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.

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.

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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 Microsoftstore.com 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: http://news.xbox.com/media.

While you’ll be able to watch The Game Awards 2014 from the comfort of your home on December 5th (full details forthcoming), the best way to watch is in person. From the front row. The Game Awards founder Geoff Keighley certainly agrees, because he’s gifted us a cache of tickets for Xbox fans.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time for a Las Vegas Microsoft Store Meetup.

On Thursday December 4th at 7pm, I’ll be hosting a special fan meetup at the Microsoft Store Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas, where we’ll be gifting The Game Awards 2014 tickets to the first 100 attendees. We’ll also have Xbox One games to play, and conduct a special raffle for a pair of front row seats, Xbox One bundles, and other prizes.

What: Major Nelson’s The Game Awards 2014 Event

Where: Microsoft retail store at Fashion Show Mall

3200 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

When: Thursday, December 4th. Line for The Game Awards tickets will form at 5pm. Meetup activities start at 7pm.

Cost: FREE

What happens if I do not win The Game Awards 2014 ticket, may I still attend the event? Yes! We’ll be running games of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, and Forza Horizon 2, and raffling off other prizes

The Game Awards ticket raffle details (read carefully!): Begin lining up at 5 p.m. where we’ll be raffling off 100 tickets to the Game Awards 2014 show on December 5! 100 lucky winners will each win one ticket to the show. This Microsoft store event is free to the public. You must be 18 to attend The Game Awards. No exceptions – ID will be checked!

For more details, please visit http://msft.it/MajorNelsonLV. See you there!

Update as of 11, November @ 7:25p ET/4:25 PT:

  • It is only working in console right now. Xbox.com still shows it as “not available.”
  • We are unlocking the standard edition of Sunset Overdrive. You will still see a purchase price for the Day One Edition and Deluxe edition.
  • The game is showing up for free in the Gold Lounge, so that’s probably the fastest to find it.
    On the Xbox One Home Screen, clicking in the lower right slot that promotes Gold discounts will show the free Sunset offer.

Free weekend is now over! But Gold members get a 15% discount on the Day One Edition & Deluxe editions of @SunsetOverdrive now through Mon, Nov 24 midnight PT (2/2)

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To celebrate the first anniversary of Xbox One’s launch, Microsoft and Insomniac Games are inviting all Xbox Live Gold members to a taste of the Awesomepocalypse.

Beginning Saturday, November 22nd at 12.01 Eastern Time, Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One will get to play Sunset Overdrive for free for 24 hours. This is the full game; players will earn achievements and be able to save how far they progress during that 24 hour span. If you decide to purchase the game at a later point, you will be able to start again right where you left off.

Sunset Overdrive’s 8-player cooperative multiplayer experience, Chaos Squad, will also be available for everyone tomorrow. Please note: Chaos Squad must be unlocked by playing a certain amount into the campaign.

After the weekend, the Insomniac Games All-Star team will showcase several new weapons that will be available soon. Tune into the Xbox Twitch channel on Monday, Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time to see what’s on the way.