Starting at 2:00 p.m. PST today, members of the Xbox One Insiders Beta Ring will begin receiving the latest 1904 Xbox One system update (19h1_release_xbox_dev_1904.190218-1920). Read on for more about the new features, fixes and known issues in the latest 1904 system update.
Recent achievements not marked as seen until you open one up
Broadcasting on Mixer or Twitch
We have fixed the issue that resulted in broadcasting to fail with both Mixer and Twitch. You are now able to reset the privacy setting to Disable the Kinect/webcam captured content sharing feature.
Fixed an issue in which LG TVs fail to display UHD 24Hz Dolby Vision video.
Looking for Groups (LFG)
Fixed the text to add tags to the LFG post remains displayed after the user has selected their tags
Additional fixes to support detailed behavior for conversation page in the Guide with new messaging framework.
Fixes to Group chats to enable/fix:
Show all of my group chats in the group conversations section of UI.
Add a friend to a group conversation.
A user can see the roster for a group chat.
Enable the user to leave a conversation and the owner can kick someone from a conversation.
My Games and Apps
Fixed the Crunchyroll app to show both the name in Guide and icon as it was not showing the name.
Fixed an issue that caused various titles installed on an older build to silently crash to dash at launch.
Fixed a bug where old, previously read notifications could come back as new notifications. Users may need to mark these notifications as read one more time to permanently hide them.
Fixed an issue in which Toasts from non-friends don’t display.
UI Fixes to the Mini Keyboard to align the Microphone icon and fix the size of Emojis.
UI fix for the Small Keyboard to resolve bad placement while in Minecraft.
Mini Keyboard shift key fixed.
We have enabled “Alexa tell Xbox to pair my controller” “start controller pairing”
We are tracking an issue that this title is crashing on launch.
We are aware that some users with Xbox One X consoles are seeing graphical corruption on text fields when exiting a game and navigating back to home.
We are aware that the clock/time is missing from home and the dashboard
My Games and Apps
We are investigating an issue in which your subscriptions are blank in My Games and Apps. Titles can be located and downloaded from the Store.
We are tracking an issue with the Netflix app. When you are playing 4k content and then pause and place the console in connected standby upon relaunching the Netflix app when starting you console back up the Netflix app crashes. Workaround: Close and relaunch the Netflix app. Some users have also found if they change the console display resolution from 4K to 1080p then launch the app. After the app launch change the console display back to 4k.
Sometimes users may encounter the incorrect Profile color when powering on the console.
Next Week on Xbox: New Games for February 26 to March 1
Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox One! Every week the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console. To find out what’s coming soon to Xbox One, read on below and click on each of the game profiles for pre-order details (dates are subject to change).
How Unexplored: Unlocked Edition Generates a Startling Amount of Surprising Dungeons
When I came across an area in Unexploredthat consisted entirely of nicely decorated floating rooms all connected by teleporters, I knew we had achieved our goal – we had created a game that could surprise even us, the developer, with the imaginative and interesting levels that our dungeon generation tech could produce.
As you may have guessed, Unexplored’s most unique feature is its content generator. As a team we worked hard to push the boundaries of what can be achieved with generated levels. A challenge both technologically and design-wise.
So, how did we tackle this?
First, every floor you encounter in Unexplored’s procedurally-generated Dungeon of Doom has a couple of themes running at the same time. Themes such as water, lava, teleporters, and chasms. Some of those themes are obvious, others are opaque and rare.
The trick is to have themes work together to create unique gameplay experiences. A floor running a lava and water theme, for example, features boiling water. Or a level combining chasms, decorated rooms, and teleporters may end up, well, featuring nothing more than those floating rooms, interconnected by teleporters.
We created nine main themes and dozens more smaller ones. By having so many different themes, the possible combinations are near-endless. Every floor you encounter becomes a game in itself – you must discover what’s going on and how the dungeon is trying to kill you this time. Or, sometimes, how it’s trying to help you.
In order to beat Unexplored, you must pay attention. The content generation might be ‘random’, but it is still readable to a certain extent. Once you’ve descended into the dungeon a couple of times you will start picking up on the themes I’ve mentioned. You will know when and where to look for secrets, when a particular room is a trap, and when a whole floor might be best avoided altogether. In the true tradition of roguelike games, playing Unexplored is as much about developing smart strategies as it is about building your sword-fighting skills.
As a designer, I really love the effect content generation has on gameplay. If you beat Unexplored, that victory is truly yours. There’s no save game to help you after you die, you can’t memorize levels. It’s so much more than simply jumping through all the hoops the designers put in front of you.
After finishing the base game, we started to conduct some more extreme experiments with our content generator. The results of those experiments ended up as three pieces of DLC (already included in the Unexplored: Unlocked Edition for Xbox One under Special Runs in the main menu).
The overall structure of the first Special Run remains the same every time, but each floor is still generated on the spot. Think of it like this: you’ve heard rumours of what to expect in this dungeon, aptly named The Mines of Moryondor, but you’re never quite sure of exactly what is going to happen. To beat Mithril Run you really, really need to strategize and plan ahead.
More focused on action gameplay, Ripley Run gives you a magical, repeater crossbow and a whole bunch of targets to shoot at. You’ll still need to plan carefully, though, as you’ll never have enough arrows, and being able to locate additional resources is key to playing this mode.
The Dark Ritual
In contrast, The Dark Ritual is one giant, nested puzzle, where we took Unexplored’s ability to generate floor-spanning puzzles to the extreme. You still have plenty of scary monsters to deal with, as befits The Dark Ritual’s Cthulhu-inspired theme.
By tweaking the content generator, we created vastly different gameplay experiences. My personal favourite is yet another different play style: Desolate Mode. It’s not a Special Run as such, it’s a special kind of difficulty setting.
Desolate Mode makes the levels almost deserted: very few enemies and equally few magic and healing items. This mode features long stretches of silent exploration that suddenly burst into frantic moments of life-threatening combat. Yet another vastly different take on the classic dungeon delving experience.
We can’t wait for you to play Unexplored: Unlocked Edition on Xbox One and to be surprised over and over again. Even now, after many years of development, the game still throws curve balls that even I never imagined.
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Paradox Interactive and Xbox Join Forces to Launch Paradox Mods We are absolutely thrilled that Paradox Interactive has teamed up with Microsoft to release Paradox Mods on Xbox One! Now, for the first time, PC mod creators have a direct line to showcase and publish their work for Xbox One gamers to enjoy — making this a momentous day for gamers and modders everywhere… Read more
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Free Play Days: Halo Wars: Definitive Edition and Halo Wars 2 Take command of this weekend’s Free Play Days and put on your real-time strategy hat! Xbox Live Gold members can experience the Halo universe from a unique angle with Halo Wars: Definitive Edition and Halo Wars 2. The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, February 21 at 12:01 a.m. PT and runs through to Sunday, February 24… Read more
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Welcome (Back) Aboard – 5 Ways Sea of Thieves has Evolved Since Launch When’s the last time you’ve teamed up with a few privateering pals and set sail in Sea of Thieves? If you’ve taken a break from the breakers, you may be surprised at how much more you’ll find floating around the game these days. Rare has continually updated Sea of Thieves (over 30 times in less than a year!), including 4 major, game-altering expansions… Read more
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Anthem is Available Today on Xbox One – Here’s What You Need to Know Get ready to suit up and start an incredible adventure! Anthem has just launched on Xbox One, and we’ve got the details you need to get a successful head start in this dangerous and beautiful new world. Javelins Javelins are at the center of both combat and mobility in Anthem. They’re built to protect you from almost anything the world… Read more
Anthem is Available Today on Xbox One – Here’s What You Need to Know
Get ready to suit up and start an incredible adventure! Anthem has just launched on Xbox One, and we’ve got the details you need to get a successful head start in this dangerous and beautiful new world.
Javelins are at the center of both combat and mobility in Anthem. They’re built to protect you from almost anything the world can throw at you as well as allow you to soar through the sky, swim through underwater tunnels, and unleash your power against enemies.
There are four javelins, the Ranger (the most balanced and versatile suit), Interceptor (an agile melee specialist), Colossus (the hard-hitting tank), and Storm (and elegant long-range fighter), and each has its own specific strengths and weaknesses. You’ll unlock your first at level 2, another at level 8, a third at level 16, and finally, a fourth at level 26.
Gear and Weapons
Once you’ve unlocked your javelins, you’ll need to add gear and weapons and (if you want) give it a unique look with the game’s customization and personalization options. You can find them in the Forge (accessible at Fort Tarsis or the Launch Bay) under the Loadout and Appearance tabs. You can save multiple loadouts with gear and weapon combinations that may come in handy in specific combat situations.
Gear comes in six rarity levels: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, Masterwork, and Legendary. The rarer the gear, the more powerful it is and the higher the chance it will come with inscriptions (randomly rolled stat boosts and bonuses) or added ability bonuses (you can spot these in orange text on the description).
You’ll very likely spend a great deal of time searching for the gear you need, but keep in mind that crafting is an option, too. You can dismantle and salvage gear you don’t need, take on Challenges, visit the Crafting Shop, and explore the world to find nodes to harvest for crafting materials.
Once you have the right materials, you can start crafting. Completing Challenges will also help you unlock blueprints, to make exactly what you need. Of course, the rarer the gear, the more difficult the Challenge.
Combat and Combos
Next, it’s time to learn about your javelin’s capabilities, particularly the combinations of moves that lead to powerful and devastating combo attacks. There are two foundations for any successful combo, the primer (generally an elemental attack that inflicts a status effect on your enemies) and the detonator (basically the trigger that sets off the combo).
Keep in mind that the javelin that primes an enemy or group of enemies does not have to detonate it; any member of the squad can. Once it’s been triggered, your enemies will need to be primed again before your squad can use another detonator. And, unsurprisingly, lower level enemies will be much easier to prime than higher level ones.
Teamwork is one of the major foundations of Anthem, and the farther you progress in the game the more important it will become. This is especially true for Strongholds, challenging dungeons with multiple objectives to complete in order to progress all the way to a climactic final battle. While Strongholds are the toughest challenges you’ll face, they’ll also give you the greatest rewards. Taking them on with your squad of four increases your likelihood of finding amazing weaponry and gear.
Using a headset and mic with your squad is the easiest way to make the most of everyone’s combat abilities and take out even the strongest enemies. Communicating with one another means lining up the perfect combos, covering teammates under fire, and flanking enemies more effectively.
Unleash Your Power
Now’s your time, Freelancer, so suit up and start exploring the world of Anthem today!
Old Man’s Journey: Making a Game about Life, Loss, and Hope
Our latest game Old Man’s Journey was born out of two main ideas. We wanted to make a game about wanderlust and we wanted to include the whole spectrum of human emotions into this game. Not only the positive ones like happiness and love -which are very common in games- but also the ones that are seen more negatively and not so often incorporated, like regret and loss. All of them are very important. They make us human and very complex beings in the end.
So, we decided to send the players on an emotional trip throughout Old Man’s Journey. At first, they will maybe not entirely understand the old man’s motivation for taking this on, but it becomes clearer and clearer why it is so important for him to go.
As an old man it is understandably not always easy to take on such an adventure. He has to master the environment or rest from time to time, but will also make some new friends on his way. He will have the time to think about what happened over the time of his life and if the decisions he made were always right or sometimes maybe not so much. Some of them were loving and caring, some selfish.
We are especially proud of our latest endeavor Old Man’s Journey and what we achieved with this game. The positive reception and responses so far are overwhelming for us. In a good way. And now we are very excited that Old Man’s Journey is coming soon to Xbox. We hope that the passionate players there will enjoy our game as much as we did making it!
Welcome (Back) Aboard – 5 Ways Sea of Thieves has Evolved Since Launch
When’s the last time you’ve teamed up with a few privateering pals and set sail in Sea of Thieves? If you’ve taken a break from the breakers, you may be surprised at how much more you’ll find floating around the game these days. Rare has continually updated Sea of Thieves (over 30 times in less than a year!), including 4 major, game-altering expansions, delivered for free and seamlessly integrated into the game. We’re talking new questlines, enemies, and all-important plunder. Here’s a quick guide on what’s waiting for you in the game:
Table for 3
Not traveling in a foursome? No problem – no matter your party size, there’s now a vessel for you. Not too big, not too small, the Brigantine ship arrived in the summer, ideal for 3 sailors. You won’t want to take on a Galleon head to head, but you’ll be able to own Sloops and manage this vessel much more easily with a medium-sized crew. And while it’s not a ship, per se, the Rowboat appeared this fall, and has become the tool of choice for stowaways and stealthy treasure heists.
More Dangers in the Deep
While sharks have always been a bobbing buccaneer’s greatest fear, last Spring’s Hungering Deep update proved that there’s much more lurking below the waves. The megalodon – a giant beast of a shark – now appears throughout the sea in a number of varieties. Note: not even Jason Statham can take down this Meg single-handedly. Fortunately there’s now an alliance system in play to encourage pirate crews to unite against tougher foes, because for those crafty enough to down the Megalodon, treasure awaits.
Early on in Sea of Thieves, the sight of a mast on the horizon automatically meant fellow players were sailing by, either to compete or cooperate. The Cursed Sails update changed that forever; that approaching ship could be friendly, or it could be a guided by an undead crew of AI-controlled skeletons in no mood to parley. Don’t expect them to fight fair either – their cursed cannonballs add unwelcome effects such as locking your cannons, dropping your anchor, or even giving your crew a case of dancing fever. Fortunately, human players can get ahold of this tide-turning ordnance as well.
Expect to run into hordes of undead on land too, and – in a frightening development – some may run right at you with a literal powder keg in hand, like a skeletal Creeper. Aim true (or run)!
Welcome to the Danger Zone
Last Fall, Rare introduced a new region to Sea of Thieves as part of the Forsaken Shores expansion: The Devil’s Roar. As its name indicates, these aren’t placid waters for smooth sailing. Volcanoes rise from the sea in this region, spewing debris at your vessel with uncanny accuracy. The area’s land masses are no haven either, as geothermal instability means the ground trembles, geysers spout from the sand, and super hot water makes the shallows an unwelcome swim. Why would any sane adventurer wander this way? Why, for the best treasure, of course.
New tools, new rules
Sea of Thieves has played host to three trading companies since launch, doling out quests and paying out rewards to those who complete them. But if you’ve been adrift for awhile, keep an eye out for Bilge Rat Adventures, which offer new goals in exchange for Doubloons, which can be redeemed for exclusive Bilge Rat rewards. Check in with Duke in the tavern from time to time.
While Rare has added a number of new challenges to tackle in Sea of Thieves, they’ve also provided a number of additions and revisions to your arsenal to help you surmount them – or to show off your success to others.. Recruit allies from afar with the new Speaking Trumpet, which allows you to be heard from much further away. There’s a new drum for budding musical mercenaries to add a beat to your shanties.
On the cosmetics side, there are scores of new options for every garment, weapon, and tool, and you can now select tattoos and scars to make your pirate truly yours. But the first thing another player will see is your ship, so it’s a good thing you’ve got options to customize your wheel, cannons, capstans, sails, flags, figurehead and more.
This is just a taste of all that’s been added to Sea of Thieves – even the familiar has taken on a new feel since November, when the Shrouded Spoils update added pea-soup fog, and ramped up both encounter frequency and rewards. If you’ve missed the last few months – you’ve been missing out, but there’s much more to come. For more details on everything Sea of Thieves, check out the official site, or better yet, jump back in: Sea of Thieves is included with Xbox Game Pass.
New Alpha and Alpha Skip Ahead 1904 build coming today 2/24/19
Starting at 2:00 p.m. PST today, members of the Xbox One Preview Skip Ahead and Preview Alpha Rings will begin receiving the latest 1904 Xbox One system update (19h1_release_xbox_dev_1904.190221-2147). Read on for more about the new features, fixes and known issues in the latest 1904 system update. For the next few releases we will keep Alpha Skip Ahead and Alpha builds in sync to test core functionality.
This build contains the new Storage uninstall feature to please test.
When you try to install a new game or app today with a full HDD we send you to your collection to choose what to remove. The new suggested uninstall feature will instead send you to a page that has titles suggested for removal that will free up enough space for your install and to make things even easier it will auto-kickoff the install once the space is freed up!
You can also get to the new drive manager page via Settings > System > Storage (then select the storage device and Uninstall items) to easily manage your existing content and uninstall multiple titles at once.
My Games and Apps
We have resolved a system memory leak that will address the following issues with games and apps:
Apps such as Netflix unable to launch or crashing on launch.
Various games simply fail to launch with a generic error message after playing a 4k title for a period of time.
If playing a 4k title and taking a series of screenshots or game DVR clips you would find the system slow or lock up.
We have resolved a system memory leak that will address the following issue on home:
When playing a game and returning to the guide you would see corrupt text or missing graphics on home.
The system clock is now displaying on home for various locales.
Achievements list not being displayed while in a game.
We are aware of issues of No Audio heard from Non-Spatial Audio games when using Dolby Atmos for Home Theater with the LG SJ9 soundbar.
We are tracking an issue that this title is crashing on launch.
Game Pass Mobile App
Issue/Impact – After pushing a remote installation of a game from the Game Pass mobile app, customers will not see progress of the installation on in the mobile app and may not receive install notifications. The game will still successfully install if there is sufficient available space on the console.
Affected audience – must be in 1904 preview, must be a GP subscriber, must be using the GP mobile app, must be pushing game installations from the app.
Workarounds – None. A fix is coming in the next version of the mobile app in March. Customers interested in getting early access to the fix can download the Game Pass Beta app.
We are tracking that some users are report unable to send/receive messages with latest update.
Sometimes users may encounter the incorrect Profile color when powering on the console.
We are tracking an issue in which the Console locks up when accessing guide after playing a title or app.
Free Play Days: Halo Wars: Definitive Edition and Halo Wars 2
Take command of this weekend’s Free Play Days and put on your real-time strategy hat! Xbox Live Gold members can experience the Halo universe from a unique angle with Halo Wars: Definitive Edition and Halo Wars 2. The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, February 21 at 12:01 a.m. PT and runs through to Sunday, February 24 at 11:59 p.m. PT. You can find and install the games here. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard on your Xbox One.
The games are also available at a discount (see below) so you can continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and achievements earned in-game.
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition enhances the iconic real-time strategy game, Halo Wars, for a native Windows 10 and Xbox One experience. Set early in the Human-Covenant conflict, players can build and command their own Halo army to turn the tide of war against enemies in an epic campaign or in online multiplayer matches. With all the downloadable content from the original release, updated graphics and new achievements, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is the best way to start your Halo strategy journey.
Halo Wars 2
Halo Wars 2 delivers an epic sequel to the iconic real-time strategy game, Halo Wars. Take control of Captain Cutter and his forces aboard the UNSC Spirit of Fire to battle humanity’s newest terrifying threat: The Banished – a ruthless Brute faction commanded by the deadly warrior known as Atriox. Lead your army of classic Halo units like Spartans, Warthogs and Scorpions to outsmart the enemy and survive the brutal war. Experience the largest and most exciting Halo battlefield to date on Windows 10 and Xbox One.
Don’t miss out on this weekend’s great games! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest news on Xbox.