It’s almost time for gamers to descend upon downtown Seattle once again for PAX West! The convention, running from September 1 through September 4, is one of the largest gaming events in North America, and Xbox has something for everyone planned throughout the weekend. Read on for details on the gameplay and activities you’ll find in our booth, multiple panels, Mixer streams, and PAX West sweepstakes.

Xbox Booth
North Hall, 4th Floor, Booths 403, 411, 417

Experience Xbox One’s largest, most diverse games lineup in the Xbox booth! There will be 13 different titles available to play, including Forza Motorsport 7, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Sea of Thieves, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Super Lucky’s Tale, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Cuphead, and so much more. You’ll also get the opportunity to go hands on with our newest and most powerful console: the Xbox One X!

In addition to games, try your hand at the Super Lucky’s Tale Claw Machine, take a picture in the Minecraft Experience, design a custom controller with Xbox Design Lab, learn more about Game Pass and Xbox Live, and see the Xbox One X up close. The Xbox Booth will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday and is only available to PAX West badge holders.

In addition to the activities found in the Xbox Booth, you can meet with Xbox employees and learn about some amazing non-profits in the Diversity Lounge, and sign up to test new Xbox products at the Microsoft User Research booth in the Skybridge Lobby!

Mixer
North Hall, 4th Floor, Booth #425

Come meet some of our most influential partners and streamers at the Mixer booth! We’ll have two streaming pod stations decked-out in high-tech PC and Xbox gear, where our partners will be streaming from the Mixer booth on the PAX West show floor. There will be a “fan zone” behind the streamers as well, so attendees can engage with and be a part of the streaming action!

The Mixer team will also be streaming a steady flow of developer interviews, gameplay from some of this year’s most anticipated titles, including other unique content via our streaming living room at center stage, and via our mobile camera crews walking the PAX West floor.

Can’t make it to PAX West in person? No problem! Watch all the action happening at PAX West via mixer.com/mixer. And don’t forget to stop by the Mixer booth to sign up for your Mixer account and to secure the first ever Mixer Pinny Arcade pin!

Xbox PAX West Panels

Come hear from members of the Xbox team at a variety of panels at PAX West. Check them out below!

The Evolution of the Gaming Industry: Fresh Voices in Gaming

Friday, September 1
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sandworm Theater (Sheraton, Level 2)

The gaming industry has evolved a lot over the years as new and emerging voices are calling for change and the industry is beginning to listen. Join Xbox’s Gaming for Everyone team as they host a discussion with industry influencers who are working to make gaming fun for everyone.

Helping Others Level Up: How Gaming Supports Healthcare

Friday, September 1
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sandworm Theater (Sheraton, Level 2)

Video games and virtual reality have incredible therapeutic potential within the hospital environment. In this panel, including Aaron Greenberg, you’ll learn how games can be used to support the healing process, and how YOU can make a difference at your local hospital.

Streaming 101: Starting Your Quest

Saturday, September 2
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hydra Theater (Grand Hyatt, Level 1)

Every streamer has to start somewhere. Seasoned streamers share the tools you need to begin your journey into the world of livestreaming. Join Mixer as we go over how to set up your channel, choose the right moderators, and go live with style.

Major Nelson Radio

Saturday, September 2
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wyvern Theater (Westin, Level 4)

We’ve been here since the beginning of PAX in the mid 2000’s. Over a decade later we’re still being allowed in. Quick, come see this live show before someone figures our scam out! Join Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, lollip0p, and JEF United as we record an episode of the award winning officially unofficial Xbox-centric podcast Major Nelson Radio LIVE in front of you, our studio audience. It will be an hour of awkward audience participation, Xbox prizes, guests, and maybe some fun. Maybe.

Details here!

Git Gud Ally: Beyond 101

Saturday, September 2
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Hippogriff Theater (Grand Hyatt, Level 1)

Design, development, and community folks across Xbox, Mixer, and Gaming for Everyone go beyond Inclusive 101 and share the exciting projects and initiatives they’re working on. The panel will discuss what their work means for you and what kind of dialog needs to continue to create the best inclusive experiences for gamers. This is a moderated panel with a focus on Gaming for Everyone followed by audience Q&A.

PAX Xbox Design Lab Sweepstakes

PAX West Controllers Image

Enter for a chance to win one of 10 Xbox Design Lab controllers, influenced by some of our favorite games. Xbox Design Lab allows you to create your own personal controller from over a billion different color combinations, metallic finishes, and rubberized grips. Check it out and design your own controller at xboxdesignlab.xbox.com.

There are two ways to enter:

  • Take a photo of your favorite Xbox Design Lab controller in the Xbox booth and share via Twitter using #XboxPAX #Sweepstakes. Don’t forget to follow @Xbox while you’re at it!
  • Follow @Xbox on Twitter and retweet one of their tweets mentioning the sweepstakes, including #XboxPAX #Sweepstakes.

You have until September 4 to enter. The contest is open to anyone from the US or Canada. Click through for the Official Rules.

This week kicks off gamescom 2017,  the “leading European trade fair for digital gaming culture and the meeting point for global companies from the entertainment industry and the international gaming community”. And yesterday, Xbox held their briefing to showcase all of the new hardware and games on display at this year’s gamescom. I wanted to provide a recap of all the news posts at Xbox Wire and videos posted on the YouTube channel so you can watch or rewatch all of the news from this event.

You can watch the full Xbox @ gamescom LIVE show here.

Here is a list of gamescom related news stories posted at Xbox Wire:

Bluehole, Inc and Microsoft Announce Expanded Partnership for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Forza Motorsport 7 Delivers the Ultimate PC Racing Experience

Xbox Game Pass Launches in 8 New Countries and Adds More Great Games this September

New Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundles Arriving October 10

Pre-Order the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition Now

Exclusive Trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of War Featuring Foes Old and New

World’s Most Powerful Console Makes European Debut and Kickstarts Global Pre-orders

In Sea of Thieves, Xbox One and Windows 10 PC Players Can Embark on Their Pirate Voyages Together

ReCore Definitive Edition Brings Players HDR, New Adventures and T8-NK Corebot!

Introducing the Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle

Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare Launches on September 26

Here are the gamescom related videos posted on the Xbox YouTube channel:

We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s briefing and look forward to showing fans more this week when gamescom officially kicks off.

Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief, posted some news about what Xbox has planned at gamescom this weekend. Details below:

gamescom is just around the corner and we can’t wait to kick the week off with Xbox @ gamescom Live this Sunday.

Don’t forget to tune in Sunday at 9:00pm CEST / 8:00pm BST / 12:00pm PDT so that you can be the first to hear the latest news on highly anticipated games coming to the Xbox family and Windows 10. We’ll have world premiere trailers and, of course, more about the most powerful console ever made, Xbox One X.

What’s more, you can sign in to your Microsoft account at Mixer.com and you’ll be in with a chance of winning lots of great prizes and be able to ask questions to the teams behind your favorite games. We’re excited to show you what we’ve been up to since E3, so be sure to tune in!

Here’s more info on Xbox @ gamescom Live and our other gamescom activities this weekend and into next week.

Xbox @ gamescom Live – Sunday, August 20 at 9:00pm CEST / 12:00pm PDT

This year’s show will be hosted by Graeme Boyd (aka @AceyBongos), Xbox Germany’s Maxi Graeff (@GMaxee), and Julia Hardy (@itsJuliaHardy). They’ll have news to share, games to show off, will sit down to talk with developers from fan favorite studios and play some of the year’s hottest games yet to be released. The stream will be hosted on Mixer.com and via the Mixer app. We’ll have three URLs for the show, the countdown for which begins one hour before the livestream begins.

Age of Empires @ gamescom Live – Monday, August 21 at 9:00pm CEST / 12:00pm PDT

On Monday, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Age of Empires franchise with a special livestream event in Cologne, alongside some of our biggest fans. The livestream will celebrate the rich history of the beloved PC game series, as well as give fans a first-look at Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, the beautifully remastered edition of the classic strategy game. We’ll be talking all things Age of Empires with some of the legendary developers who worked on the games as well as sharing some exciting news that you won’t want to miss – watch on the Age of Empires channel on www.mixer.com/AgeofEmpires or through the Mixer app.

Xbox Booth @ gamescom

Gamers in Germany will be able to get hands on Xbox One X for the first time at the Xbox booth when gamescom officially opens at the Koelnmesse on Tuesday, August 22. We’re back in Hall 8 of the Koelnmesse, North entrance, this year and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to play a wide collection of the games coming to Xbox over the next 12 months. See below for the show opening times:

  • Tuesday, August 22 – 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CEST (press/trade only day)
  • Wednesday, August 23 – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Thursday, August 24 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Friday, August 25 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Saturday, August 26 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST

Finally, for our fans in Germany, we’ve got another surprise. Today, we launched the German versions of Xbox Wire. Joining Xbox Wire en Espanol, which launched at E3, the site will be bringing our news daily to our biggest German fans in their native languages. Check in often for global and local news and features.

Throughout the week, we’ll be tweeting, live streaming and sharing news and content via social media – twitter, snapchat, Facebook, Mixer, etc, most often using the hashtag #XboxGC. Whether in person or online, you won’t want to miss what we have in store this year!

Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox, shares some details about the Annual ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House. Read it below:

Hi everyone!

We’d like to welcome you to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus on August 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for our annual Pre-PAX ID@Xbox Open House! If you’re planning to join us, please RSVP to this Eventbrite invite to ensure we have you registered.

You can play more than 50 awesome new games from amazing independent developers from all over the world, including seeing some of the very first games running on Xbox One X and Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets! We’ll also have a nice selection of first-party games from Microsoft Studios on hand too!

And of course, we’ll have some celebrity guests on hand as well, as well as our famous raffle — want to win a ticket to PAX, the super rare ID@Xbox Controller Pillow, or an Xbox One S? This is the place to do it!

No PAX Ticket Required to Attend!

This event is free and open to everyone (under 18 with parent or guardian, please)! It takes place at Microsoft’s Visitor Center in Building 92 in Redmond. We’ll also have bus service from the Washington State Convention Center (details below).

Here’s just a partial list of the games we’ll be showing:

  • PlayerUnknowns Battle Ground (PUBG) – Bluehole, Inc.
  • Black Desert – PearlAbyss
  • Cuphead – StudioMDHR
  • Ooblets – Double Fine/Glumberland
  • Aftercharge – Chainsawesome Games
  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Figment – Bedtime Digital Games
  • Hello Neighbor – tinyBuild
  • I, Hope – Arconyx Games
  • Little Triangle – Dreamoji
  • Moonlighter – 11bit Studios
  • Mulaka – Lienzo
  • Mutant Football League – Digital Dreams Entertainment
  • Nine Parchments – Frozenbyte
  • OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes – Cartoon Network Games
  • Path of Exile – Grinding Gear Games
  • Raiders of the Broken Planet – Mercury Steam
  • Road Redemption – Dark Seas Interactive
  • Robocraft Infinity – Freejam
  • Steven Universe: Save the Light – Cartoon Network Games
  • Strange Brigade – Rebellion
  • Streets of Rogue – tinyBuild
  • theHunter: Call of the Wild – Avalanche Studios
  • Unruly Heroes – Magic Design Studios
  • Yoku’s Island Express – Team17 Digital Ltd.

There’s just too many to list! You’ll have to come to see the rest.

Details:

ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House
Microsoft Visitors Center
15010 NE 36th Street, Building 92, Microsoft Campus, Redmond, WA 98052
There’s free on-site parking

Complimentary buses from Stewart Transportation will also transport attendees from the Washington State Convention Center to building 92. The first buses will leave the convention center at 4:30 p.m. from their Bus/Shuttle stop area.

Note: Our facilities are ADA compliant. If you need additional accommodations to attend the event, please let us know by emailing ID@xbox.com.

Don’t forget to RSVP here and we look forward to seeing you at our ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House!

Larry Hryb 👶🏼 @majornelson

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Xbox FanFest will give 300 lucky fans a one-of-a-kind experience at gamescom, the world’s largest video game consumer show. The Xbox FanFest gamescom Ticket will include:

*Exclusive access to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s “Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – Legendary War Party” event on Tuesday evening, August 22nd.

*Exclusive access to “Xbox FanFest FanCave” experience on Wednesday night, August 23rd.

*Special access to games in the Xbox booth during gamescom’s Consumer Days, Wednesday – Saturday.

*Meet and greet some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.

*Other surprises.

Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017 – FAQ

How can I get an Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017 ticket?

Most of the 300 tickets will be distributed via a random drawing this year. Fans will need to submit their names and email addresses via the online tool below. Once the tool closes, names will be randomly pulled and winners will be notified by email on Friday, August 11th. Winners will have 48 hours to fill out their registration page and receive their official e-ticket or their slot will be given to another randomly chosen winner. All winners must be 18 years old and older. IDs will be verified at check-in at gamescom.

How long is the random drawing open?

The tool will be open starting today, Monday, August 7th until Thursday, August 10th at 12:00pm PT; 21:00 CET.

Is there an age-minimum to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017?

Yes, every ticket-holder must be 18 years of age and older. We will require a valid, government-issued, picture ID (driver’s license, passport) as part of check-in.  Microsoft reserves the right to turn away any person not 18 years old or older at time of check-in, even if the person is holding a valid ticket.

How many Xbox FanFest tickets can I get?

One ticket; one person – tickets are non-transferable and cannot be resold.

Microsoft reserves the right to cancel, change or suspend this promotion at any time, and may rescind any ticket or gift awarded due to cheating, technology failure, or any other unforeseen issue that compromises the integrity of the promotion.

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?

FanFest activities are only on Tuesday, August 22nd and Wednesday, August 23rd.

Will the FanFest attendees get tickets to gamescom this year as has happened in the past?

Xbox FanFest will not provide gamescom tickets to either the Industry Day (Tuesday) or Consumer Days (Wednesday – Saturday).


Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017 Ticket Giveaway

Winners will be contacted via email after the drawing closes. To enter, provide:

  • First and last name
  • Email address to contact you (make sure it’s correct)
  • Date of Birth
  • Xbox Live Gamertag
Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017

Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017

Auch in diesem Jahr findet im Rahmen der gamescom das große Xbox FanFest statt. Mit dem FanFest-Ticket erhalten Fans Zugang zu exklusiven Veranstaltungen, spielen die neuesten Xbox Games auf  Xbox One X und treffen Top-Entwickler und das Xbox-Team vor Ort.

Das erwartet Dich auf dem FanFest

Mit dem FanFest-Ticket wird eine Vielzahl verschiedener exklusiver Aktivitäten angeboten:

  • Dienstagnachmittag, 22. August: Exklusiver Zutritt zur Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – Legendary War Party von Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Mittwochabend, 23. August: Exklusiver Zutritt zum Xbox FanFest Fan-Cave-Erlebnis am
  • Mittwoch bis Samstag, 22. August bis 26. August: Exklusiver Zugang zu Spielen am Xbox-Stand.
  • Meet and Greet mit einigen Top-Entwicklern, Influencern und dem Xbox-Team
  • Weitere tolle Überraschungen

So sicherst Du Dir das FanFest-Ticket

In diesem Jahr werden 300 Tickets per Zufall ausgelost. Registriere Dich für eine Teilnahme mit Namen und Email-Adresse über das untenstehende Online-Tool auf www.majornelson.com. Am Freitag, den 11. August, erfährst Du, ob Du gewonnen hast. Schließe innerhalb von 48 Stunden nach Benachrichtigung Deine Registrierung ab und sichere Dir das heißbegehrte FanFest-Ticket. Verstreicht die Zeit, wird der Slot einem anderen zufälligen Gewinner zugeteilt.

Alle Gewinner müssen 18 Jahre oder älter sein. Verifiziert wird das Alter vor Ort beim Check-In über eine gültige ID (Personalausweis, Führerschein oder Reisepass). Für jede Person ist ein Ticket vorgesehen – Tickets sind nicht übertragbar oder wiederverkäuflich.

Die Anmeldung zum FanFest ist ab sofort auf www.majornelson.com verfügbar. Eine Anmeldung ist bis zum 10. August um 22:00 Uhr möglich.

Wichtig: Das Fanfest-Ticket erlaubt Dir keinen Zugang zur gamescom, weder am Fachbesuchertag (Dienstag), noch an den Privatbesuchertagen (Mittwoch bis Samstag). Alle Fanfest-Aktionen finden am Dienstag und Mittwoch statt.


*No Purchase Necessary. Open only to persons 18 years of age or older who are attending gamescom 2017. Giveaway ends 8/10/17. For full details, see Official Rules.

Here at Xbox, we’re still buzzing from our fans’ reaction to our news at E3 – from the unveiling of the Xbox One X to the 42 games shown on our stage. But we’re only just getting started.  Today, we’re pleased to announce that in August we’re coming to Cologne, Germany for gamescom 2017. This will be the first time Xbox One X will be on the ground in Europe and we’ll have a huge line up of 27 playable games for the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PC from developers around the world, including Forza Motorsport 7, Age of Empires Definitive Edition and Sea of Thieves.

Here’s a rundown of what we’ll be up to throughout the week:

Xbox @ gamescom Live

Tune in on Sunday, August 20, at 9:00pm CEST, 12:00pm PDT to a special Xbox @ gamescom live show to get latest news and announcements on Xbox One X.

The show will be hosted by Graeme Boyd (aka @AceyBongos) and Xbox Germany’s Maxi Graeff (@GMaxee). They’ll have news to share, games to show off, will sit down to talk with developers from fan favorite studios and play some of the year’s hottest games yet to be released. There will even be a few surprises and giveaways along the way, so be sure to tune in on mixer.com or watch via the mixer app.

Age of Empires @ gamescom Live

On Monday, August 21, starting at 9:00pm CEST, 12:00pm PDT, Microsoft will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Age of Empires franchise with a special livestream event in Cologne, alongside some of our biggest fans. The livestream will celebrate the rich history of the beloved PC game series, as well as give fans a first-look at Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, the beautifully remastered edition of this bona fide classic we announced at E3 last month.  We’ll be talking all things Age of Empires with some of the legendary developers who worked on the games as well as sharing some exciting news that fans will not want to miss – watch on mixer.com or through the mixer app.

We’ll share more details on how you can attend in person very soon.

Xbox FanFest @ gamescom

We will again be hosting an Xbox FanFest experience for our fans who are attending gamescom 2017. FanFest will begin on Tuesday, August 22nd.  We will be sharing more details on our plans soon and look forward to seeing you there!

Xbox Booth @ gamescom

When gamescom officially opens at the Koelnmesse on Tuesday, August 22, gamers in Germany will be able to get hands on Xbox One X for the first time at the Xbox booth. We’re back in Hall 8 of the Koelnmesse, North entrance, this year and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to play a wide collection of the games coming to Xbox over the next 12 months. See below for the show opening times:

  • Tuesday, August 22 – 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CEST (press/trade only day)
  • Wednesday, August 23 – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Thursday, August 24 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Friday, August 25 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Saturday, August 26 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST

And throughout the week, we’ll be tweeting, live streaming and sharing news and content via social media – Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Mixer, etc, most often using the hashtag #XboxGC. Whether in person or online, you won’t want to miss what we have in store this year!

For more information and coverage about Xbox @ gamescom 2017 – check out Xbox Wire.

On Tuesday, June 20 between 8:00AM UTC and 10:00AM UTC (4:00AM ET and 6:00AM ET), we will be performing scheduled maintenance that will affect Xbox 360 titles and services.

Please note this maintenance will also impact Xbox 360 backward compatible titles on Xbox One.

All other Xbox One titles and services will not be affected.  If you’re playing an Xbox 360 title during the maintenance, you may be disconnected from Xbox Live one or more times.

For the latest information during the maintenance, check the Xbox Live service status message at http://support.xbox.com/xbox-live-status. For support help, be sure to hit up @XboxSupport on Twitter or make a “Support” post on the forums.

On Thursday, April 27 between 8:00AM UTC and 10:00AM UTC (4:00AM ET and 6:00AM ET), we will be performing scheduled maintenance that will affect Xbox 360 titles and services.

Please note this maintenance will also impact Xbox 360 backward compatible titles on Xbox One.

All other Xbox One titles and services will not be affected.  If you’re playing an Xbox 360 title during the maintenance, you may be disconnected from Xbox Live one or more times.
For the latest information during the maintenance, check the Xbox Live service status message at http://support.xbox.com/xbox-live-status. For support help, be sure to hit up @Xboxsupport on Twitter.