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 Game Pass Ultimate Members Get EA Play on November 10
Just six weeks from today, we continue our journey with the launch of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Jumping into the next generation of gaming with you – the player – at the center… Read more

Yakuza Like a Major! An Extra Special Xbox Podcast Featuring Yakuza: Like a Dragon
When Yakuza 0 became available to Read the rest

Activision impressed us with the brilliant Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 and with the new Crash Bandicoot 4 – It’s About Time, it looks like a pattern is forming. The firm looks intent on mining its exhaustive IP, delivering remakes then moving onto brand new sequels. Based on the quality of this release, it’s a strategy that may well play off – Crash Bandicoot 4 is a solid game and an authentic series entry, with numerous improvements and upgrades that pay off while respecting the original formula. The new release also makes use of Unreal Engine 4, offering numerous technical improvements over the recent remakes including a much higher frame-rate – at least if you’re gaming on the right consoles.

Crash 4 perfectly captures the look and feel of an animated film – expressive character models stretch and squish in a cartoon style in both cinematics and gameplay, while gorgeous … Read the rest

Wired Productions and developer Tomas Sala have released a new trailer detailing factions in open-world air combat game The Falconeer.

In The Falconeer, you will choose between competing factions, all of which are at the mercy of the Great Ursee, a near-infinite body of water.

In the skies, the rich and the powerful have airships defended by mercenary Falconeers, while “revolution and dissent brews among the downtrodden and poor” on the waters below. But it isn’t clear who is the “good guy, or the bad guy.”

In the game, you will support your chosen faction while flying on missions from the back of a warbird.

Factions:

  • The Northern Imperium. The greatest power on The Great Ursee, the Imperial throne commands the Northern Ursee with nobility, subterfuge, and manipulation as tools of power.
  • The Mancer Order. The master scholars of The Order control all access to technology across the
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STAR WARS™: Squadrons

Electronic Arts


$39.99

$35.99
Xbox One X Enhanced
Master the art of starfighter combat in the authentic piloting experience STAR WARS™: Squadrons. Buckle up and feel the adrenaline of first-person multiplayer space dogfights alongside your squadron. Pilots who enlist will step into the cockpits of starfighters from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets and fight in strategic 5v5 space battles. Modify your starfighter and adjust the composition of your squadron to suit varying playstyles and crush the opposition. Pilots will triumph as a team and complete tactical objectives across known and never-before-seen battlefields, including the gas giant of Yavin Prime and the shattered moon of Galitan.

Take control of starfighters such as the X-wing and TIE fighter. Customize loadouts and cosmetics, divert power between weapons, shields, and engines, while immersing yourself in the

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Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Beta 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 One.

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!

System Update Details:

  • OS version released: RS_XBOX_RELEASE_201019041.4943.201001-0000
  • Available: 6 p.m. PT – October 2, 2020
  • Mandatory: 3 a.m. PT – October 3, 2020

Fixes Implemented

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

Profile

  • Fixed an issue with text not displaying correctly when comparing achievements.

Settings

  • The time zone information should now display correctly in the menu.

System

  • Various updates
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With the arrival of Mafia Definitive Edition, the trilogy is finally complete. All three games are brought up-to-date to modern consoles but ironically, it’s the first Mafia title that features the most advanced technology of all – including a fascinating software-based alternative to ray traced reflections.

It’s a feature that’s common to all console versions, where the technological differences are fairly minimal – and almost par for the course. Curiously, both PS4 Pro and Xbox One X operate at a native 1440p resolution, though the Microsoft platform enjoys improved shadow quality, ambient occlusion and a better lock on the target 30 frames per second. It’s business as usual on PS4 and Xbox One with a 1080p/900p divide, and all versions use temporal anti-aliasing – which does present some banding issues. As is often the case, there’s the sense that the vanilla Xbox One has the most visual compromises: I immediately … Read the rest

The promised cross-play for Apex Legends is coming rather soon, and you can participate in a beta for the feature.

You will be able to participate in the Apex Legends cross-play beta October 6 through Origin for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

The feature will be enabled by default and will allow you to group up with players on other platforms. You will also be able to use voice-chat. Cross-progression will not be part of this update.

How it will work, is players on PS4 and Xbox One will be auto matches while those on the PC will remain together due to configurations. But if there is a group of both PC and console players, the group will squad up on the PC servers.

If you aren’t interested in cross-play, it can be disabled in the settings menu; however, queue times can get “very very long,” according to Respawn EntertainmentRead the rest

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Remothered: Broken Porcelain

Modus Games

$29.99
Broken Porcelain brings an abundance of welcome changes to the series, introducing new gameplay and storytelling elements that breathe new life into the characters and an unprecedented level of immersion in this haunting adventure – perfect for both new and returning fans to the series.

The truths buried in the Ashmann Inn will not be discovered easily – its many mysteries are intertwined and guarded by the looming threat of the stalkers, powerful hunters trapped in time and the confines of its walls. Survival will take more than just quick reactions as a strategic and resourceful approach will quickly become critical in this haunting adventure. Be smart – knowing the best time to sneak, flee or fight imminent dangers can quickly make the hunters become the hunted.

Key Features

– Thrilling Psychological Plot.

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It’s time for takeoff in Star Wars: Squadrons! Feel the adrenaline rush of first-person multiplayer dogfights and a thrilling Star Wars story – an immersive, authentic piloting experience that puts you in the cockpits of iconic starfighters.

But before you head out to fight for the galaxy, we wanted to guide you through the different starfighter classes, components, and strategies to punch your piloting career into hyperdrive.


Choose Your Wings

There are eight starfighters in Star Wars: Squadrons – evenly split between the New Republic and Empire – categorized in four classes: fighters, interceptors, bombers, and support. They all have different traits and specializations with plenty of room for customization:

Star Wars: Squadrons
  • The X-wing and TIE fighter are both sorted into the fighter class. Fighters are the all rounders in Squadrons and great for rookies and aces alike. They’re easy to handle and adaptable to multiple situations.
Star Wars: Squadrons
  • The Y-wing and TIE
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Today, we can lift the lid on just how powerful Xbox Series X is when it comes to backwards compatibility – and to cut a long story short, it’s hugely impressive. As we write, Microsoft is still validating individual Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles for use on the system, but we’ve still got a vast range of games to get our teeth into: titles that gives us some idea of just how potent the new console’s back-compat capabilities are. However, it’s important to stress one thing: while Series X runs old games with full clocks, every compute unit and the full 12 teraflop of compute, it does so in compatibility mode – you aren’t getting the considerable architectural performance boosts offered by the RDNA 2 architecture.

Our test system arrived last week, and Microsoft describes it as being non-final hardware – indeed, it’s labelled as a prototype on … Read the rest