Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox, shares some details on the Creators Program and introduces the first round of indie titles featured in this program.

Back in March, we unveiled the Xbox Live Creators Program. Starting today, I’m excited to announce that any developer can directly publish their games to Xbox One and Windows 10. And, the first wave of games from the Creators Program are live right now for everyone on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs! This is an important step for Team Xbox as we continue to deliver a large and diverse lineup of games from creators big and small from around the world.

I’d like to tell you a little bit about the Creators Program, what it means for games to be available in the Creators Collection, why developers should signup, what gamers can expect, and look at some of the first games available starting today.

First, what is the Creators Program? Xbox empowers game developers large and small to create different types of games for every type of players. It’s all about offering a diverse range of games, and this program has that for sure! The Creators Program was established to enable developers to directly publish their games – any of their games – to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, with a simplified certification process and no concept approval required.

Developers that publish through the Creators Program have the freedom and independence to develop games that are truly unique, resulting in a collection with games that can be quirky and have varying degrees of polish, but are always interesting.

Here’s a quick look at the first titles that will be available via the program:

*Animal Rivals, Blue Sunset Games: Animal Rivals is an action-packed couch party game for one to four players. Drop into the game and fight for the Animalonia’s throne as one of the furry contenders in different mini-games and locations. Game itself presents a unique art style mixing the cartoonish looks and satire approach. (Xbox One, Windows 10)

*Block Dropper, Tresiris Games: Block Dropper is a fast paced, arcade style, 3D platformer. Try not to fall as you guide your character through the challenging single player mode or grab a friend to battle head to head in a local multiplayer Block Battle Arena. Tresiris is a small game studio based in Olathe, Kansas, who create fun and simple games with quality as their top priority. (Xbox One, Windows 10)

*Crystal Brawl, Studio Mercato: Gauntlet meets NBA Jam in Crystal Brawl, a 2v2 capture-the-flag local multiplayer game that melds fast action with MOBA-like strategy. Choose from a variety of characters with different abilities, with a notable twist: each character has a unique ability that alters the terrain. Experiment with different character combinations to uncover hidden strategies! Studio Mercato is an independent game studio based in New York City. (Xbox One, Windows 10)

*Derelict Fleet, Bionic Pony: Derelict Fleet is a fast-paced space combat game. You are tasked with defending a refugee fleet as you travel the stars searching for a new colony to call home. Bionic Pony is a small indie studio based in Tampa, FL that started making Xbox Live indie games in 2010. (Xbox One)

*ERMO, Nonostante: ERMO is a relaxing puzzle game featured with a calming and peaceful graphics. Immerse yourself in the landscapes and colors of ERMO and let you be carried away. You will learn the rules in a few seconds, but ERMO will catch you for hours. (Xbox One)

*GalactiMAX!, ONLYUSEmeFEET: In the vast darkness of space, GalactiMAX has the player shooting aliens for points to pierce the heavens in classic arcade shooter action! As more aliens are defeated, the player’s ship will increase in size and power. How big can this ship get?! (Xbox One, Windows 10)

*kubic, Pixel Envision Ltd: kubic is a relaxing optical illusion puzzle game based on M.C. Escher’s art, impossible objects and other geometric designs. The object is to construct the goal configuration from a number of pieces. (Xbox One, Windows 10)

*Space Cat!, GershGamesLLC: Shoot your way past an onslaught of enemies and bosses. Collect weapon upgrades like missiles, bombs, laser beams and much more. GershGamesLLC is a group of young hobbyists that makes for fun on the weekends. (Xbox One, Windows 10)

*Stereo Aereo, The Stonebot Studio: Stereo Aereo is an action rhythm game that is inspired by the pop-culture influences of the 80’s. You, the player, have to make sure that the mediocre space rockband Stereo Aereo, gets to their life changing concert, on time, in this comic styled sci-fi game. (Xbox One, Windows 10)

Where can you find the games? On Windows 10 the games are in the Games category of the Store. On Xbox One, the games can be found in the Creators Collection, a special section of the Xbox One Store which you can find in the Games section. Why a special section? We think it’s awesome to open up development to anyway with no barriers – no traditional certification, no “concept approval,” and no limitations. But we also listened to feedback from players, parents and developers who let us know they love the curated store experience on Xbox One. This gives us all the best of both worlds: A curated store and a fully open marketplace in the Creators Collection.

For developers, publishing games through the Creators Program is easy. First, you can take advantage of tools you’re already using; like a retail Xbox One console, the free Dev Mode Activation app from the Xbox Store, and game engines like Unity, Construct 2, MonoGame, and Xenko. Second, there are minimal barriers to the program; use a Microsoft Developer account which can cost as little as $20, download the Xbox Live Creators SDK, create your game, and then ship it through a short and simplified certification process. That’s it!

Games published through the Creators Program have access to the full set of social features from Xbox Live, including sign-in and presence, use of your Gamertag, leaderboards, access to your Activity Feed, Game Hubs, Clubs, Party Chat, Game DVR, and broadcasting on Mixer.

As an open program, Creators Program games don’t have access to Achievements, Gamerscore, or internet multiplayer. To access those features, professional developers can go through the ID@Xbox program. Of course, there’s a path for games to move from the Creators Program to ID@Xbox during development (or even after they reach the Store) if a developer decides they want to add Gamerscore, Achievements, or internet multiplayer.

While ID@Xbox was designed for professional game developers who wish to use the full set of Xbox Live features through a full certification process, the Creators Program makes publishing a game accessible to anyone. Whether they’re small or budding studios, hobbyists, makers, teachers and students, or if they’re just learning the ropes – the Creators Program is a simplified way to create and ship games to the Xbox community.

We hope players will enjoy the games in the Creators Collection. You’ll find creative games, some familiar styles, and some brand-new experiences; really, whatever these imaginative developers chose to make. Gamers can expect the Creators Collection on their Xbox One, and the Window Store on their PC, to regularly add new games as developers finish their work. And these are unfiltered games directly from the developers themselves, so your feedback is of course welcomed.

This is just the beginning. We’ll be sure to spotlight more of the diverse array of Creators Program games that catch our eyes right here on Xbox Wire. I can’t wait to see all the games that these developers will create, and of course, I can’t wait to play them. Stay tuned for more, and in the meantime, have fun!

Mike Ybarra, Corporate Vice President of Xbox Platform Engineering, discusses the next Xbox update releasing to Alpha Ring Insiders starting today. Watch the video and read his comments about the update below:

It’s an exciting day at Team Xbox as Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Ring will get a first look at the latest Xbox update. This release is the next major update for gaming on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, and is designed to make the Xbox gaming experience more fun, personalized, and social than ever. We’ve heard feedback from our fans that they want the ability to customize Home the way they want. This new experience on Xbox One gives gamers more choice and delivers fun faster. Updates to Home, Guide and Community are available today, with updates to Avatars, Game Hubs, Profiles and more coming this fall. Windows 10 PCs will also receive updates to the Game bar and Gaming settings menu. Here’s a detailed look at some of the new features that will arrive for Xbox Insiders starting today and continuing throughout the next few months:

Customize Your Home: The first thing Insiders will notice is the new Home on Xbox One. This update is all about personalization; we’re putting the control in your hands, so that you can decide what to see when you turn on your console. The new look and feel is part of a design system called Microsoft Fluent Design; the look, feel, and movement of the dashboard has been updated to focus on speed, customization and expression—for you. Now, customize your Home screen to be uniquely yours, and view all the things you love at-a-glance. Have a favorite game or friend? Add them to Home!  Select one, press the Menu button on your controller, and select “Add to Home.”  This now creates an entire block of content that can be moved up or down—or removed altogether, should your interests or habits change. These blocks will evolve over time based on the things you like to do. For example, adding a game to your Home screen may pull in an Activity Feed post from the developer, show when your friends are playing that game online, suggest your next Achievement, and provide a quick shortcut to the Game Hub for that title. We’ll be adding additional types of content blocks in the coming months, so stay tuned for more. The team is always pushing to make the Xbox experience faster and faster. In this release, we’ve eliminated the wait between Home, Social, and My Games and Apps by consolidating them into one dashboard experience. No more splash screens means you get to fun even faster.

Effortless Guide Navigation: With this update, it’s faster than ever to switch between tabs in the guide so you can join friends, broadcast, switch between apps, and get back Home. New tab flyouts make it easier to see more content quickly, too. The new Guide layout quickly gets you to the stuff you care about, so you never miss a moment. It’s now even easier to switch between apps or get back to Home, and the new layout will enable you to quickly jump to different tabs using the left thumbstick, d-pad, or bumpers on your controller. Sign-in, Achievements, multiplayer (including parties, Looking for Group, and tournaments), People, Home and recent messages, broadcasts and captures, and a new action center (including settings) each have their own tab in the new Guide.

A More Immersive Community: Staying connected with Friends and Clubs is now better than ever. The community section has an entirely new Activity Feed layout, showing more content at-a-glance.  When looking at feed items in detail, they are presented in an immersive, full-screen view—sharing the experience just as it was captured.  Reading comments is now much easier since the comment window can be expanded to fill the screen. You’ll now be able to skim the feed quickly or lean back on the couch and walk through it in detail – it’s entirely up to you. This makes it easier than ever to stay current with the games and friends you care about. Game Hubs, Profiles, and Clubs are also refreshed to make them more dynamic and engaging than ever before.  We’re also making Improvements to Club discovery, to quickly display which Clubs you’re already a part of, and easily discover new Clubs to join.  There will also be new titles that will be coming to Arena over the next few months, soon offering even more options for tournaments powered by Xbox Live.

Game Bar Gets Even Better: On Windows 10, we’re making it easier than ever to enable or disable Game Mode on a per-game basis by putting a switch directly in the Game bar. Mixer broadcasting with the Game bar will now give you more choices on the audio you broadcast; a new settings option will let you choose to broadcast game-only audio, or system-wide audio.  We’ve also added a new Xbox Live Network Troubleshooting option to the Settings menu in Windows 10, which will help you track down connectivity issues and optimize your online multiplayer experience.

This is just the beginning of some major updates arriving for Xbox gamers later this year.  We’ll be introducing plenty of new features in the coming months across Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Mixer, and mobile devices designed to make your gaming experiences all about you. As always, we owe some big thanks for all the fan feedback we receive and review from gamers everywhere, as well as to the invaluable members of our Xbox Insider Program for all the feedback they provide regularly. We’ll be sharing more when the update releases to more fans later this year. The team has worked hard, and we hope you enjoy these latest updates to your Xbox One experience! And of course, don’t forget to tell us what you think.

Ultimate Game Sale runs from 30 June to 10 July and features a collection of deals on more than 350 games, gaming hardware and accessories across the Microsoft Store, Xbox Store and Windows Store. Plus, Xbox Live Gold members save up to an additional 10% on Xbox One and Xbox 360 deals in the Xbox Store. See the full list of those deals below:

    

Xbox One Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Late Shift Xbox One Game 17% / 25% UGS
Injustice 2 Xbox One Game 15% / 25% UGS
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – Standard Edition Xbox One Game 25% / 35% UGS
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 25% / 35% UGS
Tom Clancy’s Ghost ReconWildlands – Gold Edition Xbox One Game 20% / 30% UGS
Mass Effect: Andromeda Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Mass Effect: Andromeda Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Prey Xbox One Game 10% / 17% UGS
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Xbox One Game 25% / 33% UGS
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Upgrade Add-On 17% / 25% UGS
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Collector’s Edition Xbox One Game 25% / 33% UGS
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Collector’s Edition Upgrade Add-On 17% / 25% UGS
FOR HONOR Standard Edition Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
FOR HONOR Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
FOR HONOR Gold Edition Xbox One Game 25% / 35% UGS
Battlefield 1 Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Battlefield 1 Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Battlefield 1 Ultimate Edition Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Battlefield 1 Premium Pass Add-On 10% / 20% UGS
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Complete Edition Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Year 2 Gold Edition Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
Rocket League Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Launch Edition Xbox One Game 25% / 35% UGS
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Digital Legacy Edition Xbox One Game 20% / 30% UGS
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Digital Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 17% / 25% UGS
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Season Pass Add-On 10% / 20% UGS
EA SPORTS FIFA 17 Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
EA SPORTS FIFA 17 Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
EA SPORTS FIFA 17 Super Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 25% / 35% UGS
Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition Xbox Play Anywhere 30% / 40% UGS
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Quantum Break Xbox Play Anywhere 60% / 67% UGS
ReCore Xbox Play Anywhere 50% / 50% UGS
Ryse: Legendary Edition Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
ScreamRide Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition Xbox One Game 60% / 67% UGS
Sunset Overdrive Xbox One Game 60% / 67% UGS
Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Dead Rising 3 Season Pass Add-On 70% / 80% UGS
Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Xbox One Game 70% / 80% UGS
Dead Rising 4 Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Dead Rising 4 Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Dead Rising 4 Season Pass Add-On 50% / 60% UGS
Halo Wars 2: Standard Edition Xbox Play Anywhere 50% / 50% UGS
Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition Xbox Play Anywhere 50% / 50% UGS
Halo Wars 2: 3 Blitz Packs Add-On 15% / 15% UGS
Halo Wars 2: 9 Blitz Packs + 1 Free Add-On 15% / 15% UGS
Halo Wars 2: 20 Blitz Packs + 3 Free Add-On 20% / 20% UGS
Halo Wars 2: 40 Blitz Packs + 7 Free Add-On 30% / 30% UGS
Halo Wars 2: 100 Blitz Packs + 35 Free Add-On 45% / 45% UGS
Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition Xbox Play Anywhere 40% / 40% UGS
Gears of War 4 Xbox Play Anywhere 50% / 50% UGS
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition – Day One Version Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Gears of War Ultimate Edition Deluxe Version Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Gears of War 4 – Run The Jewels Airdrop Add-On 40% / 50% UGS
Halo 5: Guardians Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Halo 5: Guardians – Digital Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Halo 5: Guardians – 10 Gold REQ Packs + 3 Free Add-On 17% / 25% UGS
Halo 5: Guardians – 15 Gold REQ Packs + 5 Free Add-On 25% / 33% UGS
Halo 5: Guardians – 34 Gold REQ Packs + 13 Free Add-On 35% / 45% UGS
Forza Motorsport 6 Platinum Edition Bundle Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Forza Horizon 3 Porsche Car Pack Add-On 60% / 60% UGS
Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island Add-On 67% / 75% UGS
Forza Horizon 2 and Forza Motorsport 5 Bundle Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season Xbox One Game 70% / 80% UGS
The Walking Dead: Season Two Xbox One Game 70% / 80% UGS
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – The Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries Xbox One Game 60% / 70% UGS
The Wolf Among Us Xbox One Game 60% / 70% UGS
Game of Thrones – The Complete First Season (Episodes 1-6) Xbox One Game 60% / 70% UGS
Tales from the Borderlands Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) Xbox One Game 60% / 70% UGS
Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Pass (Episodes 2-5) Add-On 50% / 60% UGS
Minecraft: Story Mode – Adventure Pass (Additional Episodes 6-8) Add-On 50% / 60% UGS
Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure (Episodes 1-8) Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series – The Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) Xbox One Game 25% / 35% UGS
Back to the Future: The Game – 30th Anniversary Edition Xbox One Game 60% / 70% UGS
7 Days to Die Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
The Telltale Undead Survival Bundle Xbox One Game 60% / 70% UGS
The Telltale Games Collection Xbox One Game 60% / 70% UGS
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Expansion Pass Add-On 30% / 40% UGS
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Expansion Pass Add-On 40% / 50% UGS
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Hearts of Stone Add-On 40% / 50% UGS
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine Add-On 40% / 50% UGS
The Disney Afternoon Collection Xbox One Game 20% / 30% UGS
ULTIMATE MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3 Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard Xbox Play Anywhere 30% / 40% UGS
RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard Deluxe Edition Xbox Play Anywhere 25% / 35% UGS
Resident Evil 4 Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Resident Evil 5 Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Resident Evil 6 Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Resident Evil 0 Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Resident Evil Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Resident Evil Triple Pack Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Resident Evil: Deluxe Origins Bundle Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Dead Rising Triple Bundle Pack Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Gold Edition Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Assassin’s Creed Unity Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Far Cry 4 Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Far Cry 4 + Far Cry Primal Bundle Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Far Cry 4 Gold Edition Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Far Cry Primal Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Far Cry Primal – Apex Edition Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Watch Dogs 2 Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Watch Dogs 2 – Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Watch Dogs 2 – Gold Edition Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
STEEP Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
STEEP Gold Edition Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Tom Clancy’s The Division Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Tom Clancy’s The Division Gold Edition Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege + The Division Bundle Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Trials of the Blood Dragon Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
The Crew Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
The Crew Ultimate Edition Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Assassin’s Creed Triple Pack: Black Flag, Unity, Syndicate Xbox One Game 60% / 67% UGS
Trackmania Turbo Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Dishonored 2 Xbox One Game 17% / 25% UGS
DOOM Xbox One Game 25% / 33% UGS
Fallout 4: Digital Deluxe Bundle Xbox One Game 35% / 45% UGS
Fallout 4 Season Pass Add-On 30% / 40% UGS
Fallout 4 Xbox One Game 25% / 33% UGS
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
The Evil Within Digital Bundle Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Wolfenstein: The New Order Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare + Destiny – The Collection Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Call of Duty: IW Legacy + Destiny – The Collection Bundle Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Gold Edition Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Digital Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Season Pass Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Bundle Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Deadpool Xbox One Game 60% / 67% UGS
Destiny – The Collection Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Prototype Biohazard Bundle Xbox One Game 60% / 67% UGS
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Ultimate Edition Xbox One Game 60% / 67% UGS
Cabela’s African Adventures Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved Xbox One Game 60% / 67% UGS
FINAL FANTASY XV Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
FINAL FANTASY XV Digital Premium Edition Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
Life is Strange Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Just Cause 3 Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Just Cause 3 XL Edition Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Digital Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris & Season Pass Pack Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Thief Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Trove Fast Fortune Pack Add-On 17% / 25% UGS
Titanfall 2 Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Titanfall 2 Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Battlefield 1 – Titanfall 2 Deluxe Bundle Xbox One Game 60% / 67% UGS
Dragon Age: Inquisition – Game of the Year Edition Xbox One Game 60% / 67% UGS
Titanfall 2: Colony Reborn Bundle Add-On 40% / 50% UGS
Titanfall 2: Angel City’s Most Wanted Bundle Add-On 40% / 50% UGS
Titanfall 2: Monarch’s Reign Bundle Add-On 40% / 50% UGS
Madden NFL 17 Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Madden NFL 17 Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Madden NFL 17 Super Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 25% / 35% UGS
PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2 Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Necropolis Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Project CARS Digital Edition Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Project CARS – Game of the Year Edition Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
ARCADE GAME SERIES 3-in-1 Pack Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Dark Souls III Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Dark Souls III – Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Little Nightmares Xbox One Game 20% / 30% UGS
Get Even Xbox One Game 20% / 30% UGS
Dark Souls III Season Pass Add-On 50% / 60% UGS
WWE 2K17 Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
WWE 2K17 Digital Deluxe Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
WWE 2K17 Season Pass Add-On 30% / 40% UGS
WWE 2K17 NXT Enhancement Pack Add-On 40% / 50% UGS
WWE 2K17 Goldberg Pack Add-On 40% / 50% UGS
WWE 2K17 MyPlayer Kickstart Add-On 40% / 50% UGS
Mafia III Xbox One Game 25% / 35% UGS
Mafia III Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 25% / 35% UGS
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Xbox One Game 60% / 67% UGS
BioShock: The Collection Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Grand Theft Auto V Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Grand Theft Auto V & Great White Shark Cash Card Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Grand Theft Auto V & Whale Shark Cash Card Bundle Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Grand Theft Auto V & Megalodon Shark Cash Card Bundle Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 – Digital Exclusive Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Edition Xbox One Game 17% / 25% UGS
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Xbox One Game 25% / 33% UGS
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Duke Nukem Bundle Xbox One Game 25% / 33% UGS
Torment: Tides of Numenera Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Season Pass Edition Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
NASCAR Heat Evolution Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Troll and I Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Reus Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Adam’s Venture: Origins Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Sunset Overdrive Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 60% / 67% UGS
Rock Band 4 Rivals Bundle Xbox One Game 20% / 30% UGS
Rock Band Rivals Expansion Add-On 20% / 30% UGS
Riptide GP: Renegade Xbox Play Anywhere 50% / 50% UGS
Beach Buggy Racing Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Air Guitar Warrior for Kinect Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
Flinthook Xbox One Game 25% / 33% UGS
The Witness Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
R.B.I. Baseball 17 Xbox One Game 25% / 33% UGS
Mantis Burn Racing Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Yooka-Laylee Xbox One Game 17% / 25% UGS
Overcooked: Gourmet Edition Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Worms W.M.D. Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
The Escapists Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Thimbleweed Park Xbox Play Anywhere 35% / 35% UGS
Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition Xbox One Game 10% / 20% UGS
SUPERHOT Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Tokyo 42 Xbox One Game 25% / 33% UGS
Voodoo Vince: Remastered Xbox Play Anywhere 35% / 35% UGS
Human Fall Flat Xbox One Game 20% / 30% UGS
The Flame in the Flood Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Manual Samuel Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
The Little Acre Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Snake Pass Xbox Play Anywhere 40% / 40% UGS
Enter the Gungeon Xbox Play Anywhere 25% / 25% UGS
EVERSPACE Xbox Play Anywhere 20% / 20% UGS
Narcosis Xbox One Game 25% / 33% UGS
Song of the Deep Xbox One Game 60% / 67% UGS
The Bunker Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Late Shift Xbox One Game 17% / 25% UGS
Furi Xbox One Game 25% / 33% UGS
Dovetail Games Euro Fishing Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
NBA Playgrounds Xbox One Game 25% / 33% UGS
The Culling (Game Preview) Xbox One Game 10% / 20% UGS
Oxenfree Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Slain: Back from Hell Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
#KILLALLZOMBIES Xbox One Game 60% / 67% UGS
Mount & Blade: Warband Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Zombie Army Trilogy Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Sniper Elite 4 Xbox One Game 25% / 33% UGS
The Jackbox Party Pack Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
The Jackbox Party Pack 2 Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
The Jackbox Party Pack 3 Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Spheroids Xbox Play Anywhere 50% / 50% UGS
Outlast 2 Xbox One Game 10% / 20% UGS
Deformers Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Subnautica (Game Preview) Xbox One Game 25% / 33% UGS
ClusterTruck Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
The Final Station Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Party Hard Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Vikings – Wolves of Midgard Xbox One Game 25% / 35% UGS
Tropico 5 – Penultimate Edition Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Portal Knights Xbox One Game 17% / 25% UGS
PAYDAY 2: CRIMEWAVE EDITION Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
PAYDAY 2 – CRIMEWAVE EDITION – THE BIG SCORE Game Bundle Xbox One Game 60% / 67% UGS
Assetto Corsa – DLC Season Pass Add-On 50% / 60% UGS
Assetto Corsa Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
ABZÛ Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
How to Survive 2 Xbox One Game 35% / 45% UGS
Terraria Xbox One Game 70% / 80% UGS
Dead Island Definitive Collection Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Dead Island Retro Revenge Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Deadlight: Director’s Cut Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
F1 2016 Xbox One Game 60% / 70% UGS
Metro Redux Bundle Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Metro 2033 Redux Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Metro: Last Light Redux Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
This War of Mine: The Little Ones Xbox One Game 60% / 70% UGS
Kona Xbox One Game 20% / 30% UGS
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected & Gat out of Hell Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Saints Row Metro Double Pack Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
Batman: Arkham Knight Premium Edition Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition Xbox One Game 20% / 30% UGS
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
LEGO Batman 3 Season Pass Add-On 50% / 60% UGS
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 60% / 70% UGS
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers – Season Pass Add-On 40% / 50% UGS
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 50% / 60% UGS
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes  Xbox One Game 67% / 75% UGS
LEGO STAR WARS: The Force Awakens Xbox One Game 20% / 30% UGS
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Season Pass Add-On 20% / 30% UGS
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
Bastion Xbox One Game 30% / 40% UGS
Has-Been Heroes Xbox One Game 40% / 50% UGS
Jump Stars Xbox One Game 20% / 30% UGS

These offers are valid for all Xbox Live members (Xbox Live Gold members save up to 10% more).
Please note: Discounts, prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

    

Xbox 360 Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Backward Compatibility 50% / 60% UGS
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Season Pass Add-On 30% / 40% UGS
Red Dead Redemption Backward Compatibility 57% / 67% UGS
Grand Theft Auto V Games On Demand 40% / 50% UGS
Skate 3 Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
Call of Duty: Black Ops Backward Compatibility 40% / 50% UGS
Grand Theft Auto IV Backward Compatibility 45% / 55% UGS
Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
Far Cry 3 Backward Compatibility 50% / 60% UGS
Bully Scholarship Edition Backward Compatibility 40% / 50% UGS
Fallout: New Vegas Backward Compatibility 40% / 50% UGS
The Walking Dead: Season Two – SEASON PASS Add-On 70% / 80% UGS
The Walking Dead: Michonne – Season Pass (Episodes 2-3) Add-On 60% / 70% UGS
The Wolf Among Us – Season Pass Add-On 60% / 70% UGS
Game of Thrones – Season Pass (Episodes 2-6) Add-On 60% / 70% UGS
Tales from the Borderlands – Season Pass Add-On 60% / 70% UGS
Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Pass Add-On 50% / 60% UGS
Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Pass Deluxe (Episodes 2-8) Add-On 50% / 60% UGS
Minecraft: Story Mode – Adventure Pass (Additional Episodes 6-8) Add-On 50% / 60% UGS
Back to the Future: The Game – 30th Anniversary Edition Games On Demand 50% / 60% UGS
Jurassic Park: The Game Backward Compatibility 70% / 80% UGS
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition Backward Compatibility 75% / 85% UGS
Dead Rising 2: Case Zero Backward Compatibility 20% / 30% UGS
Dead Rising 2: Case West Backward Compatibility 20% / 30% UGS
Resident Evil 4 Games On Demand 50% / 60% UGS
Resident Evil 5 Games On Demand 55% / 65% UGS
Resident Evil 5 – Untold Stories Bundle Add-On 50% / 60% UGS
Resident Evil 6 Games On Demand 55% / 65% UGS
Resident Evil 0 Games On Demand 40% / 50% UGS
Resident Evil Games On Demand 40% / 50% UGS
Dead Rising Games On Demand 57% / 67% UGS
Dead Rising 2 Games On Demand 57% / 67% UGS
Dead Rising 2 Off The Record Games On Demand 57% / 67% UGS
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
Street Fighter X Tekken Games On Demand 70% / 80% UGS
Remember Me Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
Gears of War Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
Gears of War 2 Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection Add-On 65% / 75% UGS
Gears of War 3 Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
Gears of War 3 Season Pass Add-On 65% / 75% UGS
Gears of War: Judgment Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
Fallout 3 Backward Compatibility 40% / 50% UGS
Oblivion Backward Compatibility 40% / 50% UGS
The Evil Within Games On Demand 40% / 50% UGS
Destiny: The Taken King Games On Demand 40% / 50% UGS
Destiny: The Taken King – Legendary Edition Games On Demand 40% / 50% UGS
Destiny: The Taken King – Digital Collector’s Edition Games On Demand 40% / 50% UGS
Deadpool Games On Demand 57% / 67% UGS
Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Bundle Games On Demand 50% / 60% UGS
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition Games On Demand 40% / 50% UGS
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Games On Demand 57% / 67% UGS
Prototype Biohazard Bundle Games On Demand 50% / 60% UGS
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Games On Demand 57% / 67% UGS
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD Arcade 57% / 67% UGS
Cabela’s Survival: SoK Backward Compatibility 57% / 67% UGS
Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions Backward Compatibility 57% / 67% UGS
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 Backward Compatibility 57% / 67% UGS
Cabela’s Alaskan Adventures Backward Compatibility 40% / 50% UGS
Hitman HD Pack Games On Demand 70% / 80% UGS
Hitman: Blood Money Games On Demand 70% / 80% UGS
Just Cause 2 Backward Compatibility 70% / 80% UGS
Sleeping Dogs Games On Demand 70% / 80% UGS
Lara Croft Tomb Raider Anniversary Games On Demand 70% / 80% UGS
Tomb Raider: Legend Games On Demand 70% / 80% UGS
Tomb Raider Underworld Games On Demand 70% / 80% UGS
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Arcade 70% / 80% UGS
Tomb Raider Games On Demand 70% / 80% UGS
Thief Games On Demand 70% / 80% UGS
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Backward Compatibility 70% / 80% UGS
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
SSX Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
Dragon Age: Origins Backward Compatibility 40% / 50% UGS
NBA JAM: On Fire Edition Backward Compatibility 40% / 50% UGS
Ms. PAC-MAN Arcade 65% / 75% UGS
Galaga Legions Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
Soulcalibur II HD Online Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
Soulcalibur V  Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
Enslaved Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
Tales of Vesperia Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
Eternal Sonata Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
Beautiful Katamari Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
Armored Core: Verdict Day Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+ Arcade 65% / 75% UGS
PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
WWE 2K17 Games On Demand 57% / 67% UGS
Borderlands Backward Compatibility 50% / 60% UGS
Borderlands 2 Backward Compatibility 50% / 60% UGS
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
BioShock Backward Compatibility 50% / 60% UGS
BioShock 2 Backward Compatibility 50% / 60% UGS
BioShock Infinite Backward Compatibility 60% / 70% UGS
XCOM: Enemy Within Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Games On Demand 75% / 85% UGS
The Darkness II Games On Demand 70% / 80% UGS
Spec Ops: The Line Games On Demand 70% / 80% UGS
Mafia II Games On Demand 70% / 80% UGS
Prey Games On Demand 70% / 80% UGS
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony Add-On 50% / 60% UGS
GTA IV: The Lost and Damned Add-On 30% / 40% UGS
Red Dead Redemption – Undead Nightmare Pack Add-On 40% / 50% UGS
Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 HD Edition Games On Demand 40% / 50% UGS
Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker HD Edition Games On Demand 40% / 50% UGS
Silent Hill: HD Collection Games On Demand 40% / 50% UGS
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Games On Demand 40% / 50% UGS
Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes Games On Demand 40% / 50% UGS
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Games On Demand 40% / 50% UGS
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 Games On Demand 23% / 33% UGS
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Backward Compatibility 40% / 50% UGS
Frogger Arcade 40% / 50% UGS
Contra Arcade 40% / 50% UGS
Castlevania Harmony of Despair Arcade 57% / 67% UGS
Bomberman Battlefest Backward Compatibility 40% / 50% UGS
South Park: The Stick of Truth Backward Compatibility 50% / 60% UGS
Assassin’s Creed Rogue Backward Compatibility 57% / 67% UGS
MONOPOLY PLUS Backward Compatibility 40% / 50% UGS
Assassin’s Creed Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
Call of Juarez Gunslinger Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
Rayman Legends Backward Compatibility 57% / 67% UGS
Rayman 3 HD Backward Compatibility 57% / 67% UGS
Rainbow Six Vegas Backward Compatibility 57% / 67% UGS
Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Backward Compatibility 57% / 67% UGS
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare  Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
Blue Dragon Backward Compatibility 57% / 67% UGS
Crackdown Games On Demand 57% / 67% UGS
Crackdown 2 Games On Demand 57% / 67% UGS
Fable Anniversary Games On Demand 57% / 67% UGS
Fable II Backward Compatibility 57% / 67% UGS
Fable III Backward Compatibility 57% / 67% UGS
Fable Trilogy Games On Demand 57% / 67% UGS
Lost Odyssey Backward Compatibility 66% / 76% UGS
Mass Effect Backward Compatibility 57% / 67% UGS
ScreamRide Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
State of Decay Arcade 65% / 75% UGS
State of Decay: Breakdown Add-On 65% / 75% UGS
State of Decay: Lifeline Add-On 65% / 75% UGS
Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons Arcade 60% / 70% UGS
How to Survive Arcade 65% / 75% UGS
Sniper Elite 3 Games On Demand 60% / 70% UGS
Metro 2033 Games On Demand 75% / 85% UGS
Metro: Last Light Games On Demand 75% / 85% UGS
Risen Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
Risen 2: Dark Waters Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
Risen 3 Titan Lords Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
Sacred 3 Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
Sacred Citadel Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
Saints Row Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
Saints Row 2 Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
Saints Row IV Backward Compatibility 65% / 75% UGS
Saints Row: The Third Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell Games On Demand 65% / 75% UGS
KILLER IS DEAD Backward Compatibility 70% / 80% UGS

These offers are valid for all Xbox Live members (Xbox Live Gold members save up to 10% more).
Please note: Discounts, prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

To check out the deals on Windows 10 games, gaming PCs, and accessories from Dell Alienware, ASUS, MSI, Lenovo, Razer, Logitech and Kingston – visit the Windows Blog here.

PC Games included in the Ultimate Game Sale

The Xbox team is celebrating the Ultimate Game Sale with the Ultimate Game Face Sweepstakes. Visit the Ultimate Game Face Sweepstakes page for complete details.

Content: Phantom Dust
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Game Description: Phantom Dust for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC is a re-release of the original Xbox classic, now returning with full Xbox LIVE support and a host of enhancements, including Xbox Play Anywhere, cross-device multiplayer, achievements, and 16×9 presentation. It features new gameplay enhancements including multiplayer starter decks that let you jump straight into multiplayer, improved frame rate, and adjustments to overall game balance. Experience the cult classic that’s kept a passionate community playing to this day and a unique multiplayer experience that’s never been duplicated.

Download Phantom Dust for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Download Phantom Dust Multiplayer Starter Pack for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Microsoft Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Website: Phantom Dust
Twitter: @MSStudiosBlog

NOTE: Supports Xbox Play Anywhere: yours to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC at no additional cost.

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Mike Ybarra, Head of Platform Engineering at Xbox shares some news about the Windows 10 Creators Update – rolling out today.

Last year, we set out to make Windows 10 the best version of Windows for gaming. Today, PC gaming gets even better for Windows 10 gamers everywhere. With the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update, we’re delivering built-in game streaming and interactivity with Beam, game performance improvements with Windows Game Mode, and a unified destination to customize your system settings for your Windows 10 gaming experience. Here’s a look at the new features rolling out today, which we announced and released for Windows Insiders earlier this year:

*Built-in Beam game streaming: We’re committed to making great gaming experiences that unify players across devices, and with the release of Beam on Windows 10 today following its console release last month, we’re doing just that. Beam is the easiest and most interactive way to stream your gameplay on Windows 10. Simply press the Windows key + G while playing your game to bring up the Game bar, and you’ll find we’ve added a broadcast icon to launch Beam – no extra software required. This gives everyone the opportunity to show their creativity as a game broadcaster. And it gets better. Thanks to Beam’s low latency technology, Beam streams have less than a second of delay, enabling streamers to engage and interact with their viewers in near real-time. What’s more, Beam enables streamers to incorporate interactive features such as animation and sound triggers right into their stream. The ability to manage your Beam broadcast and interact with fellow gamers on chat will appear as overlays. For more on Beam, check out our Beam Week posts on Xbox Wire here.

*Game Mode: With Game Mode, it’s our goal to provide a better and more consistent gaming experience on Windows 10, by dedicating more system resources to your game. The initial release of Game Mode works best when your PC is experiencing resource contention. In other words, when your PC is working hard to run your game and possibly other concurrent software, Game Mode can help manage system resources more efficiently and optimize them for gaming. What’s more, Game Mode works for both Win32 and UWP games. To enable Game Mode, 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. And the Creators Update is just the first milestone in our commitment to Game Mode and Windows 10 performance improvements for PC gaming.

*More Games supported by Game bar: In the Windows 10 Creators Update, we now support Windows Game bar in full screen mode with over 80 of the most popular PC games. You can also now manage this feature in the new Gaming section of Windows Settings. Look for “Game bar”, and make sure that “Show Game bar when I play full screen games Microsoft has verified” setting is checked. A regularly updated list of supported titles is available here.

*Gaming section in Windows Settings: Inside the main Windows System Settings, a new section has been added: Gaming, identified with the Xbox logo. This new section unifies your gaming settings into one easily accessible location. At the launch of the Creators Update, you’ll see four initial settings options: Game bar, GameDVR, broadcasting, and Game Mode.  Note that Game Mode may then be turned on or off for specific games using the Game bar (Windows key + G).

Thanks to all the fans for their constructive feedback on our Windows 10 gaming features.  We sincerely appreciate our Windows Insiders who are gaming with us and sharing their input. While we’re happy to now share the new gaming experiences in the Creators Update, we’re already deep in planning for the future. So, keep the feedback coming, or if you’re not with us on the Windows Insider Program, join us! Finally, if you haven’t seen the full view of features releasing alongside the Windows 10 Creator’s Update starting today, head over to the Window Blog for more details!

 

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Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition, have announced that Fallout Shelter is expanding once more to a new audience, putting Overseers in control of their own Vault and an army of Dwellers on Xbox One and Windows 10. Fallout Shelter will be available on February 7 as an Xbox Play Anywhere title via a free download from the Xbox Store or Windows Store.

Fallout Shelter thrusts players into the role of Overseer to build their own Vault, manage dwellers, and adventure through Fallout’s iconic wasteland. Since the game’s original launch in 2015, the game has continued to expand and add features, including Crafting, Scrapping, Pets, additional rooms, iconic Fallout 4 characters, and special Dweller customization options. The game’s constantly growing Quest system allows Overseers to send Dwellers out into the Wasteland to abandoned buildings, decrepit Vaults, and mysterious caves to uncover legendary loot and face off against enemies like Radscorpions, Ghouls, and powerful bosses.

As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, player progress is retained across both Xbox One and Windows 10, meaning users can switch seamlessly between platforms and pick up where they left off, bringing all their saves, progress, and Achievements with them. The game has also been fully adapted to work with the Xbox One controller, so players can experience Vault life bigger and better, right from their TV.

Players can download Fallout Shelter for Xbox One and Windows 10 from the Xbox Store or Windows Store next Tuesday, February 7.

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.

Today, we’re beginning to ship the first wave of Xbox One features for the Creators Update to the Xbox Insider Program members. As Mike Ybarra shared last week, the Creators Update is packed full of new features for gamers who play on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs – in fact, we’re targeting hundreds of improvements across the board, noticeable by gamers and under the hood. Today’s update will start rolling out to a small subset of gamers, with the rest of the Xbox Insider Program receiving these features in the coming weeks.

For gamers, the Creators Update is about performance, people, competition and streaming – getting you to the things you care about most as quickly as possible. Today, that will mean a faster Xbox One experience than ever before, connecting you with the applications, games, and of course, friends, that you enjoy most. Check out the updated Home and learn how the newly-designed Guide works and is meant to simplify your experience. There’s lots more, too. As part of our commitment to enhancing gaming for everyone, we’re opening up new accessibility options to ensure great experiences for all gamers when playing on Xbox.

Here’s a look at the new features reaching Xbox Insiders today: 

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  • An updated look at Home: One of the first things you’ll notice is a new look for Home. Through the Insider program, we’ve received feedback from Xbox One gamers that the UI can be complex and for certain tasks, can require too many button presses. Our goal is to simplify the UI and increase overall system performance, and that starts with updating Home based on what you care most about for the games you play. To do that, we’ve optimized for speed and are surfacing to you the most valuable content for your games. You’ll notice the main tile for what you’re currently playing has changed. Now, you’ll see a smaller icon for the game and a few options to dive deeper into the Game Hub, interact with your Club or LFG for that game, view your Achievements, and more. The updated Home also celebrates the game you’re currently playing with hero art in the background when you’re not using a custom background. 

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  • Faster and more intuitive Guide: The next thing you’re likely to notice is that Guide has been updated. With one press of the Xbox button on your controller, you can pull up the newly enhanced Guide as an overlay on the left side of your screen, no matter what you’re doing. With the Guide, we’ve added new features and functionality. You’ll notice that there’s a new start page. This page is designed to get you to the content you care about most, including your games and apps, Home, Store, your recently played games and apps, and your top Pins. It also features quick access to your media controls when playing background music.

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  • New way to multitask: In addition to adding a new start page to Guide, we’re also evolving our multitasking system. To simplify discoverability and to make it much quicker to get to the things you care about most, our multitasking features will also be designed to work well with the new Guide. In addition to quick access to music, screen shots and GameDVR will be one button press away. You can bring up Guide and press “X” or “Y” on your controller to record your favorite gaming moments. We’ve also added a new achievement tracker which allows you to track your favorite achievements and play at the same time. The new Guide is also where you will be able to broadcast instantly to Beam when we roll that out to Insiders in the next couple of weeks.

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  • Cortana gaming enhancements: There are a series of new Cortana updates to make your Xbox One smarter. In this update, you can set reminders and alarms so you don’t miss gaming sessions. In the coming weeks, we will be releasing more Cortana updates to enhance your gaming experience even more as well as continued performance and reliability updates.

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  • Improving system updates: Our goal with system updates is that you never have to worry about them again, and to make it clearer when a system update is available. To enable this we are updating the interface so the steps are easy to understand. We’re also going to enable every Xbox One owner to keep their console, games, and apps up to date independent of which power mode they have chosen. 

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  • Enabling Xbox One to be accessible for everyone: One important area for us with this release is to enable Xbox One to be able to be used and played by everyone. 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 new gamers needing assistance, more fun by adding cooperative controls for any game, and easier for players who need unique configurations to play — whether that is with hands apart, hand and chin, hand and foot, etc.. 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 Controller. You can find these accessibility options, and more, in Settings > Ease of Access.
  • New spatial audio output settings for developers: To enable more immersive experiences for Xbox One, we have added a number of audio output features in Settings. If you are a developer on Xbox One, the new settings will allow you to add Dolby Atmos for Home Theater, Dolby Atmos for Headphones, and Windows HRTF support to your streaming media application or game. For Xbox One owners, hang tight and soon you’ll be able experience even more incredible audio on your console.
  • Blu-ray player bitstream passthrough beta: The Blu-ray disc player on Xbox One now supports a beta of bitstream passthrough, which allows your receiver to decode audio natively. All bitstream formats are supported, including newer ones like Dolby Atmos.

This is the first series of updates, and there’s more to come. Beam, Windows Game Mode, Arena, updates to Cortana, and plenty more are on the way. Thank you to gamers and Xbox fans near and far, for your continued support—and above all else—for sharing your thoughts and feedback that enables all of us at Xbox to continue giving back.