October is here and we know many gamers are already spending quality time with their favorite horror games (we won’t judge if you turn the brightness up). But never fear, we’re here to share lots of new features and improvements with the October 2019 Xbox One Update, which begins rolling out to everyone today. This month’s update unveils new Family Settings options to balance your family’s screen time, Wish List notifications, improvements to the Mixer viewing experience on Xbox One, the ability to refer Xbox Game Pass titles to friends, and even more improvements based on your feedback. Read on for a breakdown on each new feature and update.

App and game limits for Family Settings

With the October 2019 Xbox Update, we’re taking additional steps to improve our existing family settings that work across Xbox One and Windows devices. We’re giving parents more control over what their children see and interact with on the devices in your home, which is part of our commitment to make gaming a fun, inclusive, and safe experience for everyone. For us, that means offering tools that provide choice so families can create the right balance of screen time in their lives.

*With the new app and game limits feature, we introduce two new key elements to screen time:Parents can now set how much time their children spend within specific apps or games in addition to the total time spent on a device. Parents have the added option to set limits at the app or game level, enabling you to be more specific with how your kids are spending their time with technology.

*The app and game limits you set will apply across Windows devices and Xbox One. We want to provide families the convenience of setting this up once, and letting it carry over across your child’s devices. This means one hour of a specific game or app per day is one hour of that game or app – no trying to sneak in extra screen time by switching from one device to another.

Check out today’s Family Settings announcement for a full overview.

Wish List notifications

We’re excited to see everyone enjoying the Wish List feature on the Microsoft Store! The October 2019 Xbox Update enhances this feature with notifications to alert you when an item in your Wish List has a price discount. The new Wish List notifications will make sure you never miss a great deal on games you want. Check out and update your current Wish List here.

Mixer viewing improvements

Mixer is integrating even further into the Xbox One experience with the October update. We’ve built a full Mixer viewing experience right into the dashboard with a focus on speed and simplicity. Viewers will no longer have to navigate to a separate app to enjoy Mixer streams, so getting to the content you want to watch has never been easier! Simply click the stream you’d like to watch to seamlessly start watching.

Recommend an Xbox Game Pass title

Games are more fun when shared with friends. Xbox Game Pass for Console has a curated library of over 100 high-quality games, so you may find a gem that you want to share with your friends. You can now recommend a game from Xbox Game Pass for Console directly to your friend via a message or to your whole community via your activity feed or share to a club. Your friends will be able to easily get to the page for the games you recommend and can start downloading right away if they are an Xbox Game Pass member.

Recent Players improvements

Thanks to your feedback, we’ve made significant improvements to the Recent Players experience, making the service more reliable and allowing you to connect with the gamers you play with instantly. We understand the popularity of this feature and know it can be especially helpful with large-scale multiplayer games. You can now more quickly and easily engage with your Recent Players, whether you are sending a message, inviting players to a party, or adding them to your Friends List.

Under-the-hood game update improvements

Players can jump into their favorite games even faster with the October update. We’ve added improvements to automatic game updates, significantly reducing when you encounter the “update required” screen when launching a title.

Events app

Later this month, you may notice the Events app installed on your console. With Events, we will be introducing new ways for gamers to discover and be reminded of events happening within your favorite Xbox games or gaming communities such as a start of a new season or in-game holiday events. We’ll have more to share soon about how we plan to evolve this feature, so stay tuned for future announcements.

More flexible Capture Settings and Capture & Share experiment

The “Allow game captures” setting now has multiple options, giving you more control over your game capture experience. Previously, game capture could either be enabled or disabled in Settings, with certain games automatically recording memorable moments when this feature was enabled. With the October update, you may now select between “Captures by me,” “Captures by me or games,” or “Don’t capture” settings, providing you more choice over how you build your highlight reel.

In addition to the above, some people may also see an experimental update we are making to improve the Capture & Share experience. For now, we’re rolling out an improved “Capture & Share” tab for a limited portion of the Xbox One audience to gauge interest and collect feedback. We’re eager to hear their feedback before we share more.

The renamed “Capture & Share” Guide tab aims to improve usability by elevating your three capture options, “Record what happened,” “Start recording,” and “Capture screenshot,” to the top of the screen as well as allowing you to quickly revisit your last capture. When you’re ready to share, the following “Share to” menu has also been updated to focus more on what you want to do with your content – quickly and easily share it with your friends, the world via Twitter or your Xbox Activity Feed, or save it in your collection for safekeeping.

These updates are possible because of the Xbox Insiders who have helped shape these features, so big thanks to all participants for their valuable input. If you’d like to help shape the future of Xbox and provide feedback on early features, download the Xbox Insider Hub app on your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC today. You can also visit the Xbox Insider Blog here for the latest release notes, or join the Xbox Insiders subreddit to submit feedback and join the discussion.

We’re always working to improve your gaming experience on Xbox One and will have more announcements in store before the year is done. Stay tuned for more information and enjoy the October update!

X019 is our global celebration of everything Xbox. We’re incredibly excited to bring X019 to London, United Kingdom from November 14-16 at the Copper Box Arena. It’s the biggest Xbox event we’ve ever hosted in the UK and we can’t wait to share it live with thousands of people from the incredible Xbox community there.

We’ll also be bringing X019 direct to you online wherever you are in the world, so even if you can’t make it in-person you won’t miss a minute of the fun.

On today’s gamescom special edition of Inside Xbox, Xbox’s Aaron Greenberg revealed a load of new X019 details, including when you can get tickets. Here’s what you need to know, and we hope you’ll join us either in person or online for the ultimate celebration of Xbox!

When and where is X019?

X019 is a 3-day Xbox celebration that will take place from Thursday, November 14 to Saturday, November 16 in London, UK at the Copper Box Arena. X019 will also be streamed online so Xbox fans around the world can join in with all the action.

What is planned for X019?

X019 will kick off on Thursday, November 14 with a special episode of Inside Xbox, our live and official show where we share news and announcements, followed by our first ever Xbox FanFest event in the UK.

In addition to the activities planned for Thursday, attendees will have the opportunity to experience:

  • A world-class Xbox experience at the Copper Box Arena.
  • World premiere hands-on gameplay of the biggest and best new games.
  • Panels with the brightest and best creative minds from our Xbox Game Studio teams.
  • Unique activations and experiences to bring the universe of Xbox to life.
  • Developer meet-and-greets and autograph sessions.
  • An on-site Xbox Official Gear Store featuring exclusive X019 gear you will not be able to buy anywhere else.

What are my options to attend X019 in person?

X019 is a 3-day celebration of Xbox and the Xbox community. It will be split into the following sessions:

  • Thursday, November 14: Evening session that will include Inside Xbox and Xbox FanFest, in addition to all the show floor activities attendees on Friday and Saturday will experience.
  • Friday, November 15: Morning session and afternoon session.
  • Saturday, November 16: Morning session and afternoon session.

What if I can’t attend X019 in person?

Don’t worry! We’ll be broadcasting all the key moments live, starting with Inside Xbox on Thursday November 14 on Mixer, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Twitch.

You can also expect lots more live broadcasts over the course of the weekend, plus our Xbox Social team will be onsite keeping you up to date with everything on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube.

How do I get tickets for X019?

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 24. Tickets will be priced at £19 per session with all proceeds going to charity.

For the Thursday evening Inside Xbox and Xbox FanFest session you will need to be over 18 years of age. You will be able to purchase up to 2 tickets per person for this session.

For the Friday and Saturday sessions you will need to be over 13 years of age to attend. If you are under 18 years of age you will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 18 years of age. For the Friday and Saturday sessions you will be able to purchase up to 4 tickets per person.

Tickets for X019 are first-come, first-served. Expect more information on how to purchase tickets in the coming weeks.

Will there be an Inside Xbox at X019?

Yes – at X019 we will have a special edition of Inside Xbox, featuring world premiere news, reveals and announcements, all in front of a live Xbox FanFest audience. As usual we’ll broadcast all the action live on Mixer and our Xbox social media channels.

Inside Xbox will take place on the evening of Thursday, November 14. If you would like to be part of the live Xbox FanFest audience for the show you should aim to get tickets for the Thursday evening session.

Will there be an Xbox FanFest at X019?

Yes! Our first ever Xbox FanFest on UK soil will be held on Thursday, November 14. Xbox FanFest is designed exclusively for our biggest fans and will be the ultimate way to experience X019.

Xbox FanFest attendees will be able to watch the Inside Xbox broadcast live and in-person, then following the show they will have early and exclusive access to the X019 showfloor, including world premiere hands-on gameplay, special activations, the Xbox Official Gear Store and its exclusive products, plus much more!

And of course, Xbox FanFest attendees should also expect some other goodies and surprises…

Tickets for the Xbox FanFest session at X019 are also priced at £19 and you will need to be over 18 years of age to attend. A government-issued photo-ID (for example, driver’s license or passport) will be required to enter.

Which charity will you be supporting at X019?

All ticket sale proceeds will go towards supporting a fantastic charity. We will announce who this charity will be in the coming weeks.

Will Mixer be at X019?

Yes, Mixer will indeed have a physical presence at X019!  Please stay tuned for further details on this activation, along with our livestreaming schedule from the event.

When should I expect more X019 information?

We’ll have more information on X019 including specific ticketing details in the coming weeks. In the meantime, make sure you bookmark www.Xbox.com/X019 and check back for more info as it is revealed.

We can’t wait to see you in London, whether you will be joining us in person or online! Stay tuned here to Xbox Wire and www.Xbox.com/X019 for more X019 news in the coming weeks.

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Cake Wars
Recently I had the opportunity to serve as the guest judge for a Halo-themed episode of the Food Network show, Cake Wars, and the episode is airing tonight at 9 p.m. EDT / 8 p.m. CDT.

In the episode, four awesome bakers face off to create cakes based on the Halo universe, with the winning contestant earning $10,000 and a trip for them and their cake to the Halo World Championship finals that took place this past March.

Tune in to the special episode tonight as I sit at the judges table along with Cake Wars judges Waylynn Lucas and Ron Ben-Israel to determine who will come out on top in a Halo match like none you’ve ever seen. Hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think of the confection creations!

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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