August 7th : New Preview Alpha Ring 1908 Update (1908.190806-1945)

Starting at 6:00 p.m. PST today, members of the Xbox One Preview Alpha Ring will begin receiving the latest 1908 Xbox One system update (Build: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1908\18362.6064.190806-1945).

Details:

  • OS version released: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1908\18362.6064.190806-1945
  • Available: 6:00 PM 8/7/19
  • Mandatory Date/Time: 3:00 AM 8/8/19

Build Notes:

  • A new version of controller firmware has been released for certain controller models.  Users may be prompted to update the controller automatically when it is connected to the console. You can also go to Settings>Kinect & devices>Devices & Accessories with the controller connected, then select the ellipsis button to see if a firmware update is available.

Fixes:

System

  • Fixed an issue where the console would sometimes power off when launching a game.
  • Various updates to properly reflect local languages across the console.

Known Issues:

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.

Profile Color

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

Build Extraordinary Empires Today in Age of Wonders: Planetfall on Xbox One

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is now available! To prepare you for in-depth empire building in the new, sci-fi setting, we’re revealing intel on how to conquer your foes and build a future for your people.

First comes first – choosing your faction. You’ll pick from six unique choices – from the militant Vanguard, the dinosaur-riding Amazons, to the cyborg-zombies of the Assembly. Be sure to consider their secret technologies too, including human-computer symbiosis, developing new mental abilities, cybernetics, and fusion with alien parasites. This world is your playground, and if you want to ride into battle on genetically-modified dinosaurs with lasers against cyber zombies – that’s your call.

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

As one of the survivors of the Star Union, a shattered galactic empire, the future of the planet is yours for the taking. Start by scouting the surrounding sectors of land outside of your starting colony to search for unique natural features or valuable landmarks, such as biotech facilities. Once your colony grows and takes on more sectors, be sure to invest knowledge to research new technology to aid in your conquests. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it sure would have helped to have orbital strikes, jet packs, or mind control abilities – a few of the many technologies that players can discover in Age of Wonders: Planetfall.

While your empire grows in size and influence, you’ll undoubtedly run into conflict with neighboring NPC factions and rival players. To win control over nearby sectors and the rest of the planet, carefully choose your friends (and foes) in the world and ensure your path to victory. Not all battles need to be won through conquest on the battlefield, though – players can also succeed through advanced technology or diplomatic means.

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

To fully reign their empire over the planet, factions can win with a few different types of victories:

  • Last Man Standing Victory – Defeat all non-allied players by capturing their HQ and the Commander
  • Territory Victory – Conquer a set percentage of the planet’s sectors
  • Doomsday Tech Victory – Dependent on your choice of Secret Technology, race to build and deploy this tech worldwide
  • Unifier Victory – Gain a set percentage of influence with the survivors on the planet

Now, you’re ready to set out and create your own vast empire! Prepare for world domination today!

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is available now for Xbox One on the Microsoft Store. Click here for purchase details.

August 5th : New Preview Alpha Ring 1908 Update (1908.190802-1945)

Starting at 2:00 p.m. PST today, members of the Xbox One Preview Alpha Ring will begin receiving the latest 1908 Xbox One system update (Build: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1908\18362.6060.190802-1945).

DETAILS:

  • OS version released: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1908\18362.6060.190802-1945
  • Available: 2:00 PM 8/5/19
  • Mandatory Date/Time: 3:00 AM 8/6/19

Fixes:

Narrator

  • Various fixes when reading content on dashboard.

System

  • Various updates to properly reflect local languages across the console.

 

Known Issues:

Store/Purchasing

  • We are investigating an issue where users are reporting issues making purchases while in games & apps.

 

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.

 

Profile Color

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

This Week on Xbox: August 2, 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!

No Man’s Sky: Beyond to Launch August 14 on Xbox One
Hello Everyone, It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since we welcomed the Xbox One fans to our community with the launch of No Man’s Sky with the Next update. It seems to have flown by, mainly because we’ve been hard at work ever since. At the end of 2018… Read more

Play with Fire in an Upcoming Skyforge Update on Xbox One
A brand-new Skyforge update is coming in September and we’ll be taking you further back into Aelion’s history than ever before. Prepare to delve deep into an ancient saga of powerful cults, evil warlords, and a magical catastrophe that set the planet ablaze thousands of years ago… Read more

The Bard’s Tale Trilogy

The Bard’s Tale Trilogy

The Bard’s Tale Trilogy and Wasteland Remasters Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass
With The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut and Wasteland 3 on the horizon, it’s a fantastic time for Xbox Game Pass RPG fans to go back to where it all began with The Bard’s Tale Trilogy arriving August 13, and the original post-apocalyptic RPG — Wasteland 30th Anniversary Edition — later this year… Read more

Getting Up Close and Personal with Spiritfarer’s Gwen the Deer Spirit
Spiritfarer is a cozy management game about dying. You play Stella, ferrymaster to the deceased, a Spiritfarer. Build a boat to explore the world, then befriend and care for spirits before finally releasing them into the afterlife. Farm, mine, fish, harvest, cook, and craft your way… Read more

Free Play Days – Dragon Ball FighterZ

Free Play Days – Dragon Ball FighterZ

Free Play Days – Dragon Ball FighterZ
Get ready, FighterZ! We’re excited to announce that Dragon Ball FighterZ will be available to Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (with Xbox Live Gold included in your membership) members for free during Xbox Live Gold’s Free Play Days! Experience the spectacular battles… Read more

The Guest Writers of The Church in the Darkness
I’m pleased to say that The Church in the Darkness is finally coming to Xbox One on Friday, August 2! Our game has a dark narrative told through infiltration gameplay, as you try to get inside an extremist cult in the 1970s, looking for your nephew Alex. We use dynamic narrative… Read more

Fortnite Seaosn X

Fortnite Seaosn X

Fortnite Season X – Out of Time Available Today on Xbox One
Time is twisted and the Zero Point has become volatile in Fortnite Season X. Whether you’re nostalgic for the past or excited for the future, there’s plenty for you to discover. Locations once thought to be lost have begun to appear on the island, but they aren’t the same as they once were…  Read more

Challenge the Syndicate in Warface Battle Pass: Season 2 on Xbox One
If you enjoyed the first season of the new Battle Pass system for Warface on Xbox One, get ready for a new round of challenges to put your shooting skills to the test, plus a new set of incredible rewards! Battle Pass: Season 2 is now available and it’s bigger and better than before… Read more

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer Premiere Reveal is Live on Mixer
See the ultimate multiplayer playground unveiled with the incredible Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer trailer. Tune in to the Call of Duty channel on Mixer and get all-new MP information straight from Infinity Ward. Learn about the upcoming beta dates and watch over 30… Read more

Tune-In Tomorrow to the ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood Finale
Tomorrow night, ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood concludes on TBS with the sixth and final episode of the docu series focused on the stories and players behind the world of Gears Esports. If you’d like to catch up with the entire series… Read more

The Outer Worlds Hero

The Outer Worlds Hero

The 7 Things We Learned While Playing The Outer Worlds
When it was announced late last year, Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds made an immediate splash. After all, what’s not to love about a role playing game made by one of the industry’s most beloved developers, particularly one that allows them to flex their narrative chops… Read more

Puzzles and Team Gotham’s Creative Vision in Solo: Islands of the Heart, Available Now on Xbox One
Solo: Islands of the Heart is a game all about taking a moment to sit, think, and reflect on the place love holds in your heart. The heart can be a tricky puzzle to solve in and of itself, and Solo aims to give the player a clearer understanding of life and love… Read more

Xbox Game Pass - August 2019

Xbox Game Pass - August 2019

Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: Downwell, Slay the Spire, Pandemic, and More
Happy reprioritizing-your-backlog-of-games-because-we-just-added-more-to-Xbox Game Pass day! We seem to celebrate this totally made up not real holiday a lot around here. (Seriously, have you seen Major Nelson’s backlog of games? He must shuffle that list around all the time… Read more

Talking About the Challenge of Survival with Remnant: From the Ashes Development Team
Remnant: From the Ashes is a third-person survival action shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by monstrous creatures. Arriving on Xbox One later this month, challenge-seeking players looking for their game can look forward to 100+ unique enemies… Read more

Summer Spotlight

Summer Spotlight

Summer Spotlight 2019: The Season for Great New Games
Summer Spotlight 2019 has officially kicked off and we have a ton of great games on the way. We are releasing over 60 new games on Xbox One from July 30 to September 9. Not only are we bringing great content we are also rewarding you for getting it. During Summer Spotlight 2019… Read more

Behind-the-Scenes of the RPG GreedFall, Available for Pre-order Today on Xbox One
As GreedFall approaches its September 10 release on Xbox One, we at Spiders are pulling back the curtain to look at our inspirations and goals for GreedFall in a two-part web series. With pre-orders becoming available today, it’s now possible to secure your copy of Greedfall… Read more

Games with Gold August 2019 Hero Image

Games with Gold August 2019 Hero Image

New Games with Gold for August 2019
In August on Xbox One, fight the monstrous Swarm in Gears of War 4 and then experience the thrill of racing in Forza Motorsport 6. On Xbox 360, and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, explore treacherous dungeons in Torchlight, then prepare to do battle with fearsome… Read more

5 Reasons to Play Madden NFL 20 Starting Today with Early Access on Xbox One
It’s a brand-new season of Madden on Xbox One and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share some of the most exciting reasons to pick up the sticks and play Madden NFL 20. Kansas City Chiefs superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes graces this year’s cover, the soundtrack… Read more

Feel Like an NFL Superstar: Buy an Xbox One Console, Get a Free Copy of Madden NFL 20
Just in time for pre-season to kick off (pun intended), fans can get a full-download of Madden NFL 20 when they purchase a new Xbox One console for a limited time. Between August 2 and August 17, gamers who purchase an Xbox One X, an Xbox One S or an Xbox One S All-Digital Edition… Read more

Play as a Boar with Stoneskin, a Duck with Moth Wings, and a Moose with Fire Breath in Mutant Year Zero: Seed of Evil
We’re expanding our tactical adventure game Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden with the all-new Seed of Evil DLC! Our game is based on the pen-and-paper roleplaying game Mutant Year Zero, where the Earth lies in ruins after nuclear war, deadly pandemics and global climate change have wiped… Read more

Next Week on Xbox: New Games for August 6 to 9
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 on below and click on each of the game profiles for pre-order details (dates are subject to… Read more

Details on Vigor 0.9 Update: Aid
Names. Why does everything need to have names? When we were discussing the name for Update 0.9 internally, we came up with Aid. There are two main reasons for that and they’re both you: the Community and the Outlander. The community, especially those playing the Xbox Game Preview… Read more

The 7 Things We Learned While Playing The Outer Worlds

When it was announced late last year, Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds made an immediate splash. After all, what’s not to love about a role playing game made by one of the industry’s most beloved developers, particularly one that allows them to flex their narrative chops and combine their love of biting wit with deep character building elements and top-notch combat? The Outer Worlds truly looked like the next evolution from the work they did on titles like Fallout: New Vegas.

That’s a big part of why I was so excited to spend a few hours playing The Outer Worlds at a recent event. Not only did I come away impressed by what a polished experience it already is, but I also learned a lot more about what’s shaping up to be one of the most exciting games of 2019.

The Story So Far

The Outer Worlds casts you as an unnamed hero who’s been adrift in space for over 70 years. Perhaps not surprisingly, that wasn’t planned. You were originally sent out to help colonize the galaxy in the name of a corporation, but a technical error resulted in you drifting through nothingness instead. Since my hands-on time with the game took place somewhere in the middle of it, I’m not exactly sure how you end up on the Halcyon colony where most of the game takes place, but it seems pretty clear that there’s quite a story behind it.

Who Are You?

As with any RPG, it pays to figure out what type of character you want to play when you’re starting out. For the most part, The Outer Worlds has three different types of character builds: Stealth, Combat, and Dialogue. Stealth characters are best if you prefer to avoid battling it out, Combat-centric characters are great if you prefer to let your guns do the talking, and Dialogue builds are perfect if you want your talking to do… the talking.

The Outer Worlds inline image

The Outer Worlds inline image

LOL = Laughing Out Loud

One of the first things I noticed in my time with The Outer Worlds was the fact that it’s legitimately funny. The game has a notably sardonic wit that has corporate life squarely in its crosshairs. From the dialogue to the posters and in-game collectables spread about, there are bunch of opportunities to poke fun at the world around us. It might be a bit much to say a AAA game like this has a subversive streak, but there are a number of jokes that could best be described as anti-capitalist. As the game told me at one point, “Work diligently, improve yourself, and you too can achieve middle management!”

Got the Time Tickin’ in My Head

One of the most interesting elements of The Outer Worlds is what the developers have dubbed the “Tactical Time Dilation” system, or TTD. In the game’s mythology, this is the result of the decades you spent in cryosleep, and it allows you to slow combat down to a crawl with just a press of the left bumper. This brings up a gauge that will very slowly tick down if you’re standing still or burn down faster when you move or attack. Similar to Fallout’s VATS system, it’s really helpful for those who prefer slower-paced RPGs to twitch shooters or who just want a leg up in combat. I found it was absolutely lethal when paired with a sniper rifle.

Friends with Benefits

Like many RPGs, The Outer Worlds allows you to build a party of sorts, bringing up to two companions with you as your traverse the world. During my time with the game, I had two badass women by my side, both of whom joined me after accepting missions. You can give your companions orders during combat, allowing you to position them for maximum efficiency. You can also direct them to use their abilities, in which they’ll use a devastating attack on whichever enemy you target. One of my companions opened fire with a Gatling-style energy gun, while the other smashed enemies with a giant hammer with shock damage. They’ve even got Skills that can enhance your Skills! According to the developers, you’ll add companions as you go, allowing you to swap them out depending on the situation you’re facing.

The Outer Worlds Inline 2

The Outer Worlds Inline 2

The Choice is Yours

As I mentioned above, The Outer Worlds offers players a number of different ways to play, as well as presents them with plenty of tough choices to make throughout the game. For instance, in one mission I was tasked by one of the game’s clans with infiltrating a captured area to return some supplies that were taken from them. While I could have gone in guns a-blazing or attempted to sneak in the backdoor, since there were over 10 enemies I decided to take a more tactful approach. I walked right on up to the gang’s leader and told him I was there to spray for vermin that had infested the area. After he and his whole gang hightailed it out of there and I got the supplies, I was faced with another choice: get data cartridges for the faction leader or get extra food and meds for his lieutenant to help the rest of the factions.

Skills to Pay the Bills

Don’t think there’s enough choices to make yet? Wait until you hear about all of the Skills and Perks you’ll be able to choose from. You’ll sink Skill points into 7 different areas: Melee (one- and two-handed), Ranged (handguns, long guns, and heavy guns), Defense (dodge and block), Dialogue (persuade, lie, and intimidate), Stealth (sneak, hack, and lockpick), Tech (medical, science, and engineering), and Leadership (inspiration and determination). Each of these seven base Skills unlock more options as you hit five different thresholds from Novice to Master. Got all that? Good, because now you need to think about your Perks, which include things like Slow the World (+25% Tactical Time Dilation), Cheetah (20% Sprint Speed), and Toughness (+50% health) amongst others.

With its unique blend of biting humor, deep RPG elements, and smooth combat, The Outer Worlds is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting and interesting role-playing games of this generation. My time with the game only made me want to play more, and it’s already got me clearing my calendar for October 25, 2019.

August 2nd : New Preview Alpha Ring 1908 Update (1908.190731-1920)

Starting at 2:00p.m. PST today, members of the Xbox One Preview Alpha Ring will begin receiving the latest 1908 Xbox One system update (Build: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1908\18362.6058.190731-1920).

DETAILS:

  • OS version released: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1908\18362.6058.190731-1920
  • Available: 2:00 PM 8/2/19
  • Mandatory Date/Time: 3:00 AM 8/3/19

Fixes:

 

My Games & Apps

  • Improvements to game updates for Fast Start titles.

Narrator

  • Various fixes when reading content in messages.

Audio

  • Fixed an issue with Windows Sonic audio delays while playing games.

Home

  • Fixed an issue with navigating Home via USB keyboard

System

  • Various updates to properly reflect local languages across the console.

 

Known Issues:

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.

Profile Color

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

Play with Fire in an Upcoming Skyforge Update on Xbox One

A brand-new Skyforge update is coming in September and we’ll be taking you further back into Aelion’s history than ever before. Prepare to delve deep into an ancient saga of powerful cults, evil warlords, and a magical catastrophe that set the planet ablaze thousands of years ago. With Ignition, your new adventure will take you out of the frying pan… and into the fire!

The new trailer for Ignition introduces a mysterious group of fire performers. This is a brand-new playable class: Firestarters. They have an affinity with flames, which they have learned to control and wield as a tool and a weapon. For some time, they have been a nomadic people, travelling the planet and entertaining the inhabitants of Aelion with legends and stories of olden times.

Skyforge - Ignition

Skyforge - Ignition

The Firestarters’ ancestors worshipped a vengeful Fire God and warlord called Kir. He was a powerful magic user and established a mighty empire of fire with the Cult of Flame as his personal army and enforcers. After a long and bloody war, the mage wrought a great cataclysm that destroyed more than half of all life on Aelion (Thanos, eat your heart out). After centuries in exile, Kir is now free from his prison, and his return has reawakened the abilities of the Cult of Flame’s descendants!

The Firestarters are ranged damage dealers who fight with a uniquely fast and agile combat style. With their lithe motions, they have a great deal of control over their primary weapons: a fire torch in each hand which can be used to strike enemies from a distance. They can conjure fireballs, flamethrowers, and even rain down meteoric firestorms from the sky. The Firestarters are quite a theatrical class, so the chains attached to the torches allow them to show off a bit of flair with the occasional twirling moves too!

Skyforge - Ignition

Skyforge - Ignition

We wanted the Firestarters to have a truly unique and memorable design, and the harlequin-esque costume was born from the idea of the Firestarters being a theatrical group of storytellers. They are not entirely benign – some would even call them tricksters – so their ‘dark jester’ costume also bears some fiery demonic influence, and a touch of ancient depictions of the Norse god of mischief, Loki.

Our players have been asking for a fire class for a long time, and the introduction of this class is something that we really wanted to commit a lot of time and energy to in order to create high-quality, believable fire effects, and to ensure the game’s eighteenth class lives up to player expectations. There hasn’t been a whole lot of fire in Aelion since Kir’s reign, so we hope the fiery new effects will be a hot surprise for veteran players!

Skyforge - Ignition

Skyforge - Ignition

To determine how this class would move, attack, and behave in-game, we used real-life fire performers and dancers as a visual reference. Real fire performers skillfully wield this dangerous element with complete confidence and an assured sense of theatricality, and we’ve imbued the Firestarters with this same unusual and ethereal spirit to create one of the most unique classes in Skyforge yet.

Ready to play with fire? There are plenty more secrets hidden in the Ignition update, and we’re looking forward to inviting you to uncover them!

The free Ignition update is coming in September. Skyforge is now available to download for free from the Microsoft Store.

Details on Vigor 0.9 Update: Aid

Names. Why does everything need to have names? When we were discussing the name for Update 0.9 internally, we came up with Aid. There are two main reasons for that and they’re both you: the Community and the Outlander.

The community, especially those playing the Xbox Game Preview version of Vigor on Xbox One, are a great help for the development. Your feedback is invaluable and helps us to grow and foster the game. We value the time you’ve spent supporting it, and therefore we want to provide each player with a reward based on their Shelter level and number of improvements made. Just log in after the update hits to start receiving your rewards. And, of course, there’s a ton more coming in Update 0.9: Aid, which you’ll soon discover…

Vigor Update 0.9: Aid

Vigor Update 0.9: Aid

Become an Aid

And now the second reason for Aid: you, the Outlander. Previously, our take on rebuilding in post-war Norway was small in scope, focusing on you, and you alone. We want to emphasize the idea of rebuilding society, and not everyone in this new world is as fortunate – or as brave – as the Outlander.

Others need your aid, so it’s time for you to help rebuild a better world for everyone. With this in mind, we will add the first feature connected to a new currency: food. You can grow it yourself in your Shelter or you can collect it in Encounters. This means there is now another, more noble, reason to roam the wilds and risk your life and loot: to help others. When you do decide to support others in need, a trolley will be ready to transport the food to the other side of the fjord. Soon, you will be rewarded with endless glory in a public display of the most helpful Outlanders.

Vigor Update 0.9: Aid

Vigor Update 0.9: Aid

Reach the Signal 

As Vigor grows, it may be harder to track all the things you can do. To combat this, and help new Outlanders find their place, we added one more aid. A voice will contact you via your radio, and can be used as a source of information. This voice-from-a-distance is obviously watching every step you take (and every vow you break), and will occasionally provide ample help. Sometimes, it will even challenge you with various tasks and provide rewards should you decide to complete them. I won’t tell you who the mysterious voice belongs to, or where she lives, but you may have seen her beacon before. It’s no coincidence that our previous Update 0.8: Signal introduced this element to the game…

Outlander’s Store

It should be even easier for you to obtain crowns if you fulfill various goals. Connected to that, we heard your requests for more ways to spend them, and opened a featured part of the Outlander’s Store as well. You will find various customization options readily available, which will change over time. Keep in mind that you will only be able to obtain customizations to keep gameplay fair for everyone. On the other hand, we added a ton of these customizations, including gestures, and you can now paint your weapons.

Vigor Update 0.9: Aid

Vigor Update 0.9: Aid

Shoot ‘n’ Loot Reworked

You will soon discover that the selection of available weapons has changed. There is a handful of new guns to try out, and some of the older ones have been locked away for a rework. Don’t worry, your favourite weapons are more than likely to be the ones that stayed, and we will return the locked ones – along with a good sum of the new ones – in the future. All weapons have been tweaked and the general gunplay vastly improved, and each weapon should now be more unique – even when just considering their individual audio clues (when someone shoots at you).

One thing you may notice in the Encounters is a complete overhaul of loot distribution. It should be easier to find the loot you want/need, as certain locations now have specific resources – making loot distribution more logical and less random. At a glance, it may seem like there’s less loot overall, but it’s actually the opposite. Each spot contains more loot than previously, and loot boosters affect this even more by both increasing the quantity and number of spots. Indeed, building the Shelter anew requires different resources than previously, and in even higher amounts. Compared to the volume of loot found in levels, however, this is just a small change and it will actually speed up the building of your Shelter.

Vigor Update 0.9: Aid

Vigor Update 0.9: Aid

More than meets the eye…

I just barely scratched the surface of all the new things we managed to squeeze into Update 0.9: Aid. You may want to explore the game for yourself and see all the stuff we’ve added – such as two more female archetypes to choose from. Hopefully, you’ll prefer the way the new lobby looks, as it’s now much cleaner and easier to navigate. Death is also not what it used to be – when you die, you can now spectate your killer, or your teammate if you are in duos, and see how others survive. Additionally, you can celebrate your victory or mourn your losses in the reworked Reward screen, and most of the UI in the Shelter has been polished, with better navigation implemented.

Vigor Update 0.9: Aid

Vigor Update 0.9: Aid

While Aid is indeed a major update, it’s also a stepping stone to something bigger. We still plan to graduate from Xbox Game Preview in Summer this year, and with that comes the free-to-play version. You can experience most of that version in the Aid update, which, as Founders, will give you a nice head-start. We are looking forward to your feedback and we hope you will enjoy Update 0.9 to the fullest. See you in post-war Norway!

Summer Spotlight 2019: The Season for Great New Games

Summer Spotlight 2019 has officially kicked off and we have a ton of great games on the way. We are releasing over 60 new games on Xbox One from July 30 to September 9. Not only are we bringing great content we are also rewarding you for getting it. During Summer Spotlight 2019, you can get 4,000 Microsoft Rewards points for spending $40 on Summer Spotlight games. Here are a few to get you started:

The Blackout Club (Available Now) – A unique twist on the horror genre, The Blackout Club is a first-person co-op horror game centered around a group of teenage friends investigating a monstrous secret beneath the skin of their small town. 1-4 players explore procedurally-generated missions against a fearsome enemy you can only see with your eyes closed.

Metal Wolf Chaos XD (August 6) – Few have had the opportunity to play this one-time Xbox exclusive outside of Japan. Now you can pre-order it today and scoop up the Metal Wolf Chaos XD Skin Pack. Take on the role of U.S. President Michael Wilson as he defends the nation against a full-scale rebellion led by Vice-President Richard Hawk and the mechanized legions he commands. Battle in your advanced mech across iconic American landscapes including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Grand Canyon, and the front steps of the White House. Devolver Digital and FromSoftware have partnered with General Arcade to modernize Metal Wolf Chaos with upgraded visual fidelity, refined controls and gameplay, a new save system, and 4K + 16:9 support.

Age of Wonders: Planetfall (August 6) – Build your empire with one of six unique factions, ranging from the militant Vanguard to the dinosaur-riding Amazons and the cyborg-zombies of the Assembly. Progress through each faction’s missions using your wits, military strength and diplomacy, exploring planetary ruins and encountering other survivors as you unravel the history of a shattered civilization. Fight, build, negotiate and technologically advance your way to utopia in a deep single-player campaign, on random skirmish maps, and against friends in multiplayer. Pre-order now to snag the exclusive Age of Wonders: Planetfall t-shirt for your avatar and get the added bonus of the Paragon Noble Cosmetic Pack.

Wreckfest (August 27) – Pre-order this epic full-contact racing game to get the post-apocalyptic car. Expect epic crashes, neck-to-neck fights over the finish line and brand-new ways for metal to bend – These are the once-in-a-lifetime moments that can only be achieved in Wreckfest, with its true-to-life physics simulation crafted by legendary developer Bugbear, who also brought you FlatOut 1 & 2!

Blair Witch (August 30) – It’s 1996. A young boy disappears in the Black Hills Forest near Burkittsville, Maryland. As Ellis, a former police officer with a troubled past, you join the search. What starts as an ordinary investigation soon turns into an endless nightmare as you confront your fears and the Blair Witch, a mysterious force that haunts the woods… An Xbox Game Pass Day 1 title, Blair Witch was the epic E3 2019 game no one saw coming. Inspired by the cinematic lore of Blair Witch, experience a new story-driven psychological horror game that studies your reactions to fear and stress.

There will be new games every week so be sure to check the Microsoft Store every Tuesday to discover all the new games to play. And be sure to follow Major Nelson on Twitter to get weekly updates and find out about special giveaways including a chance to win every single Summer Spotlight game! See the full list of games at Xbox.com.

July 29th : New Preview Alpha Ring 1908 Update (1910.190728-1945)

Starting at 6:00 p.m. PST today, members of the Xbox One Preview Alpha Ring will begin receiving the latest 1908 Xbox One system update (Build: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1908\18362.6055.190728-1945).

DETAILS:

  • OS version released: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1908\18362.6055.190728-1945
  • Available: 6:00PM PDT 7/29/19
  • Mandatory Date/Time: 3:00 AM PDT 7/30/19

Fixes:

 

Audio

  • We have fixed audio that sounds distorted, metallic, or robotic when using Dolby Atmos and Windows Sonic.

Chat Notifications

  • We are now using ‘turn on/off notification and new icons instead of ‘mute/unmute’ for chats.

System

  • Fixed an issue with some consoles crashing during gameplay and restarting.
  • Various updates to properly reflect local languages across the console.
  • Narrator fixes in the build.

 

Known Issues:

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.

Profile Color

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

Messaging

  • We are tracking an issue in which users are receiving a message notification however there is no messages in your inbox.