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October 16th 2014, 8:58 am PT

Track Your Xbox One Preview Program Progress

Those of you participating in the Xbox One Preview Program have been instrumental in making Xbox One the best place to play. Beginning today, participants will be able to track their contributions via the new My stats page in the Preview Dashboard app.

Preview program activities such as completing quests, surveys, quick polls, and rating updates now earn you points, viewable in My stats. As you earn points, you’ll level up and unlock new Preview pics. Fear not, longtime contributors, you’ll get points for feedback that you’ve given since the beginning of the program.

There’s also a leaderboard where you can see how you stack up against your friends in the Preview program (or other program members).  More bonus point opportunities are planned as well.

Take a look at My stats in action:

If you’re in the Preview program, and want to learn more about earning points, go to the Preview Forums or the Help page in the Preview Dashboard.

For more info on the Xbox One Preview program, click here.

October 15th 2014, 4:00 pm PT

Xbox One Update: New Friends, Snap, TV Features and More Rolling Out Today

Today, we’re beginning to roll out new features that take advantage on the multitasking capabilities of Xbox One and connect with your friends in better ways than before thanks to your feedback. Please keep it coming. For a preview of what to expect, watch the following video, and find the full changelog below.

  • New Snap and Friends functions – Stay in the game and in touch with your friends at the same time with improved Snap, SmartGlass and Achievements functions.
    • Snap Updates – We’ve updated the Snap Center to include quick access to many of the things our fans wanted faster access to when playing a game – Friends, Messages, Game DVR, clock, and battery indicator – as well as making it easier to close and open new snap apps when playing a game. A double tap of the Xbox button on your controller will bring up a menu that allows you to open a new app in snap mode, close the current snapped app, or switch focus between your game and your running snapped app. Additionally, two apps have been optimized for Snap mode:
      • Friends Snap App – Access your friends list without leaving the game. Quickly check your friends list to see who’s online right now and take actions like send message, invite or join.
      • Messages Snap App – You’ll be able to open, read and respond to messages in Snap mode, and messages will now be displayed in a threaded conversation view.
    • Achievements App – Updated to enable sharing of achievements you’ve unlocked with captions, see a list of friends who have unlocked specific achievements, and an updated achievements Snap landing page that that shows Achievements on recently played games, when a gamer is not actively playing a game.
    • Friends section – 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 their current activities, the most popular games your friends are playing, and a Gamerscore leaderboard to see who has improved their Gamerscore over the last 30 days.
    • New SmartGlass features – You can now see a list of your top games in your profile. You can also see a list of your friend’s most popular games in the Friend’s section of SmartGlass.

 

  • Improvements for TV and video – We’re excited to roll out updates that will make your viewing experience better than ever on Xbox One, whether you want to watch TV or use SmartGlass as a universal remote.
    • Media Player DLNA and MKV support – The latest version of the Media Player app will now have support for DLNA streaming. With this update, you will be able to easily access and play music, watch photo slideshows or movies stored on home media servers and devices that support the DLNA server protocols. Additionally, you will now be able to playback MKV files stored on a USB device or a device on your home network that supports DLNA streaming.
    • Live TV MiniGuide – For markets where OneGuide is available, a new MiniGuide on the bottom of the screen will display details about the TV content that is currently playing. You can quickly change channels, see what’s on other channels, and tune to the previous channel or other recent channels. While watching TV, you can also launch Miniguide using voice, by saying “Xbox Select – MiniGuide”
    • OneGuide in 11 new countries – Live TV listings and schedules will be made available to customers on Xbox One and SmartGlass for Belgium, Chile, Columbia, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and Russia in the next few days.
    • Internet TV Apps – Apps with live TV channels can now include their TV listings within OneGuide. In addition, other Xbox TV features such as channel changing using speech and Miniguide will work with these apps. These features are enabled automatically the first time you sign into a supported app. The first app to support this feature will be Zattoo with an upcoming content update for their app. The Zattoo app is available in Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Denmark.
    • Universal Remote Control in SmartGlass – If you are in one of those 11 countries that are getting OneGuide TV listings, you will also be able use your mobile device to control your Xbox, TV, and/or Cable/Satellite box.
    • Live TV initial setup experience – This update will enable you to select “On start, go to TV” for your Xbox One console. Additionally, you will be shown a one-time message highlighting this new capability, if you had previously setup Live TV or have not yet set “On start, go to TV” under Settings – Power & startup.
    • Live TV Cable & Satellite Box auto-detection – In select markets the Live TV Setup experience is being improved by attempting to automatically detect the set-top box connected to the HDMI-In port on your Xbox One.

 

  • New accessory and “hide” features – We are also excited to roll out a few other cool features this month:
    • Updated Devices & Accessories page – To access the new page, go inside Settings, where you can Find, Assign, and Update Xbox One accessories. You can now more easily “assign” accessories to specific users, such as assigning a headset to a specific gamer.
      • Firmware updates – You can update the firmware for an individual device.
      • Find my Controller – You can also more easily find (or identify) a controller by making it vibrate.
    • Hide Games and Apps on your console – You can now hide items in the “Ready to install” list under My Games and Apps. This is a per-console setting and items will reappear in the list if they are installed again from the Xbox Store. To access the shortcut to temporarily show “hidden” items, press X while holding down both triggers and it will show all hidden items until you exit My Games and Apps.

 

  • Password resets just got better – We’re making it easier and more secure to reset your password and add protection to your accounts. Coming later this month, if you haven’t set up your security information already, we’ll ask you to provide an alternate email address or cell phone number to use if you ever need your password reset. You’ll only need to set this up once per account, and you won’t need it every time you sign in. To set up your account security go to https://account.live.com/proofs/ and get more information at http://support.xbox.com/en-US/my-account/security/add-security-contact-information.

To check to see if the System Update is available,  navigate to the System section of the Settings menu. If the System Update button is selectable, the update is available for download and installation.

Xbox One System Update

Thanks for all of your feedback on ways to make Xbox One the best place for your gaming and entertainment. We have more planned for next month so stay tuned for details.

October 15th 2014, 9:42 am PT

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is Now Available for Xbox 360

Borderlands: The Pre-SequelContent: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

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Game Description: Launch into the Borderlands universe and shoot ‘n’ loot your way through a brand new adventure that rockets you onto Pandora’s moon! Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a new role-playing shooter in the critically acclaimed Borderlands series. Play as four all-new character classes while carving a path of destructive mayhem across Pandora’s never-before-seen low-gravity moonscapes with all new moves, weapons, and vehicles! Get high in low gravity and jump right in to fight alongside future megalomaniacal tyrant Handsome Jack, while preventing the destruction of Pandora and its moon. Contribute to the rise of the corrupt Hyperion Corporation and watch Handsome Jack’s transformation from a man trying to do good, into a ruthless tyrant, constantly seeking fortune, power, and infamy.

Add Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel to your Xbox 360 download queue

October 15th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundles Include Two Free Games

For those of you aiming to pick up an Xbox One this fall, today we’re adding another pair of options to our existing holiday bundle lineup.

In partnership with Ubisoft, we’re offering two new exclusive Xbox One bundles, both featuring Assassin’s Creed Unity. Available at select retailers beginning Sunday, November 2nd, both the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle  ($399 USD) and Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle with Kinect  ($499 USD) also include a copy of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Encased in special edition Assassin’s Creed Unity packaging, the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle will include a standard Xbox One console, wireless controller and chat headset, one month Xbox Live Gold membership and a digital download code for the highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed Unity, which will be available for pre-download and ready to play on November 11. The Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle with Kinect will also include a standard Xbox One Kinect sensor and a copy of Dance Central Spotlight.

Here’s what’s in the box:

The Xbox One “Assassin’s Creed” Bundle, available for $399 USD ERP, will include:

  • Standard Xbox One console
  • Standard Xbox One wireless controller
  • Standard Xbox One chat headset
  • One month Xbox Live Gold membership
  • Digital download code for “Assassin’s Creed Unity” (available for pre-download; available for play on Nov. 11)
  • Digital download code for “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” for Xbox One
  • Special edition “Assassin’s Creed Unity” packaging

The Xbox One “Assassin’s Creed” Bundle with Kinect, available for $499 USD ERP, will include:

  • Standard Xbox One console and Kinect sensor
  • Standard Xbox One wireless controller
  • Standard Xbox One chat headset
  • One month Xbox Live Gold membership
  • Digital download code for “Assassin’s Creed Unity” (available for pre-download; available for play on Nov. 11)
  • Digital download code for “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” for Xbox One
  • Digital download code for “Dance Central Spotlight”
Assassins Creed Xbox One Bundle
October 14th 2014, 4:55 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 20 October 2014.

Xbox One

    

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Rayman Legends Xbox One Game 40%
Outlast Xbox One Game 25%
Worms Battlegrounds Xbox One Game 40%
Battlefield 4 Support Shortcut Kit* Add-On 33%

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.

Xbox 360

    

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Dragon Age Origins Games on Demand 75%
Dragon Age II Games on Demand 75%
Dragon Age II – Mark of the Assassin Add-on 50%
Dragon Age II – The Exiled Prince Add-on 50%
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Games on Demand 67%
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning -Teeth of Naros Add-on 50%
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – The Legend of Dead Kel Add-on 50%
Battlefield 4 Support Shortcut Kit* Add-on 33%

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.

October 14th 2014, 10:00 am PT

The Evil Within is Now Available for Xbox One

The Evil Within

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Game Description: Developed by Shinji Mikami, The Evil Within embodies the meaning of pure survival horror. Highly-crafted environments and an intricate story are combined to create an immersive world that will bring you to the height of tension. With limited resources at your disposal, you’ll fight for survival in this perfect blend of horror and action.

NOTE: Bethesda is extending The Evil Within’s pre-order bonus through October 28, 2014. You will receive the game immediately.  Purcahse The Evil Within today to receive The Fighting Chance Pack which includes items, that when used correctly, will allow players to stave off death for a moment longer.

October 14th 2014, 9:12 am PT

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 is Now Available for Xbox 360

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2Content: PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2

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Game Description: The gang is back! Following the colorful characters and world of the PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures animated series, PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 will feature PAC-MAN, Spiral and Cylindria in an all-new storyline as they defend PacWorld from the ghoulish army of Lord Betrayus.

Add PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 to your Xbox 360 download queue

October 14th 2014, 9:04 am PT

Duck Dynasty is Now Available for Xbox One & Xbox 360

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Game Description: Hunt, Race and Prank to Become a Robertson! Take on the role of Willie’s son John Luke as he learns how to become one of the Robertson Duckmen! Interact with Willie, Uncle Si, Jase and the rest of the family from the hit TV show. Go duck hunting, varmint shooting, off-roading and play office pranks in the Robertson’s hometown of West Monroe, LA. Will you learn the way of the beards?

Duck Dynasty is also available for Xbox 360. Click here to check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region.







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