Taking Ark into Hard Sci-Fi with Aberration

Everyone at Studio Wildcard is super stoked to finally get Ark’s second massive expansion pack, Ark: Aberration, into player’s hands tomorrow December 12.

This new world puts players on a malfunctioning Ark drifting in space, with a harsh sun-baked radioactive surface, and a massive internal underground network encompassing varied biomes and fantastical creatures.

A large stockpile of new items gives players powerful new options for traversing environments, such as wingsuits, zip lines, and climbing picks. And across Aberration, fantastical new creatures such as Rock Drakes and Basilisks make their home among the ruins of damaged Ark technology.

While unique environmental hazards including earthquakes, radiation sickness, and dangerous flora pose new challenges, an ever-present concern is the infestation of the Nameless. These mutated humanoids dig their way out of the porous ground and are relentless unless held at bay with Charge Energy — which survivors can store in battery packs and emit via powerful blasters or organic Lantern Pets. But perhaps the greatest threat comes from the Reapers, massive alien monstrosities which can impregnate foes to spawn offspring, and their horrifying master lurking in the deepest depths of Aberration.

Ark Aberration Screenshot

Clearly, Ark: Aberration is a different kind of experience. This new expansion presents more mythos and world-building that we’ve done in the past, including its ending sequence which directly points the way to Ark’s future.

Aberration’s theme is more of a “hard sci-fi fantasy” than the Earth-like jungles and grasslands of The Island. And we think that’s fun, because a key goal for the dev team at Wildcard is to keep players on their toes. With each of Ark’s expansions, the intent is not simply “more content”, but also, “different content.”

Ever since we first conceived of Ark, we knew its universe was about more than simply living with Dinosaurs and extinct creatures. In a grander sense, Ark is about what it means to be a true survivor, as an individual, and as a species — and how far humanity might be willing to go to secure its ultimate future among the cosmos. These sci-fi elements, which you’ve probably noticed if you’ve progressed deep into Ark: Survival Evolved, is brought to the forefront in Aberration. We’re excited to see what players make of some of the crazy surprises we have in store for them, tomorrow in Aberration, and beyond!

And if you’re not interested in high-minded philosophical pretensions, you can always just tame a trusty Rock Drake, cloak yourself upon a wall, and pounce onto some unsuspecting noob as they take their first steps onto this new Ark. Welcome to Aberration, survivors!

Details on the Innovative Xbox Control Scheme for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Veteran players of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on PC are no doubt aware of the in-game inventory management and upgrades mixed with high-stakes gunplay that has made the game great. Translating these mechanics down to the Xbox One controller has been a challenge, but the team at PUBG Corp. — with support from the Xbox Advanced Technology Group and The Coalition, developers of the Gears of War franchise — believe they’ve found the right balance between giving players enough flexibility to survive in the hostile battleground and to effectively manage in-game equipment on the fly.

The first key thing to remember is that to see these controls, change look sensitivity, or invert the look axis simply hold the Menu button while in a match to bring up the in-game menu.

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Basic

These will be your primary controls when navigating the world. Note that many of the buttons have a dual-purpose by either quickly pressing or holding down. For example, holding X will allow you to reload your weapon; tapping X will allow you to interact with objects. You’ll be interacting with a lot of objects in-game, quickly picking up items as fast as you can in the early going as you’re looking for weapons and equipment.

Notice that the DPAD directions can be used as quick action keys to cycle between for your grenades and healing items. For healing and boosts, tap the DPAD down button to cycle what you have and then hold briefly to start using that item without opening your inventory screen. Also, as is common in 3rd person action shooters, holding the Left Trigger will increase your accuracy while still in 3rd person view. Like the default on the PC, to aim down your weapon’s sights or scope for precision accuracy, tap the left trigger to enter the aiming mode and tap again to exit.

PUBG Controller Basic Image

Aim

When in Aim mode, the controls shift to primarily cater to those who have found themselves a nice perch to look for opponents, with options to hold breath and the utilization of the DPAD to change modes of fire (e.g. single shot). Note how both the LT and RT will be working together for you to use grenades while in Aim mode.

PUBG Controller Aim Image

Vehicle

The development team looked to keep this aspect as straight-forward as possible, modeling the controls after similar multiplayer shooters that have a driving component. Note that this is when you’re behind the wheel or in a vehicle — if you want to enter a vehicle, you’ll press X to interact with the vehicle’s doors. To quickly jump to the driver seat from any seat in the vehicle, briefly hold A button to get buckled in.

PUBG Controller Vehicle Image

Swim

Swimming is a full body effort when you’re navigating the currents in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, so the ability to use your weapon while in water cannot be possible. You can, however, interact with any loot that you find while underwater for you to add to your inventory. Just remember to Dive (B button) to avoid being detected by enemies.

PUBG Controller Swim Image

Map

One of the key elements of PUBG throughout the course of the match is the reduction of the Blue Zone throughout the game. This area is randomly chosen in every match, so consulting your map about where that location is for you to get to safety is vital for your long(er)-term survival. Also, consult the map to avoid Red Zones as those randomly appear as well. You don’t want to fall victim to napalm from the sky.

PUBG Controller Map Image

Inventory

Switching between columns in your inventory guide (RB/LB) will be a key component as you move through your equipment and supplies while in-game. Use the A button to pick up a weapon from the inventory UI, then select which highlighted slot you’d like to place it, then press A again. The key here is that pressing X picks up items into your bag like ammo and attachments, A swaps and equips items with your current loadout, and Y always drops the selected or highlighted item.

To easily strip all attachments from your weapons, simply highlight the weapon in your inventory and hold X. This will place all attachments back into your inventory bag. This keeps them available to place on your next weapon of choice. You can also hold Y to strip all the attachments to the ground if your bag is too full before grabbing your new weapon.

PUBG Controller Inventory Image

We hope you’ve liked this early look at the controls for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Note that while these are the controls for PUBG‘s launch to Xbox Game Preview, PUBG Corp. will be monitoring all community feedback and may adjust some of these as necessary and your feedback will be key.

We can’t wait to see you on the island starting on Tuesday, December 12!

Next Week on Xbox: New Games for December 11 – 17

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox where we bring you the latest details on upcoming games coming soon to Xbox One! This coming week we have the console launch exclusive PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds coming to Xbox Game Preview, the return of an iconic gaming character in Okami HD, and several ID@Xbox titles like It’s Quiz Time, Night in the Woods, and Hammerwatch. Read on below for more details on these games and more.

Okami HD Screenshot Games
Xbox One X Enhanced The critically acclaimed masterpiece returns in breathtaking high resolution. Take on the role of Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess, who inhabits the form of a legendary white wolf on a quest to defeat Orochi, an eight-headed demon and tyrannical monster responsible for turning the world of Nippon into a ruined wasteland.
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Xbox Game Preview / Console Launch Exclusive / Xbox One X Enhanced Parachute onto a massive remote island with nothing but your wits and the clothes on your back. Explore, loot and locate weapons or use vehicles to find supplies and gear-up for fast-paced combat. Go solo or team up with other players as you engage in a heart-racing fight to the be the last person left alive. Defeat every player on the map to earn your bragging rights as the last player left standing. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is Xbox One X Enhanced, with High Dynamic Range and 4K support to bring out the true visual depth of the battleground.
Night in the Woods ScreenshotGames
Night in the Woods is an adventure game focused on exploration, story, and character, featuring dozens of characters to meet and lots to do across a lush, vibrant world. Play as college dropout Mae Borowski, who returns home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs seeking to reconnect with the friends she left behind. But things aren’t the same. Home seems different now and her friends have grown and changed… and strange things are happening at night. There’s something in the woods.
Lost Grimoires 2 Shard of Mystery Screenshot Games
When Prince Fern goes missing just days before his coronation, only one person in the king’s court can find him. Step in the shoes of the teacher, spy and advisor of House Griff and embark on a dangerous adventure to find the heir and save him from the clutches of dark magic in this hidden object puzzle game from the creators of Enigmatis and Grim Legends.
Circuits Screenshot Games
Circuits is a musical puzzle game that requires careful listening to complete each level where you must piece together the different parts of a song. Packed with beautifully designed minimal graphics and 25 different songs for the player to reconstruct.
Future War ScreenshotGames
In this post-apocalyptic world full of zombies, mutants, and aliens, humans must fight for their survival. Take aim at massive enemy hordes, build turrets to drive them away, or drive war machines over this scum. Rescue the last survivors of humanity and retreat to safe havens away from the enemy in this isometric tactical shoot-em-up. Of course, countless monsters will ambush you on your journey and the only way to survive is to destroy them all.
Hammerwatch Screenshot Games
Journey to Castle Hammerwatch in this fantasy-based pixel art adventure either solo or local co-op with up to four friends. Battle hordes of enemies across unique environments with traps, hidden secrets, and puzzles. Master seven different classes, including the Sorcerer, a new class coming first to consoles, and unlock and upgrade their unique abilities. Also includes the Temple of the Sun campaign.
Its Quiz Time ScreenshotGames
Go head-to-head with the biggest trivia game on console… ever! Featuring a witty and devious AI, take on It’s Quiz Time’s catalog of over 25,000 questions. Face off against up to 8 players using your smartphone or grab your controller. You can also take advantage of the games Live Show mode to stream and play along with your audience, or share your results with friends directly from the companion app.
Ultimate Chicken Horse ScreenshotGames
Ultimate Chicken Horse is a party platformer game where you build the level as you play, placing traps and hazards to mess with your friends (be careful not to mess yourself up in the process). If you can make it to the end of the level, but your friends can’t, you score points! Each round, players add more to the level and it becomes increasingly interesting and dangerous.

This Week on Xbox: December 8, 2017

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

Xbox Takes Home Honors at The Game Awards
The Game Awards is designed to recognize the creative and technical excellence in the video game industry, bringing together a diverse group of players, developers, and culture to celebrate gaming as the most immersive and inspiring form of entertainment… Read more

Big Bundle Sale: Over 50% Off Great Indie Bundles
We here at ID@Xbox have taken over 35 of our favorite indie game bundles, pulled them together and discounted them by at least 50% in the Big Bundle Sale. Now’s a wonderful time to build that game catalog with fantastic critically acclaimed bundles like… Read more

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Marshawn Lynch Lends a Hand for Xbox One X Enhanced Madden NFL 18
Madden NFL 18 on Xbox One X delivers the most detailed, highest resolution Madden NFL game available on any console. And to celebrate, today, in partnership with EA Sports, we’re excited to debut a new campaign featuring Oakland Raiders running back, Marshawn Lynch… Read more

The Surge’s Major Expansion, A Walk in the Park, is Now Available on Xbox One
Greetings from Deck13! Today we’re releasing The Surge’s DLC expansion, A Walk in the Park, and I wanted to take a minute to talk to you guys about it. Alongside the new DLC, we’re also going to have The Surge: Complete Edition, which has the base game and all the downloadable goodies in one giant package… Read more

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Play The Division for Free with Xbox Live Gold This Weekend
In the nearly two years since players were introduced to the lawless, virus-stricken New York City of Tom Clancy’s The Division, the game has consistently posed new challenges, introduced new modes, and delivered new loot to the agents bold enough to roam its streets… Read more

Dead Rising 4: All New Content and Xbox One X Enhanced Updates
Having Dead Rising 3 launch alongside the Xbox One back in 2013 was exciting for the team here at Capcom Vancouver. To be able to work with cutting-edge hardware to bring the game’s vast open world of undead horrors to life allowed us to unlock our creativity in ways we never thought possible… Read more

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Get Ready to Gear Up for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds With Limited-Edition Cosmetic Packs
Beginning tomorrow, December 7, in celebration of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ upcoming launch on Xbox One next Tuesday, December 12, the first of the three special, limited-edition cosmetic packs that we announced at Paris Games Week – the PUBG Warrior Pack – will become available to fans worldwide… Read more

Full Metal Furies is Coming to Xbox One January 17
It’s hard to believe that after nearly four long years, the opportunity to show off Full Metal Furies is fast approaching. It all started with the naïve idea that after making our first game, Rogue Legacy, the next one would be smooth sailing… Read more

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GDC 2018: Save the Date for Gaming for Everyone Community Events
GDC 2018 is just a few months away and Xbox is excited to be back with a full week of community events, including the first ever Gaming & Disability mixer for everyone interested in meeting the people who are working to make gaming more accessible… Read more

Everspace: Free Hardcore Mode Now Available on Xbox One and Windows 10
As demanding as playing on the hard difficulty setting is, this stand-alone hardcore mode offers an entirely new level of challenge for veteran pilots, with the additional caveat of disallowing improvement in starting conditions. Each run begins with the same fixed set of pilot perks, with ship perk upgrades only allowed at the end of each sector, provided you have collected enough credits… Read more

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Trailer

New PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Trailer Unveiled at The Game Awards
Earlier tonight at The Game Awards we were treated to a brand-new trailer featuring footage of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the worldwide smash-hit coming to Xbox Game Preview on Tuesday, December 12. PUBG is a last-man-standing shooter in which players are dropped onto a realistic 8 x 8-kilometer island… Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: For Honor
Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console… Read more

Sea Of Thieves Pre-Orders Available Now

Sea of Thieves Arrives March 20, Pre-orders Available Now
At The Game Awards last night, we were thrilled to announce that Sea of Thieves’ shared-world adventure will be setting sail globally on the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PCs on March 20, 2018 for $59.99/£49.99/€69.99. The game is now available for pre-order, and you can check out the trailer above for the latest taste of the daring adventures you’ll find in-game… Read more

All Aboard the Post-Apocalyptic Train in the New Metro Exodus Trailer
Inspired by the best-selling novel “Metro 2035” by Dmitry Glukhovsky, the world of Metro Exodus takes place in the wake of a nuclear apocalypse, where survivors try to eke out a daily existence in the metro system of Moscow, Russia. With its blend of RPG elements and tense shooter gameplay… Read more

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Console Launch Exclusive and Xbox Play Anywhere Title Hello Neighbor Available Now
What an incredible journey this has been! Ever since we announced Hello Neighbor just over a year ago, we’ve seen thousands of YouTube videos, lots of fanart, cosplayers, and whole families checking the game out at conventions. It’s very rare that a game can appeal to both kids and their parents… Read more

OpTic Gaming Extends its Dominance by Winning the Gears Pro Circuit Dallas Open
Gears of War Esports kicked off Season 2 in a huge way last weekend at the Gears Pro Circuit Dallas Open. With more than 60 teams rolling into Dallas all with their eyes on the $300,000 prize pool, it was clear teams were eagerly anticipating the first major LAN event of the season… Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: For Honor

Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console, and what that means for the future of gaming. Today, we’ll be chatting with both Ubisoft’s Micha Noordegraaf and Steeve Dallaire, Graphics Technical Director and Lead Engine Programmer, respectively, on the inventive, action-packed game For Honor.

What specifically is your development team doing to enhance For Honor for Xbox One X?

Micha: The update has made significant improvements on various graphics features: water reflections, distance LOD, shadow resolution, and improved texture filtering along with providing For Honor in 4K resolution. We improved the esthetics of water reflections by implementing an SSR (screen-space reflections) model, which gives us dynamic reflections.

As for Distance LOD, the increase in processing power of the Xbox One X enabled us to draw small objects over a greater distance allowing for more detail in the maps. For shadow resolution, we have increased shadow map resolution by 50% to increase overall image quality. The shadows are crisper and more defined on Xbox One X. Finally, to achieve 4K resolution, we used a temporal upscale technique to get the best 4K resolution image possible for For Honor.

How do these enhancements impact the gaming experience?

Micha: Overall, these improvements allow for a greater immersive experience for players. Even those without a 4K set up will benefit from the graphical enhancements from this update.

Why did your development team choose to focus on these enhancement areas?

Steeve: This dev team jumps on any opportunity that presents itself to improve our game. As gamers, the passionate and talented 3D programmers researched the latest techniques in implementing the newest technology and wanted to bring it to the For Honor engine.

How has the process been to get the game up and running on Xbox One X?

Steeve: Pretty easy to be honest. The Xbox One X is fully compatible with the Xbox One so with some changes here and there we were able to have the game up and running fairly quickly. This actually helped us have a greater focus on improving the quality of the features available in this update.

What enhancement were you most excited about to explore leveraging for For Honor on Xbox One X?

Micha: I think 4K resolution is the obvious answer here, the increased resolution combined with the improvements in Distance LOD and water reflections really make the For Honor world shine.

What does 4K and HDR mean for your game, games in the future and development at your studio?

Steeve: It opens a new window of opportunity in terms of providing the best immersion and graphical fidelity when developing games.

Thanks to Micha and Steeve for taking the time to chat with us about Xbox One X Enhanced. We’ll be bringing you more interviews with more developers in the future, so stay tuned to Xbox Wire!

Everspace: Free Hardcore Mode Now Available on Xbox One and Windows 10

As demanding as playing on the hard difficulty setting is, this stand-alone hardcore mode offers an entirely new level of challenge for veteran pilots, with the additional caveat of disallowing improvement in starting conditions. Each run begins with the same fixed set of pilot perks, with ship perk upgrades only allowed at the end of each sector, provided you have collected enough credits.

Hardcore mode also introduces another nasty twist. When entering a new sector, players must select from different handicap modifiers, each having an adverse effect on overall gameplay. Essentially, players choose between the frying pan or the fire. In short, if you’re a diehard rogue-like fan, this will be a hell of a challenge and a whole lot of fun.

Everspace Hardcore Mode Screenshot

You’re gonna be pulling your hair out. You’re welcome!

As hardcore mode is not connected to the primary story, we needed a new end sector with a new end battle. Lots of Everspace fans enjoyed the end level placeholder boss fight from Xbox Game Preview, so we decided to come up with a design that borrows from previous gameplay mechanics, with a few added twits. Of course, the level design was created from scratch and the all-new Sector 7 provides a completely different look and feel.

Everspace Hardcore Mode Screenshot

Pro Tips for Survival

Avoid being hit
Super obvious, sure, but in hardcore mode, it’s even more vital to evade enemy fire and make sure you have enough energy to fire weapons or boost away when things get too messy. We promise: things will get very messy, indeed! Remember, in addition to only getting one life, losing that life means saying goodbye to any ship upgrades you’ve accumulated. Keep moving and use Boost often to fly around quickly and get out of a sticky firefight that isn’t going in your favor.

TLDR – Try to stay in one piece.

Watch your energy consumption
Boosting, shooting and using devices drains energy; entering a fight with a depleted energy core spells almost certain doom. If you’re low on energy, find a spot to hide to quickly regenerate, or craft Energy Injectors and use them directly from the crafting menu.

Prioritize your targets
Drones need to die quickly, or they’ll harass you non-stop. They deal a lot of damage, but have just a few hit points, so take them out first! Keeping this mindset, look for targets that can be destroyed quickly to increase your likelihood of survival. Elite and Mk 2/3 enemies might be more dangerous, but spending precious time chewing through their higher defenses while letting their weaker support live could spell your doom.

Everspace Hardcore Mode Screenshot

Use your secondaries and devices
It’s wise to be frugal, but you can’t use either if you’re dead. If a fight is going poorly, use whatever is at your disposal to survive. You can still craft new secondary weapons and devices if you have the resources, or gather new ones when the opportunity presents itself.

Position yourself aggressively
Enemies can’t shoot behind themselves (though Outlaws are good at strafing). Take advantage of this by using circular dodging, approach enemies quickly and get positioned behind them. This puts you close enough to never miss a shot while keeping you in their blind spot. If facing a group, boost to the last target and try to take it out before the others circle around. Get used to repeating this until you’ve mastered it. It’ll be a lifesaver.

Seek allied assistance
The mining corporation G&B Prospects are almost constantly being attacked and raided by outlaws, which explains their investments in so much security. So, try to arrange a not-so-friendly introduction when you got too many outlaws on your tail. Due to the peace treaty between the alien Okkar and the human race G&B units will ignore Okkars unless alien firepower hits their precious mining facilities. Perhaps you’re floating near those large G&B gas canisters and some Okkar shots that missed you happen to blow them up. Angry G&B forces in the area are gonna want payback. This also works with trader ships as well, which are remarkably durable and well-armed. Use them to your advantage!

Keep some distance
Not the best dogfighter? Well, most enemies aren’t the best snipers, either. Pick up a shock rifle or flak cannon and pick off targets at long range while they try to close in. Shock rifles can hit targets up to 4km away (3.4km for Pro), while the flak cannon has a 1.9km range. Most enemies only really become dangerous within 1km.

Be ready to be move
Always have an escape plan. Have an energized boost, or a teleporter device handy. When you’re in a bad spot, use them to back off, giving yourself that sweet, limited breathing room to quickly decide what to do next.

Try a different ship
Some pilots just don’t do well with certain ships and find themselves making much better progress and having more fun when they choose one that better suits their skills. It might just be that the current ship you’re flying doesn’t mesh well with you (yet), so consider changing things up. You can always come back later and give the ship that’s giving you trouble another go.

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Loot as much as possible
You also want to take your time in each sector. Kill all enemies to collect as many credits as possible and gather all the resources available for much need upgrades later in the run. Modding weapons and devices can be a real game changer! Before you enter the next sector, make sure to invest credits in energy core upgrades and more device slots before anything else. Trust us, you’ll thank us later.

You’ve been introduced to hardcore mode, you know what to expect, and we’ve pumped your brain full of tips to survive the onslaught waiting for you. Practice some runs at the hard difficulty to prepare yourselves for the ultimate challenge, or beast it up and jump directly into hardcore mode. Enjoy, and see you on the other side!

New Delta and Omega System Update – 12/5/17

Starting today at 2 p.m. PST, Delta and Omega Insiders will receive new fixes with the latest system update (1711.171203-1700). This update, which becomes mandatory tomorrow at 1 a.m. PST, is the same as yesterday’s Alpha and Beta update and focuses on networking and games/apps fixes. Read on to learn more about the specifics of this update and be sure to check out yesterday’s post for a list of known issues and current workarounds.

12/4 FIXES

Networking

  • Fixed an issue which caused certain wireless networks to be missing from the list when scanning for available wireless networks.
  • Fixed an issue which sometimes caused unexpected network disconnections when using a wireless connection.

Games/apps not installing/updating/launching

  • We investigated reports of some users in ASIA/APAC (Australia & Pacific) countries who could not install, update or launch any games or apps and have conducted service changes in the global network that should resolve these errors.

New Preview Alpha and Beta System Update – 12/4/17

Alpha and Beta Insiders will begin receiving the latest Xbox One system update (1711.171203-1648) starting today at 6 p.m. PST. The build will become mandatory tomorrow, Dec. 5, at 1 a.m. PST and focuses on networking fixes. Read on to learn more about the specifics of this update as well as about fixes introduced in the Saturday, Dec. 2, update. Current known issues and workarounds have also been shared below.

12/4 FIXES

Networking

  • Fixed an issue which caused certain wireless networks to be missing from the list when scanning for available wireless networks.
  • Fixed an issue which sometimes caused unexpected network disconnections when using a wireless connection.

Games/apps not installing/updating/launching

  • We investigated reports of some users in ASIA/APAC (Australia & Pacific) countries who could not install, update or launch any games or apps and have conducted service changes in the global network that should resolve these errors.

12/2 FIXES

Store

  • Fixed issues which sometimes prevented users from pressing B to go back when navigating the Store.

Privacy & online safety

  • Resolved an issue which caused child accounts with family restrictions to retain the restrictions after graduating to an adult account.

Party Chat

  • Fixed an issue which caused some users to lose all party chat audio and voice quality fixes.

Audio

  • AVRs with HDMI-Passthrough should no longer break Dolby Atmos for Home Theater if the TV and console is turned on before the AVR.

KNOWN ISSUES: 

Display

  • We are investigating reports of inaccurate RGB colors when displaying in 4K HDR mode while playing a UHD disc.

Tournaments

  • The left and right navigation for selecting date and time during Tournament creation is currently reversed when the console language is set to Arabic or Hebrew.
  • Left and right navigation in Tournament twists is reversed when the console language is set to Arabic or Hebrew.
  • Left and right navigation in the bracket view of Tournaments is reversed when the console language is set to Arabic or Hebrew.

Avatars on Home

  • Users wishing to represent themselves as an avatar can do so by changing their settings under My profile > Customize profile > Show my avatar.

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  • Narrator may stop performing when reading large amounts of text.

Next Week on Xbox: New Games for December 4 – 10

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox where we bring you the latest details on upcoming games coming soon to Xbox One! This coming week we have several bundles of joy like the console launch exclusive Hello Neighbor, the tactical sci-fi game Battlestar Galactica Deadlock, and the lovely looking platformer A Hat in Time. Read on below for more details on these games and more.

Steep Screenshot Games
Steep Road to the Olympics is an expansion for Steep, the open world action-sports game that takes you on the journey to become an Olympic champion. Explore a massive open world, including iconic Japanese mountains as well as the Alps, where you will train for qualifiers to reach the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea. Pre-order now to get the Olympic Winter Games Mascot costume. Requires the full version of Steep.
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CREO World presents a wealth of fresh challenges for players in The Surge. Survive the raging mascots and explore the park’s attractions, before taking on a fearsome boss in the devastated park. Face this new threat, cutting and equipping 16 all-new weapons, new sets of armor, and new implants to upgrade and further customize the way you want to play. Requires the base game The Surge.
Oh My Godheads Screenshot Games
A frenetic multiplayer fracas in which 4 players swing pointy swords, sling explosive pies & celebrate victory with exuberant aplomb. Choose from a wide variety of characters and bring the Godhead back to your base – before it unleashes its wrath upon you. 10 Godheads, each with its own game-changing ability to end its bearer’s life – including explosions, mind control & the ability to freeze foes
Boiling Bolt Screenshot Games
Use your powers and find your playstyle to survive in Boiling Bolt, an immersive and explosive shoot-em-up! Slow down the time to make combos and enjoy the stunning 3D graphics. Help June to save the world alone or with a friend.
Chaos on Deponia ScreenshotGames
Rufus strives to leave Deponia and reach the legendary floating city of Elysium. However, a flaming saw blade grounds Goal and Rufus on Deponia again and, by accident, Goal’s consciousness is split. Now it’s on Rufus to convince all three parts of Goal to become one again. Venture back to Elysium with her and save Deponia from certain doom in this classic PC adventure game coming to console.
A Hat in Time ScreenshotGames
Calling all fans of Banjo-Kazooie, Conker: Live & Reloaded, Kameo, and anyone else who’s up for a cute-as-heck 3D platformer! In A Hat in Time, you play as a space-traveling girl with a big top hat. While minding her bees’ wax, an accident causes all her fuel, the Time Pieces, to scatter across a nearby planet. Hat Kid must now jump, fight, and stitch new hats down below to fuel her ride back home.
Rememoried Screenshot Games
Rememoried describes itself as a surrealist explorative first-person adventure game. The basic element of gameplay is the ability to forget. Some elements in the surroundings change when the player turns away or leaves, and become more than just a direction sign: they become the way along which the player walks, flies and falls.
Demon's Age Screenshot Games
Demons Age is a classic role-playing game, designed to be a modern successor to great classic PC western RPGs like Baldur’s Gate and The Template of Elemental Evil. Taking place in a whole new fictional world full of new fantastical locations and interesting characters.
Hello Neighbor Screenshot Games
Console Launch Exclusive Hello Neighbor is a stealth horror game about sneaking into your neighbor’s house to figure out what horrible secrets he’s hiding in the basement. You play against an advanced AI that learns from your every move. Really enjoying climbing through that backyard window? Expect a bear trap there. Sneaking through the front door? There’ll be cameras there soon. Trying to escape? The Neighbor will find a shortcut and catch you!
Battlestar Galactica Screenshot Games
The Cylons have rebelled! Four years of war and a steep price in human lives have not been enough to unlock a deadly stalemate. Take control of the Colonial Fleet from the bridge of the mobile shipyard, Daidalos, and free the Twelve Colonies from the Cylon threat. Build your fleets, protect the Quorum alliance and prepare to dig deeper into the conspiracies of this heroic conflict.
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You are Earth’s last hero and it’s up to you to defend civilization from annihilation. Protect the cities, destroy the aliens and upgrade your fighter. Drive back the vile invading scum and save mankind in this frantic twin-stick shooter with its roots based in retro, side-scrolling classic arcade games like Defender.

This Week on Xbox: December 1, 2017

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

Gears of War Esports Season 2 kicks off with the Gears Pro Circuit Dallas Open
Gears Pro Circuit Season 2 officially gets underway this weekend with the Gears Pro Circuit Dallas Open. This jam-packed open event will feature the world’s top Gears of War teams competing for a $300,000 prize pool from December 1 – 3 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas… Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Today, we’ll be chatting with Arkane Studios’ Dinga Bakaba, Lead Designer on the series-ending action game Dishonored: Death of the Outsider. What specifically is your development team doing to enhance Dishonored: Death of the Outsider for Xbox One X? We used the unique GPU power of… Read more

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Steep Road to the Olympics Open Beta Comes to Xbox One Starting Today
It’s time to strap in and charge out of the gate in the open beta for Steep Road to the Olympics, an officially licensed product the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The open beta will run from November 28 through December 4 for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One… Read more

Xbox and Highsnobiety Launching Livestream Show Pushing Buttons
Gaming fans rejoice because we’ve teamed up with Highsnobiety, the online publication covering forthcoming trends and news in fashion, art, music, and culture, to bring you a brand-new interactive livestream show on Mixer. Starting this Friday, December 1 at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET… Read more

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Skyforge is Now Available on Xbox One
Skyforge, the new sci-fi fantasy action MMORPG, goes into full free-to-play release today on Xbox One. For new players, this is a great opportunity to simply explore and enjoy a new world, but there are some things that I would like to… Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Ghost Recon Wildlands
Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X… Read more

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Battle the Enigmatic Dealer in Hand of Fate 2 Available Now on Xbox One
G’day from Defiant Development! Hand of Fate 2 is launching on Xbox One today and we’d like to take the time to explain the way our weird and wonderful game works. Like the original, Hand of Fate 2 is a dungeon crawler set in a dark fantasy world, where players must master a living board game… Read more

Blue Angels Aerobatic Flight Simulator Available Now on Xbox One
Get ready to take control of an F/A-18 Hornet and perform all the real aerobatics of the Blue Angels in Blue Angels Aerobatic Flight Simulator! Thanks to our collaboration with the United States Navy, we have created something that goes beyond a standard flight simulator… Read more

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Become the Wizard of Legend on Xbox One in Early 2018
Wizard of Legend combines randomly generated dungeon crawling with blazing quick, spell-slinging combos of 100+ dazzling spells at your fingertips, playable solo or with a friend in couch co-op mode. Combat is a wonderful blend of the developers’ inspiration… Read more