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June 6th 2011, 9:00 pm PT

Announcing the Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel

As we get ready for the Xbox E3 Briefing to begin later today, let’s kick off the week with a hardware announcement. It’s the Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel and it goes on sale later this year for US $59.99. I‘ve uploaded a few photos so you can take a look at it for yourself.

 

Here are some details from the press release:

Launching in early October, the Wireless Speed Wheel is completely wireless and controlled intuitively with precise steering, standard controller buttons/triggers, and haptic feedback with rumble.  The device is compatible with all racing games right out of the box*. The Wireless Speed Wheel will be available for $59.99 (U.S. ERP) and will ship to retailers worldwide beginning September 26, 2011. This device combines a fun and immersive driving experience with the biggest racing game of the year, the best rated “Forza Motorsport.”

With trigger buttons for gas and brake, combined with a rumble feedback, the Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel provides intuitive standard controller buttons that immerse the driver into the game, whether you like to white knuckle it down the race track with your hands at “10 and 2” or “9 and 3.”

The new Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel balances the realism of a wheel with the feel of a controller for greater user edge in game play.  It includes buttons for game specific functions including triggers, ABXY and D-pad along with green bands of lights on each handle to provide visual cues when necessary.

For more information on the Wireless Speed Wheel, visit www.xbox.com.

*Limited functionality in some games. See www.xbox.com/wsw for details.

If you have any questions about it, post in the comments and I’ll try and answer them.

 

Update: The Wheel can now be pre-ordered.

June 6th 2011 at 9:00 pm | E3, Xbox 360 | 236 comments

June 1st 2011, 9:31 am PT

Where to watch the Xbox E3 Briefing

On Monday, June 6th the 2011 Xbox E3 Media Briefing will be held at E3 in Los Angeles. The invite only* event will be held at USC’s Galen Center and begins on Monday June 6th at 12:30p ET/9:30a PT (what time is that in your region?) If you can’t attend, don’t worry….Spike TV will be carrying the entire 90-minute event live and commercial free in HD.  In addition the briefing will air live in Times Square, and be available for live streaming on Facebook, mobile platforms, MTV.com, Spike.com and Xbox.com/E3.

Again, that’s this Monday June 6th at 12:30p ET/9:30a PT.

The stream will be available in most regions via Xbox.com/e3.  You can also go to http://www.facebook.com/xbox for the stream

This year, you will be able to watch the stream on your mobile device at xbox.mobi/e3

If your school or work place blocks any of the streaming sites (or maybe this blog) I’ll be posting Tweets in real time from the briefing, so be sure to follow me for updates.

Download this iCal file and add it to your calendar so you won’t miss the event or scan one of these tags to download the iCal file directly to your mobile device.

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*If you are already in the LA Area, I will have a small number of briefing tickets to give away at our Tweet-up.

Note: The briefing will not be streamed LIVE over Xbox LIVE, but will be available later in the day for on demand playback from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

June 1st 2011 at 9:31 am | E3, Events | 71 comments

June 14th 2010, 10:27 pm PT

2010 E3 Xbox 360 Media Briefing

 

 

Audio of the 2010 E3 Xbox Media briefing

 

 

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June 14th 2010 at 10:27 pm | E3, Podcast | 144 comments

June 11th 2010, 8:56 pm PT

Where to watch the Xbox E32010 Action

 

We have a lot of things going on at next weeks E3 Show. If you can’t attend, allow me to do a run down of a few of the places you’ll be able to jack in and keep track of what’s going on.

 

Xbox 360 Media Briefing

Monday, June 14th at 1:30p ET/10:30a PT/1730 GMT tune into to SPIKE TV to watch the Xbox 360 Media Briefing. Hosted by Geoff Keighley, it’s is set to air live and commercial-free in high-definition. Also, the Media Briefing will be live streamed on Xbox.com and Facebook in UK, FRANCE, SPAIN and ITALY at 1830 UK time (BST)/ 1930 Central European Time (CET.)

If you don’t have access to Spike TV at that time (due to say, work or school) then I’ll be live blogging the briefing directly from backstage at the briefing.

 

PLUS: If you are If you’re in New York City on Monday June 14th, watch the Xbox E3 briefing LIVE in Times Square on the MTV Billboard at 44th and Broadway. (note: I’d love to see some high quality pix of the briefing on the big screen…any one up for that challenge?)

 

World Premier of the “Project Natal Experience”, imagined by Cirque du Soleil.

Tuesday, June 15th at 3:30 PM on MTV, and at 9:00 PM on Nick at Nite, MTVu, MTV Hits, and Logo.

 

If you are in France, Italy Spain or the US, hit up Xbox.com where they’ll be streaming the Media Briefing from LA.

 

Plus, I’ll be in LA all week covering all of the action for Inside Xbox as well as Xbox.com so follow me on Twitter if you want to keep up on all the latest Xbox and gaming news.

 

Whether you’ll be watching live or following the live blog, be sure to drop by our chat to speak your mind about all the E3 news. For the best experience be sure to register or login prior to the event, and be sure to read our chat FAQ if you have any questions.

 

Edit: Xbox.com, in conjunction with MTV Networks/GameTrailers.com, will be streaming the Xbox E3 Media Briefing live in HD from 10:30 am until 12 pm Pacific Daylight Time on Monday, June 14. Visit www.xbox.com/E3inHD during that time to see the future of Xbox 360 gaming.

 

June 11th 2010 at 8:56 pm | E3 | 66 comments

May 13th 2010, 5:00 pm PT

Can’t make it to E3? Tune in to MTV to see all the action

   

Even if you are not going to E3 next month, we’ve got you covered.  This year, we’re teaming up with MTV Networks to provide end to end coverage of our Media Briefing and our special ‘World Premiere of Project Natal’ event.  Both events are shaping up to be pretty solid. We’re going to try and keep you entertained, we have some of the worlds most creative minds involved in putting on the Project Natal show. I can’t wait to see what they’ve got planned.

 

Xbox 360 E3 Media Briefing:
Microsoft’s E3 media briefing will air live on Spike TV on Monday, June 14 at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT. Both events can also be viewed live on GameTrailers.com.

 

The World Premiere of ‘Project Natal’ for Xbox 360:
As imagined by Cirque du Soleil airs commercial-free on MTV, Tuesday, June 15 at 3:30 p.m. EDT, and on Nick at Nite, mtvU, MTV Hits and Logo, Tuesday, June 15, at 9 p.m. EDT.

 

More details in the official press release

 

Edit: Added Spike TV info.

 

   

May 13th 2010 at 5:00 pm | E3 | 32 comments

June 3rd 2009, 2:23 pm PT

At E3? Come by and get the first Xbox Avatar prop

 

In his letter to the community yesterday, Xbox LIVE’s Marc Whitten (Notwen) outlined some of the new things we’re bringing to the Xbox LIVE service later this year. One of the new features we have is called props which will allow you to add cool new items for your avatar to interact with. If you are attending E3 this year, you have a very special opportunity to get the very first prop: An 2009 E3 Trophy cup that will commemorate your attendance to this years show.

 

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All you need to do is drop by the Xbox 360 booth and sign up. Later this year, we’ll email you a code for your prop that you can download from the upcoming Avatar Marketplace.
Look for the special sign up computer we’ve set up in the Xbox LIVE section of the booth. (South Hall, Booth 1523)  If you’re having trouble finding the right section, it’s on the side facing Ubisoft’s booth.

Tell them Major sent you.

 

June 3rd 2009 at 2:23 pm | E3, new Xbox experience | 63 comments

June 1st 2009, 5:40 pm PT

2009 E3 Xbox 360 Media Briefing

The show audio from the 2009 E3 Xbox 360 Media Briefing

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June 1st 2009 at 5:40 pm | E3, Podcast | 43 comments

June 1st 2009, 4:54 pm PT

Metal Gear Solid franchise coming to Xbox 360

Kojima just confirmed that the next major release will be called Metal Gear Solid Rising, and that development is currently underway for Xbox 360.

June 1st 2009 at 4:54 pm | E3 | 30 comments

June 1st 2009, 3:42 pm PT

Beatles Rock Band coming Sept. 9th

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were on stage at the Xbox 360 Media Briefing when it was announced that Rock Band Beatles will be releasing on September 9, 2009. With all proceeds from All You Need Is Love to go to Doctors without Borders.

June 1st 2009 at 3:42 pm | E3 | 8 comments

June 1st 2009, 12:44 pm PT

Live blog of the E3 2009 Xbox 360 Media Briefing

 

We are just a few hours away from the annual Xbox 360 E3 Media Briefing. This invite only event will broadcast on G4 (check local listings) but if you’re not near your TV, I’ve got you covered with the live blog I’ll be hosting direct from backstage. We’ve also got the IRC chat which is open 24/7 for you game chatting needs. If you’re lucky enough to be in the audience, and you are Twittering, be sure you use the #xboxe3 tag so everyone can keep track of the news.

 

June 1st 2009 at 12:44 pm | E3, Events | 22 comments

May 29th 2009, 1:53 am PT

How you can prepare for E3

It’s almost E3 ! Despite the turbulent past this event has had it is now slated to be back in full force.  To prepare for the flurry of gaming news that will be flying around next week, we’ve beefed up our chat server (http://majornelson.com/chat.aspx) to ensure that console gamers from all platforms have a place to hang out and chat about the latest headlines in real time.

 

Whether you’re all about Xbox, the Playstation, Nintendo, or any other gaming platform; whether you’ve only got a few minutes to get filled in on the latest and greatest, or you want to be filled in on everything going on during every second of E3 we’ve got you covered. Before you hit the chat, check out the Chat FAQ for everything you need to know before you go or if you’re confident you’ve got it all down feel free to dive right in.

 

Of course, I’ll be live blogging the Xbox 360 Media Briefing Monday morning at 1:30p ET/10:30am PT/17:30 GMT so open up two browser windows: one for the live blog and the other for the chat.

May 29th 2009 at 1:53 am | E3 | 40 comments

May 26th 2009, 6:21 pm PT

Win tickets to the Xbox E3 Media Briefing

 

If you’re in the LA area and you want to attend the Xbox E3 Media Briefing on Monday, June 1st at The Galen Center on the campus of USC let me know.

I’ve got 100 tickets for winners (and guests) to giveaway. How do you win? Read on.

 

Who: You and a guest
What: The Xbox 360 Media briefing
Why: To see the cool stuff we are announcing this year
Where: The Galen Center on the campus of USC (directions)
When: Monday, June 1st 2009. Briefing begins at 10:30am, but you’ll need to check in by 8:30am.
How: Send me an email with the subject line ‘Ticket to the Xbox 360 E3 briefing’ Please include your first name, last name and your gamertag*

 

A couple of details:
Limit of two tickets per person (each winner will get two tickets, one for them and one for a guest)

Must be able to be in Los Angeles on the morning of June 1st by 8:30am.

If you win, you will get two tickets to the invite only Xbox Press briefing.
This does NOT include tickets to E3 show floor or any other related events.

Winner and guest must be over 18 since we’ll be showing M rated titles

 

I’ll choose 100 random winners from the emails I receive before this Thursday, May 28 at 12n PT. You’ll win two tickets..one for you and one for a friend. Everything else is up to you. If you get picked, I’ll send you an email with additional details and how to pick up your tickets by Friday at 12n PT.

 

Good luck and I’ll see you Monday.

 

*This information will only be used to contact you if you are chosen to win tickets. It will not be used for any other purpose.

May 26th 2009 at 6:21 pm | E3, Events | 35 comments

April 17th 2009, 6:55 pm PT

How you can win a trip to E3 2009 (and a car)

 

If you’re in the U.S., you’ll want to head over to Xbox.com where you can enter to win the chance to win a pretty amazing grand prize package:

  • A trip for two to LA to attend the Microsoft E3 Press briefing
  • $3000 cash  (1k for travel and 2k for car taxes)
  • A home theater system that includes a Flat-Panel HDTV, Bose Home Theatre System, Xbox Elite Console, 120gb Zune, plus one year of Xbox LIVE Gold and Zune Pass. (valued at $4,800)
  • A 2010 Kia Soul Sport (valued at $18,000)

Before you enter, be sure your Xbox LIVE account information is correct since that is how we’ll contact you if you win! Good luck and maybe I’ll see you this year at E3.

Check your account information and enter the contest

Click here to add the Gamer Picture pack to your download queue.

Edit: The gamer picture you need to download to enter will go live on Saturday the 18th. The picture is now available for download.

 

 

April 17th 2009 at 6:55 pm | E3, Events | 68 comments

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