Xbox news recap: Game gifting coming to Xbox Live, our thoughts on E3 and more

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Welcome to our weekly Xbox news recap series, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Xbox. Let’s get started.

Game gifting coming to Xbox Live

Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra recently answered a long-standing question on Twitter: Are we going to be able to gift games to our friends online? What has seemed like such a simple functionality has finally made its way its way to Xbox Live, opening up an opportunity for people all over the world to give you gifts without having to socialize. His answer was vague, just coming down to a simple confirmation that this kind of feature IS coming – but it shouldn’t be long now until we have something concrete.

Our thoughts on the Xbox E3 event

E3 has come and gone this year, offering the same ups and downs that every ceremony has. Whether you were looking for the company’s new IPs or trying to get another look at an old franchise coming back to life, there was a little something there for everybody that was interested. If you’re interested in the specific opinions of some of our writers, you can take a look right over here.

Xbox One X Console

Microsoft wants “Every kind of gamer”

Microsoft had a killer show, managing to cram in a massive amount of content to the conference, bringing to light all manner of different gamer, whether they like racing games, action games, puzzlers, or whatever it might be. The Head of Xbox Operations was recently this week quoted as saying “Your ability with first party titles from Microsoft – and a lot of the ID@Xbox ones, too – to do things like Xbox Play Anywhere where your license roams, right across those devices, is going to apply to whole first-party line-up.” This shift in tone is a nice change from a usually “hardcore” focused platform.

New Xbox Avatars on Xbox One and Windows 10

Dave McCarthy explains why it’s called the Xbox One X

The Xbox One X’s name has puzzled plenty of people recently since it was announced, shifting from a fairly favorable name like Project Scorpio to something that sounds fairly dorky, if you ask some people. Apparently, the reason for the naming was simple: They just wanted to use the classic “X” identity we’ve all come to know and love. There’s also some reasoning involved regarding the way that the letter “X” is often indicative of technological innovation.

Thanks for joining us. To keep up to date with all the latest Xbox news, keep a close eye on our Xbox One tag.