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!

5 Ways Shadow of the Tomb Raider is Evolving the Series’ Formula
2013’s rebooted Tomb Raider not only introduced fans to a reimagined Lara Croft, but also offered amazing new gameplay mechanics, systems, and features. Its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, built on its predecessor’s solid foundation, refining and polishing everything, from the combat and crafting to the very tombs Lara loves raiding so much. Shadow of the Tomb Raider looks to maintain this momentum, retaining the formula that’s made the previous pair of game’s such a relic-hunting blast, but also taking that tried-and-true template in exciting new directions. Based on our recent… Read more

Xbox and Real Madrid Create Custom Xbox One X for the Ultimate Soccer Fan
Today, Xbox announced the creation of its newest, custom console in partnership with the 12-time winning UEFA Champions League team, Real Madrid. The one-of-a-kind console features the Real Madrid logo and is personally autographed by each player in the squad. One very fortunate fan will have the chance to win the console by participating in the global giveaway opportunity on Xbox’s Twitter page from April 27 to May 4. Simply follow the official @Xbox Twitter account and retweet the promotional post including the hashtag #XboxSweepstakes (click here for official details). In addition, the entire Real Madrid squad was excited to receive their customized consoles during a training… Read more



Xbox Game Pass: State of Decay 2, Pro Evolution Soccer 2018, Overcooked, and More Coming in May
Hello, fellow gamers! Welcome to your May Xbox Game Pass update. We’re incredibly excited to bring State of Decay 2 to Xbox Game Pass members on May 22, the same day as its global release, as we continue to build our commitment to deliver the ultimate gaming membership for our fans. We’re also thrilled to announce the futuristic sports game Laser League will be making its debut on Xbox Game Pass the same day it launches in the Microsoft Store on May 10. But wait, there’s more! For soccer fans, we kick off May with Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 which joins Xbox Game Pass May 1 through August 31. Xbox Game Pass members can also look forward to playing Overcooked, The Escapists,… Read more

Microsoft and Discord Team Up to Connect Gamers Across Xbox Live and Discord
PC and console gamers, unite! Today we are excited to announce a new collaboration between Xbox and Discord. Connecting with friends is such a big part of why people game. Gamers all over the world use and love Discord to easily chat and connect with friends while they game. In the coming weeks, this collaboration will make it easier for gamers to choose to do just that – make it easier to connect and see what friends are playing across console and PC. It’s part of the work we are doing to provide gamers with more choice, allowing them to play how and where they want to. In response to your feedback, you will now have the option to link your Discord account to your Xbox account,… Read more



PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Miramar Map Now Available on Test Server
One of the hottest games on Xbox One is about to get hotter as Miramar, the desert-themed map in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), is now available to play on a dedicated test server, ahead of its launch in the Xbox Game Preview version of the game in late May. To access the Miramar test server, download the standalone “PUBG Test Server” client directly from the Microsoft Store and prepare to experience the latest addition to the most intense battle royale game on Xbox One. Note, you must own PUBG on Xbox One to download and access the Miramar test server. The… Read more

The April Xbox Update Begins Rolling Out Today
April is here, and it comes with a feature-packed update to Xbox One. We unveiled some of these new features on the premiere episode of Inside Xbox last month. This month, we’re announcing that they’ll become available to Xbox One owners around the world over the next few days. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect: Video & Display We’ve added a bunch of new video features we hope you’ll enjoy, starting with Auto Low-Latency Mode (or ALLM for short). Auto Low-Latency Mode enables the family of Xbox One devices to notify your display when you’re playing a game, so a TV that also supports ALLM will know to switch to its low latency video mode. Many displays refer to… Read more



New Games with Gold for May 2018
Welcome to another edition of Games with Gold for the Xbox One family of devices! This month Super Mega Baseball 2 makes its debut on May 1 and the critically acclaimed action stealth adventure Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain arrives on May 16. Then on Xbox 360 – and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility – we’ll have the Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage and the cult-classic action game Vanquish! All games will be available exclusively for Xbox Live Gold members for a limited time as part of Games with Gold. With Xbox Live Gold, you get the most advanced multiplayer, free games, and exclusive member discounts on games in the Microsoft Store, so get Xbox Live Gold today to… Read more

Strange Brigade Coming to Xbox One August 28
We were last here with Strange Brigade in the Summer of 2017. We’d just released Sniper Elite 4 which we know lots of you loved on Xbox One, so it was exciting and daunting to show off something a little different. Namely, the reveal trailer for Strange Brigade – our brand-new co-op adventure, full of mythical monsters, perilous traps, and barrel-loads of derring-do! Like a well-preserved mummy we’ve kept things a little under wraps since then, but today it’s finally time to lift the lid off the tomb and show you a bit more of Strange Brigade. For starters, we’ve got a new trailer featuring some of the backstory behind the game (you can see that above). Strange Brigade is… Read more



Get Madden NFL 18 Free When You Purchase a New Xbox One
It’s NFL Draft season and we’ve got your football fix just in time! Starting today, when you purchase any new Xbox One console, you’ll get a digital copy of Madden NFL 18 as a bonus with your purchase. Immerse yourself in football with the most photorealistic Madden game to date, brought to you by the innovative Frostbite engine. Take the field as your favorite team, experience the journey from NFL prospect to the NFL Draft in the all-new Longshot story mode, and connect with friends for 3 vs. 3 online play in Madden Ultimate Team Squads with Xbox Live. Ready to feel true power? Own the Xbox One X, and experience football like never before. Madden NFL 18 is enhanced to take… Read more

Emily Wants to Play Too Available Now on Xbox One
Hello, everyone, I’m Shawn Hitchcock, the guy that made Emily Wants to Play. I am here with another game in an attempt to excite and scare the heck out of you: Emily Wants to Play Too. Inspired by fans and my own fears, this sequel is bigger, has more story, more games, more monsters, and new scares. I’m a big advocate of listening to fans. I watch videos, live streams, look at fan art, read the wikis, read reviews and comments about Emily Wants to Play all over the Internet. I don’t say much though; I just silently pay attention. Fans have mentioned how fun it would be if the first game was bigger, had more story, and more characters. I made sure Emily Wants to Play Too included all… Read more



Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Fe
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 Johan Fröhlander, Lead Programmer at Zoink about enhancing Fe for Xbox One X. What specifically is your development team doing to enhance Fe for Xbox One X? On Xbox One X, this is the first time we are able to create an experience that is running in a native… Read more

Uncover the Secrets of the Lost City Omu in Neverwinter on Xbox One
Greetings, adventurers! It’s time to delve deeper into the jungles of Chult and explore the decaying ruins of the long-forgotten city of Omu. Make your way through the labyrinthine tunnels of the Undercity, face new monsters in the hunt, and survive the new Epic Trial! In Neverwinter’s Lost City of Omu you will encounter old allies and potential news ones as you make your final attempt to overcome Acererak’s Death Curse. This adventure also comes with a new set of achievements for players to unlock, like exploring Omu and finding all the Scrying Stones. And as the number of creatures you hunt increases, so do volumes in Volothamp Geddarm’s Guide to Monsters — defeat all… Read more


Source: This Week on Xbox: April 27, 2018 - Xbox Wire