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Pit People comes to Xbox One Preview Programme

Pit People, the next awesome creation by The Behemoth is now available to all via the Xbox Preview Programme.

So what can we expect from the Preview Program release, well according to The Behemoth quite a lot.

  • Sizeable chunk of the Story Mission
  • Access to several world maps
  • Quests
  • Unfair Challenge against the AI (That’s a game mode, honest)
  • Versus Mode

The game can be experienced as a single player or two-player cooperative mode. Additionally, versus can be played with up to 4 people in 2v2. All multiplayer modes can be played locally or online.

If you are a fan of The Behemoth games and own Castle Crashers Remastered you will get some free unlockable bonuses in the game as a thank you. As this game is an Xbox Preview Program, expect it to change over time with the development team promising to work on and add things like more quests, collectible items, story missions, world maps as well as polishing what they have already released along the way.

Early pioneers of Pit People can buy the game at a discounted price of £11.99 and these Preview Programme owners will receive permanent access to the full game. When the game is in full release people who already own the game will have their version automatically upgraded at no additional charge, whereas new comers will have to pay the full retail price which is still to be disclosed.

If you are a fan of The Behemoth games then you will love Pit People. I was lucky enough to play the Beta late last year and loved it and would recommend it. For those who have never heard about it, then definitely take the plunge and experience something that is guaranteed to make you smile.

More new features coming to Xbox One

The Xbox One and the Xbox App on Windows 10 are getting some awesome new features today, Preview Program Members should be getting a new update anytime now and the video above goes through exactly what to expect.

If you prefer words however, check out some of them below:

Here’s what’s coming to Xbox One Preview:

– Purchase Xbox 360 Backward Compatible games on Xbox One: It’s great that we can play some of our favourite Xbox 360 titles again, but trying to by them on the Xbox One was impossible, until now!

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– Include Party Chat in Twitch broadcasts: A top voted-for feature on Xbox Feedback, Xbox One Preview members will be able to broadcast Party Chat when using the Twitch app. If you are broadcasting from your console and in a party, you can invite other people to include their chat audio in your broadcast. If a member of your party declines, they’ll still be able to chat in the party; they just won’t be heard in the broadcast. Additionally, as the party leader, you have the option to mute a party member’s chat audio, even if they opted-in. You can also include party members on Windows 10 PCs in your Twitch broadcast. Roll on Rocket League fun times!

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– Output your Party Chat to headset and speakers simultaneously: Xbox One Preview members will be able to select their preference for where Party Chat audio is heard: their headset, speakers, or both. To do this, go to Settings – Display & Sounds – Volume.

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– Customizable Game DVR recording length: Currently, Game DVR recording is fixed to a 30 second duration. With this update, Xbox One Preview members can adjust the recording length to 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 45 seconds, 1 minute, 3 minutes or 5 minutes. To change the preferences, visit Settings – Preferences – Game DVR & streaming. This will give the TiX team much more time to humiliate our Community Manager Max!

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– Track Achievement progress in the Xbox One guide: Achievements in the guide bar, at last! In the new Achievements area you’ll find a quick link to see all of your Achievements and you’ll be able to track your Achievement progress in real time directly in the guide, without having to snap a separate Achievements app.

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– Video playback directly in the Xbox One Activity Feed: New improvements to video playback in the Xbox One Activity Feed. Xbox One Preview members will be able to play an entire video inline rather than having to leave their feed to launch it. You can even ‘like’ the video while previewing it by pressing X. Preview members will also enjoy new pause, restart, and full-screen playback options, when they do choose to launch a video from their Activity Feed.

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Here’s what’s coming to the Xbox app (beta)

– Gamerscore Leaderboard: In the Xbox app (beta), you will be able to enjoy the same Gamerscore Leaderboard feature introduced to Xbox One last month. Access the Gamerscore Leaderboard in the Xbox app (beta) by navigating to the Achievements section of your profile. See where you stand relative to your friends by comparing total Gamerscore, as well as the biggest gains over a rolling 30-day period. A Leaderboard for game stats will also be coming to the Xbox app (beta). Visit the Game Hub for a title with hero stats, click on Achievements and see how you stack up against your friends.

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– Updated ‘Featured’ section: The ‘Featured’ gaming section below the ‘Recently played’ games area has been updated to spotlight games, deals, community events and more.

Here’s what’s coming to both Xbox One Preview and the Xbox app (beta) this month:

– 16-person Party Chat: Starting today, you will now be able to have 16 players in a party chat, should be interesting!

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– Xbox 360 Achievements in Xbox One and Xbox app Activity Feeds: Starting this month for both Xbox One Preview and Xbox app (beta) participants, Xbox 360 Achievements will automatically post to your console and Windows 10 PC Activity Feeds. As with Xbox One game Achievements, the Xbox 360 Achievement graphic will feature a description of the Achievement, the game you earned it from, and the Gamerscore associated with it.

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– Follow web links and YouTube videos from Game Hubs: Community managers of Game Hubs will now be able to populate Game Hubs with web and YouTube hyperlinks, making the Game Hubs experience even more interactive and engaging for gamers. For Xbox One Preview members, web links will display in a browser via the Edge app and YouTube links will open in the YouTube app. For the Xbox app (beta), links will open in your default web browser. As with any other item in your Activity Feed, you can caption, like, comment on, and share these links.

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– Compare your Avatars: In Xbox One Preview shortly and releasing to the Xbox Avatars app later this month, you’ll be able to compare your Avatar with your friends’ Avatars. You can click through on a specific friend’s Avatar; preview their Avatar’s clothing, accessories and props on your Avatar; and also see how you can purchase or earn the items yourself. Using the ‘Compare Avatars’ feature will help you customize your Avatar leveraging the best of all your friends’ outfits! You can also compare your Avatar with anyone else’s in the Xbox Live community – just select ‘Compare Avatars’ when you are viewing another member’s profile.

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– Reputation rating interface changes: The Xbox Live community is comprised overwhelmingly of players with positive reputations, and so, the vast majority of profiles are rated ‘good.’ As a result, we are changing our reputation interface to draw attention only to players who have been rated ‘needs work’ or ‘avoid me’. For Xbox One Preview and Xbox app (beta) members, ‘good’ players’ profiles will no longer feature a reputation gauge, however, gamers whose profiles are tagged ‘needs work’ or ‘avoid me’ will continue to feature the reputation flag.

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What do you think of that then? Some great new features, but still no tidy up of My Games and Apps!

Xbox Preview Program: Controller Update available

If you are on the Xbox Preview Program then you will see that there is an update for your Xbox One controllers, more info on the updates and how to update your controller are below.

– Quick Connect – previous controller connections to an Xbox One took 4-5 seconds when powering on a controller, now they should occur in ~2 seconds

– Stability improvements – the firmware also provides a number of fixes that address issues submitted by customers and preview participants

To update your controller firmware:

– Connect a controller to your Xbox One with a USB cable. Keep any headsets connected to the controller.
– Connect to Xbox Live.
– Press the Menu
– Go to Settings > Devices & accessories. Select the controller.

– If you have multiple controllers attached, you can select Buzz – which will cause the selected controller to vibrate.

– Then select Update to download the new firmware to the controller attached via the USB cable, and the screen will show the Updating controller … progress screen

– When you see the Controller updated screen, press ‘B’ to go back to the Devices & accessories main page
– Reselect the controller, the Firmware version, should now be: 1.2.2236.0

Xbox One October Update

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The October Xbox One Update began rolling out less than 48 hours ago. Here’s what to expect when it lands on your console if it hasn’t already.

New Snap and Friends functions

  • Snap Updates – Microsoft have updated the Snap Center to include quick access to many of the things the fans wanted faster access to when playing a game – Friends, Messages, Game DVR, clock, and battery indicator – as well as making it easier to close and open new snap apps when playing a game. A double tap of the Xbox button on your controller will bring up a menu that allows you to open a new app in snap mode, close the current snapped app, or switch focus between your game and your running snapped app. Additionally, two apps have been optimized for Snap mode:
    • Friends Snap App – Access your friends list without leaving the game. Quickly check your friends list to see who’s online right now and take actions like send message, invite or join.
    • Messages Snap App – You’ll be able to open, read and respond to messages in Snap mode, and messages will now be displayed in a threaded conversation view.
  • Achievements App – Updated to enable sharing of achievements you’ve unlocked with captions, see a list of friends who have unlocked specific achievements, and an updated achievements Snap landing page that that shows Achievements on recently played games, when a gamer is not actively playing a game.
  • Friends section – The new Friends section enables you to see at a glance what’s going on with your friends. You can stay up-to-date with their current activities, the most popular games your friends are playing, and a Gamerscore leaderboard to see who has improved their Gamerscore over the last 30 days.
  • New SmartGlass features – You can now see a list of your top games in your profile. You can also see a list of your friend’s most popular games in the Friend’s section of SmartGlass.

Improvements for TV and video

  • Media Player DLNA and MKV support – The latest version of the Media Player app will now have support for DLNA streaming. With this update, you will be able to easily access and play music, watch photo slideshows or movies stored on home media servers and devices that support the DLNA server protocols. Additionally, you will now be able to playback MKV files stored on a USB device or a device on your home network that supports DLNA streaming.
  • Live TV MiniGuide – For markets where OneGuide is available, a new MiniGuide on the bottom of the screen will display details about the TV content that is currently playing. You can quickly change channels, see what’s on other channels, and tune to the previous channel or other recent channels. While watching TV, you can also launch Miniguide using voice, by saying “Xbox Select – MiniGuide”
  • OneGuide in 11 new countries – Live TV listings and schedules will be made available to customers on Xbox One and SmartGlass for Belgium, Chile, Columbia, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and Russia in the next few days.
  • Internet TV Apps – Apps with live TV channels can now include their TV listings within OneGuide. In addition, other Xbox TV features such as channel changing using speech and Miniguide will work with these apps. These features are enabled automatically the first time you sign into a supported app. The first app to support this feature will be Zattoo with an upcoming content update for their app. The Zattoo app is available in Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Denmark.
  • Universal Remote Control in SmartGlass – If you are in one of those 11 countries that are getting OneGuide TV listings, you will also be able use your mobile device to control your Xbox, TV, and/or Cable/Satellite box.
  • Live TV initial setup experience – This update will enable you to select “On start, go to TV” for your Xbox One console. Additionally, you will be shown a one-time message highlighting this new capability, if you had previously setup Live TV or have not yet set “On start, go to TV” under Settings – Power & startup.
  • Live TV Cable & Satellite Box auto-detection – In select markets the Live TV Setup experience is being improved by attempting to automatically detect the set-top box connected to the HDMI-In port on your Xbox One.

New accessory and “hide” features

  • Updated Devices & Accessories page – To access the new page, go inside Settings, where you can Find, Assign, and Update Xbox One accessories. You can now more easily “assign” accessories to specific users, such as assigning a headset to a specific gamer.
    • Firmware updates – You can update the firmware for an individual device.
    • Find my Controller – You can also more easily find (or identify) a controller by making it vibrate.
  • Hide Games and Apps on your console – You can now hide items in the “Ready to install” list under My Games and Apps. This is a per-console setting and items will reappear in the list if they are installed again from the Xbox Store. To access the shortcut to temporarily show “hidden” items, press X while holding down both triggers and it will show all hidden items until you exit My Games and Apps.

Password resets just got better

Microsoft are making it easier and more secure to reset your password and add protection to your accounts. Coming later this month, if you haven’t set up your security information already, they’ll ask you to provide an alternate email address or cell phone number to use if you ever need your password reset. You’ll only need to set this up once per account, and you won’t need it every time you sign in. To set up your account security go to account.live.com/proofs and get more information at support.xbox.com/my-account/security/add-security-contact-information.

To check to see if the System Update is available, navigate to the System section of the Settings menu. If the System Update button is selectable, the update is available for download and installation.

[Updated – FIXED] Xbox Preview Participants – Factory Reset Warning

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Xbox One Preview Testers, please take note that the latest and most recent dash download has a glitch that will factory reset your console and remove all of your games from the HDD. This bastard of an issue will have you seething with gritted teeth!

Microsoft has said in an official statement:

Due to an unforeseen issue with our update system, if when powering on your Xbox One console you are asked to download a system update, please decline it. By declining the update you will go off-line and not be factory reset. Please leave your console powered on until further notice.

We’ve identified an issue that could cause a small sub-set of consoles enrolled in Public Preview to factory reset after downloading the latest system update (deleting all local hard drive content). Note that a factory reset does not impact profile settings or game saves (which are synced to our servers when you connect to Xbox Live), or content stored on an external hard drive. For now, please decline the system update until we can address this issue on our end.

Please remember that declining the update will disconnect your Xbox One from Xbox LIVE and will not be able to play online. We do not yet know when a fixed update will be released, but I am sure MS will not hold back long!

Source: WPCentral