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.

Xbox One Preview

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.


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.


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.

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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

Ubisoft just announced the next title coming to the Assassin’s Creed series. Coming to Xbox One on 23 October, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate takes place in London during the Industrial Revolution (1868).

It was an age of invention and prosperity built on the backs of working class slaves. As gangster assassin Jacob Frye, you will recruit your gang to fight for justice on behalf of the oppressed working class. Lead the underworld to take back London in a visceral adventure filled with action, intrigue and brutal combat.

To watch more trailers or for more information about Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, check out this story at Xbox Wire.

If you are enjoying “Ori and the Blind Forest” I am sure you’ve noticed the beautiful soundtrack.
Well that soundtrack (by Gareth Coker) is now available at multiple places online to enjoy when you are not in front of your Xbox One or PC.

Xbox Music

Also, don’t miss the Ori and the Blind Forest: Behind the Music video that takes a look behind the scenes during the making of the soundtrack. 

PAX East 2015 Schedule of Events

PAX East is one of the premiere gaming shows and is being held from March 6-8 in Boston, MA. Not only will Xbox have a huge presence at the show including another opportunity to play Halo 5 Guardians Arena multiplayer, I will be attending and participating in a number of events and panels.

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Friday, March 6 – 10:00 am to 6 pm
Saturday, March 7 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 8 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

What it Takes To Build a Next-Gen Open World Game Panel

Saturday, March 7, 10:30AM – 11:30AM,  Albatross Theatre

Join CD Projekt RED, the developers behind the highly anticipated Xbox One title, The Witcher: Wild Hunt, as they discuss the challenges, opportunities, and everything else involved in building a next gen open world game. Don’t forget about the live narrated gameplay, too! Larry Hryb, aka Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, hosts.

Major Nelson Podcast Panel

Saturday, March 7, 5:00PM – 6:00PM, Condor Theatre

Join Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, as we record an episode of the award winning podcast “Major Nelson Radio” LIVE in front of a studio audience. There’ll be prizes, guests and probably fun.

If I’m not involved with a panel, you might find me attending other panels, walking around the showroom floor or hanging out at the Xbox booth. Be sure to stop by and say hello.

In addition to the two PAX East panels, I will be hosting an in-store event with fans at Microsoft at The Shops at Prudential Center on March 5 from 7-9 p.m. ET. More details to come, but plan to get there early because the lines will open at 6 p.m.

For more information about the Xbox booth including a list of games being featured at the show, check out Xbox Wire or the Xbox Events site. For general information about PAX East, check out the official website.