It’s that time of the year again: E3 is just a few weeks away! That means now is the perfect time to start sharing some of our plans for one of the gaming industry’s biggest annual events.

Today, we’re announcing the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing will take place Monday, June 13, beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT. During the briefing, you’ll have a chance to check out everything from in-depth looks at previously-announced games to trailers for our unannounced titles coming in 2016 and beyond. You can watch the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing live beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT on June 13 on, the Xbox Twitch Channel, via the Xbox Live Events Player on Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, or on the big screen at your local Microsoft store. You can also watch the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing on Spike TV in the U.S. and Canada at 9:30 a.m. PDT / 12:30 p.m. EDT.


For more Xbox news at E3, we’re also happy to share that we’ll be bringing back Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3, our live news show that covers all things Xbox at E3 – from breaking news and exclusive announcements to trailer reveals and interviews with game creators. I will be hosting the one-hour show with Graeme Boyd, Xbox Live’s Acey Bongos, and will include a variety of guest stars and prominent industry figures. Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 will air on Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT, and can be streamed live on Xbox One, on (both on your desktop and on mobile), on Xbox 360, and on the Xbox Twitch Channel.  Each show will also have interactive experiences created just for fans watching live on Xbox One.

This year, Xbox is partnering with Twitch to bring gaming fans wall-to-wall coverage of the entire week of E3. Go behind the scenes, catch the latest announcements, and watch the best Xbox games in real-time. You’ll be able to watch everything on the Xbox Twitch channel from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, June 15, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday, June 16.

Finally, if you’re in LA during E3 week, we’ve got something even bigger for you. Once again, Xbox will be giving 500 lucky fans a ticket for exclusive access to Xbox FanFest: E3 2016. The Xbox FanFest: E3 2016 is from Monday, June 13, through Wednesday, June 15. Tickets will include:

  • Entry into the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing on Monday, June 13th, 9:30 a.m. PDT at the Galen Center
  • Access to a special Forza Motorsport event at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Monday afternoon, June 13th.
  • A can’t-miss “Fan Celebration” event on Tuesday evening, June 14th, at the Premiere House at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center.
  • A custom-built backpack filled with gaming swag
  • Play time with all-new exclusives and our biggest blockbuster games coming this holiday
  • The chance to meet some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.
  • Even more surprise events during the week.

Today, we’re happy to share some new 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. Fans can line up at the Microsoft store at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles starting on Saturday, June 11 at 10:00 p.m. PDT. Credentials will be distributed to the first 500 fans in line, then FanFest tickets will be distributed to credential holders the following morning, Sunday, June 12 at 11:00 a.m. PDT. The Microsoft store is located at 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. Lining up will take place near the Food Court, located on level 2. Be sure to hit the official Xbox FanFest: E3 2016 page for complete details and an FAQ.

We’re also excited to share information on more of what you’ll receive if you’re one of those 500 lucky fans. In addition to already announced goodies like entry into the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing and a custom-built backpack full of gaming swag, FanFest attendees will be invited to a special Forza Motorsport event at the Petersen Automotive Museum on the afternoon of Monday, June 13 and a can’t-miss “Fan Celebration” event on the evening of Tuesday, June 14 at the Premiere House at Regal LA Live.

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 air on Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT, and can be streamed live on Xbox One, on (both on your desktop and on mobile), on Xbox 360, and on the Xbox Twitch Channel. Today, we’re excited to reveal that Jessica Chobot and Julia Hardy will be joining Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s Acey Bongos) and I as hosts of the show.

You’ll also be able to catch an Xbox Briefing Post-Show Special with Geoff Keighley and other surprise guests on the YouTube Live @ E3 show. The dedicated 30-minute Xbox show kicks off Monday, June 13 at 4 p.m. PDT and will break down and dive deeper into some of the hottest news coming out of our briefing.

Head on over to the Xbox E3 Online Experience for more information, as well as rules and regulations, on Xbox FanFest: E3 2016. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

These are just a few of the activities Xbox has planned for the week, so stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest updates on E3 2016!

Whether you’re attending PAX East or following from home, you can join in the fun and enter to win an Xbox One and custom controller featuring designs inspired by Gears of War 4, Quantum Break, Overwatch, Mirrors Edge Catalyst, and IGN.  Best of all there’s no purchase necessary!


Snap and share a photo of one of our custom controller designs with #XboxSweepstakes or retweet @Xbox’s #XboxSweepstakes post during the sweepstakes, which runs from April 21 through April 24.  For more details and all of the legal stuff, be sure check out the Official Rules.

If you’re at PAX East, stop by the Xbox Booth (we’re in 5044 and 6044) to check out these custom controllers in person and play some of the most anticipated upcoming titles and new releases.  We’ll be featuring Gears of War 4, Quantum Break, Forza Motorsport 6 Porsche Expansion, Mirrors Edge Catalyst, Overwatch, and Cuphead.

Get immersed in the year’s most unique gaming experience at our Quantum Break photo booth or visit our unique ombre styling salon in honor of our new ombre fade finished controllers, Dusk Shadow and Copper Shadow.

Shadow Controllers


Gears Esports Pro League Season 2 Finals starting Saturday April 23rd at 11:00 am at the ESL stage or tune in on Twitch.

Major Nelson Radio Podcast Panel starting Saturday, April 23rd at 4:00 pm in the Dragonfly theater. Details here.

Out of the Shadows: Inside Gears of War Multiplayer with The Coalition panel starting Sunday, April 24th 10:30 am in the Albatross Theater. Details here.

Halo Championship Series Pro League Invitational starting Sunday April 24th at 11:30 am at the ESL stage or tune in on Twitch. Details here.

Check out the Xbox Events Page for full details and all of the latest on Xbox at PAX East. Hope to see you there!

PAX East is one of the premiere gaming shows and is being held from April 22-24 in Boston, MA. Specifics about what Xbox has planned will be announced soon (and I will share them here) but I can confirm I will be there with a couple of my regular podcast co-hosts for the Major Nelson Radio PAX East 2016 panel. Also scheduled to join us during the panel – Aaron Keller, Assistant Game Director for Overwatch: Origins Edition, coming to Xbox One on 24 May.

PAX East

The first 500 fans attending the panel will receive an Overwatch Early Access Beta key for Xbox One (full details about the Overwatch beta here). I’ll also be giving away some other cool prizes including Xbox One games, accessories and Xbox One 500GB Name Your Game Bundle.

Major Nelson Radio

Saturday, April 23, 4:00PM – 5:00PM,  Dragonfly Theatre

We’ve been here since the beginning of PAX East in 2010. Six years later we are still being allowed in. Quick, come see this live show before someone figures it 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 a you, our studio audience.

It will be an hour of awkward audience participation, Xbox prizes, guests, and maybe some fun.


Note: Due to legacy commonwealth blue laws, clowns and/or open toed shoes are not permitted before, during, or after this session. Please plan accordingly.


See the official PAX East Schedule here.

If I’m not at my podcast panel, you may find me attending other panels, walking around the showroom floor or hanging out at the Xbox booth. If you see me say hi.

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.


Tom Clancy’s The Division is scheduled to release on 08 March and we’re celebrating the midnight launch at the Microsoft Flagship Store on Fifth Ave in New York City.

If you’re in the area, join me for an evening of food, music and prizes plus gameplay and special guests, including from Ubisoft’s Red Storm Studio, Producer Tony Sturtzel (@TeeSturtz) and Game Director Terry Spier (@The_Spier). We’re also going to have Twitch streamers Swiftor and Futureman Gaming on site streaming from the store with fans.

There will be a chance to win exclusive Tom Clancy’s The Division items, and the first 200 customers to purchase Tom Clancy’s The Division for Xbox One will also receive a limited-edition poster as a gift.

Time: Monday, March 7 – 9:00p ET to Tuesday, March 8 – 1:00a ET (lineup begins at 8:00p ET)

Location: Microsoft Flagship Store on Fifth Ave (677 5th Ave, New York, New York 10022) (Directions)

A general view of the atmosphere at the grand opening of the new Microsoft Flagship Store on Fifth Ave. on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in New York. (Mark VonHolden/Invision for Microsoft/AP Images)

Notes: Complimentary credentials will be distributed to the first 200 people in line at 8:00 PM ET on March 7. Each credential will be your ticket for the array of raffle prizes announced that night. In the event that more than 200 people arrive at the same time when the line opens at 8:00 PM ET we will randomly select the 200 lucky winners to receive credentials. Arriving prior to 8:00 PM ET does not increase your chances of winning the credentials. You must be 18 years or older to participate.

For more details about the event – check out the Microsoft Store’s Tom Clancy’s The Division NYC Event page.

For more details or to pre-order the game – check out my blog post.

NOTE: If you don’t live in the area or are unable to make the event – don’t worry, I have an opportunity for you to win a “Tom Clancy’s The Division Limited Edition Xbox One Console” + copies of the game. You can find all of the details here.

I’m looking forward to the release of Tom Clancy’s The Division and can’t think of a better place to celebrate the launch than in New York City where the game takes place. If you don’t live in the area or can’t make it to the event, don’t worry – I have some special plans for my online followers too (details coming soon), so keep checking back or follow me on Twitter for all of the latest information.

I hope to see you in New York.

💬 Larry Hryb @majornelson

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I am looking forward to co-hosting the big event later this month.  Here is the press release about the event we shared today via Xbox Wire:

Xbox and YouTube team up for one-of-a-kind “Halo 5: Guardians” launch celebration

“Halo 5: Live” broadcast and global fan events commemorate biggest game launch in Xbox history.

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 15, 2015 — Halo fans around the world will join together on Oct. 26 to celebrate the global launch of “Halo 5: Guardians,” one of the most anticipated games of 2015. Streaming exclusively on YouTube, “Halo 5: Live,” a six-hour live broadcast, will kick off at 6 p.m. EDT on Oct. 26 and culminate at midnight when “Halo 5: Guardians” goes on sale in North America. The broadcast will feature exclusive gameplay reveals, celebrity appearances, live interviews with the 343 Industries development team and much more.

“Halo 5: Guardians” is the most ambitious addition to the $4.6 billion sci-fi franchise to date, bringing together a gripping story, deep character narrative and teamwork-based gameplay. As a mysterious and unstoppable force threatens the universe, the Master Chief has gone AWOL and the UNSC’s elite man hunter, Spartan Locke, is tasked with hunting him down. As the pursuit unfolds, players can band together in a four-player cooperative epic that spans three worlds, or challenge friends and rivals in new multiplayer modes.1

“‘Halo 5: Guardians’ is the game we have always dreamed of making, and it was important to us that Halo fans in every corner of the world could join us in an epic-scale launch celebration,” said Bonnie Ross, corporate vice president and head of 343 Industries. “Whether they tune into the live broadcast on YouTube or come out and celebrate with us in person at one of our global fan events, we hope Halo Nation will help make ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ the biggest game launch in history.


The “Halo 5: Live” broadcast will connect millions of fans around the world, allowing viewers to watch, comment and virtually participate in multiple launch celebrations held in key international cities. Microsoft is reinventing the traditional video game launch, inviting fans to join in the celebration, no matter where they are located. Festivities currently planned include the following:

* The world premiere of “Halo: The Fall of Reach” episode one, the new animated series that tells the dramatic tale of the origin and intrigue behind the SPARTAN program that propelled characters like the Master Chief and Dr. Catherine Halsey into the pantheon of Halo lore.2

* The first Xbox roundtable featuring the writers behind “Halo 5: Guardians” and Nathan Fillion, the voice of Spartan Buck.

* Special documentaries will get up close and personal with Halo superfans around the world, showcasing what makes Halo Nation unlike any other community in gaming.

* A lucky fan in Australia will play “Halo 5: Guardians” from a helicopter flying over Sydney, as gameplay is broadcasted via a screen suspended from a second helicopter.

* In London, iconic entertainment venue The Roundhouse will transform into a “Halo 5: Guardians” celebration, with a friendly tournament between four teams of YouTube creators and fans. U.K. fans can win a chance to attend the London event by visiting

* In celebration of a Halo superfan from Japan who has played over 10,000 hours of Halo, Master Chief and Agent Locke action figurines will travel to the edge of space for the most epic Gamertag selfie.

* A Taiwanese cosplayer will bring his passion for the Master Chief to life when he collaborates with one of the hottest jewelry designers in Australia to recreate the Master Chief’s helmet with more than 30,000 Swarovski crystals. The one-of-a-kind helmet will be unveiled during the show and kick-start a chance for gamers around the world to bid on it for charity.

* In New Zealand, Halo fans will converge at the close of the Armageddon Expo for multiplayer sessions, cosplay displays and more.

* In Hong Kong, a real-life course inspired by the new “Halo 5: Guardians” competitive Arena multiplayer mode, “Breakout,” will be constructed, putting Halo fans into real 4v4 combat.

* In New York City, a special fan destination will take place at the brand new flagship store Microsoft at Fifth Ave. and 53rd St., located in the heart of Manhattan and culminating in the midnight launch of “Halo 5: Guardians.”

“Millions of our fans around the world are waiting in anticipation of the launch of ‘Halo 5: Guardians,’ so we wanted to do something special for them and launch a video game in a way that has never been done before,” said Aaron Greenberg, head of games marketing for Xbox. “We are excited to stream the ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ launch exclusively through YouTube so fans can share in a New Year’s Eve-like countdown moment together.”

Special fan events will take place at all Microsoft stores. All stores will be streaming the “Halo 5: Live” broadcast and are offering an exclusive Halo poster with a $25 purchase, early gameplay and more for the midnight launch of “Halo 5: Guardians.” Fans can also enter a sweepstakes to win a trip for two to Seattle for a tour of the Xbox and 343 studios. More information can be found on the Microsoft store Facebook page.

The full “Halo 5: Live” launch day programming lineup will be announced soon. Additional “Halo 5: Live” details can be found at

Windows 10 Fan Celebration

I’ll be in New York City this Wednesday evening, July 29th for a special invitation only Windows 10 Fan Celebration.  With Xbox and gaming a big part of Windows 10 – I was able to secure 50 invitations for a few lucky Xbox Fans. If you will be in the New York City area this Wednesday evening (July 29th) and would like to attend, please email me (major at Xbox -dot com with the subject line NYC) by Monday (July 27th) evening at 11:59pm ET. Note: Deadline to send me email has passed. No more emails please.

On Tuesday morning, I’ll randomly choose 50 winners and email those chosen with details.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

  • If you are randomly selected, you’ll receive an email from me Tuesday afternoon with the time/location of the event Wednesday evening.
  • If chosen, you’ll be on my guest list with two passes under your name – one for you and one for a guest.
  • Due to alcohol being served at the event, all attendees must be 21 and over.

Thanks and hopefully I’ll see you Wednesday night.


Here is a look at what you can do with the Xbox app on Windows 10

The final Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show aired yesterday – and it was a big show. Fans went crazy when Kudo Tsunoda took to the stage holding HoloLens. You can watch that and all the other news and announcements by clicking the link below. I’ve also summarized the other content from the show and articles posted on the Xbox Wire. Check it out and enjoy the rest of E3.

Watch the video Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show (Monday).

Watch the video Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show (Tuesday).

Watch the video Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show (Wednesday).

    Here’s a summary of the content shown on the Wednesday (and final) show:

  • Halo 5: Guardians – 343 Industries’ Frank O’Conner and Kiki Wolfkill discussed the campaign story and the Limited Edition exclusive Halo The Fall of Reach animated series. More details here.
  • Kudo Tsunoda – Microsoft Studios’ Kudo Tsunoda recapped the biggest Xbox news coming out of E3 2015 and talked about gaming on Microsoft HoloLens and Windows 10.
  • ID@Xbox – Director of ID@Xbox, Chris Charla talked about some of the amazing new independent games coming to Xbox.
  • Forza Motorsport 6 – We debuted an exclusive video of Graeme Boyd’s recent visit to Le Mans for a closer look at the Forza Motorsport 6 cover car, Ford’s new GT.
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition – Rod Fergusson from The Coalition returned to talk about the in-progress beta.
  • Gigantic – We debuted exclusive footage of the Creatures and their role within Gigantic and talked about the importance of teamwork tactics.
  • Killer Instinct – Ken Lobb introduced the next chapter in the fan-favorite Killer Instinct franchise.
  • Summer Spotlight – We revealed the first glimpse at the Xbox One Summer Spotlight program.
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and Tom Clancy’s The Division –Ryan Barnard, director for Tom Clancy’s The Division, and Scott Mitchell, animation art designer for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege talked about two of the most anticipated video games in Clancy history.
  • Cuphead – We hosted an exclusive live demo of the Cuphead creators trying to conquer a challenging boss battle in this Xbox One exclusive.
  • Ashen – We showed the first details on this innovative multiplayer action RPG straight from the creators.

Xbox Wire Articles

Xbox One New Trailers and Videos

  • The Xbox YouTube channel continues to upload many of the trailers being shown at E3 so keep checking their video library to see all the latest and greatest footage of the games, accessories and updates coming to Xbox One.

While E3 still has another day left, that was the final episode of Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3. I’ll be headed back to Redmond soon, and am very excited to continue working on delivering everything we showed off at this year’s E3. An E3 many are calling our best ever.

Technically, yesterday was the first official day of E3 2015, and once the doors were open to the fans, it didn’t take long for the Xbox booth to fill up with gamers eager to try everything we showed off in the Xbox E3 Briefing. It was also another great day for the Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show.

Watch the video Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show (Monday).

Watch the video Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show (Tuesday).

    Here’s a summary of the content shown on the Tuesday show:

  • Halo 5: Guardians E3 HoloLens Experience – We showed a behind-the-scenes look at the Halo 5: Guardians Warzone experience, created exclusively for E3, all brought to life through HoloLens.
  • Halo 5: Guardians – 343 Industries studio head Josh Holmes, lead multiplayer developer William Archbell, and senior environmental artist Wade Mulhern joined Major Nelson to answer fans’ questions about Warzone and more.
  • Forza Motorsport 6 – Turn 10’s Dan Greenawalt talked about technical details of Forza Motorsport 6 and revealed a few new racing accessories.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider – Brian Horton from Crystal Dynamics discussed the highly anticipated next installment in the Tomb Raider franchise coming exclusively to Xbox this holiday.
  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller – We showed more about the new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, David Prien, senior development program manager, Xbox Accessories, and Mike “Strongside” Cavanaugh, 343 Industries Pro Team member showed how the advanced controller is built to meet the rigorous demands of hardcore, competitive-level gamers on the console and Windows 10.
  • Oculus Rift – Nate Mitchell from Oculus talked about the latest details of the Rift and how the Xbox One controller and Xbox games are playing a role.
  • Toy Soldiers: War Chest – We debuted an exclusive first look at a demo of the new game and showed the split-screen two-player mode.
  • Just Cause 3 and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Jean-Francois Dugas, executive game director, and Roland Lesterlin, game director, offered an exclusive look at two highly anticipated Square Enix titles.
  • ION – Developer Dean Hall introduced ION, an ambitious project following the success of DayZ.
  • LEGO Dimensions – Mark Warburton, associate producer for Warner Bros.’ TT Games, shared more details about LEGO Dimensions.
  • Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 – Justin Wiebe and Sarah Jansson from PopCap talked about the newly announced Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.

Xbox Wire Articles

Xbox One New Trailers and Videos

  • The Xbox YouTube channel continues to upload many of the trailers being shown at E3 so keep checking their video library to see all the latest and greatest footage of the games, accessories and updates coming to Xbox One.

There’s more to come when the E3 show floor opens here in a bit, so watch my twitter account for more updates – and then tune in to the Wednesday edition of Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 starting at 7p ET/ 4p PT.