Starting Sunday (December 1st) Gears of War (Normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through December 15th .
Then on December 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Shoot Many Robots (Normally US $9.99) for free.
The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.
Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.
*Germany and Japan will receive “Halo Wars”
We’ve got so a lot of stuff on sale for the US Thanksgiving Holiday so we thought we’d start today. We’ll also have more deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday that you’ll see further down this post. Since Xbox Live has moved to local currency for Xbox Live Game store purchases, I’ve just included the percent off for each offer. Check your local version of Xbox.com or your Dashboard for pricing in local currency. More on Xbox.com.
I tweeted images of a Kinect voice and gesture ‘cheat sheet’ earlier today, but I was able to get my hands on the high resolution PDF of them both as one file that will print out at a much higher quality.
In case you missed them, here are a few of the videos we did covering the Xbox One launch events:
With yesterday’s worldwide launch of Xbox One, you didn’t just jump ahead to the next generation of gaming – you’ve also entered into a new NFL Football viewing experience. The NFL on Xbox One combines live games, highlights, stats and your fantasy team together on the biggest, best screen in the house — your TV.
During a recent game, I put the final app through its paces – here’s what you can expect to experience beginning this weekend:
The NFL on Xbox One is now available.
Note: The NFL on Xbox One, including NFL.com Fantasy Football, requires advanced TV hardware, broadband Internet, Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately) and an account on NFL.com. Additional subscriptions and/or requirements apply for some features, including NFL Red Zone. See www.xbox.com for details.
The Xbox One era has only just begun, but it’s not too soon to leave your mark on the next generation of gaming. Show the world your artistic talent and you could win up to $1,000 in the process. Your canvas? The new Xbox One Wireless Controller.
From now until December 31, 2013 you can submit up to 3 unique designs for the Xbox One Wireless Controller for a chance to win up to $1,000 and more. A panel of blue-ribbon judges, including Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, will sort through the entries and put the top 10 up for a public vote in January.
How can you get started? Visit the Contest website and follow instructions to download the Xbox One Wireless Controller design template. Then put your creativity to work designing the Xbox One controller you’ve always wanted.
Good luck – we can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Xbox One launch day is upon us! With more than 10,000 retail locations in 13 countries opening their doors at 12:01 a.m. on November 22nd, there’s a good chance something is going on near you.
Want to join us? Here’s the what, where, and when – worldwide (All times Eastern):
6-7 PM: Xbox One sweeps across several European nations- click for details of what the following countries are up to:
- Austria: Facebook, Twitter
- France: Facebook, Twitter
- Germany: Facebook, Twitter
- Spain: Facebook, Twitter
- Ireland: Facebook
- Italy: Facebook, Twitter
- UK: Facebook, Twitter or follow Xbox’s AceyBongos
11pm: Xbox One Countdown to Launch kicks off on SPIKE, SPIKE.com, Xbox Live, Xbox.com and via GameTrailers.com and the GameTrailers app. Watch launch festivities from Times Square and Los Angeles, and enjoy a live performance from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Midnight-3am: Xbox One launches in North America (Canada, Mexico, USA)! Join one of the thousands of midnight launch events taking place, including at every Microsoft store in North America. Additionally, select locations will hold a Killer Instinct Tournament during launch, so arrive ready to rumble.
In the U.S., the ultimate midnight celebration will take place in Times Square in New York City. The world of Xbox One will come to life as zombies, Roman soldiers and supercars converge on the Best Buy Theater, where awaiting fans will be among the first in America to receive their consoles and countdown to midnight with great games, entertainment and special surprises. This is also place to come if you didn’t pre-order; we’ve got a couple thousand Xbox One systems for sale!
On the west coast, Xbox fans in Los Angeles are invited to make history at Milk Studios, which will be transformed into a gamer haven, with gameplay stations for Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, Killer Instinct, and other Xbox One game titles. Fans will countdown to midnight amidst killer games, entertainment and special surprises. The first 500 people to purchase an Xbox One or Xbox One game will enjoy an exclusive concert with deadmau5.
Saturday, November 23: A number of Microsoft Stores are holding Sports Star Challenges with local sports legends, and Major Nelson crowns the Killer Instinct Grand Champion at the grand opening of the Jacksonville store.
The era of Xbox One is nearly here. Join us to launch it in style!
I’ve seen a few questions about how the Party System will work on Xbox One. I had Steve Dolan, whose team works on the Party System (and more), write up the below guest blog post about how parties work and how they are better on Xbox One.
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Hi, my name is Steve Dolan and I’m the program manager responsible for the multiplayer and achievements experience on Xbox One. Like most of you, I’m stoked about the new wave of online titles coming in the next year. Here is how we’re going to make it easy to party up and play these great games on Xbox One.
Always a Party
When playing online games on Xbox One you’re part of an Xbox Live party. When you go to your friends list you’ll see your party right there at the front that shows the game your party is playing. You’ll also see all your friends’ parties, making it quick and easy to see who is playing online and who to join. Of course, just like Xbox 360, you’ll be able to set if your party is joinable or if it’s invite only.
Joining a Game
If you see the perfect match and the party is open, you can simply join if there is room for more players in the match, and the game thinks you’re a good fit using Smart Match (in terms of skill , playing style, etc.) you’ll be offered a slot automatically. If the game is full, you can check out other games, TV and apps while you wait for the game to open up – go work on your “Killer Instinct” moves, watch your friends’ Upload videos or check out your favorite Twitch personality while you wait for a slot to free up. When more players can be added, you’ll receive a notification and have a limited amount of time to accept. Just say “Xbox, join” or use your controller to accept the match.
Parties, Smart Match and the Party Scout
Two of my favorite features are parties and Smart Match. Now, when you combine these features together you get a new super power we call Party Scout. Imagine you’re watching Netflix and your friend sends you a party invite. You accept and start chatting about what you want to play. Your friend tells you about a new “Forza Motorsport 5” challenge that involves playing online matches. You both decide that sounds like fun and that s/he will set up the online party. They launch “Forza Motorsport 5,” find the right playlist for the challenge and kick off matchmaking. You can keep rolling in Netflix while matchmaking runs, additional players are found and all the networking tests are performed. Only when your match is ready will you get the “match found” notification. You can then accept the match and launch right into your online game.
Snap Your Party
Of course, we want to make it simple and easy to manage your party, invite more people and see who is in party chat all without having your game go off-screen. Sounds like a perfect time to use the Snap app. When you want to, the Party app can be snapped along the right side of the screen while you play or, if you want your full screen, you can dismiss it and have it run in the background.
Time to Party Up
There you have it. On Xbox One, online gameplay is always a party, anyone can set up as a Party Scout and when your match is ready you’ll be notified so you can easily jump into a game. If you want to join your friends in a game, you can join their party.
I’ve been working at Xbox in one way or another since 2002. As always, I’m humbled by all the dedicated, talented and frankly amazing people that create the hardware and games for you, the fans. Even more so, I’m floored by your passion and drive to push us to deliver delightful experiences.
Thanks and see you on Xbox Live!
One of the most exciting features coming to Xbox One is the ability to record your most exciting, impressive, or just plain awesome-looking gaming accomplishments so that you can relive them over and over.
But how do you share those memorable gameplay moments in front of everyone else’s eyeballs? The answer is SkyDrive. Save and edit your clips, then upload to the cloud via SkyDrive on Xbox One.
The best part is, once these clips are in the cloud, you can share them however you like, without any restrictions or limitations.
For more on Game DVR, Upload Studio, and sharing from SkyDrive, head on over to Xbox Wire.