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.
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!
More games coming to Xbox Game Pass in October. See the list of titles and the dates they’ll be added below and check out our Xbox Game Pass Instagram and Twitter accounts. Also, be sure to check out our Xbox Game Pass mobile app so you can discover and download new games immediately when they become available.
Reminder: One of our most-anticipated titles The Outer Worlds is coming to Xbox Game Pass for Console and PC on October 25. So mark your calendars!
Now, let’s look at all the new games coming to Xbox Game Pass for Console:
Dishonored 2 – Xbox One X Enhanced
Reprise your role as a supernatural assassin in Dishonored 2, the follow-up to Arkane Studio’s award-winning, first-person action blockbuster, Dishonored. Play the game your way in a world where mysticism and industry collide. Combine your character’s unique set of powers, weapons, and gadgets leaving the choice in your hands on how to eliminate your enemies and survive in this game’s dangerous world.
World War Z – Xbox One X Enhanced
A heart-pounding, co-op third-person shooter for up to four players featuring swarms of zombies as you fight for survival amid an undead apocalypse. As the end looms, a hardened few bands together to defeat the horde and outlive the undead. You can also fight other players for survival across several intense player vs player vs zombies modes to complement the co-op campaign.
From open-world platformer veterans Playtonic, explore huge, beautiful worlds, meet (and beat) an unforgettable cast of characters, and horde a vault-load of shiny collectibles as buddy-duo Yooka (the green one) and Laylee (the wisecracking bat with the big nose) embark on an epic adventure to thwart corporate creep Capital B and his devious scheme to absorb all the world’s books… and convert them into pure profit.
Fallout: New Vegas – Backward Compatibility Title
Welcome to New Vegas. It’s the kind of town where you dig your own grave prior to being shot in the head and left for dead…and that’s before things really get ugly. It’s a town of dreamers and desperados being torn apart by warring factions vying for complete control of this desert oasis. It’s a place where the right kind of person with the right kind of weaponry can really make a name for themselves… and make more than an enemy or two along the way.
Felix the Reaper – Day One Premiere
From Daedalic comes the quirky Felix the Reaper, a 3D shadow manipulation puzzle adventure game of dance, dying people, and dangerous love. Felix dances his way through this game with ease and moves that make you consider joining in. But don’t let his moves fool you; he’s still a killer.
Panzer Dragoon Orta – Backward Compatibility Title
As the young girl Orta, ride upon the back of a fearsome dragon as you fight to save the world from destruction. Fly over spectacularly hostile terrain, engage in high speed aerial combat, and attack imperial strongholds with multiple weapons and various dragon forms in this classic Xbox title.
Xbox Game Pass Member Benefits
*With the Xbox Studios Sale starting today through October 7, you can get up to 50% off specific games; you can get the full list here, but these are some of my favorites:
- Save up to 40% off on Devil May Cry 5
- Save up to 50% off on Sea of Thieves, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, Quantum Break, and Sunset Overdrive
*Check out the Xbox Game Pass Quest page to see all quests and earn points all within Xbox Game Pass. Some great ones include;
- Jump Force –100 points
- Earn any two achievements within this game
- Dead Cells – 100 points
- Earn any two achievements within this game
- Shocktober Collection – Up to 50 points
- Unlock any achievement within the Shocktober collection (see complete list of eligible titles from your Xbox One console)
- ID@Xbox Quests – 150 points
- Earn three achievements in any ID@Xbox game
- Jump Force –100 points
Check your console for details and ideas on how to spend your Microsoft Rewards points.
*State of Decay 2 – Get new outfit customization with Update 11, launching October 1 free for all players, with outfit customization. Available with Xbox Game Pass, try on 30 new hats, 51 new outfits including full military gear, helmets, one-of-a-kind shirts, vests, hoodies, and more in State of Decay 2.
With these new games coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC, we have a good, game-packed autumn ahead of us. If you want to keep up with all the games we have coming, plus maybe a meme or two, be sure to give us a follow on Twitter, and download the Xbox Game Pass app so you can install games to your console on the fly. Or if you’re more of a meme aficionado, give us a follow on Instagram for some breathtaking content. We’ll be live on Mixer.com/Xbox every Thursday from 1 – 2 PM PT, meet us online and join us for our weekly Game Pass Plays broadcast to check out these new launches.
We know you’ll have more fun playing these games with friends, so don’t forget to tell everyone that they can get their first month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for just a buck!
May the Force be with you! As unveiled during Disney’s Star Wars Triple Force Friday Global Reveal Livestream, we’re excited to announce the Xbox One X Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order bundle ($499.99 USD) and the Xbox One S Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order bundle ($299.99 USD) coming on November 15, both available for pre-order today! Get ready to feel the Force in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a new third-person action-adventure title from Respawn Entertainment.
This narrative-driven, single-player game puts you in the role of a Jedi Padawan who narrowly escaped the purge of Order 66 following the events of “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.” On a quest to rebuild the Jedi Order, you must pick up the pieces of your shattered past to complete your training, develop new powerful Force abilities, and master the art of the iconic lightsaber – all while staying one step ahead of the Empire and its deadly Inquisitors.
Along with an Xbox One console, each bundle comes packed with an Xbox Wireless Controller, a digital download of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Edition, a 1-month trial of Xbox Game Pass and a 1-month trial of Xbox Live Gold. Additionally, both Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order bundles give you 1 month of EA Access, which lets you play EA games for a limited time before they’re released and get unlimited access to The Vault, a growing collection of EA’s best Xbox One games.
Xbox One is the only console system that plays the best games of the past, present and future with thousands of games available today – including over 200 exclusives and over 400 Xbox classics. If you’re playing on Xbox One X or Xbox One S, you can also enjoy the ultimate 4K entertainment experience with a built-in 4K UHD Blu-ray player, premium audio with Dolby Atmos support and the fastest, most reliable gaming network with Xbox Live.
Both the Xbox One X Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order bundle and Xbox One S Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order bundle are available for pre-order today. For more information on Xbox One or Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, visit xbox.com or a Microsoft Store near you or online, and be sure to keep up with the latest Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order news right here on Xbox Wire.
The galaxy awaits, young Padawan!
Our Fall 2019 ID@Xbox Game Pass showcase is almost here! Tune in Thursday, September 26 at 9:00 a.m. PDT on the Xbox YouTube channel to see some great games coming to Xbox Game Pass in the coming months from independent developers.
In this season’s showcase, expect announcements and gameplay for games from amazing publishers such as Devolver Digital, Team 17, Daedalic Entertainment, and more! We’ll also have interviews with other publishers who are excited to share more with you about their games that will be premiering day one into Xbox Game Pass in the future.
With Xbox Game Pass, our goal is to help you discover your next favorite game by bringing high quality games to you in curated game libraries on both console and PC. And for fans of games from independent developers, we have many great games you can play today as well as many more to look forward to! If you’re not yet a member but are interested, you can find the right plan for you here!
And with our Xbox Game Pass mobile app, install games anytime, anywhere to your Xbox One and get notified on what new games are added! Or if you’re looking for something new to play, browse the catalog.
Watching my favorite cartoons after school as a kid was the best! I couldn’t stop thinking how utterly cool it would be if all my favorite characters were in one spot for a battle royale to see just who the best really was. And I loved inventing my own stories and bringing the heroes to life with my toy cars and LEGO. If you were anything like me as a kid, past-you is going to thank present-you for downloading the games that future-you is going to play soon with Xbox Game Pass.
Games Coming to Console:
Jump Force – Xbox One X Enhanced
Some of the most famous Manga heroes are thrown into a whole new battleground: our world. Uniting to fight the most dangerous threat, the Jump Force will bear the fate of humankind. Create your avatar to fight alongside powerful Manga heroes in an original story mode, or head to the online lobby to challenge other players and discover tons of additional modes and activities.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – Xbox One X Enhanced
An exploration-focused, side-scroller action RPG packing all the best features you’ve come to know and love from the metroidvania genre into a single, content-packed game. Play as Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist’s curse which slowly crystallizes her body. In order to save herself, and indeed, all of humanity, she must battle her way through a demon-infested castle summoned by Gebel, her old friend whose body and mind has become more crystal than flesh.
Bad North – Xbox One X Enhanced
Bad North is a charming but brutal real-time tactics roguelite. Defend your idyllic island kingdom against a horde of Viking invaders as you lead the desperate exodus of your people. Command your loyal subjects to take full tactical advantage of the unique shape of each island. Everything is at stake: fail, and watch the blood of your subjects stain the ground red.
DiRT Rally 2.0 – Xbox One X Enhanced
Carve your way through a selection of iconic rally locations from across the globe, in the most powerful off-road vehicles ever made, knowing that the smallest mistake could end your stage. Rely on your instincts with the most immersive and focused off-road experience yet, and power your rally car through real-life off-road environments in New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Australia and the USA, with only your co-driver and instincts to guide you.
An open environment of procedurally generated worlds made entirely of LEGO bricks which you can freely manipulate and dynamically populate with LEGO models. Create anything you can imagine, one brick at a time or use large-scale landscaping tools. Drop in prefabricated structures to build and customize any world to your liking then watch your creations come to life through characters and creatures that interact with you and each other in unexpected ways.
Xbox Game Pass Member Benefits
Speaking of perks, here are some tips to get in on now so you get the cool stuff:
*Thank past-you for getting an Xbox Game Pass membership, because you’ll be able to play with even more of your friends during the Dead by Daylight and Just Cause 4 Free Play Days, where Xbox Live Gold members play free – and isn’t it handy that Xbox Live Gold is part of your Ultimate membership? Crazy. And Xbox Game Pass members can keep the party going after the weekend is over, since both titles are already included with Xbox Game Pass.
*Reward future-you by doing some of these Quests in Xbox Game Pass:
- Devil May Cry 5 – 100 points
Earn one achievement
- Sea of Thieves – 100 points
Earn any achievement
- Increase Your Gamerscore in 10 Days (September 19 – September 28) – Up to 10,000 points
Earn one Microsoft Rewards point per Gamerscore point increase
- Devil May Cry 5 – 100 points
Visit the Xbox Game Pass Quest page to see all quests and remember to check your console for details. Spend your Microsoft Rewards points on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, gift cards and more.
*In case you missed it, the Sea of Thieves Smuggler’s Fortune update dropped last week and is free to all Xbox Game Pass members. It brings players a host of fresh content including new Voyages to complete and loot to claim, unique pirate and ship cosmetics, and adorable animal sidekicks now available for purchase.
*And don’t forget, all Xbox Game Pass members can now play Gears 5, which had the biggest launch for any Xbox Game Studios game this generation. This latest entry in the award-winning Gears of War franchise is bigger than ever, and has been dubbed “The Total Package” by IGN. If you haven’t already played, now’s the time, because you can suit up as WWE Superstar Batista for free by playing Gears 5 before October 28.
We’re not done yet! For our mouse and keyboard warriors, more PC games are coming soon. We’ll keep you updated on all things Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) here on our new Twitter account and you should tune in to Inside Xbox on Tuesday, September 24 for even more news.
Speaking of social, you can always find our spicy memes on Instagram and Twitter. Extra kudos for downloading the mobile app for Xbox Game Pass, so you can remotely install the games to play later. Win-win if you ask me.
We know you’ll have more fun playing these games with friends, so don’t forget to tell everyone that they can get their first two months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $2!