2 (Active Gaming Media)
  • Museum of Simulation Technology (Pillow Castle)
  • Orphan (2Dimensions)
  • Revenant Dogma (KEMCO)
  • Super Retro Maker (Digital Dominion)
  • Thunder Rally (Typical Entertainment)
  • Where the Bees Make Honey (Whitethorn Digital)

In addition to those, we’ve pulled together a great variety of ID@Xbox titles for fans to try out:

  • Aftercharge (Chainsawesome Games)
  • Ashen (Annapurna Interactive)
  • Bad North (Raw Fury)
  • Below (Capybara)
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine (Rooster Teeth Games)
  • Black Desert (Pearl Abyss)
  • Children of Morta (11 bit studios)
  • Dead Cells (Motion Twin)
  • Deathgarden (Behaviour)
  • Desert Child (Akupara Games)
  • Epitasis (Epitasis Games)
  • Eternity: The Last Unicorn (1C Publishing)
  • Exception (Traxmaster Software)
  • FAR: Lone Sails (Mixtvision)
  • For the King (Curve Digital)
  • Generation Zero (Avalanche Studios)
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games)
  • Kingdom Two Crowns (Raw Fury)
  • Mark of the Ninja: Remastered (Klei)
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (Funcom)
  • My Time at Portia (Team17)
  • Nippon Marathon (PQube)
  • Outer Wilds (Annapurna Interactive)
  • Projection : First Light (Blowfish Studios)
  • RAZED (PQube)
  • RemiLore (Nicalis)
  • Revenant Dogma (KEMCO)
  • Rival Megagun (Degica)
  • SINNER: Sacrifice for Redemption (Another Indie)
  • Starbound (Chucklefish)
  • Strange Brigade (Rebellion)
  • Super Meat Boy Forever (Team Meat)
  • Supermarket Shriek (Billy Goat Entertainment)
  • Superweights (Pompaduo)
  • Swimsanity (Decoy Games)
  • The Blackout Club (Question)
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 5 (Jackbox Games)
  • The Occupation (Humble Bundle)
  • The Videokid (Chorus Worldwide Games Limites)
  • Tunic (Finji)
  • Vigor (Bohemia Interactive)
  • Wargroove (Chucklefish)
  • Yuppie Psycho (Another Indie)

And as if that weren’t enough, you’ll also get a chance to play Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Forza Horizon 4, from Microsoft Studios, and The MISSING: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories, from Arc System Works.

Open to Everyone

Not only is this a free event, you don’t even need a PAX ticket! Though if you’re under 18, please come with a parent or guardian.

ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House

Microsoft Conference Center

16070 NE 36th Way, Bldg 33 – McKinley

Redmond, WA 98052

If you’re driving in, there’s free parking available. There will also be buses taking attendees directly to and from the event from the Washington State Convention Center. These buses pick up at the motor coach and shuttle bus loading area every 15-30 minutes beginning at 4:30 p.m., running every 15-30 minutes through 9:00 p.m.

We hope to see you there! Don’t forget to RSVP!

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Women will be included in ‘NBA Live 19’ and can embark on their own career mode

Inclusion. It’s more than just recognizing everybody. Instead, inclusion puts together the best of equality, representation, and integration. In NBA Live 19, you’ll get the chance to see female created players for the first time in NBA Live’s history. Not only will you be able to create your own player, but women will now also be included in the game and can embark on their own career mode in The Rise.

Creating Authentic Appearances

NBA Live offers a face scanning app. Through this, players get the opportunity to scan their faces into the game to make their created player as accurate as possible. This option used to only be available for men but now will be officially opened up for women. Once scanned into the game, you can then go ahead and choose from 30 different head shapes as well as hundreds of hairstyle options, stemming from different hair types, lengths, and colors.

NBA Live 19 Screenshot

NBA Live 19 Screenshot

Next, players will have the opportunity to select their position, height, and weight. There are no real limitations for height and weight other than those being shaped by natural position limits. For example, guards, regardless of gender, will sit in the five-foot-eight to six-foot-five range. Wings can be anywhere between six-foot-four to six-foot-ten, and bigs will range from six-foot-eight to seven-foot-two. This means that if you want to create a seven-foot dunking center and have her ball out, you absolutely can. If you want to create a six-foot point guard who will break some ankles, do it.

Where Can I Play with My Created Player?

As part of NBA Live 19’s featured mode, The One, you can complete the buildup to becoming The One, titled The Rise. In this mode, you travel the world receiving advice, feedback, and tips from a mentor, and WNBA and NBA players along the way. You’ll get the chance to play everywhere from Brazil to Paris and in the states as you take on the best and create your own legacy to rival that of the basketball’s elite.

NBA Live 19 Screenshot

NBA Live 19 Screenshot

In the newest feature to hit NBA Live, Build Your Squad, you’ll also get the chance to recruit players to play with you in The Streets after you beat their team. The NBA Live squad currently consists of Joel Embiid, Allen Iverson, and Candace Parker. With this feature, those are just three examples of players that you can roll out in your squad with but, beating them won’t be easy. Building the best possible squad and making sure that you can defeat your opponents is key!

Playing in the Streets with Candace Parker

Candace Parker is one of the greatest athletes to ever lace ‘em up. Doesn’t matter whether you’re looking at the basketball court, a football field, or anywhere else, she’s solidified herself as one of the greatest to ever play a professional sport. As an MVP, champion, and stone-cold competitor, Parker knows what it’s like to have to fight to build a legacy – she’s successfully done it. We sat down with her ahead of the announce of Female Create-a-Player to talk about what inclusion, and fighting for your reputation, means to her.

NBA Live 19 Screenshot

NBA Live 19 Screenshot

Candace says her main message would be that you can do anything you put your mind to. Her parents didn’t differentiate and gave her the same feedback as they gave her brothers if they didn’t play well or had a bad game. She feels the time is over when you say, “I can’t do it because I’m girl.”

She also spoke about growing up playing pick-up basketball where the first time, she would be last pick on a team. By the very next game, she was picking the teams because of how dominant she was. The WNBA has been growing and, with it, the spread of talent across the board from female ballers who are now hooping at a young age. Candace has been elated with the growth of hoops for young women and hopes to see it continue to grow.

NBA Live 19 Screenshot

NBA Live 19 Screenshot

“I think in order for it to grow, you need to see it and that’s what it’s doing now,” she started. “You see it on games, you see it on television, internet, social media, things like that. So, I think just visibility has helped our game so much and, obviously, the WNBA has been around for a very, very long time and I hope to make it better and leave it better than I came into it.”

Try Out Female Create-a-Player in NBA Live 19 Soon

On August 24, you’ll be able to go ahead and create your own female player and take her through the journey to becoming The One with the NBA Live 19 demo. With female-specific gear to unlock, and all-time greats to beat, your rise couldn’t start soon enough. The full release of the game is on September 7. Hop on the sticks and show that you have what it takes to become The One in NBA Live 19! You can pre-order the game now!

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Visit Xbox at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con 2018

San Diego Comic-Con, the world’s largest comic and pop-culture festival, is coming soon and Xbox is bringing the fun with exclusive gear, panels, celebrity guests, and more! See below for details on everything Xbox at SDCC and join the fun from California or from the comfort of your own couch.

Xbox Booth (San Diego Comic-Con badge required)
Hall A, Booth #100

For the first time ever, Xbox will have exclusive gear available at SDCC! Stop by to pick up exclusive clothing and items from Xbox and your favorite games and then get them customized on the spot with your Gamertag. See some of the items available here.

Visit us on Thursday, July 19 and Saturday, July 21 for signing sessions with some of your favorite developers and designers, but get there early: only the first 100 people to receive passes will be eligible!

Signings (San Diego Comic-Con badge required):

  • Brendan Greene (“PlayerUnknown”), Creative Director, PUBG Corp – Thursday, July 19 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT
  • Joe Neate, Executive Producer, and Mike Chapman, Design Director, Sea of Thieves – Saturday, July 21 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT

Xbox Gear Comic-Con Sweepstakes

Can’t make it to the booth to pick up the exclusive gear? Retweet @Xbox to potentially win an Xbox Gear Comic-Con prize pack! Four winners will receive a collection of exclusive Xbox Gear, and one grand prize winner will receive the gear and an Xbox One X.

Follow @Xbox or @XboxCanada on Twitter and retweet the following tweet when it goes live at the start of San Diego Comic-Con: “RT and follow for a chance to win exclusive #XboxSDCC #XboxGear! NoPurchNec. Ends 7/22/18. #Sweepstakes Rules: bit.ly/2KV2DQ1.” You have until July 22 to enter. Click through for the Official Rules.

Sea of Thieves Panel (San Diego Comic-Con badge required)
Room 5AB, Saturday, July 21 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm PDT

Special guest and Sea of Thieves fan Freddie Prinze Jr. (“Star Wars Rebels,” “24,” “Scooby Doo,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer”) joins the Rare crew, Joe Neate, Mike Chapman, and Peter Hentze as they discuss the lore and expanded universe of Sea of Thieves. Attendees will also receive a limited-edition Sea of Thieves comic and time-limited exclusive in-game DLC!

Xbox Live Sessions

If you’re not in San Diego but still want to follow along with the fun, we’re hosting two action-packed Xbox Live Sessions that you won’t want to miss.

  • PUBG featuring Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene: On Thursday, July 19 at 5:00 p.m. PDT, PUBG Creative Director Brendan Greene (@PLAYERUNKNOWN) and Microsoft Executive Producer Nico Bihary (@nico_bihary) will join Rukari Austin (@rukizzelrukizzel) to get their loot on in PUBG’s Miramar map live from inside of a PUBG Bus created by West Coast Customs. That’s right – Xbox, PUBG Corp., and West Coast Customs have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind, tricked out PUBG Bus which will be home to the livestream and available to see in-person at The Experience at Comic-Con.
  • Sea of Thieves with Freddie Prinze Jr.: On Saturday, July 21 at 5:00 p.m. PDT, Sea of Thieves fan Freddie Prinze Jr. (@RealFPJr) will sail the high seas with members of the Rare team and Major Nelson in an episode of Xbox Live Sessions that’s sure to test the sea legs of the seasoned actor. Fans at home can tune in and watch on http://mixer.com/Xbox  and http://twitch.tv/Xbox.

Xbox at “The Experience at Comic-Con”

SDCC map

SDCC map

Head over to Petco Park where you can play Xbox One games, earn free swag, and win awesome prizes! No Comic-Con badge required.

  • Visit the Samsung truck at The Experience at Comic-Con, located in the Lexus Lot at Petco Park. Climb aboard the truck to compete in Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox One X via Samsung’s 2018 QLED TVs. More information can be found here.
  • Come visit the first stop of the Xbox One Summer of PUBG tour. Win prizes, check out the PUBG Bus, and stick around for the Xbox Live Sessions! More information can be found here

For all the SDCC details, visit the Xbox SDCC website. For more Xbox news, follow @Xbox on Twitter and stay tuned to Xbox Wire. See you at San Diego Comic-Con!