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Xbox Game Studios and Ninja Theory’s Project: Mara explores new ways of storytelling

Today,
we are announcing Project: Mara, our new in-development experimental
title that explores new ways of storytelling, and we’re excited to share the
first details with you.

Project:
Mara
will be a
real-world and grounded representation of mental terror. Based on real lived
experience accounts and in-depth research, our aim is to recreate the horrors
of the mind as accurately and realistically as possible. Project: Mara
will be an experimental title and a showcase of what could become a new storytelling
medium.

Since joining Xbox Game Studios in 2018, we’ve been hard at work on our upcoming multiplayer brawler Bleeding Edge, our new recently-announced innovative R&D project, The Insight Project, and of course Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. These projects will continue to drive our development goals for the next few years and will help shape Ninja Theory’s vision for our future.

You can follow the development journey of all of our new projects – Senua’s Saga, The Insight Project and Project: Mara on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Xbox Sessions: Watch as actor John ‘Finn’ Boyega tests his Jedi skills in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Making his way across the galaxy to our studio, we sat down with talented actor John Boyega to catch up on one of the world’s most iconic franchises and play the brand-new, action-adventure game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order in the latest episode of Xbox Sessions.

Although John’s Star Wars character, Finn, rejected his
stormtrooper armor, John was ready for battle and showed us his own surprising
aptitude with the Force as he mastered the art of lightsaber combat in a boss
fight against the hulking Inquisitor, the Ninth Sister. Not to mention John
appreciated the new cinematic cuts in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – especially
because they gave him enough time to grab a snack while playing.

Don’t miss out on learning about John’s favorite Jedi of all time and seeing his unboxing of the epic Xbox One X Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Bundle during this episode of Xbox Sessions, out now on the YouTube Xbox Channel!

You, too, can become a Jedi and take on the galaxy-spanning adventure that awaits in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order available now for Xbox One, the world’s most powerful console.

Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for more upcoming episodes of Xbox
Sessions!

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Xbox Series X unveiled – our fastest, most powerful console ever

Xbox Game Studios unveils Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, a new chapter in the award-winning Hellblade story from Ninja Theory

For eighteen years and three console generations, the Xbox community has shown us the power both games and fun can have on all of us. As we enter a new generation of gaming, we see a future where you’re instantly absorbed in your games – where worlds are even more lifelike, immersive, responsive and surprising – and where you are at the center of your gaming experience. With the new Xbox Series X, we will realize that vision. 

Xbox Series X will be our fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility, allowing you to bring your gaming legacy, thousands of games from three generations and more forward with you. Its industrial design enables us to deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way, something that is critically important in delivering truly immersive gameplay. We also designed Xbox Series X to support both vertical and horizontal orientation. It’s bold and unique, very much like our fans around the world and the team of collaborators and innovators who built it.

The name Xbox is an expression of our deep history in gaming, our team’s unrelenting passion, and our commitment to both our fans and the future of gaming at Microsoft. It also signifies our belief that a gaming console should be for just that – gaming.

Alongside Xbox Series X, we also unveiled the new Xbox Wireless Controller. Its size and shape have been refined to accommodate an even wider range of people, and it also features a new Share button to make capturing screenshots and game clips simple and an advanced d-pad derived from the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller. The new Xbox Wireless Controller will be compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, and will be included with every Xbox Series X.

The possibilities of what Xbox Series X enables developers to achieve was also brought to life this evening with the unveiling of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. A sequel to the award-winning Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice from world-renowned developers Ninja Theory, the game is being built to leverage the full power of Xbox Series X.  The footage shared tonight was captured in-engine and reflects the power of Xbox Series X available to developers to deliver new universes, experiences and games in ways you have never imagined.

Bringing Developers’ Dreams to Life with Xbox Series X

Games today deliver amazing visuals and tell an array of different and deep stories.  That’s why, when we started work on Xbox Series X, it was vital we continue to advance state-of-the-art visual capabilities for developers, while also ensuring they could realize even greater feeling, emotion and empathy in their games. With Xbox Series X, we will elevate the way games look, play and feel. We will also remove the technical barriers faced in previous generations and enable developers to create more expansive, immersive gaming worlds that invite more players to play. 

From a technical standpoint, this will manifest as world-class visuals in 4K at 60FPS, with possibility of up to 120FPS, including support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and 8K capability. Powered by our custom-designed processor leveraging the latest Zen 2 and next generation RDNA architecture from our partners at AMD, Xbox Series X will deliver hardware accelerated ray tracing and a new level of performance never before seen in a console.  Additionally, our patented Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology will allow developers to get even more out of the Xbox Series X GPU and our next-generation SSD will virtually eliminate load times and bring players into their gaming worlds faster than ever before.

We are minimizing latency by leveraging technology such as Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and giving developers new functionality like Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) to make Xbox Series X the most responsive console ever.  Xbox Series X is also designed for a future in the cloud, with unique capabilities built into the hardware and software to make it as easy as possible to bring great games to both console and elsewhere. Xbox Series X will deliver a level of fidelity and immersion unlike anything that’s been achieved in previous console generations.   

One Console, Four Generations of Gaming

One of the things we’re most proud of with Xbox Series X is the promise we’re delivering to our fans who have and continue to invest with Xbox. Thanks to backward compatibility, you can expect your gaming legacy, thousands of your favorite games across four generations of gaming, all your Xbox One gaming accessories, and industry-leading services like Xbox Game Pass to be available when you power on your Xbox Series X in Holiday 2020.

Building on our compatibility promise, with Xbox Series X we’re also investing in consumer-friendly pathways to game ownership across generations. Leading the way with our first-party titles including Halo Infinite in 2020, we’re committed to ensuring that games from Xbox Game Studios support cross-generation entitlements and that your Achievements and game saves are shared across devices.  As we branch out and extend gaming to more players around the world, console gaming will remain at the heart of our Xbox offering.  Game creators around the globe are already hard at work building content for Xbox Series X and our 15 Xbox Game Studios are developing the largest and most creatively diverse lineup of Xbox exclusive games in our history. On behalf of Team Xbox, we’re excited to enter the future of console gaming with you and can’t wait to share more in 2020.

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Coming soon to Xbox Game Pass for Console: Halo: Reach, Tom Clancy’s The Division and more

As a kid, I would park myself in front of the TV to play games,
usually close enough that I could reach out and put my grubby hands on the screen.
My father, probably frustrated that he couldn‘t watch TV for dads, like extreme
professional lawn mowing tournaments or something, always said that when I grew
into an adult, I wouldn’t care about playing games anymore. How very wrong he
was.

I’m sure you’re with me. Not only do I still play games, I still
love to play some of the same ones I did back then (Halo: Reach anybody? Age of
Empires II
?). I play games based on cartoons; I make Spotify playlists of
best video game soundtracks (which – reminder! You can get 6 months of Spotify
Premium, and 1 month of EA Access and 3 months of Discord Nitro with your Xbox
Game Pass Ultimate membership right now), and I still sometimes put my grubby
hands on the screen.

Enough with
memory lane, let’s get to the games!

December 5

My Friend Pedro (ID@Xbox)
A violent ballet about friendship, imagination, and one man’s struggle to obliterate anyone in his path at the command of a conscious banana. The strategic use of split aiming, slow motion, and the stylish window breach create one sensational action sequence after another in an explosive battle through the criminal underworld.

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker
The Naruto franchise is back with a brand-new experience in Naruto to Boruto: Shiobi Striker! This new game lets gamers battle as a team of four to compete against other teams online! Shinobi Striker is built from the ground up in a completely new graphic style. Lead your team and fight online to see who the best ninjas are!

December 6

Demon’s Tilt (ID@Xbox Day One Launch)
A tribute to ‘90s video pinball games, featuring modern effects and mechanics—including bosses, secrets, and unprecedented depth to please video gamers and hardcore pinball enthusiasts alike. Now with bigger sprites, more baddies, more secrets, and more bullets! Demon’s Tilt pushes the limits of the video pinball genre with Shmup & Hack N’ Slash elements.

Wandersong (ID@Xbox Day One Launch)
A musical platforming adventure with an emotional story. Play as a silly bard and use music to interact with everything on a journey around the world. Along the way you’ll explore, solve puzzles, and meet a huge cast of characters.

December 12

eFootball PES 2020
Experience the most realistic and authentic soccer game with eFootball PES 2020! Play with the biggest teams in world soccer, featuring Spanish champions FC Barcelona, global giants Manchester United, German champions FC Bayern München, and Italian champions Juventus — featured exclusively in PES!

Overcooked! 2 (ID@Xbox)
Overcooked returns with a brand-new helping of chaotic cooking action! Journey back to the Onion Kingdom and assemble your team of chefs in classic couch co-op or online play for up to four players. Hold onto your aprons … it’s time to save the world (again!)

Pathologic 2 (ID@Xbox Day One Launch)
A narrative-driven dramatic thriller about fighting a deadly outbreak in a secluded rural town. Face the realities of a collapsing society as you make difficult choices in seemingly lose-lose situations in this groundbreaking open-world horror RPG.

Tom Clancy’s The Division
A revolutionary next-gen experience that brings the RPG into a modern military setting for the first time. In the wake of a devastating pandemic that sweeps through New York City, basic services fail one by one, and without access to food or water the city descends into chaos. As an agent of The Division, you’ll specialize, modify, and level up your gear, weapons, and skills to take back New York.

In Case You Missed It: Even More Games

Coming as a complete shock to no one, we added more games earlier this month too! You might have missed it between the absolute monster bucket of games we announced at X019, and now. Here’s our latest drop:

November 19

Munchkin: Quacked Quest (ID@Xbox Day One Launch)
A dungeon crawler with all the humor, puns, and ducks from the hit card game Munchkin by Steve Jackson. Take down your enemies and your “allies” while gathering gold and get to the top by sacrificing foes (and friends) in pits. Grab your Rat-on-a-Stick or a Flare Gun and prepare for the rampaging hordes of monsters and friends you may have just thrown into a sacrifice pit.

November 26

The Escapists 2 (ID@Xbox)
Craft, steal, brawl, and escape! It’s time to bust out of the toughest prisons in the world as you return to the life of an inmate in The Escapists 2. Explore the biggest prisons yet with multiple floors, roofs, vents, and underground tunnels. Live by the prison rules, attending roll call, doing prison jobs and following strict routines, all the while secretly engineering your bid for freedom!

December 3

Halo: Reach (Console and PC)
Halo: Reach for Halo: The Master Chief Collection comes to the Xbox One and for the first time ever: Windows 10 PC. Looking better than ever Halo: Reach includes up to 4K UHD resolution and HDR on Xbox One X consoles. Experience the tragic and heroic story of Noble Team, who through great sacrifice and courage saved countless lives in the face of impossible odds. Enjoy iconic Halo multiplayer experiences with generation-defining player customization, unforgettable maps and classic game modes.

Member Benefits & Game Updates

  • EA Access,
    Discord Nitro, and Spotify Premium Codes
     available
    for new and eligible current members that sign up
    for just $1 for the first 3 months. Terms and conditions apply.  
  • Sea
    of Thieves
    :
    Seabound Soul
    This free update features new lore-based
    tales with Captain Pendragon, the Ashen Dragon, and firebombs! Who doesn’t like
    putting fiery panic in the hearts of your opposing crews in Adventure and in
    the Arena?
  • Dead by Daylight: Cursed Legacy update released on
    December 3, including free map and more.
  • Gears
    5
    eSports supporter pack is available for
    purchase now and is eligible for the exclusive Xbox Game Pass discount. Get
    ready for the next
    eSports event on December 6
    .

Xbox Game Pass Quests

You were going to play the games anyways, time to get some extra points for it. You can open the Microsoft Rewards app and you’ll see a green checkmark with any Quest you’ve completed. Here’s what is on deck for your next quests:

  • Elf Quest
    • Complete any Game Pass Quest between December 2 and 15 and get a rental of Elf on us!

Game Pass Quests from December 2 through January 6 include

  • Biggest Games of 2019  
    • Earn any achievement from our Biggest Games of the Year collection and get 100 points. See eligible games here.
  • Rage 2  
    • Complete 2 achievements in RAGE 2 to earn 200 points.
  • Subnautica  
    • Complete 2 achievements in Subnautica to earn 200 points.
  • ID@Xbox  
    • Earn 3 achievements in any ID@Xbox game and get 300 points. See eligible games here.
  • Play Something New  
    • Earn 1 achievement in any of these new games released and get 100 points. See eligible games here.

Leaving Soon

It’s sad to see games go as we bring in new ones, we know. If you love these games and aren’t ready to say goodbye, you can buy any game that’s leaving soon before they leave on December 13 at up to 20% off.

  • Ashen
  • Life is Strange:
    Before the Storm
  • Life is Strange
    Season 1
  • Pro Evolution Soccer
    2019

In
closing: A bucket of games coming soon to our library (many you can play right now
by using the Xbox app to download from
wherever you are for both console and PC), discounts on games, free updates to
others, and quests to earn points in games you were probably going to play
anyways (might as well get some rewards out of it). Anything not in that list,
we’ll make a meme of it on Twitter or Instagram.

If
you’re not a member yet, but want to check out the these great games, try your first three months of Xbox Game Pass
Ultimate for just $1
. Good luck getting through all these games!

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November 2019 Xbox One Update: Xbox Action for Google Assistant, gamertag updates, text filters and more

November is here and that means friends, family, food and plenty of gaming in between. Thanks to your feedback, we’ve got a number of exciting new updates and features to share with you. The November 2019 Xbox Update begins rolling out today and delivers the Xbox Action for Google Assistant, new improvements for gamertags on console and mobile devices, text filters and even more to help you get the most out of your next gaming session.

Xbox Action for the Google Assistant

We’re excited to announce the Xbox Action for the Google Assistant is now publicly available to Xbox One customers in all countries where the Google Assistant is supported. English language is available today, with additional language support coming soon.

With the launch of the Xbox Action for the Google Assistant,
you can now interact with your Xbox One in even more ways using just your
voice, including the ability to turn your console on and off, launch games and
apps, play and pause videos, and more, from any Google Assistant and
Home-enabled smart speaker or devices, as well as the Google Assistant apps
on iOS and Android.

For more information on the Xbox Action for the Google
Assistant, including setup instructions and example commands, please visit the Google Assistant support page on
Xbox.com
.

The Xbox Action for the Google Assistant joins the Xbox
Skill for Alexa
as another great
option for controlling your console with just your voice, giving you more
choice than ever before in how you interact with Xbox. A huge thank you
to everyone that participated in the beta and helped provide feedback.

A screenshot of a cell phone Description automatically generated
Hey Google, play Gears 5 on Xbox.”

Gamertag Improvements
on Console

At E3 this past summer, we introduced our plan to revamp gamertags across PC, mobile devices and Xbox One consoles in order to give players around the world more choice in how they represent themselves including 13 additional worldwide alphabets and a new display option. With the November 2019 Xbox Update, these gamertag options are now supported on console, including profiles, friend lists, messages, Clubs, LFG and more. Everyone will be able to see updated gamertags and users creating new Xbox accounts or changing their existing one will have the option to use the new supported characters or add a numbered suffix to a gamertag that has already been claimed. To learn more about these changes click here.

Current Xbox players can keep their existing gamertags
without any further action required on their part and no change in experience
from the way that it looks today
. There will be no difference in how your
gamertag is presented unless you wish to create a new account or change your existing gamertag.

A screenshot of a video game Description automatically generated
Example of a gamertag utilizing newly supported characters

With all these new gamertags, we wanted to make searching
for your friends or new teammates easier than ever. In addition to the updated
features for gamertags, we are launching the all-new “People Search” feature
which allows you to find others using partial or non-exact search terms.

A screenshot of a cell phone Description automatically generated
New “People Search” feature

Xbox text filters

Last month, we detailed our
vision for Xbox Live content filtration
as part of our commitment to
responsible gaming on Xbox. In the November 2019 Xbox Update, you can set your
own specific level of automated filtration so you can decide what’s acceptable
and what isn’t in the text-based messages you receive across Xbox Live. Filter
levels can be customized based on four tiers of filtration – Friendly, Medium,
Mature and Unfiltered. And as always, if you receive a message that violates
our Community Standards for Xbox, even with filters in place, you can still
report this conduct to Xbox Enforcement for follow up.

On your console, you can configure your message safety by
going to Settings > General > Online safety & family > Privacy
& online safety > Message safety. Whenever you receive a message that’s
beyond your safety setting, it’ll be replaced with a [Potentially offensive
message hidden] placeholder. You can click on that placeholder to learn more
about the settings, and there’s a handy shortcut to go change those settings.
Adult accounts will have the ability to choose whether to see what content has
been filtered based on the filter they choose. To learn more about how to setup
this feature, check out our video walkthrough.

Set your desired level of message filtration

More Mixer viewing
improvements

Building upon the improvements introduced in the October
2019 Xbox Update
, this month we’re making a couple more great enhancements
for Mixer viewers. Thanks to your feedback, you now have the option to move the
Mixer chat on the left or right side of your screen or hide it altogether.

Additionally, we’re updating the Subscribe button with a
reminder to renew when one of your channel subscriptions is within a week of expiration,
making it easier to stay subscribed to your favorite Mixer Partners.  

Chat Position Options
Subscription Renewal Reminder

Voice-to-Text Dictation

Dictation expands further in the November 2019
Xbox Update with support for more languages! With either a headset or Kinect,
you can press the View button whenever the keyboard is on screen to start
converting speech to text. To change your preferences from your regional
default, head to Settings > System > Language & location to select
your keyboard & dictation language.

Supported languages and regions include English
(US & Canada), English (India), English (UK), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish
(Spain), French (Canada), French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese,
Japanese, and Simplified Chinese, with more to come in future updates.

Simplified Settings

This month, we’re introducing a new look for the console
Settings menu aimed to provide simplicity and greater ease of use. The menu has
been condensed and reorganized, with commonly used settings elevated to the top
to improve navigation and discoverability for everyone.

Reorganized Settings page

Console setup
improvements

Beginning this fall, customers unboxing their new Xbox One consoles will be able to get to the action quicker thanks to improvements we are making to the console setup process. Gamers who buy a brand new Xbox One will have the option to customize their Xbox One’s language, time zone, power settings, and more through the Xbox app for iOS or Android while the Xbox console is installing the latest system update.

As always,
these updates are possible because of the Xbox Insiders who have helped shape these
features, so huge thanks to all participants for their valuable input. If
you’d like to help create the future of Xbox and provide feedback on early
features, download the Xbox Insider Hub app on your Xbox One or Windows 10
PC today. You can also visit the Xbox Insider Blog here for the latest release notes, or join the Xbox
Insiders subreddit
to submit feedback and join the discussion.

We’re always working to improve your gaming experience on Xbox One and
will have more announcements in the coming months. In the meantime, stay tuned
for more information and happy gaming!

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Everything the Xbox team announced at X019

X019 kicked off with the biggest episode of Inside Xbox
ever, celebrating all things Xbox with an incredible slate of news, including
over ten Xbox Game Studios games on stage, three brand new games revealed from
Xbox Game Studios, and four more world premiere titles from developers around
the world.

Inside Xbox was also home to big news from Xbox Game Pass (with 21 titles from developers in the ID@Xbox program coming day one with Xbox Game Pass) and Project xCloud, as well as for revealing great new Black Friday deals for the holiday season. Read on for the full recap news from the show.

Obsidian Tackles the Survival Genre with Grounded

During the show, Obsidian debuted a trailer introducing Grounded – a brand-new Xbox Game Preview title launching in Spring 2020 with Xbox Game Pass. Studio Design Director Josh Sawyer and Senior Programmer Roby Atadero joined us to share the inspiration behind Grounded’s development before Obsidian became part of Xbox Game Studios. We also received insight into how Obsidian is injecting narrative and RPG elements into the survival genre with this title. Obsidian closed by highlighting the importance of community involvement for the on-going development of Grounded. Grounded launches on Xbox One digitally through Xbox Game Preview and with Xbox Game Pass, the Microsoft Store, and on Steam this upcoming spring. For full details, check out our Grounded announcement post.

Project xCloud Coming to Windows 10 PCs and New Markets

We announced that more than 50 new titles from over 25 of our valued partners will join the Project xCloud public preview, such as Madden NFL 20, Devil May Cry 5, and Tekken 7. In 2020, we’ll bring Project xCloud to Windows 10 PCs, and we’re collaborating with a broad set of partners to make game streaming available on other devices as well. We’re also expanding support to more Bluetooth controllers, including the DualShock 4 wireless controller and game pads from Razer. Moreover, in 2020, we are expanding the Project xCloud preview to new markets, will enable gamers to stream Xbox games that they already own or will purchase, and will add game streaming from the cloud to Xbox Game Pass. For all of our Project xCloud announcements, take a look at our X019 Project xCloud post.

Rare announces its next New
IP Everwild

Executive producer, Louise O’Connor, appeared on Inside Xbox and shared a glimpse of Everwild, the next new IP from Rare. The team are passionate about creating something special and this first reveal is just a taste of the magical, natural world the team at Rare are bringing to life. There will be more to share at a later date, for now to watch the trailer again, head over to www.xbox.com/games/everwild or take a look at our full Everwild announcement.

The Seabound Soul and Fire comes to Sea of Thieves

On Inside Xbox, Sea of Thieves debuted details for the game’s latest FREE monthly update arriving on Nov. 20 “The Seabound Soul,” This update features an all-new, lore-focused Tall Tale quest for players looking to play their part in a thrilling story. Join Captain Pendragon to uncover the mystery of the feared ship, the Ashen Dragon, and reveal the secrets of a sinister new threat. This update also brings the heat to Sea of Thieves with the introduction of firebombs! This explosive ammo can be thrown or loaded into cannons to put a fiery panic in the hearts of opposing crews in both Adventure and in The Arena. To find out more go to www.seaofthieves.com.

Save Big on Xbox Consoles, Games, and More this Black
Friday

The stage is set for big savings this holiday season. From the hallowed halls of X019 came the reveal of Black Friday deals on Xbox hardware: the Xbox One X, Xbox One S, and Xbox One S All Digital Edition consoles are all up to $150 off! You can also get three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for just $1 and get Xbox Game Studios titles for up to 50% off. Finally, select Xbox Wireless Controllers are up to $20 off and we’re offering $10 off Xbox Design Lab Controllers. For complete details, head on over to our Black Friday announcement post.

Xbox Game Pass at X019: Announcing New Games and the
Ultimate Holiday Offer

On today’s Inside Xbox, we unveiled over 50 games coming to Xbox Game Pass. Read more here for complete details on these titles and their availability with Xbox Game Pass. We also revealed the Xbox Game Pass holiday offer: starting November 14, get 3 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for just $1. And for the first time, eligible Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in select markets will also get 1 month of EA Access, 3 months of Discord Nitro, and 6 months of Spotify Premium as part of their member benefits. For all of our Xbox Game Pass news, take a look at our X019 Xbox Game Pass post.

Peeling Back the Layers of Bleeding Edge

On Inside Xbox, a new trailer for Bleeding Edge was revealed by Creative Director Rahni Tucker, along with the March 24, 2020 launch date and pre-order. Pre-order incentives include Closed Beta access on February 14, 2020 and Punk Pack bonus in-game cosmetics. Bleeding Edge will be available with Xbox Game Pass. For complete details, check out our X019 Bleeding Edge blog post.

DONTNOD Narrative in Tell Me Why

On Inside Xbox, Xbox Game Studios revealed Tell Me Why, an exclusive new narrative adventure from DONTNOD Entertainment, the studio behind the beloved Life is Strange franchise. All of Tell Me Why’s gripping chapters will release Summer, 2020. For more information please visit www.tellmewhygame.com and take a look at our Tell Me Why announcement post.

Halo: Reach
Coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection on December 3

On Inside Xbox, 343 Industries Community Director Brian Jarrard appeared onstage to announce that Halo: Reach lands in Halo: The Master Chief Collection on December 3. Along with sharing a stunning, all-new new launch trailer, Brian announced that all six titles in Halo: The Master Chief Collection can be purchased up-front on PC for $39.99 with Halo: Reach available for individual purchase for $9.99. Halo: The Master Chief Collection isavailable with Xbox Game Pass. On console, players can get the updated Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle, which includes the Halo 3: ODST campaign and Halo: Reach, for the same price. What’s more, Brian announced that players can get started today by pre-installing on Xbox Game Pass or pre-ordering on either the Microsoft Store or Steam. To find out more, go to xbox.com/halo.  

The Sky’s the Limit in New Footage from Microsoft Flight
Simulator

Today, we shared an all-new trailer for the upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator with new footage of the realistic world, authentic aircraft and real-time dynamic weather in this next generation simulator being developed in partnership with Asobo Studios. We’ve also just announced our first wave of aircraft manufacturing partners! For more details and to keep up with all the latest news on Microsoft Flight Simulator, visit https://www.flightsimulator.com or head on over to our Flight Simulator partnership announcement post.

The Future of Strategy is Revealed in the First Gameplay
Trailer for Age of Empires IV

Today, the newly named studio World’s Edge revealed the first ever gameplay trailer for their highly anticipated upcoming game, Age of Empires IV, which included a special visit from studio head Shannon Loftis for an in-depth discussion about the future of the dedicated franchise. Shannon also introduced a brand-new launch trailer to celebrate the release of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, which includes remastered 4K graphics and a new expansion, The Last Khans. You can play Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition starting today on Xbox Game Pass, Windows 10, and Steam. Want to learn more? Take a look at our X019 Age of Empires update post.

Taking a Deeper Look at Minecraft Dungeons

Minecraft players were pumped to see Minecraft Dungeons
Executive Producer David Nisshagen live on our stage to show us the all-new
game. He talked through some key facets of never-before-seen gameplay as Game
Director Måns Olson and Senior Producer Nathan Rose did a live demo of this new
and exciting experience!

Minecraft Earth Celebrates Early Access with Pop Up
Events

In
celebration of the game’s continued early access rollout, we unveiled “Mobs at
the Park”
at X019 – the one-of-a-kind, life-sized statues of interactive
mobs popping up in New York City, London and Sydney starting on Saturday,
November 16
. The statues are life-sized creations of the Muddy Pig,
Moobloom and the all-new, amazingly-festive Jolly Llama which will feature a
scannable QR code to play an exclusive new adventure built by the Minecraft
Earth
development team and allow players to receive exclusive access
to the Jolly Llama in-game before it’s globally available in December. The
pop-ups will be live in three locations around the world – Hudson Yards in New
York City
, the Queens Walk in London and Campbell’s Cove in Sydney
– during the weekends of November 16-17, November 23-24 and November
30-December 1, from 10am-7pm local time. Everyone can stay tuned to Minecraft.net or @MinecraftEarth for more
information.

Explore Wasteland 3’s Post-Apocalyptic World in
May 2020

inXile Studio Head Brian Fargo appeared on Inside Xbox to
debut an all-new trailer for Wasteland 3, showing us some incredible new
gameplay footage and unveiling the release date of May 19, 2020. On stage,
Fargo explained the origins of this 80s-inspired post-apocalyptic world, as
well as the brand-new story that will take place in the frozen wastes of
Colorado. He also shared how the partnership with Xbox has helped to allow the
team to make Wasteland 3 the biggest and best game of the franchise,
demonstrated by their recent award of best RPG at Gamescom. You can pre-order Wasteland 3
today
on Xbox One or Windows 10. Wasteland 3 will also be available
on console and PC on day one with Xbox Game Pass.

Get Blown Away by the First Glimpse of CrossfireX
Gameplay

Inside Xbox host @BennyCentral took us on a global journey from Seoul to Finland to Seattle to meet the teams working on CrossfireX, followed by the debut of a gameplay teaser trailer that gives fans just a taste of this massive FPS coming exclusively to Xbox in 2020. Stay tuned to xbox.com/CrossfireX for all the latest game news.

Catch the Drift in KartRider: Drift on Xbox One

If you’re looking for the ultimate challenge, DS Choi from the KartRider: Drift team unveiled what you’re looking for with their latestgame. Pro racers and league champions Hojun Moon and Insoo Park demonstrated this racing experience by taking us through outrageous conditions at breakneck speeds with customizations to boot, proving this game will challenge even the most road tested when it comes to Xbox One.

Final Fantasy Series
Joins Xbox Game Pass and Kingdom Hearts Classics Coming to Xbox One

Square Enix Developers Shinji Hashimoto and Ichiro Hazama appeared on Inside Xbox to announce that the Final Fantasy series on Xbox including Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and Final Fantasy XV will be coming to Xbox Game Pass on Console and PC starting in 2020. Also, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will come to Xbox One in 2020. Finally, a new Kingdom Hearts 3 demo is available starting today, November 14 on Xbox One – click here to download it now.

We Feel the Force with an Exclusive Look at Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Earlier today,
Electronic Arts and Xbox debuted the co-created Become a Jedi video to kick off
the X019 broadcast of Inside Xbox, as an invitation for all gamers to Jump In
and indulge your ultimate Jedi fantasy. Following, Respawn Game Director Stig
Asmussen provided an exclusive look at new gameplay leading into the game’s
launch on November 15.

Enter the
Criminal Underworld of the Critically Acclaimed Yakuza Series on Xbox One

Today on Inside Xbox, Sega announced that Yakuza is coming soon to Xbox Game Pass. In a new trailer debuted today on the show, Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s cult classics Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami 1, and Yakuza Kiwami 2 were revealed to be coming to Xbox for the first time. If you want to learn more, head over to our X019 Yakuza announcement post.

Strap in for a
New Look at Planet Coaster on Xbox One

Thrills, chills, and
popcorn spills! Planet Coaster showcased its latest gameplay trailer for
the fans at X019.

Play Around in
Purgatory in West of Dead

Developer Raw Fury announced West of Dead, which
lets you step into the boots of the dead man William Mason (voiced by Ron
Perlman) and descend into the grim and gritty world of Purgatory in this
fast-paced twin-stick shooter that’ll put your skills to test. Dodge behind
cover as you try to outgun your enemies in the unknown procedurally generated
hunting grounds. The Wild West has never been this dark. Sign up for the Open
Beta today at westofdead.com.

Build a Village in a Twisted Mirrored Universe in Drake
Hollow

The
Molasses Flood announced their next game, Drake Hollow, a cooperative
action village building game set in the Hollow – a blighted mirror of our world
– in which you build and defend villages of Drakes, the local vegetable folk.
Either solo or with friends, you explore a procedurally generated world of
islands trapped in poisonous aether. You gather supplies, build networks to
bring them back to your camp, find and rescue Drakes in the wilderness, raise
them, and defend them from attacks by a menagerie of feral beasts. You need to
balance your time carefully: what supplies are most crucial at any given
moment, what does your village need: more resources to keep the Drakes thriving
or more defenses to help protect them while you explore.

Experience a Supernatural Crisis in the
Upcoming Anthology Series Last Stop

Last Stop is
the new game from Variable State, creators of the award-winning Virginia,
and will be published by Annapurna Interactive. The game is a single-player
third-person adventure set in present-day London, where you play as three
separate characters whose worlds collide during a supernatural crisis. Last
Stop
is an anthology connecting three stories in one, centered on secret
lives, the ties that bind, and how magic can be found in the mundane.

Embark on a Multidimensional Journey in The
Artful Escape

A fresh, new peek of The Artful Escape was also unveiled during Inside Xbox. Developed by Beethoven & Dinosaur and published by Annapurna Interactive, The Artful Escape tells the story of Francis Vendetti as he embarks on a multidimensional journey to create his stage persona. The Artful Escape is an action-adventure, narrative driven, musical-laser-light-battle kind of videogame with dazzling visuals, killer music, and a soulful message about what it means to find your true self.

We hope you enjoyed the show, and we’ll see you next time!

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Tune in to the biggest ‘Inside Xbox’ episode of the year Nov. 14

Summary

  • Inside Xbox will be jam-packed with news for all gamers, including 12 games from Xbox Game Studios
  • Watch live this Thursday, November 14 on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter
  • The X019 celebration will continue live from London on Friday and Saturday with online programming

This week, we’ll be kicking off X019, our global celebration
of all things Xbox, with a special episode of Inside Xbox live from London on Thursday,
November 14, at 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT
. We’re incredibly
excited to be in London this week with our local community and those joining us
online from around the world. We resurrected our X0 event last year because
bringing everyone together to celebrate our shared love of games is very important
for us and, more importantly, our community.

Inside Xbox will be jam-packed with news for all gamers, including 12 games from Xbox Game Studios. Yes, that includes brand new game reveals, plus big news for Xbox Game Pass, Project xCloud and much more. Inside Xbox will welcome representatives to our stage from Rare, Obsidian, Ninja Theory, inXile, Mojang, and Xbox Publishing to name a few. Fans will also get to see what our friends at Respawn Entertainment, Annapurna Interactive, Devolver Digital, and other studios are working on. We can’t spoil the surprises just yet, but we can’t wait to show all our fans what we have in store.

The X019 celebration will continue live from London on
Friday and Saturday with online programming (including panels, Let’s Play
sessions, and much more) that celebrates and expands upon the announcements
from Thursday’s episode of Inside Xbox.

Watch live this Thursday on Mixer,
Twitch,
YouTube,
Facebook,
and Twitter,
or check out highlights and the full show on-demand after it airs. Inside Xbox
is also available with American Sign
Language (ASL)
for the hearing-impaired, Audio Descriptions for the
visually-impaired, and is subtitled in Spanish,
French, Brazilian Portuguese and German.

For more on Inside Xbox and X019,
including show times and ticket, visit the
Official
X019 hub
.

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First wave of Xbox Black Friday deals arrives

The holidays will be here before you know it, and to kick off the start of November, we are unveiling the first wave of Xbox Black Friday discounts. This is just a sample of our entire Black Friday deals – tune in via Mixer for a special episode of Inside Xbox live from X019 in London on Thursday, November 14 at 12:00 p.m. PT for the full lineup of Xbox Black Friday discounts and offers. You won’t want to miss out!

First up, we are offering a 50% discount on Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition, the fastest-selling first-party new IP of this generation. Join this multiplayer, shared-world adventure game featuring new modes like the story driven Tall Tales or The Arena, a competitive multiplayer experience on the high seas. Xbox Live Gold is required to play Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition and is sold separately.

Fans can also save up to $20 on select Xbox Wireless Controllers, including some of the newest controllers in the Xbox collection. Snag the Night Ops Camo Special Edition, Sport Blue Special Edition, Gears 5 Kait Diaz Limited Edition controllers and many more at the lowest prices of the season.

Deals are valid starting on November 24 and run through December 2, 2019. Plus, Black Friday kicks off even earlier for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold members, with Early Access beginning on November 21.

Visit Xbox.com, Microsoft Store and participating retailers globally for more details on availability and pricing as deals will vary between regions and retailers. See here for more Black Friday deals from Microsoft Store.

Xbox has something for everyone on your gift this list year, and at every price point. Be sure to tune in to Inside Xbox at X019 on Thursday, November 14 at 12:00 p.m. PT for the full lineup of Xbox Black Friday deals.

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Xbox Insiders: Play games from your console on a mobile device with new Xbox Console Streaming preview

Test out our newest Xbox One console feature

Today, we at Team Xbox are excited to talk about Xbox Console Streaming, our new system feature that lets you play your Xbox One games from your console on a mobile device.

If you’re an Xbox Insider in the Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings in the US and UK, you can now try a preview of Xbox Console Streaming. You’ll be able to play your owned and installed Xbox One games, including Xbox Game Pass titles, on an Android phone or tablet remotely from your home console.

Our vision at Xbox is to empower you to play Xbox games where you want, when you want. Whether you’ve got just a few minutes to complete a race in Forza, or find yourself with an hour to get some online multiplayer in before the next train arrives, console streaming allows you to play your games on the go.

We set out on this vision for game streaming earlier this month by beginning the public preview of Project xCloud, allowing you to play games directly from the cloud. And now we’re delivering on our second streaming option by kicking off the preview of Console Streaming so you can remotely play your full Xbox One library from your own Xbox.

I’ve been spending a lot of time testing Xbox Console Streaming through our internal employee takehome program, spending lunch breaks playing through Slay the Spire. I love being able to game during these moments so I can always stay in touch with my gaming community and make progress through stories that were traditionally tied to my living room. I’m excited for Insiders to experience this for themselves.

This preview is an important step in our journey to deliver game streaming to Xbox players around the world. We’ll work closely with you and the Insider community to gather feedback that will shape and define future iterations of Xbox Console Streaming.

As we learn more from all of you and continue to improve the experience, we’ll open Xbox Console Streaming to more Insider rings and expand to additional regions. Stay tuned for updates.

Xbox Console Streaming (Preview): What you need to know

Here’s what you need to know and can expect from Xbox Console Streaming (Preview):

  • You need to be an Xbox Insider in the US and UK with a console enrolled in the Alpha or Alpha-Skip-Ahead rings to participate in the preview.
    • We will expand the preview to more rings and regions in the future. If you’re interested in joining the Xbox Insider program, you can find more information here.
  • To participate in the Xbox Console Streaming preview, Insiders need:
    • A phone or tablet running Android 6.0 or higher, with Bluetooth 4.0.
    • A Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One Wireless Controller.
    • While not required, we recommend a controller mount for those gamers testing on a phone.
  • Download the Xbox Game Streaming (Preview) app from the Google Play Store:

Xbox Console Streaming

Xbox Console Streaming

  • The app will guide you through setting up Xbox Console Streaming on your enrolled Xbox One, including performing a test to ensure your home network, console and controller are ready for Xbox Console Streaming:

Xbox Console Streaming

Xbox Console Streaming

    • The network test ensures your console’s network connection and setup meet the minimum requirements:
      • NAT type: Open or Moderate
      • Upstream bandwidth: At least 4.75 Mbps required, 9 Mbps preferred
      • Network latency: 125 ms or less required, 60 ms or less preferred
      • Console settings: Power setting must be Instant-on
    • For help with improving your console’s setup, visit the Xbox Support website.
    • For additional Game Streaming help, check out the Game Streaming Support Hub, or ask questions and join the discussion at the Xbox Insider Subreddit.
  • We encourage you to test Xbox Console Streaming with a wide variety of Xbox One games, although original Xbox and Xbox 360 backward-compatible titles are not supported at this time.

We are eager to have you join us in building the best experience for Xbox gamers on all devices. Your input is crucial as we continue to improve, innovate, and expand to bring Xbox Console Streaming to all Xbox gamers. We couldn’t do it without the efforts of our fans and the gaming community.

For more information, please visit https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-game-streaming/console-streaming

Thank you!

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Xbox unveils lineup of bundles for the holiday season

It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are quickly approaching, and if you’re in search of the perfect gift, look no further than our lineup of Xbox One bundles that pair consoles with the season’s hottest games, and new and customizable controllers. By gifting an Xbox One to friends or family, they’ll have access to more than 3,000 games, as well as must-have services and features that can’t found anywhere else, like Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox One Backward Compatibility. Every Xbox One X and Xbox One S bundle includes a built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, 4K streaming with High Dynamic Range and Dolby Vision, and premium audio with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support. Xbox is the best place to play, and this holiday season, we have something for everyone on your list, at every price point.

We recently unveiled now includes an all-new upgrade option for the next Xbox console, Project Scarlett once it’s available in Holiday 2020. Xbox All Access is available

Additionally, if you enjoy gaming with your children, every Xbox One console comes equipped with industry-leading family settings. The more than 20 customizable settings empower parents to set spending limits, install content filters based on the age of each child, and apply the newly announced app and game limits as you see fit.

See below for an overview of all the Xbox offerings available this holiday, and make sure to check with participating retailers – including your local Microsoft Store near you or online – for more information on availability and pricing.

Xbox Game Pass

Give the gamer in your life the ultimate gift of unlimited access to over 100 great games with Xbox Game Pass – it’s the perfect way to discover your next favorite game.

  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate ($14.99 per month). The ultimate gift this holiday season, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, as well as access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality console and PC games with new games added all the time. You can get your first month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for just $1 right now.
  • Xbox Game Pass for Console ($9.99 per month). With Xbox Game Pass for Console, gamers get access to a highly-curated library of over 100 great games on Xbox One. You can join the fun in new games or catch up on a recent hit because with Xbox Game Pass, you always have something new to play.

Xbox One X Bundles

This holiday is the perfect time to gift the world’s most powerful console to a friend or family member. We’re offering seven Xbox One X bundles this holiday featuring the season’s hottest games plus Xbox Game Pass for Console and Xbox Live Gold. Xbox One X bundles available this holiday include:

Xbox One S Bundles:

The Xbox One S offers the best value in gaming, and this holiday, we have six bundles available that come packed with games like Gears 5, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Fortnite Battle Royale plus Xbox Game Pass for Console and Xbox Live Gold. If you’re looking to gift the newest member of the Xbox One family, check out the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. Xbox One S bundles available this holiday include:

Xbox Wireless Controllers:

The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is the world’s most advanced controller designed with the most passionate gamers in mind. This highly anticipated controller is now available, in addition to a variety of special edition controllers.

  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 ($179.99). Designed to meet the needs of today’s most passionate gamers, the all-new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 features over 30 new ways to play like a pro. Enhance your aim with new adjustable-tension thumbsticks, fire even faster with shorter hair trigger locks, and stay on target with a wrap-around rubberized grip. The controller is available starting November 4.
  • Xbox Wireless Controller (Starting at $59.99). Fans can expand their collection of Xbox Wireless Controllers with a variety of special edition and limited edition designs, including Midnight Forces II Special Edition, Night Ops Camo Special Edition, Sport Blue Special Edition, Gears 5 Kait Diaz Limited Edition, Fortnite Special Edition and Phantom White Special Edition. Every Xbox Wireless Controller is compatible with all Xbox One consoles and includes fan-favorite features such as 3.5mm stereo headset jack and Bluetooth technology for playing your favorite games across multiple devices.
  • Xbox Design Lab (Starting at $69.99). With Xbox Design Lab, fans have more than a billion design combinations to choose from to personalize the controller, including new colors, metallic finishes for D-pads and triggers, and rubberized grips. Or, players in the U.S. can choose a design featuring their favorite NFL Xbox Design Lab is available to residents in Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and more than 20 additional European countries.

No matter who you are shopping for this year, we’re excited to offer a variety of options to help you gift the perfect gaming experience.