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EA SPORTS NHL will be releasing a limited access EA SPORTS Hockey League (EASHL) Beta starting July 30 until August 7.

This fan-favorite online team mode will will be your only chance to experience the new EASHL in NHL 16 before the game hits stores September 15. Watch the trailer here.

To access the beta, EA Access members or NHL 15 owners on Xbox One can jump into the game starting today and select to download the NHL 16 EASHL beta from the main menu. NHL 15 owners on Xbox 360 who upgraded to a new console will have a chance to access the beta through a limited distribution of beta access codes.

For more information on the NHL 16 EA SPORTS Hockey League Beta and for full beta access instructions, visit EA’s official website.

This Week On Xbox – July 31st, 2015

Here we go…the latest episode of This Week On Xbox.

Remember, you can watch the interactive version of This Week on Xbox from the “What’s On” tab of the Xbox dashboard in Canada, the UK and the US or at the Xbox YouTube channel (This Week on Xbox Playlist).

Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think of the show.

Content: Submerged
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Game Description: XBOX ONE GAME EXPECTED TO RELEASE ON 8/7/2015. YOU MAY DOWNLOAD THE GAME FROM XBOX LIVE BEFORE THEN, BUT IT WILL NOT BE PLAYABLE UNTIL 12:01 UTC ON THE RELEASE DATE.

Submerged is a third-person combat-free game in which you explore a mysterious flooded city and discover the beauty of desolation in vast outdoor environments. You take on the role of Miku, a young girl who has brought her wounded brother to the city in their small fishing boat. Navigate the flooded city streets by boat, scale the drowned buildings, and use your telescope to scour the city for the supplies needed to save your dying sibling. As you explore the city at your own pace, you encounter the habitat that flourishes in this colorful place and discover hidden objects that piece together the story of a broken world and a broken family.

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Magic Duels is Now Available for Xbox One

Content: Magic Duels
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Game Description: Immerse yourself in the world of Magic: The Gathering’s exciting new Origins campaign as you play through the stories of five iconic Planeswalkers. Hone your skills and build your deck of spells from an ever-growing library of collectible cards, then take on your friends or thousands of AI opponents in Battle Mode. Enjoy virtually endless gameplay with regular card and content updates, quests and achievements, multiple play modes—including fan favorites like Two-Headed Giant—and fully earnable content.

Download Magic Duels for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

 Product Info:
Developer: Stainless Games Ltd.
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast LLC
Website: Magic Duels
Twitter: @wizards_magic

Content: Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist
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Game Description: Relive past Dueling glory against Yu-Gi-Oh! characters from the past and present! Compete against other players online with your custom deck, then challenge them in Battle Pack Draft and Sealed Play!

Purchase Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

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Product Info:
Developer: Other Ocean Interactive
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
Website: Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist
Twitter: @YuGiOh_TCG

By now, you’ve surely heard that you can play Xbox One games on any Windows 10 PC or tablet. You’re probably eagerly asking: “How!?” The answer is: “It’s actually surprisingly easy, to be honest.” There’s really not much to it. Check out my tutorial video above, and let’s walk through it:

Step 1: Plug in and set up an Xbox One controller on your Windows 10 PC or tablet. Windows 10 PCs already have native support for Xbox One controllers. Just plug the controller in via the USB cable that came with it, wait for the drivers to install, and you’re good to go. It’ll vibrate when it’s ready to use. Easy!

Step 2: Launch the Xbox app for Windows 10. It’s free, and built into Windows 10. Also easy!

Step 3: Create an Xbox Live account, or sign into your existing account. After launch, you should see the Home screen, and a prompt to either log into your account or create a new account. It’s a simpler process than ever, as well as free. Just follow the steps you’re given; you should hopefully have some experience logging into accounts for things, if you’re on the Internet reading this!

Step 4: Turn on your Xbox One. It might be easier to set it up in the same room as your Windows 10 PC so you can see both at once – but it’s certainly not necessary, if you don’t mind moving back and forth should you need to double check any info.

Step 5: Connect your devices. Make sure both your PC and your Xbox One are on the same wired or wireless network (wireless networks should have the same name). Then, on your Xbox One, navigate to the Preferences section of the Settings menu, and make sure the “Allow game streaming to other devices” box is checked.  Next, in the Xbox app on your PC, go to the left-hand navigation and click on “Connect.” You should see your Xbox One listed as a connection option (in certain circumstances, it will already be connected – for example, if you’ve previously connected in the past). Simply click on your console’s listing, and the app will handle the rest. If you’re having trouble connecting, try restarting the app.

Step 6: Stream those games! Go to the Xbox app’s Home menu, then select a recent Xbox One game from the Recently Played list, then “Play from Console” to start streaming. Alternatively, you’ll notice two live buttons in the “Connect” area: “Test Streaming” and “Stream.” You can use “Test Streaming” for troubleshooting, or to test your connection, but “Stream” is where the magic happens. Click that, and your PC will establish a live stream immediately to your Xbox One. A full-screen interface will pop up, and your controller (the one connected to your PC) will be in charge. You will be able to play whatever game is currently running on your Xbox One, completely live. You can launch the game via your Xbox One, or launch it through the Xbox app (although, if it’s a physical disc game, remember that you will have to physically put the disc into the console yourself – there are limits to what streaming technology can do!).

You can also access all Xbox One menus, talk to friends via Xbox Live, play online (if you have Xbox Live Gold on Xbox One)… heck, you can even play Xbox 360 games through Xbox One Backward Compatibility, all on your PC!

Step 7: There is no Step 7. That’s it! Seriously. There are really just six steps. And since Step 1 was “plug in the controller” and Step 2 was “fire up the Xbox app”, let’s be honest here: That’s really four steps. Pretty darn simple!

Oh, don’t forget that voice chat works just fine too; you’ll just need to plug a Windows 10 compatible mic into your PC or tablet, so you can talk with your friends over Xbox Live via streaming, too!

 

Content: Squid Hero for Kinect
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Game Description: Squid Hero saves the planet from a new ice age! Travel across the world on this cheery and colorful adventure for all ages, using the power of Kinect to smash thousands of encroaching chunks of ice. The whole game can be played in 2-player co-op mode. Switch at any time between levels! Pit your dexterity against crazy turbo-speed races. Challenge your accuracy in tight rhythm sections. Weave your way through minefields, smash everything on screen in bonus sections, save hapless critters in the nick of time, and battle epic giant robot bosses!

Purchase Squid Hero for Kinect for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Virtual Air Guitar Company
Publisher: Virtual Air Guitar Company
Website: Squid Hero for Kinect
Twitter: SquidHeroGame

Windows 10 is kind of a big deal. With countless improvements and pantloads of new features, it’s putting a whole new face on the personal computing world. But of course, what we’re most excited about are gaming features – and fortunately, Windows 10 is bringing with it a renewed focus on gaming. One of the most visible elements is the new Xbox app, which helps unify your gaming experience across your Windows 10 devices and Xbox consoles. Here are just six of the many reasons we love the Xbox app on Windows 10:

It Streams Your Xbox One Games

This is the biggie, of course. Thanks to Windows 10, you can now stream pretty much any Xbox One game to any Windows 10 PC or tablet on your home network. If it runs Windows 10 and you can connect a controller to it, you’re good to go. The device will automagically beam your input over your local network to your Xbox One, and your Xbox One will happily beam output back to you. And yes, it works with Xbox 360 games running on your Xbox One via backwards compatibility. Living in the future is awesome.

It Lets You View, Edit, and Share Your Recorded Game Clips

As part of Windows 10’s renewed focus on games, Game DVR capability is built right into the operating system. That means that with a quick press of Windows + G, you can record your most impressive – or most embarrassing – gaming moments without any hassle. Then you can quickly trim, edit, and otherwise massage them into a form you desire, and share instantly to the social network of your choice. This feature will work in virtually any Windows 10 game, allowing you to save your captured videos (and screenshots!) directly to a folder on your device. The Xbox app serves as the hub for collecting all of your finest gaming moments!

It Helps You Be More Social

Many of Xbox Live’s social features are baked right into the Xbox app, which means you can interact with your friends (and your own profile) from any Windows 10 device. You can view other users’ profiles, see what your friends are playing now, join a party, voice chat, message, and all that good stuff. Plus, you can customize your own profile: tweak your avatar via the linked Xbox Avatars app, switch up your Gamerpic, modify your account color, set your online status, and even change your Gamertag.

It Keeps You in the Loop

Looking to keep an eye on your achievements while you’re away from your console? The Xbox app does that. Want to visit the Game Hub of your latest obsession to check on any updates or other players’ progress? The Xbox app does that. Want to keep an eye on your activity feed – where you can share, like, and comment on your friends’ progress? You know, the Xbox app does that, too. It can keep you up to date with everything that’s happening in your Xbox world, wherever you are, from any Windows 10 device.

For more articles on Windows 10, stay tuned to the Xbox Wire.

Content: King’s Quest – Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember
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Game Description: Download King’s Quest – Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember, the first part of a five-chapter game series that boldly reimagines one of gaming’s most groundbreaking franchises. An aging King Graham reflects on a life of adventure with his granddaughter, Gwendolyn, taking players back to his teen years and his quest to become a knight of Daventry in King Edward’s royal guard. Discover a wondrous world full of whimsical characters, charming puzzles and perilous dangers in this fun and enchanting coming of age story.

Purchase King’s Quest – Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store
Purchase King’s Quest : The Complete Collection for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase King’s Quest – Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember for Xbox 360 from the Xbox Games Store
Purchase King’s Quest : The Complete Collection for Xbox 360 from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: The Odd Gentlemen
Publisher: Sierra
Website: King’s Quest
Twitter: @TheOddGentlemen