Here at Xbox, we’re still buzzing from our fans’ reaction to our news at E3 – from the unveiling of the Xbox One X to the 42 games shown on our stage. But we’re only just getting started.  Today, we’re pleased to announce that in August we’re coming to Cologne, Germany for gamescom 2017. This will be the first time Xbox One X will be on the ground in Europe and we’ll have a huge line up of 27 playable games for the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PC from developers around the world, including Forza Motorsport 7, Age of Empires Definitive Edition and Sea of Thieves.

Here’s a rundown of what we’ll be up to throughout the week:

Xbox @ gamescom Live

Tune in on Sunday, August 20, at 9:00pm CEST, 12:00pm PDT to a special Xbox @ gamescom live show to get latest news and announcements on Xbox One X.

The show will be hosted by Graeme Boyd (aka @AceyBongos) and Xbox Germany’s Maxi Graeff (@GMaxee). They’ll have news to share, games to show off, will sit down to talk with developers from fan favorite studios and play some of the year’s hottest games yet to be released. There will even be a few surprises and giveaways along the way, so be sure to tune in on mixer.com or watch via the mixer app.

Age of Empires @ gamescom Live

On Monday, August 21, starting at 9:00pm CEST, 12:00pm PDT, Microsoft will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Age of Empires franchise with a special livestream event in Cologne, alongside some of our biggest fans. The livestream will celebrate the rich history of the beloved PC game series, as well as give fans a first-look at Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, the beautifully remastered edition of this bona fide classic we announced at E3 last month.  We’ll be talking all things Age of Empires with some of the legendary developers who worked on the games as well as sharing some exciting news that fans will not want to miss – watch on mixer.com or through the mixer app.

We’ll share more details on how you can attend in person very soon.

Xbox FanFest @ gamescom

We will again be hosting an Xbox FanFest experience for our fans who are attending gamescom 2017. FanFest will begin on Tuesday, August 22nd.  We will be sharing more details on our plans soon and look forward to seeing you there!

Xbox Booth @ gamescom

When gamescom officially opens at the Koelnmesse on Tuesday, August 22, gamers in Germany will be able to get hands on Xbox One X for the first time at the Xbox booth. We’re back in Hall 8 of the Koelnmesse, North entrance, this year and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to play a wide collection of the games coming to Xbox over the next 12 months. See below for the show opening times:

  • Tuesday, August 22 – 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CEST (press/trade only day)
  • Wednesday, August 23 – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Thursday, August 24 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Friday, August 25 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Saturday, August 26 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST

And throughout the week, we’ll be tweeting, live streaming and sharing news and content via social media – Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Mixer, etc, most often using the hashtag #XboxGC. Whether in person or online, you won’t want to miss what we have in store this year!

For more information and coverage about Xbox @ gamescom 2017 – check out Xbox Wire.

It was a busy day preparing the Xbox booth for gamescom, one of the world’s biggest video game trade show events featuring over 800 exhibitors and 500,000 visitors from 50 different countries. I wanted to share some of the news and stories from today in this recap.

Earlier today, I teamed up with @AceyBongos to do a livestream of the Xbox booth. If you didn’t catch the stream you can watch it below:

 

The Xbox Wire posted a few stories related to gamescom and the titles that will be shown off in the Xbox booth. You can read them here:

Looking Back and Looking Forward at gamescom 2016

Thoughts from the Sea of Thieves PC Design Lead

Celebrating Three Years of ID@Xbox

Halo Wars 2 Comes to Europe: Thoughts from Creative Assembly

Gears of War 4 Showcased in Glorious 4K at gamescom

Forza Racing Championship Series Week 1 Results

If you’re attending gamescom and you want to try and get one of the 200 tickets to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016, you can find all of the details here. We’ll have more news stories, livestreams and other surprises over the next few days, so keep checking back here or follow me on Twitter so you don’t miss any of it.

 

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Today, in partnership with EA SPORTS, we’re pleased to announce the ultimate way to experience EA SPORTS FIFA 17, the next installment of the biggest-selling sports franchise in the world, with the Xbox One S FIFA 17 Bundles.

Coming to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S. beginning September 22 and packed with everything a soccer enthusiast needs to get ready for the season, the Xbox One S FIFA 17 Bundle comes with a full-game download of FIFA 17, three Ultimate Team Loan Legends, one month of EA Access and either a 500GB or 1TB hard drive (1TB version also includes an Ultimate Team Rare Player Pack) to play all the biggest blockbusters in Xbox history, at $299 USD and $349 USD respectively.

With EA Access, you’ll get to dive into FIFA 17 and live your story in FIFA 17’s The Journey on September 22, five full days before it launches – exclusively on Xbox One. Additionally, your EA Access membership gets you access to The Vault, a collection of awesome EA titles that are free during your month membership period. You also get 10 percent savings on all EA digital purchases, including FIFA Points to help build your FIFA Ultimate Team, and the chance to play a variety of upcoming EA games like Madden NFL 17, NHL 17 and Battlefield 1 for a limited time before their release along with the ability to keep your progress if you decide to purchase the game.

In addition to all of that, you can play over 100 console exclusives on the highly-anticipated and newly designed Xbox One S, which features one of the top 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players on the market, 4K video streaming and High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for video and gaming. With all the biggest blockbusters this year, plus a growing catalog of Xbox 360 backward compatibility titles, and the most advanced multiplayer network, Xbox One S is the ultimate games and entertainment system.

Pre-order the Xbox One S FIFA 17 Bundle from the MS Store and other retailers.

 

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Xbox will give 200 lucky fans a one-of-a-kind experience at gamescom, the world’s largest video game consumer show. The Xbox gamescom FanFest Ticket will include:

  • An exclusive “Xbox FanFest Showcase” on Thursday Night, August 18, from 20:00 – 23:00 CEST at the Xbox Booth, Hall 8.  Experience all the games and cool surprises in the Xbox booth after the crowds have gone for the night.
  • Special Xbox day-time activity on Wednesday August 17.
  • Meet and greet some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.
  • Swag bag full of Xbox-gaming content

How can I get my Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016 ticket?

The majority of tickets will be first-come, first-serve, one per-person, and be distributed Wednesday morning, August 17 in Cologne, Germany.  We will announce the location on Wednesday morning, August 17. Be sure to follow Xbox on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat to find out the secret location.

When will Xbox make the announcement to line up and get an Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016 ticket?

Lineup location will be announced at 10:00 CEST, Wednesday morning, August 17.   Xbox FanFest tickets will be distributed in-person immediately after we reveal the location, in Cologne, Germany.  Be sure to follow Xbox on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat to find out the secret location.

Is there an age-minimum to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016?

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 registration.

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?

FanFest activities are only on Wednesday August 17th and Thursday, August 18th.

Will the 200 fans get tickets to attend the Consumer Days at gamescom (Thursday – Sunday)?

Xbox will not provide tickets to those days.

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 discusses gamescom 2016 and what Xbox fans attending the event can expect. Details below:

It’s under five weeks until gamescom 2016 and I’m excited to share the news that Xbox will give our fans the opportunity to get hands-on with the most anticipated titles for 2016 and 2017, across Xbox and Windows 10.  From our stellar lineup of blockbusters, including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Halo Wars 2, ReCore and Sea of Thieves, to a host of ID@Xbox titles including We Happy Few, Everspace and Cuphead, we can’t wait for our fans to play. This year we’re also in a brand new location – you’ll be able to find us in Hall 8 of the Koelnmesse near the north entrance.

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While we will not be hosting a media briefing this year, we’re planning a new and more intimate Xbox FanFest experience for our fans across Europe and worldwide attending gamescom 2016.  We will be sharing more details on our gamescom 2016 Xbox FanFest soon.

We had a record-setting E3 and we were overwhelmed by the response.  Xbox unveiled a new family of Xbox One devices, a host of new Xbox Live features and Xbox’s biggest games lineup ever on Xbox One and Windows 10. We also announced Xbox Play Anywhere, a new program which lets gamers buy a game once and play it on both their Windows 10 PC and Xbox One. Our E3 announcements showed Xbox’s commitment to offering gamers a future that goes beyond console generations and one that offers them the choice and freedom to play the games they want, with the people they want and on the devices they want.

At gamescom 2016 we’re excited to bring even more of these experiences into the hands of our fans.  gamescom is always one of my favourite shows, and I’m excited to attend and spend time with everyone in Cologne.

Here’s to a great show, bis bald!

See below for the show opening times.

The Xbox booth at gamescom
Wednesday, August 17 – 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CEST (press/trade only day)
Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19 – 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. CEST
Saturday, August 20 – 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. CEST
Sunday, August 21 – 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. CEST

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 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.

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.