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Xbox Adaptive Controller arriving September, now available for pre-order – Windows Experience Blog

Today, over at Xbox Wire, we shared that, starting today, pre-orders for the Xbox Adaptive Controller are now available in the following markets:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the United States.

A few weeks ago, we unveiled the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a first-of-its-kind controller designed for gamers with limited mobility. To say we’ve been overwhelmed by the response is an understatement.  The thoughts and sentiments that our fans shared have been thoughtful, heart-felt and emotionally moving. Introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller to the world has helped reinforce the notion of exactly how powerful inclusion can be—for organizations, for groups and for individuals.
Pre-order an Xbox Adaptive Controller
Fans can visit Xbox.com, Microsoft Store online or a local Microsoft Store retail location to pre-order the Xbox Adaptive Controller, which will begin shipping in September 2018. Pre-orders in Canada will be available soon. We know there are more gamers who can benefit from the Xbox Adaptive Controller in even more countries, and we’re working towards expanding the list of market availability in the future.
We’ll have more to share about the Xbox Adaptive Controller in the coming months as we approach the September 2018 release, and look forward to hearing even more fan feedback from gamers everywhere.
If you’ve been looking forward to getting your hands on an Xbox Adaptive Controller, pre-order today by visiting Microsoft Store!

Xbox Adaptive Controller arriving September, now available for pre-order
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Updated June 11, 2018 11:15 am

Microsoft gives parents peace of mind with new family features across devices – Windows Experience Blog

We live in a time of both great opportunity and great responsibility. Our children have access to more information, entertainment and more ways to connect than ever before, but with that comes plenty of new things that parents like you and I need to worry about and new ways to distract their attention. Today, we are excited to introduce new features that make it easier and safer for families to interact with technology and, each other, across devices and platforms.
Creating tools and features that empower both parents and kids has always been an important part of our work and is becoming increasingly vital, not only to us as a business, but to us as individuals – parents, aunts and uncles, siblings and friends. As a mother to a young and curious daughter, I deeply understand the need for tools to help balance the use of technology in the home as well as out of the home. It’s especially near and dear to me as leader of a team building experiences for mobile devices. We emphasize the idea of transparency as a guiding principle for these new experiences. Today, I am happy to share new features that will help create greater transparency between parent and child, as well as between Microsoft and parents in what to expect from our tools.

We’re bringing new features to the popular Microsoft Launcher app for Android with two new mobile experiences, currently in preview, that give parents more peace of mind for their family and a look at your child’s activity across their devices – Windows 10 PCs, Xbox One devices, and now their Android phone.
With Microsoft Launcher installed on your family’s Android devices and a Microsoft family group of accounts set up, parents can:
Stay up to date on kids’ whereabouts. At home and on the go, you can use Microsoft Launcher to get an update on your kids’ location and rest easier knowing they are safely where they should be. You can see your child’s (or children’s) last known location and time.
Be aware of which apps your kids are using. Check in on your kids’ app activity on their Android device, including which apps are accessed and time spent on each app. With Xbox One or a Windows 10 PC set up in your family portal, you can also view their activities on those devices through Microsoft Launcher.
Microsoft Launcher is the only launcher that gives parents this visibility across Android, Windows 10, and Xbox One devices. Children and parents always have the option to toggle features off and on at any time and, best of all, it’s free. If you have a Microsoft family group, you can install Microsoft Launcher on your family’s Android devices. If you don’t have a family group set up yet, it’s easy – here’s how.

With Microsoft Edge, the ability to allow or block websites has always existed on your PCs. Now, we are extending this feature to you and your family’s Android devices. If you have set up a Microsoft family group, any websites you have already tagged as allowed or blocked for your kid(s) will carry the same settings as they try to access websites in Microsoft Edge on their Android devices. The update will begin rolling out today.

We are also excited to announce MSN Kids, currently in preview, a curated news site created specifically for children in the elementary and middle school age group. We saw a need for a place for kids to learn about the world in a safe, trustworthy and fun environment. The site offers editorially curated, age-appropriate news and features from partner publishers such as Time for Kids, Popular Science, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic, and USA TODAY.
MSN Kids brings curated, kid-friendly news to the web
Content is kid-friendly and helps children find things of interest to stay engaged, learn, and have fun – with no sponsored content or advertising. Kids can learn about animals, the world around them, kids like them doing interesting things around the globe and more. When using Microsoft Edge, kids can also use pen and read aloud to engage with puzzles or assist with reading articles. Check out the preview today at msnkids.com.

These new experiences are the next step in a long history of creating products, features, and settings with families in mind, spanning gaming to mobile to PC and the web.
Family safety settings in Windows 10 and Xbox One:  With families today owning more personal devices than ever, including kids at increasingly younger ages, we’ve invested in family settings that work across devices and platforms. A core set of family safety settings – including the ability to block mature content and apps, set screen time limits, and review kids’ purchase requests – have long been available for Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One devices. These settings help parents keep kids safer, while also fostering independence and letting kids do homework, research, and be creative, using technology as a powerful learning tool.
Safer online spending with Ask a parent:  One especially useful setting, called Ask a parent, lets parents avoid surprise spending on Xbox or the Microsoft Store by receiving notifications when kids want to make a purchase. Parents can decide whether to approve based on the maturity level, cost, and whether it fits within screen time allowed. From the kids’ perspective, it’s a good way to let Mom or Dad know what cool new game they want. From the parents’ perspective, it’s a good way to help kids manage temptations (such as in-app purchases) and make good choices.
Shared family notebook in OneNote: Earlier this month we released the new family notebook in OneNote. We know families are busier than ever and with a family notebook your whole family can stay in sync and organized – from shopping lists to vacation planning, the whole family can share, edit and access information in one place.
These are just some of the many great features across our devices and services that empower families with peace of mind, tools to learn, grow and, of course, have fun. More information can be found at this page. Please download Microsoft Launcher and Microsoft Edge for Android and give the new features a try. We look forward to hearing your feedback so we can empower you with the best tools to create the safest, most productive and fun experiences for our families.

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State of Decay 2 now available worldwide on Windows 10, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox One

State of Decay 2 is the ultimate zombie survival fantasy, where it’s up to you to decide how to survive in an open, post-apocalyptic world. State of Decay 2 takes everything you loved about the first game and greatly expands on it – giving you more unique survivor characters, more backstories and skills for each member, more community and base management options, and bigger maps to survive in.
State of Decay 2 also adds one of the most requested features from the community: cross-platform co-op. You and up to three of your friends can survive together on Xbox One or Windows 10 PC and help develop one player’s community, and then everyone returns to their games with extra supplies and loot after playing co-op. As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, you’ll get both versions with one digital purchase and be able to switch seamlessly between them, as all game progress, Gamerscore and Achievements are saved on and accessible through Xbox Live.
The Standard Edition of State of Decay 2 is available to Xbox Game Pass members ($9.99 monthly subscription) starting today. In addition, the State of Decay 2’s Standard Edition ($29.99) and State of Decay 2: Ultimate Edition ($49.99) can be purchased via the Microsoft Store or your favorite retailer.
Read more over at Xbox Wire!

State of Decay 2 now available worldwide on Windows 10, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox One
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Announcing the Xbox Adaptive Controller for accessible gaming

Here are some of the highlights from Phil’s post:
“We have been on a journey of inclusive design, which celebrates and draws inspiration from people who are often overlooked in the typical design process.
For gamers with limited mobility, finding controller solutions to fit their individual needs has been challenging. The solutions that exist today are often expensive, hard to find, or require significant technical skill to create. A number of individuals and organizations are creating custom solutions, but it has been often difficult for them to scale when most rigs need to be so personalized.
Joining the Xbox family of controllers and devices, the Xbox Adaptive Controller was created to address these challenges and remove barriers to gaming by being adaptable to more gamers’ needs.  It was developed in partnership with organizations around the world, including The AbleGamers Foundation, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, SpecialEffect, and Warfighter Engaged. We worked closely with them and directly with gamers who have limited mobility to assist in our development.
Our goal was to make the device as adaptable as possible, so gamers can create a setup that works for them in a way that is plug-and-play, extensible, and affordable.  In addition to working with common adaptive switches that gamers with limited mobility may already own, it has two large buttons built in. These buttons can also be reprogrammed to act as any of the standard controller’s button inputs via the Xbox Accessories app.
To make the Xbox Adaptive Controller a viable solution for the widest possible range of gamers with limited mobility, we’ve worked closely with third-party manufacturers to support external inputs which can be plugged in to the new controller. 
At $99.99 USD and available exclusively through Microsoft Store, the Xbox Adaptive Controller will offer significant value over the customized alternatives that exist today. We’re looking forward to sharing more about the Xbox Adaptive Controller in a few weeks at E3. The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be launching later this year, and we’ll share more information soon about pre-order availability.”
To read the full post from Phil Spencer, head over to Xbox Wire, and learn more about accessibility at Microsoft here.

Sea of Thieves now available worldwide on Windows 10 and Xbox One

The week of launch is basically one long celebration of Sea of Thieves, with an array of cool activities across the world. We have our launch events across all Microsoft Store locations in the U.S., with special events at the flagship Microsoft Store in New York and Sydney. The Quest for the Golden Bananas offers crafty crews riddles to solve for a chance to win four 18-carat gold bananas, while which The Voyage live stream in the UK presents an opportunity for the community to engage with their favorite content creators.
The game is available to buy now for $59.99/£49.99/€69.99, and you have the ability to purchase it for your personal library or become a member of Xbox Game Pass and play for $9.99 a month. As a reminder, Sea of Thieves is also an Xbox Play Anywhere title so if you purchase digitally on either Xbox One or Windows 10 PC, or acquire via Xbox Game Pass, you can play on either platform. We are also completely embracing the magic of cross-play, with players seamlessly playing together regardless of platform of choice.
Get Sea of Thieves here!

We’ve also got a variety of bundles and accessories to support the Sea of Thieves launch. If you’re in the market for a console, the Xbox One S Sea of Thieves bundle features a digital copy of Sea of Thieves and 1 month of both Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass, while the purchase of a new Xbox One X now until March 24 also comes with a digital copy of the game. If you’re looking to further embrace the pirate life, check out the amazing Xbox Wireless Controller – Sea of Thieves Limited Edition, the “Tales from the Sea of Thieves” lore book, our beautiful “Art of Sea of Thieves” book, the Comic range, or the Seagate Special Edition 2TB Game Drive.
Read more about today’s launch from Joe Neate, Executive Producer at Rare, over at Xbox Wire!

Let’s talk about specs for Sea of Thieves

This marks an exciting time for the team as they move towards the game’s launch on March 20, as it gives you the chance to see what the performance will be like on your system;

For more detail into how Sea of Thieves has been built from the ground up for Windows 10, and for more technical insight into all the great features coming to PC, head over here to read more about today’s news!

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Xbox Game Pass expands to include new releases from Microsoft Studios

When we launched Xbox Game Pass in June 2017, we knew we wanted to craft a service with gamers in mind. That meant a diverse, expanding library of over 100 games and counting, matched with one monthly price and unlimited access to download and play full-fidelity experiences.
We know our fans value having a variety of games to play at a low monthly price. We’ve also heard from fans that the ability to play new blockbuster games in Xbox Game Pass is important. So we’ve continued to explore new ideas to make this possible.
Today, we’re excited to announce plans for a major expansion to Xbox Game Pass that underscores our commitment to deliver our fans the ultimate gaming subscription service.

Xbox Game Pass expands to include new releases from Microsoft Studios
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Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release. This means that when Sea of Thieves launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.
This plan to bring new games timed with their global release into Xbox Game Pass not only includes announced titles like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and Crackdown 3 but future unannounced games from Microsoft Studios including new iterations of our biggest Xbox One exclusive franchises such as Halo, Forza and Gears of War, on the same day they launch.
Our fans have also asked for more choice in the subscription offerings available for Xbox Game Pass. As part of today’s library expansion, we are also pleased to announce that we are working closely with our retail partners, such as GameStop, to offer a 6-month Xbox Game Pass subscription card for those fans who look for a variety of ways to purchase and enjoy new games and services. The 6-month Xbox Game Pass subscription card will be available at select retail partners for $59.99 beginning March 20. By working closely with retail partners, Xbox Game Pass will have valuable ambassadors in popular destinations for gamers to discover new and exciting games and enjoy community.
We’re truly humbled by the incredible response we’ve received to date for Xbox Game Pass, and we look forward to offering an unprecedented choice and value with Xbox Game Pass this spring and beyond.
Read more about today’s news over at Xbox Wire!

Super Lucky’s Tale is here!

The Lucky’s Tale series is a diary of sorts for our development team. The original Lucky’s Tale, both our first platformer and first experience with virtual reality, was very challenging for us, but we couldn’t wait to return to that world and those characters to tell even more of their story. We learned a lot about who Lucky is – a brave, curious fox who loves adventure and making people smile.
For Super Lucky’s Tale, we wanted to expand on the language of the first game without losing the simple pick-up-and-play control scheme that keeps the game both accessible and engaging. We’ve introduced the nefarious Jinx and his Kitty Litter, created a whole new cast of silly characters, and expanded on Lucky’s backstory by introducing his older sister, Lyra, and their stewardship as guardians of The Book of Ages.
I hope that you have as much fun playing the game as we had making it. We’d love to hear from you! We really mean it, too – don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on Twitter (@PlayfulLucky), our Facebook page, or even an email (feedback@playfulcorp.com).
Thank you for playing!

This Week on Windows: Super Lucky’s Tale launch trailer reveal, a Microsoft Edge tip and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to read more about our news out of Future Decoded, get started with two new extensions now available for Microsoft Edge – 1Password and Dashlane – and check out our Windows 10 Tips on how to export your Minecraft creations to Remix3D.com, and how to pin your favorite websites to the taskbar with Microsoft Edge!
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Playful fun abounds in the Super Lucky’s Tale launch trailer

Today over at Xbox Wire, we revealed the launch trailer for Super Lucky’s Tale! The video starts by introducing the game’s larger-than-life characters. There’s Lucky, of course, but also Jinx and his mischievous children, collectively known as the Kitty Litter. Early in the game, Jinx steals a mysterious artifact called the Book of Ages, inside of which are entire wondrous worlds and charming creatures who are no match for the Litter. It’s up to you and Lucky, a brave little fox with heroic aspirations, to thwart their wiles and save the day.
On Nov. 7, dive headlong into a world of adventure when Super Lucky’s Tale releases exclusively for the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PC. Plus, as an Xbox Play Anywhere title, you can pick up where you left off on another Xbox One device or Windows 10 PC, sharing all saved progress, Gamerscore and Achievements across platforms.
Classic platforming gameplay, playful puzzles, colorful characters and action-packed challenges take center stage in a nostalgic tale the whole family will enjoy.  It’s time to be a hero, so put on your cape, grab your controller and get ready to leap into Super Lucky’s Tale. Read more over at Xbox Wire!
Ford Performance and Xbox collaborate on custom F-150 Raptor to appear at SEMA and in Forza Motorsport 7

In celebration of the Nov. 7 launch of the Xbox One X, Ford Performance and Xbox have teamed up to create a specially-modified Xbox One X version of the new F-150 Raptor which will be showcased this week at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. In addition, early next year, this version of the F-150 Raptor will be available for free to Forza Motorsport 7 players within the game.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Xbox One X Edition boasts unique graphics, paint, and upholstery inspired by the console’s internal code name, “Project Scorpio,” as well as the Raptor’s desert racing heritage. Custom wheels, bumpers, chase rack and LED lighting in Xbox’s signature green complete the look. Performance-enhancing modifications include a Fabtech six-inch lift kit, upgraded Alcon brakes, Addictive Desert Designs intercooler and Ford Performance Borla exhaust.
The partnership between Ford and Forza goes back over a dozen years to the first Forza Motorsport and the original Xbox. Today, Forza features more Ford vehicles than any other video game, with the Fiesta ST, Focus RS, Mustang GT 350, F-150 Raptor and Ford GT each making their video game debut in the Forza series, the latter two as cover cars.
Forza Motorsport 7 is currently available as an Xbox Play Anywhere title (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC versions included with a single digital purchase at no additional cost) and is releasing on the Xbox One X on November 7 when players will be able to experience it in native 4K and HDR at 60FPS. The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Xbox One X Edition will be available early next year in “Forza Motorsport 7” for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Read more about today’s news over at Xbox Wire.
Have a great weekend!

Xbox releases the Fall Update for Xbox One today

It’s been a busy summer for everyone at Team Xbox. Back in August we gave you a first look at the fall update for Xbox One, and we showed off the new Home, Guide and Community tabs. Since then, we’ve been working with Xbox Insiders to gather feedback, test and refine tons of new features that we’re releasing worldwide starting today. Keep reading for some of the highlights, and head over to Xbox Wire for much more!

You can personalize your “Home” more than ever before. Add your favorite games, friends, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass, etc. directly to your Home screen with a new concept that we call blocks; easily discover new things, such as friend activities, leaderboards, LFG posts, quick links to Game Hubs, and tips across both your console and Xbox Live at the top of Home; choose dark, light, or high-contrast theme option in Settings; and more.
You’ll experience a fast, powerful and convenient Guide. It’s now faster and easier to move left and right through tabs with the left thumb stick or bumpers; new flyout menus allow you to get into deeper levels of detail within Guide without losing context of where you are and what you are doing; active parties and broadcasts now show up on the main Guide tab for faster access to controls; the new “Friends in games” flyout allows you to quickly find friends playing the same game as you; and more.
Don’t worry about missing any actions when you step away from your console. With the enhanced the notification system, when your Xbox One is idle, time-sensitive activities and status are visible from far away, and Xbox One’s new notifications provide at-a-glance status of what activities you can immediately step into after you’ve had to step out for a moment.
Last, but not least, you can get a head start on Xbox One X (Launch Day Nov 7): Your console setup experience will be quicker for both new users and upgraders.  There are new options to help save time when moving from one Xbox One to another (including Xbox One X), so you can get back to playing faster.
It’s been an incredible journey for the entire team at Xbox as we worked to bring you this update.  Thanks as always to our fans and Xbox Insiders for the valuable feedback. Be sure to keep letting us know what you think at Xbox feedback, and head over to Xbox Wire to read more!