Xbox at E3 2015 *Updated*

Updates below in red

With less than 2 weeks until E3, I wanted to update this post with all of the latest information. Updates are highlighted in red, but the big news is the location of the Xbox FanFest ticket giveaway has been identified.

The Xbox E3 2015 Briefing will take place Monday, June 15, beginning at 12:30p ET/9:30a PT. You can watch the live stream of the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing on Xbox.com, via the Xbox Live Events Player, on Xbox One or Xbox 360 consoles and on Windows Phone globally. You can also watch the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing during “Xbox: Game On” on Spike TV in the U.S. and Canada at 12:30p ET/9:30a PT.

I’m happy to report we’re also bringing back Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 – our live show that covers everything Xbox happening at E3.

Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3

Who: Hosted by me and Graeme Boyd, Xbox Live’s Acey Bongos. Includes guest stars and industry elites, including Head of Xbox Phil Spencer and guests from 343 Industries, Turn 10 Studios, Crystal Dynamics, and others. We’ve got an exciting lineup of co-hosts on tap this year, including Blair Herter, Tiffany Smith, iJustine, Andy “Bravo” Dudynsky, Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, and Smosh Games’ David “Lasercorn” Moss, Joshua “The Jovenshire” Ovenshire and Amra “Flitz” Ricketts. 

What: A one hour show featuring breaking news, exclusive announcements, trailer reveals, game demos, and interviews with game creators. We’ll also be taking a look at the upcoming film “Terminator: Genisys”, and will debut a brand-new clip from the movie during one of our episodes.

When: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 7p ET/4p PT – 8p ET/5p PT.

Where: The show will be streamed live on Xbox One, Xbox.com both on your desktop and mobile, and Xbox 360. Each show will also have interactive experiences created just for fans watching live on Xbox One. Make sure to download the free XLEi app on your Xbox One or XLE on your Xbox 360 in advance.

For our PC gaming fans already getting excited for the upcoming release of Windows 10 on July 29, we recently announced that we’ll be co-sponsoring the PC Gaming Show on June 16 from 5-8 p.m PDT. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer and key members of the team will be showing off some great gaming experiences for Windows 10 (and maybe even a surprise), so be sure to catch the livestream of the show on the official PC Gaming Show site or on Twitch.


And finally, if you’re in the LA-area, we have something even bigger for you – Xbox FanFest: E3 2015.

Xbox FanFest: E3 2015

Xbox will give 500 lucky fans a one-of-a-kind ticket for E3 week, the gaming industry’s biggest showcase.  The Xbox FanFest Ticket will include:

  • Entry into the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing on Monday, June 15th, 9:30 am PT, at the Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles.
  • Invite to the exclusive Xbox FanFest Party, Monday afternoon, June 15th, where fans will get to play the best exclusives and biggest blockbuster games this holiday and beyond.
  • VIP access to the Xbox esports Celebrity Challenge & Twitch Party sponsored by Xbox.
  • Meet-and-greet with some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.
  • Even more surprise events during the week.

When is Xbox FanFest?

Sunday, June 14th through Thursday, June 18th.

Where Do I Get Tickets?

Fans can begin lining up at Microsoft at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles, starting at 10 p.m. PDT on Saturday, June 13. This Microsoft store is located at 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, though the line will start near the LensCrafters on Avenue of the Stars.

How Many Tickets Will Be Available?

500 tickets

What Are the Details?

Tickets will be first-come, first-serve.

You must be 21+ years of age.

You must have an Xbox Live gamertag.

One ticket; one person – tickets are non-transferable and cannot be resold.

You’ll have to fill out a liability waiver form.

Okay, I’m in! What do I need to do?

Be 21+ years of age.

Be in LA the weekend before E3.

Get ready to see the greatest games lineup in Xbox history.

Head on over to the Xbox E3 Online Experience for complete information, as well as the Xbox FanFest: E3 2015 rules and regulations. And stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest updates and news on E3!

 

One Last Look at E3 2014

E3 is a lot like a theme park ride – a long buildup of anticipation followed by a non-stop, exhilarating rush excitement. Then, before you know it, it’s all over; though there’s plenty to talk about for months to come.

As we look back on everything E3 2014 one last time, we thought we’d take it a step further, sharing an inside look on how the whole show comes together, from the press conference, fan events, and the experience of being on the show floor with hundreds of unreleased games. Take a look:

Our friends at Xbox Wire (follow them on Twitter!) spent the week of E3 checking out dozens of great games that will be coming to Xbox in 2014 and beyond. Here’s an exhaustive list of stories you’re going to want to catch up on:

Sunset Overdrive Is 8 Times Crazier With Friends

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Puts More Than a Decade of Halo on One Disc

Forza Horizon 2 Takes Racers Off the Beaten Path

Crackdown Returns With Even More Mayhem on Xbox One

Killer Instinct: Season 2 Reveals T.J. Combo, Combines Classic with New

Fable Legends Pits One Villain Against Four Heroes

D4 Brings the Bizarre to Life, David Lynch-Style

Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha Is Actually a Thing

Ori and the Blind Forest Combines Beauty and Skill

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege Brings Tactical Intensity to Xbox One

Far Cry 4 is Not the Himalayan Vacation You Planned For

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Leaps into Action with Futuristic Combat

Batman: Arkham Knight Puts Fear into Your Enemies

Work as a Team or Suffer a Grisly Death in Evolve

Dead Island 2 Promises the Zombie Apocalypse of Your Dreams

Alien: Isolation Mixes Survival and Scares

Dance Central Spotlight Brings Its Best Moves to Xbox One

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is A Beautiful, Butt-Kicking Ballet of Death

Fight to Survive in Dying Light

Mortal Kombat X is Extra Gross, Extra Fun

Homefront: The Revolution Aims to Take the Power Back

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Sprinkles Some Pixie Dust on the Rhythm-Game Genre

Waiting for the Snowdrop in Tom Clancy’s The Division

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! Shoots for the Moon

Character Rules in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Battlefield Hardline Brings Cops, Robbers, and Collateral Damage

Assassin’s Creed: Unity Places Players Amidst the Bloody Bourgeoisie

We Can Be Heroes in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes

Hyper Light Drifter: An Homage to the Classics

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime: A Fun Date With Evil Aliens and Bunnies

Homefront: The Revolution Developer Crytek UK Opens Up About Igniting an Uprising

Metro Redux Beckons Brave Players Back Underground

The Evil Within Brings the Goosebumps

Xbox One July Update Preview

Hey folks…we’re here in Los Angeles at E3 2014, and it has been a packed house all week long. We filled the Galen Center on Monday for our annual E3 show and rolled out an incredible line-up of blockbuster exclusives for this holiday and next year. And directly after our show, we held a great panel discussion with Phil, Yusuf and others – for 200 of our biggest Xbox fans. This was the first event of its kind for us… and we loved it. You can also read Phil’s thoughts on the past week at E3 here.

As we pack up our booth, we end E3 just as we started: Our focus is on you. You’ve shaped Xbox into what it is today, and we can’t thank you enough. We look forward to hearing more from you over the coming weeks – now, officially on Xbox Feedback – a dedicated channel for all your thoughts and recommendations. From what we’ve seen this week, your feedback continues to be amazing. As of today, more than 65,000 fans like you have suggested more than 4300 ideas and contributed over 180,000 votes. 

We can’t wait to dig into your ideas and explore what may be possible for the future of Xbox. What better way to keep this momentum going than to share what’s coming in July? Here’s a shortlist of features rolling out in the next few days to folks getting early access to the Xbox One system update.

  • Snap Mode for Achievements. As we showed at our E3 Green Carpet event before the show, we’re offering an easier way to track and view your achievements in the moment. With Achievement Snap, you can track your achievement progress in real time without ever leaving the game. You can also ‘Get Help’ on any Achievements you’re struggling with. Xbox will scan the web for you and deliver relevant tips and strategy content right to your TV.
  • Double-tap to Snap.  Double-tap the Xbox button on your controller to bring up Snap Center, where you can launch Achievements or any other snap-able app, without leaving your game. Already have an app snapped? Double-tap quickly switches between your game and the snapped app.
  • Choice of Spoken Language. Folks in New Zealand, Ireland and Austria, with this update in July, will be able to select voice control using the English or German voice models from other countries. And if you’re an expat in an English-speaking country, you, too, can choose any of the other English language models that fit you.
  • Future Digital Bundles and Compilation Discs. We’re doing some work now so that publishers will have options for great digital bundle and disc compilation offerings in the future. As we test this feature, we’ll be seeing more flexible combinations of game titles and game content.
  • ‘Like’ Game DVR clips. We’re adding the ability to ‘Like’ all your favorite Game DVR clips as well as activity feed items in SmartGlass.

Once again, thank you for your incredible support. You’ve helped us make E3 2014 a memorable one. But we have no intention of letting our foot off the gas. We can’t wait to roll out these new features in July as we pave the way for an amazing line-up of blockbusters and exclusives this holiday.

Larry Hryb @majornelson

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E3 2014 Binaural Audio Experiment

Pop the headphones on and listen to this special Binaural audio visit the the E3 Show Floor

 

Update: I’ve seen a lot of questions about how I captured this audio. Here is the equipment list:

Recorder: Zoom H1
Microphones: In-Ear Binaural Mics

Yup..pretty simple. I  record as WAV and upload to Soundcloud as a WAV. You want to avoid compression as much as possible to ensure maximum Binaural effect.

Play Sunset Overdrive Tonight in LA

Unless you managed to win your way in, E3 is closed to the general public. That’s why Insomniac Games is taking the Sunset Overdrive E3 show floor experience outside of the LA Convention Center for tonight only! Join us at the Century City Microsoft store to be among the first gamers to go hands on with this upcoming Xbox One exclusive’s newly revealed Chaos Squad. Attendees will also have the chance to meet the Insomniacs that make Sunset Overdrive as well as Xbox Live’s Major Nelson.

As with any Xbox event, we’ll be raffling off Xbox One consoles and other fun giveaways in the store, including cans of ice cold Overcharge Delirium XT! (Yes, seriously)

Sunset Overdrive for Xbox One

What: Sunset Overdrive Event at Century City Microsoft Store hosted by Major Nelson

Where: Microsoft retail store at Century City10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

When: Wednesday, June 11th – 6 to 9pm (this means TONIGHT)

Bonus: Pre-order Sunset Overdrive at the Microsoft Store Century City Event and get a limited edition poster you can get the Insomniac devs to sign! Plus, get a $10 Microsoft Store gift card, 2 exclusive melee weapons and secure your copy of the Day One Edition, which includes a bonus gun, outfit and the Hardcore Hammer.

Oh, and because we know the only thing worse than a town full of violent, Overcharge-powered mutants is LA traffic, we’re setting up a ride on the baddest bus ever to hit Santa Monica Boulevard.

The Sunset Overdrive bus will make a visit to the West Hollywood Gamestop location (7100 Santa Monica Blvd #115, West Hollywood, CA 90046) today from 4-5pm, then roll over to the Century City event (return drop-offs at 730pm and 9pm). It only seats 40 people, so you’ll want to be at Gamestop early enough to grab a spot.

More details on the Facebook event page here. Any questions? Ask away in the comments.

See you tonight!






Xbox Feedback: Tell Us What You Think

Xbox fans are great at letting us know what they like about Xbox, and what they’d like us to do better.  Whether on MajorNelson.com, NeoGAF, Reddit, Twitter, forums, or in person at events, we are always listening to what our fans have to say. Your passionate feedback has been a key factor in many of our decisions over the course of the last year.

That’s why today we’re rolling out a new fan feedback portal: Xbox Feedback. It’s a place where Xbox fans from around the world can submit their ideas for Xbox – any idea – and have people vote on it. Because everything will happen on one site, we’ll be able to get a better idea of which ideas are truly the most important to Xbox fans. The best part: the ideas, comments, and votes will be tallied up and presented to the Xbox design, engineering, and operations teams on a very regular basis.

Ready to contribute? Head over to Feedback.xbox.com to submit your idea, or vote on others. Be sure to read the FAQ and Posting Guidelines before you get started. With your help, we’ll continue to make Xbox the best place to play.

The first day of E3 is always a big one for everyone here at Xbox, as it’s our chance to finally show off some of the great games we’ve got in our development pipeline. This year was no different, as our Xbox: Game On media briefing (watch it again here!) was chock full of great games coming in 2014 and beyond. Naturally, we thought you’d appreciate being able to check out all of our announcement in one place:

Xbox Delivers Winning Lineup of Exclusive Games for this Holiday Season – Want all of the info on everything that was shown this morning? Here’s the place to find it!

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Puts More Than a Decade of Halo on One Disc – Landing just in time to celebrate Halo 2’s 10-year anniversary on November 11 of this year, this fan-pleasing package contains Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 on a single disc for $59.99. Is this the best deal in gaming?

Crackdown Returns With Even More Mayhem on Xbox One – That’s right, Crackdown is back in a big way! Original creator Dave Jones has returned to bring a brand-new Crackdown experience to Xbox One and it looks like this one will be crazier than ever. Also, orbs!

Forza Horizon 2 Opens Up a Whole New World for Racers – This might not have been a big surprise if you’ve been following the game’s reveal on IGN over the last week, but we’re glad our friends at Turn 10 can finally show this game to the world.

Ori and the Blind Forest – This gorgeous new platformer from Moon Studios tells the tale of Ori, a Forest Guardian that must save his home from a sudden blight. This is one to keep a close eye on.

Top Independent Creators, New ID@Xbox Games Storm E3 – Are you ready for some awesome independent games? We’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out extended montage that shows off all 36 titles mentioned in this article!

Test Your Racing Mettle on Forza Motorsport 5’s Nurburgring – One of the world’s most famous tracks is available right now in Forza Motorsport 5. Not only do you guys this amazing track, you also get five new cars!

We’ll be bringing you more on some of the biggest and best Xbox One games throughout the week of E3, so check Xbox Wire often.

Today is the day – in a few short hours, Xbox: Game On will show you why Xbox is the best place to play in 2014 and beyond. As E3 kicks off from the Galen Center in Los Angeles, we want you watch along with us – and to tell us what you think as it unfolds.

First things first – the Xbox E3 Media Briefing launches with our Green Carpet Pre-Show at 9am Pacific on Xbox.com and Xbox Live. Then stick around for Xbox: Game On at 9:30 AM Pacific (also viewable on Spike TV in the U.S. and Canada).

When the lights come up, the show rolls on. New this year, Xbox will broadcast a fan-centric “post-game show” exclusively on Twitch. The Xbox: E3 Briefing Post Show will feature Xbox leaders and developers answering questions from Twitter and the live studio audience. Submitting questions is easy – just Tweet at one of our panelists and include the #XboxE3 hashtag:

What they talk about is up to you, so be sure to get some great questions in during the briefing!

For everything Xbox at E3, make sure to return to xbox.com/e3 all week long.







Last week, we detailed all of the ways that you can join us at E3. Today, we want to follow up with some more details about the Microsoft Store event this coming Sunday where we’ll be raffling off access to the Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing.

Xbox E3

By utilizing a raffle system, we’ve optimized the event to minimize waiting for fans – there’s no reason to spend your whole weekend camping out. Everyone who arrives by 11am will have an equal chance of gaining entry to Monday’s big event. Additionally, we’ll have a number of ID@Xbox titles for attendees to play at the Microsoft Store, including the innovative Fru and #IDARB’s 8-player madness. Of course, it wouldn’t be a fan event if we didn’t raffle off some other goodies as well. OK, here are all the relevant details:

What: Major Nelson’s Pre-E3 Event at Century City

Where: Microsoft retail store at Century City – 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

When: Sunday, June 8th – Raffle starts at 11am, in-Store event from 1 to 3pm.

Xbox E3 Media Briefing ticket raffle details (read carefully!):

The line for the Xbox E3 Media Briefing ticket raffle opens at 11am in the courtyard on the side of LensCrafters near the Microsoft store at Century City mall (there will be signs directing you from the Microsoft Store). Camping is not allowed (or necessary!). Every person who enters the line beginning at 11am will receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win an Xbox E3 Media Briefing pass.

100 winners will be selected via raffle for a pass to the E3 Media Briefing:

  • We will have a raffle drawings every 15 minutes after the line opens at 11am until 12:45pm.
  • First raffle: 11:15am
  • Last raffle: 12:45pm

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must be 18 to attend the press briefing. No exceptions – ID will be checked!

What happens if I do not win an E3 Media Briefing pass, may I still attend the event?

Customers who do not win the E3 briefing passes will be encouraged to come to the store for the event from 1-3pm with Major Nelson. We will have new and unreleased ID@Xbox titles to play, and other fun giveaways in the store for customers to participate in.

More details on the Facebook event page here. Any questions? Ask away in the comments.

We look forward to meeting you on Sunday!