We are excited to announce that Summer Spotlight is back and bringing you some of the summer’s most exciting games. Over the next six weeks, the Xbox Store will be releasing over 25 new digital games to Xbox One. We have some of the most anticipated titles of the summer, including We Happy Few and INSIDE. This is also a great time to explore exciting new indie titles such as The Solus Project and Kingdom New Lands. Summer Spotlight has a wide variety of titles and different genres for fans to explore. From July 26 – September 5 we will be bringing you additional games every week, and I’ll be updating this post, so check back every Tuesday to discover new games to play!

To celebrate the Summer Spotlight, I will be giving away an Xbox One S, Xbox Elite Wireless Controllers and copies of every Summer Spotlight title. Details below!

But wait there’s more! Earn 4,000 Rewards Credits for diving into these releases featured in Summer Spotlight. Just spend $40 on featured game betas, previews, and digital releases Enjoy these great games with the convenience of downloading them right from your living room to your Xbox One! Click here for more information on the Xbox Live Rewards Summer Spotlight program.

Here are the confirmed Summer Spotlight titles:

15 July:
INSIDE (release date 6/29/2016)
Hawken (release date 7/1/2016 – FREE)
Kerbal Space Program
The Solus Project

19 July:
Sword Coast Legends

26 July:
We Happy Few (Game Preview)
Dungeon Punks
Hyper Light Drifter

27 July:
Action News Heroes

29 July:
Quatros Origins

Look for the full list of titles soon. Be sure to follow me on Twitter to get daily and weekly updates, find out about special giveaways, and much more. Enjoy the kick off of our Summer Spotlight this week, and be sure to visit Xbox Wire over the next few weeks for in-depth looks at some of the biggest titles to play this summer!

Summer Spotlight Giveaway

  • How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is watch the Summer Spotlight trailer below and register using the below form:

Summer Spotlight Giveaway

Note: I’m using a new method for contest entry – Do NOT leave an entry in the comments or on Twitter. Only entries using the entry form above will be accepted.

  • What can you win?

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First Place Winner: The first place winner will receive an Xbox One SXbox Elite Wireless Controller and digital Xbox One codes for each title featured in Summer Spotlight (the Summer Spotlight featured titles are included in this post and will be update each week).

Second Place Winner: The second place winner will receive an Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and digital Xbox One codes for each title featured in Summer Spotlight.

Third Place Winner: The third place winner will receive digital Xbox One codes for each title featured in Summer Spotlight.

  • What are the rules?

Register to enter using the guidance above.

Do not @ reply me on Twitter or leave a comment below. That will not count!

Deadline to enter is 11:00 am ET / 8:00 am PT on Tuesday, 06 September. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regions. Winners will be notified on or about 07 September. I will update this post with the grand prize winner after they have redeemed their prize.

Have fun and good luck!

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Join me at the Microsoft Store at Westfield Century City this Tuesday at 11a for the official unboxing of the new Xbox One.

Be one of the first* to see the new Xbox One S, enjoy food, music and the chance to win your very own Xbox One S and a Samsung 4K Ultra TV.

When: Tuesday, August 2nd 2016 at 11a

Where: Microsoft Store at Westfield Century City 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90067

 

Here is the official Facebook Event…let us know if you can make it!

 

*Complimentary credentials will be distributed to the first 200 people in line at 11:00 AM PST on August 2. Each credential will be your ticket for the raffle prizes announced that day. In the event that more than 200 people arrive at the same time when the line opens at 11:00 AM PST we will randomly select the 200 lucky winners to receive credentials. Arriving prior to 11:00 AM PST does not increase your chances of winning the credentials.

**“No purchase required. Ends 8/2/2016. Open to customers 18+, some restrictions apply.  See store for full Official Rules

 

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Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson Host Xbox Live Twitter
lollipop Co-Host Xbox Live Twitter
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Good news for Xbox fans, the summer update we released to Preview Program members back in June will start rolling out this weekend. Mike Ybarra, Head of Platform Engineering posted information about the update and what gamers can expect. Read the details below:

The latest system update for Xbox One and the Xbox app starts rolling out this weekend, continuing our commitment to give gamers more choice in how and where they play. Cortana is now on Xbox One, Background Music will be available through music apps like Pandora, we’re bringing the most played PC games to Xbox Live with their own Game Hubs and we’re starting to combine the best of the Xbox Store and Windows Store for a single cohesive experience across devices. And of course, these updates will be available on the new, highly-anticipated, Xbox One S when the 2TB launch edition becomes available on August 2 for $399. The update will also be ready for the 1TB and 500GB Xbox One S models later in the month, starting at $299.

Nearly all of the features that were included in Preview in early June are part of today’s update, and there have also been a few additions since then such as Language Region Independence for Xbox One and the recent release of the Xbox app on both iOS and Android. Here are some highlights of the newest features on Xbox One and the Xbox app:

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  • Background Music: Today’s update brings the ability for the highly requested feature of Background Music, which lets you listen to your favorite music in the background while gaming on Xbox One. The Pandora app, launching soon, is the first of many partners who will support Background Music, with Groove Music, iHeartRadio and other apps coming later.

System Update 02

  • Cortana on Xbox One: Cortana is now available on Xbox One in the U.S. and U.K. With Cortana, gamers can expect more from voice commands on Xbox. In addition to more commands and greater accuracy with natural language and text dictation, Cortana provides the ability to use a headset or Kinect. You’ll be able to use Cortana to find great new games, see what your friends are up to, start a party, accomplish common tasks, turn on your Xbox One if you’re using Kinect, and more. We’ll continue to build more Cortana features over time as part of our vision to have Cortana be your personal digital assistant for gaming.

System Update 03

  • Improved Game Collection: We’ve updated the Game Collection interface to make it faster and easier to find and launch the games you’re looking for. Now you’ll be able to sort, manage and see more of your Game Collection easily, quickly access your own ‘Ready to Install’ tab, update your games or apps using the new ‘Updates’ tab, and get more information about titles in your queue. 

System Update 04

  • Language Region Independence: Based on overwhelming fan feedback, we’ve enabled Language Region Independence to give gamers even more control over their Xbox experience. Language Region Independence allows you to choose any supported language on Xbox One, regardless of the location. For example, if you’re in the U.S. and move to Germany, you can now keep your language set to English on Xbox One and enjoy your experiences in English.
  • Xbox and Windows Store convergence: We’re starting to combine the best of the Xbox Store and Windows Store to give gamers a single cohesive experience across their devices. On Xbox One, we’ve streamlined the shopping experience to help you find the games you love faster and at the best prices. You’ll be able to filter search results by genre, read reviews written by fellow gamers – including those voted “most helpful” by the Xbox Live community – easily recognize what titles are on sale with strikethrough pricing in lists, and more. We’ve also added several new channels to help you discover the content you love even faster.

On the Windows Store, we’re adding support so gamers can soon browse and purchase bundles, episodic games, season passes, virtual currency and other game add-ons and DLC. You can also redeem Xbox tokens, subscriptions, games or DLC through the Windows Store. And developers can make their games available for pre-order/pre-download so you can buy a game any time before it launches, play it right when it comes out, and you won’t be billed for your purchase until shortly before the title launches. This fall, the store integration makes Xbox Play Anywhere possible, so when you buy supported digital games, you can play on both Windows 10 and Xbox One at no extra cost. 

System Update 05

  • Facebook Friend Finder: Now on the Xbox One, connect your Facebook account to your Xbox Live account to find your Xbox playing Facebook Friends. You only need to connect your account once via Facebook Login; if you’ve already gone through the steps on the Xbox app for Windows 10, iOS or Android, then you’re all set! Otherwise, now you have the option to log into your Facebook account from your Xbox One, making it easier to find more people to play games and have fun with. 
  • Improved sharing on Xbox One: We’ve made it easier to share your screenshots, GameDVR clips, and achievements on Xbox One. Gamers can now share their most epic clips and screenshots with the community right from home. We’ve also updated the Activity Feed settings so you can now decide what will get automatically shared to your feed. 

Xbox app and Windows 10 PC gaming

  • Top Windows 10 PC games show up on Xbox Live: We’re bringing the top Windows 10 PC games like League of Legends and XCOM 2 together with the Xbox Live community. Meaning, your favorite Windows 10 PC games will have their own Game Hubs on Xbox Live. Whether you’re on your PC, Xbox One, or mobile phone, you’ll be able to see what PC games your friends are playing, share your own PC gaming clips and screenshots with the community, and message your friends on Xbox Live. On both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, you‘ll also be able to party chat with your friends no matter what they’re doing. 

System Update 06

  • 60 fps game clip recording with the Game Bar: Using the new “Very High” video quality setting in the Xbox app, you will be able to record your game clips in up to 60 frames per second from the Game Bar (Windows + G) once the Windows 10 Anniversary Update starts to roll out on Aug. 2. 
  • Windows Game Bar improved full-screen support: One of the most common requests we see for the Windows 10 GameDVR feature is the ability to use the Windows Game Bar with more games running in full-screen.  We’ve added support for six additional games in full-screen mode with Windows Game Bar: League of Legends, World of Warcraft, DOTA 2, Battlefield 4, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, and Diablo III. With those games, once the Windows 10 Anniversary Update starts to roll out on Aug. 2, you’ll be able to use Windows + G to bring up the Windows Game Bar when the game is running full-screen. 

Xbox app on mobile 

  • Xbox app on iOS and Android: Announced and released during E3, the Xbox app is now available on iOS and Android. The Xbox app brings together your friends, games and accomplishments across all of your devices. Now, you can stay connected to the Xbox Live community, see what your friends are playing, share game clips and screenshots, and view achievements through the Xbox app on Windows 10, iOS and Android devices.

The team has been hard at work to release these features to the broader community and we’re eager to hear what you think – keep the suggestions coming on Xbox Feedback. And stay tuned for more details about the next Xbox system update: we’re planning to bring Looking for Group (LFG), Clubs, Arena, and more to Xbox Live with the update coming this holiday.

In the meantime, dig into today’s update and gear up for Fall’s killer games lineup including ReCore, Forza Horizon 3, and Gears of War, all arriving to Xbox One and Windows 10 as Xbox Play Anywhere games.

For more information on the Xbox platform and the Summer Update, visit Xbox Wire.

 

 

Note: This is a staged roll out, which means you may not get the prompt to update your console immediately. It may take a day or two. If you have questions about how Xbox One System Updates work, you can read this Xbox Support article.

 

If you absolutely, positively want to get the update right now you can force the system update.  Here is how:

  1. Scroll left from Home to open the guide.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select All Settings.
  4. Under System, select Console info & updates.
  5. Available updates will show in the second button down in the first column.
    If an update is available, the button will read Update Available. If your console is already on the current release build, the button will be grayed out and will read No update available.

Again, more details about how system updates work are in this Xbox Support article.

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: F1 2016
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until 12:01 AM EST on the release date (8/19/2016).

F1 2016 is the official video game of the 2016 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP and features the full 2016 season calendar of 21 tracks, including the brand new Baku circuit in Azerbaijan, and the full roster of 22 drivers and 11 teams, including the new Haas F1 Team. F1 2016 immerses you in not only the on-track excitement of a FORMULA ONE career, including the addition of the iconic Safety Car and also the Virtual Safety Car for the first time, but also uniquely offers the drama and vehicle development that goes on behind the scenes.

This bundle includes the game and the F1 2016 Career Booster DLC Pack.

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Content: Quatros Origins
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Game Description: Quatros Origins is a block puzzle game that tries to reconnect with the good old days where classic arcade games were easy to play, but hard to master! The objective of the game, is to manipulate tetromino- and pentomino blocks, and placing them strategically to make at least one full horizontal line. At first sight it looks like a 2D game, but with each block you place, the platform will turn ninety degrees, giving you four playing fields. But every piece will affect every side!

Purchase Quatros Origins for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: God As A Cucumber
Publisher: God As A Cucumber
Website: Quatros Origins
Twitter: @GodAsACucumber

Content: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
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Game Description: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance lets players create their ultimate team from the largest superhero alliance ever as they engage in an epic quest to determine the fate of the Marvel universe.

Purchase Marvel: Ultimate Alliance for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store
Purchase Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store
Purchase Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Bundle for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Zoë Mode
Publisher: Activision
Website: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
Twitter: @zoemode / @Activision

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance – Marvel Ultimate Alliance lets players create their ultimate team from the largest superhero alliance ever as they engage in an epic quest to determine the fate of the Marvel universe. Players can control their own completely unique team by selecting from the largest roster of legendary superheroes ever assembled in one game.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 – The Marvel Universe is being torn apart. The Superhuman Registration Act becomes law and Super Heroes must register as weapons of mass destruction, becoming licensed government agents. As Civil War is stirred, Iron Man leads the Pro-Registration side while Captain America spearheads the stand on Anti-Registration.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Bundle – The Ultimate Alliance Bundle contains both games.

Content: Action News Heroes
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Game Description: No longer able to protect their own interests, Network X hires a rag tag group of mercenaries who’ve been tasked with eradicating Sabre. Your job is to destroy Sabre on live TV as Network X’s top hit news program, Action News Heroes. Put on a good show to boost Network X’s ratings, and discover why Sabre has a sudden interest in destroying Network X.

Purchase Action News Heroes for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:bit
Developer: Krewe Studios
Publisher: Krewe Studios
Website: Action News Heroes
Twitter: @KreweStudios