August 17th 2013 10:31 am PT

Xbox at gamescom 2013

As I write this, I’m packing my bags for Cologne, Germany. The reason? gamescom 2013.

This will be the first time we’ve showcased Xbox One en masse to a European audience. And it will be the first time Xbox One has shown up on a main stage since E3 in June. We all know that a lot has changed since then. So we’re looking bring the latest and greatest content, builds and stories to our friends in Europe. Phil Spencer and Phil Harrison will be everyone’s host for the week. And we have a ton in store for you:

Xbox Media Showcase
As Phil Spencer said last week, we’re hosting an small invite only media event on Tuesday, 20 August where we’ll share some news and give media a chance to experience gaming on Xbox One first hand. There is no live stream, but I’ll be posting the news here on my blog and on Twitter using #Xboxgamescom .
Keep an eye on Xbox Wire as well.

Xbox Booth (Hall 6)
Our gamescom booth is the largest we’ve ever had. The team has worked tirelessly to make sure every piece of available space is filled with the latest game content for you to play. And not only will there be hands-on, you will also have the chance to see how Kinect and SmartGlass really adds to the gaming on Xbox One.

Stop by our booth to check out “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Ryse: Son of Rome,” “Killer Instinct,” “Kinect Sports Rivals,” “Project Spark,” “Dead Rising 3,” to name a few, and we will also have the first-ever hands-on with “FIFA 14” on Xbox One– perfect timing as football leagues worldwide are just kicking off. And let’s not forget the Xbox 360 – we’ll also have the remake of “Fable,” “World of Tanks” and an awesome selection of partner titles – all to be revealed at the show.

And remember, gamescom will be your final chance to enter the Halo 4 Global Championship with an incredible $500,000 in prizes, including a grand prize of $200,000 cash. We will have a section dedicated to qualifications with a viewing area to catch all the action.

At the heart of the booth is our official Xbox Stage and the schedule that is bursting at the brim. For those attending we’ll advertise our agenda at the start of each day and it will contain some solid content and tons of swag. If you need a bigger incentive to drop by, we’ll be giving away Xbox Ones during the show – every hour, on the hour – but you must be present to win.

See you in Germany!

Edit: Added #Xboxgamescom twitter feed below

Events By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • beardyman3218

    Theres speculation that they are going to announce fifa 14 is going to be free with every xbox one.

  • roozbeh, again

    15 minutes have never been so long

  • Death Dealer

    Call of Duty Ghosts being bundled…

  • beardyman3218

    Fifa 14 free with every xbox one pre order in europe!

    • Timothy Shilleto

      so what about ones out of europe we don’t get anything? o well

      • slasaru

        You will get the console 500 bucks instead 500 euros and games 60 usd not 60 euros, the difference is temendous, believe me

        • Timothy Shilleto

          console is $600 here

          • slasaru

            Why would you live in such a place ;) just kidding
            Actually we in Russia will have it for 700 and games like yours 100 but we will get the console half a year later((

            But i am still willing to pay. Forza is amazing, quantum break as well. Live is the best service and i am xbox 360 fan

      • beardyman3218

        I have a feeling you might get madden in the us.

        • Timothy Shilleto

          im from australia

          • beardyman3218

            o, cricket? jk :) you will probably get something.

          • roozbeh, again

            the crocodile hunter, kinect edition.
            just kidding. :D

    • slasaru

      I would prefer Fable legends or Titanfall
      Hate football, moreover there will be almost no differences between ps3, xbox 360 and PC version but will cost cheaper. Oh wait, this one is free… Anyways, not really glad

      • beardyman3218

        There is a huge difference over current gen and pc, the next gen versions use the new ignite engine and looks far, far better than the old engine.

    • Bennijin

      My brother would lap it up but I can’t stand FIFA games. I wish we were offered a choice of any launch game, or even something exclusive. Or just a price cut equal to the cost of a game.

      I understand FIFA is huge (outsells Madden three to one last I heard) and this will swing some people (even though buying that other console with this game is still cheaper), but FIFA’s certainly not for everyone.

    • Dylan

      What’s funny is that it’s cheaper to get on the PS4. Not kidding.

      470-PS4 with Fifa
      500-Xbox One with Fifa

      • beardyman3218

        But i dont want a ps4. If i want a sub par controller and online service i would have got a ps3.

        • Dylan

          Sup-par controller maybe. I love the 360 controller, and the One’s looks awesome.
          Despise DualShock 3, but 4 is supposed to be much better (according to media who didn’t like 3).

          The online service? Please enlighten me the differences between Xbox One’s online vs the PS4’s.

          • beardyman3218

            Shoddy download speeds, menu upon menu even on ps4, you have to wade through menus just to get to thing you want, the only good thing is free games, chat options are kind of confusing. customer service and maintenance is bad, it takes them hours sometimes days to fix problems that shouldnt really exist in the first place.

          • Dylan

            Says who (PS3 download speed is faster than 360 for me), same on xbox (especially on 360), same on xbox, okay, chat is the same as on Xbox (except FREE).

            I’ll one up you, and say the PS3 has been offering digital pre-orders for a long time, and mostly 5 dollars cheaper than retail.

            As a 5 year 360 gold subscriber, that pisses me off

          • beardyman3218

            The digital i agree with you on, they have day one digital as well something we have to wait till xbox one to get.

          • paul rolland

            lol funny never had them issues so am calling BS that you even have a PS3 your just saying fanboy rhetoric

          • beardyman3218

            If you read my comment properly you will see i said i dont own one i play on a friends ps3.

        • paul rolland

          lol someone who know nothing, Ps3 is awesome and guess what so is 360 they both have great games, online and controllers. maybe one day you will join us gamers who stopped gaming about consoles wars after the SNES and Megadrive

          • beardyman3218

            I know they have good games i just cant stand playing them with that dualshock 3, if i could use my 360 it would be great.

          • beardyman3218

            They also use l1 and r1 for shooters, if the triggers were any good they would use those for shooters, using bumper buttons to aim and shoot just doesnt feel right, TLOU was a great game though which i endured the dualshock controller through.

  • Richard Poole

    Any word on a bundled game for the rest of the world (especially NZ since we are already paying more than anyone else so would be nice to not get shafted twice).

  • beardyman3218

    Does my already pre-ordered day one edition come with fifa 14 free?

    • evilfangs .

      I just asked Major Nelson the same question. I would also like to know the answer to this as I too have already pre-ordered Xbox one day one edition.

      If you find out will you post please? Likewise I’ll do the same.

      • beardyman3218

        Yes, no problem, thanks.

      • beardyman3218

        This isnt from major nelson, but from joystiq website, “At Microsoft’s Gamescom showcase, it was revealed that all European Xbox One pre-orders will receive a free copy of FIFA 14. Even pre-orders that have already been placed will be upgraded with a free copy of the game.”

        • evilfangs .

          Cool sounds great, thanks.

    • Death Dealer

      If you’re in European launch countries, then yes.

  • roozbeh, again

    there is more coming right?
    where the hell is crackdown?

    • beardyman3218

      The event is everyday until friday, thursday is a live stream on the dashboard and every evening monday to wednesday there are highlight videos on the dashboard.

      • roozbeh, again

        thanks. if this was all they were gonna offer i would be a bit underwhelmed

        • Death Dealer

          It’s every day. I’ll be there on Friday and probably post on this blog.

          • beardyman3218

            Nice :) hope you have a great day.

          • Death Dealer

            Thanks!

          • beardyman3218

            Im thinking of going to e3 next year, if i do im gonna take a hd camcorder and get some interviews, i just hope i can get tickets :)

          • Death Dealer

            Is E3 open to the public?

          • roozbeh, again

            yes i think it is

          • Death Dealer

            OK, cool! I thought it was for the press only. Remembered a friend working for InsideGamer saying it was press only some time ago.

          • beardyman3218

            Yes, first day is press only i think, the rest are open to anyone who has tickets. Sorry eurogamer i meant not e3 lol

          • roozbeh, again

            Thanks! make sure to try out everything. would love to know how they are

          • Death Dealer

            Will do! I hope I get a chance to say hi to Major Nelson personally and shake his hand.

          • Sledg

            You must play every game and report back to us!

            Just kidding! Enjoy your time there.

    • Abraham

      Yep, This is just the beginning

  • Please Clarify

    So will the countries suffering from delayed launch be getting 2 free bonus games?

    • Abraham

      They will get
      – FIFA 14
      – Project Spark
      – demo version of Killer Instinct

      • Please Clarify

        Sorry no bonus.

      • slasaru

        I thought everyone will get demo KI and Project spark
        Or was it a good joke of yours?

        • roozbeh, again

          everyone gets it. he is just pointing out what europeans get for free. fifa is exclusive to them only

    • DerpieDutch

      Only if pre-ordered before today. Witch nobody did in my country because of the way MS is treating us.

      • roozbeh, again

        facepalm/
        you had the option to do it. it’s not microsofts fault that you canceled yours.

        • Nick Peck

          Haven’t you learned anything about “todays gamer/people in general” rooz? No one is responsible for their own actions, it’s ALWAYS someone else’s fault, and because of that, people are owed things for free!!

          Gotta love the times we live in, huh?

          • roozbeh, again

            Sad times.
            ‘nods head’

          • Nick Peck

            Agreed! Now lets fast forward time so I can play this system already!

          • roozbeh, again

            im on it. my time machine will be done in 2 weeks.
            :D

          • beardyman3218

            It would be done now if it works :)

          • roozbeh, again

            damn, your right. well unless someone stole it from me in the future.
            hmmm so many paradoxes

    • roozbeh, again

      if you kept your preorder yeah you do

  • BGraben

    I am very disappointed that there seems to be no plan in place to provide north american pre-orders with a free game. Here is a reference that is dated enough for you to get Larry, “What am I? Chopped liver?”

    Very disappointed Microsoft. Make this right.

    • roozbeh, again

      im calling it. the usa gets either madden or nba.
      loving good ole’ petey moore’s gifts

    • evilfangs .

      Lets switch life’s yea? You move here to the UK and pay all most double for your Xbox one and I’ll more to the USA and get all TV features up and running and cheaper console. Deal?

    • Death Dealer

      Wait until PAX.

    • beardyman3218

      Its about time europe got something america didnt, you guys get everything first, you even get fifa first, a football game releases first in a country that hardly watches it and calls it soccer.

      • roozbeh, again

        what in the world is soccer? the texan way to pronounce sucker

        • Michael Burden

          I love the ignorance blaming American’s for the soccer name, when it is in fact the English that named it that in the 1880’s. Back then soccer was referred to as “association football” to differentiate it from “rugby football”, and was shortened to soccer. Either term is acceptable.

          • roozbeh, again

            globally now it is known as football. i just dont get why america wants to name it differently. Australia was the last country that called a soccer but a few years ago they changed. why can the MLS become the MLF?

          • Michael Burden

            For the same reason that the English named it soccer to begin with – to avoid confusion with other forms football (in our case, American Football). And I believe it Canada it is still used predominately (for the same reason), and from what I read they still use BOTH in Australia and New Zealand.

    • Nick Peck

      Typical “this gen” of “gamers”, “it’s not fair, now you OWE ME SOMETHING!” Seriously? Project Spark is free…. I’m sure they will toss something else out there so they don’t have to listen to complainers… like your comment :p

      • Sledg

        I don’t understand it either (entitlement) but I’m sure MS will do something. If they don’t, I’m still happy with the system and the games that are available at launch.

        • Nick Peck

          Same here, what a great and diverse launch lineup.

  • Mark Jones

    I am happy for EU but what about the biggest market for the xbox1 The US? WE dont get a deal to make this kinect for $100 pill easier to swallow?

    • roozbeh, again

      wait a while. you will get a game as well

    • Costas

      I think the free game will be for Europe only because 1) 499 dollars is not the same with 499 euros or pounds and 2) gives a reason for all those European countries who will not get Xboxone at launch to preorder from another country.

  • Nick Peck

    My god Titanfall is looking better and better, I want that game so bad. Definitely holding out for a LE / CE version of that game!

    • roozbeh, again

      TEH MECHS!!!!!
      so excited for it

      • Nick Peck

        haha, yup, same here!

    • Dylan

      That looked really REALLY good.

  • Mark Jones

    Hey MS could you guys announce a release day please.. So I can make plans to take off that day?

    • Nick Peck

      We should find out any time now, we have the rest of the week but I hope they don’t hold out that long to announce it :) I’d like to know as well.

  • Mark Jones

    whats up with the escort chick? JulietEscort huh?

 
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