UPDATE: We are happy to announce a new date and time for Xbox FanFest: E3 2017 ticket online registration.  To ensure all fans have enough time to plan for this moment, we’re scheduling it next week on Wednesday, April 26th at 9am PT.  To streamline our approach after yesterday’s error, all 400 tickets will be available, all at once, starting at 9am PT.  Tickets remain first-come, first-serve, one ticket per-person.  Additionally, all requirements (21+ years old, credit card required to hold) remain exactly the same.  Stay glued to @Xbox, @MajorNelson and #XboxFanFest on Twitter for when the link to the registration site becomes available on Wednesday, April 26th at 9am PT.  


What happened on Wednesday, April 19th?

Fan enthusiasm overwhelmed our Xbox FanFest: E3 2017 registration website on Wednesday, April 19th, and unfortunately, resulted in an error – causing the system to accept more registrants than we had tickets for the event in total.  We determined voiding all of Wednesday’s registrations and wiping the slate clean would help make things as fair as possible for all fans. So, if you were one of the fans who completed the registration, you’ll need to try and register again on Wednesday, April 26th at 9am PT.  For those fans who registered on Wednesday, April 19th, Xbox will be emailing something special to you for the inconvenience.

If I registered on Wednesday, April 19th, and got a confirmation letter, do I still have a ticket?

All registrations and confirmation letters from Wednesday, April 19th, are now voided and canceled, and Xbox is emailing those fans a token of our appreciation for their utmost patience. We will re-launch our new registration process starting on Wednesday, April 26th, at 9am PT.

If I completed the registration process on Wednesday, April 19th, what happens to my personal information?

We take privacy very seriously and have gone to extra lengths to ensure your personal data and credit card information are protected and used in accordance with the Microsoft Privacy Statement. The ticketing vendor, Experient, is 3rd Party Audit PCI Compliant. Experient maintains Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance.  Payment card industry (PCI) compliance is adherence to a set of specific security standards that were developed to protect card information during a ticketing transaction. As a result, Experient cannot retain hard copy forms that contain credit card numbers.

If I have more questions, who can I contact?

Please contact Event Customer Service via email at xboxfanfest@experient-inc.com.

How can I get Xbox FanFest tickets?

400 tickets will be available first-come, first-serve starting on Wednesday, April 26th, at 9am PT.  Tickets will now be released all at once, first-come, first-serve.  Stay glued to #XboxFanFest, @MajorNelson and @Xbox on Twitter for when the link to the registration site becomes available.

Fan enthusiasm overwhelmed our Xbox FanFest: E3 2017 registration website today, and unfortunately resulted in an error – causing the system to accept more registrants than we had tickets for the event in total.  We determined voiding this morning’s registrations and starting over would help make things as fair as possible for all fans. So, if you were one of the fans who successfully registered this morning, you’ll need to re-register, and Xbox is emailing something special to you for the inconvenience.  Stay tuned for more. Keep an eye on my twitter account and Chris@XboxFanFest (@moneyrumble), and we’ll tweet info on when we’ll restart ticketing.

Once again, Xbox FanFest will give 500 lucky fans a one-of-a-kind, up-close-and-personal experience to the gaming industry’s biggest showcase. Xbox FanFest: E3 2017 kicks off Sunday, June 11 and runs through Tuesday, June 13.

Today, we’re pleased to share the first details on just how you can go about taking part. First, as with previous Xbox FanFests, you’ll need to be over the age of 21 and have an Xbox Live gamertag. Next, you’ll need to get a ticket. We’ve had a big change from previous years, as we will now be employing an online registration process. After listening to fan feedback from last year’s event, we wanted to streamline the process to ensure Xbox fans can lock their attendance months in advance. We believe we will deliver an even better FanFest in 2017 with the additional time this new process affords us.

Here’s how it’ll work: 400 of the 500 tickets will be available first-come, first-serve starting this Wednesday, April 19. Tickets will be released in drops throughout the day, with the first drop starting at 6 AM PT. Stay glued to #XboxFanFest and @Xbox on Twitter for when those drops occur! Please note that you will need to have a credit card to hold the ticket. There is no charge to reserve a ticket but cancelation fees will apply. The remaining 100 tickets will be distributed through a variety of other promotions/giveaways. Follow #XboxFanFest on Twitter for when some of those promotions start. Be sure to hit the official Xbox FanFest: E3 2017 page for complete details and an FAQ.

We’re also pleased to share information on more of what you’ll receive if you’re one of those 500 lucky fans. As in previous years, you’ll get entry into the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing on Sunday, June 11, at 2:00 PM PT, in downtown Los Angeles, as well as a custom-built backpack full of gaming swag. Attendees will also get “Early Access” to Xbox’s hottest exclusives, Project Scorpio, and our biggest blockbuster games at a private event on Monday evening, June 12th.

Of course, we’ve still got plenty of awesome E3 experiences for those fans that can’t make it to Los Angeles for FanFest. Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3, our live news show that covers all things Xbox at E3, will begin airing on Monday, June 12, and can be streamed live on Beam, Xbox One, on Xbox.com (both on your desktop and on mobile), on Xbox 360, and on the Xbox Twitch Channel.

For more information about E3 and #XboxFanFest – check out Xbox Wire.

Today is the final day of the 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) and since we shared so much information in the press briefing, the two Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 shows, plus all of the content published at Xbox Wire and posted on the Xbox YouTube channel, I thought a recap was in order.

June 13, 2016

We held our Xbox E3 2016 Media Briefing on Monday. You can watch the highlights below or read the recap I posted here.

June 14, 2016

We held the first of two Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 shows on Tuesday, hosted by Major Nelson (me), Jessica Chobot, @AceyBongos, and Julia Hardy – featuring breaking news, exclusive announcements, trailer reveals, game demos, and interviews with game developers. You can watch the show below:


[03:13] Welcome!

[06:33] Gears of War 4

[13:40] Scalebound

[19:25] VRV

[25:57] ID@Xbox

[27:20] Titanfall 2

[33:23] Xbox Live

[37:58] Dead Rising 4

[43:01] Killer Instinct 3

[47:06] Halo Wars 2

[50:01] Phil Spencer

[55:35] 1m Gamerscore

[58:22] Free Stuff!

For more details on each segment – check out this post at Xbox Wire – Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 Tuesday, June 14 Recap

Xbox Wire Articles posted on 14 June:

Resident Evil VII: biohazard Coming to Xbox One on January 24

We Happy Few: An Ode to Joy in a Dystopian Hellscape

Halo Wars 2 Tests Your Reflexes and Your Mind

Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, Season Pass, and Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Detailed

Fast-Paced Sci-Fi Action Meets Critical Thinking in ReCore

Dragonborn Again: Skyrim Special Edition Coming to Xbox One on October 28

Inside Is Equal Parts Smart, Stunning, and Scary

Xbox YouTube Videos posted on 14 June:

June 15, 2016

We held the second and final Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show on Wednesday, hosted by Major Nelson (me), Jessica Chobot, @AceyBongos, and Julia Hardy – featuring breaking news, exclusive announcements, trailer reveals, game demos, and interviews with game developers. You can watch the show below:


State of Decay 2

Forza Horizon 3


Gaming for Everyone

We Happy Few

PC Gaming

Xbox Design Lab

Ark: SE

Block by Block

Sea of Thieves



For more details on each segment – check out this post at Xbox Wire – Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 Tuesday, June 15 Recap (available soon)

Xbox Wire Articles posted on 15 June:

Put the Hammer Down (Under) in Forza Horizon 3

Hacking Into Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s Breach Mode

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Stays Grounded with a Focus on an Epic Story

Koji Igarashi Arises from His Gaming Slumber to Deliver Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Taking on the Trial of the Titan in Final Fantasy XV

Xbox YouTube Videos posted on 15 June:

I hope you all enjoyed the show and all of the new hardware, accessories and video games we announced this week. Hit me up on Twitter and let me know your feedback.

The Xbox At E3 2016 briefing revealed big plans for the Xbox platform including, new hardware, accessories and games. Whether you were in the audience or watching the event via live stream, there was plenty to see. If you missed the event or want to review some of the content, here is a recap of the briefing with trailers and links to the associated Xbox Wire announcements (I’ll update this post with the VOD when it is available).

Introducing the Xbox One family of devices
Xbox One S (now available for pre-order)
Project Scorpio
New Xbox Wireless Controller
Xbox Design Lab
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 Limited Edition

Uniting gamers through Xbox Live
Clubs on Xbox Live
Looking for Group on Xbox Live
Arena on Xbox Live
Cortana on Xbox One

Biggest Lineup Comes To Xbox One And Windows 10
Ark: Survival Evolved (First On Xbox One And Windows 10)
Battlefield 1 (Electronic Arts)
Dead Rising 4 (World Premiere)
Final Fantasy Xv (Square Enix)
Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One And Windows 10 Exclusive — World Premiere)
Gears Of War 4 (Xbox One And Windows 10 Exclusive)
Gwent (World Premiere Of Closed Beta On Xbox One And Windows 10)
Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One And Windows 10 Exclusive)
Inside (First On Xbox One)
Minecraft (Realms And Add-Ons)
Recore (Xbox One And Windows 10 Exclusive)
Sea Of Thieves (Xbox One And Windows 10 Exclusive)
State Of Decay 2 (Xbox One And Windows 10 Exclusive, World Premiere)
Scalebound (Xbox One And Windows 10 Exclusive)
Tacoma (First On Xbox One And Windows 10)
Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc)
Tom Clancy’s The Division – Expansion I: Underground (Ubisoft)
We Happy Few (First To Console On Xbox One)

The Verge: A look inside Microsoft’s plan to turn your Xbox into a PC

Xbox At E3 2016 – Xbox Wire Articles:

Gaming Without Boundaries: Our Vision for the Future of Xbox

Xbox Introduces Future of Gaming Beyond Console Generations and Without Boundaries

Introducing the Newest Member of the Xbox Family: The Xbox One S

Friendly Update with Xbox Live and Realms rolling out now on mobile and Windows 10!

Frank West Returns in Dead Rising 4, Coming This Holiday to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC

A Day with Rare’s Sea of Thieves

Halo Wars 2 Coming to Xbox One and PC in 2017 – Xbox One Beta Available Now!

Eight Million Ways to Personalize Your Xbox Wireless Controller with Xbox Design Lab

State of Decay 2: A New Zombie Survival Fantasy Comes Alive in 2017

Beat the Horde with the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 Limited Edition

Gears of War’s General RAAM Enlists for Killer Instinct: Season 3

Clubs, LFG and Arena on Xbox Live Will Unite Gamers to Play and Compete

Joule and Corebot Companions Spring into Action in ReCore’s Gameplay Debut

Gears of War 4 E3 Demo Includes Explosive Combat and a Huge Surprise

Introducing Forza Horizon 3 for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC

Xbox At E3 2016 – Xbox YouTube videos

Phil Spencer and I chat about Xbox One S

It was a big day and technically E3 2016 hasn’t even officially started. Read more about what we have in store for the rest of E3 here.

If you watched the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing you might be wondering about some of the music accompanying the announcements. I’ve compiled a Spotify playlist of many of the tracks heard in the briefing. You can also check them out on Groove below (where available).


Forza Horizon 3: Wicked Game by Ursine Vulpine featuring Annaca (not available yet on Groove)

Recore: I’ll Take You – MSTR Rogers

Xbox Design Lab: Like Me – Farmdale

ID@Xbox: Startin A War – Nevada Wild

Dead Rising 4: Jingle Bell Rock – Single Version by Brenda Lee

Scalebound: Under Control – GOMAD! & MONSTER, Matt Rose

State of Decay: Dark End Of The Street – The Flying Burrito Brothers


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Updates below in red

With less than 2 weeks until E3, I wanted to update this post with all of the latest information. Updates are highlighted in red, but the big news is the location of the Xbox FanFest ticket giveaway has been identified.

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. We’ve got an exciting lineup of co-hosts on tap this year, including Blair Herter, Tiffany Smith, iJustine, Andy “Bravo” Dudynsky, Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, and Smosh Games’ David “Lasercorn” Moss, Joshua “The Jovenshire” Ovenshire and Amra “Flitz” Ricketts. 

What: A one hour show featuring breaking news, exclusive announcements, trailer reveals, game demos, and interviews with game creators. We’ll also be taking a look at the upcoming film “Terminator: Genisys”, and will debut a brand-new clip from the movie during one of our episodes.

When: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 7p ET/4p PT – 8p ET/5p PT.

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. Make sure to download the free XLEi app on your Xbox One or XLE on your Xbox 360 in advance.

For our PC gaming fans already getting excited for the upcoming release of Windows 10 on July 29, we recently announced that we’ll be co-sponsoring the PC Gaming Show on June 16 from 5-8 p.m PDT. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer and key members of the team will be showing off some great gaming experiences for Windows 10 (and maybe even a surprise), so be sure to catch the livestream of the show on the official PC Gaming Show site or on Twitch.

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?

Fans can begin lining up at Microsoft at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles, starting at 10 p.m. PDT on Saturday, June 13. This Microsoft store is located at 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, though the line will start near the LensCrafters on Avenue of the Stars.

How Many Tickets Will Be Available?

500 tickets

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 2015 rules and regulations. And stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest updates and news on E3!


E3 is a lot like a theme park ride – a long buildup of anticipation followed by a non-stop, exhilarating rush excitement. Then, before you know it, it’s all over; though there’s plenty to talk about for months to come.

As we look back on everything E3 2014 one last time, we thought we’d take it a step further, sharing an inside look on how the whole show comes together, from the press conference, fan events, and the experience of being on the show floor with hundreds of unreleased games. Take a look:

Our friends at Xbox Wire (follow them on Twitter!) spent the week of E3 checking out dozens of great games that will be coming to Xbox in 2014 and beyond. Here’s an exhaustive list of stories you’re going to want to catch up on:

Sunset Overdrive Is 8 Times Crazier With Friends

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Puts More Than a Decade of Halo on One Disc

Forza Horizon 2 Takes Racers Off the Beaten Path

Crackdown Returns With Even More Mayhem on Xbox One

Killer Instinct: Season 2 Reveals T.J. Combo, Combines Classic with New

Fable Legends Pits One Villain Against Four Heroes

D4 Brings the Bizarre to Life, David Lynch-Style

Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha Is Actually a Thing

Ori and the Blind Forest Combines Beauty and Skill

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege Brings Tactical Intensity to Xbox One

Far Cry 4 is Not the Himalayan Vacation You Planned For

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Leaps into Action with Futuristic Combat

Batman: Arkham Knight Puts Fear into Your Enemies

Work as a Team or Suffer a Grisly Death in Evolve

Dead Island 2 Promises the Zombie Apocalypse of Your Dreams

Alien: Isolation Mixes Survival and Scares

Dance Central Spotlight Brings Its Best Moves to Xbox One

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is A Beautiful, Butt-Kicking Ballet of Death

Fight to Survive in Dying Light

Mortal Kombat X is Extra Gross, Extra Fun

Homefront: The Revolution Aims to Take the Power Back

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Sprinkles Some Pixie Dust on the Rhythm-Game Genre

Waiting for the Snowdrop in Tom Clancy’s The Division

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! Shoots for the Moon

Character Rules in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Battlefield Hardline Brings Cops, Robbers, and Collateral Damage

Assassin’s Creed: Unity Places Players Amidst the Bloody Bourgeoisie

We Can Be Heroes in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes

Hyper Light Drifter: An Homage to the Classics

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime: A Fun Date With Evil Aliens and Bunnies

Homefront: The Revolution Developer Crytek UK Opens Up About Igniting an Uprising

Metro Redux Beckons Brave Players Back Underground

The Evil Within Brings the Goosebumps

Hey folks…we’re here in Los Angeles at E3 2014, and it has been a packed house all week long. We filled the Galen Center on Monday for our annual E3 show and rolled out an incredible line-up of blockbuster exclusives for this holiday and next year. And directly after our show, we held a great panel discussion with Phil, Yusuf and others – for 200 of our biggest Xbox fans. This was the first event of its kind for us… and we loved it. You can also read Phil’s thoughts on the past week at E3 here.

As we pack up our booth, we end E3 just as we started: Our focus is on you. You’ve shaped Xbox into what it is today, and we can’t thank you enough. We look forward to hearing more from you over the coming weeks – now, officially on Xbox Feedback – a dedicated channel for all your thoughts and recommendations. From what we’ve seen this week, your feedback continues to be amazing. As of today, more than 65,000 fans like you have suggested more than 4300 ideas and contributed over 180,000 votes. 

We can’t wait to dig into your ideas and explore what may be possible for the future of Xbox. What better way to keep this momentum going than to share what’s coming in July? Here’s a shortlist of features rolling out in the next few days to folks getting early access to the Xbox One system update.

  • Snap Mode for Achievements. As we showed at our E3 Green Carpet event before the show, we’re offering an easier way to track and view your achievements in the moment. With Achievement Snap, you can track your achievement progress in real time without ever leaving the game. You can also ‘Get Help’ on any Achievements you’re struggling with. Xbox will scan the web for you and deliver relevant tips and strategy content right to your TV.
  • Double-tap to Snap.  Double-tap the Xbox button on your controller to bring up Snap Center, where you can launch Achievements or any other snap-able app, without leaving your game. Already have an app snapped? Double-tap quickly switches between your game and the snapped app.
  • Choice of Spoken Language. Folks in New Zealand, Ireland and Austria, with this update in July, will be able to select voice control using the English or German voice models from other countries. And if you’re an expat in an English-speaking country, you, too, can choose any of the other English language models that fit you.
  • Future Digital Bundles and Compilation Discs. We’re doing some work now so that publishers will have options for great digital bundle and disc compilation offerings in the future. As we test this feature, we’ll be seeing more flexible combinations of game titles and game content.
  • ‘Like’ Game DVR clips. We’re adding the ability to ‘Like’ all your favorite Game DVR clips as well as activity feed items in SmartGlass.

Once again, thank you for your incredible support. You’ve helped us make E3 2014 a memorable one. But we have no intention of letting our foot off the gas. We can’t wait to roll out these new features in July as we pave the way for an amazing line-up of blockbusters and exclusives this holiday.

Pop the headphones on and listen to this special Binaural audio visit the the E3 Show Floor


Update: I’ve seen a lot of questions about how I captured this audio. Here is the equipment list:

Recorder: Zoom H1
Microphones: In-Ear Binaural Mics

Yup..pretty simple. I  record as WAV and upload to Soundcloud as a WAV. You want to avoid compression as much as possible to ensure maximum Binaural effect.