The final Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom show aired earlier today and my co-hosts Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s AceyBongos), Julia Hardy and I had the opportunity to welcome a number of special guests to the stage while showing off exclusive game footage for many of the titles mentioned in the Xbox gamescom 2015 briefing.

You can watch the show in its entirety here:

For a breakdown of the show segments with timestamps, the Xbox Wire has you covered.

You can find the Xbox gamescom 2015 briefing and both Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom shows here

Here’s a recap of today’s gamescom announcements:

Xbox Wire articles

gamescom 2015: Xbox Unveils More of Its Greatest Games Lineup in History

gamescom 2015: FIFA 16 Lets You Turn Your Team Into Soccer Heroes

gamescom 2015: Superhot’s Slick Look Belies its Strategic Challenge

gamescom 2015: Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Is Prettier (and Grittier) Than Ever

gamescom 2015: Mafia III Tackles Serious Subjects in 1960s New Orleans

Xbox YouTube videos

Xbox and Windows 10 – Great Games Coming to Windows 10

Battleborn: Can’t Get Enough (Gamescom 2015 Trailer)

Fable Legends – An all-new shared adventure in Albion

Mafia III Worldwide Reveal Trailer

That was the last Xbox Daily: LIVE show, at least until the next event. Keep checking my blog and Xbox Wire for all of your Xbox gaming related news.

 

 

The new Xbox Chatpad announced at the Xbox gamescom 2015 briefing is now available for pre-order from the Microsoft Store and other major retailers. The Xbox Chatpad is expected to release on 27 October for $34.99 USD. Price and availability may vary by region.

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Type to your buddies, enter codes, and find new apps in a snap with the Xbox Chatpad. It plugs into your Xbox One wireless controller, putting a backlit keypad and headset audio controls right at your fingertips. It also has two programmable keys for quick access to your apps. Includes chat/mono headset with 3.5mm jack.

And coming in mid-2016 on Xbox One only, two new programmable buttons will give you access to your favorite features like Game DVR, screenshots or apps at the touch of a button.

The Xbox Chatpad is compatible with all Xbox One controllers and works with Xbox One and Windows 10.

Pre-order Xbox Chatpad from the Microsoft Store

Pre-order Xbox Chatpad from Amazon

The Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom show aired earlier today and my co-hosts Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s AceyBongos), Julia Hardy and I had the opportunity to welcome a number of special guests to the stage while showing off exclusive game footage for many of the titles mentioned in the Xbox gamescom 2015 briefing.

You can watch the show in its entirety here:

For a breakdown of the show segments with timestamps, the Xbox Wire has you covered.

Here’s a recap of today’s gamescom announcements:

Xbox Wire articles

gamescom 2015: Xbox One Backward Compatibility Launches in November with Over 100 Xbox 360 Titles

gamescom 2015: Dark Souls III is a True Killer App

Forza Motorsport 6 Celebrates gamescom with New European Rides Added to the Garage

gamescom 2015: Rainbow Six Siege Rewards Team Players and Destroys Everyone Else

gamescom 2015: Lara Croft Fears Nothing in Rise of the Tomb Raider

Xbox YouTube videos

FINAL FANTASY XV – “DAWN” gamescom 2015 Trailer

FIFA 16 – FUT Legends Reveal, Only On Xbox

Forza Horizon 2 Playground Select Car Pack

Tune in tomorrow and watch the second and final Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom show right here:

You can find more information about Xbox at gamescom including details about the Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom show at my blog or over at Xbox Wire.

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Xbox has partnered with Seagate and is happy to announce a new product that most of us want, need and can use right now.

Seagate

Boost your console’s storage capacity with the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, the only external drive designed exclusively for Xbox One or Xbox 360. The drive brings an additional 2TB of storage and the plug-and-play functionality gives you instant power up. It’s small enough to slip into your pocket or backpack and doesn’t need a separate power cord. The Xbox automatically detects your drive and walks you through a hassle-free setup process that will have your drive game-ready in minutes.

Game Drive for Xbox is compatible with either the Xbox One or Xbox 360 and plugs directly into any USB port in your console.

The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox will retail at a MSRP of $109.99 USD and will be available from GameStop, Amazon and other consumer electronic retailers worldwide.

For more details about Seagate’s Game Drive For Xbox, visit the official page here, and to look at the Setup and Troubleshooting guide – click here.

 

The Xbox gamescom 2015 briefing happened earlier today and wow, what a show! Xbox fans who watched the show live were among the first to see the greatest games lineup in Xbox history. If you missed the live show or maybe you just want to watch it again, you can watch it here:

I don’t want you to miss any of the big announcements, so here’s a recap of today’s news:

Xbox Wire articles

gamescom 2015: Xbox Unveils More of Its Greatest Games Lineup in History

gamescom 2015: Introducing the Halo World Championship

gamescom 2015: New Xbox Hardware and Features Revealed

gamescom 2015: Fight as One with Your Dragon in Scalebound

gamescom 2015: Play with Ultimate Destruction in Crackdown 3

gamescom 2015: Forza Motorsport 6 Highlights Wet Weather Racing

gamescom 2015: Halo Wars 2 Sets Its Weapons for Fun

gamescom 2015: Halo 5: Guardians Goes Big with Premium Hardware

gamescom 2015: Play FIFA 16 First on Xbox One with New FIFA 16 Xbox One Bundles

gamescom 2015: ID@Xbox is Prepared to Make a Splash on Windows 10

gamescom 2015: Get Rolling with Cobalt

gamescom 2015: DVR for Over-the-Air TV Coming to Xbox One

gamescom 2015: Quantum Break Announces an All-star Cast

Xbox YouTube videos

Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition Hardware Announce

ID@Xbox gamescom Montage

Elite: Dangerous Gamescom trailer

Rock Band 4 “Freestyle” Trailer

Mad Max – Gamescom 2015 Trailer

Official Dark Souls III – Gameplay Reveal Trailer

World of Tanks Xbox One Launch Trailer

Doom – Gameplay Trailer

Halo Wars 2: Announce Teaser

Rainbow Six Siege Gamescom Trailer

Forza Motorsport 6: Racing in the Rain

Burn It trailer – Just Cause 3

Halo World Championship Announcement

Halo 5 Multiplayer Trailer [Gamescom]

Official Homefront: The Revolution ‘Thank You’ Trailer

Cobalt for Xbox – Gamescom 2015 Briefing

We Happy Few coming to Xbox One

Ark: Survival Evolved coming to Xbox One

Worms WMD coming to Xbox One

Thimbleweed Park coming to Xbox One

Quantum Break – Time is Power Trailer

Crackdown 3 First Look

Scalebound Xbox Gamescom Briefing 2015

And don’t forget – tomorrow is the first of two Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom shows, which will be streamed live:

You can find more information about Xbox at gamescom including details about the Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom show and Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015 event at my blog or over at the Xbox Wire.

 

 

To celebrate gamescom, Xbox and Crystal Dynamics are thrilled to announce the second Rise of the Tomb Raider poster in a 4-part limited edition series announced at San Diego Comic Con in July. Designed by the award winning London design studio, La Boca, the poster celebrates Lara Croft as she ascends to her destiny as the Tomb Raider and highlights the next unique theme within the highly anticipated title – tombs.

“We tried to follow a similar process we undertake when working on movie poster,” said Scot Bendall, Co-founder and Creative Director of La Boca while speaking to the process for creating the final design of the poster.  “Trying to find the essence of the story without being too descriptive, we always try to present an image in the simplest way possible.”

Looking specifically at his inspirations and interpretation of tombs within the poster, Bendall explains, “We wanted the poster to have a feel of being underground, discovering something wondrous. Exploring and uncovering a hidden place for the first time in centuries.”

Windows 10 is kind of a big deal. With countless improvements and pantloads of new features, it’s putting a whole new face on the personal computing world. But of course, what we’re most excited about are gaming features – and fortunately, Windows 10 is bringing with it a renewed focus on gaming. One of the most visible elements is the new Xbox app, which helps unify your gaming experience across your Windows 10 devices and Xbox consoles. Here are just six of the many reasons we love the Xbox app on Windows 10:

It Streams Your Xbox One Games

This is the biggie, of course. Thanks to Windows 10, you can now stream pretty much any Xbox One game to any Windows 10 PC or tablet on your home network. If it runs Windows 10 and you can connect a controller to it, you’re good to go. The device will automagically beam your input over your local network to your Xbox One, and your Xbox One will happily beam output back to you. And yes, it works with Xbox 360 games running on your Xbox One via backwards compatibility. Living in the future is awesome.

It Lets You View, Edit, and Share Your Recorded Game Clips

As part of Windows 10’s renewed focus on games, Game DVR capability is built right into the operating system. That means that with a quick press of Windows + G, you can record your most impressive – or most embarrassing – gaming moments without any hassle. Then you can quickly trim, edit, and otherwise massage them into a form you desire, and share instantly to the social network of your choice. This feature will work in virtually any Windows 10 game, allowing you to save your captured videos (and screenshots!) directly to a folder on your device. The Xbox app serves as the hub for collecting all of your finest gaming moments!

It Helps You Be More Social

Many of Xbox Live’s social features are baked right into the Xbox app, which means you can interact with your friends (and your own profile) from any Windows 10 device. You can view other users’ profiles, see what your friends are playing now, join a party, voice chat, message, and all that good stuff. Plus, you can customize your own profile: tweak your avatar via the linked Xbox Avatars app, switch up your Gamerpic, modify your account color, set your online status, and even change your Gamertag.

It Keeps You in the Loop

Looking to keep an eye on your achievements while you’re away from your console? The Xbox app does that. Want to visit the Game Hub of your latest obsession to check on any updates or other players’ progress? The Xbox app does that. Want to keep an eye on your activity feed – where you can share, like, and comment on your friends’ progress? You know, the Xbox app does that, too. It can keep you up to date with everything that’s happening in your Xbox world, wherever you are, from any Windows 10 device.

For more articles on Windows 10, stay tuned to the Xbox Wire.

gamescom 2015, the largest consumer gaming show in the world, is nearly upon us – and, as usual, Xbox will be there in full force. To kick things off, this year’s Xbox gamescom 2015 briefing starts on Tuesday, August 4 at 4:00 p.m. CEST (10:00 a.m. EDT). You can watch the Xbox gamescom 2015 briefing live on Xbox One, Xbox.com (desktop and on mobile), and Xbox 360.

Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom

We’ll cover everything Xbox happening at gamescom – breaking news, exclusive announcements, trailer reveals, game demos, and interviews with game creators. The 60 minute live show will be hosted by Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, Graeme Boyd, Xbox Live’s AceyBongos, and Julia Hardy, and will include guest stars and industry elites, including Head of Xbox Phil Spencer and guests from top game studios that are creating amazing games for Xbox One and Windows 10.

Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom will be streamed live on Xbox One, on Xbox.com (desktop and on mobile), and on Xbox 360. Each show will also have interactive experiences created just for fans watching live on Xbox One.

Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015

If you’re going to be in the Cologne, Germany area before and during the show, we’ve got some great news: you could be one of 500 lucky fans to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015 from Tuesday, August 4 through Wednesday, August 5!

These 500 fans will kick the week off with exclusive access to the “Xbox FanFest Showcase” the night of Tuesday, August 4. Get hands-on with the best games lineup in Xbox history before any other gamescom attendee.

The Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015 ticket also includes:

• A secret Wednesday day-time activity.
• VIP Access to the very first Xbox Party on the Rhein on Wednesday, August 5. Take an evening cruise while enjoying an epic Xbox event, just for our fans.
• Exclusive fan swag and Xbox-branded backpacks.
• Meet and greet some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.

How can you get an Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015 ticket?

Fans can begin lining up for tickets at the Gloria Theater in Cologne, Germany, beginning at 2:00 p.m CEST on Tuesday, August 4 until all tickets are taken. The full address for the Gloria Theater is: Apostelnstrasse 11, Cologne, NW 50667, Germany. Please note that you’ll need to be over 18 years of age and that you’re limited to one ticket per person.

Halo 5: Guardians gamescom Invitational by ESL

Finally, this year’s Halo 5: Guardians gamescom Invitational by ESL will take place on Friday, August 7 beginning at 3 p.m CEST (9 a.m. EDT) in the ESL Arena on the gamescom show floor. The Invitational will provide fans with a first look at high-stakes Arena gameplay, which focuses on pure, skill-based 4v4 combat. Four top teams have been invited: Epsilon Esports (EU), Supremacy (EU), CAZ.Esports (EU), and OpTic Gaming (NA).

The pro teams will have an opportunity to get reacquainted with Halo 5: Guardians Arena multiplayer during the week at gamescom, and on Friday, duke it out against one another in a four-team bracket. Be sure to tune into the action on the Halo Channel and Twitch.tv/Halo to see the first look at pre-launch Arena tournament goodness. Keep an eye on Halo Waypoint for info about the teams, format, maps, and more as we get closer to the event.

We’ve got an amazing lineup planned for gamescom 2015. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all of the latest news and updates on the greatest games lineup in Xbox history.


Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015 FAQ

Where can I line up to get my Xbox gamescom FanFest ticket?
Line up for tickets at the Gloria Theater in Cologne, Germany. Address is: Apostelnstrasse 11, Cologne, NW 50667, Germany. Map location is here.

When can I get in line to pick up my Xbox gamescom FanFest ticket?
Line up for tickets begins at 2:00pm (14:00) on Tuesday, August 4th, and will remain open until all tickets are taken.

Will I be able to see the Xbox Briefing live?
Unlike E3, our gamescom Briefing is held in a location with very limited seating and is reserved primarily for our key business partners.  Registered fans will be able to enjoy exclusive hands-on gameplay with the best games lineup in Xbox history at the first fan event, Xbox FanFest Showcase, Tuesday evening, August 4th.

Is there an age-minimum to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015?
Yes, every ticket-holder has to be over 18 years of age. Parents with children under the age of 18 will not be allowed. We will require a valid, government-issued, picture ID (driver’s license, passport) as part of the check-in. You will have to fill out a liability waiver form.

How many Xbox FanFest tickets can I get?
One ticket; one person – tickets are non-transferable and cannot be resold.

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?
We are not ready to reveal any more surprises at this time. Stay tuned for more information!

Will the 500 fans be able to go to gamescom, like some fans did at E3?
We have nothing more to reveal right now about other fun activities during Xbox FanFest. Stay tuned for more information.

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Windows 10 releases to the world in just under 10 days and I’ll be in New York on the 29th of July to celebrate the launch with some of our fans. I couldn’t be more excited for the release of Windows 10. Not only is it being described as the best Windows ever, a number of new features like DirectX 12 and integration with the Xbox are going to have a big impact on gaming while uniting the two platforms.

Here are Ten Tips you can do now to make sure you’re ready to upgrade to Windows 10 on 29 July.

1. Check out the new features coming to Windows 10

Is upgrading to Windows 10 right for you? Maybe you’re content with Windows 7 or Windows 8 and don’t know if you want to upgrade to Windows 10. After you check out the new features coming with Windows 10, I think you’ll change your mind. From Microsoft Edge, an all-new browser; Cortana, your personal digital assistant; and the Xbox app, which brings some of the best features on the Xbox to your PC, Windows 10 is the Windows you know, only better. You can read more information about the new features coming to Windows 10 here.

2. Learn about DirectX 12

With DirectX 12 graphics, performance optimization and Xbox, Windows 10 makes PC gaming better than ever. DirectX 12 will deliver high-end graphics and can improve performance of your games, even on existing hardware.

Watch Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, talk about DirectX 12 at the Windows 10 presentation back in January (jump to the 7:15 mark).

Stay tuned to the Xbox Wire for some upcoming features focusing on DirectX 12.

3. Did you know there is an Xbox Experience In Windows 10?

As gamers, one of the coolest features coming with Windows 10 is the Xbox app. With Xbox on Windows 10, you’ll have more ways to connect and play, wherever you go. Your games, your friends, your achievements, and more follow you across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. The Xbox app for Windows 10 features include streaming Xbox One games to your Windows 10 PC, offers cross-device multiplayer, and enables the Xbox Game DVR feature on your PC. Read more about the Xbox experience in Windows 10 here.

4. Take a moment to verify Your System Requirements

If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 on your PC or tablet, you can find the system requirements here. You can also check to see if your system meets the system requirements by selecting “check my PC” in the Get Windows 10 app.

5. Don’t wait! Reserve Your Copy Today

Upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Yes, free! This upgrade offer is for a full version of Windows 10, not a trial. To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of availability. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device. Windows 10 Upgrade Offer is valid for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices, including devices you already own. You can find all of the Windows 10 Upgrade Offer details here.

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6. Archive Your Old Data & Create A Back Up

Even though the Windows installation asks you if you want to keep files on your computer when you start installing, it’s always a good idea to archive any files you want to keep. One of the best ways to archive files you want to keep is using an external hard drive or uploading the files to OneDrive. It’s also a good idea to create a backup of your system prior to commencing the Windows 10 installation, just in case something goes wrong or you want to revert back to your previous setup.

Here are a couple Microsoft Support pages for creating backups, but there are plenty of resources available online talking about this in greater detail.

Back up your programs, system settings, and files (Windows 7)

What happened to Backup and Restore?

7. Hardware Drivers With A New Version Of Windows

Whenever you install a new version of Windows it’s always a good idea to verify you’re using compatible drivers to avoid any hardware conflicts or stability issues. Many hardware manufactures already have Windows 10 drivers (or beta drivers)  available now with updates coming soon after Windows 10 releases. Tech savvy PC enthusiasts can use the device manager or DXDIAG tools to identify their specific hardware and drivers, and see if the manufactures have already released Windows 10 drivers. It’s a good idea to download these to a portable drive so you have them available during your Windows 10 installation, just in case you need them.

Open Device Manager

Run DirectX Diagnostic Tool

8. Games and Apps for Windows 10 – New Games and Old

When Windows 10 launches, it will introduce the new Windows Store, a unified shopping experience across every Windows 10 device. Browse the store on your PC, tablet, or phone and easily purchase great digital content including apps, games, music, movies and TV shows.

There are a number of new games and apps coming to Windows 10, so you might want to start thinking about the ones you want to get as soon as you upgrade. One of the biggest titles to announce a unique Windows 10 version is Minecraft, but you can bet there will be some other cool new games and apps available for Windows 10 when it launches.

And if you’re wondering if some of your older PC titles are compatible with Windows 10, this unofficial community created list may help.

 9. Xbox Controllers For Windows 10

The Xbox experience is coming to your Windows 10 device and you want to play games on your PC, and you prefer the Xbox controller – no problem. You can use an Xbox 360 or Xbox One wired controller with your PC. There is a wireless adapter for Xbox 360 controllers available now, and the a wireless adapter coming this fall for Windows users to enjoy the freedom and convenience of the Xbox One wireless controller on Windows 10 PCs, laptops, and tablets.

How to set up an Xbox 360 Controller for Windows

Is my Xbox One Wireless Controller compatible with my PC?

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10. HELP! I have questions.

Depending on your level of technical expertise, you might have questions before, during and after the upgrade installation process. And before you start upgrading it’s always a good idea to know how to get help in case something goes wrong in the middle of the process, especially when your computer is likely unavailable. Check to see if your question has already been answered in the Windows Community Forum, or post a new question. If you need help installing Windows 10 when it’s available on July 29, 2015, Microsoft will offer phone and chat support to make sure that you get up and running smoothly.

*Bonus Tip – Get Windows 10 while its free!

To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of availability. After that, you’ll have to purchase it.

Whether you’re an Xbox gamer looking forward to using the Xbox app on Windows 10 to extend your console’s capability or a PC gamer excited to see how the latest installment of Windows enhances your gaming experience, it’s going to be an exciting time. Stay tuned for more news and updates as we gear up for the biggest Windows launch ever.

Important Links:

Windows 10 Blog

Windows 10 FAQ

Xbox on Windows 10

Xbox Wire