Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha Skip-Ahead (2408.231001-2000)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox Update Preview coming to the Alpha Skip-Ahead 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 consoles.

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!

Xbox Insider Release Notes

System Update Details:

  • OS version released: RS_XBOX_DEV_FLIGHT25965.1004.231001-2000
  • Available: 2 p.m. PT – October 4, 2023
  • Mandatory: 3 a.m. PT – October 5, 2023

New Features and Experiences

We have exciting news! Alpha Skip-Ahead users can expect something new coming to their Xbox Update Preview.

Play From Profile

Users will notice with today’s update we’re making it easier to get, play, and see details about games others are playing directly from their profiles, as well as reorganizing the join and invite commands on these pages.

Fixes Implemented

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


  • Fixes to address an issue where the Magnifier would not behave as expected in some titles.

Manage Queue

  • Fixed an issue where recent installed titles could wrap to a second row unintentionally.


  • Various updates to properly reflect local languages across the console.
    • Note: Users participating in Preview may see “odd” text across the console, for more information go here.

Known Issues

We understand some issues have been listed in previous Xbox Insider Release Notes. These items aren’t being ignored, but it will take Xbox engineers more time to find a solution.


  • We have received reports of users experiencing intermittent issues with audio across the dashboard, games, and apps.
    • Note: If you experience issues with audio, please submit feedback via Report a Problem immediately with the “Reproduce with advanced diagnostics” option, then select the category “Console experiences” and “Console Audio Output Issues”.
    • Be sure to include as much information as possible:
      • When did the issue start?
      • Did you lose audio just in the game/app or system audio as well?
      • Does changing the audio format resolve the issue? If yes, what was the format before and after?
      • Does rebooting resolve the issue?
      • What does your setup include? Equipment, layout, etc.
      • And any additional information you can provide to reproduce the problem.

Keyboard Button Mapping for Xbox Controllers

  • If you change your keyboard language settings while the Xbox Accessories app is open, the change will be reflected after quitting the app or rebooting your console.

Manage Queue

  • When the queue is empty, the border around “When games and apps are installing, you’ll see them here” may appear to extend off-screen. We are working on a fix.


  • We are investigating reports of an issue where the console may not connect to their network as expected on boot. If you experience this, be sure to report the issue via Report a Problem as soon as you’re able.
    • Workaround: Wait a minute for the connection to establish. If your console still hasn’t connected, restart your Xbox from the Power Center by holding the Xbox button > Restart console > Restart.

Make sure to use Report a problem to keep us informed of your issue. We may not be able to respond to everyone, but the data we’ll gather is crucial to finding a resolution.

What Happens to Your Feedback

If you’re an Xbox Insider looking for support, please reach out to the community subreddit. Official Xbox staff, moderators, and fellow Xbox Insiders are there to help with your concerns.

When posting to the subreddit, please look through most recent posts to see if your issue has already been posted or addressed. We always recommend adding to threads with the same issue before posting a brand new one. This helps us support you the best we can! Don’t forget to use “Report a problem” before posting—the information shared in both places helps us understand your issue better.

Thank you to every Xbox Insider in the subreddit today. We love that it has become such a friendly and community-driven hub of conversation and support.

For more information regarding the Xbox Insider Program follow us on Twitter. Keep an eye on future Xbox Insider Release Notes for more information regarding your Xbox Update Preview ring!

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Dinobreak Stampedes onto Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One Today

Dinobreak Stampedes onto Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One Today

Hello Survivors!  My name is Evan Wolbach, co-founder of Dead Drop Studios. Today I’m thrilled to share all sorts of juicy morsels about our latest survival horror title, Dinobreak. It’s our most action-packed game yet, and it absolutely sings (or roars!) on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.Prepare for a truly primal terror!

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More Fun Than a Barrel of…Dinos?

Up until now, we’ve created classic survival horror games featuring the undead in the Outbreak series.  Dinobreak changes that with a more action focused approach, and of course, plenty of scaly beasts to take down and flee from. Building upon our years of know-how and on feedback based on Outbreak: Contagious Memories, Dinobreak is a fresh romp featuring an original story, new and accessible difficulty options, our best visuals yet, unlockable modifiers and cheats, and a bonus mode that’s sure to be a blast to replay again and again.

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Use Multiple Cameras for a Different Experience

Similar to Outbreak: Contagious Memories, you can freely choose your camera type in Dinobreak.  Whether you prefer a traditional, over-the-shoulder camera, a more modern first-person view, or you have a hunger for that classic fixed-camera style, Dinobreak has you covered.  The game is fully playable in all views, and you can even swap between them on the fly, so explore the way you want to.

Dinobreak - screenshot

Avoid Eggs to Conserve your Resources!

In this adventure, you once again step into Lydia’s shoes to escape Cypress Ridge, but this time it’s being ravaged by dinosaurs. You’ll be taking down hordes of raptors while carefully managing your inventory and solving puzzles. You can choose to sneak around eggs to avoid encounters, or you can go in guns blazing and take down every last primordial pest in sight. Don’t take too much time deciding, though; spend enough time in an area and those pesky eggs will start hatching.

Dinobreak - eggs in a lab

Fun for Both First-Time and Veteran Players

For the first time, we’re offering extra, easier difficulty options so that fresh meat to the world of survival horror can play and enjoy Dinobreak.  In assisted and easy modes, you’ll find plenty of ammo and pick-ups so you can get acclimated to the basics of survival.  If you crave a more savage challenge, hard and primal difficulties will put your back to the wall as an army of dangerous beasts threaten to tear you limb from limb. Gulp!

Dinobreak - closeup

More Than Just Story Mode

As with most of our titles, Dinobreak features a bonus mode. This time, you can enter Operation: Feral Raptor, score huge points, and escape while also saving other survivors.  Both this and story mode are playable in local co-op, so abscond with a friend to experience a different type of fear. Dinobreak rampages to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One today via Smart Delivery. Can you escape before nature’s most fearsome creatures turn you into their lunch?

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The crises of the past return in DINOBREAK as dinosaurs overwhelm a metropolitan city on a fateful night in 1999. Band together with survivors across the city to uncover the origins of the onslaught, and find a path to safety. DINOBREAK looks, sounds and plays like a ’90s-era survival horror game. Cheesy acting, extreme gore, exhilarating action, and resource management await as you fight through hordes of dinosaurs to escape alive. Take one last trip to the world of survival horror in this one-of-a-kind adventure.

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Warhammer 40,000: Darktide Blasts Onto Xbox Today, With Some Major Improvements

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide Blasts Onto Xbox Today, With Some Major Improvements

Darktide Hero

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide Blasts Onto Xbox Today, With Some Major Improvements

Tune up your boltgun and prepare for the hoard, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is swarming onto Xbox Series X|S today. A spiritual successor to Warhammer: Vermintide, Darktide takes developer Fatshark’s ferocious, co-op-focused combat and drops you right into the blistered heart of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. 

Alongside its Game Pass launch, Darktide is also set to drop its biggest and most game-changing update yet. Patch 13 will introduce new class systems for each playable archetype and a ton of other game-play refining updates. This is the ultimate version of Darktide, so ahead of its console release, we had the opportunity to chat with three developers from Fatshark about why now is the perfect time to get stuck in. 

A Class of Its Own

The biggest change heading to Darktide is the brand-new class system. Each of the four archetypes – Veteran, Zealot, Psyker and Ogryn – will now come with their own talent tree brimming with new skills and abilities. This affords much more versatility in how to build and play each starting character.

“A really big thing that we’ve been trying to do since launch is give more agency to the player,” explains Victor Magnuson, Design Director on Darktide. “We felt that the system we had before was a little too rigid, and didn’t really allow players to come up with their own playstyle. Now, players can pick and mix what they want to do, and we’re really looking forward to seeing all of the different combinations.” 

When creating a character, players can choose unique traits, such as their starting planet, their upbringing, and some defining moments of their lives. The new class system provides more opportunities to lean into those backstory choices and almost roleplay your character in this vast universe. 

“An Inquisitorial Warband is made up of very different characters,” explains Darktide Chief Creative Officer Anders De Geer. “We want people to be able to create their own version of that fantasy. Anything you read in a book or play in the tabletop game, you’ll be able to come closer to creating in Darktide.”  

The team has also made changes to the levelling system in Darktide. Before the update, players could only make what the team describes as a “meaningful” choice every five levels. Now, players can add something that will evolve their character significantly every time they rank up, which is much more exciting.”Giving agency across your levelling experience was also important for us to do right,” says Juan Martinez, Executive Producer on Darktide. “We wanted this to cater both to new players and those that have played the game for a long time already.”

The choice sounded almost too overwhelming, so we asked the team about their favorite ways to play to get a little inspiration. Magnuson tells us that he used to be Zealot main through and through, with an aggressive playstyle that goes hard with melee abilities. However, with the new update, he’s brought out the literal big guns, utilising perks that allow him to shred through foes with minimal reloading. De Geer keeps it a little more classic with the Zealot, also leaning into the old bash build but with a stash of throwing knives to add more flexibility to the build. 

Martinez started as an Orgyn main but graduated to Psyker, which now has new skills to control the ebb and flow of the battlefield. This includes chain lightning that damages foes with an area-of-effect radius, and a dome shield that can protect teammates. 

That was the archetype I stuck with in the end – I had a delightful time playing as a Psyker with the Smite ability, letting me release streams of potent lightning onto my foes. I was also able to take talents that let me put up a shield for my allies, while boosting up our damage. Some of the other talent trees offered completely different buffs and skills that complemented my own for some potent combinations to get stuck into.

The skills I picked played perfectly into my background as a Tide Forager from the oceanic world of Incron – I’m a seasoned fisherman, full of comradery and not afraid to get my hands dirty. I chose to believe that my proficiency as a Psyker was also unveiled after I was caught electrocuting all of the fish. The background you choose also shapes dialogue choices throughout the game, which is a fun detail. These starting blocks let me craft my own story before I’d even picked up a weapon.

But, I Don’t Know Anything About Warhammer

The world of Warhammer is dense and brimming with complex lore and jargon, but you don’t actually need to know anything about it to enjoy Darktide. De Geer tells us that the game is first and foremost – a four-player co-op horde shooter, that just happens to be set in this universe.

“The things that you need to know will be introduced to you in the game,” De Geer says. “We’ve deliberately tried to keep it that way, but hopefully the parts you do learn will spark an interest in the wider lore.” 

The gameplay experience shines through, whether you’re a fan of the wider Warhammer world or not. The visceral satisfaction of bashing and slashing through enemies or going ham with a huge machine gun feels still excellent, regardless of who the bad guys are. 

“We have a lot of Warhammer fanatics in the office, but we also have people that don’t know anything about it,” De Geer adds. “This actually helps us sanity check and make sure things make sense even with zero understanding of that world.”

“Warhammer 40,000 knowledge shouldn’t be a barrier, and we’d like to think that Darktide can act as a stepping stone into the wider universe.” 

The good news is that Darktide is now available to download and play on Game Pass for both Xbox and PC. Whether you’re a Warhammer veteran eager to get stuck back into these new classes, a total newcomer looking for an accessible route into the robust world of Warhammer 40,000, or just looking for lovely, violent new game – the new and updated Darktide is a shooter fit for an Emperor, and his three favourite friends.

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O2 customers can save up to £288 on Plus Plan tariffs with the new Google Pixel range

  • Customers have until the 15 November to grab a saving of up to £288 on Plus Plan tariffs (30GB, 150GB and Unlimited Plus) for the brand-new Google Pixel 8 range
  • Customers can get the brand-new Google Pixel 8 Pro and claim a Google Pixel Watch 2 for just £669 per month on a 128GB Plus Plan contract
  • The brand-new Google Pixel 8 is also available and customers can claim a pair of Google Pixel Buds Pro for just £999 on a 128GB Plus Plan contract
  • Check out the new range: Google Phones | O2

From now (4 October) until 15 November O2 customers who purchase the Google Pixel 8 Pro or the Google Pixel 8 can save up to £288 across all Plus Plan tariffs (30GB, 150GB and Unlimited Plus). 

With the Plus Plan* tariff customers can get a range of benefits to save them up to £269:

  • O2 Switch Up, allowing customers to swap their current phone for any new mobile, every 90 days (as long as it’s in good condition).
  • O2 Travel Inclusive, roam freely in countries like USA, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina and Australia.
  • 3-year device warranty, if the device develops a fault through normal use during the warranty period, O2 will replace it or refund the customer for no extra cost.
  • Up to 6 months of either Amazon Prime, Disney+, Audible, Cafeyin or McAfee protection, for no extra cost. 

O2 customers will also be able to get their hands on a Google Pixel Watch 2 (WiFi & Bluetooth inclusive, usually £349 RRP) when they purchase the Google Pixel 8 Pro or can choose a pair of Google Pixel Buds Pro (usually £179 RRP) with the Google Pixel 8.

Model Price on a 128GB Plus Plan tariff Tariff details
Google Pixel 8 Pro with a Google Pixel Watch 2 (WiFi & Bluetooth inclusive) £669 1GB (data per month)

Unlimited calls and texts

Inclusive EU roaming as standard

Exclusive access to Priority

O2 Extras including 6-month Disney

Google Pixel 8 with a pair of Google Pixel Buds Pro £999

O2 customers can also benefit from:

  • Flexibility: O2 customers have the flexibility to choose a mobile plan that suits their budget, including the upfront cost they pay and the length of their 0% APR Device Plan. They can also flex their data allowance up or down each month to ensure it suits their needs.
  • EU roaming: O2 is the only major UK network to offer inclusive EU roaming as standard, up to 25GB. Customers can enjoy using their airtime at no extra cost while they’re away.
  • Priority from O2: Virgin Media broadband and O2 customers can benefit from Priority from O2, which offers exclusive deals, discounts and pre-sale ticket access to the hottest gigs in town.
  • O2 Extras: O2 customers can get their hands on Disney+, Amazon Prime, Amazon Audible or many more, free on O2 for up to 6 months depending on their tariff.
  • Split contracts: O2 is also the only mobile network operator to automatically and fully roll down all direct customers onto an airtime only plan, ensuring they never overpay for a phone they already own.

O2 recently launched an easy-to-use online calculator to help consumers (of any major network) check if they have, or are at risk of, overpaying for their handset. For more information visit: Overpayment Calculator – Save on your Phone Bill | O2


Notes to Editor

T&C gift of purchase:

  • Available now until 16 October 2023
  • Only available on refresh plan
  • Only one gift per mobile number
  • Customer must claim the gift by redemption

* Plus Plans worth up to £269 terms: Total figure based on comparison of inclusive Plus Plan benefits vs standard cost if added to a Custom Plan, consisting of: (i) O2 Travel Inclusive Zone bolt-on (average cost £2pm – calculated over 36 months), (ii) O2 Switch Up (usual cost £3.99pm – calculated over 36 months), (iii) an additional Extra (usual cost up to £7.99pm – calculated for Disney+ over 3 months), & (iv) Apple Music (usual cost £9.99pm – calculated over 3 months). Value of other inclusive Plus Plan benefits not included in total figure.

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ASUS NUC Forward Signing Ceremony

ASUS NUC Forward Signing Ceremony

ASUS NUC Forward Signing Ceremony

ASUS announced the official signing ceremony with Intel Corporation, marking the handover of the Intel® Next Unit of Computing (NUC) product lines, has been successfully completed.

ASUS will now manufacture and sell Intel NUC 10th to 13th generation systems product lines and will develop future NUC systems.

Intel NUC solutions are small-form-factor devices or compute elements that are customizable and ideal for business, edge computing, and gaming environments.

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