Congratulations to Chris Charla and the rest of the ID@Xbox team and developers on reaching this milestone achievement. Chris shares some thoughts on the state of the ID@Xbox program below:


A little more than three years ago, we took to the stage at Gamescom to unveil a brand-new program for Xbox One. Our goal was to make sure Xbox players have access to the best, most diverse collection of games by making sure  we enabled developers of all shapes and sizes to self-publish their creations on Xbox One.

Today, thanks to the efforts of independent developers from around the world and the fans who support them, we’re proud to reveal that after an amazing month of releases that included console exclusive Beep Games’ Voodoo Vince: Remastered, console launch exclusives Thimbleweed Park from Terrible Toybox and Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition from Paradox Interactive, and dozens of others, we’ve surpassed 500 games released through the ID@Xbox program.

Today’s news is a cool milestone not just for us at ID@Xbox and the independent game developer community; it’s a milestone for everyone who loves great games. In 2016 alone, tens of millions of people played an ID@Xbox title on Xbox One or Windows 10 – what’s more, those players spent more than a billion hours playing ID@Xbox games.  We’ve seen some incredibly rad titles recently, from the critically acclaimed Firewatch from Campo Santo, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime by Asteroid Base, and of course Inside by Playdead (a big winner from the recent British Academy Game Awards). And let’s not forget other fan favorites like Superhot team’s Superhot, Night School Studio’s Oxenfree, Hi-Rez Studios’ Smite, Pit People from The Behemoth, Studio Wildcard’s Ark: Survival Evolved, Wizards of the Coast’s Magic Duels: Origins, Roblox Corporation’s Roblox, The Molasses Flood’s Flame in the Flood, Spotlightor Interactive’s Candleman, ToyLogic’s Happy Wars, Other Ocean’s #IDARB, and so so many more cool titles.

We’re also incredibly proud that ID@Xbox has helped developers bring games to Xbox and Windows 10 that are as diverse and interesting as the world of players that enjoy them. With games like E-Line Media’s Never Alone, Team17’s Beyond Eyes, Sassybot’s Fragments of Him, Bracket Games’ three fourths home, and many others tackling meaningful – and sometimes previously unattempted – subject matter, these developers are not only broadening the landscape of games players can enjoy, but offering inclusive experiences and perspectives that represent our worldwide community of gamers. With forthcoming titles like Culture Shock Gamers’ We Are Chicago and Arconyx’s I, Hope, this is meaningful, groundbreaking content we can’t wait to see more of.

With more than 2000 studios having dev kits in hand, more than 1000 games currently in development, and Project Scorpio coming later this year, the future is bright for both the gaming community and ID@Xbox program.  We’ve got an incredible slate of hotly anticipated ID@Xbox games – that you know about! – on the horizon including the hotly-anticipated Xbox One exclusive Cuphead from StudioMDHR, and console launch exclusives like Capybara’s Below, AURORA44’s Ashen, and Fullbright’s Tacoma. We can’t wait to share more ID@Xbox goodness with you soon.

A sincere thanks to all the developers and fans who have helped ID@Xbox reach this milestone. Every time I look at the games that have shipped, and the forthcoming titles coming through the program, I’m reminded that we’re really in a golden age for independent games — and the art form of games in general — and it feels great to be a part of helping those games come to Windows 10 and the Xbox One family of devices, including Project Scorpio later this year.


For more news about upcoming ID@Xbox titles, check out Xbox Wire – and be sure to follow Chris Charla (@iocat) and ID@Xbox on Twitter.

Here is a list of the ID@Xbox titles released on Xbox One and Windows 10 to date, with plenty more coming in the future:

#IDARB
#KILLALLZOMBIES
10 Second Ninja X
1001 Spikes
101 Ways To Die
140
2020: My Country
6180 the moon
88 Heroes
8DAYS
A Pixel Story
Aaero
Aaru’s Awakening
Acorn Assault: Rodent Revolution
Action Henk
Action News Heroes
Active Soccer 2 DX
Adventures of Pip
AIPD
Air Guitar Warrior
Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space
Alto’s Adventure
Amazing Princess Sarah
Among the Sleep
Anarcute
Animated Puzzles
Anode
Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition
Anoxemia
AQUA KITTY UDX: Xbox One Ultra Edition
Aritana and the Harpy’s Feather
ARK: Survival Evolved (Game Preview)
Armello
Armikrog
Astroneer (Game Preview)
Awesomenauts Assemble!
Axiom Verge
Azkend 2: The World Beneath
BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition
Baila Latino
Bard’s Gold
Baseball Riot
Battle High 2 A+
Beach Buggy Racing
Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians
Beatsplosion for Kinect
Bedlam – The Game By Christopher Brookmyre
Ben-Hur
Beyond Eyes
Bike Mayhem 2
Binaries
Blackwood Crossing
Blast Brawl 2
Blast ‘Em Bunnies
Bloons TD 5
Blue Estate
Blue Rider
Blue-Collar Astronaut
Blues and Bullets Episode 1
Bokosuka Wars II
Bombing Busters
Boom Ball 2 for Kinect
Boom Ball for Kinect
Breach & Clear: Deadline
Bridge Constructor
Bridge Constructor Stunts
Broken Sword 5 – The Serpent’s Curse
Candleman
Cannon Brawl
Carmageddon: Max Damage
Casey Powell Lacrosse 16
Cast of the Seven Godsends – Redux
Castle Crashers Remastered
Castle Invasion: Throne Out
Castles
CastleStorm – Definitive Edition
Cel Damage HD
Chariot
Chime Sharp
Claire: Extended Cut
Clash
Clicker Heroes
Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink
Clouds & Sheep 2
ClusterPuck 99
ClusterTruck
Coffin Dodgers
Color Symphony 2
Commander Cherry’s Puzzled Journey
Contrast
Cosmo Run
Crawl
Crimsonland
Crypt of the NecroDancer
Crypt of the Serpent King
Cubikolor
Cubot – The Complexity of Simplicity
D/Generation HD
Dad Beat Dads
Dangerous Golf
Dark Arcana: The Carnival
Dead Effect 2
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition
Death Squared
Dex
Death God University
Divekick
Dogos
Don’t Starve: Giant Edition
Doodle God: Ultimate Edition
Dovetail Games Euro Fishing
Draw a Stickman: EPIC
Drawful 2
Dreamals: Dream Quest
Dungeon of the Endless
Dungeon Punks
Dynamite Fishing – World Games
Earthlock: Festival of Magic
EARTH’S DAWN
Eekeemoo Splinters of the Dark Shard
Electronic Super Joy
Emily Wants To Play
Energy Cycle
Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek
Enter The Gungeon
Ethan: Meteor Hunter
Eventide: Slavic Fable
EVERSPACE (Xbox Game Preview)
Exile’s End
Extreme Exorcism 
Factotum 90
Fat City
Feist
Fenix Furia
Fermi’s Path
Fibbage: The Hilarious Bluffing Party Game
Fire: Ungh’s Quest
Firewatch
Flockers
Forced
forma.8
Fortified
Four Sided Fantasy
Fragments Of Him
FreezeME
Friday Night Bullet Arena
Frizzy
FRU
Fruit Ninja Kinect 2
Full Mojo Rampage
Funk of Titans
Furi
G Prime Into The Rain
Gas Guzzlers Extreme
Anima: Gate of Memories
Gear Gauntlet
Gemini: Heroes Reborn
Ghost Blade HD
Giana Sisters: Dream Runners
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut
Gimme Five
Ginger: Beyond the crystal
Goat Simulator
Goat Simulator: Mmore Goatz Edition
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride
Gryphon Knight Epic
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
Guns, Gore and Cannoli
Gunscape
Super GunWorld 2
GunWorld: Xbox One Edition
Hack, Slash & Backstab
Hand of Fate
Happy Dungeons
Happy Wars
Hard Reset Redux
Has-Been Heroes
Headlander
Heart&Slash
HeartZ: Co-Hope Puzzles
Her Majesty’s SPIFFING
Hitchhiker
HoPiKo
Horse Racing 2016
Hue
Hunter’s Legacy
Hyper Light Drifter
Hyper Void
Hyperdrive Massacre
I Am Bread
I, Zombie
In Between
In Space We Brawl: Full Arsenal Edition
Infinity Runner
Inside
Inside My Radio
Into the Belly of the Beast
iO
Ironcast
Ittle Dew 2
Jet Car Stunts
Jotun: Valhalla Edition
JumpJet Rex
Kaiju Panic
Kerbal Space Program
Kick & Fennick
KickBeat Special Edition
Kill The Bad Guy
King Oddball
Kingdom: New Lands
Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker
Knee Deep
Knight Squad
Kung-Fu for Kinect
KYUB
KYURINAGA’S REVENGE
LA Cops
Land It!
Laserlife
LASTFIGHT
Layers of Fear
Leo’s Fortune
Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered
Level 22
Lies Of Astaroth
Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition
LIMBO
Line of Defense Tactics
Lost Sea
Lovely Planet
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Lumo
Magic Duels
Magnetic: Caged Closed
MagNets: Fully Charged
Maldita Castilla EX – Cursed Castile
Mantis Burn Racing
Manual Samuel
Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom
Massive Chalice
McDROID
Mega Coin Squad
Mekazoo
Metrico+
Mimic Arena
Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae
Momentum
Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
Momonga Pinball Adventures
Monkey King Saga
Monkey Pirates
Monochroma
Mount & Blade: Warband
MX Nitro
Mystery Castle
Nebulous
Neon Chrome
N.E.R.O.: Nothing Ever Remains Obscure
NeuroVoider
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
Nevermind
Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call
Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart
Ninja Pizza Girl
No Time To Explain
NOT A HERO: SUPER SNAZZY EDITION
Nova-111
Nutjitsu
Obliteracers
Oceanhorn – Monster of Uncharted Seas
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
OlliOlli
OlliOlli2: XL Edition
One Hundred Ways
Orbit
Organic Panic
Outlast
Overcooked
Overruled!
Oxenfree
Paladins
Pang Adventures
Paranautical Activity
Party Hard
Penarium
Perfect Woman
Pharaonic
Pier Solar and the Great Architects
Pinball Arcade
Pinball FX2
Pix the Cat
Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic
Pixel Piracy
Plague Inc: Evolved
Pneuma: Breath of Life
Poi
Polychromatic
Pool Nation FX
Prison Architect: Xbox One Edition
Project Root
Pumped BMX +
Punch Club
Pure Chess Grandmaster Edition
Pure Hold’em
Pure Pool
Q
Q*bert REBOOTED: The XBOX One @!#?@! Edition
Quantum Rush: Champions
Quatros Origins
Q.U.B.E.: Director’s Cut
Quest of Dungeons
Quiplash
R.B.I. Baseball 16
R.B.I. Baseball 17
R.B.I. Baseball 14
R.B.I. Baseball 15
Reagan Gorbachev
Rebel Galaxy
Replay: VHS is not dead
RevErsi Quest
Riptide GP: Renegade
Riptide GP2
Rise & Shine
Rivals of Aether (Game Preview)
ROBLOX
Rock ‘N Racing Off Road DX
Grand Prix Rock ‘N Racing
Rock Zombie
Rocket League
Rocket Riot
Rogue Legacy
Rogue Stormers
Roundabout
RWBY: Grimm Eclipse
Saturday Morning RPG
Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark
Screencheat
Shadow Complex Remastered
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Sheltered
Shift Happens
Shovel Knight
Shred It!
Siegecraft Commander
Silence – The Whispered World 2
Sixty Second Shooter Prime
Sky Force Anniversary
SkyKeepers
Skyling: Garden Defense
Slain: Back from Hell
SlashDash
Slender: The Arrival
Slice Zombies for Kinect
Slime Rancher (Game Preview)
SMITE
Snake Pass
Sniper Elite 4
Snooker Nation Championship (Game Preview)
So Many Me
Soda Drinker Pro
Solar Shifter EX
Song of the Deep
Soul Axiom
Spareware
Sparkle 2
Sparkle Unleashed
Spectra
Speedboat Challenge
Spheroids
Spy Chameleon
Squid Hero for Kinect
Standpoint
Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy
Stardew Valley
Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax
Starpoint Gemini 2
Starwhal
Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones
SteamWorld Dig
Steel Rain X
Steredenn
Stern Pinball Arcade
Stick it To The Man
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure
Stories of Bethem: Full Moon
Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut
Sublevel Zero Redux
Submerged
Subnautica (Game Preview)
Subterrain 
Super Dungeon Bros
Super Mega Baseball Extra Innings
Super Mutant Alien Assault
Super Night Riders
Super Party Sports: Football
Super Time Force
Super Toy Cars
SUPERHOT
Sword Coast Legends
Sylvio
Table Top Racing: World Tour
Tachyon Project
Talent Not Included
Tennis in the Face
Teslagrad
Teslapunk
Tetrobot and Co.
The Assembly
The Banner Saga
The Banner Saga 2
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth 
The Bridge
The Bug Butcher
The Bunker
The Deer God
The Escapists
The Escapists: The Walking Dead
The Fall
The Final Station
The Flame in the Flood
The Golf Club
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II
The Inner World
The Jackbox Party Pack
The Jackbox Party Pack 2
The Jackbox Party Pack 3
The Jackbox Party Trilogy
The Little Acre
The Living Dungeon
The Long Dark (Game Preview)
The Magic Circle: Gold Edition
The Park
The Sexy Brutale
The Solus Project
The Sun and Moon 
The Swapper
The Swindle
The Turing Test
The Witness
The World 2: Hunting BOSS
Thimbleweed Park
Thomas Was Alone
Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition
Threes!
Tiny Troopers Joint Ops
Toby: The Secret Mine
Toro
Toto Temple Deluxe 
Tower of Guns
TowerFall Ascension
Toy Odyssey
Trulon: The Shadow Engine
Tumblestone
TurnOn
Typoman
Ultratron
Uncanny Valley
Unepic
Unmechanical
Unnamed Fiasco
Use Your Words
Vaccine
Valley
Verdun
Vertical Drop Heroes HD
VIDEOBALL
Volgarr the Viking
Wand Wars
Warframe
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide
Warhammer Quest
Wasteland 2 
We Are Doomed
We Are The Dwarves
We Happy Few (Game Preview)
Wells
Westerado: Double Barreled
Wheels of Aurelia
Whispering Willows
Wick
Wondershot
World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap
Worlds of Magic: Planar Conquest
Worms Battlegrounds
Worms W.M.D
Xenoraid
Yasai Ninja
Yooka-Laylee
Zenith
ZHEROS
Ziggurat
Zombie Army Trilogy
Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition
Zombie Vikings

Today, we’re starting to roll out several feature updates inspired by your feedback to the broader community. These features launched to Xbox Insiders last month, and we’re excited for the broader community to start using them today. Over the past few months, we’ve released brand new features including Beam broadcasting through the Guide on Xbox One and the Game bar on Windows 10, the Beam viewing app to watch streams on Xbox One, Game Mode on Windows 10, and a preview of Xbox Game Pass. In addition to adding exciting new features, the team has been hard at work continuing to update existing features based on what we hear from you at Xbox Feedback.

Before jumping into a summary of what’s starting to roll out today, we wanted to share that we’re still preparing to release World of Tanks tournaments on Xbox One, created by ESL and powered by Arena on Xbox Live to select Xbox Insiders soon. The team is continuing to refine and evolve the feature so we can gather the feedback we need while it’s in preview to make sure it’s a great experience when it rolls out broadly.

The team is also still working hard to ship several other features to the broader community, including the ability to select the audio input and output sources for Party chat on the Xbox app for Windows 10, Kinect auto-zoom for Beam and Twitch broadcasts, and Captive Portal support for wireless internet on your Xbox One. We’ll have more news to share soon, so stay tuned!

Now, here’s what’s starting to roll out today on Xbox One:

Profile and Activity Feed

  • New ‘Join broadcast’ button in your profile, one of the many ways to access the game stream of someone broadcasting their gameplay.

  • In your Activity Feed, we’re adding the ability to hide individual posts, pin posts to the top of your feed, and filter posts by friends, games or Clubs.

Clubs and Looking for Group (LFG) 

  • When you create an LFG post, as the owner you will be able to see new vetting cards that include hero stats from gamers interested in joining your party. Hero stats are contextual to the game you’re playing, showing you relevant stats like kill/death ratio, rank, or score.
  • Achievement hunters, this one is for you! You will be able to search LFG posts from the Achievements tab, related to the Achievement you’re trying to finish.
  • We’re adding the number of open LFG posts to the Game Hub and Club Hub headers.
  • Have you made a successful LFG post that you want to create again? Now you can see previous LFG posts that you have created, participated or shown interest in, and can copy them to create new posts.
  • When creating an LFG post, see all the recent tags you’ve used and easily select them.
  • Club owners and admins will be identified and labeled in their text posts to better help them stand out and manage their community.
  • Club owners and admins can pin a post at the top of their Club feed.

My Games and Apps, and Settings

  • In ‘My Games and Apps,’ we’re adding the ability to filter your game library by platform – Xbox One and Xbox 360.

The team is really excited for you to try out all of the updated and new features, and please let us know what you think at Xbox Feedback. Thank you!

 shares some thoughts on Project Scorpio.


At Team Xbox we put gamers at the center of everything we do and we are driven to build the best platform on which to create and play games. We know that you can’t have one without the other, which is why we’ve invested so much in new development tools, publishing opportunities, hardware and services for developers and gamers alike. With Project Scorpio, we created a console with the goal of being the ultimate place for developers to realize their visions and the best place to play any Xbox game.

The creativity and innovation in our industry is driven by developers of all sizes. A single person can launch a game that becomes a global phenomenon or teams of hundreds can create the industry’s biggest blockbuster. At GDC in March, we announced the Xbox Live Creators program, opening up access for anyone to create and publish a game to Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs. When you combine that program with dev mode, which enables any retail Xbox One to be a developer kit, you have the easiest path in the industry for game creators to publish their games broadly to console and PC, reaching millions of gamers around the world.

With Project Scorpio, we set a design goal of building the first true 4K console for gamers with an emphasis on compatibility so no one gets left behind. Once we locked that plan, we set our sights on building the world’s most powerful console development platform, which includes the new Xbox One Development Kit and a full suite of software to get every ounce of performance from the platform. Like the retail console, we built this special dev kit by evaluating every piece, from hardware to software and tools, with developers and compatibility in mind. We paid attention to logistical details, like dramatically speeding up how quickly a developer can move their work between PC and dev kit, and made it easy to program and test changes at the literal press of a button on the front of the box. The goal is to let creators focus their time and energy on bringing their game to life, and less of it on getting up and running on new hardware.

We’ve created the most powerful console with you in mind. We’ve created the most powerful development platform with our industry’s creators in mind. And, we’re unifying players across PC and console with Xbox Live, the fastest, most reliable multiplayer network and Beam, the next generation streaming service. Ultimately, we know you care most about great games, whether they be exclusive, multiplatform, independent or AAA. We are proud of the diverse lineup of games coming this year that will only be playable on Xbox One and will play better on Project Scorpio. We designed Project Scorpio to be the best console to play the blockbuster multiplatform games from our publishing partners, made it easy for recently released titles to upgrade to true 4K and for beloved, backward compatible titles to play better than ever before.

I’m proud of the progress made with Project Scorpio and what it will mean for the creators who fuel the passion of gamers around the world. On behalf of everyone at Team Xbox, thank you for your continued passion and support. We’re excited to unveil Project Scorpio and the amazing game experiences it powers at E3 this June.

Phil Spencer
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Mike Ybarra, Head of Platform Engineering discusses new features coming to the broader Xbox One community starting today. Read the details below:


We’re excited to announce that we are shipping new features to the broader Xbox One community today. This is a big release, and includes Beam streaming, an updated Xbox experience with the new Guide, home improvements, and much more. One major goal for this release is to make streaming your Xbox gameplay even easier. And by updating the navigation of the Xbox console through the new Guide, we’re aiming to put the features and experiences you love the most right at your fingertips. For our PC gamers, or anybody who loves to create and play, check out this post on the Windows Blog to learn about the gaming updates coming with the Windows 10 Creators Update on April 11.

Here’s a detailed look at some of the top new Xbox Live features rolling out to Xbox One today, which we announced and released to Xbox Insider earlier this year:

*An updated look at Home: One of the first things you’ll notice with this update is a new look for Home on Xbox One. We made these changes to simplify the UI and increase overall system performance. To do that, we’ve optimized for speed and are prioritizing the most valuable content for your games. Now, you’ll see a smaller icon for the game with options to dive deeper into the community surrounding the game, as well as the ability to interact with your Club or find Looking for Group posts, view your Achievements and more. If you do not have a custom background set, you’ll see that the updated Home also spotlights the game you’re currently playing by featuring hero art as your Xbox background.

*Faster and more intuitive Guide: The next thing you’re likely to notice is that the Guide has been updated. With one press of the Xbox button on your controller, you can now pull up the newly enhanced Guide as an overlay on the left side of your screen. No matter what you’re doing, the new Guide experience puts the features and functionality that you use the most right at your fingertips. The first page of the Guide is designed to get you to the content you care about most, including your Games and Apps, Home, Store, your recently launched applications, the latest Games and Deals with Gold for Xbox Live Gold members, and your top Pins. If you have music playing in the background from any number of apps, you can access the controls directly from the Guide, enabling you to control play, pause, rewind, fast forward, and manage volume controls. Finally, you’ll be able to capture screenshots and record video with a simple press of a button. And in the GameDVR menu, you now have easier access to capture gameplay and to modify your options – when recording, you’ll see in the menu overlay that it lasts up to 5 minutes and within the Guide, you can also ‘Record this’ for up to 10 minutes.

*New way to multitask: In addition to adding a new start page to Guide, we’re also evolving the way gamers multitask on Xbox One. To simplify discoverability and to make it easier to get to the things you care about most, our multitasking features were designed with the new Guide in mind. We’ve added a new achievement tracker that is active based on the game you’re playing, and allows you to select and follow multiple achievements in an overlay, all while you’re playing. Cortana will also appear as an overlay on your screen, allowing you to set reminders and alarms, access Party controls, and play music with simple voice controls.

*Watch, chat and interact with Beam on Xbox One: now stream your Xbox gameplay directly from the Guide on your Xbox One, with the ability to manage your Beam broadcasts and interact with fellow gamers on chat overlays that appear on your screen. If you’ve never tried to broadcast your gameplay before, this is the easiest way to get started as you don’t have to download any extra software – Beam broadcasting is built right into your Xbox One. Once you start streaming, Beam makes it easy to connect and engage with your viewers no matter where they are. You’ll also find the new Beam viewing app in My Games and Apps, which lets you watch, chat, and interact with your favorite game streamers in near real-time. To learn more, check out our Beam article.

*Enabling Xbox One to be more accessible for everyone: We felt it was important to enable Xbox One to make gaming experiences more accessible. Take for instance our new Copilot feature, which allows two controllers to act as if they were one. This will help make Xbox One more inviting to gamers who can benefit from playing along with another person, more fun for families by adding cooperative controls for any game, and easier for players who need unique configurations to play. We are also adding new enhancements to Magnifier and Narrator, as well as giving more options over audio output and custom rumble settings on a controller, which was previously reserved for the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. You can find these accessibility options, and more, in Settings > Ease of Access.

*Screen time limits (Xbox One):As we strive to offer the most comprehensive and customizable family features possible, we want gamers of all ages to feel safe and secure when using our platforms. That’s why we’re bringing the family timer feature to Xbox One as screen time limits, updated for today’s digital family. Parents familiar with screen time limits for Windows 10 will find a similar set of controls for Xbox One. Set daily time allowance and limits for each child—your Xbox One will pick those limits up and enforce them whenever the child is signed in. To set up screen time limits, head over to microsoft.com/family, sign in with your parent account, and select “Screen time” for your child’s account. You’ll be able to turn on and set Xbox One and PC screen time limits separately for each child.

*Blu-ray player bitstream passthrough: The Blu-ray disc player on Xbox One now supports bitstream passthrough, which allows your receiver to decode audio natively. All bitstream formats are supported, including newer ones like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. This feature will light up later next week.

Over the past few months, we have been targeting hundreds of improvements across the board. Many thanks to the feedback from the members of our Xbox Insider Program. Be sure to keep letting us know what you think at Xbox feedback. As we’ve said, this is just the beginning – be on the lookout for more great features. The team has worked hard and we hope you enjoy the updates to your Xbox One experience! And don’t forget that there are also great PC gaming updates coming as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update on April 11 (for more information on the Windows 10 Creators Update, check out this post from Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President, Windows and Devices Group).

 

At Xbox, we’re committed to giving fans choices when it comes to games, services, and devices. Coming in holiday 2017, we’re bringing fans the most powerful console ever: Project Scorpio. Featuring 6 teraflops of graphical processing power, true 4K gaming, and compatibility with Xbox One games and accessories. Plus, later this spring, Xbox Game Pass will launch unlocking over 100 great games with endless play. Today, we’re excited to unveil the new Tech Series of Xbox Wireless Controllers. The first in the series is the Xbox Wireless Controller – Recon Tech Special Edition. This controller will be available for $69.99 USD and will start shipping to retailers worldwide starting April 25.

Pre-order  Xbox Wireless Controller – Recon Tech Special Edition

In developing this new controller series, the Xbox team was inspired by military technology and performance patterns, exploring concepts stemming from combat armor and sci-fi mechanical gear. Premium finishes like a laser etched texture on the front, gold accents and insignia are on the front of the controller. The back of the controller features textured diamond rubberized grip for added control and comfort. This specialized controller also has the same features you know and love of the Xbox Wireless Controller, including improved wireless range and Bluetooth technology for gaming on Windows 10 devices or Samsung Gear VR. You can also take advantage of the custom button-mapping feature through the Xbox Accessories App, available for download from the Xbox Store or Windows Store.


A great way to use this new controller on your Xbox One is with Copilot – a new console feature that allows any two Xbox Wireless Controllers act as if they were one. As part of our commitment to enhancing gaming for everyone, Copilot makes Xbox One more inviting and fun for new gamers or those needing assistance — whether it’s parents who want to help their kids play, experienced gamers looking to play with novice players, or gamers who need unique configurations to play (e.g. with hands apart, hand and chin, hand and foot, etc.). The Copilot feature will be available through the Creators Update later this year.

Please visit xbox.com, microsoftstore.com, Microsoft Store or your local retail store for more information.

Starting this month, we’re rolling out several feature updates inspired by your feedback to select Xbox Insider members. These features will begin appearing over the next few weeks, and your use of these features and feedback around them helps shape our release plans to the broader Xbox community moving forward. Gamers are at the center of everything we do at Xbox – we value your opinions and want you to help evolve the Xbox experience. Over the past few months, we’ve released brand new features to Insiders including Beam broadcasting through the Guide on Xbox One and the Game bar on Windows 10, the Beam app to watch streams on Xbox One, Game Mode on Windows 10, and a preview of Xbox Game Pass. In addition to adding exciting new features, the team has been hard at work continuing to update existing features based on what we hear from you at Xbox Feedback. Below is a summary of what’s starting to ship over the next month to select Xbox Insiders.

Arena on Xbox Live

  • World of Tanks fans will be able to participate in new tournaments on their Xbox One, created by ESL and powered by Arena on Xbox Live.
  • Discover tournaments from your Xbox One or Xbox app on Windows 10, get notifications when your match is ready, jump directly into your match on the Xbox One, enjoy automatic results reporting, and show off the results on your activity feed.

 Profile and Activity Feed

  • Custom gamerpics are finally here! From your console, Windows 10 PC, or mobile phone, update your gamerpic with a custom image. We’re excited to bring this top fan-requested feature to Xbox Live and expect it to be in preview longer than other features to ensure it’s great for everyone when released.
  • New ‘Join broadcast’ button in your profile, one of the many ways to access the game stream of someone broadcasting their gameplay.
  • Your profile will display your Arena tournament history and upcoming tournaments.
  • In your Activity Feed, we’re adding the ability to hide individual posts, pin posts to the top of your feed, and filter posts by friends, games or Clubs.

Clubs and Looking for Group (LFG)

  • When you create an LFG post, as the owner you will be able to see new vetting cards that include hero stats from gamers interested in joining your party. Hero stats are contextual to the game you’re playing, showing you relevant stats like kill/death ratio, rank, or score.
  • Achievement hunters, this one is for you! You will be able to search LFG posts from the Achievements tab, related to the Achievement you’re trying to finish.
  • We’re adding the number of open LFG posts to the Game Hub and Club Hub headers.
  • Have you made a successful LFG post that you want to create again? Now you can see previous LFG posts that you have created, participated or shown interest in, and can copy them to create new posts.
  • When creating an LFG post, see all the recent tags you’ve used and easily select them.
  • Club owners can upload custom images for their Club logo and Club background. Just like custom gamerpics, we expect this to be in preview longer than other features to ensure it’s great for everyone when released.
  • Club owners and admins will be identified and labeled in their text posts to better help them stand out and manage their community.
  • Club owners and admins can pin a post at the top of their Club feed.

My Games and Apps, and Settings

  • In ‘My Games and Apps,’ we’re adding the ability to filter your game library by platform – Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Captive Portal support for wireless internet is coming to Xbox One, which allows for Wi-Fi authentication through a browser. Great for colleges, hotels, or public Wi-Fi locations.
  • In the Settings, we’re adding the ability to select Kinect auto-zoom for Beam and Twitch broadcasts, as well as for the Skype app.
  • On the Xbox app for Windows 10, we’re adding the option to select the audio input and output sources for Party chat.

These features will appear for select Xbox Insiders over the next few weeks. We look forward to hearing more from you, and are excited to update our features based on your feedback. Thank you!

It’s a big update week for Xbox One and PC gamers who are part of the Xbox and Windows Insider Programs. Starting later this week, these gamers will see and experience new features from the Windows 10 Creators Update on PC, with additional features expected to hit console soon after. Earlier this week, select Insider members saw new features such as the updated Home, Guide, and refreshed multitasking for Xbox One. The next update includes some big new additions for PC gamers, with a few more features releasing for Xbox One owners soon. These new features are releasing to a subset of Insiders starting tomorrow, with more Xbox and Windows Insider Program members receiving these in the coming weeks.

Here’s a look at the new features reaching select Xbox and Windows Insiders coming this week:

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  • Built-in Beam streaming (Xbox One, Windows 10 PC): Beam is the easiest and quickest way to stream gameplay, and it’s part of Insider builds coming later this week on your Windows 10 PC, with Xbox One functionality releasing to preview soon. For the creators out there, we wanted to make it easier for you to start your live game streams without any delays so you can quickly connect and engage with your viewers no matter where they are. On Beam, streams have under one second of delay; using our brand new streaming protocol dubbed “FTL”, you can interact with livestreams as if you were in the same room as the caster. What’s more, any stream can incorporate simple interactive features such as sound boards. Coming later this week on Windows 10 PCs, you can start Beam broadcasts by pulling up the Game bar — Windows key + G. And coming soon on Xbox One, you can also begin streaming directly from inside the Guide. The ability to manage your Beam broadcasts and interact with fellow gamers on chat will appear as overlays.

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  • Game Mode (Windows 10 PC): Last year, we set out to make Windows 10 the best Windows ever for gaming. With Game Mode, it’s our goal to now take things a step further to make the gaming experience on Windows even better. Our vision is that Game Mode optimizes your Windows 10 PC for an improvement in overall game performance. The upcoming Windows Insider build represents the first step on our journey with Game Mode. To enable Game Mode for your Win32 or UWP game, pull up the Game bar (Windows key + G) and click on the Settings button. There you’ll be able to opt the running game into using Game Mode. We’ll have additional details about Game Mode to share throughout Insider testing, so stay tuned.

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  • Gaming section in System Settings (Windows 10 PC): Later this week, inside the main Windows System Settings, a new section is being added: Gaming, identified with the Xbox logo. When this update releases, you’ll find settings for Game bar, GameDVR and broadcasting in this new Gaming area, with Game Mode coming in a future update. We’re also beginning to consolidate some system and user settings for gaming in this unified location, where PC users are accustomed to accessing their settings. We’ll continue to develop and deploy Gaming settings over time, as we continue to gather gamer feedback.

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  • New Cortana gaming enhancements (Xbox One): In the coming days, we’re adding additional Cortana updates to enhance your gaming experience even more, such as voice controls for Party commands and using Cortana to play music. We’re streamlining the UI and improving things behind the scenes to make your experience better. In case you missed it, we also added for select Xbox Insiders a few new Cortana updates to Xbox One earlier this week, including setting reminders. Now, by using a simple command such as “Hey, Cortana, remind me to start the Destiny Strike at 7 p.m.,” gamers can ensure they never miss out on a match with friends again.

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  • Screen time (Xbox One): Parental controls are a huge priority for us at Microsoft, as we strive to offer the most comprehensive and customizable family features possible so gamers of all ages feel safe and secure when using our platforms. That’s why the family timer we know and love is coming to Xbox One as screen time, updated for today’s digital family. Parents familiar with screen time for Windows 10 will find a similar set of controls for Xbox. Set daily time allowance and limits on the web for each child—your Xbox will pick those limits up and enforce them whenever the child is signed in. Screen time for Xbox One will be available soon. To prepare, head over to microsoft.com/family, sign in with the account you use for Xbox Insider access, and make sure your children’s accounts are all set up as a part of your family. When Xbox screen time is available, you’ll be able to manage it there.

That’s all for this week, but like we’ve said over the past few weeks, there’s plenty more to come for gamers on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. There’s more with Beam, Arena, and new social features, just to name a few. We look forward to your feedback as you test out these new features and we’ll keep you posted as more are readied for Insider releases.