Once again, we’re throwing open the doors at the Microsoft campus to kick off PAX Prime weekend with the latest ID@Xbox games, hundreds of gamers – and a special hands-on opportunity with Halo 5: Guardians Arena Multiplayer!

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Here’s what you need to know:

When: TONIGHT Thursday, August 27th from 5:00 to 9:00 PM

Where: Microsoft campus — Building 92

15010 NE 36th Street

Redmond, WA 98052

United States

(directions here)

Who: Xbox fans 18 and older (under 18 allowed with parent/guardian)

What you can do: Play more than 50 upcoming ID@Xbox titles, including eight new announces and several first playables! Meet the developers and play some of our most highly anticipated titles, including Cuphead, The Flame in the Flood, Pit People, ARK: Survival Evolved, We Happy Few, SpeedRunners and Warhammer: Vermintide. Collect limited edition buttons for each game you play (while supplies last), and even pose for a picture with StudioMDHR’s Cuphead! See the Microsoft campus and stop by the Visitor Center to explore everything from the latest Microsoft Research innovations to the very first personal computer.

Additionally, the Open House will be the only place for fans to play Halo 5: Guardians Arena Multiplayer, get to hang out with members of 343 Industries and have the chance to meet Halo special guests.

Admission cost: Absolutely FREE (PAX passes are not required)

Transportation: Parking is available for FREE on the Microsoft campus, and complimentary buses will also provide transportation from the Washington State Convention Center to building 92. The first buses will leave the convention center at 4:30 PM. There will be signs and staff wearing red shirts guiding people onto the buses driving  between the convention center and Microsoft campus.

Confirmed ID@Xbox games include:

#IDARB – Other Ocean
Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma Vol. One – Redacted Studios
Anarcute – Anarteam
Aritana and The Harpy’s Feather– Duaik Entretenimento
ARK: Survival Evolved – Studio Wildcard
Below – Capybara
Beyond Eyes – Tiger & Squid/Team17
ClusterPuck 99 – PHL Collective
Cuphead – StudioMDHR Entertainment Inc.
Draw a Stickman: EPIC – Hitcents
Dungeon League – Achebit/Surprise Attack Games
FAT CITY– Heavy Iron Studios
Full Mojo Rampage – Over the Top Games/Nicalis
Gate of Memories – Anima Project/Badland Indie
Guns, Gore, and Cannoli – Crazy Monkey Studios
Gunsport – Necrosoft Games/Iron Galaxy Studios
Happy Dungeons – Toylogic Inc.
Hue – Fiddlesticks/Curve Digital
Ironcast – Dreadbit/Ripstone
Ittle Dew 2 – Ludosity
Just Shapes and Beats – Berzerk Studio
Knight Squad – Chainsawesome Games
Layers of Fear – Bloober Team
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime – Asteroid Base Inc.
Mekazoo – The Good Mood Creators
Mimic Arena – Tiny Horse Games
Never Alone – Upper One Games/E-Line Media
Party Hard – Pinokl Games/tinyBuild Games
Phantasmal  – Eyemobi
Pinball FX2 – Zen Studios
Pit People – The Behemoth
Pixel Galaxy – Serenity Forge
Riptide GP Renegade – Vector Unit Inc
Rivals of Aether – Dan Fornace
Slain! – Wolf Brew Games/Digerati Distribution
SpeedRunners – DoubleDutch Games/tinyBuild Games
Starpoint Gemini 2– Little Green Men Games
Super Dungeon Bros – React Games/Wired Productions
Swordy – Frogshark
The Banner Saga – Stoic/Versus Evil
The Flame in the Flood – The Molasses Flood
The Hole Story – Girls Make Games/LearnDistrict
The Little Acre – Pewter Games Studios
Through the Woods – Antagonist
Tumblestone – The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
Videoball – Action Button Entertainment/Iron Galaxy Studios
Warhammer: Vermintide – Fatshark
We Happy Few – Compulsion Games
Zarvot   – SnowHydra Games

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.