This Week on Xbox, Episode 3: Major Nelson highlights the biggest news of the week, including tips for the Witcher 3, a new Xbox One bundle announcement, updates to the Xbox app for Windows 10, the release of the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in the United States and Canada, and much more.
With the Hauppauge TV Tuner for Xbox One and an HDTV antenna, Xbox One owners can look forward to a variety of useful features, such as the ability to pause up to 30 minutes of live TV, watch TV on the right side of your screen while playing games with Snap, and navigate channels using Kinect voice controls. Additionally, users can stream over-the-air TV to other devices within the home using the Xbox app on Windows 10 devices or the Xbox One SmartGlass app on Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android, even while someone else is playing a game on Xbox One.
An over-the-air TV bundle, including a Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One and a Mohu Leaf 50 antenna, is now available exclusively at your local Microsoft store and at microsoftstore.com for US$99.98 – a $30 savings. The tuner is also available separately for US $59.99 at Microsoft stores and Amazon.
Before purchasing the TV tuner or over-the-air bundle, remember to visit gomohu.com/xbox to check which channels are available in your area and find the HDTV antenna that’s right for you. For more information on how to set up your tuner and antenna with Xbox One, check out my how-to video or go to Xbox Support.
Grab your Hauppauge TV Tuner for Xbox One today at participating retailers and check out the Xbox Wire for more information on the Over-the-Air TV Tuner for Xbox One.
This Week on Xbox brings you all the latest and greatest in Xbox news. This week headlines include the Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Announcement, a breakdown of all the new features in the Destiny add-on, House of Wolves, the release of the May Update for Xbox One and much more.
Today, the Xbox app is available with the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build (build #10080) for phones. Once you’re on the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build on your phone, go to the Store Beta to download and check out an early preview version of the Xbox app. We’re excited to move toward bringing your favorite Xbox on Windows features to Windows 10 for phones.
With today’s version of the Xbox app on Windows 10 for phones, you can access your activity feed, achievements, friends list, activity alerts, messages, watch Game DVR clips, and connect to your Xbox One. Over the coming weeks, we’ll update and add more Xbox features to the preview including OneGuide integration, Live TV Streaming, Game Hubs, and more. So stay tuned!
To join the Windows 10 Insider program, go here to sign up, then download the Windows Insider app to your Lumia phone, choose either a fast or slow ring and get the updates. For more information, check out Gabe Aul’s post on the Windows Blog.
Today, we announced 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.
What: A one hour show featuring breaking news, exclusive announcements, trailer reveals, game demos, and interviews with game creators.
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.
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?
Exact time and place to be announced soon
How Many Tickets Will Be Available?
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 201 rules and regulations. And stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest updates and news on E3!
This Week On Xbox is a new show featuring a weekly recap of the latest news, game releases, and more. And if you watch it on Xbox One, it will have some interactive elements to enhance the experience. The videos will also be available on the Xbox YouTube channel and I’ll make a post each week when a new show is out. The current plan is to release a new episode every Friday.
We want to deliver something worthwhile and that you enjoy watching, so leave your comments and feedback and maybe we’ll incorporate your ideas into future shows.
The Microsoft at Westfield San Francisco Centre will be hosting an after hours gaming event this Wednesday. If you’re in town for the Build event or live in the area, stop by and join me for food, live music, prizes and more. The event is open to everyone and lines will open at 9:00p PST with the first 150 people being admitted to the event.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with 2K to talk about Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and check out their one-of-a-kind Borderlands inspired furniture set – complete with a Claptrap refrigerator. The coolest part is, they are giving the entire set of furniture away (including an Xbox One and 4 controllers) to one lucky winner.
You can find all of the details about the Handsome Jack’s Loot Contest and see some images of the furniture over at the official website. Good luck and let us know if you win.
The Xbox Store’s Spring Sale is still going on and includes even more deals going on this weekend. These offers are valid until 12 April while the rest of the weekly offers are valid until 13 April. You can see the Spring Sale weekly offers on my post here or over at the Xbox Store – Xbox One Deals and Xbox 360 Sales.
Spring is officially in the air and starting today you can save on games, movies, and TV shows with fresh deals for the entire family. The Xbox One deals offer a combined savings over $2,500 on 276 games, HD movie and TV shows while the Xbox 360 deals will fetch a combined savings over $2,600 on 294 games, HD movies and TV. And, if you’re an Xbox Live Gold member, you can save over an additional $65 on all game offers.
To see all of the Spring Sale offers on movies and TV shows, check out the Xbox Video store. And don’t forget to check back this Friday for a look at the weekend bonus deals.
Disney has just announced the availability of the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection – all six epic Star Wars films for the first time on Digital HD, and with all new never-before-seen bonus material. We’re thrilled to reveal that Xbox is a digital distribution launch partner and we’re offering exclusive incentives for Xbox customers who purchase the Saga on Xbox Video!
Microsoft is offering two exclusive incentives for fans who purchase the six-film bundle on Xbox Video. First, they will receive everyone’s favorite scrappy astromech droid, R2-D2, as an Xbox Live avatar companion that flashes characteristics of classic R2-D2 from “A New Hope.” Also, they will receive the action-packed Star Wars Pinball Pack for the free-to-play game Pinball FX 2, for Xbox One or Xbox 360.
In addition, Disney is offering a Star Wars featurette video exclusively for Xbox customers; only by pre-purchasing the Saga on Xbox Video will you receive an exclusive roughly 60 second sneak peek at the bonus material included in the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. Customers will receive the Xbox-exclusive featurette when they pre-purchase the “Star Wars” saga bundle on Xbox Video, then all six epic films in the Saga will be added to their collection in all their high-definition glory on April 10.
The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value Bundle lineup features a new 4GB Kinect, 500GB Kinect and 500GB console bundle and each bundle includes two games and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Prices start at $249 USD (ERP), so whether you’re new to gaming or looking for a great gift, now’s the time to spring into action.
It was a busy week last week, with new tools releasing to Windows 10 developers at GDC to enable them to build great games for both Xbox and Windows. We’re eager to share that more features are coming to the Xbox app on Windows 10 as part of our monthly effort to deliver new functionality to the Xbox app. Today, we are adding the following features:
More ways to connect with your friends.
Game Clips – View game clips created on Xbox One and watch popular game clips from the Xbox Community. Download game clips from Xbox Live directly to your PC.
Activity Feed – Like comments and delete your own activity feed posts.
User Profile – Profile headers will now be collapsed by default to show more profile information on the screen.
Friends Search – Use the search box at the top of the friends list to find an existing friend by gamertag or by real name if they are sharing it with you.
More control of your experience.
Improved Window Sizing – The Xbox app adapts to changing window sizing to more intelligently display different views dependent on the size of the application window.
Connect to your Xbox One – Remotely control your Xbox One from the Xbox app using a virtual game controller.
OneGuide and Universal Remote Control – Access OneGuide and the Universal Remote Control to change channels, manage volume or access the DVR on your set-top box connected to your Xbox One.
Games – See recently played Xbox Live games across devices – that includes Windows 10 devices, Windows Phone, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
The Xbox app will automatically update to the March version when it becomes available in the Windows Store. Once you receive the update, your version number should be 3.3.3019.0 or higher. You can verify the version number of the Xbox app under Settings. To read more about these features, check out the full story at Xbox Wire.
The Xbox Feedback site has a new Xbox on Windows 10 sub-forum so you can easily submit your ideas and vote up ideas for improvements you would like to see for the Xbox app on Windows 10. We value your feedback and would love to hear from you.
For those of you looking to pick up an Xbox One this spring, look no further – beginning in March, fans worldwide (U.S. and select markets) will be able to revisit the entire story of the Master Chief with the Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle. The exclusive bundle includes a standard Xbox One console, as well as a digital download code for Halo: The Master Chief Collection – the essential Halo fan experience that features the Master Chief’s complete story through four free Halo games: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4 – all for ERP $349 in the U.S.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection allows fans to play all 45 campaign missions, plus more than 100 multiplayer and Spartan Ops maps, in 1080p at 60fps. The bundle also comes with access to the new live-action digital series from executive producer Ridley Scott, Halo: Nightfall. This offer gets you four great games in one bundle, and provides tremendous value for fans of Halo and the Master Chief.
Game Description: Pneuma provides players with a sense of awe and a relentless determination to solve every puzzle and progress through a narrated story of self-discovery, exploring the fundamental nature of being. This is the first person puzzler of 2015 which is designed to force players think outside the box and explore beyond what they know as reality. This game isn’t about your skill with a controller, it’s about how you perceive and analyse situations. Push your brain to its limits in this exciting new first person puzzler as Pneuma contemplates the nature of reality and you explore the ontological mystery of the Breath of Life.
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.
Xbox Booth #5044
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.
Following up from the Windows 10 announcement earlier this week and the impacts it will have on the future of gaming, I posted an article over at Xbox Wire discussing the initial preview of the Xbox App available in the January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.
We want our fans to help shape the Xbox on Windows experience and plan to ship regular Xbox app releases that deliver new functionality by making changes based on your feedback. There is a lot more work for the team to do, but here are some of the features that you can check out with the initial preview release in the January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview:
Your Profile – provides you quick access to your Xbox profile and recent activity and achievements. With the initial preview build, you can see your Gamerscore, recent Activity, Achievements, Following lists and Game Clips.
Home – the Xbox app home page will provide you quick access to your Recently Played games, your friends and their online status and an Activity Feed of recent events, game clips, etc.
Friends – you can see your friends across devices and search and find new friends. Additionally, you can go the profile page for your friends and followers and view their recent activity, achievements, friends, games they follow and game clips.
Activity Feed – you can view your activity feed and post text, like and comment on your friends’ recent achievements and Game clips. In this version of preview build, the sharing functionality is not yet enabled.
Settings – Within settings, you can see the current Version number of the Xbox on Windows app, and choose to Sign out from the app. Additionally, you can turn on/off the following items:
Messages – Users can view messages from other users and system messages / notifications.