Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

We stream Xbox One games every weekend, but tonight's stream was really special. We played the first two campaign missions of Halo 5: Guardians! The game doesn't come out until October 27th, so this is a great chance to see what it will be like ahead of time. Read on for game details, contest winners, and the video replay in YouTube format!

Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5 is the long-awaited fifth game in the Halo series, as well as the first original Halo game developed for Xbox One. The story takes place eight months after the end of Halo 4's Spartan Ops missions. Series protagonist Master Chief has reunited with his former Spartan teammates Blue Squad, and embarks on a mission to investigate an ONI research vessel overtaken by Covenant forces.

Meanwhile, new playable protagonist Spartan Locke leads his own team as they attempt to capture the Master Chief. What sets these two groups in opposition? Watch us play and maybe you'll see!

Tonight we streamed the entirety of these two early missions:

  • Mission 1 – Osiris
  • Mission 2 – Blue Team

Don't worry, they're from the beginning of the game and Microsoft chose them to be low on spoilers.

Halo 5: Guardians launches on Tuesday, October 27th. We'll have much more Halo coverage leading up to and after launch, so check back often!

Halo 5 campaign preview stream

The Contest

Tonight we gave out a total of 11 prize codes live during the stream:

  • 10 Xbox Gift cards for $10 each
  • 1 full code for Halo 5. Thanks to SgtTorrente for the prize!

To enter, just follow us at Twitch.tv/WindowsCentral and Twitch.tv/EastXTwitch (making sure to enable email notifications!) and tune in during the stream. You can watch the stream right here in this post, but you need to actually participate in the stream chat to have a chance at winning. We'll deliver codes to the winners via Twitch message (PM) during the stream. No code begging!

Feel free to stick around in chat before and after the stream if you have any questions or just want to say hi. If you enjoy the stream, be sure to check our schedule and come back for more!

Halo 5 campaign preview stream

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Halo 5 campaign preview stream

Next week's stream: Late-night Halo 5 multiplayer

Want to know what's next for Windows Central's Twitch programming? On Saturday, October 24th we'll be back with more Halo 5. This time, we'll show off the game's large-scale Warzone multiplayer mode.

Please note that our Halo 5 Warzone stream will start later than our usual streams due to the pre-release multiplayer schedule. The Warzone stream will start at 11pm Central (Midnight Eastern, 9pm Pacific, 5am GMT) and run for two hours.

Please set a reminder on your phone or calendar and join us! You'll get an early look at Halo 5's exciting new multiplayer mode as well as another chance to win Xbox gift cards!

(This is slightly tentative. If anything comes up, we'll update this story before the 24th.)

Halo 5 campaign preview stream


Congratulations to the following winners, who are all really cool people!

Xbox Gift Cards

  • questrookie
  • Wildwest310
  • Runamuck83
  • LightspeedHalo
  • Stoneysilence
  • luckybob04
  • Aj6627
  • TheTurtleVirus
  • rann7878
  • wandered

Halo 5: Guardians - Special thanks to SgtTorrente for the prize donation!!!

  • ShihTzuOnYou

Tonight's prizes provided by Mobile Nations and SgtTorrente. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!