April is here, and it comes with a feature-packed update to Xbox One. We unveiled some of these new features on the premiere episode of Inside Xbox last month (and I did a walk through of the features on Inside Xbox episode 2). This month, we’re announcing that they’ll become available to Xbox One owners around the world over the next few days. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect:

Video & Display

We’ve added a bunch of new video features we hope you’ll enjoy, starting with Auto Low-Latency Mode (or ALLM for short). Auto Low-Latency Mode enables the family of Xbox One devices to notify your display when you’re playing a game, so a TV that also supports ALLM will know to switch to its low latency video mode. Many displays refer to low latency mode as “game mode.”

Gamers will also enjoy the newly introduced support for variable refresh rate output to AMD Radeon FreeSync and FreeSync 2 compatible displays. AMD Radeon FreeSync is a form of variable refresh rate which helps to reduce input latency and minimize display stuttering, delivering a buttery-smooth visual gameplay experience in your favorite games. The entire Xbox One family of devices will work with FreeSync-certified displays. Xbox One S and Xbox One X will also support high dynamic range with AMD Radeon FreeSync 2.

In addition, Xbox One X and Xbox One S now support output at 2560 x 1440 (1440p) resolution for games and media. With over a million and a half more pixels than 1080p, this resolution offers even more choice between Full HD and 4K displays. This feature should be especially appealing to Xbox One owners who use a 1440p display for PC gaming. Media apps can now add an option for 1440p output for on both Xbox One X and Xbox One S.  Developers can also now enable games to run at native 1440p resolution on Xbox One X.

You can enable all these video options from the Settings menu on your Xbox One.  Just navigate to “Display & Sound,” then “Video Output.” Note that you’ll only be able to turn on these settings if your TV or monitor supports them.

Streaming & Captures

This month, we’re also introducing a new Mixer Interactive feature called Share Controller. Mixer streamers on Xbox One can now share control of their game with a viewer on Mixer.com. Just turn on the “Share Controller” toggle from the Broadcast & Capture section in Guide and your viewers will be able to share control through a virtual controller in their web browser, or by plugging a physical controller into their PC.

You can also now start Mixer broadcasts from anywhere on Xbox One, making streaming easier than ever. If you decide to switch games or exit to the dashboard, your viewers will see a pause animation until you jump back into a game. You will also see a pause animation on your broadcasting status bar on your screen.

In addition, you can now share captured screenshots and clips directly to Twitter, after authenticating your account, from the Broadcast & Capture tab of the Guide. Shared captures will now display and play directly in your Twitter feed instead of showing up as a link. We’ll also help you get your content discovered by suggesting a hashtag for the title of the game. Want to follow clips shared by Xbox gamers? Track clips with the #XboxShare hashtag!

Xbox Insiders have seen this option for a while, but now everyone can choose to switch between light and dark themes on your Xbox One based on the time of day. You can also personalize your theme to automatically transition from dark to light based on sunrise and sunset in your location. We’ve also added a new high-contrast light theme option, which makes on-screen elements easier to see.

Audio & Ease of Access

Based on fan feedback, we’re making additional improvements to Narrator on Xbox One. Narrator volume can now be adjusted independently from system audio volume. We’ve also introduced a new input learning mode to the Narrator menu. With input learning mode enabled, the Narrator on Xbox One will say the name of whatever button you press on an attached input device. High contrast light theme and narrator options can both be adjusted in the Ease of Access menu in Settings.

If you love to stream music while gaming, you will be happy to hear that you can now selectively balance game audio against background music within the Guide. Simply navigate down to the app that is playing background music in the Guide. Press “A” to open a new flyout with additional music controls, including a new slider that will allow you to adjust the balance of background music and game audio.

We’ve also made audio enhancements in the Xbox One dashboard itself. System sounds on Home and in the Guide have been completely revamped to support spatial audio, so the audio cues from your surround sound system will match the actions you see on-screen.

Apps

The Microsoft Edge browser on Xbox One has been updated to a more modern look and feel. Enhancements to history and favorites make it easy for you to get back to your favorite sites. Other new features include tab muting, read aloud and autofill. You can also now download and upload pictures, music, and videos from Microsoft Edge on Xbox One; your downloaded content can then be browsed with the File Explorer app.

Clubs, Game Hubs & Tournaments

Community tournaments are now available directly in Game Hubs for supported games. This means you no longer need to own or be the admin of a club to create a tournament.  To get started, open the Game Hub for a game that supports tournaments.  Head to the “Multiplayer” tab and select “Community tournaments” then choose the option for “Create tournament.”

Club feeds have also gained new filters to show you “what’s new,” “what’s hot” or “top posts.” Additionally, you can now lock the comments on your feed posts across clubs, Game Hubs, and Community, so the only person in control of the narrative is you.

If you’re a club owner or admin, you can now filter invitation requests based on several criteria, including Gamerscore, play time, reputation, Xbox Live Gold status, and recommendations from club members. Club invitation filters will persist until the administrator changes them, so if you set or edit club invitation filters, they will still be there the next time you sign-in.

In addition to all these new features on Xbox One, a subset of users may also see additional experimental features that we didn’t mention here. These features are only enabled for a portion of the Xbox audience to gauge interest and collect feedback.

Many of our Xbox Insiders have already had the chance to play with these features. If you would like to join them, getting started as an Xbox Insider is easy! Just download the Xbox Insider Hub app on your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC and select your desired ring. Visit the Xbox Insider blog here for release notes.

Content: DARK SOULS: REMASTERED 
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (05/24/2018 – 9:00 PM).

Then, there was fire. Re-experience the critically acclaimed, genre-defining game that started it all. Beautifully remastered, return to Lordran in stunning high-definition detail running at 60fps. DARK SOULS: REMASTERED includes the main game plus the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.

 

Xbox One Pre-Order FAQ

Content: Strange Brigade
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (08/27/2018 – 4:00 PM).

Egypt, 1930’s. Erased from ancient history and buried in a nameless tomb for 4,000 years, Seteki the Witch Queen has risen once again. Only one troop of daring heroes can stand against the fearsome power of Seteki and her army of mummified monstrosities: The Strange Brigade! Explore remarkable ruins, solve perilous puzzles and uncover tantalising treasure while blasting your way through an array of undead enemies in thrilling third-person action that’s certain to bring out your inner adventurer!

There are 2 versions of Strange Brigade available for pre-order –  Click each link for more details or see below.

Xbox One Pre-Order FAQ

Strange Brigade Pre-order Bundle – this bundle includes the game. Pre-order Strange Brigade now and get the Secret Service Weapons Pack absolutely free.

Strange Brigade Deluxe Edition Pre-order Bundle – this bundle includes the game + season pass. Pre-order Strange Brigade now and get the Secret Service Weapons Pack absolutely free.

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Content: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition 
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (05/07/2018 – 5:00 PM).

Save the day as belly dancing half-genie Shantae! Conquer Sequin Land as the evil Risky Boots in ‘Pirate Queen’s Quest’! Swap between Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops in ‘Friends to the End’! And finally, wall-jump as Ninja Shantae, soak up sun as Beach Shantae, serve justice as Officer Shantae!

This all-inclusive version comes with all of the previously released DLC, Modes, and Costumes!

Also includes Tinkerbat Transformation, Blue Shantae & Classic Risky costumes!

Pre-order now and save 10% – Limited Time Offer.

Xbox One Pre-Order FAQ

Content: Outbreak: The Nightmare Chronicles
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (05/01/2018 – 5:00 PM).

Outbreak: The Nightmare Chronicles is an unforgiving survival horror experience. Death lurks behind each door as you fight to survive with the limited supplies at your disposal. Search rooms thoroughly and make the right choice when to fight – or flee – from the monstrosities. Featuring classic hardcore survival horror gameplay in a directed single-player experience, you’ll need to stay on your toes to stay alive. You have a limited inventory and you’ll need to leverage supply caches to store your equipment for use later.

Pre-order now and save 10% – limited time offer.

Xbox One Pre-Order FAQ

Content: The Invisible Hours
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Game Description: The Invisible Hours is a complex murder mystery in which players freely explore an intricate web of interwoven stories within a sprawling mansion.

A group of strangers receive a curious invitation from the enigmatic inventor, Nikola Tesla, offering each of them the chance to make amends for their darkest wrongdoings. When the last guest arrives at Tesla’s isolated mansion laboratory, they find him dead – murdered. Disgraced Swedish detective, Gustaf Gustav, vows to find the killer amongst the other guests: a blind butler, a convicted murderer, the world’s most famous actress, Tesla’s former assistant, the son of a wealthy railroad magnate, and rival inventor Thomas Edison. But none of these people are what they seem. The player is invisible, with freedom to follow and observe anyone in the story – or to explore the mansion for hidden clues.

Purchase The Invisible Hours for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Tequila Works
Publisher: GameTrust Games
Website: The Invisible Hours
Twitter: @TequilaWorks / @GameTrust_Games / @HoursInvisible

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 30 April 2018.

These deals will expire at 10:00 am UTC on Tuesday May 1st 2018

    

Xbox One Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
A Way Out* Xbox One X Enhanced 25% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Season Pass* Add-On 67% DWG
Project CARS 2* Xbox One X Enhanced 50% DWG
Forza Horizon 3 and Hot Wheels Expansion Bundle* Xbox Play Anywhere 20% DWG
TT Isle of Man * Xbox One X Enhanced 30% DWG
Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition* Xbox One Game 75% DWG
The Technomancer* Xbox One Game 75% DWG
Yooka-Laylee* Xbox One Game 67% DWG
Overcooked* Xbox One Game 67% DWG
OlliOlli2: XL Edition* Xbox One Game 75% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – The Last Maharaja Missions Pack* Add-On 50% DWG
Armello – Deluxe Bundle* Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Steampunk Pack* Add-On 60% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Streets of London Pack* Add-On 50% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Victorian Legends Pack* Add-On 60% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Jack the Ripper* Add-On 60% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Helix Credit Base Pack* Add-On 40% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Helix Credit Extra Large Pack* Add-On 40% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Helix Credit Large Pack* Add-On 40% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Helix Credit Medium Pack* Add-On 40% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Helix Credit Small Pack* Add-On 40% DWG
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection* Xbox One Game 67% DWG
Forza Motorsport 6 – Porsche Expansion* Add-On 75% DWG
Forza Motorsport 6 VIP* Add-On 75% DWG
LA Cops* Xbox One Game 75% DWG
NOT A HERO: SUPER SNAZZY EDITION* Xbox One Game 75% DWG
The BunnyLord Pro Hater Pack* Xbox One Game 75% DWG
Overcooked: The Lost Morsel* Add-On 67% DWG
Project CARS 2 Deluxe Edition* Xbox One X Enhanced 50% DWG
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments* Xbox One Game 75% DWG
Madden NFL 18 Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight
Madden NFL 18 G.O.A.T. Squads Upgrade Add-On 80% Spotlight
Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team Starter Pack Add-On 75% Spotlight
400 Paladins Crystals Add-On 33% Spotlight
800 Paladins Crystals Add-On 33% Spotlight
1500 Paladins Crystals Add-On 33% Spotlight
2500 Paladins Crystals Add-On 33% Spotlight
3500 Paladins Crystals Add-On 33% Spotlight
8000 Paladins Crystals Add-On 33% Spotlight
Paladins Fouder’s Pack Add-On 33% Spotlight
Shantae Half Genie Hero Ultimate Edition Xbox One Game 10% Spotlight
Outbreak: The Nightmare Chronicles Xbox One Game 10% Spotlight
Human Fall Flat Xbox One Game 60% Publisher Sale
Beholder Complete Edition Xbox One Game 70% Publisher Sale
The Flame in the Flood Xbox One Game 60% Publisher Sale
Manual Samuel Xbox One Game 70% Publisher Sale
The Little Acre Xbox One Game 70% Publisher Sale
The Swapper Xbox One Game 80% Publisher Sale
Action Henk Xbox One Game 70% Publisher Sale
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition Xbox One Game 70% Publisher Sale
Hue Xbox One Game 70% Publisher Sale
Jump Stars Xbox One Game 75% Publisher Sale
Nova-111 Xbox One Game 75% Publisher Sale
Pumped BMX + Xbox One Game 70% Publisher Sale
Serial Cleaner Xbox One Game 70% Publisher Sale
Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones Xbox One Game 80% Publisher Sale
10 Second Ninja X Xbox One Game 75% Publisher Sale
The Swindle Xbox One Game 70% Publisher Sale
Thomas Was Alone Xbox One Game 70% Publisher Sale

*These offers are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

Xbox 360 Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Alien Breed Episode 1* Arcade 75% DWG

*These offers are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.