Wow, what an amazing day for Xbox fans. The Xbox E3 Briefing is now in the history books and included some great announcements about upcoming titles, new accessories, platform updates and a whole lot more. It’s easy to miss some of the news, so I’ve tried to summarize everything here:

First up, if you weren’t able to watch the Xbox E3 Briefing live, or if you just want to watch it again, you can find it here.

Xbox E3 2015 Briefing Announcements

Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3

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  • Halo 5: Guardians – 343 Industries’ Josh Holmes unveils the all-new multiplayer mode, Warzone and shows the world-premiere of a new behind-the-scenes video.
  • Phil Spencer – Phil participates in a live interview, talks about the biggest moments from the Xbox briefing, and answers fans’ top questions.
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition – The Coalition’s Rod Fergusson debuts an exclusive trailer, discusses the process of modernizing the first Gears of War, shares details on the multiplayer beta, and briefly touches on Gears of War 4.
  • Xbox One backward compatibility – We take a closer look at Xbox One backward compatibility for Xbox 360 games.
  • New Xbox One experience – The world-premiere of the new Xbox One experience and show for the first time Cortana in action on Xbox One.
  • Fable Legends – Lionhead Studios’ David Eckelberry announces a new Fable Legends character and debuts exclusive footage.
  • Rare Replay and Sea of Thieves – Rare’s Craig Duncan and Adam Park introduces Sea of Thieves and Rare Replay; recaps the studio’s rich legacy.
  • Beyond Eyes – We debut an exclusive behind-the-scenes video documentary from tiger & squid showing what it takes to create this beautiful indie game for Xbox One.
  • Elite: Dangerous – We show the world-premiere, exclusive gameplay footage and the new PVP mode.
  • The Behemoth – We offer the first look at an old favorite with Castle Crashers Remastered and the creators detail their new title, Game 4.
  • World of Tanks – TJ Wagner from makes exclusive announcements about the Xbox One beta and release dates for World of Tanks.

Xbox Wire Articles

Xbox One New Trailers and Videos

  • The Xbox YouTube channel uploaded dozens of new videos today showing off many of the new indie titles and other games coming to Xbox One.

We’re not done yet! The E3 show floor opens tomorrow, so watch my twitter account for more updates – and then tune in to the Tuesday edition of Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 starting at 7p ET/ 4p PT.

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, 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, 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!


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.

Microsoft Store at Westfield San Francisco Centre

The After Hours party is scheduled for 10p to 12a PST on Wednesday, 29 April at the Microsoft at Westfield San Francisco Centre. Use the Market Street entrance to get in.

Join me for an exclusive playable look at Rainbow Six Siege and PC gaming tournament featuring 5v5 gameplay. Those attending the event can get $20 off a Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Membership.

Check out the Facebook event page for more information about the After hours Gaming Event with Major Nelson.

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If you are an EA Access member, how would you like the opportunity to win a custom Battlefield Hardline Xbox One console and controller; a 12 month EA Access membership; and a copy of Battlefield Hardline?

One of the benefits of being an EA Access member is you can download upcoming EA games before the release date to try it out for a limited time.

EA Access members will have the opportunity to play Battlefield Hardline from March 12 – 16 (before it releases on March 17) and the chance to enter the Battlefield Hardline Play and Win Sweepstakes.

For more information on entering the sweepstakes, see the Official Rules here.


In anticipation of one of the biggest gaming events of the year, I will be at Microsoft at The Shops at Prudential Center on Thursday March 5 from 7-9 p.m. The Microsoft store and I will be hosting this free event with in-store gameplay and a sneak peek at games like Ori and the Blind Forest and ScreamRide along with the chance to win some great prizes. No PAX admission is necessary – this event is free and open to the public. In addition to hands-on game play, we’ll have some food and of course prizes including a pair of tickets to attend the sold out PAX East show.
The Facebook event page has complete details about the event as well. Let me know if you plan on attending. As a bonus for those of you who get there early (by 6 p.m.) The first 50 people in line will win a free digital copy of ScreamRide for Xbox One.

I hope to see you next week at Microsoft at The Shops at Prudential Center (800 Boylston Street, Suite 27, Boston, MA 02199) at 7 p.m.

Who: The Xbox Community

What:  Ori and the Blind Forest and ScreamRide and maybe win a pair of Tickets to PAX East.

When: Thursday, March 5th from 7pm – 9pm

Where: Microsoft at The Shops at Prudential Center

Why: Play games, win prizes and meet  other members of the Xbox Community. Free and open to everyone.

For a full list of what Xbox will be doing at PAX East, check out our Schedule of Events. You can also find more information at the official Xbox Events website or Xbox Wire.

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.

PAX Xbox Games
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.

WARRIORS OROCHI 3 UltimateIn celebration of the Evolve Xbox One game launch, Microsoft at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa will transform into an Evolve-themed atmosphere on Monday, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. with special guests and exciting activities for gamers. Lucky fans can join me and get the chance to meet the Evolve developers from Turtle Rock Studios, participate in a Q&A and get exclusive Evolve artwork posters and swag signed too.

The Microsoft store’s exclusive event will kick-off at 9 p.m. with early gameplay, including prizes and other giveaways. At 12:01 a.m., customers can pick up their pre-ordered game and continue the gameplay at home.

The first 150 fans who pick up their copy of Evolve for Xbox One at Microsoft at South Coast will have the chance to receive an exclusive Evolve gift bag. Additionally, anyone who pre-orders the game at a Microsoft store or via will receive a $10 Microsoft store gift card.

This Facebook event page has all the details of the launch event. Other event highlights include:

• Tons of giveaways that will be available via in-store raffle including an Xbox One, Xbox Live cards, Xbox Music cards and Xbox One controllers.

• Customers will be able to enjoy free swag and a gift-with-purchase including exclusive Evolve artwork poster, controller pouch and LED glasses.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you gamers there on Monday, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. at Microsoft at South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol Street, Suite 1249 Costa Mesa, CA 92626).

Instead of recording a podcast this week, join @thevowel, @jeffrubenstein, @lauralollipop and me this Thursday night, January 22nd at 9p ET/6p PT as we get together and talk about news from this week’s Windows 10 event including our thoughts on the Xbox app and HoloLens.

Find all of the details at my Google+ page  or click the video below once we’re live and watch it from here.

Click here to find out what time the Hangout starts in your time zone.

I’m here in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show for the Forza Motorsport 6 announcement and I can’t think of a better place in the world than the Motor City to reveal Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios have teamed up with Ford Motor Company to bring the all-new Ford GT supercar to the world of Forza. Having seen the car in person, all I can say is fans of the series are in for a wild ride.

The Forza Motorsport 6 cover will feature the Ford GT and the game will include other Ford performance vehicles including the Shelby GT350 and F-150 Raptor. Details about the game will be released later this year.

For more information related to this announcement, please visit the Ford website or Xbox Wire. For assets related to this announcement, please visit the following link: