New Alpha Ship Ahead 1904 Update – 12/10/18

Starting at 2:00 pm PST today, members of the Xbox One Preview Skip Ahead will begin receiving the latest 1904 Xbox One system update (rs_xbox_dev_flight.181206.1900). Read on for more about the latest and greatest fixes and known issues in this 1904 system update.  This build has the same features as newest 1811 and fixes in 1902 plus more to be announced over the coming months!

Fixes:

 

Mouse

  • Additional fixes to improve the responsiveness of mouse performance to reduce lag.

System

  • Fixes to improve system performance.

 

Known Issues:

 

Audio

  • We are tracking audio issues in which some games have audio that cuts in and out
  • Audio settings reverting to a previous settings after taking an update. Workaround is to please turn on your Audio Receiver prior to turning your Xbox One and the settings will not revert.

Profile Color

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

Away: Journey to the Unexpected is a New Take on the FPS Genre

Hello, I am Aurélien Regard, one half of the team behind Away: Journey to the Unexpected, releasing on Xbox One February 8, 2019. I’d like to quickly go through the creative process behind Away, from 2016 to how it is today.

One thing I love about the first-person shooter (FPS) genre is the power of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. However, between over-the-top action shooters and narrative walking sims, I felt like the genre was missing the concept of action-adventures.

So, came the idea behind Away: Journey to the Unexpected! At least the foundation of its gameplay. Here’s a look at some early prototype screenshots…

Away: Journey to the Unexpected

Away: Journey to the Unexpected

I also took some inspirations on the way, in terms of artistic direction. For technical reasons I had to make easy-to-produce characters to fit in the 3D environment, and the idea came from the old-school Doom: making “cardboard cutout” characters constantly looking towards you.

I had the key concepts locked in now: an action-adventure FPS with 2D characters in a 3D environment!

Away: Journey to the Unexpected

Away: Journey to the Unexpected

Then I needed to define the story and core gameplay mechanics. Taking on the same idea of FPS games being generally violent or very mature in their narrative, I took the opposite direction: let’s make a fun game about a kid living a fun adventure with friends! In regards to the art style, I dug into my childhood memories and tried to capture the feeling of the anime style that was all over the 90s TV in France.

And there you go, the concept behind Away was set around that core idea: creating a new type of FPS adventure, with a lighthearted and fun story, and a nostalgic 90s anime style to it. I hope you enjoy this little post!

Away: Journey to the Unexpected

Away: Journey to the Unexpected

Away: Journey to the Unexpected will release February 8, 2019 on Xbox One via the Microsoft Store. For more information on this title and many others, keep it tuned here to Xbox Wire for all the latest Xbox gaming news and features.

Available right now! New build coming to Omega and Delta

For immediate release

Members of the Xbox One Preview Delta and Omega should be receiving a new 1811 Xbox One system update (1812061740) starting now. Read on for fixes in this 1811 latest system update. 

Fixes:

 

Mouse

  • Additional fixes to improve the responsiveness of mouse performance to reduce lag.

System

  • Fixes to improve system performance.

 

Known Issues:

 

Audio

  • We are tracking audio issues in which some games have audio that cuts in and out
  • Audio settings reverting to a previous settings after taking an update. Workaround is to please turn on your Audio Receiver prior to turning your Xbox One and the settings will not revert.

Profile Color

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

 

New Preview Beta Ring 1811 Update – 12/7/18

Starting at 7:00 p.m. PST today, members of the Xbox One Preview Beta will begin receiving a new 1811 Xbox One system update (1812061740). Read on for more about the fixes and known issues in the latest 1811 system update. 

Fixes:

 

Mouse

  • Additional fixes to improve the responsiveness of mouse performance to reduce lag.

System

  • Fixes to improve system performance.

 

Known Issues:

 

Audio

  • We are tracking audio issues in which some games have audio that cuts in and out
  • Audio settings reverting to a previous settings after taking an update. Workaround is to please turn on your Audio Receiver prior to turning your Xbox One and the settings will not revert.

Profile Color

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

 

Behind the Doors of Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek, Available Now on Xbox One

In Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek we wanted to explore the story of events that lead up directly to the original game. I know all of you had questions on what exactly happened, and why the Neighbor is the way he is. This is a very dramatic prequel, and some of you may need to take a moment to digest what happens here. I won’t spoil anything, that is up to you to experience.

So let’s talk about the game. It’s a story of two kids — the Neighbor’s kids. They have their favorite game – Hide and Seek. They constantly play around the house. And being a Hello Neighbor game, it dives deep into the imagination of children. From a real-world perspective, they’re just playing a game. From the kids’ perspective, they’re creating whole imaginary worlds.

Where things get a little bit darker — as you’ve seen in the reveal trailer — is when a tragic event strikes the family. And how kids deal with this event and cope with the loss of a family member. This coping is the core of Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek.

From a gameplay perspective, you play as Mya, the Neighbor’s daughter. Your best friend is your brother Aaron, and you play an exciting game of Hide and Seek with him and your favorite toys.

Here’s what to expect from Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek: Five fantasy worlds where you become a hunter in the wilderness, a firefighter, and more. An advanced self-learning AI, tons of interactive environments, and narrative-driven gameplay.

With the game available today on Xbox One, I’m really excited to expand the game’s world of Hello Neighbor with this dramatic prequel.

Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek is available now on Xbox One via the Microsoft Store and is part of the ID@Xbox Winter of Arcade event.

Family Settings on Xbox Provide Fun, Positive Gaming; New Tools for Cross-Play Now Available

Here at Xbox, we see technology as an advantage for families today. It can be a positive force in the home and classroom, in personal growth, and in helping families and friends spend quality time together. We also know that it’s important that children learn how to build a healthy relationship with technology. We’re committed to making gaming a positive and inclusive form of entertainment, and with that goal in mind, family settings on Xbox ensures that gaming can be a rewarding experience for every member of the family. Over the years, we have continued to innovate family settings on Xbox to be as unique as families are today and support their needs.

So how can parents take advantage of everything family settings on Xbox has to offer? First off, parents will need to set up a child account at account.microsoft.com and link it to their Microsoft account. Once that’s done, parents have access to more than 15 comprehensive and customizable tools to manage their child’s account across four key categories: screen time management, purchase limits, content filters, and privacy. Let’s take a closer look:

  • Screen time management: Parents can set time limits and view activity reports to keep on top of their children’s activity. Limits can be set for each day of the week, meaning parents can restrict gaming on school nights or allow more time over the weekend.
  • Purchase limits: Parents can choose to approve children’s purchases before they are made, to receive alerts after each purchase, or to set up an allowance to limit purchases children can make on their own.
  • Content filters: Parents can filter or allow games, apps and websites based on the age of their children to ensure they are interacting with age-appropriate content. Children can also request access to content which parents can then approve or decline.
  • Privacy: Parents can set what people see about their child’s online profile, status and gaming history and who they can communicate with online. This is especially valuable with the increasing popularity of multiplayer games where users can interact with other players around the world. These settings can be managed via the parent’s Microsoft account at xbox.com/Settings.

We’ve also heard feedback and questions from parents whose kids enjoy playing cross-network enabled games. Available today, Fortnite is the first game to feature our new cross-play settings, which provides parents and caregivers with more choice in managing cross-network scenarios for their children who play on Xbox. This includes two new settings parents can turn on or off, which empowers them to allow or block both cross-network play and cross-network communication, on their child’s account. As with the rest of the family settings, these can be changed in the parent’s Microsoft account. We expect other cross-network enabled games will be updated in the future to include these settings and offer more choice for parents.

Of course, ensuring families have fun isn’t solely the domain of parents. To that end, we also empower kids to play an active role in learning healthy digital habits. Our family settings features include an activity report that kids can view so they are aware of their own gaming habits and, with screen time limits, kids can request extensions to their time on the console or PC, which parents can approve or decline. Kids can also use the Ask a parent feature to request permission to make app or game purchases in the Microsoft and Xbox stores, as well as request access to websites, apps or games. We feel that when kids are a part of this process, it provides a collaborative and fun gaming experience for everyone.

At the end of the day, communication is the most important tool parents can employ to ensure their family has a fun and positive gaming experience.  We encourage parents to have an ongoing dialogue with their children about healthy technology habits and customize their family settings to fit their unique passion for gaming. If you’d like to learn more about our industry-leading Microsoft family settings and features, visit Xbox.com/family.

Take Your Sims on a Vacation in Outdoor Retreat and Jungle Adventure Expansions

Your Sims – they’re just like us. They pay bills, work long hours, take care of their families, and take out the trash. And, especially at this time of year, they could really use a vacation. Luckily, The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat and The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure arrive on Xbox One today! Below are some foolproof ways to help your Sims relax with each new pack.

Outdoor Retreat
Granite Falls is home to some lovely vacation rental homes. But if your Sims are ready for the great outdoors, they can set up camp near a waterfall! Ahh, the soothing sounds of naturally (digitally) occurring beauty.

One of the perks of this pack is gazing at the stars. Whether with friends or on a date, this is an awesome way to enjoy nature at its finest. But, really, what about napping under the stars? That’s an even better way to unwind.

The Sims 4 Expansion

The Sims 4 Expansion

Another way to light up the night is by building a campfire and having some bonding time with other Sims. They can grab something from the cooler, kick back, and tell stories around the embers. There is one thing to remember, though. Telling a ghost story after 7 p.m. (in-game time) could bring an actual ghost to your Sims’ gathering. Not exactly a great way to chill.

Going on vacation often means feeling warm and fuzzy while making memories. And what better way to do that than dress up in a bear costume? Exactly. A literal way to be warm and fuzzy with loved ones. Wow, your Sims are so clever!

Jungle Adventure
Selvadorada is one of The Sims 4’s most inspiring worlds. But, it’s not just the rainforest that makes it unique. It’s also the local flavor. When Sims are vacationing here, they’ll love meeting Selvadoradians and getting to know the culture (and secrets of the jungle).

The Sims 4 Expansion

The Sims 4 Expansion

Once they’ve made some new friends, it’s time to bust a move! Local flavor also means different dance steps. If, by the end of the night, your Sims aren’t having a ball at the cantina, what can we say? It’s probably time for a good, old-fashioned bubble bath.

When Sims are out on their tropical excursion, they’ll likely stumble upon a lush lagoon. How refreshing! Your Sims will make some awesome memories here, and it’s a great way to appreciate the tropical terrain. So, go ahead, take a dip to relieve your Sims of some pesky insect attacks.

Speaking of which, this may not sound like something to help Sims relax but think of this as some much-needed preparation. When loading up on supplies at the cantina, it is necessary – nay, imperative – that your Sims buy as much insect repellent as they can carry. Without it, they’ll be anything but blissed out. Those tropical bugs are no joke, people!

So, how will your Sims unwind? The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat and The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure are available now on the Microsoft Store.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Available Now at Retail Stores

Over a million fans worldwide have experienced an epic journey with Senua, a Celtic warrior who embarks on a haunting vision quest to save the soul of her dead lover from Viking hell, and today we’re excited to announce that Ninja Theory’s critically acclaimed Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is now available at participating retailers for $29.99 and £24.99 on Xbox One.

Players on Xbox One X can choose from three captivating modes: Enhanced Visuals mode offers extra FX and visual quality throughout the experience, High Framerate mode runs the game at 60fps, and High-Resolution mode runs the game with dynamic resolutions up to 4K.

Hellblade BAFTA Awards

Hellblade BAFTA Awards

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was awarded the winner of five 2018 BAFTA Games Awards, including Best British Game, Best Artistic Achievement, Best Game Beyond Entertainment, Best Performer and Best Audio Achievement. The 2017 Game Awards also honored Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice as winner of Best Audio Design, Best Performance, and Best Game for Impact.

Keep it tuned here to Xbox Wire for the latest on Ninja Theory and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.

Give the Gift of Thrills This Holiday with Deals from Xbox One

It is the holiday season, and to celebrate, we are sharing Xbox One deals on consoles and accessories to get you ready for some winter gaming.

Starting today, you can save $50 on any Xbox One bundle, including Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console, and Xbox One S, the best value in gaming and entertainment this Holiday. And there’s no shortage of amazing bundles to choose from at a participating retailer near you.

Join the worldwide Fortnite phenomenon with $50 off the Xbox One S Fortnite Bundle and get ready to battle to be the last one standing. This bundle includes a full-game download of Fortnite Battle Royale plus the Eon cosmetic set download and 2,000 V-bucks. Fortnite Battle Royale is the 100-player PVP mode where you fight to the end. Build and destroy environments and join intense PVP combat on Xbox Live, the fastest, most reliable gaming network

Get $50 off the Xbox One S Battlefield V Bundle and enter mankind’s greatest conflict: World War II. Join the ranks with a full-game download of Battlefield V Deluxe Edition containing paratrooper apparel for your Company of soldiers, special assignments, and weekly Airlifts. Plus, enjoy an outstanding Battlefield experience with full-game downloads of Battlefield 1943, Battlefield 1 Revolution, and one-month of EA Access.

Looking for more power? Save $50 on the Xbox One X Fallout 76 Bundle and explore, quest, build, and triumph in a post-nuclear wasteland. Prepare for an epic adventure in the prequel to the award-winning Fallout RPG series from Bethesda Game Studios. Journey alone or with friends in a new and unique Fallout adventure, and for the first time ever, Vault Dwellers can team up online on Xbox Live!

With so many great bundles to choose from, you can’t go wrong while saving $50!

And if you need more accessories for your arsenal, starting on December 9, you can save $10 on select Xbox Wireless Controllers and gear up for the holidays.

December Console Promo 2018

December Console Promo 2018

Equip yourself with $10 off the Xbox Wireless Controller Phantom Black and sense victory within, or bring your ABXY game and save $10 on the Xbox Wireless Controller Sport White edition. There’s plenty of other controllers to choose from as well, so be sure to size them all up and choose wisely!

And top it all off with deals on Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass:

  • Get $50 off Xbox Game Pass and get instant access to over 100 games
  • Starting on 12/9 buy 3 months of Xbox Live Gold and get $10 towards the Microsoft Online Store

This Holiday is the best time to get into gaming or to give the thrills of gaming with Xbox One. Enjoy 100 games right out of the box with Xbox Game Pass, and access all your favorite entertainment through apps like YouTube, Netflix, and more. Watch 4K Blu-ray movies and stream 4K video on both Xbox One consoles and experience immersive true 4K gaming on Xbox One X—the world’s most powerful console. Whether you’re playing games, watching your favorite shows or streaming gameplay, Xbox One delivers brilliant graphics with HDR technology, premium audio, and the fastest, most reliable gaming network.  Visit Xbox.com to learn more.

This Week on Xbox: November 30, 2018

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!

Play the Red Dead Online Beta Today on Xbox One
Starting today, the Red Dead Online Beta is open to everyone who owns Red Dead Redemption 2 on Xbox One. Jump in to experience the vast and highly detailed landscapes, cities, towns, and habitats of Red Dead Redemption 2 in a new, living online world… Read more

World of Tanks: Mercenaries Gets a New Perspective with Commander Mode
For nearly five years, we’ve carefully refined and improved the awesome experience of getting into tanks and blowing the hell out of other tanks at the ground level. But variety is the spice of life, as the cliché goes, and this December, we’re offering you… Read more

Xbox Game Pass - December 2018 Hero Image

Xbox Game Pass - December 2018 Hero Image

Xbox Game Pass: The Gardens Between, Mutant Year Zero, and Strange Brigade Coming Soon
Hello, Xbox Game Pass members! Now that we’ve had our annual dose of turkey and family, normal service resumes here at Xbox Game Pass. And on that note, we’re excited to share three important public service announcements: If the 16 games we announced at X018… Read more

Travel Through Time and Memories in The Gardens Between, Available Now on Xbox One
The Gardens Between is a single-player puzzle-adventure, but you don’t control the characters — you control time – and you can play it today on Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass. At The Voxel Agents, we’re passionate about creating games that surprise… Read more

Sea of Thieves Shrouded Spoils

Sea of Thieves Shrouded Spoils

Set Sail for Shrouded Spoils, the Next Free Sea of Thieves Update
The nights might be drawing in, but the future is looking bright for pirates as Sea of Thieves’ fourth free major content update, Shrouded Spoils, is available to players starting today, Wednesday, November 28. A treasure trove of new content, Shrouded Spoils responds… Read more

The Epic Journey of Floor Kids, Available Now on Xbox One
It’s been quite the journey, and now it’s time for Floor Kids to launch on Xbox One. And to mark this occasion I wanted to write a personal note about this amazing experience and everyone I got to work with and learn from. I’m JonJon, the animator… Read more

Mutant Year Zero Hero Image

Mutant Year Zero Hero Image

An Introduction to Tactical Combat Evolved in Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a tactical adventure game launching December 4 on Xbox One. What’s “tactical adventure,” you ask? Imagine a game combining the tactical, turn-based combat of XCOM with real-time stealth and exploration of a detailed… Read more

Lovecraftian Horror Awaits in Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics, Available Now on Xbox One
I’m here today to share an insight into our turn-based tactical strategy game Achthung! Cthulhu Tactics, which launches today on Xbox One. Check out the launch trailer above for a closer look at the Lovecraftian horrors that await like tentacles, automatic weapons… Read more

X-Morph: Defense KM Hero Image

X-Morph: Defense KM Hero Image

Press Space to Invade – X-Morph: Defense Supports Keyboard and Mouse on Xbox One
Hello, Xbox fans! Over the course of this year, we have released multiple expansions to X-Morph: Defense. The storyline has reached its conclusion, but we have not stopped working on the game. As of today, we are excited to announce that X-Morph: Defense… Read more

High Fantasy RPG Alaloth – Champions of The Four Kingdoms Coming Soon to Xbox One
It’s been a while since our last post on Xbox Wire. Last time we were here, it was to announce the release of Unit 4, our first award-winning Xbox One title. Two years (and a bunch of games) later we are back in action to share with you that our flagship project… Read more

Games with Gold December 2018

Games with Gold December 2018

New Games with Gold for December 2018
Welcome to another Games with Gold reveal for Xbox One and Xbox 360! In December on Xbox One, solve mysterious puzzles in an alien landscape in Q.U.B.E. 2, then experience the rich culture of the Iñupiat people in the atmospheric Never Alone… Read more

24/7 Railroading on the Long Island Rail Road on Xbox One
Stretching east from New York City is sprawling Long Island, home to busy commuters who make their way to and from “the Big Apple” every day. Long Island is packed with energy, attitude – and the hustle and bustle of people always on the move… Read more

Star Wars Battlefront II - Clone Wars Hero Image

Star Wars Battlefront II - Clone Wars Hero Image

Fight as Obi-Wan Kenobi on Geonosis in Star Wars Battlefront II on November 28
The Battle of Geonosis update, free to all owners of Star Wars Battlefront II, goes live on November 28, deploying players into a large-scale skirmish set during the Clone Wars. The update is headlined by the arrival of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi… Read more

Watch Rapper Logic Play Battlefield V During Xbox Live Sessions on November 29
When we’re not jumping 13,000 feet out of an airplane, there’s nothing we enjoy more than sitting down and getting hands-on time with the amazing games available on Xbox One. During our next Xbox Live Sessions episode, we’re swapping the sky van… Read more

Next Week on Xbox - Dec. 4 Hero Image

Next Week on Xbox - Dec. 4 Hero Image

Next Week on Xbox: New Games for December 4 to 7
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