On Thursday evening, a special edition of Inside Xbox was streamed live from X019 in London, giving us a look at the titles we'll be playing over the course of the next year.
In Grounded, up to four players are scaled down to the size of an ant and tasked with surviving the "unique micro-world of a suburban backyard" where they must gather everyday materials to craft and build bases, search for life saving resources and fight off the massive hostile inhabitants that threaten them and the peaceful insects.
The announcement trailer for Rare's EVERWILD didn't give much away but the cartoon-y visuals and soft pastel colours are unmistakably Rare. The team is said to be focused on "building an experience that allows for new ways to play in a natural and magical world" providing memorable and engaging experiences for players to share.
Microsoft are pushing Xbox Game Pass further than ever before
With all Xbox Game Studios titles being made available to Game Pass subscribers from day one, there's a slew of new content coming our way. 19 games from developers in the ID@Xbox program will be sitting in the Game Pass library at launch.
Eight games were introduced to the service on Thursday and we were promised that a total of 42 more will be releasing throughout the holidays and 2020, including a trio of Yakuza games (Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, Yakuza Kiwami 2) and these 10 Final Fantasy epics:
Xbox Game Pass for PC (included with Game Pass Ultimate) is starting to gain traction, with Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition added to the PC library, a very brief reveal trailer for Age of Empires 4 debuting and the confirmation that Halo Reach will be arriving on PC via The Master Chief Collection on 3 December.
You can currently pick up a 3-month trial of Game Pass Ultimate for a single pound, euro or dollar and, for a limited time, every member can claim 1 month of EA Access, 3 months of Discord Nitro and 6 months of Spotify Premium.
Project xCloud is expanding following a successful trial
Microsoft's streaming service, Project xCloud, has been in preview for a month and over 50 titles can now be played on mobile devices, with even more on the way. Check out the full list and register your interest in the program here.
Next year, Project xCloud will be brought to Windows PCs and the team are "collaborating with a broad set of partners to make game streaming available on other devices."
In addition, support for more Bluetooth controllers is planned for 2020, including the DualShock 4 and Razer game pads.
No extra effort from developers is needed for games to function via xCloud and all of your progress (saves, achievements, friends lists, etc.) will be ready and waiting, whichever devices you use.
Get a head start on Black Friday deals
Once again, there's a lot of money to be saved in the Black Friday bargains and those with Xbox Live Gold get early access from 21 November. There's up to 75% off select games (find the full list courtesy of Major Nelson), as well as massive discounts on console bundles. Accessories are included in the sale, with a handful of controllers sporting a reduced price and Xbox Design Labs giving you a few quid off a custom job.
Keep your eye on the Microsoft Store for details.
You can catch all the news and announcements from X019 in full below.