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    ARK: Survival Evolved, Available Now on Windows 10 with CrossPlay!

    Survivors! The wait is finally over, ARK has officially launched on the Windows 10 platform, and from 8 AM PST will be available to purchase on the Microsoft Store! It includes the base game along with 'Primitive+', 'The Center', and 'Ragnarok', and additionally currently available are the two story-telling expansion packs 'Scorched Earth' and 'Aberration'!

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    As the game was already available for Xbox One and Xbox One X enhanced, it is now an Xbox Play Anywhere title, so this will allow Survivors who've purchased the game digitally on Xbox to download an play on both platforms at no additional cost. You can pick up the Windows 10 Version of the game here:

    ARK: Survival Evolved
    ARK: Scorched Earth
    ARK: Aberration

    Everything is tied to your Microsoft/Live account! This means that you can pick up your adventure wherever you left off, switching between your Xbox One and PC while dynamically taking your saved progress, Gamerscore, DLC, and achievements with you.

    With the release of Windows 10, comes a new exciting feature: CrossPlay (cross-platform online multiplayer)! Whether it's playing on Xbox from the comfort of your sofa with a controller in hand, or at your Windows 10 Gaming Desktop, survivors with this Play Anywhere title can take advantage of CrossPlay and live on the ARK with their tribe across both platforms. You'll be able to tame, harvest, and dominate with each other! 

    For those wanting to jump into the CrossPlay experience immediately, you can do so by browsing our Official Server network for matches titles 'CrossPlay'. We've launched 24 servers, a mixture of PvE and PvP, clustered by region available to play right now! (All Official Servers will become CrossPlay enabled in the future once BattlEye, or an equivalent Microsoft anti-cheat system, functions on the Windows 10 Store.) Also, you'll currently find a large quantity of player-hosted Dedicated & Non-Dedicated CrossPlay sessions to join!

    CrossPlay is enabled by default for anyone hosting a server via their consoles. You can disable it, by just unchecking the 'Enable CrossPlay' option when hosting a session! It'll appear in a dialogue box, after beginning to host a server.

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    For those using a Nitrado PC server, CrossPlay is disabled by default. You can enable the setting, by logging onto your administration panel, select the 'General' tab under 'Settings', checking the 'CrossPlay' checkbox, save the changes and restart your server!

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    The launch of the Windows 10 version also brings the single player & non-dedicated split-screen to PC! Over time we'll be working on incorporating the same feature onto the Steam version of the game.

    You will be able to host a 70 player dedicated server using the Windows 10 version of the game! At present, hosting a Windows 10 Player Dedicated can be graphically intensive on the computers, as you're pretty much running the game. In the near future, we are going to see if there's a way we can make it similar to hosting a graphicless dedicated PC server. You will not be able to edit the "game.ini" or "gameusersettings.ini" server files, as those are locked behind the Windows 10 platform, though, you still have the Host Settings user interface available to you, similarly to the Xbox game. Keep in mind you would need an additional account with a copy of the game in order to host a dedicated server on Windows 10 while simultaneously playing on Xbox.  

    Edit: Microsoft has informed of us of a potential way to host and player on a server without needing an additional copy, we've yet to confirm as we're looking into cross-platform player dedicated invites with them at the moment, but here's what they recommend:

    On your Windows 10 PC…
    1.    Launch and sign into the Microsoft Store using your Xbox Live Gold account
    2.    Download and install ARK
    3.    Launch the Xbox App and sign-in (or create as needed) an Xbox Live Silver account
    4.    Launch ARK
    5.    When the Xbox Account picker comes up select the Silver account
    6.    In ARK, set up your dedicated server

    On your Xbox One…
    1.    Login to your Gold account
    2.    Download and install ARK
    3.    Launch ARK using Gold account as identity
    4.    Use Server Browser to find and connect to the dedicated instance you set up on your PC

    Mods will not be available through the Windows 10 version of the game, due to the current lack of a User Generated Content storage and cloud delivery pipeline equivalent to Steam Workshop. If this changes in the future in terms of Windows & Xbox features, we'll be at the ready to support it. If you want to experience a modded ARK right now, the best way to do so would be through the Steam version of the game.

    The Non-Dedicated tether range has been increased by 50% for the Windows 10 version of the game. However, as we enter the new year we'll be removing the limit altogether in single player split-screen, and a slider will be made available for Windows non-dedicated sessions (which in-turn will be enjoyed by any Xbox Clients playing on a Win 10 Non-Dedicated session). In addition to the upcoming tether changes, we'll be working on bringing Truesky entirely to the Windows 10 version of the game. 

    Welcome to the big ARK Tribe, Windows 10 Survivors! We're very excited to get ARK out on this new platform at last with cross-platform online multiplayer, and cannot wait for you to join us on this wild & crazy dinosaur sci-fi journey!

    All the best,

    The ARK: Survival Evolved Team

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    I don't know if this helps anyone but I was able to get Cross Play working by sending an invite from the Xbox dedicated server under the Admin menu. Then, under the Xbox app in Windows 10 I was able to click on that username and join the game from my PC.

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    3 hours ago, RockTheHawk said:

    I don't know if this helps anyone but I was able to get Cross Play working by sending an invite from the Xbox dedicated server under the Admin menu. Then, under the Xbox app in Windows 10 I was able to click on that username and join the game from my PC.

    That worked for me, though I'd tried it a thousand times the same way yesterday, so they must have issued a fix sometime in the past 10 hours.

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    7 hours ago, Zederia said:

    so we have a win10 version. and Win10 uses DX12, are we getting DX12 on Steam anytime soon?

    The Windows Store version is using Dx11 as far as I know Dx12 has not been implemented in the Xbox version either.

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    Hey. English is not my native language, but I'll try to get the message right. I really liked the fonts that are shown on the screenshots. I ask you to make as beautiful fonts for playing PC versions of steam. Thank you

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    I'm sure it's been asked before, and I'm sure I know the answer, but I've never seen an official response to it. I know on console if you host a dedicated server you have to dedicate your whole console just to running it, but on PC, both Windows 10 and Steam, if you host a dedicated server are you able to play it with that machine as well or is it like console in that regard?

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    54 minutes ago, CyberAngel67 said:

    The Windows Store version is using Dx11 as far as I know Dx12 has not been implemented in the Xbox version either.

    Xbox One X has to be using dx12, plus the hardware of consoles is fixed, so...

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    1 minute ago, Zederia said:

    Xbox One X has to be using dx12, plus the hardware of consoles is fixed, so...

    No it doesn't have to, in fact I would be surprised if it is using Dx12, because the performance on the X shows it could do better if it was using Dx12.

    Edited by CyberAngel67

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    I started the download last night, it apparently didn't finish but the hard drive space is gone and I can't find the install, and now it's not available in the windows store any more. Amy suggestions? 

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    My friend is hosting a server on pc but when we try to connect it says fail to join. Why won’t it work? We have been trying to fix it for hours and nothing is working. 

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    Cannot Install from MS Store, trying to charge £45, PC platform is not available only Xbone, spoke with Xbox support, they are not aware Ark is cross platform

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    2 hours ago, papafalafel said:

    I started the download last night, it apparently didn't finish but the hard drive space is gone and I can't find the install, and now it's not available in the windows store any more. Amy suggestions? 

    I had a similar problem at the very beginning, but with all the trouble at lunch of play anywhere, I just figured it was their problem to fix. As it turns out it actually hadn't finished downloading yet, just the progress had disappeared. If you check the properties of the Microsoft store download folder you'll see it has 2 different sizes. One is actual size on disk and one is allocated empty space. Check your downloads in the Microsoft store maybe it'll show as incomplete. Otherwise just wait for it to finish.

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    (Steam Question)

    Do I need to uninstall my current version of ARK on my PC and reinstall it to get the Windows 10 optimizations?

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    1 minute ago, Reventern said:

    (Steam Question)

    Do I need to uninstall my current version of ARK on my PC and reinstall it to get the Windows 10 optimizations?

    No as they are two entirely different applications. Not linked together at all.

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    5 hours ago, CyberAngel67 said:

    No it doesn't have to, in fact I would be surprised if it is using Dx12, because the performance on the X shows it could do better if it was using Dx12.

    Both the Xbox One and the Xbox One X use DX12.

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    15 minutes ago, Joebl0w13 said:

    Both the Xbox One and the Xbox One X use DX12.

    When did they sneak that in, they have been promising for over a year for that, in fact it had been on the coming soon for so long.

    Sorry but until I see it in writing from WildCard, I doubt very much it is using Dx12, because why was steam version excluded from Dx12?

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    14 hours ago, adeezl said:

    Since the mods and 'volunteer' mods go MIA, i'll easily answer this for you.

    1) You do not need to buy another 100euros worth of ARK. You don't even need xbox live to play multiplayer from a PC if you buy the PC version from the store (gives you the xbox version), but you do need it to play the xbox version online.

    2) Correct, you cannot host a dedicated and play from the same machine on either PC or XBOX. Unless you plan on playing when he's not, or have like 20+ people connecting (the reason for a dedicated server), then you should have him host a non-dedicated session on the PC so you get the benefits of no tethering etc. The thing is, it's not working right now, invites to friends, among just trying to join from the xbox or the PC xbox app for Windows 10, it's not working yet, but when they get it figured out, you're good to go that way)

    3) This is unlike any other Play Anywhere title, and thus far not in a good way. It's supposedly "out" for 4 months retail, then Play Anywhere added later (Dec.14th was the real release for the Windows 10 version), but it doesn't work Cross-platform right now.

    Ok. So, about your explanation on item 2. I notice that it's not working. Invites from PC to Xbox fail to join every single time. And my dedicated server on PC does not display on Xbox list (same thing the other way around).
    Now, we know this is bugged but do they know it?? I could not find any "official" info on this. Like, as I said in another thread, I've been waiting to create a PC dedicated server to crossplay on Xbox my own server since day one. Now they released like 2/3 of the benefits of PlayAnywhere but are they actually working on it?

    Btw, the PC version on WIndows 10 does have the thetering as Xbox has. It was just increased 50%.

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    45 minutes ago, CyberAngel67 said:

    When did they sneak that in, they have been promising for over a year for that, in fact it had been on the coming soon for so long.

    Sorry but until I see it in writing from WildCard, I doubt very much it is using Dx12, because why was steam version excluded from Dx12?

    I didn't say Ark uses the API. Just that the API is used/available on both Xbox versions.

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    Good afternoon!

    I bought steam earlier last year on steam.  Is there any expectation that I'll be allowed to participate in Cross Play anytime soon?
    It seems only useful to the people that bought it on Xbox.

    I only ask because even creating an account on these forums required my steam login so WC has the account on file anyway, so seems silly that they won't be able to
     

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    Just now, Zadrax said:

    Good afternoon!

    I bought steam earlier last year on steam.  Is there any expectation that I'll be allowed to participate in Cross Play anytime soon?
    It seems only useful to the people that bought it on Xbox.

    I only ask because even creating an account on these forums required my steam login so WC has the account on file anyway, so seems silly that they won't be able to
     

    No. There are no current plans to make the Steam version compatible with the W10/Xbox version.

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    1 minute ago, Joebl0w13 said:

    No. There are no current plans to make the Steam version compatible with the W10/Xbox version.

    Damn that's really disappointing :/ 

    Thanks

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    53 minutes ago, DaniCardelli said:

    Ok. So, about your explanation on item 2. I notice that it's not working. Invites from PC to Xbox fail to join every single time. And my dedicated server on PC does not display on Xbox list (same thing the other way around).
    Now, we know this is bugged but do they know it?? I could not find any "official" info on this. Like, as I said in another thread, I've been waiting to create a PC dedicated server to crossplay on Xbox my own server since day one. Now they released like 2/3 of the benefits of PlayAnywhere but are they actually working on it?

    Btw, the PC version on WIndows 10 does have the thetering as Xbox has. It was just increased 50%.

    Try it again, it seems they fixed it overnight, invites/game joining from the xbox app on PC or on xbox is working now. 

    * You are correct, they don't update this too often, the official forum, instead we get to seed through retweets and personal off topic stuff to get info on twitter or reddit hah.. it's cool, at least it's fixed at the moment. 

    Now for the PC version to be massively updated, with like.. fullscreen and resolution changing.. 

    Edited by adeezl
    forgot to add, yes they don't like giving info on here

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    So at this moment, I can't host a dedicated server for the Windows 10 version on my Windows Server 2012 PC?  I don't have much hope for that ever happening when you say "we are going to see if there is a way"

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    2 minutes ago, ilriveril said:

    So at this moment, I can't host a dedicated server for the Windows 10 version on my Windows Server 2012 PC?  I don't have much hope for that ever happening when you say "we are going to see if there is a way"

    You can now, they fixed it i'm in my own game now running the xbox dedicated and connecting with my PC. It appears to be resolved for the moment. Invites are sending and being received. Cheers

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