Black History Month Hero Image

Xbox Celebrates Black History Month with Support of Black Creators, Players, and a Culture of Inclusion

Xbox believes in the power of gaming to bring people together, to cultivate joy, creativity, and teamwork. We’re committed to building a community where everyone is welcome to play, and one way to do this is through supporting and amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities in gaming.

Muse reported that Black Americans are more likely to agree with the positive outcomes of gaming, for example, teamwork and communication, compared to other communities. In honor of Black History Month, we’re spotlighting the contributions of Black and African American developers and creators and celebrating gaming as a source of joy, connection, and self-care for many in the community.

I particularly relate to this from growing up in the South Bronx. Gaming was a way for me to release stress after school. I have fond memories of summer afternoons spent at a friend’s home playing Halo and laterenjoying Gears of War on my own first Xbox. I was fascinated by the narratives, drawn to the worlds, and inspired by the heroes and the hope they represented. Gaming gave me bonding time with family and friends, was a source of creativity for school projects, and fueled the belief that I could one day be a part of the industry that motivated me to be persistent in pursuit of my dream.

Despite a lack of community resources, I tackled every day with optimism, crediting much of this positivity to the gaming community and the talented individuals around the globe who continuously bring this artform to life. Upon leaving a career in media communication to work in retail, my 7-year journey with Microsoft began at the Microsoft retail store in New York City and last year, I accomplished my dream of joining Team Xbox. As a life-long gamer, it’s important to me to help inspire and uplift others to join the industry or to simply share their love of gaming.

The barriers that I encountered growing up are lifting, and while there is still so much work to do, I’m proud that in the last year, Xbox has doubled the number of games featured from Black creators. Representation is an important step forward in our goals to offer captivating gaming experiences in which everyone is welcome to play and can truly see themselves as the hero.

Join us as Xbox celebrates and amplifies Black voices during this Black History Month and beyond.


Impact and Connect


Microsoft Rewards on Xbox: Donate Points to Organizations Supporting Black Communities

Microsoft Rewards members in the United States can earn and donate points to organizations supporting Black communities with Xbox. The below organizations will be featured on console throughout February:

  • Cxmmunity A nonprofit organization, committed to increasing the representation of minorities in esports through STEAM education and career development opportunities.
  • Black Girls Rock! – A global women’s movement and philanthropic organization dedicated to celebrating and empowering women and girls of color, by producing inspiring media content and providing enrichment programs for girls that foster positive identity development, critical thinking, leadership, literacy, tech, and innovation.
  • GameheadsA tech training program that uses video game design, development and DevOps to create diverse talent and bold new voices, train youth of color for the tech eco-system and prepare them for college, career and civic life.

Xbox gamers can earn Microsoft Rewards points in various ways, such as playing or purchasing games after downloading the Microsoft Rewards app on Xbox. Earn points and redeem them for real rewards. Join us today and donate through Xbox

Xbox Game Studios “Game Camp” Coming to New Orleans, HBCU

Xbox Game Studios (XGS) Game Camp logo: a controller with a galaxy pattern with the words in pink/blue gradient "Game Camp: Extraordinary Talent Resides Everywhere." Above the Game Camp controller is the XGS logo with Xbox Sphere in white.

Xbox Game Studios (XGS) Game Camp is coming back to New Orleans March 9 through April 27. The goal of Game Camp is to provide people from underrepresented communities with access to subject matter experts, tools, and industry connections to aid them through the game creation process. While Game Camp has expanded internationally, XGS is committed to its presence in the New Orleans community due to its distinct culture, diverse population, and abundance of talent from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU). Learn more here.  

Xbox Game Studios and HBCU Connect Partner Together to Increase Inclusive Hiring

In partnership with HBCU Connect, Xbox Game Studios presents “From the Yard to Gaming,” a special panel featuring Xbox employees who are HBCU Connect alumni. “The Yard” is a colloquial term used by HBCU students in reference to their specific campuses. Our Xbox team will share their experiences and how their time at an HBCU prepared them for their professional journeys in the games industry. Moderated by Senior Talent Pipeline Program Manager at Mojang Studios and HBCU advocate Brittney Pettway, we’ll ask Xbox developers Hector Llanos, Corey Rogers, and Timothy Olojedeto to highlight the work they do within gaming and how to contribute to an inclusive place where people from various walks of life can excel. Stay tuned for details on how to attend our Xbox HBCU Connect virtual event scheduled for Thursday, March 3.

Microsoft also remains committed to the Racial Equity Initiative which focuses on sustained efforts like increasing representation, strengthening a culture of inclusion, and dedicated inclusive hiring practices. We look forward to hosting upcoming events where anyone in our Xbox community can meet members of the Xbox team and learn more about opportunities in the gaming industry.

Xbox Game Studios Presents “The New Face of Gaming” at GDC

As part of our Xbox offering at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this March, Xbox Game Studios presents “The New Face of Gaming,” a special pre-recorded session on March 24 featuring a diverse group of game developers at Xbox. Our Xbox panelists, Senior Program Manager at Xbox Calicia Johnson, Software Engineer Keirten Nivol, and Xbox Marketing Manager Austin Joseph, will share their experiences in gaming and explore how diverse voices are contributing to the evolution of the gaming industry. We’ll also touch on how the evolution of gaming is making the industry a more inclusive place for all where gamers can see themselves in the games they play. This GDC session is moderated by Senior Talent Pipeline Program Manager at Mojang Studios Brittney Pettway. Watch out for more information coming soon regarding this and our other GDC sessions focused on inclusivity at Xbox.


Discover


Xbox Ambassadors Spotlights Stories about Representation in Gaming  

The Xbox Ambassadors logo painted in green and orange overlaid on top of a black background with various patterns colored red, yellow, orange and green stretching across the background.

Throughout Black History Month, we will be spotlighting stories about representation in gaming by Xbox Ambassadors from Black communities. These are their stories.

Xbox Plays will Feature Black Streamers, Game Creators, and Nonprofits

A green hexagonal pattern in the background with five content creators being highlighted. embedded text reads: "Black History Month: Streamer Takeover Week. Twitch.tv/xbox

Throughout February, the Xbox Twitch channel will feature programming celebrating Black History Month. Each week will have a different theme, featuring Black Streamer Takeovers, Black Game Creators, and will showcase nonprofit organizations supporting Black communities.

World’s Edge: Age of Empires Highlights Inspiring Black Figures from American History

Age of Empires will highlight Black figures from American history with articles on their website, inviting their audience to learn more about people who’ve shaped the nation. Want to begin learning? Learn more about the stories of Harriet Tubman, Crispus Attucks, Phillis Wheatley, and Peter Salem. Discover more.

Minecraft’s Lessons in Good Trouble

Minecraft: Education Edition offers Lessons In Good Trouble, a collection of eight interactive Minecraft worlds and lessons on social movements throughout history including the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter as well as lessons about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the origins of Juneteenth. Good Trouble is available as a free demo for Minecraft: Education Edition and for players via the Education Collection in the Minecraft Marketplace. Discover more here.

Discover Games, Movies, and TV Curated by Black Communities at Microsoft

Games and movies including Before I Forget, The Gunk, Marvel's Avengers, Candyman, and Boyfriend Dungeon.

Since last February, we have doubled the games featured on Xbox from Black creators and continue to increase visibility of diverse and inclusive content in additional regions.

A few highlights from the full Xbox games and Windows games collections spanning Black creators, main characters, and character creation options include:

Marvel’s Avengers – From Lead Director Morgan Gray, Marvel’s Avengers: War for Wakanda update added Black Panther to the roster and a new campaign taking place in Wakanda.

Before I Forget – This BAFTA-nominated narrative exploration about dementia is from two women, including Narrative Designer Chella Ramanan, a Black British woman and active campaigner for diversity in games as co-founder of POC in Play.

Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield – Take the role of Wally in this 3D side-scroller from Aerial_Knight including a soundtrack by “Danime-Sama,” a Detroit artist with vocals from artists from all over the world.

Boyfriend Dungeon – Create your own character outside of the gender binary and then romance Isaac the Estoc if you choose in this unique dungeon crawler dating sim with LGBTQIA+ themes where you date your weapons.

One standout title from the full movies and TV collection featuring creators, leadseducational views, and family entertainment is:

“Candyman” – Nia DaCosta has been making waves as the director of this thriller based on an urban legend leading her to be the first Black woman to have a film debut at number one upon opening weekend. We’re also excited to see what she does in the future as the first Black woman and youngest person to direct a Marvel Studios movie.

View the collections in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States, and South Africa. Visitors can find Microsoft’s Black community picks at any time by searching for “Black History” and related terms on Microsoft Store on Windows and Xbox Store. Content is subject to availability by country. 


Play


Halo Infinite Honors Black History Month with Exclusive New Emblem and Nameplate

Pan-African Flag and Nameplate for Spartan Customization in Halo: Infinite

In celebration of Black History Month, we will offer our very first Halo Infinite Black History Month emblem and nameplate. All players will be able to download this exclusive in-game content by logging into Halo Infinite anytime during the month of February.

Forza Celebrates Black History Month with New In-game Livery Design Contest

Six cars (four in the foreground, two in the background) race along a wide and mountainous road. It is daytime and the skies are clear with faint wisps of clouds. A news-reporter helicopter hovers above the road following the racing action.

The Forza team joins Xbox in celebrating Black History Month to honor Black culture and Black communities.

Join us by using #ForzaBHM to share your livery designs celebrating the past, present, and future of Black communities. We’ll feature our favorites in Forza Horizon 5, Forza Horizon 4, and Forza Motorsport 7, and featured designers will receive in-game credit rewards. Entries close on February 13 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Xbox Honors Black History Month with a New Gamerpic, Profile Theme, and Avatar Items!

Xbox Logo in colorful textured pattern of green, yellow, and red
Xbox avator character wearing Black History Month sweater with arms stretched out wide.

In partnership with Black communities at Xbox, we’re introducing a new gamerpic, profile themes, and avatar items! The gamerpic and profile theme will be available on console and the Xbox PC app. Get your avatar items here.


Learn more about all that Xbox is doing to engage our communities at the Xbox Community Hub.

Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: Contrast, CrossfireX, Ark: Ultimate Survivor Edition, and More

Happy February! We’ve got games to fire up your imagination station, whether you want to tame even more dinosaurs, destroy castles with custom-built siege engines or challenge yourself with some rogue-like adventures. There are games for all types here. Let’s beef up your to-play games list!


Coming Soon


Contrast (Cloud and Console) [email protected] – February 3
Explore a dreamlike, vaudevillian world of the 1920s, in which you can shift freely in and out of shadow. Tasked with helping a young girl named Didi, you will unravel the mysteries behind her troubled family and the dark secrets that must be exposed to re-shape her future.

Dreamscaper (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – February 3
An endlessly replayable action roguelike with a waking/dreaming gameplay cycle. By night, delve deep into your subconscious, facing nightmares in an ever-changing world filled with unique items, abilities, and challenges. By day, explore the city of Redhaven, build relationships and unlock permanent upgrades to take on the next dream stronger than ever.

Telling Lies (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – February 3
An investigative thriller game with non-linear storytelling, Telling Lies revolves around a cache of secretly recorded video conversations. Starring Logan Marshall-Green, Alexandra Shipp, Kerry Bishé, Angela Sarafyan, and directed by Sam Barlow, creator of Her Story and writer/designer of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories.

Besiege (Game Preview)(Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – February 10
Besiege is a physics building game where you construct war machines to obliterate fortresses, annihilate legions of soldiers, navigate hazards, and solve physics puzzles. In the single-player campaign, you’ll conquer your way through four distinct islands, each with its own theme, packed with fully destructible levels and see you bring your enemies to their knees. Learn more about Besiege (Game Preview)here!

CrossfireX (Console) – February 10
Available on day one with Xbox Game Pass: Play the first CrossfireX single-player campaign, Operation: Catalyst, developed in partnership with Remedy Entertainment. Take control of a Global Risk unit, as they traverse through enemy territory to save their captured teammate and uncover the dark secrets of the Black List Mercenary group.

Edge of Eternity (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – February 10
Available on day one with Game Pass: Wage epic turn-based battles as you follow Daryon and Selene on their quest to find a cure to the all-consuming Corrosion in this grand tale of hope and sacrifice, created by a small team of passionate JRPG lovers.

Skul: The Hero Slayer (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – February 10
Skul is a fast-paced action rogue-lite where losing your head is encouraged. Featuring 100 playable characters each with their own unique abilities and a ton of items that can create wild synergies, the battles are as electrifying as they are challenging.

The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom (Cloud, Console, and PC) – February 10
Battle hordes of zombies and monsters in The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom, a semi-open world action RPG that tells a new story in the post-apocalyptic town of Wakefield. Playing as teen survivors Jack, Quint, June, or Dirk, you’ll explore zombie-infested streets on your quest to stop Malondre, a powerful adversary from obtaining the Staff of Doom.

Ark: Ultimate Survivor Edition (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – February 14
Experience everything that the Ark franchise has to offer with Game Pass in this definitive collection! Tame and ride primeval creatures as you explore savage lands, team up with other players to compete in epic tribal battles, and travel together on the greatest dinosaur-filled adventure of all time.

Infernax (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – February 14
Available on day one with Game Pass: Infernax is the adventures of a great knight who returns to his homeland only to find it plagued with unholy magic. While on your quest to find and destroy the source of this corruption by any means necessary, you will face ruthless creatures, dangerous beasts, and precarious terrains.


DLC / Game Updates


Grounded: Into the Wood Update – Available now
Explore the depths of the termite stronghold, traverse the scorching coal-laden remnants of the BBQ, and test your skills against dangerous new “friends” and challenges in the expanded yard in Grounded’s Into the Wood update!

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update VII: Australia – Available now
World Update VII: Australia features new aerial imagery, high-resolution elevation maps, and 3D cities. Soar over the renowned Great Barrier Reef, visit modern architectural feats, explore the evocative forms of interior deserts, and tour new handcrafted airports and points of interest. This free update also includes new discovery flights, fresh landing challenges, and bush trips that highlight this beautiful region of our planet. Learn more here!


Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks


Go claim these new Perks now in the Perk gallery on your Xbox console, Windows PC, or Xbox Game Pass mobile app for iOS/Android.

Smite: Season 9 Starter Pass – Available Now
Get started in Smite with the Season 9 Starter Pass! This pack includes free Skins, Gods, and more. Learn more about Season 9 here!

World of Warships: Exclusive Starter Pack – Available Now
Grab the World of Warships Exclusive Starter Pack to take the helm of the legendary battleship Dreadnought and a sturdy cruiser Charleston with impressive firepower! You will also get a week of Premium Account for maximum comfort.

Phantasy Star Online 2: February Member Monthly Bonus – February 2
Get a head start with free items to strengthen your units & weapons and revive you during battles!


Leaving February 15


Don’t let the following games leave without a proper farewell. This is your chance to grab some extra achievements or jump back in where you left off. As always, be sure to use your membership discount to save up to 20% and keep these games in your library before they go!

  • Control (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Code Vein (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age (Console and PC)
  • The Medium (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Project Winter (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • The Falconeer (Cloud, Console, and PC)

Welcome to the bottom of the announcement! I’ll need some ideas for building a mega Tek base in Ark to hide from dinosaurs in, send us your base builds over at @XboxGamePass and @XboxGamePassPC and stick around for more updates. Catch you next time!

Video For Microsoft Flight Simulator Releases New Aircraft in the “Local Legends” Series Today with Fokker F. VII

Microsoft Flight Simulator Releases New Aircraft in the “Local Legends” Series Today with Fokker F. VII


The Fokker F.VII and the Fokker F.VIIb/3m Southern Cross Come to Life in Microsoft Flight Simulator


Today, we are excited to announce that the Fokker F. VII airplane, the second plane in our “Local Legends” series, is available now in Microsoft Flight Simulator. The series celebrates the history of aviation and releases always coincide with each World Updates. Local Legends are aircraft that are locally famous but may not be as well known to a worldwide audience.

The F.VII, manufactured by Fokker of the Netherlands, stands as one of the greats of aircraft history. It advanced the world of aviation during the Golden Age of Flight of the 1920s and 1930s due to its endurance, reliability, power, and load carrying ability. The F.VII, which first took flight on November 24,1924, and was introduced to the public in 1925, served in the early airline industry, moved cargo, carried air mail, and exploration.

Originally designed as a single-engine airplane, the high-wing F.VII was manufactured primarily as a tri-motor, powered by three 9-cylinder Wright J-6 Whirlwind radial engines that deliver 300 horsepower each. With a range of 750 miles, a cruise speed of 111 mph, and a takeoff and landing run of just under 750 feet, the F.VII proved to be ideal for numerous scenarios.

Able to carry up to 8 passengers, a total of nearly 5,000 pounds of cargo, or a combination of the two, the Fokker F.VII became famous for a number of airmail, passenger, and cargo lines. The F.VII was also the aircraft of choice of a number of explorers on expeditions across continents, oceans, and ventures into polar and other unexplored regions. The Fokker F.VII is a magnificent, emblematic icon of the early days of the world of aviation, one of the few that captured imaginations worldwide and enjoys an enduring legacy.

Microsoft Flight Simulator - Fokker F. VII

The Fokker F.VII bundle includes:

Southern Cross

The famous Southern Cross is the Fokker F.VIIb/3m aircraft that completed of one of aviation’s greatest firsts, the incredibly ambitious crossing of the Pacific Ocean—7,250 miles from Oakland, California, to Brisbane, Australia. Nine days after they began, while battling storms, exhaustion and equipment malfunctions, the four pilots reached Brisbane, in Australia’s Queensland.

To cross the Pacific, the aviators navigated Southern Cross on a course that first took them to Hawaii, then on an incredible 3,167-mile, 34-hour leg of the journey to Fiji — the first time an airplane landed on the island — and finally onto Brisbane. Historians recount that the success was owed as much to the Southern Cross as it was to the four flying it.

Microsoft Flight Simulator - Fokker F. VII

Friendship

The Friendship is the Fokker F.VIIb/3m that crossed the Atlantic Ocean in June of 1928 with soon-to-be famed aviator Amelia Earhart as a passenger. The trimotor aircraft took just over 20 hours for the crossing, starting at Trepassey Harbor, Newfoundland, and touching down at Burry Port, Wales. The flight of the high-wing monoplane helped indelibly stamp the Fokker F.VII line of aircraft into the annals of history as one of early aviation’s true greats.

Josephine Ford

The Josephine Ford is a Fokker F.VIIa/3m flown by Richard Evelyn Byrd on his daring expedition to the North Pole on May 9, 1926. At that point in history, the North Pole had never been reached by an aircraft. While questions remain about the success of the attempt, it remains one of the great adventures of the early days of aviation, and one which proved the trimotor Fokker F.VIIa/3m as one of the icons of the Golden Age of flight.

Microsoft Flight Simulator - Fokker F. VII

Fokker F.VIIa

The Fokker F.VIIa is a single-engine monoplane manufactured by Dutch aviation firm Fokker. The F.VIIa, one of the world’s first transport aircraft, was slightly larger than Fokker’s original F.VII and also sported a number of technical improvements, including a heated cabin. The aircraft, which could carry up to eight passengers or 1,750 pounds of cargo, took its maiden flight on March 12, 1925. A total of 36 of the F.VIIa were manufactured and formed an integral part of a number of airlines that flew routes throughout Europe and many other parts of the globe.

KLM Livery

The Fokker F.VII proved to be a historically critical aircraft for the Dutch airline KLM during its fledgling period. The first F.VII, painted in the distinctive blue KLM livery, was delivered to the airline in 1924 by Anthony Fokker. This aircraft was used on the first flight ever from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indies. The F.VII allowed the airline to flourish and laid the groundwork for what would become one of the world’s premier air carriers.

Microsoft Flight Simulator - Fokker F. VII

The Fokker F.VII planes have been meticulously recreated for Microsoft Flight Simulator, with careful attention paid to the finest details of both exteriors and interiors. To celebrate and appreciate the accomplishments of the brave aviators of the 1920s, included in the bundle are also the historic missions of the Southern Cross, Josephine Ford and Friendship.

The Fokker F.VII bundle is available today on the Microsoft Flight Simulator in-sim marketplace for $14.99. Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available for Xbox Series X|S and PC with Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass, Windows 10/11 and Steam. For the latest information on Microsoft Flight Simulator, stay tuned to @MSFSOfficial on Twitter.

Xbox Live
Xbox Play Anywhere

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Standard Game of the Year Edition

Xbox Game Studios

300
$59.99 $47.99
PC Game Pass
Xbox Game Pass
The Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year (GOTY) Standard Edition celebrates all the positive feedback, reviews and awards garnered, but it is also a “Thank You” to our fans – new and old – that have made Microsoft Flight Simulator such a phenomenon. The Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard Game of the Year Edition includes 25 highly detailed planes with unique flight models and 38 hand-crafted airports. This enhanced edition introduces simmers to five all-new aircraft, eight new handcrafted airports, six new Discovery Flights, new tutorials, and updates to the weather system The five new handcrafted aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator include: • Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet: Our first military jet and a highly requested feature from the community. The Top Gun: Maverick expansion will release with the movie next Spring, but we wanted simmers to have the opportunity to test their need for speed this holiday. • VoloCity: We partnered with well-known German company Volocopter, which is working on an eVTOL called “VoloCity”, a vision for an urban air taxi. We worked closely with the Volocopter engineering team to develop an authentic version of the prototype aircraft for the simulator. This is our first aircraft that can perform pinpoint landings and is a teaser of what you can look forward to in 2022 when we intend to launch helicopters in the sim. • Pilatus PC-6 Porter: This legendary short takeoff and landing (STOL) utility aircraft is a highly versatile plane from Switzerland and comes with several cockpits, cabins, and landing gear variations. It is the result of our close collaboration with the manufacturer and the development efforts by famed developers Hans Hartmann and Alexander Metzger resulted in a great and fun new aircraft with exception capabilities in the simulator. • CubCrafters NX Cub: Yakima-based CubCrafters recently introduced a nosewheel option for their flagship CC-19 XCub Aircraft, popularly called the NX Cub, which we are pleased to introduce to the flight sim audience to further enhance our bush flying and off airport options. • Aviat Pitts Special S1S: One of our most popular planes gets a single-seat option with the release of this aircraft. New Airports – We are adding eight handcrafted airports in Central Europe and the United States: • Germany o Leipzig/Halle Airport (EDDP) o Allgäu Airport Memmingen (EDJA) o Kassel Airport (EDVK) •Switzerland o Lugano Airport (LSZA) o Zurich Airport (LSZH) o Luzern-Beromunster Airport (LSZO) •United States o Patrick Space Force Base (KCOF) o Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (KNKX) The Game of the Year release is adding information about 545 previously missing airports in the United States. New Missions -Based on the popularity of the recently introduced Discovery Flights, we are adding an additional six locations (Helsinki, Freiburg im Breisgau, Mecca, Monument Valley, Singapore, and Mount Cook) to this popular series. New Tutorials – To further expand the onboarding experience, we are adding 14 new tutorials, introducing simmers to Bush flying (in an Icon A5) and IFR (in a Cessna 172). New Features – We are also pleased to introduce several highly requested features by the community: an updated weather system, early access to DX12, and a dev mode replay system. New Photogrammetry Cities – As part of our ongoing collaboration with Bing Maps, we are pleased to add a number of new photogrammetry cities: Helsinki (Finland), Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany), Brighton, Derby, Eastbourne, Newcastle, and Nottingham (UK) and Utrecht (Netherlands). Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard Game of the Year Edition will be available as a free update for owners on PC and Xbox Series X|S. For new users, the GOTY Standard Edition is the perfect entry point to flight simming as it offers an even richer experience, and it will be the item they purchase as we are retiring the original. Invite your friends to experience the wonders of flight. The sky is calling!
Video For Microsoft Flight Simulator Introduces World Update VII: Australia

Microsoft Flight Simulator Introduces World Update VII: Australia


The Stunning Wonders of Australia Come to Life in Microsoft Flight Simulator!


Soar over the renowned Great Barrier Reef, visit the vast regions of Western Australia, and marvel at the natural beauty of Mount Wellington. From the dusty red outback to shimmering coastlines and sugar white sand beaches, explore the country’s most spectacular sights .

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update VII: Australia

A country known for being as diverse as it is beautiful, this great Southern land presents a bucket list of jaw-dropping natural formations and modern man-made wonders – now enhanced with exceptional graphic improvements.

Orbx Simulation Systems, based in Melbourne, Australia, has handcrafted four airports and added high-resolution detail to over 100 others. The update also includes 94 custom crafted points of interest (POIs). And there are 16 new activities, including five bush trips, six discovery flights, and five landing challenges that will take Microsoft Flight Simulator pilots Down Under in our largest update yet.

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update VII: Australia

Handcrafted Airports

  • YLRE – Longreach
  • YMBT – Mount Beauty
  • YPBO – Paraburdoo
  • YSHL – Shellharbour

Bush Trips

  • Tasmania
  • Southeastern Australia
  • Sea to Desert
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Northwestern Kimberly Coast

Landing Challenges

  • Brisbane
  • Shellharbour
  • Mt Hotham
  • Katoomba
  • Mabuiag

Discovery Flights

  • Gold Coast
  • Sydney
  • Perth
  • Darwin
  • Melbourne
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

New Photogrammetry Cites (in collaboration with Bing Maps)

  • Adelaide
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Perth
  • Hobart
  • Cairns
  • Darwin
  • Townsville
  • Bunbury
  • Mackay
Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update VII: Australia

World Update VII is available for free for all Microsoft Flight Simulator players. Make sure to update your simulator, download the update, and then enjoy the experience of flight throughout this land brimming with exquisite sights! Explore the beauty of Australia today in Microsoft Flight Simulator. The sky is calling!

Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available for Xbox Series X|S and PC with Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass, Windows 10/11 and Steam. For the latest information on Microsoft Flight Simulator, stay tuned to @MSFSOfficial on Twitter. 

Xbox Live
Xbox Play Anywhere

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Standard Game of the Year Edition

Xbox Game Studios

300
$59.99 $47.99
PC Game Pass
Xbox Game Pass
The Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year (GOTY) Standard Edition celebrates all the positive feedback, reviews and awards garnered, but it is also a “Thank You” to our fans – new and old – that have made Microsoft Flight Simulator such a phenomenon. The Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard Game of the Year Edition includes 25 highly detailed planes with unique flight models and 38 hand-crafted airports. This enhanced edition introduces simmers to five all-new aircraft, eight new handcrafted airports, six new Discovery Flights, new tutorials, and updates to the weather system The five new handcrafted aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator include: • Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet: Our first military jet and a highly requested feature from the community. The Top Gun: Maverick expansion will release with the movie next Spring, but we wanted simmers to have the opportunity to test their need for speed this holiday. • VoloCity: We partnered with well-known German company Volocopter, which is working on an eVTOL called “VoloCity”, a vision for an urban air taxi. We worked closely with the Volocopter engineering team to develop an authentic version of the prototype aircraft for the simulator. This is our first aircraft that can perform pinpoint landings and is a teaser of what you can look forward to in 2022 when we intend to launch helicopters in the sim. • Pilatus PC-6 Porter: This legendary short takeoff and landing (STOL) utility aircraft is a highly versatile plane from Switzerland and comes with several cockpits, cabins, and landing gear variations. It is the result of our close collaboration with the manufacturer and the development efforts by famed developers Hans Hartmann and Alexander Metzger resulted in a great and fun new aircraft with exception capabilities in the simulator. • CubCrafters NX Cub: Yakima-based CubCrafters recently introduced a nosewheel option for their flagship CC-19 XCub Aircraft, popularly called the NX Cub, which we are pleased to introduce to the flight sim audience to further enhance our bush flying and off airport options. • Aviat Pitts Special S1S: One of our most popular planes gets a single-seat option with the release of this aircraft. New Airports – We are adding eight handcrafted airports in Central Europe and the United States: • Germany o Leipzig/Halle Airport (EDDP) o Allgäu Airport Memmingen (EDJA) o Kassel Airport (EDVK) •Switzerland o Lugano Airport (LSZA) o Zurich Airport (LSZH) o Luzern-Beromunster Airport (LSZO) •United States o Patrick Space Force Base (KCOF) o Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (KNKX) The Game of the Year release is adding information about 545 previously missing airports in the United States. New Missions -Based on the popularity of the recently introduced Discovery Flights, we are adding an additional six locations (Helsinki, Freiburg im Breisgau, Mecca, Monument Valley, Singapore, and Mount Cook) to this popular series. New Tutorials – To further expand the onboarding experience, we are adding 14 new tutorials, introducing simmers to Bush flying (in an Icon A5) and IFR (in a Cessna 172). New Features – We are also pleased to introduce several highly requested features by the community: an updated weather system, early access to DX12, and a dev mode replay system. New Photogrammetry Cities – As part of our ongoing collaboration with Bing Maps, we are pleased to add a number of new photogrammetry cities: Helsinki (Finland), Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany), Brighton, Derby, Eastbourne, Newcastle, and Nottingham (UK) and Utrecht (Netherlands). Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard Game of the Year Edition will be available as a free update for owners on PC and Xbox Series X|S. For new users, the GOTY Standard Edition is the perfect entry point to flight simming as it offers an even richer experience, and it will be the item they purchase as we are retiring the original. Invite your friends to experience the wonders of flight. The sky is calling!
World of Warships Legends

World of Warships: Legends First Update of 2022 is Now Live

The might of the Regia Marina is growing! A whole new Italian battleship line comes out in Early Access with four ships with heavy guns on board, including Francesco Caracciolo with her 15-inch (381 mm) guns capping it for now at Tier VI. There’s more to support the unleashing of those huge, armored monsters: release of flexible Tier VI Premium cruiser Gorizia, return of rare Tier VII battleship Roma for Global XP, and a selection of discounts for Premium Italian ships of various tiers. Watch out for Tier VII Vittorio Veneto, arriving in the next update to mark the branch going researchable.   

World of Warships Legends

Azur Lane collaboration wave III

Collaboration with Azur Lane comes back again, starting February 7. The range consists of six new Commanders with unique voiceovers:

  • Eagle Union/USA: Montpelier
  • Sakura Empire/Japan: Azuma, Shoukaku and Yukikaze
  • Northern Parliament/Soviet Union: Avrora
  • Sardegna Empire/Italy: Littorio

Littorio for Sardegna Empire and Avrora for Northern Parliament expand the choice to include factions not featured in previous waves. The Commander spectrum covers all the types of ships: Yukikaze is best fit for destroyers, Montpelier, Azuma, and Avrora are great at commanding cruisers, Littorio is battleship-dedicated officer, while Shoukaku is in charge of the aircraft carriers.

There’s more themed content to choose from: three new ships with the likes of Montpelier and Avrora cruisers, and Yukikaze destroyer, and three fascinating-looking skins for Shoukaku, Roma (the Littorio one) and Azuma are reinforcing the selection as well!

Azur Lane Avrora, the famous Soviet/Northern Parliament cruiser, is going to be available through a dedicated bundle with a bonus flag, with a mission to acquire the Commander of the same name for free.

Pride of Prussia Campaign

First campaign of the year 2022 is centered around powerful German battleship Brandenburg. While being close to Bismarck-class, she sports more guns, for both main and secondary batteries. Pick up Admiralty Backing and get her within five weeks, barging through 100 milestones. There’s an abundance of in-game items of all sorts and colors scattered on the way to get the ship, waiting to be picked up. Those include crates, doubloons, camos, and more various goods.

Cross-platform divisions

Playing for different console teams with your friends? This is no longer a dividing factor! Division with them, no matter their platform, and add anyone from Legends to your friend list, which is now cross-platform, too! One important thing to mention: the divisions still include up to three players.

Ranked duels

Have you ever wondered about what happens if you play Legends on your own, with zero teammates? Or are you a master of unparalleled skill when it comes to one-on-one situations? Either way, the new Ranked battles seasons cater to your pleasure, with five of those coming in form of 1v1 duels for ships from Tier III to VII, depending on the season, during most of the upcoming update. As ever, prizes are awarded according to the results at the end of each season, with crates, Commander Progression items, Steel, and more in-game items available.

World of Warships Legends

Lunar New Year celebrations

The Year of the Tiger is going to be beautiful: Courage skin for Loyang and Fury skin for the all-new Pan-Asian cruiser Huanghe of Tier V speak for themselves! Southern and Eastern dragon ships also make the return to spice up the celebrations. Tier VII Premium Pan-Asian destroyer Loyang is making a return herself, available for a standard amount of 750,000 Global XP. Huanghe is the first chance to try out a Pan-Asian cruiser of a higher tier. She provides a unique type of gameplay, with the Smoke Generator and Torpedo Reload Booster consumables, and flexibility being her middle name. 

Pick your favorite content and turn the tide!

Xbox Live

World of Warships: Legends

Wargaming.net

410
Experience epic naval action in World of Warships: Legends, a global multiplayer free-to-play online game in which you can master the seas on the decks of history's greatest warships! Recruit Legendary Commanders, upgrade your vessels, and stake your claim to naval domination alongside and against players from around the world. FREQUENT UPDATES New content in the form of ships, Campaigns, Bureau Projects, events, and more arrive regularly! Each update brings new features to shake things up in-game. FEATURE RICH Develop Legendary warships such as Yamato from the ground up in the Bureau, compete in Ranked Battles seasons for exclusive patches and extra rewards, and finish epic Campaigns to gain powerful new ships! CHOOSE YOUR COMBAT STYLE Take control of over 120 destroyers, cruisers, and battleships—a range that's perfect for every playstyle, whether it be an all-guns-blazing approach, more careful and methodical attacks, or tactics that are unique to you. TURN THE TIDE IN EPIC 9V9 BATTLES Join forces with friends to challenge players around the world, and work together across consoles to devise strategies and plan attacks via voice chat. Cooperate to outgun your opponents and Turn the Tide of battle! World of Warships: Legends features loot boxes known as "containers" and "crates." These provide various items to boost your in-game progress
Xbox Insider Release Notes

Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha (2202.220128-2200)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox Update Preview coming to the Alpha ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox consoles.

We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes to the UI are minimal, so you’re aware when updates are coming to your device. Details can be found below!

Xbox Insider Release Notes

System Update Details:

  • OS version released: XB_FLT_2202CO\22000.3528.220128-2200
  • Available: 2 p.m. PT – January 31, 2022
  • Mandatory: 3 a.m. PT – February 1, 2022

Fixes Implemented

Thanks to the hard work of Xbox engineers, we are happy to announce the following fixes have been implemented for this build:

Console Live Streaming

  • Fixed an issue where Twitch broadcast would end unexpectedly when switching from playing Cloud streaming title to title that is installed on the console.

System

  • Various updates to properly reflect local languages across the console.
    • Note: Users participating in Preview may see “odd” text across the console, for more information go here.

Known Issues

We understand some issues have been listed in previous Xbox Insider Release Notes. These items aren’t being ignored, but it will take Xbox engineers more time to find a solution.

We’re still tracking these known issues:

Controllers

  • We’ve received some reports that users’ controllers are randomly losing sync or disconnecting from the console. If you encounter this behavior please make sure and report this issue after reconnecting.
  • Some users have reported that the Xbox button on the Razer Turret is not working to access the Guide.
    • Workaround: Either the Windows key or even Windows key + X can be used instead of the Xbox button to access the Guide.

Games

  • We’ve received reports that controller input is not working when a game is launched.
    • Workaround: Reboot the console and relaunch the game.

Guide

  • We are investigating reports of the audio mixer being unable to adjust chat/game audio levels.

HDMI-CEC

  • We’ve received some reports that HDMI-CEC is not working correctly.
    • Note: Ensure that your TV supports HDMI-CEC and is also enabled before filing feedback.

Home

  • Some users have reported that the icon for a disc-based title is not appearing on the dashboard.
  • Users with a Series X|S console have reported that the dashboard is not loading with error code 0x80070490 on console boot.
    • Workaround: Users who encounter this error will need to perform a console reset (choose the option to keep games/apps installed) in order to resolve this behavior.  Instructions can be found here and select the “Troubleshooting system updates from other screens” option.

My Games & Apps

  • Titles in collection may incorrectly appear with a “trial” tag.

TV/Display

  • Some users have reported that the console is displaying at the incorrect resolution on boot.  We are aware and investigating.
    • Note: If you encounter this behavior, please ensure that you submit feedback via Report a Problem immediately. Please include the make/model of you TV/Display in the description.
    • Workaround: Restarting the console via the Power menu (Holding down the Xbox button displays the power menu) should resolve the behavior.  If not, ensure you are looking at the troubleshooting here, specifically the section about ensuring your TV firmware is up to date.

Make sure to use Report a problem to keep us informed of your issue. We may not be able to respond to everyone, but the data we’ll gather is crucial to finding a resolution.

What Happens to Your Feedback

How to Get Xbox Insider Support

If you’re an Xbox Insider looking for support, please reach out to the community subreddit. Official Xbox staff, moderators, and fellow Xbox Insiders are there to help with your concerns.

When posting to the subreddit, please look through most recent posts to see if your issue has already been posted or addressed. We always recommend adding to threads with the same issue before posting a brand new one. This helps us support you the best we can! Don’t forget to use “Report a problem” before posting—the information shared in both places helps us understand your issue better.

Thank you to every Xbox Insider in the subreddit today. We love that it has become such a friendly and community-driven hub of conversation and support.

For more information regarding the Xbox Insider Program follow us on Twitter. Keep an eye on future Xbox Insider Release Notes for more information regarding your Xbox Update Preview ring!

Xbox Insider Release Notes

Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha Skip-Ahead (2208.220128-1900)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox Update Preview coming to the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox consoles.

We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes to the UI are minimal, so you’re aware when updates are coming to your device. Details can be found below!

Xbox Insider Release Notes

System Update Details:

  • OS version released: RS_XBOX_DEV_FLIGHT\22546.1001.220128-1900
  • Available: 2 p.m. PT – January 31, 2022
  • Mandatory: 3 a.m. PT – February 1, 2022

Fixes Implemented

Thanks to the hard work of Xbox engineers, we are happy to announce the following fixes have been implemented for this build:

Console Live Streaming

  • Fixed an issue where Twitch broadcast would end unexpectedly when switching from playing Cloud streaming title to title that is installed on the console.
  • Fixed an issue where users would see an error when opening the streaming menu in the Guide.

Games

  • Fixes to address Backwards Compatible titles failing to launch with error 0x8082000c.

System

  • Various updates to properly reflect local languages across the console.
    • Note: Users participating in Preview may see “odd” text across the console, for more information go here.

Known Issues

We understand some issues have been listed in previous Xbox Insider Release Notes. These items aren’t being ignored, but it will take Xbox engineers more time to find a solution.

We’re still tracking these known issues:

Controllers

  • We’ve received some reports that users’ controllers are randomly losing sync or disconnecting from the console. If you encounter this behavior please make sure and report this issue after reconnecting.
  • Some users have reported that the Xbox button on the Razer Turret is not working to access the Guide.
    • Workaround: Either the Windows key or even Windows key + X can be used instead of the Xbox button to access the Guide.

Games

  • We’ve received reports that controller input is not working when a game is launched.
    • Workaround: Reboot the console and relaunch the game.

Guide

  • We are investigating reports of the audio mixer being unable to adjust chat/game audio levels.

HDMI-CEC

  • We’ve received some reports that HDMI-CEC is not working correctly.
    • Note: Ensure that your TV supports HDMI-CEC and is also enabled before filing feedback.

Home

  • Some users have reported that the icon for a disc-based title is not appearing on the dashboard.
  • Users with a Series X|S console have reported that the dashboard is not loading with error code 0x80070490 on console boot.
    • Workaround: Users who encounter this error will need to perform a console reset (choose the option to keep games/apps installed) in order to resolve this behavior.  Instructions can be found here and select the “Troubleshooting system updates from other screens” option.

My Games & Apps

  • Titles in collection may incorrectly appear with a “trial” tag.

TV/Display

  • Some users have reported that the console is displaying at the incorrect resolution on boot.  We are aware and investigating.
    • Note: If you encounter this behavior, please ensure that you submit feedback via Report a Problem immediately. Please include the make/model of you TV/Display in the description.
    • Workaround: Restarting the console via the Power menu (Holding down the Xbox button displays the power menu) should resolve the behavior.  If not, ensure you are looking at the troubleshooting here, specifically the section about ensuring your TV firmware is up to date.

Make sure to use Report a problem to keep us informed of your issue. We may not be able to respond to everyone, but the data we’ll gather is crucial to finding a resolution.

What Happens to Your Feedback

How to Get Xbox Insider Support

If you’re an Xbox Insider looking for support, please reach out to the community subreddit. Official Xbox staff, moderators, and fellow Xbox Insiders are there to help with your concerns.

When posting to the subreddit, please look through most recent posts to see if your issue has already been posted or addressed. We always recommend adding to threads with the same issue before posting a brand new one. This helps us support you the best we can! Don’t forget to use “Report a problem” before posting—the information shared in both places helps us understand your issue better.

Thank you to every Xbox Insider in the subreddit today. We love that it has become such a friendly and community-driven hub of conversation and support.

For more information regarding the Xbox Insider Program follow us on Twitter. Keep an eye on future Xbox Insider Release Notes for more information regarding your Xbox Update Preview ring!

Video For Shohei Ohtani: Unanimous AL MVP is Your MLB The Show 22 Cover Athlete

Shohei Ohtani: Unanimous AL MVP is Your MLB The Show 22 Cover Athlete


MLB The Show 22 launches day one with Xbox Game Pass on April 5.


Shohei Ohtani’s 2021 season was one for the ages. Hitting 46 home runs, 100 RBIs, and stealing 26 bases while also having a 9-2 record on the mound with a 3.18 ERA and 156 strikeouts. Vince Lombardi Jr. once said, “The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.” Ohtani might seem like an overnight success here in the United States, but he’s been climbing the impossible mountain since his teenage years attending Hanamaki Higashi High School in Japan.

After having one of the greatest seasons in the history of Major League Baseball, Shohei Ohtani was really the only obvious choice to grace the cover of MLB The Show 22.

Today, we are thrilled to announce that MLB The Show 22 launches on April 5, 2022. The standard edition on Xbox One is $59.99 USD/$79.99 CAD. Standard edition on Xbox Series XIS is $69.99 USD/$89.99 CAD.

MLB The Show 22 - Xbox One Packshot
MLB The Show 22 - Xbox Series X|S Packshot

We’re also delighted to announce that MLB The Show 22 will be available with Xbox Game Pass on day one and will be available on April 5 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Cloud Gaming (Beta). Both MLB The Show 22 Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S Standard Editions will be included with Xbox Game Pass so members will be able to play the best version of the game regardless of which console they are on. And with cross-platform play and progress, you can play against others online, and earn and use content across the platform and generation you choose.

  • Xbox Wire Editor’s Note: MLB The Show 22 will be available with Xbox Game Pass at launch on April 5 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and with Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta), Ultimate members will also have access on PC and mobile devices.

Cross-Platform Play, Cross Saves and Cross Progression Expands to include Nintendo Switch for MLB The Show 22!

Nintendo fans can now join in with Xbox and PlayStation fans to play against each other online with cross-platform play in MLB The Show 22. In addition, cross progression allows you to earn and use any content on any platform or generation (this excludes PS5 and Xbox Series X|S exclusive content). With cross saves you can transfer a save file for Road to the Show or Franchise.

MLB The Show Account, Account Linking & The Scouting Report

With MLB The Show 22, you now can easily move from platform to platform and keep access to your entire inventory of cards, and the MLB The Show Account allows you to do so. Just create your MLB The Show Account on TheShow.com and link your Xbox and you are all set. While you are creating your new linked account, make sure you sign-up for The Scouting Report, so we can send you all the latest MLB The Show 22 information and subscribers also get an exclusive pack each month starting in April. So, head over to theshow.com to get your account setup.

MLB The Show 22 Feature Premieres Schedule

Feature Premieres return to give our fans a deep dive into what’s new and what has changed in MLB The Show 22. You can watch episodes on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Live  or watch them on-demand at your own connivence as we get closer to launch. 

For MLB The Show 22, we are developing several Feature Premiere episodes, so be on the lookout on TheShow.com for episode schedule and information. So be sure to create an MLB The Show Account and link your Twitch account through TheShow.com under “My Account.”

Pre-order now on the Microsoft Store and be ready for action by receiving a Gold Choice Pack for use in MLB The Show 22 just for pre-ordering.


MLB The Show 22 Standard Edition (Xbox One)


The MLB The Show 22 Standard Edition (Xbox One) comes with the game and 5,000 Stubs.

Standard Edition includes:

  • The Game
  • Additional Items:
    • 5,000 Stubs

MLB The Show 22 Standard Edition (Xbox Series X|S)


The MLB The Show 22 Standard Edition (Xbox Series X|S) comes with the game, [5] The Show Packs and 5,000 Stubs.

Current Gen Standard Edition includes:

  • The Game
  • Additional Items:
    • 10,000 Stubs
    • [5] The Show Packs

Collector’s Edition Reveal February 2! We’re sure some of you are wondering, where’s the Collector’s Edition? On Wednesday, February 2, we will reveal the collector’s edition(s) for MLB The Show 22 and all its content.

Please note: If you plan on purchasing the Standard Edition of MLB The Show 22 on Xbox One and have plans of upgrading to Xbox Series X|S, you will need to purchase the digital edition to take advantage of the $10.00 upgrade path. In addition, all premium/collector’s editions of MLB The Show 22 that will be revealed on February 2 include dual entitlement.


We could not be more excited for MLB The Show 22 coming out on Xbox, PlayStation, and now Nintendo Switch! Look forward to a new class of Legends, new ways to play, including with your friends! Check TheShow.com and follow our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts for the latest updates about MLB The Show 22.

For more detailed information on MLB The Show 22 including an important update on year to year saves and more please read our announce FAQ here.

Xbox Live

MLB® The Show™ 22 Xbox One

MLB

485
Pre-order to get the Gold Choice pack. Every pitch. Every hit. Every win. Make your mark and Own the Show in MLB® The Show™ 22. This edition of MLB® The Show™ 22 includes: – Full game for Xbox One – 5K Stubs™ – Create and use multiple Ballplayers, beyond your Road to the Show personalized Baseball RPG experience, and customize your Ballplayers how you want to aid in your progression. – Diamond Dynasty is back and better than ever! Play, collect, and build on your fantasy card collection and bring to life on the diamond.* Try the new Mini Seasons mode, where each season brings new challenges as you face off against a new set of competition! – Face your friends with cross-platform play.** With cross progression, continue your progress and earn and use content on other console platforms.*** – Stepping up to the plate for the first time? Tailor your experience with gameplay styles and two new difficulty settings to help you get the hang of the basics. – New Intro Presentations provide the most immersive ballpark experience yet. – Play March to October in your style, with updated mode tools to utilize custom uniforms, logos, and created stadiums. – Live out your dream Baseball matchups with new Legends joining the diamond.
Xbox Live

MLB® The Show™ 22 Xbox Series X | S

MLB

323
Xbox Game Pass
Every pitch. Every hit. Every win. Make your mark and Own The Show in MLB® The Show™ 22. – Create and use multiple Ballplayers, beyond your Road to the Show personalized Baseball RPG experience, and customize your Ballplayers how you want to aid in your progression. – Diamond Dynasty is back and better than ever! Play, collect, and build on your fantasy card collection and bring to life on the diamond.* Try the new Mini Seasons mode, where each season brings new challenges as you face off against a new set of competition! – Face your friends with cross-platform play.** With cross progression, continue your progress and earn and use content on other console platforms.*** – Stepping up to the plate for the first time? Tailor your experience with gameplay styles and two new difficulty settings to help you get the hang of the basics. – New Intro Presentations provide the most immersive ballpark experience yet. – Play March to October in your style, with updated mode tools to utilize custom uniforms, logos, and created stadiums. – Live out your dream Baseball matchups with new Legends joining the diamond. Next Gen Features: – New Stadium Creator additions: build your dream ballpark with a streamlined user interface and enjoy night games in your stadium. – Seamless performance: lose yourself in the moment with smooth, targeted 60fps gameplay. – 4K resolution: experience the drama and excitement of gameday in crisp, dynamic 4K resolution.****
Video For This Week on Xbox: Games on Sale, New Releases, and Updates

This Week on Xbox: Games on Sale, New Releases, and Updates

Two Point Campus

Two Point Campus Coming to Xbox Game Pass on Day One, Available for Pre-Order Today

Summary

  • Two Point Campus is coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on May 17.
  • Two Point Campus is also coming to Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass on day one.
  • If you pre-order Two Point Campus today, you’ll get some super cool exclusive in-game content at launch.

Two Point Campus is the next game from the makers of the critically acclaimed Two Point Hospital. In Two Point Campus you can build the university of your dreams, while looking after your students and staff and fulfil all their wants and needs! Two Point Campus is coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and with Xbox Game Pass on May 17 and you can pre-order the game right now!

In Two Point Hospital there is very little time to really get to know your little people, because patients come in for their treatment, you cure them (or they die…oops) and then they leave your hospital. In Two Point Campus this process is very different. Your students will be with you for much longer during their campus experience, giving you the chance to help them on their academic journey to success, or in some cases failure. You’ll have to figure out what’s going on. Are they happy? Are they enjoying their courses? Are they making enough friends? You’ll need to take the time to get to know them, nurture them and pull them through this process. Each student has their own unique character traits, so you’ll have to cater to all their needs to develop them into well-rounded individuals who will do the legacy of your university proud.

Two Point Campus

We just really want you to care more about your little people, so in Two Point Campus we’re giving you the tools to create an incredible university experience for your students. Keep them entertained with extracurricular activities, such as socials, gigs, clubs and even ‘CheeseBall’ – the highly entertaining sports activity in Two Point Campus. However, too much of the fun stuff will result in students falling asleep during class, which impacts their grades and eventually your overall Campus prestige. It’s the perfect balancing act, to on one hand give your students the adventure of a lifetime, and on the other hand, run a successful Campus environment.

Two Point Campus

Anyone that’s familiar with Two Point Hospital will know that we like to give our games a humorous twist. That’s no different in Two Point Campus. Rather than the typical academic fare, students in Two Point County will experience some very unusual courses. They can learn how to cook giant pizzas in the Gastronomy course or attend Robotics and get into the techy stuff where they build huge robots. We really enjoyed brainstorming about all the different courses in Two Point Campus. It usually starts by thinking of theme or a pun, and from there we think of how we can build it into a course. We love thinking of big and absurd machines or items that the students interact with during their courses, so players are wondering “what on earth going on there??”  

Two Point Campus

Like Two Point Hospital, Two Point Campus is a charming, accessible, and deep management sim, but for the first time, you will be able to build your Campus from the ground up, from the buildings to the grounds they sit in. You can design stylish dormitories for your students, lay down ornamental pathways or pimp up your Campus with super cool items, such as Cheesy Gubbins vending machines. One of the things we enjoyed most at Two Point Studios when Two Point Hospital launched, was watching people play our game and get super creative with the design of their rooms and hospitals. In Two Point Campus we take this a step further, where players can go all out and design absolute masterpieces, or total trash if they wish… However, there will still be plenty of options for people who don’t like that total freedom when it comes to building. We’re keen to cater to all the different playstyles.

Two Point Campus

If you’re excited for Two Point Campus, you can pre-order the game today and get your hands on some exclusive in-game bonus items that will spice up your Campus at launch. You can decorate your gardens with a U-shaped ‘Topiary’, satisfy your thirst for learning with the ‘Fountain of Knowledge’ and get your very own ‘Pearl of Wisdom’. If you own Two Point Hospital already, and you pre-order Two Point Campus, it’s your lucky day, as Hospital owners will receive some awesome free in-game items for Two Point Hospital, like a Varsity jacket and a suit of armour.

Xbox Live
Xbox Play Anywhere

Two Point Campus

SEGA Europe Ltd

5
Take your simulation management experience to a class above with Two Point Campus, the sequel to the multi-million selling Two Point Hospital. Build your university, your way! It’s time to spin academia on its head! Got a yearning for learning? Or just keen to build an educational masterpiece? Two Point Campus is jam-packed with new creative tools to help you build the university of your dreams. For the first time, build on the outside as you develop a blank canvas of greenery into your own delightfully educational campus environment, housing the top teaching facilities in the land. Lay down pathways with new easy-to-use tools. Plant glorious collections of outdoor flora. Place benches and tennis courts. Build a Cheeseball arena, complete with stands. The only limit is your imagination (and your in-game bank balance). Not the usual fare But, of course, it wouldn’t be a Two Point game without a twist. Rather than typical academic fare, students in Two Point County enjoy a range of wild and wonderful courses: from Knight School (hey, we all have to learn jousting at some point in our lives), to the salivatory Gastronomy, where your students will build mouth-watering concoctions like giant pizzas and enormous pies. The academic year… is here! Take advantage of the opportunity to spend way more time with the little people in your university. The academic year begins with a summer break, giving you enough time to get everything looking great before your students move in. Build libraries, hire the best staff, kit your campus out with the best courses and watch the academic potential of your students get unlocked! Shaping the students of the future. But it’s not just work hard. Oh, no. It’s play hard, too. For your university students aren’t all bookish 24/7. You’ll need to keep an eye on their happiness and make sure they’re getting enough entertainment, pastoral care and general joie de vivre to develop into incredible individuals who will do the legacy of your university proud. Keep it classy!
Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis

Sand Meets Snow in Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis

Summary

  • The Winter Event in Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis will end on February 8.
  • Part 2 of the Winter Event in NGS is underway and includes different special rewards.
  • During the Winter Event, there will also be a World Trial taking place, where players can take part in a scavenger hunt for special items and boosts.

Winter has arrived in Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis! Snow is falling across planet Halpha, from the Aelio to the Retem Region, and Central City is decorated with seasonal décor! Part 1 of the Winter Event began on January 12 and Part 2 is underway this week. There’s still plenty of time to get in on the action, as the event doesn’t end until February 8.

Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis

As with previous Seasonal Events, special enemies can be found throughout both the Exploration and Battle Sectors. It’s easy to tell these enemies apart, as they are marked with special symbols. Exterminating these enemies (and special Rappies) will award you Seasonal Points, which can be exchanged with ARKS Phenomenologist Xiandy in Central or Retem City. She’ll also have a few Limited-Time Tasks for you to complete, after which you’ll receive special rewards.

Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis

During the event, there are also special seasonal Daily and Weekly Tasks which can reward Seasonal Points as well as cosmetic items! To find out what you need to do, check the Limited-Time tab of your Task List. Seasonal Points can be exchanged for all kinds of goodies at Xiandy’s Exchange Shop, such as a new Winter Form for your Mag, Star Gems, or an enhanced Wind Element weapon from the Tempesta Weapon Series. These 5-star rarity weapons are great for action throughout the Retem Region, as many of the enemies are weak to the Wind Element. Xiandy also offers material items and Augments to power up your gear.

Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis

Central City has been decorated to celebrate the winter season, and part of that includes Mischief Symbols, which are special holographs hidden throughout the city. Find all of them to complete a special Limited-Time Task. In addition to hunting down these symbols, there is also a new seasonal gathering item to find. Collect these special items and feed them to a Seasonal Region Mag to earn extra points towards regional and personal boosts. After all, everyone could use a boost to their Rare Item Drop Rate!

Check out the Sands of Retem for free by visiting the Xbox Store and downloading Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis on PC or Xbox today!

Xbox Live
Xbox Play Anywhere

Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis

SEGA Corporation

648
Xbox One X Enhanced
Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis, the latest chapter in the Phantasy Star Online 2 series, is here at last! It's time to jump into adventures beyond imagination! This new adventure takes place on a vast open field! Up to 32 people can enjoy the adventure in a new world with beautifully-evolved graphics! The simple and intuitive controls developed in the series up to now have also evolved! A new dimension of battle with a variety of powerful enemies awaits! The new actions Photon Dash and Photon Glide allow you to traverse across the vast open field with ease! Of course, the ultimate in character creation has also evolved. Create your own main character that will be unique throughout the world, and head out to a new adventure! ・The core game is Free-to-Play, but there is certain paid content that can be purchased. ・The Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis game that can be downloaded with this content is the same as that included in other editions. You do not have to download this if it is already installed. ・Proceeding with play in Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis will allow you to play Phantasy Star Online 2. ・Please log in with an administrator account to play this game.
THQ Nordic & HandyGames sale

THQ Nordic and Handy Games Publisher Sale is Packed with Deals

THQ Nordic & Handy Games kicked off their annual, Xbox publisher sale this week with amazing savings – up to 80% off – across their entire portfolio. Legendary RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-reckoning (50% off), franchise favorites like Darksiders III (80% off) and Darksiders: Genesis (70% off), fun for the whole family like SpongeBob SquarePants Battle for Bikini Bottom (45% off), and instant cult-classics like Chicken Police (35%) are just a few in the long list of games featured as part of the sale. Be advised that these discounts will only be available to Xbox gamers for a limited time – just two weeks! Download now through February 7 to take full advantage of this once-in-2022 opportunity! 

Fury's Apocalypse

As always, we had a ton of fun going through our massive catalog with an eye toward extending the opportunity to play our greatest games to an even broader audience of players! Working in reverse chronological order, that started with major 2021 releases like Biomutant (40% off) and Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 (50% off).

Biomutant

Other THQ Nordic racing franchises available at deep discounts for a limited time include Wreckfest (50% off) and MX vs ATV All Out (75% off). Together, these two games offer everything a racing game fan can ask for – two, three and four-wheeled action, stunts, demolition, exploration and the thrill of good ol’ fashioned, breakneck speed!

Wreckfest

The list of deals is endless! More games like El Hijo (30% off), Townsmen (50% off), Elex (75% off) and how could I not mention everyone’s favorite anal-probing, invader of planet earth Crypto? Yes, Destroy All Humans (50% off) is also available at massive savings!

Destroy All Humans

The time to play great games from THQ Nordic and Handy Games at great prices is now!

NBA 2K22

NBA 2K22: How to Up Your Game with VC

There are endless possibilities in NBA 2K22, especially when it comes to customizing your look and experimenting with your MyTeam roster. Every Season, new rewards such as apparel, animations and exclusive MyTeam goodies are added to keep things feeling fresh. With so many tempting outfit combinations and rare MyTeam packs available, it’s natural to want to go on a shopping spree, but that takes VC. Earning VC in-game can be accomplished by completing challenges and receiving your MyCareer game checks, or getting lucky at the Daily Spin, but you can always add more to your wallet at the Microsoft Store — and now is a great time to snag some.

NBA 2K22

Right now, you can head over to the Microsoft Store and take advantage of a 20% sale on all VC products! For a limited time, you can capitalize on some great savings. You know that MyTeam pack you’ve been eyeing? Or those shoes that will be the envy of your friends? It’s time to treat yourself and your MyPlayer while the offer lasts.

NBA 2K22

Season 4 is live and loaded with exclusive new content, waiting to be purchased, such as the MyTeam Beasts pack, featuring Galaxy Opal Giannis Antetokounmpo, Galaxy Opal Anthony Davis, Galaxy Opal Ja Morant, and Pink Diamond LaMelo Ball. Snag the Beasts pack, rip it open, and start terrorizing the community with some of the most lethal forces in the league. The sky’s the limit for you and your MyTeam, even more so when you cop the Hunt 4 Glory Soaring pack, containing some of the best dunkers and high-flyers the game has to offer. Take flight with Galaxy Opal Donovan Mitchell, Pink Diamond Billy Cunningham, Diamond Chris Andersen, Amethyst Obi Toppin, and Ruby Eric Bledsoe. Both the Beasts pack and the Hunt 4 Glory pack are available for one week only, so act now!

NBA 2K22

NBA 2K22 offers a plethora of realistic content to bring your hoop dreams to life, but there are a few exceptions. Season 4’s biggest reward probably isn’t something you’d be able to own in real life—unless you’re Mike Tyson. Awaiting you at Level 40 is a pet tiger of your very own, complementing you as a trusty companion. Check out the Year of the Tiger and more in the latest Season of NBA 2K22 — and don’t forget to stop by the Microsoft Store for the 20% sale on VC products!

Xbox Live

NBA 2K22 for Xbox One

2K

573
$59.99 $47.99
Xbox One X Enhanced
Xbox Game Pass
A WORLD OF BASKETBALL NBA 2K22 puts the entire basketball universe in your hands. PLAY NOW in real NBA and WNBA environments against authentic teams and players. Build your own dream team in MyTEAM with today’s stars and yesterday’s legends. Live out your own pro journey in MyCAREER and experience your personal rise to the NBA. Flex your management skills as a powerful Executive in MyGM and MyLEAGUE. Anyone, anywhere can hoop in NBA 2K22. STEP YOUR GAME UP New tactical offense meets an overhauled defense for a more competitive and immersive NBA 2K22. Add skill-based dribbling, shooting, dunking, and alley-oops to your bag of moves, and counter them with ferocious new blocks and contests on the other end of the court. ALL ABOARD THE CRUISE Set sail for the high seas in the all-new 2K22 Neighborhood, made for Xbox One. Create your perfect MyPLAYER, level up for rewards, and express yourself through both your game and your style. YOUR DREAM TEAM Collect, craft, and hoop in the ultimate NBA fantasy competition: NBA 2K22 MyTEAM. Build your dream lineup of NBA stars and legends across any era, and explore game-changing evolutions to the MyTEAM experience – each addition introduced Season after Season. NEW SEASONS, NEW DISCOVERIES The NBA Playoffs are the ultimate battleground for heroes in the making, putting players through a gauntlet of grueling challenges. Those worthy of greatness embrace the moment. NBA 2K22’s Season 7: Return of Heroes takes things to a new level, marking the dawn of a new era. Headlined by MVP candidate and scoring champion Joel Embiid, Season 7 is setting the stage for what’s sure to be an unbelievable conclusion to the 2021-2022 NBA Season.
Xbox Live

NBA 2K22 for Xbox Series X|S

2K

445
$69.99 $55.99
Xbox Game Pass
A WORLD OF BASKETBALL NBA 2K22 puts the entire basketball universe in your hands. PLAY NOW in real NBA and WNBA environments against authentic teams and players. Build your own dream team in MyTEAM with today’s stars and yesterday’s legends. Live out your own pro journey in MyCAREER and experience your personal rise to the NBA. Flex your management skills as a powerful Executive in MyGM and MyLEAGUE. Anyone, anywhere can hoop in NBA 2K22. STEP YOUR GAME UP New tactical offense meets an overhauled defense for a more competitive and immersive NBA 2K22. Add skill-based dribbling, shooting, dunking, and alley-oops to your bag of moves, and counter them with ferocious new blocks and contests on the other end of the court. YOUR JOURNEY, YOUR CITY MyCAREER and an all-new City become one in a groundbreaking 2K22 experience. Embark on your personal journey to the pros – a sprawling MyCAREER life – ALL within the City. Forge your own path in college, the NBA G League, or even by jumping straight to the NBA. Be a pro off-the-court by growing your personal brand in the music industry, fashion world, and more. And of course, ball out against the best and fiercest MyPLAYERs in the most vibrant and competitive basketball community in the world. YOUR DREAM TEAM Collect, craft, and hoop in the ultimate NBA fantasy competition: NBA 2K22 MyTEAM. Build your dream lineup of NBA stars and legends across any era, and explore game-changing evolutions to the MyTEAM experience – each addition introduced over multiple Seasons. NEW SEASONS, NEW DISCOVERIES The NBA Playoffs are the ultimate battleground for heroes in the making, putting players through a gauntlet of grueling challenges. Those worthy of greatness embrace the moment. NBA 2K22’s Season 7: Return of Heroes takes things to a new level, marking the dawn of a new era. Headlined by MVP candidate and scoring champion Joel Embiid, Season 7 is setting the stage for what’s sure to be an unbelievable conclusion to the 2021-2022 NBA Season.
Xbox Live

NBA 2K22 Cross-Gen Digital Bundle

2K

6195
$79.99 $63.99
Xbox One X Enhanced
This edition includes NBA 2K22 for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S – A New Generation NBA 2K Experience. A WORLD OF BASKETBALL NBA 2K22 puts the entire basketball universe in your hands. PLAY NOW in real NBA and WNBA environments against authentic teams and players. Build your own dream team in MyTEAM with today’s stars and yesterday’s legends. Live out your own pro journey in MyCAREER and experience your personal rise to the NBA. Flex your management skills as a powerful Executive in MyGM and MyLEAGUE. Anyone, anywhere can hoop in NBA 2K22. STEP YOUR GAME UP New tactical offense meets an overhauled defense for a more competitive and immersive NBA 2K22. Add skill-based dribbling, shooting, dunking, and alley-oops to your bag of moves, and counter them with ferocious new blocks and contests on the other end of the court. BE PART OF A HUGE HOOPS COMMUNITY Whether in the City (for Xbox Series X|S) or in the Neighborhood (for Xbox One), live out your basketball life in the biggest and most vibrant hoops community in the world. With your MyPLAYER, put in the work, rep up, and dominate the courts. You can train in the Gatorade Training Facility, pick up the latest gear at SWAG’S, and compete throughout the year in diverse Events. Be the baller you want to be in NBA 2K’s own basketball hub. YOUR DREAM TEAM Collect, craft, and hoop in the ultimate NBA fantasy competition: NBA 2K22 MyTEAM. Build your dream lineup of NBA stars and legends across any era, and explore game-changing evolutions to the MyTEAM experience – each addition introduced Season after Season. NEW SEASONS, NEW DISCOVERIES In NBA 2K22, every Season brings fresh opportunities to reap new rewards. Whether in MyTEAM or MyCAREER, compete against the best and discover what amazing rewards each new Season has in store. This edition includes: • NBA 2K22 for Xbox One • NBA 2K22 for Xbox Series X|S – A New Generation NBA 2K Experience • 10,000 MyTEAM Points • 10 MyTEAM Tokens • Sapphire Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant MyTEAM Cards • 22 MyTEAM Promo Packs (Receive 10 at launch, then 3 per week for 4 weeks) • Diamond Jordan Shoe MyTEAM card • Coach Card MyTEAM Pack • 10 Boosts for each MyCAREER Skill Boost type • 10 Boosts for each Gatorade Boost type • 4 Cover Athlete T-Shirts for your MyPLAYER • MyPLAYER backpack and arm sleeve • Custom-design skateboard for MyPLAYER
Xbox Live

NBA 2K22 NBA 75th Anniversary Edition

2K

2468
$99.99 $79.99
Xbox One X Enhanced
This edition includes NBA 2K22 for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S – A New Generation NBA 2K Experience. A WORLD OF BASKETBALL NBA 2K22 puts the entire basketball universe in your hands. PLAY NOW in real NBA and WNBA environments against authentic teams and players. Build your own dream team in MyTEAM with today’s stars and yesterday’s legends. Live out your own pro journey in MyCAREER and experience your personal rise to the NBA. Flex your management skills as a powerful Executive in MyGM and MyLEAGUE. Anyone, anywhere can hoop in NBA 2K22. STEP YOUR GAME UP New tactical offense meets an overhauled defense for a more competitive and immersive NBA 2K22. Add skill-based dribbling, shooting, dunking, and alley-oops to your bag of moves, and counter them with ferocious new blocks and contests on the other end of the court. BE PART OF A HUGE HOOPS COMMUNITY Whether in the City (for Xbox Series X|S) or in the Neighborhood (for Xbox One), live out your basketball life in the biggest and most vibrant hoops community in the world. With your MyPLAYER, put in the work, rep up, and dominate the courts. You can train in the Gatorade Training Facility, pick up the latest gear at SWAG’S, and compete throughout the year in diverse Events. Be the baller you want to be in NBA 2K’s own basketball hub. YOUR DREAM TEAM Collect, craft, and hoop in the ultimate NBA fantasy competition: NBA 2K22 MyTEAM. Build your dream lineup of NBA stars and legends across any era, and explore game-changing evolutions to the MyTEAM experience – each addition introduced Season after Season. NEW SEASONS, NEW DISCOVERIES In NBA 2K22, every Season brings fresh opportunities to reap new rewards. Whether in MyTEAM or MyCAREER, compete against the best and discover what amazing rewards each new Season has in store. This edition includes: • NBA 2K22 for Xbox One • NBA 2K22 for Xbox Series X|S – A New Generation NBA 2K Experience • 100K VC • 10K MyTEAM Points • 10 MyTEAM Tokens • Sapphire Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant MyTEAM Cards • 22 MyTEAM Promo Packs (Receive 10 at launch, then 3 per week for 4 weeks) • Diamond Jordan Shoe MyTEAM card • Coach Card MyTEAM Pack • 10 Boosts for each MyCAREER Skill Boost type • 10 Boosts for each Gatorade Boost type • 4 Cover Athlete T-Shirts for your MyPLAYER • MyPLAYER backpack and arm sleeve • Custom-design skateboard for MyPLAYER
key art

A Gummy’s Life Brings the Sweetest Online Multiplayer Update to Xbox

Summary

  • After coming to Xbox, the sweetest brawl game gets a cool update
  • Private online matches can be customized
  • Prove that you are the strongest gummy!

Have you been playing A Gummy’s Life since it came to Xbox in September? If you haven’t, we’re sorry to tell you, you have been missing out on this amazingly sweet local and online multiplayer. The game allows you to fight your friends to the death in different arenas: the last man standing will prove to be the sweetest gummy.

gummy menu

But if you have been playing and enjoying the game already, you probably noticed that the online mode had a few restrictions, and, like many other players, you surely wished that local match customization options were also available in the online version. Well, we’ve got some amazing news! Your concerns have been heard, and we have finally brought you one of the most asked-for updates: private online matches can finally be customized!

screenshot

You can now set up your online games to get the best experience: select the game mode you want to play the most from all three available: Free for all, Hot Potato or King of the Hill, and fight in any of the maps, since all are finally open to use, up to ten-map rounds!

scrimmage board

This new update allows you to get the most out of the online services, so that you can play with your friends from the comfort of your home just as if you were playing next to each other. You will also be able to enjoy crossplay to the max, which is in the game since its release.

soccer field

The newest patch also adds the option to set your language in the game as Korean, and fixes other small bugs and problems to make the gaming experience even greater.

path

So, what are you waiting for? There is no better time to enjoy this sweet game: set a match and prove once and for all who is the sweetest gummy among your friends!

Xbox Live

A Gummy's Life

EP Games

43
$19.99 $9.99
Warning! The gummies have come to life… and they have gone fruit loopy! The gummies have invaded the city, they’re everywhere: in the football stadium, the park, the fortress, the fairground, even in the beehive?! It’s impossible to keep your eyes off the relentless free-for-all gummy action with their floppy fist fights and sweet yet savage sucker punches. They say the pen is mightier than the sword, but since gummies don’t have pens, they use their surroundings to terrible effect. And you thought they were so sweet! PICK AND MIX So many gummies to choose from! Choose your preferred flavour and jump into the hilarious wacky battles with friends and family. Unlock different cosmetics to customize your gummies even more. There can only be one champion so show everyone who rules over the sugar! Its winner takes all and that includes the newly unlocked gummies to play with.
Xbox Insider Release Notes

Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha (2202.220126-2200)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox Update Preview coming to the Alpha ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox consoles.

We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes to the UI are minimal, so you’re aware when updates are coming to your device. Details can be found below!

Xbox Insider Release Notes

System Update Details:

  • OS version released: XB_FLT_2202CO\22000.3522.220126-2200
  • Available: 2 p.m. PT – January 28, 2022
  • Mandatory: 3 a.m. PT – January 29, 2022

Fixes Implemented

Thanks to the hard work of Xbox engineers, we are happy to announce the following fixes have been implemented for this build:

Console Live Streaming

  • Fixed an issue where users would see an error when opening the streaming menu in the Guide.

Games

  • Fixes to address Backwards Compatible titles failing to launch with error 0x8082000c.

System

  • Various updates to properly reflect local languages across the console.
    • Note: Users participating in Preview may see “odd” text across the console, for more information go here.

Known Issues

We understand some issues have been listed in previous Xbox Insider Release Notes. These items aren’t being ignored, but it will take Xbox engineers more time to find a solution.

We’re still tracking these known issues:

Controllers

  • We’ve received some reports that users’ controllers are randomly losing sync or disconnecting from the console. If you encounter this behavior please make sure and report this issue after reconnecting.
  • Some users have reported that the Xbox button on the Razer Turret is not working to access the Guide.
    • Workaround: Either the Windows key or even Windows key + X can be used instead of the Xbox button to access the Guide.

Games

  • We’ve received reports that controller input is not working when a game is launched.
    • Workaround: Reboot the console and relaunch the game.

Guide

  • We are investigating reports of the audio mixer being unable to adjust chat/game audio levels.

HDMI-CEC

  • We’ve received some reports that HDMI-CEC is not working correctly.
    • Note: Ensure that your TV supports HDMI-CEC and is also enabled before filing feedback.

Home

  • Some users have reported that the icon for a disc-based title is not appearing on the dashboard.
  • Users with a Series X|S console have reported that the dashboard is not loading with error code 0x80070490 on console boot.
    • Workaround: Users who encounter this error will need to perform a console reset (choose the option to keep games/apps installed) in order to resolve this behavior.  Instructions can be found here and select the “Troubleshooting system updates from other screens” option.

My Games & Apps

  • Titles in collection may incorrectly appear with a “trial” tag.

TV/Display

  • Some users have reported that the console is displaying at the incorrect resolution on boot.  We are aware and investigating.
    • Note: If you encounter this behavior, please ensure that you submit feedback via Report a Problem immediately. Please include the make/model of you TV/Display in the description.
    • Workaround: Restarting the console via the Power menu (Holding down the Xbox button displays the power menu) should resolve the behavior.  If not, ensure you are looking at the troubleshooting here, specifically the section about ensuring your TV firmware is up to date.

Make sure to use Report a problem to keep us informed of your issue. We may not be able to respond to everyone, but the data we’ll gather is crucial to finding a resolution.

What Happens to Your Feedback

How to Get Xbox Insider Support

If you’re an Xbox Insider looking for support, please reach out to the community subreddit. Official Xbox staff, moderators, and fellow Xbox Insiders are there to help with your concerns.

When posting to the subreddit, please look through most recent posts to see if your issue has already been posted or addressed. We always recommend adding to threads with the same issue before posting a brand new one. This helps us support you the best we can! Don’t forget to use “Report a problem” before posting—the information shared in both places helps us understand your issue better.

Thank you to every Xbox Insider in the subreddit today. We love that it has become such a friendly and community-driven hub of conversation and support.

For more information regarding the Xbox Insider Program follow us on Twitter. Keep an eye on future Xbox Insider Release Notes for more information regarding your Xbox Update Preview ring!