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.

Boggle is Now Available for Xbox One

Content: Boggle
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Game Description: So you think you’re fast at finding words? Prove it! Challenge yourself or up to 3 friends online in a refreshed, updated Boggle experience. There’s still the same Boggle you like. You can also play with a suite of different variants and house rules to really shake things up! Search fast and act faster…it’s an all-new way to play Boggle!

Purchase Boggle for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Frima Studios
Publisher: Ubisoft
Website: Boggle
Twitter: @FrimaStudios

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.”

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The Coalition are excited to announce that all fans who purchase Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or the Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle, will be able to unlock the entire Gears collection via Xbox One Backward Compatibility. By playing Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live from Aug. 25 through Dec. 31, 2015, you’ll get access to Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 and Gears of War: Judgment in Backward Compatibility when it launches this fall. In Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, you’ll get the complete remastering of the original game – painstakingly reimagined from the ground up with stunning next-gen graphics, recaptured and rebuilt cinematics, new achievements and modernized gameplay for an even better experience. And don’t forget the new maps, modes and missions, early access to the Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta, new Achievements, improved haptic feedback and an additional difficulty level – it’s a must-have for every Gears fan and part of the greatest games lineup in Xbox history.

All Gears of War titles will be supported on Backward Compatibility when it launches publicly this fall. This means if you own Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 or Gears of War: Judgment on Xbox 360, you’ll be able to play them on your Xbox One and utilize some of your favorite next-gen features like Game DVR, Snap, screenshots and more. You can even keep all your previously-saved files, game add-ons, achievements and play with friends on Xbox Live no matter which Xbox console they’re on. For those of you in the Xbox One preview program who just can’t wait, the original Gears of Wars is available today in Backward Compatibility.

As we announced at E3, Xbox One Backward Compatibility is all about giving you the ability to play the games you love most from both generations in one place for free. And we know how much our fans love the Gears of War franchise – tens of thousands of you have voted on Xbox Feedback for Gears titles to enable Backward Compatibility.

This is just the beginning of the news we have in store for this week, so stay tuned for more exciting announcements coming out of gamescom.

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EA SPORTS NHL will be releasing a limited access EA SPORTS Hockey League (EASHL) Beta starting July 30 until August 7.

This fan-favorite online team mode will will be your only chance to experience the new EASHL in NHL 16 before the game hits stores September 15. Watch the trailer here.

To access the beta, EA Access members or NHL 15 owners on Xbox One can jump into the game starting today and select to download the NHL 16 EASHL beta from the main menu. NHL 15 owners on Xbox 360 who upgraded to a new console will have a chance to access the beta through a limited distribution of beta access codes.

For more information on the NHL 16 EA SPORTS Hockey League Beta and for full beta access instructions, visit EA’s official website.

This Week On Xbox – July 31st, 2015

Here we go…the latest episode of This Week On Xbox.

Remember, you can watch the interactive version of This Week on Xbox from the “What’s On” tab of the Xbox dashboard in Canada, the UK and the US or at the Xbox YouTube channel (This Week on Xbox Playlist).

Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think of the show.

Content: Submerged
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Game Description: XBOX ONE GAME EXPECTED TO RELEASE ON 8/7/2015. YOU MAY DOWNLOAD THE GAME FROM XBOX LIVE BEFORE THEN, BUT IT WILL NOT BE PLAYABLE UNTIL 12:01 UTC ON THE RELEASE DATE.

Submerged is a third-person combat-free game in which you explore a mysterious flooded city and discover the beauty of desolation in vast outdoor environments. You take on the role of Miku, a young girl who has brought her wounded brother to the city in their small fishing boat. Navigate the flooded city streets by boat, scale the drowned buildings, and use your telescope to scour the city for the supplies needed to save your dying sibling. As you explore the city at your own pace, you encounter the habitat that flourishes in this colorful place and discover hidden objects that piece together the story of a broken world and a broken family.

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Magic Duels is Now Available for Xbox One

Content: Magic Duels
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Game Description: Immerse yourself in the world of Magic: The Gathering’s exciting new Origins campaign as you play through the stories of five iconic Planeswalkers. Hone your skills and build your deck of spells from an ever-growing library of collectible cards, then take on your friends or thousands of AI opponents in Battle Mode. Enjoy virtually endless gameplay with regular card and content updates, quests and achievements, multiple play modes—including fan favorites like Two-Headed Giant—and fully earnable content.

Download Magic Duels for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

 Product Info:
Developer: Stainless Games Ltd.
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast LLC
Website: Magic Duels
Twitter: @wizards_magic

Content: Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist
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Game Description: Relive past Dueling glory against Yu-Gi-Oh! characters from the past and present! Compete against other players online with your custom deck, then challenge them in Battle Pack Draft and Sealed Play!

Purchase Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

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Product Info:
Developer: Other Ocean Interactive
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
Website: Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist
Twitter: @YuGiOh_TCG

By now, you’ve surely heard that you can play Xbox One games on any Windows 10 PC or tablet. You’re probably eagerly asking: “How!?” The answer is: “It’s actually surprisingly easy, to be honest.” There’s really not much to it. Check out my tutorial video above, and let’s walk through it:

Step 1: Plug in and set up an Xbox One controller on your Windows 10 PC or tablet. Windows 10 PCs already have native support for Xbox One controllers. Just plug the controller in via the USB cable that came with it, wait for the drivers to install, and you’re good to go. It’ll vibrate when it’s ready to use. Easy!

Step 2: Launch the Xbox app for Windows 10. It’s free, and built into Windows 10. Also easy!

Step 3: Create an Xbox Live account, or sign into your existing account. After launch, you should see the Home screen, and a prompt to either log into your account or create a new account. It’s a simpler process than ever, as well as free. Just follow the steps you’re given; you should hopefully have some experience logging into accounts for things, if you’re on the Internet reading this!

Step 4: Turn on your Xbox One. It might be easier to set it up in the same room as your Windows 10 PC so you can see both at once – but it’s certainly not necessary, if you don’t mind moving back and forth should you need to double check any info.

Step 5: Connect your devices. Make sure both your PC and your Xbox One are on the same wired or wireless network (wireless networks should have the same name). Then, on your Xbox One, navigate to the Preferences section of the Settings menu, and make sure the “Allow game streaming to other devices” box is checked.  Next, in the Xbox app on your PC, go to the left-hand navigation and click on “Connect.” You should see your Xbox One listed as a connection option (in certain circumstances, it will already be connected – for example, if you’ve previously connected in the past). Simply click on your console’s listing, and the app will handle the rest. If you’re having trouble connecting, try restarting the app.

Step 6: Stream those games! Go to the Xbox app’s Home menu, then select a recent Xbox One game from the Recently Played list, then “Play from Console” to start streaming. Alternatively, you’ll notice two live buttons in the “Connect” area: “Test Streaming” and “Stream.” You can use “Test Streaming” for troubleshooting, or to test your connection, but “Stream” is where the magic happens. Click that, and your PC will establish a live stream immediately to your Xbox One. A full-screen interface will pop up, and your controller (the one connected to your PC) will be in charge. You will be able to play whatever game is currently running on your Xbox One, completely live. You can launch the game via your Xbox One, or launch it through the Xbox app (although, if it’s a physical disc game, remember that you will have to physically put the disc into the console yourself – there are limits to what streaming technology can do!).

You can also access all Xbox One menus, talk to friends via Xbox Live, play online (if you have Xbox Live Gold on Xbox One)… heck, you can even play Xbox 360 games through Xbox One Backward Compatibility, all on your PC!

Step 7: There is no Step 7. That’s it! Seriously. There are really just six steps. And since Step 1 was “plug in the controller” and Step 2 was “fire up the Xbox app”, let’s be honest here: That’s really four steps. Pretty darn simple!

Oh, don’t forget that voice chat works just fine too; you’ll just need to plug a Windows 10 compatible mic into your PC or tablet, so you can talk with your friends over Xbox Live via streaming, too!