Xbox is bringing games, gear, and more to downtown Seattle for PAX West August 31 – September 3. Whether you’re joining us in person or following along on social media and Mixer, here’s what you can expect:

Xbox Booth
North Hall, 4th Floor, Booths 403, 411, 417

Experience a few of the games that make up Xbox One’s diverse line-up at the Xbox booth. We’ll have playable demos of Forza Horizon 4, The Division 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Devil May Cry 5, NBA 2k19, Metro Exodus, Kingdom Hearts III, Tunic, Ooblets, Kingdom Two Crowns, Generation Zero, Bendy and the Ink Machine, Supermarket Frenzy, My Time Portia, and some new DLC from State of Decay 2. You will also have the opportunity to earn a Cuphead Pinny Arcade pin, participate in a Tomb Raider-themed scavenger hunt, guess the amount of Nuka Cola caps in a Fallout 76 experience, visit the Game Pass vending machine, and pick up exclusive Xbox Official Gear for the first time at PAX.  (PAX Badge required)

Mixer
North Hall, 4th Floor, Booth #425

Drop by booth #425 in the North Hall to meet up with some of your favorite broadcasters and Mixer Partners, and for a chance to win swag in the HypeZone LIVE! In addition to that, there’s also going to be a main stage at PAX featuring our Mixer Partners, developers, and so much more. Can’t make it to PAX West in person? No problem! Watch all the action happening at PAX West via Mixer.com/Mixer and Mixer.com/HypeZoneLIVE!

Want the full rundown? Make sure to get all the latest details from the official Mixer blog, right here: https://blog.mixer.com/2018/08/22/mixer-pax-west-2018/

Xbox PAX West Panels

Find out more about streaming and the Xbox Adaptive Controller at these panels featuring Xbox and Mixer members. (PAX West badge required.)

Building Your Streaming Community
Wyvern Theater, Saturday, September 1 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Building a community comes with many challenges and hurdles, good news is we’re here to help! We’ve gathered a council of content creators to discuss the ins-and-outs of building a great online community in your own livestreams. We’ll be smashing myths and sharing the facts about streaming to help you set a foundation for a positive and effective community.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller: Designed with the Community
Sasquatch Theater, Sunday, September 2 from 12:30pm-1:30pm

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is the newest controller by Xbox, created to help people with limited mobility play. Larry Hryb will lead a conversation with pivotal community experts and representatives of game accessibility organizations like AbleGamers and Stack Up, along with one of the controller’s creators.  We’ll describe the journey of designing the controller leveraging the input of gamers with disabilities from the start… and where we need to go next.

Xbox One Summer of PUBG Tour

The Xbox One Summer of PUBG tour will be making their final stop in Westlake Center during PAX West. No badge required to visit! Check out the PUBG bus and enter to win it or one of many other prizes. More information can be found here.

Xbox PAX West Sweepstakes

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Enter for a chance to win one of 9 Xbox Design Lab controllers, influenced by some of our favorite games. Xbox Design Lab allows you to create your own personal controller from over a billion different color combinations, metallic finishes, and rubberized grips. Check it out and design your own controller at xboxdesignlab.xbox.com.

There are two ways to enter:

*Take a photo of your favorite Xbox Design Lab controller in the Xbox booth and share via Twitter using #XboxPAX #XboxDesignLab #Sweepstakes. Don’t forget to follow @Xbox while you’re at it!

*Follow @Xbox or @XboxCanada on Twitter and retweet one of their tweets mentioning the sweepstakes and including #XboxPAX #XboxDesignLab #Sweepstakes.

You have until September 3 to enter. The contest is open to anyone from the US or Canada. Click through for the Official Rules.

See you at PAX West! For more Xbox news, follow @Xbox on Twitter, visit the Xbox PAX West website, and stay tuned to Xbox Wire.

For the fifth year in a row, ID@Xbox is hosting a Pre-PAX Open House on the Microsoft campus! Register here (the event is free) to start your PAX party a day early!

This event has become a favorite tradition for our team. We love inviting everyone to spend time on our home turf and enjoy some of the most exciting new ID@Xbox games. We hope you’ll join us on August 30 (the Thursday before PAX) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to play games, meet the wonderful developers who made ‘em, and maybe even win a prize in our raffle!

Not only will you have the chance to check out more than 50 games releasing on Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program, you can also meet and chat with other teams at Microsoft. Say hello to the Xbox Ambassadors and spin their prize wheel to win some swag! Head to the Mixer area to try out the latest MixPlay experiences and get a glimpse at the future of interactive gaming. Chat with the Microsoft User Research team to share your personal feedback and help them make better products for you and everyone.

But what about the games?

The following eight games haven’t previously been announced for Xbox One. We’re thrilled to reveal for the first time that they’re coming to Xbox One through the ID@Xbox program and you can try them out at this event:

  • Bot Rods (Holy Cow Productions)
  • La-Mulana2 (Active Gaming Media)
  • Museum of Simulation Technology (Pillow Castle)
  • Orphan (2Dimensions)
  • Revenant Dogma (KEMCO)
  • Super Retro Maker (Digital Dominion)
  • Thunder Rally (Typical Entertainment)
  • Where the Bees Make Honey (Whitethorn Digital)

In addition to those, we’ve pulled together a great variety of ID@Xbox titles for fans to try out:

  • Aftercharge (Chainsawesome Games)
  • Ashen (Annapurna Interactive)
  • Bad North (Raw Fury)
  • Below (Capybara)
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine (Rooster Teeth Games)
  • Black Desert (Pearl Abyss)
  • Children of Morta (11 bit studios)
  • Dead Cells (Motion Twin)
  • Deathgarden (Behaviour)
  • Desert Child (Akupara Games)
  • Epitasis (Epitasis Games)
  • Eternity: The Last Unicorn (1C Publishing)
  • Exception (Traxmaster Software)
  • FAR: Lone Sails (Mixtvision)
  • For the King (Curve Digital)
  • Generation Zero (Avalanche Studios)
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games)
  • Kingdom Two Crowns (Raw Fury)
  • Mark of the Ninja: Remastered (Klei)
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (Funcom)
  • My Time at Portia (Team17)
  • Nippon Marathon (PQube)
  • Outer Wilds (Annapurna Interactive)
  • Projection : First Light (Blowfish Studios)
  • RAZED (PQube)
  • RemiLore (Nicalis)
  • Revenant Dogma (KEMCO)
  • Rival Megagun (Degica)
  • SINNER: Sacrifice for Redemption (Another Indie)
  • Starbound (Chucklefish)
  • Strange Brigade (Rebellion)
  • Super Meat Boy Forever (Team Meat)
  • Supermarket Shriek (Billy Goat Entertainment)
  • Superweights (Pompaduo)
  • Swimsanity (Decoy Games)
  • The Blackout Club (Question)
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 5 (Jackbox Games)
  • The Occupation (Humble Bundle)
  • The Videokid (Chorus Worldwide Games Limites)
  • Tunic (Finji)
  • Vigor (Bohemia Interactive)
  • Wargroove (Chucklefish)
  • Yuppie Psycho (Another Indie)

And as if that weren’t enough, you’ll also get a chance to play Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Forza Horizon 4, from Microsoft Studios, and The MISSING: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories, from Arc System Works.

Open to Everyone

Not only is this a free event, you don’t even need a PAX ticket! Though if you’re under 18, please come with a parent or guardian.

ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House

Microsoft Conference Center

16070 NE 36th Way, Bldg 33 – McKinley

Redmond, WA 98052

If you’re driving in, there’s free parking available. There will also be buses taking attendees directly to and from the event from the Washington State Convention Center. These buses pick up at the motor coach and shuttle bus loading area every 15-30 minutes beginning at 4:30 p.m., running every 15-30 minutes through 9:00 p.m.

We hope to see you there! Don’t forget to RSVP!

Tara Theoharis, Manager at Xbox US Events, shares details about PAX East going on this weekend in Boston, Massachusetts.

Xbox and Mixer are heading to Boston for PAX East this week, running April 5-8, 2018. If you have a PAX East badge, you’ll get the opportunity to play new Xbox games for the first time, interact with streamers through Mixer, and meet some of your favorite developers. Not able to make PAX East in person? Our biggest event will be streamed to you live on Mixer, and the Xbox Most Powerful Gamers Sweepstakes on the official @Xbox Twitter channel is open to everyone. Read on for all the information you need!

Xbox Booth
Booth #13019

Experience Xbox One’s largest, most diverse games lineup in the Xbox booth! Try your hand at nine different titles available to play, including Sea of Thieves, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Ashen, Below, DayZ, and for the first time ever: State of Decay 2. The Xbox Booth will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time from Thursday through Sunday and is only available to PAX East badge holders.

Sea of Thieves Lounge
Booth #15033

Visit the Sea of Thieves Lounge presented by Chips Ahoy! to relax, recharge your devices, and enjoy some Chips Ahoy! cookies. While there, take a selfie with our Sea of Thieves statue, try your hand at the State of Decay 2 claw machine, and pick a game from the Xbox Game Pass vending machine. The Sea of Thieves Lounge will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time from Thursday through Sunday and is only available to PAX East badge holders.

Mixer Booth
Booth #: 15019

Stop by the Mixer booth in Hall A to meet some of your favorite Mixer streamers, catch HypeZone LIVE, and win a chance to score some sweet Mixer swag! Not able to attend in person? You can also watch all the HypeZone Live content over at Mixer.com/HypeZoneLIVE. For more information about Mixer at PAX, please see their blog post or find them on social media using #MixerPAXEast.

Xbox Live Sessions: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds with deadmau5 and Brendan Greene
Saturday, April 7
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST
Main Theater and mixer.com/xbox

Electronic musician deadmau5 and PUBG Creative Director Brendan Greene (PlayerUnknown) will be joined by Xbox Live’s Major Nelson to play PUBG live in front of fans at PAX East. Fans at home can tune in to watch and submit questions on mixer.com/xbox and twitch.tv/xbox. An autograph session will follow. For more information on deadmau5 at PAX East, visit this Xbox Wire post.

The Xbox Most Powerful Gamers Sweepstakes

Whether you’re at PAX East or tuning in from home, you have the chance to win everything you need to become one of our Most Powerful Gamers. Four winners will receive either a State of Decay 2, PUBG, Sea of Thieves, or Ashen custom Xbox One X console created by Hydro74, plus a Samsung 55” QLED 4K Television, an Elite controller, one year of Xbox Game Pass, and one year of Xbox Live Gold.

How do you enter? Follow @Xbox or @XboxCanada on Twitter and retweet one of their tweets mentioning the sweepstakes, including #PAXEast #XboxSweepstakes. The sweepstakes run from April 5-8, 2018 and are open to anyone from the United States or Canada. Click through for the Official Rules.

Visit the Xbox US Events website for more information on PAX East. For more Xbox news, follow @Xbox and @XboxWire on Twitter.

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This week at PAX, we’ll be lifting the curtain on the next evolution of Horde mode arriving in Gears of War 4 – we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on.

Our plans go far beyond just talking about Horde though. Gears of War 4 is coming to PAX West with an armory full of events, activities and live streams for Gears fans to enjoy. If you’re at the show, come find us! Let’s talk Gears. We’d love your thoughts. Here’s what to expect over the PAX Weekend, whether you can make it to the show or you’re in the comfort of your own home.

PAX ARENA

Gears of War 4 is taking over the PAX Arena with live gameplay at PAX!

On Friday September 2, tune in to see the world debut of a brand new Versus Multiplayer mode in Gears of War 4 – Arms Race. What’s Arms Race? Well that would spoil the fun now, wouldn’t it? This special event is ‘For The Watch’, a running gag between Penny Arcade’s Gabe and Tycho where they battle it out for the honor of taking home the fabled watch.

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Then on Saturday, prepare for an overload of Horde 3.0 gameplay in a very special race to be First to 50! We’ve invited guests from Xbox and two superstar squads to compete for the honor of being the first team to survive 50 brutal waves of the all-new Horde mode for Gears of War 4. Captained by GoldGlove and FemSteph, each squad will be composed of star Gears players, including Actabunnifoofoo, SoVindictive, GuyBlaze, VernNotice, Falloutt, ImCoty, LucyMaeGames and Crream). This isn’t an event you’ll want to miss and fans in attendance will also receive an exclusive, limited edition Horde 3.0 Poster designed by Tony Moore (known for his award-winning artistry in The Walking Dead comic series).

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If you’re at the show, head on over to the PAX Arena to join the fun in our live audience. There’ll also be some special giveaway swag on offer including:

  • Friday: T-Shirts, Pins and Physical Card Packs
  • Saturday: T-Shirts, Pins, Physical Gear Packs and a special Tony Moore poster

Saturday is also a great opportunity to come and talk to the myriad of developers from The Coalition who will be in attendance for First to 50. We’d love to meet you!

Finally, on Sunday fans are invited to sign up as teams of five to survive 10 waves of Horde on the PAX Stage for prizes. Teams who survive the first 10 waves can then make the decision to take the prize – or put it all on the line for a chance to win an even better prize by completing the next 10 waves of Horde as a team. Prizes will also differ based on the difficulty selected by each team.

All the action will be streamed on Twitch live at Twitch.TV/PaxArena, Twitch.TV/Xbox or Twitch.TV/GearsofWar. Add these dates and times to your calendars to make sure you don’t miss a beat:

  • Friday September 2, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm PDT
  • Saturday September 3, from 6:30pm PDT onwards
  • Sunday, September 4, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm PDT

PAX ATTENDEES

If you’ve secured your PAX West ticket, Horde 3.0 is waiting for you on the show floor! You’ll get 30 minutes to try and beat 10 waves of Horde 3.0 on Normal Difficulty with 4 squad mates, along with a coach from The Coalition to help you make the most of your time.

Every time you complete your Horde session at our booth, you’ll also walk away with one of our awesome Physical Gear Packs which unlock in-game content (and make for a great Gears collectible too!). We’ll also be giving away one of two unique pins every day of the show – keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter to find out more.

Head to the PAX Arena to really put your Horde skills to the test. The PAX Arena is the only place where you can take on the Swarm on Hardcore difficulty – be one of the first teams to beat all 10 waves within the allotted time, and you’ll walk away with some special Gears of War merchandise! Grab your friends and bring them to the Arena to see if you’re up for the challenge.

There’s also some additional Gears action to be found on the show floor thanks to our friends at Nvidia and Alienware. Head to their booth to play Gears of War 4 for Windows 10 in stunning 4K resolution, and battle the Swarm in a section of the campaign set during a Windflare. (Tip – Don’t throw grenades against the wind!).

There’s plenty more to come from our huge PAX Prime weekend, so stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the latest information. See you in Seattle!

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One of the best things about working on ID@Xbox at Microsoft is the opportunity to interact with game makers and creators on a daily basis. One of the others is being able to share our games with our awesome fans, especially those people who are pumped to check out new and innovative experiences. Over the past couple of years, we have brought those groups together at an awesome event called the ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House. It’s been so much fun that we’ve decided to do it again!

That’s right, for the third year in a row we’re inviting gamers to visit us on the Microsoft campus and help us kick off PAX West with the latest ID@Xbox games! We’re going to be showcasing more than 50 games, including some of the most highly anticipated upcoming titles, as well as some new surprises. Beyond that, you can pick up collectible pins from each of the games (while supplies last) and enter to win some great prizes. We hope you can join us!

For more information or to register for this FREE event – click here

Here’s what you need to know:

When: Thursday September 1st 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 a number of newly announced and several that will be publically playable for the first time ever! Meet the developers and check out some of our most highly anticipated titles, including Outlast 2, Everspace, Cuphead, Pit People, and new content in ARK: Survival Evolved. 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.

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:

  • 140 – Carlsen Games
  • AER – Forgotten Key
  • ARK: Survival Evolved – Studio Wildcard
  • Armed and Gelatinous – Three Flip Studios
  • Axiom Verge – Thomas Happ Games
  • Beacon – Monothetic LLC
  • Blackwood Crossing – PaperSeven Ltd
  • Brawlout – Angry Mob Games
  • The Bunker – Splendy Games
  • Candle Man – Spotlightor
  • Cluster Truck – Landfall Games
  • Cuphead – StudioMDHR
  • Death Squared – SMG Studio
  • Deforms – Ready at Dawn
  • Earth’s Dawn – Rising Star
  • EVERSPACE – ROCKFISH Games
  • Flinthook – Tribute Games
  • Gas Guzzlers Extreme – Gamepires
  • GRIDD: Retroenhanced – AntabStudio
  • Knee Deep – Prologue Games
  • Mantis Burn Racing – VooFoo Studios Ltd.
  • Manual Samuel – Perfectly Paranormal
  • Mekazoo – The Good Mood Creators
  • Moonshot – Pump Action Games
  • Outlast 2 – Red Barrels
  • Pit People – The Behemoth
  • Raiders of the Broken Planet – Mercury Steam
  • Redout – 34BigThings
  • Refactor – NextGen Pants
  • Rescue Triangle – CottonGame
  • Rise and Shine – Adult Swim
  • Road Redemption – Dark Seas Interactive
  • Silence – Daedalic Entertainment
  • Slime Rancher – Monomi Park
  • Sniper Elite 4 – Rebellion
  • State of Mind – Daedalic Entertainment
  • Strength of the Sword ULTIMATE – Ivent Games
  • Super Slam Dunk Touchdown – Tipping Goat LLC
  • Superweights – Pompaduo
  • The Final Station – Do My Best Games
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 3 – Jackbox Games
  • We Are Chicago – Culture Shock Games
  • Warhammer: Vermintide – Fatshark
  • Westerado – Adult Swim
  • Western Press – Bandit-1

Gears fans, the wait is almost over. We know you’ve been eager to see what’s in store for the future of Gears multiplayer, and next month, we’re excited to give you the first taste and an opportunity to help shape the multiplayer experience in Gears of War 4 with the launch of our global Versus multiplayer beta, exclusively on Xbox One.

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Beginning on April 18, fans who’ve played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One or Windows 10 will begin to receive tokens in waves for early access to the beta. Following the conclusion of early access on April 24, all qualifying Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One will be invited to join the beta until it ends on May 1.

In addition, we’re extending the timeframe for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition players to qualify for early access to the Gears of War 4 beta from March 1 to April 11. To qualify, just log on to Xbox Live and play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One or Windows 10 by 11 p.m. PDT, April 11.

Season 2 Finals and Fan Activities at PAX East

We are also excited to announce that we will be joining you at PAX East in Boston and will be hosting a variety of fan activities, including:

*The Gears eSports ESL Pro League Season 2 finals will be LIVE from Boston at PAX East on Saturday, April 23. Fans can tune into the Gears of War Twitch channel to watch the best Gears of War ESL Pro teams square off for the championship title. We are also excited to announce we will be increasing the prize pool for Season 2 to $60,000 thanks to fan support of our Season 2 bundles! During the stream, we will also debut the worldwide exclusive reveal of a new competitive game mode for Gears of War 4. Those watching from home can tune into the stream for instructions on how to get the special Season 2 Finals weapon skin and a chance to win a limited edition custom Gears of War 4 console.

*The Out of the Shadows: Inside Gears of War Multiplayer with The Coalition panel on Sunday, Apr. 24 at 10:30am in the Albatross Theater featuring a deeper dive in Gears of War 4 multiplayer and some special surprises. We’ll also be offering up some great prizes to any of our fans who turn up in Gears of War Cosplay! Gears fans who can’t make the show can take part in the fun from home LIVE on the Gears of War Twitch channel!

*Lastly, fans at PAX East will be treated to Gears of War 4 Versus multiplayer located in the Xbox Booth.

Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you online when the beta kicks off next month!