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Microsoft is giving away The Mandalorian-themed Xbox Wireless Controllers
by João Carrasqueira
Microsoft is giving away a pair of the latest generation Xbox Wireless Controllers with designs inspired by The Mandalorian, a show set in the Star Wars universe. The new controllers are celebrating the end of the second season of the show, with one design featuring the Child - affectionately referred to by some as Baby Yoda - and the other featuring the titular Mandalorian.
Microsoft has always been keen on making special editions of its controllers, but these are the first ones to be based on the new design that debuted alongside the Xbox Series X|S. The new design has a new type of D-Pad, a new Share button, better ergonomics, and less latency compared to the models made for the Xbox One.
To participate in the giveaway, you'll need to follow the official Xbox account on Twitter and quote this tweet, following the instructions provided. You also need to be over 18 years of age and live in the United States. The two controllers are being given away as a pair in a special box, but Microsoft doesn't specify how many pairs are being given away.
For Xbox fans that may be interested in the show, Microsoft added a trial of Disney+ as a perk for Xbox Game Pass members in November. The trial lasts for 30 days and is only applicable to completely new members of Disney+.
Minecraft gains Star Wars DLC themed after original trilogy and The Mandolorian
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Minecraft is no stranger to crossovers, and the latest one to be introduced to the behemoth block-based sandbox title is from a galaxy far, far away. The official Minecraft Star Wars DLC Mojang Studios unveiled today has skins, a licensed soundtrack, flyable vehicles, locations, and much more from the sci-fi universe.
The new Mash-up Pack contains content from the original trilogy - A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi -, and The Mandalorian series. This includes Star Wars-themed UI and audio elements, skins for players, mobs, and items, plus a pre-built map full of iconic locations that present various scenes from the franchise.
Moreover, Mojang has included X-wings, Tie Fighters, and the Razor Crest as flyable ships that let players jump to locations like Tatooine, Hoth, Endor, Nevarro, and the Death Stars.
The Star Wars DLC for Minecraft is now available for purchase via the Minecraft Marketplace. Also, this is not the only Microsoft and Disney partnership that has cropped up recently, as the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription currently offers a 30-day trial of Disney+ for free.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft offers free trial of Disney+ to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers
by Rich Woods
Today, Microsoft announced that as a perk of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, subscribers will be able to get 30 days of Disney+ for free. Unfortunately, it's actually a free trial that's only available for people that are completely new to Disney+, rather than a one-month credit that you can apply to your account.
If you're unfamiliar with Disney+, it provides access to content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. You'll be able to watch shows like The Mandalorian and The Right Stuff, and you'll be able to watch lots of classic Disney movies. And of course, the original Star Wars movies are all there, remastered in 4K UHD.
Normally, Disney+ costs $6.99 a month, and that's how much your credit card will be charged if you forget to cancel your free trial. Yes, like most free trials, you'll be expected to cancel before you get charged, or else that will be considered an opt-in. This is notable though, as there's normally no free trial at all available for the streaming service.
Microsoft noted that the Disney+ app is available for Xbox One and will be available for Xbox Series X|S when those are available tomorrow, but did not acknowledge the lack of Windows 10 availability.