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With Xbox One X officially out in the wild, we imagine many of you are eyeing a fancy new 4K television, like the Samsung QLED 4K TV, to grace your living room. And with Black Friday only days away, we thought it might be good to give a quick overview on how to enable 4K and HDR output settings from your Xbox One X and Xbox One S.

Make Sure You Have an Xbox One X or Xbox One S

Yes, this might be a little obvious, but it bears mentioning. While we do have the Xbox One family of devices that allows you to play Xbox One and Xbox 360 games through Backward Compatibility, only the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S have 4K and HDR support. You can find this out by checking the sticker right next to the back of the console near the network port to let you know which console you have.

Make Sure You Have a 4K TV

There are many phrases that constitute having a 4K television: 4K, 4K Ultra HD, UHD, UHD 4K, SUHD TV, Ultra HD, Ultra UDTV, 2160p. If your television has used any of this branding, congratulations! You have a 4K television. That means you can enable resolutions from your Xbox One X and your Xbox One S to 3840 x 2160 at 24 Hz, 50 Hz, or 60 Hz. (Note: Xbox One S can only stream video and play Blu-ray content in 4K; it can’t play games in 4K).

Make...

Greetings, gamers! It’s time to welcome the holidays with a new collection of games coming to Games with Gold this December. Starting with the fantastical co-op first-person shooter Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide, followed by another great Telltale adventure game as we rejoin Marty and Doc on a new time-traveling escapade in Back to the Future: The Game – 30th Anniversary Edition.

On Xbox 360, and Xbox One through Backward Compatibility is the rhythm-action game Child of Eden created by Tetsuya Mizuguchi (best known for the classic Rez), then later in December is the pulp-inspired action game Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death to dish some hack-n-slash adventure.

All games will be available for a limited time as part of Games with Gold, so get Xbox Live Gold today to ensure you get your hands on these and any future Games with Gold games as an Xbox Live Gold member.

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide
Set in the renowned Warhammer Fantasy world, this four-player co-op first-person shooter is full of gorgeous graphics and immersive multiplayer gameplay. Enhanced for...

We’re expanding yesterday’s system update (1711.171118-1659) to our Delta and Omega rings. Insiders currently enrolled in either of these Xbox One Preview Update rings will be able to take the latest update, starting today at 2 p.m. PST. The update will become mandatory tomorrow, Nov. 23, at 1 a.m. PST, and includes some important fixes to Looking for Group (LFG) and general console performance. Read on for more information about the fixes introduced with this update and check in on the Known Issues here.

FIXES:

Looking for Group (LFG):

  • Fixes Users being unable to see the details of Team LFGs without blindly clicking through on each individual item

Console Performance:

  • Fixes to reduce console and Home crashes when taking a screenshot

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

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Hello, pirates! 2017 has been a jam-packed year for Rare and Sea of Thieves, and as we angle our sails towards that long-awaited launch in early 2018, we’re also coming up on a full year of the Sea of Thieves Technical Alpha. It’s served the game incredibly well and given thousands upon thousands of budding buccaneers a chance to hit the seas on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC – and we’ll soon be waving goodbye to the Technical Alpha in its current form, so this is your final chance to get involved!

Why sign up now if you haven’t already? Everyone who joins the Insider Programme by the cut-off date of Dec. 1 will be invited to the next play session – our biggest and best yet – with the latest brace of brand new features to test. Yes, as promised, all eligible Insiders are now getting their chance to jump in and play Sea of Thieves before its release next year.

It was back in December 2016 that we announced the very first Technical Alpha sessions, following the kick-off of our Insider Programme in November. In the space of a year we’ve scaled up from that first wave of 1,000 players to almost 200,000. We’ve debuted new features from skeletal sentinels to solo ships, welcomed your feedback and used it to balance and finetune all manner of things, honoring our promise to shape Sea of Thieves alongside its community. Now we’re preparing to welcome all those...

Our latest system update (1711.171118-1659), which becomes available to Alpha and Beta Insiders at 2 p.m. PST today, continues to focus in on fixes and adjustments. With this update, we’re focusing on Looking for Group (LFG) and general console performance. The update can be manually taken today at 2 p.m. PST and becomes mandatory for all Alpha and Beta Insiders at 1 a.m. tomorrow, Nov. 22. Read on for more information about the fixes introduced with this update and check in on the Known Issues here.

FIXES:

Looking for Group (LFG):

  • Fixes Users being unable to see the details of Team LFGs without blindly clicking through on each individual item

Console Performance:

  • Fixes to reduce console and Home crashes when taking a screenshot

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

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New Preview Build Available to All Rings – 11/20/17
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A picturesque lake nestled in the middle of the French countryside, log cabins, picnic areas and swims for multiple people to fish at one time. Sounds good, right?

These are just some of the features you will find in the new Euro Fishing add-on lake: Le Lac d’Or (The Golden Lake).

Set in the French countryside, this 25-acre lake contains over 700 fish ranging from small Roach right up to a monstrous 126lb Catfish that will be guaranteed to put up a fight. For the first time, Ghost Carp are not exclusive to boss fish and they are all joined by the brand-new Koi Carp, of which you will find several stunning examples in this lake.

Get together with friends to fish on one of the three log cabin swims located at the lake or fish solo from any of the swims if you prefer some peace and quiet.

Take on the lake by tackling the 10 new achievements from catching a Koi Boss fish (Koi Blimey) and landing 25 fish weighing over 50lb (Heavy Haul) to catching one of each species in Le Lac d’Or (Full House) to fully master the venue.

If this is the lake for you, then hen grab your copy of Le Lac d’Or today and start your French fishing journey in this new add-on for Euro Fishing.


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Nine Parchments is a type of game that we like to call a blast’em up, where you play as a bunch of wizarding students on a quest to find powerful spell parchments.

All the apprentice students use magic and therefore the game centers on spellcasting and using your wizard powers. Your goal in Nine Parchments is to blast your way through foes and to keep your teammates alive.

You can play in single-player or with up to four players in co-op, both locally and online! Co-op is of course the go-to mode to experience the full magical chaos, as friendly fire is always on, and from our experience your teammates tend to be trigger-happy.

Over the course of a playthrough, you’ll also gain additional spells, level up your character, discover new items and unlock other playable characters. Learn more about these mechanics by reading on, young apprentice!

Spells and Elements

Spells come in numerous variations, from channeled beam spells which can be combined, to projectile spells like burning fireballs or electrifying curtains of lighting. Some spells can even be thrown across the air and slammed on top of enemies. Spells come in six elemental varieties: fire, ice, lightning, steam, life, and death and some special non-elemental ones.

Characters begin the game with three starting spells and gain more as you progress through the levels, all the way until you’ve inscribed your ninth spell parchment into your spellbook!

Experience & Skill Trees

In addition to their growing spell...

Hello, fellow gamers! Welcome to your action-packed December Xbox Game Pass update.

In addition to over 100 great games already included in your Xbox Game Pass membership, we’re excited to share the addition of yet another seven games starting December 1. Titles including Gears of War 4, Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter and more! Plus, tune in to Mixer on December 1 and watch our favorite streamers get hands-on with the latest additions to the Xbox Game Pass catalog.

But first, stop the press! For a limited time between November 17 – 27, you can start your Xbox Game Pass membership for $1! That’s right, get instant access to over 100 great games on Xbox One for just $1. We’re so excited to bring this offer to our fans during the Xbox Black Friday sale, and with holidays just around the corner, there has never been a better time to jump into Xbox Game Pass.

Also in time for the holidays, we’ve released a much-requested feature from our fans: the ability to gift Xbox Game Pass. Fans can now give the gift of over 100 games to those that matter most. Just head over to the Xbox Game Pass Store page and select “Buy as Gift.” You just need to know the gamertag or email address of who you’d like to gift to. It’s that simple!

Starting December 1, we also say 안녕하세요 (Hello!) to our fans in Korea, as Korea becomes Xbox Game Pass’ 40th...

This past weekend, we released a new system update to our Alpha, Beta, Delta and Omega rings. This update (1711.171115-1914) is now mandatory in all system update rings and includes fixes to various “Sounds & Settings” on the Xbox One console. Please read on for more about these fixes as well as known issues related to this particular update.

FIXES:

Sound & Settings:

  • Various fixes solving for issues enabling Dolby Atmos for Home Theater, error codes in settings, no-audio issues with ERA games, and Blu-ray passthrough not working with all known devices.
  • Users with 2017 LG TVs should no longer encounter no sound when enabling Atmos settings on the TV.
KNOWN ISSUES:

Tournaments

  • The left and right navigation for selecting date and time during Tournament creation is currently reversed when the console language is set to Arabic or Hebrew.
  • Left and right navigation in Tournament twists is reversed when the console language is set to Arabic or Hebrew.
  • Left and right navigation in the bracket view of Tournaments is reversed when the console language is set to Arabic or Hebrew.

Avatars on Home

  • Users wishing to represent themselves as an avatar can do so by changing their settings under My profile > Customize profile > Show my avatar.

Narrator

  • Narrator may stop performing when reading large amounts of text.

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

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Watch...

Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console, and what that means for the future of gaming. Today, we’ll be chatting with Wargaming’s TJ Wagner, Creative Director and Executive Producer on the action-packed World of Tanks.

What specifically is your development team doing to enhance World of Tanks for Xbox One X?

Our renderer uses a physically-based model which preserves high dynamic range values throughout the entire pipeline.  We were one of the first games to support HDR display output on Xbox One S, and of course we had to support HDR display output on the Xbox One X at launch.

All tank and terrain textures are authored at super HD.  Our Despair engine renderer has been enhanced to run full 4K at a smooth and steady 30FPS.  We support Full Range HDR and have increased our lighting fidelity, improved ambient inclusion and shadow resolutions.  You will see higher poly models and higher resolution textures at all distances.

How do these enhancements impact the gaming experience?

You will see higher poly models and higher resolution textures at all distances.  The game looks eye popping with incredible life like detail for environments and tanks.

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

Because...

Starting on November 11, Xbox fans in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Spain will find some very bold content on their Xbox dashboards!

Fans will come across several interactive videos, where they will get the chance to find out who is truly the ‘boldest’ gamer in Europe. The Doritos #PlayBold challenge is simple. It challenges the talents of Ali-A, Jelly and AlphaSniper to prove that not only are they kings of gameplay, they can even take on the games in real life. The interactive videos offer fans a unique opportunity to view this exciting content by switching between game mode and #Bold mode, just by pressing the X button on their controller.

Fans in the UK can expect to see Ali-A getting behind the wheel of a Nissan GTR in Forza Motorsport 7, as he looks to match the lap he raced at the Nurburgring. Will the benefit of a clearer day in real life help him beat his fastest time in the game?

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!

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Many of gaming’s most compelling...

This past weekend, we released a new system update to our Alpha, Beta, Delta and Omega rings. This update (1711.171115-1914) is now mandatory in all system update rings and includes fixes to various “Sounds & Settings” on the Xbox One console. Please read on for more about these fixes as well as known issues related to this particular update.

FIXES:

Sound & Settings:

  • Various fixes solving for issues enabling Dolby Atmos for Home Theater, error codes in settings, no-audio issues with ERA games, and Blu-ray passthrough not working with all known devices.
  • Users with 2017 LG TVs should no longer encounter no sound when enabling Atmos settings on the TV.
KNOWN ISSUES:

Tournaments

  • The left and right navigation for selecting date and time during Tournament creation is currently reversed when the console language is set to Arabic or Hebrew.
  • Left and right navigation in Tournament twists is reversed when the console language is set to Arabic or Hebrew.
  • Left and right navigation in the bracket view of Tournaments is reversed when the console language is set to Arabic or Hebrew.

Avatars on Home

  • Users wishing to represent themselves as an avatar can do so by changing their settings under My profile > Customize profile > Show my avatar.

Narrator

  • Narrator can now be stopped when reading large amounts of text.

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

Related:
Watch the Xbox Insider Team on Tips & Tricks
New Preview Build Available to All Rings –...

Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console, and what that means for the future of gaming. Today, we’ll be chatting with Wargaming’s TJ Wagner, Creative Director and Executive Producer on the action-packed World of Tanks.

What specifically is your development team doing to enhance World of Tanks for Xbox One X?

Our renderer uses a physically-based model which preserves high dynamic range values throughout the entire pipeline.  We were one of the first games to support HDR display output on Xbox One S, and of course we had to support HDR display output on the Xbox One X at launch.

All tank and terrain textures are authored at super HD.  Our Despair engine renderer has been enhanced to run full 4K at a smooth and steady 30FPS.  We support Full Range HDR and have increased our lighting fidelity, improved ambient inclusion and shadow resolutions.  You will see higher poly models and higher resolution textures at all distances.

How do these enhancements impact the gaming experience?

You will see higher poly models and higher resolution textures at all distances.  The game looks eye popping with incredible life like detail for environments and tanks.

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

Because...

Starting on November 11, Xbox fans in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Spain will find some very bold content on their Xbox dashboards!

Fans will come across several interactive videos, where they will get the chance to find out who is truly the ‘boldest’ gamer in Europe. The Doritos #PlayBold challenge is simple. It challenges the talents of Ali-A, Jelly and AlphaSniper to prove that not only are they kings of gameplay, they can even take on the games in real life. The interactive videos offer fans a unique opportunity to view this exciting content by switching between game mode and #Bold mode, just by pressing the X button on their controller.

Fans in the UK can expect to see Ali-A getting behind the wheel of a Nissan GTR in Forza Motorsport 7, as he looks to match the lap he raced at the Nurburgring. Will the benefit of a clearer day in real life help him beat his fastest time in the game?

“What is consciousness?”

I can’t remember the exact moment that I asked myself the question, but once I did I couldn’t stop thinking about it. After that I read everything I could find on the subject, but it never really satisfied my appetite. While there were lots of scientific articles and plenty of works of fiction that delved deep into the mysteries of our subjective selves, it felt like I could only observe the concept from a distance. Consciousness is all about what something is like from the inside, and secondhand accounts just didn’t do it for me.

At end of 2010 it had become clear that Amnesia was going to be a success, and we were ready to take on a new and much more ambitious project. My questions about consciousness came to mind. Would it be possible to let the player explore these questions interactively? This was the first seed of SOMA.

From that first step it was a long and difficult journey to develop the game. The aim for the game – to allow the player to experience the mysteries of the mind firsthand – was quite fuzzy, and it was often unclear what we should focus on. As a foundation we had a collection of research results and thought experiments, but these wouldn’t create a game on their own. We had to figure out ways of interacting with them, and to wrap it all into a coherent narrative.

We...

Starting today, Xbox Live Gold members can take advantage of great deals on Xbox digital games during the Black Friday Gold Early Access sale. Xbox Live Gold members enjoy an exclusive 4-day head start on Black Friday, with savings up to 65% on Xbox digital games, movies, and TV shows. Plus, Xbox Live Gold members receive up to 10% more in savings on top of existing Black Friday game deals. Gold Early Access lasts until November 20, so now’s a great time to find that perfect gift for yourself, friends, or family.

Save Up to 65% on More Than 500 Black Friday Deals

This year there are more than 500 Black Friday deals on popular Xbox games and add-ons including Call of Duty: WWII Digital Deluxe, Destiny 2 Digital Deluxe, FIFA 18, NBA 2K18, Assassins Creed Origins, and many more. And don’t forget the many Xbox 360 fan favorites on sale, playable on Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Red Dead Redemption, Skate 3, and more.

Save on Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Subscriptions

Not an Xbox Live Gold member? Get Xbox Live Gold for just $1 for your first month and join the greatest community of gamers on the most advanced multiplayer network. Get 2 – 4 free games every month, and save up to 50 – 75% on games for Xbox One from Microsoft Store. Sign in and save before this offer expires on November 27 (online only).

Need even more...

Three months ago, we achieved one of our long-standing dreams of releasing our game, Path of Exile, on Xbox One. Since this launch we’ve been happy to welcome so many new Path of Exile fans into our community and to receive feedback that we have integrated into the updates we’ve released so far. We have a large expansion release in December and more updates coming soon so we wanted to take the opportunity to share another blog post about what we’re up to in the studio.

Since our last blog, our team has been working hard to bring new concepts to life by crafting content that draws us deeper into the horrific world of Wraeclast while creating fresh challenges for the community. We’re proud to announce that Path of Exile: War for the Atlas will be coming to Xbox One in December this year! The expansion focuses on expanding Path of Exile‘s end-game but also introduces new content that can be experienced throughout the storyline.

In War for the Atlas, we’ve added 32 new maps to the Atlas of Worlds. This expansion tells the story of a war between two ancient entities – The Shaper and The Elder, who are vying for control of the Atlas.

We have also added many new items including four new Skill Gems and six new Support Gems. The new skills have a focus on necromancy while the support gems introduce a...

Howdy, Simmers!

Can you believe it?! Just a few short months ago, we announced The Sims 4 was coming to console – and now it’s here! Launch day is finally here, and The Sims 4 is officially available for Xbox One.

In addition to the Sims 4 base game, you can add some of our most popular add-on content packs for a truly customizable experience. In fact, I get so excited thinking about it, I just wanna party in my cool penthouse, have my butler bring me a drink, sit in my hot tub, and live forever…

To be more specific, these exciting packs include:

The Sims 4 City Living Expansion

Take your Sims to the city and explore! Find yourself some snow globes, go on a scavenger hunt to find them all!  Fulfill your Sims’ dreams and become a City Native in the big city of San Myshuno. Discover new neighborhoods, try new foods, become crafty and sell your Sims’ wares at a street festival.  Experience the charm and challenges that come with your Sims’ first apartment, then work your way up the penthouse of your Sims’ dreams.

The Sims 4 Vampires Game Pack

Transform your Sims into powerful vampires and live for eternity in an eerie new destination with The Sims 4 Vampires. You can create several types of vampires with new tools and unique powers, abilities, and even weaknesses.  Make you Sim’s Dark Form truly horrifying, or have no dark...

Trove – Adventures is an all-new, free expansion for Trove released earlier this week. To celebrate this massive event, we’re giving away a stunning new Prismatic Lasercorn mount now through December 18. Whether you’re new to Trove, or an old pro, the Forbidden Spires biome is going to blow your mind. Explore this newly discovered land and face off against fierce draconic forces, unlock spectacular new styles, and test your skills in all new dungeons!

If you’re looking to take your adventures to the sky, pick up any pack before November 21, 2017 and get the legendary dragon mount, Disaeon the Immortal for Free! You can also forge battle-tested friendships with the revamped club system, get all-new tools for building whatever you can imagine, and grow in power like never before – it’s time to start up a whole new adventure!


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