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July 23rd: New Preview Beta Ring 1908 Update (1908.190719-1520)

Starting at 2:00 p.m. PST today, members of the Xbox One Preview Beta Ring will begin receiving the latest 1908 Xbox One system update (Build: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1908\18362.6044.190719-1520). New Features: This update lays the groundwork for what’s to come in 1908, so while you’ll find fixes and known issues listed below, please keep an eye out for feature announcements as they’re ready to be previewed. Thanks, as always, for your passion for helping make Xbox One system updates the best they can be prior to release to GA! Today we will be enabling this new feature for flighting in Beta: My Games and Apps – Download Queue Improvements We are adding a new feature in... Read more: July 23rd: New Preview Beta Ring 1908 Update (1908.190719-1520)

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Earn Victory Royale in Style with the Xbox Wireless Controller – Fortnite Special Edition

To kick off the Fortnite World Cup, we’re excited to announce the Xbox Wireless Controller – Fortnite Special Edition, which has previously only been available in the Xbox One S 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... Read more: Earn Victory Royale in Style with the Xbox Wireless Controller – Fortnite Special Edition

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Announcing the Grand Opening of The Diamond Casino and Resort in GTA Online on Xbox One

Today marks the grand opening of The Diamond Casino and Resort in GTA Online, a sprawling entertainment and luxury living complex conveniently located in Vinewood and open to all citizens of Southern San Andreas. At the heart and soul of The Diamond is your enjoyment, whether you’re meeting with friends for an array of activities or finding peace of mind in your personal Penthouse Spa, The Diamond is here to spoil you. Come play. Come party. Come experience. Play Around The Casino floor abounds with activities for any taste. Use Chips to play against the house, try your hand at Roulette, Blackjack, and Three Card Poker or pull up a seat to Slot Machines dishing out Chips and... Read more: Announcing the Grand Opening of The Diamond Casino and Resort in GTA Online on Xbox One

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Creating a Sea of Solitude

When people are too lonely, they become monsters... in Sea of Solitude, which is part of the EA Originals program, you accompany a young, lonely woman on her very personal journey across the Sea of Loneliness, a beautiful world where nothing is as it seems. When Sea of Solitude launched on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC this past July, Designer and CEO of Jo-Mei Games Cornelia Geppert provided us some insights into the world and development process of the game and its connection between gaming and mental health, and why the game is an absolute must-play on Xbox One. An Emotional Journey Kay, your playable character, meets a multitude of beautiful and frightening monsters on her... Read more: Creating a Sea of Solitude

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K.I.T.T. from “Knight Rider” Speeds into Rocket League on Xbox One

Summer is heating up and Rocket League's '80s-themed event Radical Summer is keeping the party going in its third phase: a celebration of '80s Television. Leading that celebration is none other than the iconic Knight Industries Two Thousand (more popularly known as K.I.T.T.) from the hit '80s show “Knight Rider.” The Knight Rider Car Pack DLC is available now on the Microsoft Store and it includes the K.I.T.T Battle-Car, K.I.T.T Wheels, and Gullwing Topper. Sorry, self-driving capabilities not included. K.I.T.T isn't the only thing repping this totally tubular decade. Enjoy '80s-themed, in-game items throughout Radical Summer, which is live through August 12. Earn Cassettes from... Read more: K.I.T.T. from “Knight Rider” Speeds into Rocket League on Xbox One

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Actress Stefanie Joosten Joins Spacelords as the Martian Priestess of Pain, Sööma

Keeping an online free-to-play game as Spacelords ongoing and fresh for the community is a tremendously complex proposition. MercurySteam’s previous games, including Clive Barker’s Jericho and the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow saga, were productions with definite launch dates, and once those titles were shipped, you simply started thinking on the next thing. Live was simpler back then! Working on an online coop title like Spacelords has completely changed how the whole studio operates. Given its free-to-play business model, the game’s ever growing community expects to receive fresh, high-quality content regularly, in the form of new weapons, skins and characters. This represents an... Read more: Actress Stefanie Joosten Joins Spacelords as the Martian Priestess of Pain, Sööma

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Gears of War Extended Universe Showcased at San Diego Comic-Con

This weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, Gears of War fans got a deep look to the game’s lore. It all began with Gears of War: Extended Universe panel which featuring developers behind the games, books, novels, and comics of the much beloved Gears universe. Moderated by The Coalition’s Bonnie Jean Mah, panelists Rod Fergusson (Studio Head, The Coalition), Arthur Gies (Writer, Gears of War: Retrospective), Jason M. Hough (Writer, Gears of War: Ascendance), Chase Marotz (Editor, IDW Publishing), and Steve Saffel (Senior Acquisitions Editor, Titan Publishing) detailed the development of the Gears story through their past and present titles, and discussed the brand new content that’s... Read more: Gears of War Extended Universe Showcased at San Diego Comic-Con

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This Week on Xbox: July 19, 2019

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Basketball Superstar Anthony Davis Unveils the Xbox One X NBA 2K20 Special Edition Bundle Today in Los Angeles, California, in partnership with 2K, basketball superstar and this year’s NBA 2K20 cover athlete Anthony Davis unveiled three new Xbox... Read more: This Week on Xbox: July 19, 2019

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New Reserve Yukon Valley is Bringing Gray Wolves and More to theHunter: Call of the Wild

Just in time for the summer holidays, the open-world hunting simulator theHunter: Call of the Wild released a new reserve for Xbox One titled Yukon Valley and I’m here to talk about some of the thoughts and inspirations behind the latest addition to the game. This is Yukon Vallen Yukon Valley marks the 6th reserve for theHunter: Call of the Wild. As the name might suggest, it’s heavily inspired by the lovely state of Alaska, and the release saw the addition of seven new species to the animal roster. Last year saw the release of two reserves, one set in the heated African Savanna and the other set in the rolling mountains of South America. Our challenge was therefore to... Read more: New Reserve Yukon Valley is Bringing Gray Wolves and More to theHunter: Call of the Wild

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Ghost Recon Wildlands Unleashes Free Mercenaries Mode on Xbox One

Ghost Recon Wildlands has received one last, major free update before the October 4 launch of Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and it’s added a whole new way to play. Mercenaries, a new PvPvE free-for-all mode playable on Xbox Live (Gold required), drops eight players into Unidad territory and challenges you to call for a rescue chopper, make your way to an extraction point, and be the first to escape. You’ll drop in without any items, gear, or weapons (except for a knife), but anything you can loot on-site will give you an edge as you match wits with other players and Unidad troops. Each Mercenaries match unfolds in three phases, with the first being Recon. Here, your goal is to seek out... Read more: Ghost Recon Wildlands Unleashes Free Mercenaries Mode on Xbox One

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Gears 5 Versus Multiplayer Tech Test Available Today

It’s finally here – The Gears 5 Versus Tech Test goes live today to give players their first taste of Versus multiplayer action. Starting at 10 a.m. PDT today, COG hopefuls can enlist in the Boot Camp training mode and then jump right into Arcade, the new game type designed for over-the-top fun where characters become heroes with their own unique abilities, loadouts and playstyles. Gears veterans will want to check out fan-favorite King of the Hill, the updated competitive game type Escalation and a mini-Tour of Duty, a series of challenges that grant sweet Tech Test exclusive rewards that will carry over into Gears 5.  No matter your level of Gears familiarity, Gears 5 offers a... Read more: Gears 5 Versus Multiplayer Tech Test Available Today

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for July 24 to 26

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox One! Every week the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console. To find out what’s coming soon to Xbox One, read on below and click on each of the game profiles for pre-order details (dates are subject to... Read more: Next Week on Xbox: New Games for July 24 to 26

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Join the Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour Today on Xbox One

Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour features an in-depth career mode allowing you to fulfil the dream of becoming the number 1 ranked angler in the world – this won’t be easy though as some of the world’s best anglers need to be beaten. Working your way through the ranks from amateur to elite, you will come across over 100 professionals including Scott Martin - the most successful FLW Tour bass angler of all time, he is also the host of the “Scott Martin Challenge” show on Discovery Channel and Fishing Sim World ambassador. Expect Ali Hamidi – one of the best carp anglers in the country as well as producer and presenter of ITV’s “Monster Carp & The Big Fish Off”... Read more: Join the Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour Today on Xbox One

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Free Play Days – Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition

Jump into the co-op looter shooter that started it all! Enjoy a blend of FPS and RPG mechanics as you play one four characters who each have their own unique skillsets to use and master. Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition will be available for free this weekend to Xbox Live Gold members who will have access to the full game during the Free Play Days period. Installation Instructions The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, July 18 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and runs through to Sunday, July 21 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. You can find and install Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition here. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard on your Xbox One! Keep Your... Read more: Free Play Days – Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition

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The Sims 4 Island Living Sails to Xbox One

Simmers, today is the day! Your Sims can splash, swim, and sunbathe their lives away in The Sims 4 Island Living Expansion Pack, now available on Xbox One. What other adventures (and mischief) can your Sims get into while on the island of Sulani? Read on to find out seven splash-tastic reasons why you’ll love the laidback lifestyle. The Breezy Weather A wise person once said, “Sun’s out. Buns out.” Another wise person once said, “Sun’s out. You should put on some sunscreen.” When it comes to Sulani, both are correct. Your Sims will enjoy bright, blue skies, a warm climate, and gorgeous sunsets. The Friendly Locals Not only will your Sims... Read more: The Sims 4 Island Living Sails to Xbox One

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Play in the $1 Million Fortnite Xbox Cup Tournament Starting July 20

We’re excited to announce the Fortnite Xbox Cup is kicking off Saturday, July 20 on Xbox One! Any Xbox Live Gold member can compete in this Solos tournament for a chance to win part of the $1 million prize pool. Read the official rules here. Drop into Fortnite Battle Royale from your Xbox One console to join our online qualifiers starting on Saturday, July 20. The top players from Saturday will then qualify for the online finals on Sunday, July 21. You can find the official schedule below: Xbox Cup (Solo) - Saturday, July 20 OCE: 2 a.m ET - 5 a.m. ET ASIA: 4 a.m. ET - 7 a.m. ET EU: 9 a.m. ET - 12 p.m. ET BR: 5 p.m. ET - 8 p.m. ET NAE: 5 p.m. ET - 8 p.m. ET ... Read more: Play in the $1 Million Fortnite Xbox Cup Tournament Starting July 20

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The Moon Rises: Io arrives in Paladins!

The Moon Goddess Io spent eons watching over the Realm, but no longer: Io has arrived in Paladins on Xbox One as the latest Support Champion! What are you waiting for – You can log in today to experience her lunar magic, fire mystical crescent arrows from her light bow, and command your spirit fox Luna! We’ve been teasing Io’s release for months, so you can tell we’re a bit excited to finally release her to Xbox One players everywhere. Evil Mojo Games first hinted at her existence by planting spirit foxes in our Shattered Desert map. And we doubled down by putting a statue of Io in our Bazaar map -- a map themed to represent a village of Io’s worshippers. You see, Io sat in... Read more: The Moon Rises: Io arrives in Paladins!

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Xbox is Coming to gamescom 2019

Following this year’s incredible E3 and the breathtaking reaction we’ve had from our fans, we’re excited to let you know that Xbox will be coming to gamescom 2019 in Cologne, Germany. We’ll be bringing a great line up of games to the event from developers around the world with almost 200 gameplay stations in our booth, including the first public hands-on of both Minecraft Dungeons, Horde Mode in Gears 5 and fans in Germany can also try Project xCloud for the first time. Here’s a quick overview of what we’ll be getting up to at the show this year: Inside Xbox live from Cologne To kick off the week, we’ll be hosting a special episode of Inside Xbox live from the Gloria... Read more: Xbox is Coming to gamescom 2019

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How to Get the Most Out of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

This year has seen a number of big Xbox announcements, from our new approach to PC Gaming to all of the news we shared onstage at E3. For many of us, however, the most exciting news was that we created a brand-new membership plan that would benefit gamers in a huge variety of ways. Called Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, this program combines Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Live Gold into one convenient membership for the low monthly price of $14.99. What’s more, new members and existing Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for Console members can upgrade now to get their first month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for just $1.  Additionally, if you’re a current Xbox... Read more: How to Get the Most Out of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate