This Week on Xbox: September 20, 2019

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!

Wreck Your Friends in Car Crushers 2, Now Available on Roblox for Xbox One
If you ever wanted to see what it’s like to fire a cargo truck out of a giant cannon, smash an armored tank into smithereens, or watch with glee as your favorite sports car explodes into tiny little pieces, Car Crushers 2 is the ultimate vehicular smash ‘em up for you… Read more

Stranger Things is Now Available in Dead by Daylight on Xbox One
Hello, People of the Fog. There are some serious 80s vibes coming to Dead by Daylight: Are you ready to meet new yet familiar faces in your quest to escape the Entity’s World and its nightmares? After more than three years of existence, we’re still looking into new ways… Read more

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Beta Test

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Beta Test

Everything You Need to Know About the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Beta Test on Xbox One
Starting Thursday, September 19, get an early look at a collection of several maps and modes Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has to offer before its launch on Xbox One, October 25. Be among the first to experience the intense multiplayer action, ranging from the quick… Read more

Build Yourself up with Bastion’s Brick Challenge in Overwatch on Xbox One
We’re bringing the magic of LEGO into Overwatch with some LEGO-inspired content available to unlock in-game. Play Overwatch on Xbox One and watch livestreams on Twitch to earn new content inspired by LEGO – including the new legendary Brick Bastion skin… Read more

Borderlands 3 Hero Image

Borderlands 3 Hero Image

We Choose Our Favorite Borderlands 3 Characters (That Aren’t FL4K)
Borderlands 3 is here and it’s currently holding the attention of your friendly neighborhood Xbox Wire editorial team. We recently took a glowing look at one of the game’s playable characters, the robotic Beastmaster named FL4K. As you might have noticed if you read… Read more

Metroidvania Mable and The Wood Launches on Xbox One Today
“Once upon a time, it was the end of the world…” Mable and The Wood is a game that began life as a simple combat game about a girl who couldn’t lift her sword. Four and a half years and a successful Kickstarter later, I’m delighted to be bringing the game… Read more

Free Play Days

Free Play Days

Free Play Days – Dead by Daylight: Special Edition, Just Cause 4, and TerraTech
Through this weekend, Xbox Live Gold members can play a fantastic variety of titles from horror to action to creation. Survive or kill in adrenaline-filled matches from iconic horror films in Dead by Daylight: Special Edition. Experience explosive action in a large… Read more

Elite Dangerous: September Update — Calling New and Experienced Commanders
Continuing on with our commitment to support new Commanders entering the galaxy of Elite Dangerous this year, we’re really excited to introduce the September Update which is host to a brand new narrated starter experience, putting new pilots in the cockpit… Read more

Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Watch the Ghost Recon Breakpoint Trailer Staring Lil Wayne and Prepare for Open Beta on September 26
With just a few weeks to go until the highly anticipated release of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint on Xbox One, Ubisoft released a new live-action trailer starring Grammy Award–winning artist Lil Wayne and directed by David Leitch (“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” and “Deadpool 2”)… Read more

How the Co-Op Adventure We Were Here Came to Be
A simple question: if you found yourself trapped inside a mysterious castle deep within the wastes of Antarctica, with only a walkie-talkie in hand and a friend on the same frequency in another part of the castle, which friend would you pick? In We Were Here, you can test… Read more

Rock Band Rivals

Rock Band Rivals

Rock Band Rivals Season 13 is Here with New Challenges, DLC, and More
Fall is everyone’s favorite season. Until now. Season 13 of Rock Band Rivals is primed to be your new favorite season. It’s got everything: new in-game instrument rewards, weekly DLC with awesome tracks for Halloween, and a birthday celebration! That’s right… Read more

It’s Time to Choose Your Side in Narcos: Rise of the Cartels, Coming to Xbox One Later This Year
With its brilliantly-written characters and gritty re-telling of the Colombian drug wars, “Narcos” has quickly become one of the Netflix’s most successful and celebrated shows. Narcos: Rise of the Cartels re-creates the first season of the award-winning TV series on Xbox One… Read more

Escape Hell with Your Best Bud in Afterparty, Available October 29 with Xbox Game Pass
It always feels weird to put a game out into the world, but this time it’s especially surreal. What started as a dumb joke between my cousin and I while walking through a cemetery has somehow birthed a sprawling fantasy adventure about a pub crawl with demons… Read more

Vehicle-Building Sandbox Racer Trailmakers Available Now on Xbox One
The imagination is a beautiful thing. Watch any kid playing alone and you’ll experience the magic of the imagination first-hand – they can entertain themselves for hours on end with nothing more than a pile of building blocks. We don’t believe people ever really lose their imaginations… Read more

Pre-purchase Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition for Nintendo Switch Today
Following last month’s announcement that we’re bringing Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition to Nintendo Switch on September 27, 2019, we’re excited to share that you can now pre-purchase the full game and download the demo today on the Nintendo eShop… Read more

Frostpunk: Console Edition – Radial-Driven Design of Gameplay and Controls
Hi, Kuba here, lead designer of Frostpunk, a multi-award winning strategy game from 11 bit studios coming to Xbox One on October 11. A one-of-a-kind society survival game where heat means life and every decision comes at a price. I’m proud to say that with its complex… Read more

The Forza Racing Championship Invitational Series Kicks Off on Saturday
We are one day away from the start of the most exciting season of Forza Racing Championship yet. That means it’s time to drop some last-minute details about how the ForzaRC Invitational Series 2019 is going to play out. This season is all about teams – three drivers and a coach… Read more

Family Personalities Serve as Character Classes in Children of Morta
Hi, my name is Aryan Bina, and I’m a Lead Designer at Dead Mage studios, creators of Children of Morta. Our game is an action RPG with a rogue-lite approach to character development, where you don’t play a single character but a whole, extraordinary family of heroes… Read more

The Sojourn

The Sojourn

The Sojourn – Available Today on Xbox One
From the very beginning of working on The Sojourn, we wanted to tell a sweeping tale of light and darkness – a story of life itself and understanding the true nature of reality. The Sojourn releases today, and now we can finally tell our story. Challenges and puzzles… Read more

Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass for Console: Jump Force, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and More
Watching my favorite cartoons after school as a kid was the best! I couldn’t stop thinking how utterly cool it would be if all my favorite characters were in one spot for a battle royale to see just who the best really was. And I loved inventing my own stories and bringing the heroes… Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced - Gears 5 Hero Image

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced - Gears 5 Hero Image

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Gears 5
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… Read more

The Jurassic World Evolution: Herbivore Dinosaur Pack out Now on Xbox One
As we’ve continued to expand the Jurassic World Evolution experience with updates and DLC we’ve given you the ability to have diverse parks full of the most authentic dinosaurs ever seen in a video game. Now I’m pleased to introduce the Herbivore Dinosaur Pack… Read more

Gears 5

Gears 5

Gears 5 breaks records as biggest launch for any Xbox Game Studios game this generation
Thanks to the incredible support from our fans, Gears 5 kicked off the Holiday season strong – attracting over three million players in its opening weekend and setting new records for Xbox Game Pass with the biggest launch week of any Xbox Game Studios title this generation… Read more

Next Week on Xbox: New Games for September 24 to 27
Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox One! Every week the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console. To find out what’s coming soon to Xbox One… Read more

Vehicle-Building Sandbox Racer Trailmakers Available Now on Xbox One

The imagination is a beautiful thing. Watch any kid playing alone and you’ll experience the magic of the imagination first-hand – they can entertain themselves for hours on end with nothing more than a pile of building blocks. We don’t believe people ever really lose their imaginations, so we set out to make a game where your imagination can run wild, and people could create things others wouldn’t even be able to dream of! That game is called Trailmakers, and it’s finally getting its full launch on Xbox One today!

Trailmakers

Trailmakers

Trailmakers is part creative vehicle-building sandbox and part racing game. Like playing with LEGO as a kid, you take simple blocks and put them together to make any kind of vehicle or machine you can imagine – racing cars, stunt planes, dinosaur robots, jet-powered bananas…anything! Once you’ve made your dream creation, you can take it out onto a whole load of different maps – you can race in rallies, battle it out against other players’ creations, mess around in the sandbox mode or just go out exploring the world around you, editing and tweaking your builds as you go.

Trailmakers

Trailmakers

And the coolest thing is that you can share blueprints for any of your creations through the Xbox Gallery, and all creations in the Gallery can be downloaded, modified, and piloted.

Since it’s launch day, we thought we’d take a look at a few of our favourite community creations we’ve seen since the game entered into Xbox Game Preview last year.

Trailmakers

Trailmakers

Fancy getting medieval? The Trailmakers community has you covered, as you can see with this amazing jousting knight one of our players put together. Charge!

Trailmakers

Trailmakers

One of our players decided it was time to take a break from it all and take the dog for a walk instead. He may not be the fastest of vehicles, but he is a very good boy.

Trailmakers

Trailmakers

This creation, affectionately known as Stunt Banana was taken into battle in our PvP Dethrone mode and absolutely smashed the competition to pieces – fruit isn’t always good for your health…

We’re constantly blown away by how creative our players are, and we’d love for you to join us in Trailmakers and show us what you’ve got – as well as all the amazing racing and creation stuff, we’re also adding a massive game-changing new campaign mode today! Also, come say hi to us over Twitter at @PlayTrailmakers.

Trailmakers is available now on the Microsoft Store for Xbox. Click here for more details.

We Choose Our Favorite Borderlands 3 Characters (That Aren’t FL4K)

Borderlands 3 is here and it’s currently holding the attention of your friendly neighborhood Xbox Wire editorial team. We recently took a glowing look at one of the game’s playable characters, the robotic Beastmaster named FL4K. As you might have noticed if you read the article, our own Jeff Rubenstein was quite smitten with FL4K’s Dr. Doolittle-like animal whispering abilities. Of course, his judgment might have been clouded by the pile of Skill Points that was thrown his way to level up the character right from the jump.

Now that we’ve had the chance to play Borderlands 3 for a couple days, however, we’ve all got our own opinions about which class is best. Looking to start playing? Take a look at our character breakdowns below for some ideas on what to expect.

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Mike Nelson chooses Zane, the Operative

The dude can create a hologram of himself that kicks ass (and deals damage), dispatch an automated drone that fills enemies full of holes, and can throw down a shield to protect his allies. Clearly the most versatile of the new Vault Hunters in my opinion. Also has more quips and japes than you can shake a dead skag at that gets a chuckle out of me every now and again.

My favorite combo for Zane that I’ve been putting my Skill Points into is Hitman and Double Agent. This gives you a great pairing to play Borderlands 3 solo with two “co-op” partners that you can call on for a limited time: the Digi-Clone (aka hologram Zane) and the SNTNL drone. I’ve also found it cool that you can warp back to the Digi-Clone’s location, making your enemy’s head spin and can get you out of trouble quickly if you get surrounded.

No, he doesn’t have a giant mech. Nor can he command a pack of skaags. But Zane’s got some extraordinary tools that I’m looking forward to leveling up and expanding as my Borderlands 3 adventure continues.

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Jeff Rubenstein chooses Moze, the Gunner

Aren’t they all gunners? No matter – Moze sees Borderlands adopt one of the bigger trends this generation: getting your butt kicked? Summon a giant mech to jump into!

And so it goes for Moze; a press of the Left Bumper and this character digistructs her “Iron Bear” mech, clambers inside, and rains holy hell on Bandits, beasts, or anything else in her path. You got your D.Va in my Borderlands!

The catch is, Moze can only stay in the Iron Bear until it’s out of fuel, or it takes too much of a beating. So I’ve focused her skill tree on toughening up her mech (“Security Bear,” “Stainless Steel Bear”), increasing its fuel efficiency (“Deadlines”), and reducing its Cooldown (“Grizzled”). By the time Moze hit level 10, she was spending a lot more time inside the Iron Bear, which is exactly where you want her to be.

I’ve also enjoyed tinkering with Iron Bear’s many weapons; the Vanquisher Rocket Pod, modded to lock and home in, is a favorite. And if you’re playing co-op a lot, it’s worth the Skill point in “Dakka Bear” – it adds a turret for one of your friends to, um, catch a ride on.

Yes, Mike, all of the characters can crack a joke. But does Zane quote Ariana Grande? Thank you, next.

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Will Tuttle chooses Amara, the Siren

I’ll admit that I was not originally expecting to choose the Siren. Given that Borderlands is a game that’s ostensibly all about guns, I kind of figured that I’d go with the Gunner since, y’know, it’s got gun right there in the name. Then I remembered that there’s more to this game than guns and that Amara is one of only six Sirens in the entire Borderlands universe. I mean, that’s got to count for something, right?

I think what most interested me in Amara are her phase powers, which allow her to perform a number of powerful, almost-magical attacks during combat. Her Phaseslam Action Skill allows her to jump and slam into the ground, exploding weak nearby enemies and launching the more powerful ones up in the air for your allies to blast. Phasegrasp, on the other hand (pun most definitely intended), brings a large hand up from underground, holding baddies in place for an extended period while you unload on them with your weapons.

As for me, I’ve spent most of my time using the Phasecast Action Skill. This ability lets Amara blast an electricity-based version of herself straight ahead, damaging any enemies caught in the path. I’ve tweaked it a bit by dumping skill points into some of her action skill augments. This includes an augment called Soul Sap that gives Amara health back every time she uses Phasecast, giving it an element of defense to go with its offense.

And you guys can have your cute jokes. Amara knows saving the universe is serious business.

With multiple editions chock-full of digital bonus content, Xbox fans can pick the version that’s best for them – all available today on the Microsoft Store. There’s the Borderlands 3 Standard Edition for $59.99 and includes the base game. Then there’s Borderlands 3 Deluxe Edition available for $79.99 and includes the base game, as well as the following bonus digital content: Retro Cosmetic Pack, Neon Cosmetic Pack, Gearbox Cosmetic Pack, Toy Box Weapon Pack, and XP & Loot Drop Boost Mods.

Finally, the Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition is available for $99.99 – at a special limited-time pricing that will go up to $119.99 on September 17 — and includes all the bonus digital content of the Deluxe Edition plus the Borderlands 3 Season Pass, which includes: four campaign DLC packs featuring new stories, missions and challenges; Butt Stallion weapon skin, weapon trinket, and grenade mod.

Build Yourself up with Bastion’s Brick Challenge in Overwatch on Xbox One

We’re bringing the magic of LEGO into Overwatch with some LEGO-inspired content available to unlock in-game. Play Overwatch on Xbox One and watch livestreams on Twitch to earn new content inspired by LEGO – including the new legendary Brick Bastion skin.

From now until September 30, players can earn five sprays, six player icons, and the legendary Brick Bastion skin, for a total of twelve new rewards. Wins in Quick Play, Competitive Play, or Arcade will all earn you limited-time player icons, sprays, and a new legendary skin: Brick Bastion!

These special Bastion’s Brick Challenge rewards are a bonus on top of your normal earnings for playing in the Arcade.

Now get in there! This challenge ends September 30 on Xbox One.

Overwatch is available on Xbox One via the Microsoft Store. Click here for purchase details.

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Gears 5

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 about Gears 5 with a crew from The Coalition, including Technical Art Director Colin Penty, PC Technical Lead Cam McRae, and Technical Director Mike Rayner.

What specifically is your development team doing to enhance Gears 5 for Xbox One X?

When we brought Gears of War 4 to Xbox One X, we had a choice between Performance Mode (1080p and 60 fps) and Enhanced Visuals (4K and 30 fps). With Gears 5 for Xbox One X, we have taken an uncompromising approach by optimizing the game so that all modes run at 4K and 60 fps. The Xbox One X multiplayer modes also enables higher quality SSR (Screen Space Reflections) and higher quality SSAO (Screen Space Ambient Occlusion) over the baseline Xbox One S. We pushed visual quality even higher for cinematics on Xbox One X, dialing numerous visual features up. Our favorites include SSR enabled with SSR TAA (Temporal Anti-Aliasing), higher quality SSAO, higher quality bloom lens flares, refraction, and DOF (Depth of Field). We also run higher resolution detail maps across all game modes on Xbox One X thanks to the additional memory at our disposal.

How do these enhancements impact the gaming experience?

Generally, for multiplayer and cinematics these are aesthetic enhancements that make the game much more pleasing to the eye. For Campaign to run at 60 fps truly transforms the gameplay experience to the benefit of the player.  It makes the game more responsive and much easier to hit that head shot – or to jump into cover at the right time.

Gears 5

Gears 5

Why did your development team choose to focus on these enhancement areas?

We wanted to leverage the full power of the Xbox One X. We know the Xbox One X has a monster GPU – so we focused our Xbox One X enhancements primarily around GPU enhancements and higher native resolutions.

How do you expect fans of Gears 5 will respond to playing it on Xbox One X with these enhancements?

We think we have made the “killer app” for Xbox One X. This game really utilizes the full power of the system with no compromises. Playing at 60 fps with visuals that are typically only possible on the highest end PC rigs I think will surprise people.  The original Gears of War on Xbox 360 showed players why games were better on HD TVs. We think Gears 5 on Xbox One X will do the same thing for immersive gaming with 4K HDR TVs and Spatial Audio (especially 7.1.4 Surround Sound w/ Dolby Atmos support).

How has the process been to get the game up and running on Xbox One X?

Extremely easy. The build of the Xbox One X game is one and the same essentially with the Xbox One S under the hood. Out of the box the game ran so much faster on the Xbox One X. We were able to very quickly use that additional power to deliver higher fps, enable additional graphics features, and increase resolutions.

Gears 5

Gears 5

What enhancement were you most excited about leveraging for Gears 5 on Xbox One X?

I think we are most excited about the 60 fps campaign, but the cinematic visual quality is a close second. With Gears 5, all of our cinematics are rendered in real time. In the past, a lot of our cinematics would have been rendered offline as videos. Our cinematics are higher quality then most offline rendered cinematics and are rendered at 4K resolution on the Xbox One X. Having multiplayer at a rock solid 60 fps with all the additional visual details is also fantastic. It’s hard to pick just one!

For the first time in the series’ history, The Coalition has managed to achieve 4K resolution at 60 frames per second across all modes. How were you able to accomplish this feat, and what does this bring to the game?

This was a large collaboration primarily between engineering and technical art. We made the decision early in development, and we stood up a Gears of War 4 level and attempted to run it at 60 fps to prove it was possible. The main learning there was to pull as much off the CPU as possible and run on the GPU, such as particles and VFX. We also had to introduce very strict object count budgets and a lot of mesh merging trickery on the technical art side to keep the Render Thread performance in check on the CPU. We needed to refactor all of our base materials to allow the GPU to run as fast as possible as well as run our Post Process pipeline using Asynchronous Compute.

Finally, engineering did a major refactor to physics and AI to keep our Game Thread at 60 fps.  We adopted Havok instead of PhysX to accelerate our physics work. We invested in multi-core parallel processing to ensure all of the Xbox One’s CPU cores were fully utilized at all times. Playing at 60 fps, you get a smooth and responsive game that feels great. Add to that 4K with high visual quality and you get something quite rare indeed for the current generation and we think a truly immersive and impressive experience.

Gears 5

Gears 5

What does 4K and HDR mean for your game, games in the future and development at your studio?

4K was thought about from the beginning of Gears 5. We introduced detail maps across all of our surfaces, including environments and characters, to improve our texel density at 4k. We have improved our HDR support in Gears 5. Using a large data set of pairs of HDR / SDR images from Microsoft’s 1st Party Shipped Games, we used machine learning to train an inverse tone mapper for color space conversion (Rec.2020) and optimal tuning of HDR output in Gears 5. Of course, we also have in-game calibration to let players tune the output for their particular monitor’s abilities. You can tune against reference images as well as the real-time game.

HDR is simply part of our development process now, in terms of content, lighting, and reviewing our work in HDR. It is not an afterthought. We author content with the detail that will show up and take advantage of 4K resolution. HDR and 4K is becoming the standard for AAA games. This extends with Gears 5 now supporting HDR on PC and scaling to even higher Ultra Wide resolutions there.

What sort of technological bells and whistles can PC players expect to see at max settings?

A few areas stand out at max settings. The shadows have extra cascades, max resolution shadow maps and higher quality distance fields that add great details in the distance without sacrificing quality up close. Volumetric fog is very finely detailed and blends seamlessly into the world. Tessellation of sand and snow picks up shadows and has smoother blending. Glossy Screen Space Reflections are supported at the highest level, which picks up indirect reflections from the surface being reflected.

Gears 5

Gears 5

PC gamers love being able to modify a variety of settings to make their games look as great as possible on PC. What are some of the steps the Gears 5 team has taken to give PC gamers that level of granularity when playing on PC?

We have over 35 settings that users can adjust. We believe in helping users understand what they are changing so each setting comes with a detailed description of what the setting does as well as the impact it will have on CPU, GPU and VRAM. In addition, settings that are directly visual come with a preview image for each quality level so users know what exactly they are changing.

We also have a variety of controls to manage resolution and frame rate. All of the expected controls are there, including Resolution, VSync, and Field of View. In addition to these, we’ve added ways to manage the maximum frame rate of gameplay and cinematics independently so users can play at an unlimited framerate and then enjoy the cinematics (which are all real time) at a lower framerate but higher detail. We’ve also added a minimum frame rate option that will dynamically keep the game running at a specified frame rate (or greater).

What are some of the PC-specific graphics features you were most excited to implement into the PC version of Gears 5?

One of the most exciting things about the PC is taking the amazing work done on Xbox One X and figuring out how to take it a step further for the ideal spec on PC. Each setting in the game is hand-tuned at each quality level. During this process, we add and remove multiple settings until we have a final set that complements each other and is useful and understandable for the end user. Figuring out the maximum quality settings is exciting, but it’s just as interesting figuring out how to scale the game down to run on low end hardware and make sure everyone who plays the game is getting the best possible experience.

Thanks to Mike, Colin, and Cam for their time today and for all of their hard work on Gears 5. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for more Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series features as well as the latest Xbox news.

Gears 5 is available now with Xbox Game Pass for Console and PC. It’s also available for purchase on the Microsoft Store. Click here for additional details.

Where Does Your Feedback Go?

The Xbox Insider team receives reports from this community every day. The Xbox One Update Preview builds you’re running, and the feedback you provide us, helps make big things happen on Xbox One!

With a new year on the horizon for Xbox, we want to take a step back and show Xbox Insiders what it’s like to be on our side of the process. So, what happens after you submit your feedback?

The Feedback Process

Reported issues give us end-goals and ways to move upwards. The Xbox One console family is for the Xbox community, and making it a fantastic gaming experience is a team effort—one that includes you!

Here’s a breakdown of what the feedback process looks like:

What Happens to Your Feedback

What Happens to Your Feedback

Report a Problem

The “Report a problem” feature allows Xbox One users to capture their experiences from any Xbox One. The feedback we receive can vary between singular app issues to stability reports particular to an OS build. Prior to releasing a build to an Xbox One Update Preview ring, Team Xbox looks for potential issues before release to the preview rings. But development can be tricky. The data sent to our team—and the issues you report—help us trace the root causes of bugs and work towards resolution.

Identification and Triage

The moment you submit your feedback, it is sent to our database for review. That’s when we take on a triage approach to your reports: sorting through feedback to find high-impact cases and validating experiences from your screenshots, clips, bug descriptions, and data.

Key indicators of how we determine what bugs are “hot” are as follows:

  • The number of Xbox Insiders experiencing an issue
  • The details provided to help clearly describe the issue or experience
  • Whether the bug seriously impacts the stability of the OS build or feature
  • The outliers—or one-off bugs—that still require attention
  • If there are recurring bugs (or as we call them, “regressions”) that we believed were resolved

We ensure our reports contain the technical data necessary to track down and fix bugs. It’s important to know why something is impacting Xbox Insiders, and how it can affect the future GA (general availability) release.

Feedback Classification 

It’s easier to tell Xbox engineers what is happening in a preview ring when Xbox Insider feedback includes the following:

  • Screenshots or clips of the experience, where available
  • Full details of what the Xbox Insider was doing when the issue occurred
  • Full explanation of the error or issue, even if it is illustrated in an attached screenshot or clip
  • Whether this has happened before, and in what ring or OS build
  • Additional details that may be related to the bug

The more details, the better! We classify feedback by their severity and common themes, looking for similarities and probable causes as early as we can. Depending on the severity, we may not wait until the next time we meet with Xbox engineers to alert them of serious issues.

Insider Feedback

Insider Feedback

Education and Investigation

What you say matters. The Xbox Insider Team meets with Xbox engineers daily to breakdown our plans for Xbox One and how recent feedback may impact those plans. We have teams dedicated to reproducing specific issues, investigating root causes, and sending data back to engineers for final review.

Engineers Create Solutions 

Xbox engineers work round-the-clock to bring new features and OS builds to preview rings. We talked about OS build updates in our last post about preview rings:

“Whenever Team Xbox releases a new build (or feature), the confidence in a ring’s stability helps us determine which ring might receive it.”

It’s important to note that your feedback may not receive a resolution overnight. Because of the considerable amount of engineering legwork that goes into investigation and resolution of an issue, it can take time for those updates to make their way into the preview rings. If your console’s next update doesn’t include the fix you expected, please know that your concerns are still Team Xbox’s priority. While we cannot respond to everyone’s feedback, we’re always listening to what you have to say!

The feedback you send is visible to us and Xbox engineers. We ask that all feedback include helpful details of your experience and respectful language. The Community Standards for Xbox doesn’t just apply to player-to-player interactions.

As always, thank you for your participation as an Xbox Insider. Want to get your friends involved? Share out our Tweet!

This Week on Xbox: September 13, 2019

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!

Remnant: From the Ashes Survivor’s Guide – 10 Tips for the Post-Apocalypse
The many varied worlds of Remnant: From the Ashes can be harsh and unforgiving. As The Root’s hold on Earth grows, humanity’s chances for survival dwindle. Use these ten tips straight from the developers at Gunfire Games to increase your chances of survival against Earth’s otherworldly invaders… Read more

Xbox Sessions: DeAndre Hopkins Plays Madden NFL 20 and Tests His Slingshot Skills
NFL all-pro wide receiver for the Houston Texans, DeAndre Hopkins was our guest gamer for today’s Xbox Sessions, presented by Sling TV. In this episode, DeAndre participated in a few ridiculous in-studio challenges, talked about his goals for the new football season, touched on his… Read more

Bound by Blood: Gears 5 Now Available Worldwide
Today, we welcome Gears 5 fans to Sera as Gears 5 officially releases around the world. Gears 5’s Early Access period began on Thursday at 9pm local time and has been has been a hit with critics, who have describe the game as “a spectacular return to form” and “the best Gears of War game yet… Read more

Enter the Dark Multiverse of DC Universe Online Today on Xbox One
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Take to the Ice Today in EA Sports NHL 20, Available Now on Xbox One
Available worldwide today on Xbox One, EA Sports NHL 20 gives fans more ways to unlock their skill, style, and competition than ever before. With enhanced Real Player Motion (RPM) Technology and new Signature Shots, NHL 20 features faster, more fluid and more responsive… Read more

The Original Looter-Shooter Returns Today with Borderlands 3 on Xbox One
Welcome back to Borderlands! Packing over a billion guns and an all-new mayhem-fueled adventure, it’s time to blast through new worlds and enemies as one of four brand new Vault Hunters, each with their own deep skill trees, abilities, and customization options. Play solo or join with… Read more

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Making of The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series
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The Epic 3D Adventure Game A Knight’s Quest is Coming to Xbox One This Fall
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Fallout 76 – Project: Clean Appalachia is Now Live on Xbox One
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Double Discounts with Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
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Read Dead Online: Frontier Pursuits Available Now on Xbox One with New Roles, Outlaw Pass, and More
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Remnant: From the Ashes Survivor’s Guide – 10 Tips for the Post-Apocalypse

The many varied worlds of Remnant: From the Ashes can be harsh and unforgiving. As The Root’s hold on Earth grows, humanity’s chances for survival dwindle. Use these ten tips straight from the developers at Gunfire Games to increase your chances of survival against Earth’s otherworldly invaders.

Dodge like your life depends on it (because it does)

The first key to surviving the post-apocalypse in Remnant: From the Ashes is to make sure you don’t get hit in the first place. This may seem self explanatory, but keep in mind that through judicious use of the game’s movement options, almost all damage can be avoided. The i-frames granted by a well-timed directional dodge can be the difference between life and death. Remember, neutral dodges (hitting dodge without pressing a direction) are much faster than directional dodges and can save you from a sticky situation. Neutral dodges can also put out the Burning debuff quicker than directional, so when in trouble, stop, drop, and… neutral dodge.

Remnant: From the Ashes

Remnant: From the Ashes

You’re gonna carry that weight

Strapping on heavy gear will necessarily increase your encumbrance rate. The more encumbered you are the slower your dodge will be. If you find yourself overencumbered, your handy dodge roll may become more of a desperate belly flop, so pay attention to the weight of your gear. Neutral dodges are unaffected by this, giving you yet another reason to employ this tactic in battle.

Stay well stocked up.

In a pinch, consumable items can be a survivor’s best friend. Bloodwort can apply a necessary regeneration effect while Oilskin Balm will cure Infected and give you Root Rot resistance. Also, don’t forget to keep your Ammo Box reserves full. Not only do these replenish your ammo count, but you may find they can often times reload your weapons faster than you can!

Remnant: From the Ashes

Remnant: From the Ashes

Keep an even keel

Gear in Remnant is upgradeable using the loot you salvage when exploring the worlds of Ruined Earth and beyond. Make sure you are keeping your gear upgraded, but make sure you are doing it evenly. Don’t upgrade one piece of gear to the detriment of the rest as you may find this leaves you unprepared for the challenges the game throws your way.

The Mod squad

Along your journeys through the post-apocalypse, you’ll be able to craft various Weapon Mods with the rare loot you earn. These Mods are one of your most powerful tools, but they are not necessarily one size fits all. Sometimes Mender’s Aura may be the correct choice to keep your party healed up and ready to continue the fight. Sometimes Song of Swords is just the added damage boost you need to take down a difficult World Boss that stands between you and the future of humanity. Make sure you are testing different Mod setups with different Weapons and changing them frequently. Being able to adapt is key to survival.

Remnant: From the Ashes

Remnant: From the Ashes

Remnant is dynamic (and your loadouts should be too)

Get used to having different loadouts that you swap between depending on the nature of the challenges you encounter. If you run into a Boss with Regenerator, Swap to the Hotshot mod to apply a damage-over-time effect and stop their healing.

Fools rush in

The worlds of Remnant: From the Ashes are filled with danger and potential enemies around every corner. Be deliberate and take things slowly. Don’t rush headfirst into an enemy encounter. This is a surefire way to find yourself on the business end of an exploding spear.

Remnant: From the Ashes

Remnant: From the Ashes

Break stuff

Eagle-eyed players might spot the breakable objects littered around the worlds of Remnant. Taking the time to smash them all up is a profitable tactic for getting that much-needed Scrap into your hands. Scrap can be used to upgrade your gear or to purchase those all-important consumables. Whenever you head back to Ward-13, make sure to stop and smash the roses along the way.

Complement each other

When heading out with friends to take the fight to the Root, be sure that your loadouts are complementary to each other. Have one player focus on healing while another one leans more towards debuffs and another focuses on DPS. This will allow you to cover all contingencies and stay one step ahead of your enemies.

Remnant: From the Ashes

Remnant: From the Ashes

Rated G for Gear

Throughout your adventure, your gear rating will increase as you upgrade your weapons and armor. Make sure to check your relative gear level in the ‘Advanced Info’ panel. This will show whether your gear is at a higher or lower level than zone you are playing through. If you find that your gear is underleveled, head back to Riggs in Ward-13 to make the needed upgrades.

Put these survival tips to the test in Remnant: From the Ashes, available now on Xbox One. Stay up to date with future developments on Twitter and Facebook. Join our Discord and chat with the developers.

The Original Looter-Shooter Returns Today with Borderlands 3 on Xbox One

Welcome back to Borderlands! Packing over a billion guns and an all-new mayhem-fueled adventure, it’s time to blast through new worlds and enemies as one of four brand new Vault Hunters, each with their own deep skill trees, abilities, and customization options. Play solo or join with friends to take on radical enemies, collect loads of loot, and save your home from the most ruthless (and obnoxious) cult leaders in the galaxy.

The fanatical Calypso Twins have united the bandit clans and are closing in on the galaxy’s ultimate power. Only you, a thrill-seeking Vault Hunter, have the arsenal and allies to take them down. Uncover the rewarding mysteries, memorable inhabitants, and deep lore of the extensive Borderlands narrative universe in Borderlands 3 on Xbox One and enhanced for Xbox One X.

The Vault Hunters

As one of four extraordinary Vault Hunters, each with their own unique abilities and playstyles, deep skill trees, and tons of personalization options. Your featured cast includes:

  • Moze as The Gunner: When Moze needs backup, she digistructs her mech, Iron Bear, for a sucker punch of additional firepower
  • Amara as The Siren: A confident, capable brawler with the ability to summon ethereal fists, Amara uses her Siren powers to smash her enemies
  • FL4K as The Beastmaster: FL4K lives for the hunt. So do the loyal beasts that follow their master’s every command. Their preferred prey? Unsuspecting bandits
  • Zane as The Operative: Specializing in battlefield gadgetry, Zane is extremely proficient at slipping into combat, creating chaos, and sneaking back out as if he was never there

Lock, Load, and Loot

With multiple distinct weapons manufacturers, a revolutionary content generation system, and special legendary drops to uncover, your ever-improving arsenal comes with near-infinite possibilities. Shotguns with bullet shields? Rifles with multiple elemental damage types? SMGs that grow legs and chase down enemies? How about all the above!

Beyond Pandora

Discover new worlds in the Borderlands galaxy, each featuring unique environments to explore and enemies to destroy. Tear through hostile deserts, battle your way across war-torn cityscapes, navigate deadly bayous, and more!

Seamless Co-Op

With the new “level-sync” system that seamlessly scales for each individual player means you can play with anyone at any time online or in split-screen co-op, regardless of your level or mission progress. Plus, when you take down enemies and challenges as a team, “loot instancing” ensures you reap rewards that are yours alone – no one misses out on loot.

With multiple editions chock-full of digital bonus content, Xbox fans can pick the version that’s best for them – all available today on the Microsoft Store. There’s the Borderlands 3 Standard Edition for $59.99 and includes the base game. Then there’s Borderlands 3 Deluxe Edition available for $79.99 and includes the base game, as well as the following bonus digital content: Retro Cosmetic Pack, Neon Cosmetic Pack, Gearbox Cosmetic Pack, Toy Box Weapon Pack, and XP & Loot Drop Boost Mods.

Finally, the Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition is available for $99.99 – at a special limited-time pricing that will go up to $119.99 on September 17 — and includes all the bonus digital content of the Deluxe Edition plus the Borderlands 3 Season Pass, which includes: four campaign DLC packs featuring new stories, missions and challenges; Butt Stallion weapon skin, weapon trinket, and grenade mod.

And don’t forget you can experience the entire Borderlands adventure with Xbox Game Pass. Play the classics like Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. Not an Xbox Game Pass member? Sign up for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate today and get your first two months for $2 for a limited time.

Well, there you have it! The biggest looter-shooter of the year has arrived. Now it’s time to pick a Vault Hunter, hop on Marcus Kincaid’s bus, and set out on an explosive new journey with Borderlands 3 on Xbox One and enhanced for Xbox One X!

September 11th : New Preview Beta Ring 1910 Update (1910.190908-1922)

Starting at 2:00 p.m. PST today, members of the Xbox One Preview Beta Ring will begin receiving the latest 1910 Xbox One system update (Build: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1910\18363.7152.190908-1922).

DETAILS:

  • OS version released: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1910\18363.7152.190908-1922
  • Available: 2:00 PM 9/10/19
  • Mandatory Date/Time: 3:00 AM 9/11/19

System Update

System Update

FIXES:

System

  • Fixed an issue where the console was shutting down unexpectedly while playing games and using media apps such as Netflix.
    • Note: If for some reason you experience this behavior after today’s update, make sure to submit a report from the console as soon as it has rebooted.
  • Various updates to properly reflect local languages on the console.

Xbox Insiders

Xbox Insiders

KNOWN ISSUES:

Mixer

  • Users attempting to watch streams on the Mixer tab will launch the Mixer app when a stream is selected.
    • Note: This is expected behavior, as we’re currently investigating an issue with the Mixer Viewing improvements.

Audio

  • Users who have Dolby Atmos enabled and console display settings set to 120hz with 36 bits per pixel (12-bit) are experiencing loss of Dolby Atmos audio in some situations.
    • Workaround: Disable 120hz or set Video Fidelity to 30 bits per pixel (10-bit) or lower.

Dolby Access

  • Users are unable to complete the setup for Dolby Atmos in the app and the app is not recognizing Dolby Atmos headphones.
    • Note: This is an issue with the Dolby Access app and the app developers are aware and investigating.

Guide

  • Users are reporting that their Friends list is not updating with correct status.

Gamertag

  • Customers attempting to change their GT using the new Gamertag features on the console will not yet see those changes reflected on the console.

My Games & Apps

  • Some users have reported that they are missing some titles from their Ready to Install section.
    • Note: We have added additional logging to help investigate this behavior. If you encounter this on the latest update, please submit feedback and be sure to include the names of the titles that are missing in the description.

Profile Color

  • Sometimes users may encounter the incorrect Profile color when powering on the console.