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!

On Team Xbox, we put customer choice at the forefront of our decision making and regularly use community feedback to help guide the experiences we deliver to gamers. One piece of feedback we’ve heard loud and clear is that you’ve wanted more options for using digital assistants to interact with your Xbox. 

Based on your feedback, we expanded our voice command capabilities with the release of the Xbox Skill for Alexa and Cortana last fall. We are excited to announce we’re further expanding our digital assistant capabilities on Xbox One with the Xbox Action for the Google Assistant. The new Xbox Action for the Google Assistant releases to public beta on Xbox One today and is available to all customers in English during the beta period. Google and Xbox are working together to expand language support before launching more broadly to the Xbox community later this fall. 

With the release of the Xbox Action for the Google Assistant, you can now interact with your Xbox One in even more ways using just your voice, including the ability to turn your console on and off, launch games and apps, play and pause videos, and more, from the Google Assistant and Home-enabled devices, as well as the Google Assistant apps on iOS and Android. 

Here’s how to get started with the beta: 

  1. Join our Google Group with the Google Account you intend to use 

2. Sign into your Xbox 

3. In the Google Home app for iOS or Android: 

    1. Tap “+ Add” 
    2. Tap Set up device 
    3. Tap “Have something already set up?” 
    4. Search for and select “[beta] Xbox”
  1. Sign in with the Microsoft account you use on Xbox 

5. Follow the instructions to link your Xbox and give it a device name 

If no devices are found, try enabling the Digital Assistants setting on your console (Settings > Kinect & Devices > Digital Assistants)

 1 – “Hey Google, play Gears 5 on Xbox.” 

Once you’re all set up, here are a few actions you can try to get you started with controlling your Xbox One with Google Assistant:  

  • Hey Google, play Gears 5 on Xbox.” 
  • Hey Google, turn on Xbox.” 
  • Hey Google, turn off Xbox.” 
  • Hey Google, launch YouTube on Xbox.” 
  • Hey Google, pause on Xbox.” 
  • Hey Google, resume on Xbox.” 
  • Hey Google, volume up on Xbox.” 
  • Hey Google, take a screenshot on Xbox.” 

You’ll notice the default device name for Xbox consoles is “Xbox”; however, you can change the device name for your smart home commands at any time in the Google Home and Assistant apps if you have more than one Xbox in your home. When triggering an action, just use the device name you set in your commands. For example, you would say, “Hey Google, turn on Basement Xbox.” 

For a full list of commands, setup instructions, or for troubleshooting, please visit the Xbox Insider Subreddit.

2 – “Hey Google, take a screenshot on Xbox.” 

Over the coming weeks as you begin to check out this feature, we’d love to hear from you so you can help us test and refine this new capability. Your feedback is invaluable in helping us shape the experience for all gamers on Xbox. We will also continue to improve on this experience following release and will be listening to your feedback to help determine how we expand our capabilities in the future. 

It’s time to embrace your LEGO Speed Champion on Xbox One. Bring your Master Builder dreams to life with the new Xbox One Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions Bundles, featuring the best-selling and highest-rated racing franchise on Xbox One.

Experience the best value in games and entertainment with Xbox One S or make the upgrade to true 4K gaming with Xbox One X. Both consoles offer High Dynamic Range (HDR) for video and gaming, premium audio with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, a 4K UltraHD Blu-ray player, and 4K HDR video streaming with partners like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The Xbox One S and Xbox One X Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions Bundles are available today for $299 USD and $499 USD, respectively. Each bundle includes:

*Xbox One X or Xbox One S console with 1TB hard drive and matching Xbox Wireless Controller

*Forza Horizon 4 with the LEGO Speed Champions expansion– a $79.98 USD value (with access to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10)

*1-month Xbox Game Pass subscription for unlimited access to over 100 additional great games

*1-month Xbox Live Gold trial to experience the most advanced multiplayer gaming network

Experience a shared and expansive open world in Forza Horizon 4 and the LEGO Speed Champions expansion. Explore Great Britain and a wonderous new LEGO Valley, fill your garage with an incredible array of Speed Champions cars, and collect Bricks to construct the ultimate Master Builder’s House for your racing machines.

The Xbox One Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions Bundles are available today at participating retailers, including Microsoft Store, near you and online. Make sure to check with your local retailer for more details as availability and pricing varies by market.

Today, on a special gamescom episode of Inside Xbox broadcast live from Cologne, Germany, we gave fans a closer look at some of the year’s biggest upcoming games, revealed new titles coming to Xbox Game Pass, showed off some new enhancements to Age of Empires II DE, pulled the curtain back on new accessories, and much more. For a full recap, read on below or watch the replay of Inside Xbox episode above.

Gears 5

We revealed the all-new Gears 5 Horde mode, which adds new gameplay features and the Ultimate abilities to this signature mode. Every Horde character will have a unique Ultimate ability; this extends to cross-over characters like Sarah Connor from “Terminator Dark Fate,” and Kat and Emile from the newly announced Halo: Reach Character Pack (included in Gears 5 Ultimate Edition). Additionally, we’re extending our collaboration with AAPE, so if you missed the tease that dropped at E3, you’ll have another chance on August 30. Lastly, we confirmed the Gears 5 is now available for pre-purchase on Steam and will launch on all platforms at the same time.

More Great Games Coming to Xbox Game Pass

gamescom 2019 marked a huge day for Xbox Game Pass, with eight new games announced, including three huge titles that will be available today! Devil May Cry 5 and Stellaris: Console Edition join Xbox Game Pass for console and Age of Empires: Definitive Edition joins Xbox Game Pass for PC.

August 19

  • Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
  • Devil May Cry 5 (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
  • Stellaris (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass for PC)

August 22

  • Ape Out (Xbox Game Pass PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)

August 27 

  • Bard’s Tale IV (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)

August 30

  • Blair Witch Project (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)

For more details on all the Xbox Game Pass news this gamescom, check out the full blog post here.

X019

At E3 we announced X019, our global celebration of all things Xbox, will be coming to London this November and here at gamescom, Xbox’s Aaron Greenberg revealed that X019 will take place November 14-16 at the Copper Box Arena in London, UK with a special episode of Inside Xbox kicking off all the incredible news, world-premieres and reveals on November 14, followed immediately by Xbox FanFest.

On November 15 and 16, X019 will include never-before-seen playable demos, developer panels, Xbox gear, and incredible experiences we can’t wait to reveal later this year. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 24. Tickets will be priced at £19 per session with all proceeds going to charity. For more info on how you can attend X019, read the full recap of our news here.

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Gets a Release Date

Helping to kick off our X019 celebration, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition will launch November 14, 2019. You can pre-order right now for $19.99 and it will also be available for Xbox Game Pass for PC which includes the 4K remaster, complete with a brand-new campaign, and all the expansions and content from the original release.

The team also announced that Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition will be released on Steam as well, and even better, it will support cross-network play between Steam and the Microsoft Store, so you can play with anyone, regardless of what platform you or they own the game on. For fullt details, check out our full news post here.

GearsPOP!

GearsPOP!, the free-to-play, real-time multiplayer mobile entry in the Gears franchise will be available on Android, iOS, and Windows 10 in just three days on August 22. The team also confirmed that cross-saves will be enabled across all three platforms, so you can move from one device to another and maintain all your progress. You can pre-register today, so you’re all set when the game releases on August 22

Hardware/Accessories Announcement

Controller reveals are something of a tradition on Inside Xbox, and at gamescom we brought two brand-new entries to show off to the world. The aptly named Night-Ops Camo Special Edition brings a rugged look to the fore with a black, grey, and metallic gold camouflage pattern, as well as etched trigger grips to help your fingers stay on point in even the tensest encounters.

The team also unveiled the Xbox Wireless Controller – Sport Blue Special Edition, which leaps off the shelf with a vibrant blue design with metallic accents and a rubberized diamond grip. Read our full announcement here.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Season 4 News

Xbox’s Chris Charla was joined by Console Producer Koo Sung Jeong and Console Community Lead Ray Kim, from the PUBG Corporation to debut the Season 4 update for PUBG.

One of the biggest changes in Season 4 is a massive, stunning visual update to the original PUBG map, Erangel. Many of the famous landmarks, such as Military Base and Mylta Power have seen upgrades and beyond the new look and feel, fans can expect newly balanced weapons and vehicles. And keep a sharp eye out, as secret clues have been added that help develop the lore of Erangel and give fans a sense of what happened on this dangerous island.

We also announced a much-requested feature, cross-platform play for console! This will allow Xbox players to join matches and compete against PlayStation players, enabling matchmaking to draw from a larger pool globally and offer more competition for players. The PUBG team is aiming to have the cross-platform play feature on the Pubic Test Server (PTS, a free download from the Microsoft Store) in late September and release to live servers in October

Season 4 also introduces Survivor Pass: Aftermath, which allows players to unlock over 100 rewards, as well as brand new cooperative missions, which allow the community to work together to accomplish special milestones to unlock new rewards.

PUBG Season 4 will launch on Xbox One on August 27. For more, read our full announcement here.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint PVP Reveal

Leading off the show was the reveal of Ghost War, the intense, tactical 4v4 competitive multiplayer mode that will launch with Ghost Recon: Breakpoint on October 4. Ghost War, which will take place on dedicated servers, rewards communication and cooperation within teams amongst the open and diverse maps on offer. The Shared Progression system also ensures that whether you’re playing PVE or PVP your character is always evolving and progressing.

Wasteland 3 New Gameplay Trailer

Wasteland 3 also debuted a trailer chock full of brand new gameplay, including the first look at the mysterious Patriarch, who lures your Desert Ranger from the post-nuclear wastes of Arizona with a promise of aid if you can help rescue his land from the grips of his three bloodthirsy children. The new trailer also showcased the first footage of the Kodiak, an upgradeable battle-truck that will play a key role in the game. We also saw the new precision strike system, where players will be granted a first-person view, allowing them to target enemy weak points, adding an additional tactical layer to a series known for its strategic approach to combat.

Empire of Sin Reveal

At E3 Romero Games and Paradox Interactive gave us a glimpse at the noir stylings of 1920s Chicago in their upcoming title, Empire of Sin, but at gamescom we were treated to an interview with both Brenda and John Romero, who provided a first in-depth look at the gameplay that will drive your experience through the criminal underworld.

Metro Exodus: The Two Colonels

Metro Exodus debuted its first major story expansion, The Two Colonels, which harkens back to the series’ roots with a tense, claustrophobic journey through Novosibirsk. As the name suggests, you’ll take control of two brand-new protagonists, Colonel Khlebnikov, who you’ll journey with in the last days of his life, and Colonel Miller, who will investigate what befell his fallen comrade.

The Two Colonels will also offer a brand-new tool for exploration and eradication: the flamethrower! Like the classic Tikhar, you’ll need to pump up the flamethrower to maintain its power and effectiveness. This first expansion is the first or two promised new storylines, with the even larger Sam’s Story set to release in early 2020.

Destiny 2

The upcoming Shadowkeep expansion for Destiny 2 returns players to the moon, and Bungie Game Director Ben Wommack was on hand to not only discuss the mischief Eris Morn is getting into, but also reveal a definitive look at the final Finishers that Guardians will wield when the expansion drops on October 1. Likewise, we got a better look at how fans will be able to increase their personal challenge level to create their elite Guardian.

Trailers Galore!

Our special gamescom edition of Inside Xbox was also home to a series of incredible new trailers for some of this year’s most anticipated games, including a terrifying new look at the Blair Witch Project, available on Xbox Game Pass on August 30, a fresh look at the always popular MyCareer mode for NBA 2K20, an in-depth overview of the world of The Surge 2, and a full breakdown of the factions and diplomacy that drive the drama and action in the much anticipated action RPG Greedfall. For a look at all the incredible new trailers coming out of gamescom, be sure to check out youtube.com/xbox.

Thanks for tuning in earlier today to watch this special gamescom episode of Inside Xbox live from Cologne, Germany. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire throughout the show for even more Xbox gaming news.

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To kick off the Fortnite World Cup, we’re pleased to announce the Xbox Wireless Controller – Fortnite Special Edition, which has previously only been available in the Xbox One S 1TB Console – Fortnite Battle Royale Special Edition Bundle.

Join the battle to be the last one standing with the Xbox Wireless Controller – Fortnite Special Edition, featuring an epic purple design and the Legendary Dark Vertex outfit.  The new controller comes with 500 V-Bucks, so you can expand your repertoire of emotes, upgrade your Glider, or use toward the purchase of the next Battle Pass – the choice is yours. Whether you’re just starting out as a seasoned Battle Royale pro, you can achieve Victory Royale in style.  The Xbox Wireless Controller – Fortnite Special Edition will be available starting September 17 at Microsoft Store and retailers worldwide for $64.99 USD.

The Xbox Wireless Controller – Fortnite Special Edition is compatible with the Xbox One family of devices and includes fan-favorite features such as a 3.5mm headphone jack and Bluetooth technology for gaming on Windows 10 devices. You can also take advantage of custom button-mapping through the Xbox Accessories App, so you can play how you want.

Be sure to tune-in this weekend Friday, July 26, Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 for the Fortnite World Cup Finals. After 10 weeks of online qualifiers, 200 of the world’s top Fortnite players across Solos and Duos gather in New York City to compete for their share of the $30M prize pool.  Can’t make it in person? Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals live stream on Mixer.

The Fortnite World Cup Finals pre-show starts at 12:30 PM ET each day, with the tournament kicking off each day at 1:00 PM ET.

Visit Xbox.com, a Microsoft Store, near you or online, or your local retailer for more information.

It’s E3 week, which means it’s time for a breathtaking Free Play Days event! Although E3 is winding down, that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Through this weekend, Xbox Live Gold members can play Fallout 76, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and LEGO DC Super-Villains. Endure a nuclear wasteland in the largest Fallout world yet or take back and restore Washington, D.C. as a Division agent. But if you prefer to play as the bad guys, become the best villain ever in a DC/LEGO adventure!

The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, June 13 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and runs through to Sunday, June 16 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Fallout 76’s Free Play Day event began June 10 and will continue to run through Sunday as well. You can find and install the games here. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard on your Xbox One.

The games are also currently available for purchase at a discount so you can continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and achievements earned in-game during the event. Please note that discounts may vary depending on your region.

  • LEGO DC Super-Villains

Fallout 76

Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4, welcome you to Fallout 76, the online prequel where every surviving human is a real person. Work together, or not, to survive. Under the threat of nuclear annihilation, you’ll experience the largest, most dynamic world ever created in the legendary Fallout universe. Fallout 76 now includes Nuclear Winter, an entirely new way to play the game, as well as newly-unveiled features! Learn more here.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

It’s been seven months since the population was ravaged by a devastating disease and the streets of Washington, D.C., are overgrown and bristling with danger. Violent factions vie for territory while survivors desperately defend their makeshift settlements, and it’s up to you and your fellow Agents to tip the scales.

LEGO DC Super-Villains

It’s good to be bad… Embark on an all-new DC/LEGO adventure by becoming the best villain the universe has seen. You can create and play as an all-new super-villain throughout the game, unleashing mischievous antics and wreaking havoc in an action-packed story.

Don’t miss out on this Free Play Day weekend! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest news on Xbox.

 
 
The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 releases 11/04/2019.
 
To read more about the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, check out the official website here.
 

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