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Celebrate with Our Team: One Year with the Xbox Insider Blog!

Happy holidays from the Xbox Insider Team! We all hope you’re taking this time to celebrate with friends and family and catch up on your gaming backlog. Recently, we had the chance to get together as a team to celebrate another successful year with you, our Xbox Insider community! Not only that, but we also took the chance to wish a happy anniversary to the Xbox Insider Blog. Unveiled in October 2017, the Xbox Insider Blog has grown rapidly, becoming a great spot not only for preview-related release notes but also Team Xbox Q&As, playtest announcements and much more. In 2018 alone, we’ve shown off our personal Avatars using the new Xbox Avatar Editor, thanked you all for your... Read more: Celebrate with Our Team: One Year with the Xbox Insider Blog!

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New Preview Alpha Update – 12/17/2018

Starting at 2:00 p.m. PDT today, members of the Xbox One Preview Alpha will begin receiving a new 1902 Xbox One system update (181211-1920). The 1902 build is a new release of the recovery building upon the latest 1811 build plus new bug fixes. Read on for more about the fixes and known issues in the latest 1902 system update. Fixes:   General General console performance enhancements and fixes   Known Issues:   Cortana We are tracking an issue where Cortana sometimes does not respond to commands Audio We are tracking audio issues in which some games have audio that cuts in and out Audio settings reverting to a previous settings after taking an... Read more: New Preview Alpha Update – 12/17/2018

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New Preview Beta Update – 12/17/2018

Starting at 2:00 p.m. PDT today, members of the Xbox One Preview Beta will begin receiving a new 1902 Xbox One system update (181208-1920). The 1902 build is a new release of the recovery building upon the latest 1811 build plus new bug fixes. Read on for more about the fixes and known issues in the latest 1902 system update.   Fixes:   My Games and Apps Performance fixes for various FastStart titles to improve the installation experience. Fixes to various games (e.g. Resident Evil 0) in which cutscenes would fail and the game would lock.  The cutscenes now play as designed. Fixes to ensure the default apps like the Avatar Editor and Microsoft Rewards work on... Read more: New Preview Beta Update – 12/17/2018

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Join the Aftercharge Closed Beta on Xbox One 12/14 – 12/16!

This week we’re excited to invite all Xbox Insiders on Xbox One to participate in the Aftercharge Closed Beta! There’s limited space available for this Closed Beta, so please follow the steps under HOW TO PARTICIPATE to join in now. Aftercharge is a 3 vs 3 competitive game pitting invisible robots against an invincible security squad in high-octane tactical skirmishes. Six glowing structures called extractor are at the center of the gameplay and serve as the objective for both teams. The robots have to coordinate their attacks, create distractions and sneak around to destroy them. The enforcers on the other hand have to cover as much ground as possible and use their abilities... Read more: Join the Aftercharge Closed Beta on Xbox One 12/14 – 12/16!

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Coming to a console near you: New Alpha Skip Ahead build 12/13

Starting at 2:00 pm PST today, members of the Xbox One Preview Skip Ahead will begin receiving the latest 1904 Xbox One system update (rs_xbox_dev_flight.181210.1900). Read on for more about the latest and greatest fixes and known issues in this 1904 system update.  This build has the same features as newest 1811 and fixes in 1902 plus more to be announced over the coming months! Fixes:   Mouse Plugging in a mouse should no longer cause your console to shut down. System Fixes to improve system performance.   Known Issues:   Cortana There is an issue where Cortana sometimes may stop responding once initially called. Audio We are tracking audio... Read more: Coming to a console near you: New Alpha Skip Ahead build 12/13

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New Preview Alpha Ring 1902 Update – 12/12/18

Starting at 2:00 p.m. PDT today, members of the Xbox One Preview Alpha will begin receiving a new 1902 Xbox One system update (181212-1920). The 1902 build is a new release of the recovery building upon the latest 1811 build plus new bug fixes. Read on for more about the fixes and known issues in the latest 1902 system update.   Fixes:   General General console performance enhancements and fixes   Known Issues:   Cortana We are tracking an issue where Cortana sometimes does not respond Audio We are tracking audio issues in which some games have audio that cuts in and out Audio settings reverting to a previous settings after taking an... Read more: New Preview Alpha Ring 1902 Update – 12/12/18

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Closing an Idea Drive: Learn More About the Future of the Xbox Insider Program

We’re excited to announce that the Xbox Insider Idea Drive has been marked “Complete.” As a team, we’re incredibly grateful for all the terrific ideas and comments you submitted over the past few months. To close out, we’d like to review some of your top ranked ideas and provide a quick update on where they’re at:     Have an Icon Next to Gamertag to Show You Are an Insider (1461 votes) – We haven’t been able to provide Xbox Insiders with an icon for their Gamertags; however, we recently invited Xbox Insiders to redeem exclusive Xbox Insider Avatar gear via the Xbox Insider Hub. Learn more about our Level 2+ and Level 10+ Avatar shirts. ... Read more: Closing an Idea Drive: Learn More About the Future of the Xbox Insider Program

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New Alpha Ship Ahead 1904 Update – 12/10/18

Starting at 2:00 pm PST today, members of the Xbox One Preview Skip Ahead will begin receiving the latest 1904 Xbox One system update (rs_xbox_dev_flight.181206.1900). Read on for more about the latest and greatest fixes and known issues in this 1904 system update.  This build has the same features as newest 1811 and fixes in 1902 plus more to be announced over the coming months! Fixes:   Mouse Additional fixes to improve the responsiveness of mouse performance to reduce lag. System Fixes to improve system performance.   Known Issues:   Audio We are tracking audio issues in which some games have audio that cuts in and out Audio settings reverting to a... Read more: New Alpha Ship Ahead 1904 Update – 12/10/18

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Available right now! New build coming to Omega and Delta

For immediate release Members of the Xbox One Preview Delta and Omega should be receiving a new 1811 Xbox One system update (181206-1740) starting now. Read on for fixes in this 1811 latest system update.    Fixes:   Mouse Additional fixes to improve the responsiveness of mouse performance to reduce lag. System Fixes to improve system performance.   Known Issues:   Audio We are tracking audio issues in which some games have audio that cuts in and out Audio settings reverting to a previous settings after taking an update. Workaround is to please turn on your Audio Receiver prior to turning your Xbox One and the settings will not revert. Profile... Read more: Available right now! New build coming to Omega and Delta

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New Preview Beta Ring 1811 Update – 12/7/18

Starting at 7:00 p.m. PST today, members of the Xbox One Preview Beta will begin receiving a new 1811 Xbox One system update (181206-1740). Read on for more about the fixes and known issues in the latest 1811 system update.    Fixes:   Mouse Additional fixes to improve the responsiveness of mouse performance to reduce lag. System Fixes to improve system performance.   Known Issues:   Audio We are tracking audio issues in which some games have audio that cuts in and out Audio settings reverting to a previous settings after taking an update. Workaround is to please turn on your Audio Receiver prior to turning your Xbox One and the settings will not... Read more: New Preview Beta Ring 1811 Update – 12/7/18

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New Preview Alpha Skip Ahead 1904 Build – 12/6/18

Starting at 11:00 a.m. PST today, members of the Xbox One Preview Skip Ahead will begin receiving the latest 1904 Xbox One system update (rs_xbox_dev_flight.181204.1900). Read on for more about the fixes and known issues in the latest 1904 system update.  This build has the same features as 1811 and fixes in 1902 plus more to be announced over the coming months!   Fixes:   Audio Reliability fixes to Cortana. Unplugging a headset during video playback will no longer audio loss before video playback freezes. Mouse We have improved the responsiveness of mouse performance to reduce lag. System Performance Fixes to improve the stability of Home. Fixed the... Read more: New Preview Alpha Skip Ahead 1904 Build – 12/6/18

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New Preview Alpha Ring 1902 Update – 12/5/18

Starting at 2:00 p.m. PDT today, members of the Xbox One Preview Alpha will begin receiving a new 1902 Xbox One system update (181202-1920). The 1902 build is a new release of the recovery building upon the latest 1811 build plus new bug fixes. Read on for more about the fixes and known issues in the latest 1902 system update. Fixes:   Home Performance fixes to improve the Home Dashboard experience. Mouse We have improved the responsiveness of mouse performance to reduce lag.   Known Issues:   Audio We are tracking audio issues in which some games have audio that cuts in and out Audio settings reverting to a previous settings after taking an update.... Read more: New Preview Alpha Ring 1902 Update – 12/5/18

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Exclusive Avatar T-Shirt Now Available to Xbox Insiders Level 10+!

You might have seen our team on the Dec. 4th episode of Mixer Tips & Tricks, or you might have just stumbled across this post on your own; Either way, we have exciting news! Starting today, Xbox Insiders who have reached Level 10 or higher will be able to claim and sport a brand-new Xbox Insider Exclusive Avatar T-Shirt design. This time around, we’re showing off the Xbox Insider Octopus, who you may have noticed in previous Xbox Insider graphics (hint: he’s even appeared right here on the blog!). We hope you’ll enjoy wearing this shirt as much as we enjoyed creating (and modeling) it! For more information on Avatar shirts as well as how to claim them, please visit our... Read more: Exclusive Avatar T-Shirt Now Available to Xbox Insiders Level 10+!

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New Preview Alpha Ring 1902 Update – 12/3/18

Starting at 2:00 p.m. PDT today, members of the Xbox One Preview Alpha will begin receiving a new 1902 Xbox One system update (181129-1920). The 1902 build is a new release of the recovery building upon the latest 1811 build plus new bug fixes. Read on for more about the fixes and known issues in the latest 1902 system update.   Fixes:   My Games and Apps Performance fixes for various FastStart titles to improve the installation experience. Fixes to various games (e.g. Resident Evil 0) in which cutscenes would fail and the game would lock.  The cutscenes now play as designed. Fixes to ensure the default apps like the Avatar Editor and Microsoft Rewards work on first... Read more: New Preview Alpha Ring 1902 Update – 12/3/18

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New Preview Alpha Skip Ahead 1904 Build – 12/3/18

Starting at 2:00 p.m. PDT today, members of the Xbox One Preview Skip Ahead will begin receiving the latest 1904 Xbox One system update (rs_xbox_dev_flight.181130.1900). Read on for more about the fixes and known issues in the latest 1904 system update.  This build has the same features as 1811 and fixes in 1902 plus more to be announced over the coming months! Fixes:   Audio: Fixes to resolve audio timing issues that resulted in stuttering and missing audio.  My Games and Apps Fixes to the system to ensure that Game Updates are automatically downloaded and installed when the user selects the option in settings. Performance fixes displaying your licensed content in My... Read more: New Preview Alpha Skip Ahead 1904 Build – 12/3/18

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New Preview Alpha,Beta, Delta and Omega Rings 1811 Update – 11/26/18

Starting at 9:00 p.m. PDT today, members of the Xbox One Preview Alpha, Beta, Delta and Omega Rings will begin receiving a new 1811 Xbox One system update (181121-1200). Read on for more about the fixes and known issues in the latest 1811 system update. Fixes:   My Games and Apps Fixes to the system to ensure that Game Updates are automatically downloaded and installed when the user selects the option in settings. Performance fixes displaying your licensed content in My Games and Apps. Fixed the bug causing Game Pass and EA Access Games to go Missing when the collection cache changed.   Known Issues:   Audio We are tracking audio issues in which some... Read more: New Preview Alpha,Beta, Delta and Omega Rings 1811 Update – 11/26/18

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New Preview Alpha Ring 1811 Update – 11/25/18

Starting at 2:00 p.m. PDT today, members of the Xbox One Preview Alpha Ring will begin receiving a new 1811 Xbox One system update (181120-1543). Read on for more about the fixes and known issues in the latest 1811 system update. Fixes:   My Games and Apps Fixes to the system to ensure that Game Updates are automatically downloaded and installed when the user selects the option in settings. Performance fixes displaying your licensed content in My Games and Apps. Fixed the bug causing Game Pass and EA Access Games to go Missing when the collection cache changed.   Known Issues:   Audio We are tracking audio issues in which some games have audio that cuts... Read more: New Preview Alpha Ring 1811 Update – 11/25/18

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New Preview Alpha Skip Ahead 19H1.04 Build – 11/25/18

Starting at 2:00 p.m. PDT today, members of the Xbox One Preview Skip Ahead will begin receiving the latest 19H1.04 Xbox One system update (rs_xbox_dev_flight.181120.1900). Read on for more about the fixes and known issues in the latest 19H1.04 system update.  This build has the same features as 1811 plus more to be announced over the coming months! Fixes:   Audio: Fixes to resolve the issue in which audio settings such as ATMOS and 7.1 were being reset after an update or reboot. Several fixes to improve the stability of Audio and enhancements to Spatial Audio.  The fixes address the issue in which some users would experience no audio or inconsistent audio in games/apps.  The... Read more: New Preview Alpha Skip Ahead 19H1.04 Build – 11/25/18

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Team Xbox Q&A: Katie, who works with Xbox Media

I took some time this week to catch up with Katie, a Program Manager who works with Xbox Media, whose name you might recognize from recent posts about Dolby Vision. Learn more about Katie, her work bringing Dolby Vision to the Xbox One and much more! Hi, Katie! Really appreciate you chatting with us; it’s awesome to get the chance to introduce you to our Xbox Insiders. Mind sharing what you do at Xbox? Certainly!  I am a Program Manager on the SiGMA team, working on Xbox Media.  Basically, I help deliver top media experiences on Xbox through new features and external partner support.  Day to day, my role can include working with external partners (like Netflix and YouTube) to... Read more: Team Xbox Q&A: Katie, who works with Xbox Media

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Kingdom Two Crowns Closed Beta Now Live for Kingdom: New Lands Owners!

This week we’re excited to invite all owners of Kingdom: New Lands on Xbox One to participate in the Closed Beta for Kingdom Two Crowns! There’s limited space available for this Closed Beta, so please follow the steps under HOW TO PARTICIPATE to join in now. Kingdom is a 2D sidescrolling strategy/resource management hybrid with a minimalist feel wrapped in a beautiful, modern pixel art aesthetic. Kingdom Two Crowns introduces a new campaign mode where rulers work to build a kingdom that lasts until The Greed are defeated for good. Find new units and defense technologies, explore new environments for hidden secrets, and more! In a new co-op experience, rulers choose between a solo... Read more: Kingdom Two Crowns Closed Beta Now Live for Kingdom: New Lands Owners!

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Recognizing Your Great Feedback During 1811 and All Year

Hello Xbox Insiders! From the entire Xbox Insider team to you, thank you for everything you do to help make Xbox and the Xbox Insider Program even better. Earlier this week, Team Xbox made the 1811 build available to the public, and we could not have done it without your feedback. Throughout the year, Xbox Insiders across the globe have helped shape exciting new features like Voice Skills, Avatars, and Mouse + Keyboard support. As a way of saying thank you for all you’ve done, we’re awarding 50 XP to Xbox Insiders who have provided actionable feedback that directly helped us improve 1811. Did you file great feedback during the 1811 Preview window? We’ll be sending out system... Read more: Recognizing Your Great Feedback During 1811 and All Year

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