This week kicks off gamescom 2017,  the “leading European trade fair for digital gaming culture and the meeting point for global companies from the entertainment industry and the international gaming community”. And yesterday, Xbox held their briefing to showcase all of the new hardware and games on display at this year’s gamescom. I wanted to provide a recap of all the news posts at Xbox Wire and videos posted on the YouTube channel so you can watch or rewatch all of the news from this event.

You can watch the full Xbox @ gamescom LIVE show here.

Here is a list of gamescom related news stories posted at Xbox Wire:

Bluehole, Inc and Microsoft Announce Expanded Partnership for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Forza Motorsport 7 Delivers the Ultimate PC Racing Experience

Xbox Game Pass Launches in 8 New Countries and Adds More Great Games this September

New Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundles Arriving October 10

Pre-Order the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition Now

Exclusive Trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of War Featuring Foes Old and New

World’s Most Powerful Console Makes European Debut and Kickstarts Global Pre-orders

In Sea of Thieves, Xbox One and Windows 10 PC Players Can Embark on Their Pirate Voyages Together

ReCore Definitive Edition Brings Players HDR, New Adventures and T8-NK Corebot!

Introducing the Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle

Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare Launches on September 26

Here are the gamescom related videos posted on the Xbox YouTube channel:

We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s briefing and look forward to showing fans more this week when gamescom officially kicks off.

Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief, posted some news about what Xbox has planned at gamescom this weekend. Details below:

gamescom is just around the corner and we can’t wait to kick the week off with Xbox @ gamescom Live this Sunday.

Don’t forget to tune in Sunday at 9:00pm CEST / 8:00pm BST / 12:00pm PDT so that you can be the first to hear the latest news on highly anticipated games coming to the Xbox family and Windows 10. We’ll have world premiere trailers and, of course, more about the most powerful console ever made, Xbox One X.

What’s more, you can sign in to your Microsoft account at Mixer.com and you’ll be in with a chance of winning lots of great prizes and be able to ask questions to the teams behind your favorite games. We’re excited to show you what we’ve been up to since E3, so be sure to tune in!

Here’s more info on Xbox @ gamescom Live and our other gamescom activities this weekend and into next week.

Xbox @ gamescom Live – Sunday, August 20 at 9:00pm CEST / 12:00pm PDT

This year’s show will be hosted by Graeme Boyd (aka @AceyBongos), Xbox Germany’s Maxi Graeff (@GMaxee), and Julia Hardy (@itsJuliaHardy). 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. The stream will be hosted on Mixer.com and via the Mixer app. We’ll have three URLs for the show, the countdown for which begins one hour before the livestream begins.

Age of Empires @ gamescom Live – Monday, August 21 at 9:00pm CEST / 12:00pm PDT

On Monday, we 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 the classic strategy game. 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 you won’t want to miss – watch on the Age of Empires channel on www.mixer.com/AgeofEmpires or through the Mixer app.

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Gamers in Germany will be able to get hands on Xbox One X for the first time at the Xbox booth when gamescom officially opens at the Koelnmesse on Tuesday, August 22. 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

Finally, for our fans in Germany, we’ve got another surprise. Today, we launched the German versions of Xbox Wire. Joining Xbox Wire en Espanol, which launched at E3, the site will be bringing our news daily to our biggest German fans in their native languages. Check in often for global and local news and features.

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!

Xbox FanFest will give 300 lucky fans a one-of-a-kind experience at gamescom, the world’s largest video game consumer show. The Xbox FanFest gamescom Ticket will include:

*Exclusive access to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s “Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – Legendary War Party” event on Tuesday evening, August 22nd.

*Exclusive access to “Xbox FanFest FanCave” experience on Wednesday night, August 23rd.

*Special access to games in the Xbox booth during gamescom’s Consumer Days, Wednesday – Saturday.

*Meet and greet some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.

*Other surprises.

Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017 – FAQ

How can I get an Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017 ticket?

Most of the 300 tickets will be distributed via a random drawing this year. Fans will need to submit their names and email addresses via the online tool below. Once the tool closes, names will be randomly pulled and winners will be notified by email on Friday, August 11th. Winners will have 48 hours to fill out their registration page and receive their official e-ticket or their slot will be given to another randomly chosen winner. All winners must be 18 years old and older. IDs will be verified at check-in at gamescom.

How long is the random drawing open?

The tool will be open starting today, Monday, August 7th until Thursday, August 10th at 12:00pm PT; 21:00 CET.

Is there an age-minimum to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017?

Yes, every ticket-holder must be 18 years of age and older. We will require a valid, government-issued, picture ID (driver’s license, passport) as part of check-in.  Microsoft reserves the right to turn away any person not 18 years old or older at time of check-in, even if the person is holding a valid ticket.

How many Xbox FanFest tickets can I get?

One ticket; one person – tickets are non-transferable and cannot be resold.

Microsoft reserves the right to cancel, change or suspend this promotion at any time, and may rescind any ticket or gift awarded due to cheating, technology failure, or any other unforeseen issue that compromises the integrity of the promotion.

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 Tuesday, August 22nd and Wednesday, August 23rd.

Will the FanFest attendees get tickets to gamescom this year as has happened in the past?

Xbox FanFest will not provide gamescom tickets to either the Industry Day (Tuesday) or Consumer Days (Wednesday – Saturday).


Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017 Ticket Giveaway

Winners will be contacted via email after the drawing closes. To enter, provide:

  • First and last name
  • Email address to contact you (make sure it’s correct)
  • Date of Birth
  • Xbox Live Gamertag
Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017

Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2017

Auch in diesem Jahr findet im Rahmen der gamescom das große Xbox FanFest statt. Mit dem FanFest-Ticket erhalten Fans Zugang zu exklusiven Veranstaltungen, spielen die neuesten Xbox Games auf  Xbox One X und treffen Top-Entwickler und das Xbox-Team vor Ort.

Das erwartet Dich auf dem FanFest

Mit dem FanFest-Ticket wird eine Vielzahl verschiedener exklusiver Aktivitäten angeboten:

  • Dienstagnachmittag, 22. August: Exklusiver Zutritt zur Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – Legendary War Party von Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Mittwochabend, 23. August: Exklusiver Zutritt zum Xbox FanFest Fan-Cave-Erlebnis am
  • Mittwoch bis Samstag, 22. August bis 26. August: Exklusiver Zugang zu Spielen am Xbox-Stand.
  • Meet and Greet mit einigen Top-Entwicklern, Influencern und dem Xbox-Team
  • Weitere tolle Überraschungen

So sicherst Du Dir das FanFest-Ticket

In diesem Jahr werden 300 Tickets per Zufall ausgelost. Registriere Dich für eine Teilnahme mit Namen und Email-Adresse über das untenstehende Online-Tool auf www.majornelson.com. Am Freitag, den 11. August, erfährst Du, ob Du gewonnen hast. Schließe innerhalb von 48 Stunden nach Benachrichtigung Deine Registrierung ab und sichere Dir das heißbegehrte FanFest-Ticket. Verstreicht die Zeit, wird der Slot einem anderen zufälligen Gewinner zugeteilt.

Alle Gewinner müssen 18 Jahre oder älter sein. Verifiziert wird das Alter vor Ort beim Check-In über eine gültige ID (Personalausweis, Führerschein oder Reisepass). Für jede Person ist ein Ticket vorgesehen – Tickets sind nicht übertragbar oder wiederverkäuflich.

Die Anmeldung zum FanFest ist ab sofort auf www.majornelson.com verfügbar. Eine Anmeldung ist bis zum 10. August um 22:00 Uhr möglich.

Wichtig: Das Fanfest-Ticket erlaubt Dir keinen Zugang zur gamescom, weder am Fachbesuchertag (Dienstag), noch an den Privatbesuchertagen (Mittwoch bis Samstag). Alle Fanfest-Aktionen finden am Dienstag und Mittwoch statt.


*No Purchase Necessary. Open only to persons 18 years of age or older who are attending gamescom 2017. Giveaway ends 8/10/17. For full details, see Official Rules.

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.

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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.

 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