Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Inside Xbox April 2019

Latest episode of Inside Xbox talks about backward compatible game, Xbox Game Pass and much more before E3 2019.

With E3 2019 only months away from now, latest episode of Inside Xbox returns with loads of news and upcoming announcements on gaming. New features and services for gamers on the platform will be revealed with promises to unveil more soon.

Present on stage were Director of Programming, Larry Hryb along with Kate Yeager and Rukari Austin to host a show that gives Xbox fans advance peak at exclusive gameplay footage, eSports updates and more juicy bits on E3 of course.

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Inside Xbox April 2019

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Watch the latest episode of Inside Xbox below for all exciting news and head straight to main course by jumping at 21:40.




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Mortal Kombat 11 | Official TV Spot




The show kick starts with a recent TV spot video of upcoming fighting game Mortal Kombat 11 from developer NetherRealm Studios and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment that features debut entry of Kitana into MK11.

Both characters are depicted with near perfect accuracy of their video game counterpart and it was released a little while ago before dropping her official reveal trailer. Princess of Edenia puts up a fight against Scorpion here in her brief appearance.

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Xbox Game Pass | Ultimate
Since June 2017, Xbox Game Pass kick-started their monthly subscription service for Xbox One gamers, which has been pretty amazing. They allow players to sign up and continue for a low-monthly price to access over 100 great games.

Head of Gaming Services at Microsoft, Ben Decker announces Xbox Game Pass Ultimate that gets you a membership deal by adding advanced Xbox Live Gold multiplayer network features into one, due to a long period of member requests.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

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So, you can now have access to a huge library of games and exciting multiplayer in one package just by paying $14.99 only each month. Before launching it later this year, currently they are testing the service within limited number of Xbox Insider members.

However, players who are currently using an active Game Pass membership on a regular basis does not have to migrate if they do not want to and it is completely voluntary for anyone to switch deal or remain at their existing positions.

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Sea of Thieves | New Competitive Game Mode
Action-adventure title Sea of Thieves from developer Rare Studio is getting its anniversary update and it includes fishing activities. Also, grab barrels or chests from other vessels using newly introduced Harpoon Gun on your ship.

Brand-new competitive game mode, The Arena will let everyone take part in short matches to have some fun and glory while at it. Then hop onto an epic journey in Shores of Gold storyline digging deep lore into pirate paradise on April 30, 2019.

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Xbox One S | All-Digital Edition




Then comes an all-digital edition of Xbox One S, which has been a topic for discussion for some time even before it was announced. This is exactly the same old 1 TB device that players love with all of its pros but minus an optical disk drive within.

Priced at 249.99, it offers a 50$ less and that is a good initiative point to start playing games on an Xbox console. Pre-orders are available from this instant and it will be fully available on Microsoft Store or other select retail market from May 7 onwards.

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RAGE 2 | Exclusive Gameplay Demo




A much-awaited first-person shooter sequel set in an open-world, RAGE 2 comes from Avalanche Studios and id Software. Even if you are not familiar with Rage from 2011, you don't need to know about gameplay mechanics or story at all and jump right in.

Into the boots of ranger Walker, we see him shooting down goon squad of wasteland using either his firepower or augmented abilities, because chasing enemies on a car and hunting mutants for sports makes a post-apocalyptic crisis all colorful and fun.

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Gears Esports | ELEAGUE




The Coalition developer studio head Rod Fergusson reveals plan of an upcoming six-part eSports event of live tournaments titled "ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood", starting from June 14.

Also, Versus multiplayer mode of Gears 5 will make its worldwide debut where top eight Gears of War teams would gather to compete. Eager fans can enjoy this exclusive event on Twitch and the B/R Live, where it will be streamed live from July 13-14.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order | Star Wars Celebration 2019




One of the most exciting reveal for Star Wars fans was upcoming anticipated action-adventure title Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher Electronic Arts at Star Wars Celebration, Chicago.

Fallen Order is set after execution of Order 66 has wiped out majority of Jedi Order and actor Cameron Monaghan is cast as lone Padawan survivor Cal Kestis, who is on a constant run from Galactic Empire now that there is a galaxy-wide purge of Jedi.

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Backward Compatibility | Xbox One X Enhanced
Update on newly added backward compatible titles are Ninja Gaiden II, Fable II, Fable III, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Splinter Cell: Conviction and Splinter Cell: Double Agent from Xbox 360 era has finally become playable on Xbox One consoles.

All six of them are enhanced with higher resolution for Xbox One X and offers 9 times their original pixel count, delivering their best possible version. If you already own disks for those games, you can start right away from today or purchase digitally if you want to.

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New Xbox One Backward Compatibility Additions

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Windows 10 Game Bar | New Features




Players on PC platform are getting new features on Windows 10 built-in overlay Game bar by having a more customizable UI and Spotify added to it. Getting in touch with friends aside from gaming and listening to music does not require you to make a switch.

Capturing gameplay screenshots is easier than ever and you can even share it on Twitter or make a meme without leaving your game. It allows you to instantly message your friends when they are online or watch them play live on Mixer stream.

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Warhammer: Chaosbane | Second Closed Beta
Fans of Warhammer fictional universe can get ready for some Diablo-esque dungeon crawling action in upcoming action-RPG title Warhammer: Chaosbane, set to launch on June 4 and its second closed beta program from April 18 to April 24.

All four classes of heroes are available for you to join forces with friends in a local co-op gameplay or even online. Plus, there is a limited edition demonic themed Xbox One X for giveaway for fans along with free beta codes.

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Xbox One X Warhammer: Chaosbane Special Edition

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Xbox One Spring Sale 2019
Don't forget to take a look at ongoing Xbox One Spring Sale and pick some gaming accessories consoles, games and some sick looking wireless controllers from Xbox Design Lab to enjoy amazing discount, more if you have Xbox Live Gold membership.

Titles like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Crackdown 3, FIFA 19, Jump Force, Metro Exodus, Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Division 2 are on sale for some pretty great price-off sale, which would be a crime to pass on.

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Xbox FanFest | E3 2019




This year, Xbox FanFest program celebrates its 5th Anniversary and at E3 2019, they will arrange for 700 lucky fans from around the world to experience official Xbox briefing and showcase for their biggest moment yet.

After being picked through random draw from a pool of submitted Xbox Live gamertag, you can get each FanFest ticket for only $45. Entire sales amount from tickets will be given to a select charity that would be revealed in future.

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Xbox FanFest at E3 2019

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Finally, head of Xbox, Phil Spencer joined in to talk about Project xCloud that would allow anyone to play games on the go on their preferred devices and though currently in alpha testing stage, it would be a game-changing experience for all.

E3 2019 is coming in June and it is a wrap up for the last episode of Inside Xbox before that, which shared a news and tease to eagerly wait for it. So, live stage shows will be mostly focusing on many anticipating upcoming games for Xbox and PC.