Xbox At PAX Prime 2015

Hey Xbox fans, PAX Prime is next week and what makes this event so special and uniquely different than some of the other industry events is, this show is all about gaming and open to the public. For those who managed to score tickets to the event, you will get an inside look at the video game industry and have the opportunity to play games that haven’t even been released yet. Xbox has been showing off some amazing games and accessories at some of the other events we’ve been to this year, and I can’t wait to share the experience with the PAX Prime audience.


Details on where you can find me provided below:

Thursday, 27 August: ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House

Microsoft campus — Building 92 (directions here)

Thursday, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Pre-PAX Open House is going to be even bigger and better than last year. We’re going to have more than 50 upcoming ID@Xbox titles, including eight new announces and several first playables PLUS Halo 5: Guardians Arena Multiplayer. This free event is open to the public and PAX badges aren’t required to attend. Food and drinks will be provided. Find all of the details here.


Saturday, 29 August: Major Nelson Radio at PAX Prime

Sphinx Theatre

Saturday, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

For almost 10 years, Major Nelson Radio has been part of PAX Prime. And this year is no different. Join Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, e, lollip0p, and Rubes as we record an episode of the award winning officially unofficial Xbox centric podcast “Major Nelson Radio” LIVE in front of a you, our studio audience. Come be a part of the longest running PAX Prime Podcast.

It will be an hour of awkward audience participation, Xbox prizes, special guests, and maybe some fun.


Note: Due to local zoning laws, clowns are not permitted before, during, or after this session.

Monday, 31 August: Scalebound Gameplay Demo and Q+A

Sasquatch Theatre

Monday, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Join me as I host this very special Scalebound panel. See a gameplay demo of Scalebound, the next great adventure from critically-acclaimed developer PlatinumGames and renowned Game Director Hideki Kamiya.

I’ll be joined by fellow panelists – Hideki Kamiya (Game Director), Atsushi Inaba (Executive Producer), JP Kellams (Creative Producer).

Friday, 27 August to Monday, 31 August: Visit the Xbox Booth (#412)

Xbox is bringing the greatest games lineup in Xbox history this holiday, and if you have tickets to PAX Prime, you’ll be able to play some of these amazing games before they launch.  See our games lineup below and details on how to win one of several collectible controllers and Xbox One consoles.

Xbox Booth #412

Get hands-on with Holiday’s most anticipated titles in our booth before they launch:

  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
  • Cuphead
  • Xbox One Elite Controller

Windows 10 Gaming at PAX

Friday, 27 August to Monday, 31 August

We’re all thrilled about the great reception to Windows 10 so far, and many of our great PC gaming partners are at PAX this weekend – showcasing great new games, PCs, and hardware that bring Windows 10 gaming to life.  Here’s just a sampling to make sure you check out while you’re at the show:

*Alienware (booth 3617): Come to the Alienware booth to witness the latest in PC gaming on Windows 10. Experience the first playable demos on the brand new X51 desktop, and the full Alienware notebook family will be on display representing great mobile PC gaming.

*Asus (booth 6003):  Asus will be showing Windows 10 gaming systems from notebooks to custom-builds, including an ROG multiplayer Battle Arena featuring Battlefield Hardline and much more.

*Intel (booth 1242):  Intel will be showcasing the latest unlocked 6th Generation Intel Core K-Skus announced at Gamescom which delivers performance and stunning visuals.  You’ll also be able to get hands on with the new Xbox One to Windows 10 game streaming on great Windows 10 gaming PCs.

*Motiga (booth 3827):  Check out Gigantic and experience the free-to-play shooter MOBA where heroes battle alongside a massive guardian. This game is equal parts action and strategy and will tests your teamwork, tactics, and timing.

*NVIDIA (booth 252): Visit NVIDIA to get hands-on with Fable Legends, running on Windows 10 and DirectX 12 and powered by a GeForce GTX 980 Ti.  NVIDIA will also be showcasing their latest DirectX 12 GPU, the GTX 950, and the latest in their eSports-favorite G-SYNC displays.

*Razer (booth 4027):  Razer will be showing their line of Windows 10 powered desktops and laptops including the Razer Blade and Blade Pro, showcasing Dying Light and Dark Souls 3.  Razer will also showcase their newest Designed by Razer PC cases.

General PAX Info


Friday, August 28 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday, August 29 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday, August 30 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Monday, August 31 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Check out the official PAX website for information about the event.

We look forward to showing off our greatest games lineup in Xbox history and seeing you starting this Thursday!

Xbox fans may know Press Play’s name thanks to the 2013 sidescrolling platformer Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and 2014 puzzle-platformer Kalimba – but pretty soon, the Denmark-based developer will be known for putting the gaming community front-and-center in a unique open development process.

Starting today, Press Play is opening up the studio and the whole development process to gamers just like you. This new transparent development initiative is about giving the community a chance to provide feedback and help Press Play create the studio’s next game. Over the past months Press Play has been developing three concepts and to show just how much influence the community is going to have, Press Play is letting you decide which of the concepts they should develop and turn into their biggest game yet.

The developers are inviting everyone to provide feedback on the three exciting concepts. Vote for your favorite concept by Sept. 1, and the whole studio will rally around whichever project ultimately gets chosen. The three concepts you’ll be voting on are:

Project: Dwarka

An action-packed first-person co-op game, set in a dark fantasy world. Team up with a group of friends to become a band of legendary dwarven treasure hunters, and explore a procedurally generated underworld filled with gold and monstrosities.

Project: Karoo

A physics based multiplayer construction game set in an open world. Build complex machines out of simple blocks—you can build any type of vehicle you can think of, and use it to go on adventures.

Project: Knoxville

A 3rd person multiplayer action-survival game in which players must both work together and against each other. It goes further than any game when it comes to dynamic relationships and spectator interaction, and makes you wonder: “How far will you go to survive?”

And that’s just the beginning; beyond this initial feedback, the community will get the chance to engage with Press Play throughout development. Some of the things that Press Play is planning as part of this process include sharing early builds of the game and having community members join meetings and project reviews via Skype. And of course, that’s in addition to regular forum activity, lots of video, and frequent blog updates.

Press Play’s hope is that working with gamers like you will lead to better games. This is an exciting time to open the studio to you, and we can’t wait to open and maintain a dialogue between gamers and developers.

Check out the official Press Play website for more information about the program, and the three game concepts that are up for feedback. We’ll have more exciting news to share after we tally the voting results!


Once again, we’re throwing open the doors at the Microsoft campus to kick off PAX Prime weekend with the latest ID@Xbox games, hundreds of gamers – and a special hands-on opportunity with Halo 5: Guardians Arena Multiplayer!


Here’s what you need to know:

When: TONIGHT Thursday, August 27th from 5:00 to 9:00 PM

Where: Microsoft campus — Building 92

15010 NE 36th Street

Redmond, WA 98052

United States

(directions here)

Who: Xbox fans 18 and older (under 18 allowed with parent/guardian)

What you can do: Play more than 50 upcoming ID@Xbox titles, including eight new announces and several first playables! Meet the developers and play some of our most highly anticipated titles, including Cuphead, The Flame in the Flood, Pit People, ARK: Survival Evolved, We Happy Few, SpeedRunners and Warhammer: Vermintide. Collect limited edition buttons for each game you play (while supplies last), and even pose for a picture with StudioMDHR’s Cuphead! See the Microsoft campus and stop by the Visitor Center to explore everything from the latest Microsoft Research innovations to the very first personal computer.

Additionally, the Open House will be the only place for fans to play Halo 5: Guardians Arena Multiplayer, get to hang out with members of 343 Industries and have the chance to meet Halo special guests.

Admission cost: Absolutely FREE (PAX passes are not required)

Transportation: Parking is available for FREE on the Microsoft campus, and complimentary buses will also provide transportation from the Washington State Convention Center to building 92. The first buses will leave the convention center at 4:30 PM. There will be signs and staff wearing red shirts guiding people onto the buses driving  between the convention center and Microsoft campus.

Confirmed ID@Xbox games include:

#IDARB – Other Ocean
Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma Vol. One – Redacted Studios
Anarcute – Anarteam
Aritana and The Harpy’s Feather– Duaik Entretenimento
ARK: Survival Evolved – Studio Wildcard
Below – Capybara
Beyond Eyes – Tiger & Squid/Team17
ClusterPuck 99 – PHL Collective
Cuphead – StudioMDHR Entertainment Inc.
Draw a Stickman: EPIC – Hitcents
Dungeon League – Achebit/Surprise Attack Games
FAT CITY– Heavy Iron Studios
Full Mojo Rampage – Over the Top Games/Nicalis
Gate of Memories – Anima Project/Badland Indie
Guns, Gore, and Cannoli – Crazy Monkey Studios
Gunsport – Necrosoft Games/Iron Galaxy Studios
Happy Dungeons – Toylogic Inc.
Hue – Fiddlesticks/Curve Digital
Ironcast – Dreadbit/Ripstone
Ittle Dew 2 – Ludosity
Just Shapes and Beats – Berzerk Studio
Knight Squad – Chainsawesome Games
Layers of Fear – Bloober Team
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime – Asteroid Base Inc.
Mekazoo – The Good Mood Creators
Mimic Arena – Tiny Horse Games
Never Alone – Upper One Games/E-Line Media
Party Hard – Pinokl Games/tinyBuild Games
Phantasmal  – Eyemobi
Pinball FX2 – Zen Studios
Pit People – The Behemoth
Pixel Galaxy – Serenity Forge
Riptide GP Renegade – Vector Unit Inc
Rivals of Aether – Dan Fornace
Slain! – Wolf Brew Games/Digerati Distribution
SpeedRunners – DoubleDutch Games/tinyBuild Games
Starpoint Gemini 2– Little Green Men Games
Super Dungeon Bros – React Games/Wired Productions
Swordy – Frogshark
The Banner Saga – Stoic/Versus Evil
The Flame in the Flood – The Molasses Flood
The Hole Story – Girls Make Games/LearnDistrict
The Little Acre – Pewter Games Studios
Through the Woods – Antagonist
Tumblestone – The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
Videoball – Action Button Entertainment/Iron Galaxy Studios
Warhammer: Vermintide – Fatshark
We Happy Few – Compulsion Games
Zarvot   – SnowHydra Games

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The final Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom show aired earlier today and my co-hosts Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s AceyBongos), Julia Hardy and I had the opportunity to welcome a number of special guests to the stage while showing off exclusive game footage for many of the titles mentioned in the Xbox gamescom 2015 briefing.

You can watch the show in its entirety here:

For a breakdown of the show segments with timestamps, the Xbox Wire has you covered.

You can find the Xbox gamescom 2015 briefing and both Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom shows here

Here’s a recap of today’s gamescom announcements:

Xbox Wire articles

gamescom 2015: Xbox Unveils More of Its Greatest Games Lineup in History

gamescom 2015: FIFA 16 Lets You Turn Your Team Into Soccer Heroes

gamescom 2015: Superhot’s Slick Look Belies its Strategic Challenge

gamescom 2015: Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Is Prettier (and Grittier) Than Ever

gamescom 2015: Mafia III Tackles Serious Subjects in 1960s New Orleans

Xbox YouTube videos

Xbox and Windows 10 – Great Games Coming to Windows 10

Battleborn: Can’t Get Enough (Gamescom 2015 Trailer)

Fable Legends – An all-new shared adventure in Albion

Mafia III Worldwide Reveal Trailer

That was the last Xbox Daily: LIVE show, at least until the next event. Keep checking my blog and Xbox Wire for all of your Xbox gaming related news.



Xbox Chatpad Pre-Order

The new Xbox Chatpad announced at the Xbox gamescom 2015 briefing is now available for pre-order from the Microsoft Store and other major retailers. The Xbox Chatpad is expected to release on 27 October for $34.99 USD. Price and availability may vary by region.

Chatpad 03

Type to your buddies, enter codes, and find new apps in a snap with the Xbox Chatpad. It plugs into your Xbox One wireless controller, putting a backlit keypad and headset audio controls right at your fingertips. It also has two programmable keys for quick access to your apps. Includes chat/mono headset with 3.5mm jack.

And coming in mid-2016 on Xbox One only, two new programmable buttons will give you access to your favorite features like Game DVR, screenshots or apps at the touch of a button.

The Xbox Chatpad is compatible with all Xbox One controllers and works with Xbox One and Windows 10.

Pre-order Xbox Chatpad from the Microsoft Store

Pre-order Xbox Chatpad from Amazon

The Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom show aired earlier today and my co-hosts Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s AceyBongos), Julia Hardy and I had the opportunity to welcome a number of special guests to the stage while showing off exclusive game footage for many of the titles mentioned in the Xbox gamescom 2015 briefing.

You can watch the show in its entirety here:

For a breakdown of the show segments with timestamps, the Xbox Wire has you covered.

Here’s a recap of today’s gamescom announcements:

Xbox Wire articles

gamescom 2015: Xbox One Backward Compatibility Launches in November with Over 100 Xbox 360 Titles

gamescom 2015: Dark Souls III is a True Killer App

Forza Motorsport 6 Celebrates gamescom with New European Rides Added to the Garage

gamescom 2015: Rainbow Six Siege Rewards Team Players and Destroys Everyone Else

gamescom 2015: Lara Croft Fears Nothing in Rise of the Tomb Raider

Xbox YouTube videos

FINAL FANTASY XV – “DAWN” gamescom 2015 Trailer

FIFA 16 – FUT Legends Reveal, Only On Xbox

Forza Horizon 2 Playground Select Car Pack

Tune in tomorrow and watch the second and final Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom show right here:

You can find more information about Xbox at gamescom including details about the Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom show at my blog or over at Xbox Wire.

New Seagate Game Drive For Xbox

Xbox has partnered with Seagate and is happy to announce a new product that most of us want, need and can use right now.


Boost your console’s storage capacity with the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, the only external drive designed exclusively for Xbox One or Xbox 360. The drive brings an additional 2TB of storage and the plug-and-play functionality gives you instant power up. It’s small enough to slip into your pocket or backpack and doesn’t need a separate power cord. The Xbox automatically detects your drive and walks you through a hassle-free setup process that will have your drive game-ready in minutes.

Game Drive for Xbox is compatible with either the Xbox One or Xbox 360 and plugs directly into any USB port in your console.

The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox will retail at a MSRP of $109.99 USD and will be available from GameStop, Amazon and other consumer electronic retailers worldwide.

For more details about Seagate’s Game Drive For Xbox, visit the official page here, and to look at the Setup and Troubleshooting guide – click here.


Xbox gamescom 2015 – 04 August Recap

The Xbox gamescom 2015 briefing happened earlier today and wow, what a show! Xbox fans who watched the show live were among the first to see the greatest games lineup in Xbox history. If you missed the live show or maybe you just want to watch it again, you can watch it here:

I don’t want you to miss any of the big announcements, so here’s a recap of today’s news:

Xbox Wire articles

gamescom 2015: Xbox Unveils More of Its Greatest Games Lineup in History

gamescom 2015: Introducing the Halo World Championship

gamescom 2015: New Xbox Hardware and Features Revealed

gamescom 2015: Fight as One with Your Dragon in Scalebound

gamescom 2015: Play with Ultimate Destruction in Crackdown 3

gamescom 2015: Forza Motorsport 6 Highlights Wet Weather Racing

gamescom 2015: Halo Wars 2 Sets Its Weapons for Fun

gamescom 2015: Halo 5: Guardians Goes Big with Premium Hardware

gamescom 2015: Play FIFA 16 First on Xbox One with New FIFA 16 Xbox One Bundles

gamescom 2015: ID@Xbox is Prepared to Make a Splash on Windows 10

gamescom 2015: Get Rolling with Cobalt

gamescom 2015: DVR for Over-the-Air TV Coming to Xbox One

gamescom 2015: Quantum Break Announces an All-star Cast

Xbox YouTube videos

Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition Hardware Announce

ID@Xbox gamescom Montage

Elite: Dangerous Gamescom trailer

Rock Band 4 “Freestyle” Trailer

Mad Max – Gamescom 2015 Trailer

Official Dark Souls III – Gameplay Reveal Trailer

World of Tanks Xbox One Launch Trailer

Doom – Gameplay Trailer

Halo Wars 2: Announce Teaser

Rainbow Six Siege Gamescom Trailer

Forza Motorsport 6: Racing in the Rain

Burn It trailer – Just Cause 3

Halo World Championship Announcement

Halo 5 Multiplayer Trailer [Gamescom]

Official Homefront: The Revolution ‘Thank You’ Trailer

Cobalt for Xbox – Gamescom 2015 Briefing

We Happy Few coming to Xbox One

Ark: Survival Evolved coming to Xbox One

Worms WMD coming to Xbox One

Thimbleweed Park coming to Xbox One

Quantum Break – Time is Power Trailer

Crackdown 3 First Look

Scalebound Xbox Gamescom Briefing 2015

And don’t forget – tomorrow is the first of two Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom shows, which will be streamed live:

You can find more information about Xbox at gamescom including details about the Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom show and Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015 event at my blog or over at the Xbox Wire.



To celebrate gamescom, Xbox and Crystal Dynamics are thrilled to announce the second Rise of the Tomb Raider poster in a 4-part limited edition series announced at San Diego Comic Con in July. Designed by the award winning London design studio, La Boca, the poster celebrates Lara Croft as she ascends to her destiny as the Tomb Raider and highlights the next unique theme within the highly anticipated title – tombs.

“We tried to follow a similar process we undertake when working on movie poster,” said Scot Bendall, Co-founder and Creative Director of La Boca while speaking to the process for creating the final design of the poster.  “Trying to find the essence of the story without being too descriptive, we always try to present an image in the simplest way possible.”

Looking specifically at his inspirations and interpretation of tombs within the poster, Bendall explains, “We wanted the poster to have a feel of being underground, discovering something wondrous. Exploring and uncovering a hidden place for the first time in centuries.”