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August 15th 2014, 1:46 am PT

Xbox One System Update Now Available for Preview Members

Today we’re rolling out several of the new social and entertainment features we shared earlier this week, with the addition of a few unannounced features, to the members previewing new system updates. Your input on feedback.xbox.com plays a big role in shaping these updates, which will roll out to all Xbox One owners in the coming months.

Some of the new features rolling out to our preview members include:

  • Parties – The Party App has been re-organized, so you can now see what activities everyone in your party is doing and tell more clearly who is playing in the same game with you.  You can also more quickly perform common actions like muting, joining, or sending game invites.  Also, Parties now have a Party Leader.  This person can change whether the party requires invitations, and she/he can remove others from the party.
  • New Friends Section – The new Friends section has been available for a few early access preview members and we’re expanding it to additional participants enrolled in the preview program. The new Friends section enables you to see at a glance what’s going on with your friends. You can stay up-to-date with your current activities, the most popular games your friends are playing, and a Gamerscore leaderboard to see who has improved their Gamerscore the most over the last 30 days.We’ll continue to roll this feature out to all participants in the coming updates.
  • Media Player – A new app will be available soon that enables you to play media files from either an attached USB device or from a network connected home media server that supports DLNA protocols. The preview version of the Media Player app will initially only support USB devices, with DLNA support coming soon. Xbox One will support more formats than Xbox 360, including support for dozens of new file formats like mpeg 2 TS, animated gifs and mkv which will be added by the end of the year. See below for additional file formats.
  • Xbox One Digital TV Tuner – Announced last week, this new hardware accessory will enter a limited preview program in Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain), in advance of its retail launch beginning in October.
  • Stream TV to SmartGlass – Launching first in markets receiving the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner, you will be able to stream your TV across your home network to your smartphones and tablets using the Xbox SmartGlass app. You can also pause, play and rewind as well as change channels, without interrupting gameplay on Xbox One.
  • Boot to TV – Now you will be able to set your console to boot directly to television when coming out of connected standby.
  • Live TV Miniguide – For markets where OneGuide is available, a new mini guide on the bottom of the screen will display details about the TV content that is currently playing. You can quickly change channels and see what’s on other channels, while still watching TV.
  • SmartGlass Updates – You can now post status messages from the Activity Feed as well as add comments and share items from both your Activity Feed and from Game Clips. Along with the new comment and share features, a personalized Activity Feed has been added to your profile. Messages have been updated to a new layout supporting a full conversation view. Additionally, we are adding the ability to record game clips directly from the Now Playing bar. Finally, if you upgrade the app directly we have introduced a What’s New page highlighting the features of each release.
  • “Xbox On” in New Markets – Adding support for additional markets to use the “Xbox On” Kinect voice command to power on consoles: Australia, Canada (French), Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil – a top used feature.
  • Country Expansion – We’re doing a lot of work on the back end to prepare for Xbox One to launch in 29 new markets in the coming weeks.
  • Multiple GameDVR Deletes – You will be able to choose multiple GameDVR clips to delete at once in the Upload app.
  • Save your Avatar Gamerpic – A new option is now available to save Avatar GamerPics to your OneDrive.
  • Settings Updates – New options help you manage your controllers and accessories. Also, Instant Sign-In is being moved to Settings, to the Sign-in, security & Passkey area.
  • Bandwidth Usage Display – Located in Network Settings under the Troubleshooting column, Bandwidth Usage will show you how much bandwidth your Xbox One is consuming over a period of time. This is useful if you want to track against bandwidth caps set by ISPs in certain markets.

Once again, we can’t thank you enough for your continued input and feedback. We look forward to sharing more when the next Xbox One system update rolls out to the larger community.

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August 13th 2014, 7:57 pm PT

Pinball FX2 is Now Available on Xbox One

Pinball FX2Content: Pinball FX2

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Game Description: All of your favorite pinball tables are now available on Xbox One! Download the free Pinball FX2 platform and access to the best pinball library available, featuring tables based on the biggest names in pop-culture. The fantasy themed Sorcerer’s Lair table is available for free play for all players! Table library includes Star Wars Pinball, Marvel Pinball, Plants vs. Zombies Pinball and a great collection of original designs from the pinball wizards at Zen Studios. New tables are added all the time!


Here’s a bit more info on Pinball FX2, direct from our friends at Zen Studios:

Zen Studios is pleased to announce that the anticipated Pinball FX2 pinball platform which allows players to import their tables from Xbox 360 to Xbox One at no charge is now available on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program.

Pinball FX2 is a free to play pinball platform download on Xbox One, offering most of the Pinball FX2 library on day one, including the Star Wars Pinball table packs, a great selection of Marvel Pinball tables including the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool tables, and Zen’s original roster of tables available for purchase, with future tables, including The Walking Dead Pinball, coming to Xbox One on August 28, 2014. Any available tables originally purchased on the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft will transfer over to the Xbox One version of the game at no additional cost.

For detailed information on the import process, please visit the Pinball FX2 Xbox One FAQ on the Zen Studios forums.

Pinball FX2 brings all the pinball action for which the franchise is known into the next-generation with 1080p graphics at 60 frames per second, worldwide tournaments, new achievements, and a slick new menu interface.

Prices range between $2.49 and $2.99 for single tables and $9.99 for table packs, and are available from the Xbox Games Store.

Zen Studios would like to sincerely thank ID@Xbox and a whole bunch of great people at Microsoft for working with us to make the table import feature work.

August 13th 2014, 12:13 pm PT

This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 18 August 2014.

Xbox One

    

Content Title Content Type Discount %
EA Sports UFC Xbox One Game 33%
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Xbox One Game 50%
Titanfall Xbox One Game 50%
Titanfall Expedition Add-on 30%
Just Dance 2014 tracks*
“Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore Add-on 40%
“Timber” -  Pitbull Ft. Ke$ha Add-on 40%
“Gangnam Style” – PSY Add-on 40%
“Sexy And I Know It” – LMFAO Add-on 40%
“Don’t You Worry Child” – Swedish House Mafia Add-on 40%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
*These deals are available for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Crystal Defenders Arcade 50%
Final Fantasy XIII-2 Games on Demand 50%
Gyromancer Arcade 50%
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Games on Demand 50%
Moon Diver Arcade 50%
Space Invaders Infinity Gene Arcade 50%
Yosumin! Live Arcade 50%
Risen Games on Demand 75%
Risen 2: Dark Waters Games on Demand 75%
Fight Night Champion Games on Demand 75%
Just Dance 4* Games on Demand 50%
“Can’t Hold Us” - Macklemore* Add-on 40%
“Timber” -  Pitbull Ft. Ke$ha* Add-on 40%
“Gangnam Style” – PSY* Add-on 40%
“Sexy And I Know It” – LMFAO* Add-on 40%
“Don’t You Worry Child” – Swedish House Mafia* Add-on 40%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
*This deal is available for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

August 13th 2014, 9:45 am PT

EA’s Peter Moore at Gamescom 2014

Host: Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson (Xbox LIVE ) (Twitter)

Guests:

I grabbed EA's Peter Moore for a few minutes in between his Gamescom meetings to chat about EA Access, the games industry over the years and more.

August 12th 2014, 9:33 am PT

All of Today’s gamescom News in One Place

It’s been a busy day here at gamescom, as we’ve shared a lot of news and new trailers and gameplay demos with folks here in Cologne and around the world. For those of you perhaps just waking up in another part of the world, feel free to re-live the entire show at your leisure right here. If not, here’s an at-a-glance view of many of the day’s happenings:

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Sunset Overdrive, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and FIFA 15 bundles coming this holiday.

First look at Quantum Break gameplay.

The Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta will run from Dec. 29, 2014 through Jan. 18, featuring 4 vs. 4 showdowns, seven maps and three game types.

Sanctuary revealed as the fourth of six fan-favorite Halo 2 multiplayer maps being reimagined for Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming holiday 2015, exclusively on Xbox

ID@Xbox gamescom montage video:

ScreamRide coming exclusively to Xbox One and Xbox 360 this Spring.

Evolve beta hits Xbox One in January

Rolls Royce coming to Forza Motorsport 5

Before the show even started this morning, we announced a number of new features, including DLNA support, boot to TV, support for a whole host of media filetypes, and much more.

Sign up for the Fable Legends multiplayer beta at fablelegends.com. Go!

August 12th 2014, 4:43 am PT

Kicking off Gamescom 2014: More social features, new ways to watch TV, and USB and DLNA Support Coming Soon

UPDATE: Xbox Live’s AceyBongos and one of the lead engineers on Xbox, Ashley Speicher, demo some the new Xbox One features announced earlier today in this new video:

Ahead of our gamescom briefing live from Cologne, Germany at 2:00 p.m. CEST – that’s 8:00 a.m. ET and 5:00 a.m. PT – I’m excited to announce new and exciting features coming to Xbox One within the next few months.

We’ve been bringing tons of new features to Xbox One fans worldwide throughout the year. Thanks to the recently-launched Xbox Feedback, our fans have played a huge role in shaping these updates. In fact, we’ve received thousands of posts and more than 400,000 votes to date.

Starting in the early access program later this month, new social features making it easier for gamers to connect with their friends and new ways to access their TV and entertainment throughout their homes will be coming to Xbox One.  The updates include:

  • New “Friends” section – the new Friends section has been available for a few early access Preview members and we’re expanding it to everyone enrolled in the Preview program. The new Friends section enables users to see at a glance what’s going on with their friends. They can stay up-to-date with their current activities, the most popular games their friends are playing, and a Gamerscore leaderboard to see who has improved their Gamerscore over the last 30 days.
  • Snap Center – Some of gamers’ favorite features in the Xbox 360 guide, are coming to Xbox One in a way that’s now truly be side-by-side with games. Messages, friends, parties, and achievements will all be available in the new Snap Center, providing a seamless way to switch back and forth without having to leave a game.
  • Threaded Messages – keeping gamers in their games while they multitask has been a huge focus. The new Messages app features threaded messages with the full conversation history – including embedded links to Game DVR clips – that can be viewed without interrupting gameplay.
  • Media Player – a new app will be available soon that enables users to play media files from either an attached USB device or from a network connected home media server that supports DLNA protocols. The preview version of the Media Player app will initially only support USB devices, with DLNA support coming soon. Xbox One will support more formats than Xbox 360, including support for dozens of new file formats like mpeg 2 TS, animated gifs and mkv which will be added by the end of the year. See below for additional file formats.
  • Xbox One Digital TV Tuner –announced last week, this new accessory will enter a limited preview program in Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain), in advance of its retail launch beginning in October.
  • Stream TV to SmartGlass – launching first in markets receiving the Xbox Digital TV Tuner, Xbox One owners will be able to stream their TV across their home network to their smartphones and tablets using the Xbox SmartGlass app. They can also pause, play and rewind as well as change channels, without interrupting gameplay on the Xbox One. This will work for SmartGlass apps on Windows, iOS, and Android.
  • Boot to TV – Now Xbox One owners will be able to set their console to boot directly to television when coming out of connected standby.
  • Live TV mini guide – for markets where OneGuide is available, a new mini guide on the bottom of the screen will display details about the TV content that is currently playing. Users can quickly change channels and see what’s on other channels, while still watching TV.
  • Country Expansion – we’re doing a lot of work on the backend to prepare for Xbox One to launch in 29 new markets
    in the coming weeks.

As with previous updates, these may be rolling out in general availability to Xbox One owners at different stages in the coming months. We continue to be amazed by our fans’ enthusiasm for our Xbox One system updates and their fantastic input. We’re working hard to make Xbox One more social and the best place for all your games and entertainment, and we can’t wait to roll out these new features, and more, in the coming months.

Later today, my gamescom co-host Acey Bongos, and one of the lead engineers on Xbox, Ashley Speicher, are demoing the new features. Stay tuned and we’ll post that demo a little later.

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August 12th 2014, 4:24 am PT

Watch gamescom 2014 Xbox Briefing Live Here

Guten Morgen from Cologne, Germany, home of gamescom. In just a few minutes, we’ll be making announcements, demoing upcoming titles, and sharing new trailers with Xbox fans from around the world. This year, we’re streaming live on Xbox.com, your Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows Phone (download the app here) and on Twitch. Or just watch right here, beginning at 2pm local time (find out what time that is where you live by clicking here).

Be sure to keep watching after the briefing concludes, as we demo some of our biggest holiday titles live, including Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 2, and Sunset Overdrive.

August 12th 2014, 3:09 am PT

Risen 3 Titan Lords Now Available for Xbox 360

Sacred 3Content: Risen 3 Titan Lords

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Game Description: The world has been abandoned by its gods and is scarred from the rampage of the Titans. Humanity is struggling to regain strength and rally its forces. You, however, have more pressing concerns: your own life has been shattered and you must set off to reclaim what is lost amidst the darkness that is spreading throughout the world. Step into a classic hand-crafted role-playing world – full of rugged charm, colorful characters and demonic dangers. From quaint medieval-style towns to delving deep into the dank dark of mines, to the supernatural shadow world, there is a wealth of possibilities waiting to be explored. Magic is back! Crystal magic has returned, bringing with it devastating new combat abilities. Freedom of choice: Choose when and where you want to go and experience consequences for the actions you take. Choose to ally yourself with one of three distinct guilds, each offering unique skills, armouries and quests allowing you to approach your quest in very different ways.

Add Risen 3 Titan Lords to your Xbox 360 download queue

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