Windows 10 is kind of a big deal. With countless improvements and pantloads of new features, it’s putting a whole new face on the personal computing world. But of course, what we’re most excited about are gaming features – and fortunately, Windows 10 is bringing with it a renewed focus on gaming. One of the most visible elements is the new Xbox app, which helps unify your gaming experience across your Windows 10 devices and Xbox consoles. Here are just six of the many reasons we love the Xbox app on Windows 10:

It Streams Your Xbox One Games

This is the biggie, of course. Thanks to Windows 10, you can now stream pretty much any Xbox One game to any Windows 10 PC or tablet on your home network. If it runs Windows 10 and you can connect a controller to it, you’re good to go. The device will automagically beam your input over your local network to your Xbox One, and your Xbox One will happily beam output back to you. And yes, it works with Xbox 360 games running on your Xbox One via backwards compatibility. Living in the future is awesome.

It Lets You View, Edit, and Share Your Recorded Game Clips

As part of Windows 10’s renewed focus on games, Game DVR capability is built right into the operating system. That means that with a quick press of Windows + G, you can record your most impressive – or most embarrassing – gaming moments without any hassle. Then you can quickly trim, edit, and otherwise massage them into a form you desire, and share instantly to the social network of your choice. This feature will work in virtually any Windows 10 game, allowing you to save your captured videos (and screenshots!) directly to a folder on your device. The Xbox app serves as the hub for collecting all of your finest gaming moments!

It Helps You Be More Social

Many of Xbox Live’s social features are baked right into the Xbox app, which means you can interact with your friends (and your own profile) from any Windows 10 device. You can view other users’ profiles, see what your friends are playing now, join a party, voice chat, message, and all that good stuff. Plus, you can customize your own profile: tweak your avatar via the linked Xbox Avatars app, switch up your Gamerpic, modify your account color, set your online status, and even change your Gamertag.

It Keeps You in the Loop

Looking to keep an eye on your achievements while you’re away from your console? The Xbox app does that. Want to visit the Game Hub of your latest obsession to check on any updates or other players’ progress? The Xbox app does that. Want to keep an eye on your activity feed – where you can share, like, and comment on your friends’ progress? You know, the Xbox app does that, too. It can keep you up to date with everything that’s happening in your Xbox world, wherever you are, from any Windows 10 device.

For more articles on Windows 10, stay tuned to the Xbox Wire.

gamescom 2015, the largest consumer gaming show in the world, is nearly upon us – and, as usual, Xbox will be there in full force. To kick things off, this year’s Xbox gamescom 2015 briefing starts on Tuesday, August 4 at 4:00 p.m. CEST (10:00 a.m. EDT). You can watch the Xbox gamescom 2015 briefing live on Xbox One, Xbox.com (desktop and on mobile), and Xbox 360.

Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom

We’ll cover everything Xbox happening at gamescom – breaking news, exclusive announcements, trailer reveals, game demos, and interviews with game creators. The 60 minute live show will be hosted by Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, Graeme Boyd, Xbox Live’s AceyBongos, and Julia Hardy, and will include guest stars and industry elites, including Head of Xbox Phil Spencer and guests from top game studios that are creating amazing games for Xbox One and Windows 10.

Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom will be streamed live on Xbox One, on Xbox.com (desktop and on mobile), and on Xbox 360. Each show will also have interactive experiences created just for fans watching live on Xbox One.

Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015

If you’re going to be in the Cologne, Germany area before and during the show, we’ve got some great news: you could be one of 500 lucky fans to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015 from Tuesday, August 4 through Wednesday, August 5!

These 500 fans will kick the week off with exclusive access to the “Xbox FanFest Showcase” the night of Tuesday, August 4. Get hands-on with the best games lineup in Xbox history before any other gamescom attendee.

The Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015 ticket also includes:

• A secret Wednesday day-time activity.
• VIP Access to the very first Xbox Party on the Rhein on Wednesday, August 5. Take an evening cruise while enjoying an epic Xbox event, just for our fans.
• Exclusive fan swag and Xbox-branded backpacks.
• Meet and greet some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.

How can you get an Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015 ticket?

Fans can begin lining up for tickets at the Gloria Theater in Cologne, Germany, beginning at 2:00 p.m CEST on Tuesday, August 4 until all tickets are taken. The full address for the Gloria Theater is: Apostelnstrasse 11, Cologne, NW 50667, Germany. Please note that you’ll need to be over 18 years of age and that you’re limited to one ticket per person.

Halo 5: Guardians gamescom Invitational by ESL

Finally, this year’s Halo 5: Guardians gamescom Invitational by ESL will take place on Friday, August 7 beginning at 3 p.m CEST (9 a.m. EDT) in the ESL Arena on the gamescom show floor. The Invitational will provide fans with a first look at high-stakes Arena gameplay, which focuses on pure, skill-based 4v4 combat. Four top teams have been invited: Epsilon Esports (EU), Supremacy (EU), CAZ.Esports (EU), and OpTic Gaming (NA).

The pro teams will have an opportunity to get reacquainted with Halo 5: Guardians Arena multiplayer during the week at gamescom, and on Friday, duke it out against one another in a four-team bracket. Be sure to tune into the action on the Halo Channel and Twitch.tv/Halo to see the first look at pre-launch Arena tournament goodness. Keep an eye on Halo Waypoint for info about the teams, format, maps, and more as we get closer to the event.

We’ve got an amazing lineup planned for gamescom 2015. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all of the latest news and updates on the greatest games lineup in Xbox history.


Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015 FAQ

Where can I line up to get my Xbox gamescom FanFest ticket?
Line up for tickets at the Gloria Theater in Cologne, Germany. Address is: Apostelnstrasse 11, Cologne, NW 50667, Germany. Map location is here.

When can I get in line to pick up my Xbox gamescom FanFest ticket?
Line up for tickets begins at 2:00pm (14:00) on Tuesday, August 4th, and will remain open until all tickets are taken.

Will I be able to see the Xbox Briefing live?
Unlike E3, our gamescom Briefing is held in a location with very limited seating and is reserved primarily for our key business partners.  Registered fans will be able to enjoy exclusive hands-on gameplay with the best games lineup in Xbox history at the first fan event, Xbox FanFest Showcase, Tuesday evening, August 4th.

Is there an age-minimum to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015?
Yes, every ticket-holder has to be over 18 years of age. Parents with children under the age of 18 will not be allowed. We will require a valid, government-issued, picture ID (driver’s license, passport) as part of the check-in. You will have to fill out a liability waiver form.

How many Xbox FanFest tickets can I get?
One ticket; one person – tickets are non-transferable and cannot be resold.

If I’m traveling to Cologne, are there hotel accommodations?
It’s up to the individual to pay for their own travel and hotel accommodations.

What if I can only spend a couple of days in Cologne; can you tell me now what the other surprises are for the rest of the week?
We are not ready to reveal any more surprises at this time. Stay tuned for more information!

Will the 500 fans be able to go to gamescom, like some fans did at E3?
We have nothing more to reveal right now about other fun activities during Xbox FanFest. Stay tuned for more information.

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Windows 10 releases to the world in just under 10 days and I’ll be in New York on the 29th of July to celebrate the launch with some of our fans. I couldn’t be more excited for the release of Windows 10. Not only is it being described as the best Windows ever, a number of new features like DirectX 12 and integration with the Xbox are going to have a big impact on gaming while uniting the two platforms.

Here are Ten Tips you can do now to make sure you’re ready to upgrade to Windows 10 on 29 July.

1. Check out the new features coming to Windows 10

Is upgrading to Windows 10 right for you? Maybe you’re content with Windows 7 or Windows 8 and don’t know if you want to upgrade to Windows 10. After you check out the new features coming with Windows 10, I think you’ll change your mind. From Microsoft Edge, an all-new browser; Cortana, your personal digital assistant; and the Xbox app, which brings some of the best features on the Xbox to your PC, Windows 10 is the Windows you know, only better. You can read more information about the new features coming to Windows 10 here.

2. Learn about DirectX 12

With DirectX 12 graphics, performance optimization and Xbox, Windows 10 makes PC gaming better than ever. DirectX 12 will deliver high-end graphics and can improve performance of your games, even on existing hardware.

Watch Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, talk about DirectX 12 at the Windows 10 presentation back in January (jump to the 7:15 mark).

Stay tuned to the Xbox Wire for some upcoming features focusing on DirectX 12.

3. Did you know there is an Xbox Experience In Windows 10?

As gamers, one of the coolest features coming with Windows 10 is the Xbox app. With Xbox on Windows 10, you’ll have more ways to connect and play, wherever you go. Your games, your friends, your achievements, and more follow you across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. The Xbox app for Windows 10 features include streaming Xbox One games to your Windows 10 PC, offers cross-device multiplayer, and enables the Xbox Game DVR feature on your PC. Read more about the Xbox experience in Windows 10 here.

4. Take a moment to verify Your System Requirements

If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 on your PC or tablet, you can find the system requirements here. You can also check to see if your system meets the system requirements by selecting “check my PC” in the Get Windows 10 app.

5. Don’t wait! Reserve Your Copy Today

Upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Yes, free! This upgrade offer is for a full version of Windows 10, not a trial. To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of availability. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device. Windows 10 Upgrade Offer is valid for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices, including devices you already own. You can find all of the Windows 10 Upgrade Offer details here.

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6. Archive Your Old Data & Create A Back Up

Even though the Windows installation asks you if you want to keep files on your computer when you start installing, it’s always a good idea to archive any files you want to keep. One of the best ways to archive files you want to keep is using an external hard drive or uploading the files to OneDrive. It’s also a good idea to create a backup of your system prior to commencing the Windows 10 installation, just in case something goes wrong or you want to revert back to your previous setup.

Here are a couple Microsoft Support pages for creating backups, but there are plenty of resources available online talking about this in greater detail.

Back up your programs, system settings, and files (Windows 7)

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7. Hardware Drivers With A New Version Of Windows

Whenever you install a new version of Windows it’s always a good idea to verify you’re using compatible drivers to avoid any hardware conflicts or stability issues. Many hardware manufactures already have Windows 10 drivers (or beta drivers)  available now with updates coming soon after Windows 10 releases. Tech savvy PC enthusiasts can use the device manager or DXDIAG tools to identify their specific hardware and drivers, and see if the manufactures have already released Windows 10 drivers. It’s a good idea to download these to a portable drive so you have them available during your Windows 10 installation, just in case you need them.

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8. Games and Apps for Windows 10 – New Games and Old

When Windows 10 launches, it will introduce the new Windows Store, a unified shopping experience across every Windows 10 device. Browse the store on your PC, tablet, or phone and easily purchase great digital content including apps, games, music, movies and TV shows.

There are a number of new games and apps coming to Windows 10, so you might want to start thinking about the ones you want to get as soon as you upgrade. One of the biggest titles to announce a unique Windows 10 version is Minecraft, but you can bet there will be some other cool new games and apps available for Windows 10 when it launches.

And if you’re wondering if some of your older PC titles are compatible with Windows 10, this unofficial community created list may help.

 9. Xbox Controllers For Windows 10

The Xbox experience is coming to your Windows 10 device and you want to play games on your PC, and you prefer the Xbox controller – no problem. You can use an Xbox 360 or Xbox One wired controller with your PC. There is a wireless adapter for Xbox 360 controllers available now, and the a wireless adapter coming this fall for Windows users to enjoy the freedom and convenience of the Xbox One wireless controller on Windows 10 PCs, laptops, and tablets.

How to set up an Xbox 360 Controller for Windows

Is my Xbox One Wireless Controller compatible with my PC?

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10. HELP! I have questions.

Depending on your level of technical expertise, you might have questions before, during and after the upgrade installation process. And before you start upgrading it’s always a good idea to know how to get help in case something goes wrong in the middle of the process, especially when your computer is likely unavailable. Check to see if your question has already been answered in the Windows Community Forum, or post a new question. If you need help installing Windows 10 when it’s available on July 29, 2015, Microsoft will offer phone and chat support to make sure that you get up and running smoothly.

*Bonus Tip – Get Windows 10 while its free!

To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of availability. After that, you’ll have to purchase it.

Whether you’re an Xbox gamer looking forward to using the Xbox app on Windows 10 to extend your console’s capability or a PC gamer excited to see how the latest installment of Windows enhances your gaming experience, it’s going to be an exciting time. Stay tuned for more news and updates as we gear up for the biggest Windows launch ever.

Important Links:

Windows 10 Blog

Windows 10 FAQ

Xbox on Windows 10

Xbox Wire

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The annual San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) kicks off next week, and Xbox will be there in full force, with all kinds of upcoming games for you to check out, as well as some exclusive opportunities and prizes for all of our fans. If you’re attending this year’s show, check out all the fun stuff that we’ve got in store for you!

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Xbox Lounge @The Hyatt

Come to the Xbox Lounge to play over 90 gaming stations, including upcoming titles like Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Forza Motorsport 6, Tom Clancy’s The Division, and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. Join us for daily Xbox One tournaments, shoutcasting, celebrity appearances, signings, and more. The Halo 5: Guardians fans at the show should come by to check out a new Warzone map that will be revealed at the Xbox Lounge via a massive 6′ x 6′ map constructed by Mega Bloks.

There will be an interactive demo and video of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller from 4:30p to 5:00p on Friday and Saturday.

NOTE: San Diego Comic-Con requires that a valid SDCC badge is required for access to the Xbox Lounge @ The Hyatt.

It’s all going down at the Manchester Hyatt (Seaport Ballroom, 2nd Floor) at these times:

Thursday, July 9: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, July 10: 11 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 11: 11 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 12: 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For the full list of programming at the Xbox Lounge, check out our official Xbox events schedule.

Halo 5: Guardians “Breakout” Comes to Life

Don’t miss the Halo 5: Guardians Breakout Arena at the Xbox Lounge, brought to you by BOOMco!  Team up with your friends, suit up with armor, load out with the new iconic Halo Blasters from BOOMco, and test your skills in a real-life re-creation of the Halo 5: Guardians “Breakout” multiplayer mode.

Xbox Tournaments Powered by ESL

Ready to win some hard-earned prizes? Walk-up to the Xbox Lounge and play in Xbox Tournaments throughout the weekend, featuring tried-and-true titles like Forza, Killer Instinct, and Mortal Kombat X featuring everyone’s favorite hunter, the Predator! Win amazing prizes, including Xbox One consoles, controllers, and games.

Halo 5: Guardians at the Xbox Booth (#100 in SDCC)

Be one of the first to play Warzone, the brand new Halo 5: Guardians massive-scale multiplayer mode we unveiled at E3, as it makes its first public hands-on appearance. Dive into epic 24-player battles with both friendly and enemy AI to complete a variety of objectives, and try to keep your cool and as the action keeps getting more and more intense.

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Lara Croft cosplayers from around the world are being called upon to join Xbox and Crystal Dynamics for a full day of activities at SDCC (starting at 10AM on Saturday outside of the Xbox Lounge), culminating in a fun photo opportunity. Join us in celebrating everyone’s favorite tomb raider!

Panels at SDCC

Here are all the Xbox panels that we have going on at the San Diego Convention Center. Check out the official Comic-Con schedule builder for more details!

  • A Rare Chit Chat: Past and Future (Room 24ABC: Thursday, July 9, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition: The Art of Improving on an Xbox Classic (Room 6A: Thursday, July 9, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.)
  • Hunt For the Truth: Following the Trail of the Halo 5: Guardians Story (Room 6BCF: Friday, July 10, 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.)
  • The World of Albion – The History and Future of the Groundbreaking Fable Series (Room 5AB: Friday, July 10, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
  • The Evolution of an Icon in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Room 25ABC: Saturday, July 11, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
  • Building the Halo Universe with the Collectible Mega Bloks Series (Room 24ABC: Sunday, July 12, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

We can’t wait to show you this and much more at San Diego Comic-Con, beginning on Thursday, July 9.

For more information about Xbox and San Diego-Comic Con 2015, check out the Xbox Wire.

Earlier this month, we made some big announcements at E3 about bringing two highly-anticipated features to Xbox One preview program members—Xbox One Backward Compatibility and game streaming from your Xbox One to a Windows 10 PC. Today, we’re sharing even more new Xbox on Windows 10 features launching in preview this month.

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Xbox on Windows 10

First up, new features for the Xbox on Windows 10 app:

  • My Games – As you install games from the Windows Store, they will appear in your My Games list. Additionally, you can manually add games to your collection by selecting My games > Add a game from your PC. Also, there is now a Featured games section on the home screen, below your Recently played list.
  • Game hubs – You can now launch a local PC game from its game hub, view details about the game in the Windows Store, and find and follow People to Watch for a given game. Additionally, for Xbox One games, you can now choose Play from console to initiate a game streaming session from a game hub page.
  • Share with your friends – You can share your achievements to your Activity feed and Showcase just like you do on Xbox One. You can also share your Xbox One Game clips or Screenshots listed under Game DVR > Shared to your Activity Feed and Showcase.
  • Xbox avatars – We renamed the Avatars app on Windows 10 to Xbox Avatars and the layout and iconography have been updated to final designs. In this month’s preview, there is a “Take a photo” feature so you can pose your avatar and snap a photo.
  • Xbox account – In preview, you can sign in to Xbox on Windows 10 with any account, and create a new Xbox account if you do not already have one.

You will need Build 10158 of Windows 10 installed on your PC, then the Xbox on Windows 10 app should automatically update to the new preview version when it becomes available in the Windows Store. Once you receive the update, your version number should be 6.6.27004.00000 or higher. You can verify the version number of the Xbox on Windows 10 app under Settings.

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Please continue sending your feedback on the two amazing new features we launched in Xbox One preview earlier this month – Xbox One Backward Compatibility and game streaming. In addition, the team is continuing to test the Miracast functionality in the Wireless Display app and appreciates your patience while we iron out the kinks.

Stay tuned for more great Xbox features coming your way on Xbox One and Xbox on Windows 10. And don’t forget to let us know what you think at Xbox Feedback. For more information about the latest system update, check out Xbox Wire.

Xbox at gamescom 2015

Before E3 was even over we were already planning and preparing for gamescom, one of the largest video game trade shows that takes place in Cologne, Germany. Xbox will be there for a variety of events, many of which you can watch online if you’re not able to make it to the show in person.

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gamescom 2015 Xbox Briefing
Tuesday, August 4, 4:00p CEST (10:00a ET/7:00a PT)

The evening before gamescom officially kicks off, the Xbox briefing will show off many of the games coming to Xbox One, including titles like Scalebound, Quantum Break, and Crackdown. Tune in to the gamescom 2015 Xbox Briefing on Xbox One, Xbox.com, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone to get the latest news and watch game trailers and demos. Be sure to download the free Xbox Live Event interactive app (XLEi app) on your Xbox One or XLE on your Xbox 360 before the show so you’re ready!

The Xbox booth at gamescom
Wednesday, August 5, 9:00a to 7:00p CEST (Note: this is for press/trade only)
Thursday, August 6, 10:00a to 8:00p CEST
Friday, August 7, 10:00a to 8:00p CEST
Saturday, August 8, 10:00a to 8:00p CEST
Sunday, August 9, 9:00a to 6:00p CEST

Join us in the Xbox booth on the show floor to go hands-on with the greatest lineup in Xbox history. From Halo 5: Guardians and Forza Motorsport 6 to Rise of the Tomb Raider, we’ve got some amazing titles for you to play in the booth and watch in our theater.

Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015

After Xbox FanFest: E3 2015, we’ve decided to bring the same up-close-and-personal fan experience to gamescom this year. Running from Tuesday, August 4th through Wednesday, August 5th, a group of fans will get exclusive access to the greatest games lineup in Xbox history, as well as a host of other surprises. Details coming soon.

We’ve got an amazing lineup planned for gamescom 2015 and can’t wait to share it with you. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest gamescom coverage.

 

Looking Toward E3 And Beyond

Coming off his big press conference announcing a partnership with Oculus, Xbox’s Phil Spencer shares his thoughts about the future of gaming and how he truly believes 2015 is our biggest year yet.

“This has been a great year for gaming at Microsoft, and it’s only going to get better in the coming weeks and months.  With the best games lineup in Xbox history coming to Xbox One this year, and Windows 10 being the best operating system for gaming we’ve ever released, this is going to be an exceptional year for gamers. No matter where or how you play, I truly believe 2015 will be our biggest year yet.

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E3 is just the beginning. Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be sharing many more of our plans for 2015 and beyond. Having a jam-packed lineup of games to show at E3 means that there simply isn’t enough time to give each of our upcoming titles its well-deserved time in the spotlight. We’ve decided to save some of our most eagerly-awaited future titles for gamescom in August. Rest assured that titles like Crackdown, Quantum Break and Scalebound will be front and center at gamescom along with new game reveals for both Xbox One and Windows 10.”

Read the full letter over at Xbox Wire.

Today we announced a new partnership between Microsoft and virtual reality pioneer Oculus VR. Earlier today, at an Oculus event in San Francisco, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer joined Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe on stage to share some details on what fans can expect to see when the Oculus Rift launches in 2016.

The Xbox One controller will be included with every Oculus Rift at launch. The Xbox One controller is designed for gamers, by gamers, for interchangeable gaming between Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs and tablets, with fine-tuned impulse triggers to offer precise haptic fingertip feedback and a D-pad engineered to deliver greater responsiveness. And, with the new Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows that we unveiled last week included, you can play games on the Rift using the Xbox One controller wirelessly right out of the box.

Xbox One games will be playable on Oculus Rift. We’re happy to announce that we’re bringing the same Xbox One streaming capability to the Rift, a feature that’s only possible through Windows 10. You can play your favorite Xbox One games, like Halo, Forza, Sunset Overdrive and more, on your own virtual reality cinema screen.

Windows 10 is the best platform for playing games on the Oculus Rift. The Rift will work natively with Windows 10 to make it easy to set up, jump in, and have an incredible VR gaming experience. Combined with DirectX 12 technology that unlocks the full capabilities of new Windows 10 graphics hardware, made-for-VR games on Windows 10 will have the fastest frame rates and top performance.

Above all, we want to give gaming fans choices. Windows 10 is an open ecosystem that includes boundless opportunities for alternate realities, which is why we see the virtual reality of Oculus Rift as a perfect complement to the mixed reality offered by Microsoft HoloLens. For more on mixed reality, virtual reality, Windows 10 gaming and more, be sure to watch my interview with CVP of Next Gen Experiences Kudo Tsunoda below.

We’re really excited about today’s announcement and what it means for fans of both Xbox and Oculus. You’ll be hearing more about this great news in the future, so stay tuned to Xbox Wire.

Welcome to MajorNelson.com 4.0

As the title says, welcome to the new MajorNelson.com.

Same great taste, but now with a brand new look and a completely new back end.

I launched this blog in May of 2004 – so I figured after 11 years it was time for a major redesign…right? When I launched this site “blogging” was not a main stream term, and the concept was pretty new. Over the years we’ve gone through different platforms, providers etc…but my goal and commitment has always been the same:

To make sure you have the most accurate and timely Xbox gaming news and information  straight from the source. No drama, no click bait…just straight to the point information.

I wanted you to be able to visit my site and in a few minutes get caught up on the all the latest (and accurate) Xbox gaming news and information.

A couple of things you’ll notice about the update

  • A new design that I hope you’ll like.
  • Better use of your screen real estate to show more content.
  • The site is now properly optimised for most screens….big or small (yes, this means FINALLY a mobile friendly version.)
  • A ton of little touches that you’ll notice as you navigate through the site.

I know what you are probably saying “But Major, isn’t E3 just a few days away?!” It is, but I did not want to wait. I am so excited about the new design I said let’s ship it…now.

There may be a few things that may not work properly so feel free to leave file a bug in the comments below (be sure to include repro steps!) or hit me up on Twitter.

Thanks for all your support and bearing with me as we work through the growing pains of a new design.

On to E3!

 

Edit: We’ve already made quite a few changes based on feedback and stuff that you just don’t notice until you launch. We’re going to continue to tweak as we go along. The team is watching comments below, so if I don’t reply that does not mean your comment was not heard!

Thanks for helping make the site better.
Edit 2: We made a lot of updates/changes today..much of it based on the feedback. We’re far from done, but here is a look at some of the changes we have already made:

  • Added the hand/pointer on homepage posts to show what’s expandable in the loop.
  • Addressed the gradient style issues in Safari (and mobile safari).
  • Removed the collapse interaction on the homepage, which should hopefully reduce confusion.
  • Shortened up the fade on the condensed homepage posts by 50 pixels Added some additional visual separation for speedbumps.
  • Fixed Live now overflow issue on mobile
  • Rather than make the green gradient only appear on the homepage, make it appear anywhere there’s a green bar on the page, such as http://majornelson.com/2015/, but not on http://majornelson.com/2015/06/11/welcome-to-majornelson-com-4-0/ so hopefully the green gradient is more consistently displayed throughout the site.
  • Fixed issues with Wire and Twitter ICYMI disappearing from the page Added in correct Facebook and Twitter share numbers on each post