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    Xbox One users outside of the Preview should now be able to update Groove Music to include background audio playback. Groove Music is Microsoft's subscription-based streaming service, available across Android, iOS, Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile and Xbox One. With the console's Summer Update, the Universal Windows Platform version of Groove Music hit Xbox One. However, up until now, it was only available on the Xbox One Preview while Microsoft ironed out some remaining bugs. As confirmed by Groove community manager Ellen Kilbourne, this update will allow you to listen to your favorite tracks on top of games without snapping the app, finally bringing one of the most highly fan-requested features to the console. How to force the update on Xbox One Go to your Games & Apps section, located at the top right of the main dashboard screen. Select the apps tab. Select Groove with the view key on your controller, and hit update. The update should bring Groove Music to version 3.6.23...

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    Even in its early stages, Respawn's sequel is something you should give some time to. Titanfall wasn't perfect by any stretch, not least because many complained about the lack of a single player campaign mode. That has been rectified for the second outing and this time around Respawn and EA are hitting Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4 simultaneously. The first multiplayer tech test is now live but we had a chance to get a sneak preview of it at Gamescom out in Cologne. Even in its early stages this is one shooter you should definitely play. Titanfall feels like a more accessible FPS game compared to many, in that it's fairly easy for new players to pick up, learn the ropes and not get completely destroyed by other players. The mix of real players and AI bots provides a mix of ways to score that mean everyone has a good chance to post some big numbers. Titanfall 2 doesn't seem to be straying from the original too much in its core mechanics. There are still AI bots to mow down in...

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    A new Xbox One update is coming, bringing changes in from the Xbox One Preview. The biggest features of this update include the ability to modify the behavior of the Xbox One console's start-up chime, an avalanche of fixes for Universal Windows Platform apps running on the console, and miscellaneous improvements to various aspects of the Xbox One experience. The new version should bring your OS version to 10.0.14393.1040, updating from 10.0.14393.1027. It should appear on your console some time today. How to check if the update is available Go to your system settings by double-tapping the Xbox button on your controller to open the Guide menu. Navigate down to the Settings section depicted by a cogwheel. Select All Settings. Go to System. Select Console info & updates. If an update is available, it will display on this screen. If you're in the Xbox One Preview, you should already have the latest build. Full patch details OS version: 10.0.14393.1040 (rs1_xbox_rel_1608.1...

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    At Gamescom 2016, we had the honor of speaking to two legendary game developers. Keiji Inafune is renowned for his work on the likes of Megaman and Dead Rising, while Joseph Staten is famed for his work at Bungie on Destiny, and Xbox's premier franchise, Halo. Keiji Inafune, Joseph Staten and Armature Studios of Metroid Prime fame are pooling their considerable talents into ReCore, a mechanized adventure title set on the extraterrestrial world of Far Eden. We caught up with Inafune-san and Staten to discuss ReCore's story, its franchise potential, its unique gameplay, the depth of its systems, and how influences from classic titles like Megaman and Super Metroid fed into its overarching experience. Jez Corden: I'll admit that, at first, ReCore didn't look like a game that would appeal to me personally, but when I played it at E3 2016 I found myself really enjoying it. The demonstrations you have here are quite gameplay heavy, however. I wondered how much of an emphasis story...

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    Despite Diablo's popularity, games like it are few and far between. That makes Kalypso's upcoming console and PC game Vikings: Wolves of Midgard all the more exciting. Combining Diablo-style gameplay with Norse mythology, Vikings looks to be a killer action-RPG. Read on for hands-on impressions! Ragnarok approaches Vikings: Wolves of Midgard comes from Slovakian developer Games Farm and Kalypso, publishers of the Tropico series as well as the upcoming PC games Urban Empire and Sudden Strike 4. Games Farm previously developed Air Conflicts: Secret Wars for Xbox 360 as well as several smaller titles. Vikings is the developer's largest and most ambitious game yet. Wolves of Midgard is heavily based on Norse mythology and Viking lore, so fans of Marvel's Thor and the History Channel's Vikings TV series will recognize many elements of the game's setting and story. In the realm of Asgard, an ancient conflict between the Norse Gods the Aesir (which includes Odin, Thor, Baldur, and ot...

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    Earthlock: Festival of Magic, the turn-based fantasy RPG from developer Snowcastle Games, will be one of the four free games offered to Xbox Live Gold subscribers in September for the Xbox One console. It will be a part of Microsoft's Games with Gold promotion. Earthlock will be launching on both the Xbox One and the PC (via Steam) on September 1 as well. The Norway-based Snowcastle Games worked for four years on the game and raised over $150,000 from crowdfunding on Kickstarter to help finance its development. Xbox Wire has a quick description of the game: This westernized turn-based RPG, which in subtle ways reveals its Scandinavian origin, starts as a simple quest, but develops into a deeper journey. Play as Amon and join several unlikely heroes to save Umbra, a beautiful but harsh world that mysteriously stopped spinning thousands of cycles ago. Mix up your strategy to beat your enemies by crafting ammo and materials, harvesting elemental plants, and customizing your cha...

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    Bethesda Softworks has released the latest gameplay trailer from Prey. The footage from the upcoming sci-fi first-person action game includes a brief sequence where the player character turns into a coffee mug. The new clip, as posted on YouTube, starts inside the game's Talos I space station setting, where the player fights off shape-shifting aliens with both a gun and some kind of thermal-based super power. Then the clip shows the player actually turning into a coffee mug to solve a puzzle that we won't spoil here. The final part of the clip shows the player exiting the station and experiencing zero gravity. Prey, which is being developed by Arkane Studios, is due out sometime in 2017 for the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. See at Microsoft Store xbox onepreyXbox...

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    One of Microsoft's big titles for the fall season on both Xbox One and Windows 10 is Forza Horizon 3. The launch isn't too far out now, but visitors to Cologne's Gamescom, like us, are able to get their hot little hands on a quick gameplay demo right now. And that's exactly what we did! This isn't an extensive playtest, but Microsoft has the "Forzathon" set up to show off a snapshot of some of the best we can expect from the new title. Sandy beaches, forest tracks, a Jeep hanging from a helicopter and the incredible Lamborghini Centenario that graces the cover. The footage below is captured directly from the event and is limited to 30FPS due to the capture hardware provided by Microsoft. We'll have a full preview in the coming days, but check out our first run through below! See Forza Horizon 3 on the Microsoft Store forza horizon 3Xbox...

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    At Gamescom 2016, we caught up with Bungie legend Joseph Staten to discuss ReCore, Halo, and much more. Joseph Staten joined Xbox in 2014 as a senior creative director at Microsoft Studios, following his work on the Bungie-developed Halo games and, more recently, Destiny. Staten is now working with Comcept and Armature Studio on ReCore, an upcoming Windows 10 and Xbox One action adventure exclusive set on an alien world infested with mysterious robots. During our interview on ReCore, I asked Staten how he felt about 343 Industries' work on the Halo universe, and what it would take for ReCore to evolve into one of Microsoft Studios' core franchises. Jez Corden: Considering you wrote the first few Halo games – I'd feel a little like Halo was my baby, haha. I just wondered how you feel about how 343i handling the franchise now? Is there anything you'd change? Joseph Staten: I think they've done an awesome job. The real pleasure for me now is that I can play Halo games in the ...

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    Andrew Kim, a member of Microsoft's design team, has posted up some of the themes that the group had in mind when it designed the look of the recently launched Xbox One S console. If the name Andrew Kim seems familiar, it's because that while he was a student at the Art Centre College of Design in 2012, he created some impressive concepts for the Windows Phone OS. He also redesigned the logo for Microsoft and many of its brands, along with a Surface Phone concept. He posted those designs to wide Internet acclaim. Microsoft was not dumb; it quickly hired Kim to be part of its design team, and the Xbox One S was his first project. On his official web site (via The Verge), Kim posted his look behind the scenes of the Xbox One S's design: After the launch of Xbox One, the design team began investigating a new approach to game console design. For Xbox One S, we wanted to create a more friendly and universal product that doesn't evoke traditional "gaming" cues. We also wanted to si...

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    343 Industries and Microsoft has posted up a quick preview of just some of the content that will be added in the next big update for the Xbox One sci-fi shooter Halo 5: Guardians. While the game will no longer have new updates released every month (the last was launched in late June), it looks like the next update will be made available sometime in the next few weeks. The Halo Waypoint site shows a concept for one of the new Arena maps that will be included in the update, which has a rather ancient looking art style. Halo 5 fans can can also expect new REC items to be released, including new weapons, armors and skins. In addition, the update will contain the new Content Browser, which was first revealed in July. It will allow players to quickly find user-created content and to share them with other gamers. The Content Browser will also be a part of the upcoming free Halo 5 Forge Map Editor for Windows 10. It's likely it will be released around the same time as the Xbox One Halo 5...

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    Here are all the Xbox One releases for the week of August 15, 2016. While the gaming industry focused its efforts towards Gamescom 2016 and the requisite previewing of upcoming games, a number of titles hit the Xbox One over the past seven days. This week's varied lineup consisted of card classics, unique indie titles, triple-A blockbusters and pre-release tests. Over the week, Ubisoft released its follow-up to Grow Home, Grow Up, and a console re-release of the classic card game, UNO. Other highlights included the launch of this year's Formula 1 title, F1 2016 and Valentino Rossi The Game. During Gamescom, the announcement of Titanfall 2's weekend Tech Test also came as a surprise, giving players an early glimpse into the title's progress. Here's a full recap of all the Xbox One releases this week: Tuesday, August 16 GROW UP Price: $9.99 // Publisher: Ubisoft While out exploring the galaxy with MOM, BUD's parental spaceship, she goes to pieces. Literally – MOM's all ov...

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    On this episode of the OneCast, we discuss the PC release of No Man's Sky, apps on Xbox One and Microsoft's Beam acquisition! The latest episode of our Xbox and Microsoft podcast, the #OneCast, is now available and accessible through major podcast distribution services. On this week's episode, we discuss No Man's Sky's rocky PC launch, our most wanted Xbox One apps and how Beam fits into the Xbox family. This week's episode is available from the following sources: OneCast on Soundcloud OneCast on YouTube OneCast on iTunes OneCast RSS Feed If you're using a podcast app, copy and paste the RSS feed URL into the search bar, or search for 'OneCast'. OneCast is our Xbox and Microsoft podcast, hosted by the staff of Windows Central. A new episode of the OneCast is recorded each week, with topics surrounding Microsoft news and the gaming industry. OneCast on Soundcloud This week's hosts Jez Corden / jez@windowscentral.com Matt Brown / matt@windowscentral.com This week's discu...

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    Microsoft has released a trailer showing some of the upcoming content that will be coming for the Xbox One and Windows 10 versions of Rise of the Tomb Raider. The trailer itself shows Blood Ties, a new story-based mission that allows the player to explore Croft Manor, the mysterious home of the game's title character Lara Croft. It also shows Lara's Nightmare, where the manor comes under attack from zombies. Yes, zombies. Both of those new content additions will be available for people who purchase the Rise of the Tomb Raider Season Pass for $29.99, which already includes access to two previously released DLC expansions. It will also throw in a two-player co-op version of the game's Endurance Mode, along with a "Extreme Survivor' difficulty level, and more character skins and outfits. All of this will be released on October 11. See Rise of the Tomb Raider at the Microsoft Store See Rise of the Tomb Raider Season Pass at the Microsoft Store Rise of the Tomb Raiderxbox oneXbox...

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    Microsoft has revealed the list of games that are part of this week's Xbox Deals with Gold. They include price cuts on Titanfall and Elite: Dangerous from now through Aug. 29. Here's a look at the discounts that are available for Xbox One and Xbox 360 games in the next seven days, all of which are available for people who have subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold. Xbox One Alekhine's Gun - 60% off Elite Dangerous Standard Edition - 35% off Elite Dangerous: Commander Deluxe Edition - 40% off Farming Simulator 15 - 67% offf GunWorld 2 - 33% off Homefront: The Revolution - 40% off Homefront: The Revolution Freedom Fighter Bundle - 50% off JumpJet Rex - 33% off Letter Quest / Three Fourths Home / Paranautical Activity Bundle - 60% off Mirrors Edge Catalyst - 40-45% off Payday 2: Crimewave Edition - 60% off Titanfall Deluxe Edition - 75% off Unravel - 50% off Xbox 360 Bound By Flame - 75% off Contrast - 75% off Faery: Legends of Avalon - 80% off Farming Simulator 15 - 67% offf Farming Si...