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This Week on Xbox: October 20, 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!

New Fall Update for Xbox One Available for Everyone Today
It’s been a busy and exciting summer for everyone at Team Xbox. Back in August we gave you a first look at the fall update for Xbox One, and we showed off the new Home, Guide and Community tabs. Since then, we’ve been working with Xbox Insiders to gather feedback, test and refine new features that we’re releasing worldwide starting today… Read more

Tune in Sunday, October 22 to See the New Xbox One X Commercial
This is truly an exciting time. Not only for Xbox, but for gamers everywhere. With the launch of Xbox One X just a few weeks away on November 7, the world’s most powerful console is positioned to welcome the True 4K gaming era in style and we’re celebrating in a big way with the start of our global “Feel True Power” campaign… Read more

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Play Madden NFL 18 Free This Weekend on Xbox One
The spectacle of Madden season is in full swing, and the virtual gridiron awaits you this week. Starting Thursday, October 19 at 9:00 p.m. PDT and going through to Sunday, October 22 at 11:59 p.m. PDT, you’ll be able to get hands on with the best-looking Madden NFL ever. All Xbox players will have a chance to try the offline features… Read more

Xbox Sets Guinness World Record from a Custom Super Lucky’s Tale Hot Air Balloon
Welcome to adventure! In anticipation of the November 7 release of Super Lucky’s Tale, Xbox created a custom hot air balloon that took flight during The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and fans everywhere were able to see the stream from 1,200ft in the sky as they tuned in live on the Mixer Xbox Channel… Read more

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Cuphead Tips and Tricks
Hey, Xbox gamers! The Tips & Tricks team is here with 5 tips for Cuphead, from Studio MDHR. This cartoon-style, Contra-like action game features the lovable characters, Cuphead and Mugman. These two mischief-makers were high on their luck at the local casino when they were made an offer they couldn’t refuse… Read more

343 Industries Details Massive Updates for Halo Esports and Halo Games
Today, the Halo livestream unleashed a torrent of news bits, updates, and insight on a pretty diverse range of topics near and dear to a Halo fan’s heart – including Halo 5: Guardians’ November content “Overtime” update, important Halo esports info and news on Halo: The Master Chief Collection. There’s a lot to unpack… Read more

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Hand of the Gods Closed Beta Free for Xbox Live Gold Members
The Gods are at war and you must lead them to victory! From the creators of Smite, Hi-Rez Studios presents Hand of the Gods, a new strategy card game packed with mythological gods, powerful creatures, and dynamic spells. We’re huge fans of strategy and collectible card games, and our team is excited to bring the closed beta to Xbox One today for Xbox Live Gold members… Read more

Robloxians Beware: the Hallow’s Eve Event is Now on Xbox One
Ready for a fright this spooky night? Good, because you’re in for a real treat! Bloxtober, Roblox’s thrilling month-long Halloween celebration, is already in full swing and we’ve got even more fang-tastic surprises to share with the entire Xbox community! From now until October 31, you and your friends can play three ghoulishly delightful Roblox games… Read more

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Foot Locker EU and Xbox Partner to Give Fans Chance to Play Forza Motorsport 7 to Win an Xbox One X
This Saturday, October 21, Foot Locker in Europe and Xbox will kick off their ‘Drop the Power’ campaign in select Foot Locker stores in Manchester (Trafford Centre), Paris (La Défense) and Rotterdam (Lijnbaan). Fans can battle it out every 20 minutes for the exclusive chance to win the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition… Read more

Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode Two Available Now on Xbox One
When we released Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode One: Awake some weeks ago, it was with the weight of responsibility and not a little trepidation. We had crafted Before the Storm in a way that we felt it could proudly stand next to the first game from 2015, but ultimately it was up to you, the fans, to decide whether we had achieved that aim or not… Read more

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Gigantic’s Season of Souls Update is Now Live on Xbox One and Windows 10
Greetings, Heroes! October brings with it one of Gigantic’s most exciting updates yet. Season of Souls packs some awesome new content, including a spooky new hero, profile icons, and our first-ever addition to the map rotation, Ember Grove. New to Gigantic? No problem! Download for free on the Windows Store or Xbox Store and party up with your friends… Read more

Rev Your Engines for the Renault Sport Formula One Custom Xbox One S Console
Pairing the impressive Xbox One S with the equally striking Renault Formula One Team R.S.17 car part, Xbox is excited to announce a one-of-a-kind custom Xbox One S that pairs these two legends together as part of the Microsoft partnership with Renault Sport Formula One Team. The Xbox One S Renault Sport Formula One sports the team’s sleek yellow and black design… Read more

Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection Q&A
Last week we announced that Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection was available for pre-order and coming to Xbox One and Windows Store on October 31. We recently had the opportunity to have an in-depth chat with Jorg Neumann, Head of Production, Global Publishing, Microsoft Studios to talk in greater detail about the re-imagining of this game… Read more

The Walking Dead’s Chandler Riggs to Join the Next Xbox Live Sessions
Get ready for an extra spooky night of Xbox gaming! Chandler Riggs, best known for his role as Carl Grimes on “The Walking Dead,” will play The Evil Within 2 on Xbox Live Sessions, an interactive livestream hosted on the Mixer Xbox Channel. The livestream will take place on Saturday, October 21 at 6 p.m. PDT… Read more

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Gears of War 4 October Update Features New Maps and Halloween Event
It’s been a year since Gears of War 4 landed on store (and digital) shelves and the birthday celebrations are winding down. Like a double-punch of awesome, our birthday is followed by the October Update arriving this Monday, October 23rd! This Update is a milestone for us for many reasons. Not only does it deliver the last two maps for Gears of War 4… Read more

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