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!
Xbox Game Pass Expands to Include New Releases from Microsoft Studios
When we launched Xbox Game Pass in June 2017, we knew we wanted to craft a service with gamers in mind. That meant a diverse, expanding library of over 100 games and counting, matched with one monthly price and unlimited access to download and play full-fidelity experiences. We’ve been blown away by the incredible response. Following launch, we heard from fans around the world who wanted Xbox Game Pass in their country. In September, we expanded globally and Xbox Game Pass is now available to fans in 40 countries. We’ve also continued to expand the catalog with new games added to the Xbox Game Pass library every month, so there is always something new to play. We know our fans… Read more
New Games with Gold for February 2018
Welcome to another exciting month of titles included with Games with Gold! This month on Xbox One we’ll get our hands on the cult-classic first-person shooter Shadow Warrior...
Starting today at 2.00pm PST, Delta Insiders will begin to receive a new system update (1802.180121-1921). This update includes a variety of cool new features they can interact with and provide feedback on. Read on to learn more.New Features: Next Achievements
Welcome to the New World, hunters! It’s been a very exciting ride since we announced Monster Hunter: World at E3 2017, and we’re stoked to finally bring the one-of-a-kind thrill of hunting savage monsters to the Xbox One.
In Monster Hunter: World, you’ll take the role of a hunter venturing into a new, uncharted land as part of the Research Commission, who have set out to investigate a strange phenomenon of cataclysmic proportions. But your journey will not be without its challenges; the New World is filled with formidable foes.
Each creature moves and behaves like a real living being and have their own unique habits, personalities, and place in the food chain. As you explore the New World, you’ll come face to face with a variety of monsters. Some may be docile herbivores while others can be large, fire-breathing flying wyverns ready to roast their prey. Along with the Rathalos here, large monsters are the stars of the show, and will be the main challenges you’ll face throughout the game.
But each victory is handsomely rewarded! Upon taking down a monster, you can harvest its remains for rare materials. Then, take those goodies to your local blacksmith for weapon and armor upgrades, which visually and functionally take after your slain foes.
As a hunter, your job is simple: help the Research Commission in their investigations of the...
Get those Kamehameha, Big Bang, and Death Ball attacks ready as Dragon Ball FighterZ is now available for the Xbox One family of devices and enhanced for Xbox One X. With amazing looking character models and an easy to learn but hard to master fighting gameplay, Dragon Ball FighterZ looks to be the definitive fighting game experience for fans of the “Dragon Ball” anime franchise.
With a slew of features like 3 vs. 3 tag-team battles, online ranked matches, interactive lobbies and the six-player Party Match, there’s a ton here to take in and master. In addition to all those features, there’s also an epic single-player story that follows Android 21, a new character who was created just for this game.
Dragon Ball FighterZ is available in a variety of versions that you can download today from the Microsoft Store. In addition to the standard edition of the game, you can pick up Dragon Ball FighterZ – FighterZ Edition that includes exclusive lobby avatars, the FighterZ Pass, and an early unlock of Android 21. There’s also the Dragon Ball FighterZ – Ultimate Edition that includes everything from the FighterZ Edition in addition to early unlocks for Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (SSGSS) Goku, SSGSS Vegeta, and a special lobby avatar.
Dragon Ball FighterZ will feature...
Hello, Xbox Insiders! Today we want to talk about two of the most important elements of the Xbox Insider Program: games and your feedback. You, as Xbox Insiders, help make this program and the games in it a huge success, so firstly, thank you for all you do. Secondly, we frequently receive sentiment from you asking if we are listening, and wondering if the feedback you report is looked at or even matters.
The answer is yes: we are listening, it does get looked at, and it absolutely matters. The problem is we often receive feedback missing important information that would allow us to better take action. We’re going to give you a few simple tips for reporting game problems, so you’ll be sure the reports you spend valuable time filling out can lead to action on our end.
1. Feedback and problems (bugs) are different.
We love all your feedback! However, “Report a problem” should be used for the purpose of just that, reporting a problem. You are welcome to include a suggestion with your bug report; however, the main purpose should be to tell us in detail that there’s a problem. Please provide general feedback and ideas through Xbox Insider Hub Quests, Surveys, game-specific forums, and xbox.uservoice.com.
2. The smallest details make the biggest difference.
As little as a few extra words can mean the world to us. We aren’t sitting in your living room, so unless you tell us specifically, there’s no way for us to know...
Preview Alpha Insiders can expect another new update today, complete with brand new fixes. This update (1802.180122-1917) will begin rolling out at 6 p.m. PST and will become mandatory shortly after that. Read on to learn more about the fixes and known issues related to this build.Fixes: Game Chat
Hello, Xbox Insiders! If you’ve been a member of the Xbox One System Update Preview for a month or three years, you may be wondering “What’s with the funny text I sometimes see in places?” Well, have I got some news for you folks: you aren’t alone. One of the more commonly reported issues from users we receive during a Preview update is related to this very issue. Why is this text funny you may ask? I’m glad you did, and I’ll be happy to elaborate on what it is you are seeing.
You see, while we are in Preview the update isn’t actually “ready” to go out to everyone in the Xbox One community, and that means that a lot of what you are seeing isn’t quite finished. From features we let you try out, all the way down to the text you read on the console itself that looks like this:
What you’re looking at is what is commonly known as “pseudo-loc” or text that has yet to be localized for the specific language/region you have your console set to display. The closer we get to a particular update being released to the public, the less of this you should see, but we definitely need your help whenever you encounter this type of text in order to ensure it gets localized for your language/region.
For those of you that report this already, thanks so much for taking the time to let...
Preview Beta and Delta Insiders can expect another new update today, complete with brand new fixes. This update (1802.180125-1923) will begin rolling out at 2 p.m. PST and will become mandatory shortly after that. Read on to learn more about the fixes and known issues related to this build.Fixes: My Games and Apps
How would you like to win your very own Xbox ring inspired by the Big Game just by playing Madden NFL 18 on Xbox One? We’re talking 10 carats, premium white gold with 188 diamonds and 46 earthy green tsavorite stones valued at over $10,000!
From now until February 5, Xbox fans who win an online head-to-head matchup playing Madden NFL 18 on Xbox, while broadcasting on Mixer, will be eligible to win our one-of-a-kind Xbox-themed ring. Check out the full details of the sweepstakes on Mixer here.
The winner will be selected at random on February 7, so don’t forget to stream your next Madden match-up on Mixer. Who knows, it could land you some Xbox bling!
After taking a shot at winning your own championship ring, tune-in to Mixer.com/Madden on February 1 to watch the best Madden players in the U.S. compete in the Madden 18 Championship Finals.
For this special event, Mixer is bringing you all-day action through an exclusive Madden Megacast, a co-streamed experience that will provide viewers with multiple camera angles and perspectives to watch Madden like you’ve never seen it before – and only through Mixer.
Fans are also invited to join special Big Game, game day events happening across all U.S. Microsoft Store locations on Sunday, February 4. It’s going to be a fun week filled with tons of football and gaming. We hope you can join us!
Calling all football fans! The Big Game is almost here and who better to help us celebrate than with two-time champ, Rob Gronkowski?
That’s right! Gronk is bringing his gaming skills to Xbox Live Sessions: Big Game Edition, as he challenges former teammate LeGarrette Blount to a Madden NFL 18 showdown on Xbox One X.
Featuring our 4K Ultra HD enhanced edition of Madden for Xbox One X, Gronk and Blount will square-off on Tuesday, January 30 at 5:30 p.m. PT.
Fans are invited to visit the Microsoft Store at Mall of America to watch Gronk and Blount in-person, but other viewers around the globe can tune-in to the Mixer Xbox channel to take part in the fun. Just like our previous Xbox Live Sessions, fans will be able to submit questions for both players and earn the chance to win some amazing prizes. This is an episode of Xbox Live Sessions you do not want to miss!
Preview Alpha Insiders can expect another new update today, complete with brand new fixes. This update (1802.180125-1923) will begin rolling out at 2 p.m. PST and will become mandatory shortly after that. Read on to learn more about the fixes and known issues related to this build.Fixes: My Games and Apps
Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover all of 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 — and Xbox Wire will be here to let you know when these games will be hitting Xbox One. From establishing a historic railroad network in Railway Empire to stepping into the octagon in EA Sports UFC 3, there’s a great variety of titles on the way. Read more about these games and more below.
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).
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):
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):
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?
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.
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...