The Summer Spotlight is back and it’s time to celebrate! From July 25 to September 4 the Xbox Store will have over 30 new games coming to Xbox One, including the most anticipated titles of the Summer like Fortnite, Tacoma, and Sonic Mania. That means new games every week, so be sure to check my blog or the Xbox Store every Tuesday to discover all of the new games to play.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Marcus (GT: Spacyignignot) for winning the first place prize and Karen (GT: Slow GIN Fizz) for winning the second place prize. The rest of the winners have been notified via email. Thanks for all those who participated in the giveaway. Stay tuned as I’ll have more giveaways here and on Twitter soon.

To celebrate the Summer Spotlight, I will be giving away an Xbox One S, accessories, copies of every Summer Spotlight title + more. Details below!

Here are the confirmed Summer Spotlight titles:

July 14
Serial Cleaner

July 19
What Remains of Edith Finch
Moonhunters
Gigantic Ultimate Bundle

July 21
Conga Master

July 25
Fable Fortune
Infinite Minigolf
Aven Colony
Fortnite

July 26
Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure
Gridd: Retroenhanced
Pressure Overdrive

July 28
Super CloudBuilt
Cyber Complex

August 01
Resident Evil Revelations
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
The Long Dark

August 02
Tacoma
Vostok Inc

August 03
Cuphead (pre-order)

August 04
The Way
Mr Shifty
Race Arcade

August 08
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2
Batman: The Enemy Within – The Complete Season
Sine Mora EX
BLACKHOLE: Complete Edition

August 11
Jump, Step, Step

August 15
Sonic Mania
Ken Follett’s The Pillars Of The Earth
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August 16
Circuit Breakers
Conan Exiles (Xbox Game Preview)

August 18
Thumper

August 22
World of Tanks: War Stories
SwapQuest
The Escapists 2
Super Comboman: Smash Edition

August 23
Spartan
ChromaGun
Knock-Knock
Blacksea Odyssey

August 24
Bleed
Wolfenstein 2-pack

August 25
Path of Exile
Absolute Drift: Zen Edition
Mages of Mystralia
Naruto Shippuuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy
Battle of the Bulge
Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror

August 28
Life is Strange – Before the Storm Deluxe Edition

August 29
Killing Floor 2
ARK: Survival Evolved
Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder
Dead Alliance
Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition
Redout: Lightspeed Edition
Surf World Series

August 30
Feral Fury
Aeterno Blade
The Metronomicon: Slay the Dancefloor
X-Morph: Defense

September 01
White Noise 2
Songbringer

NOTE: Actual release dates and availability may change or vary by region. Titles included in the Summer Spotlight campaign that haven’t been released prior to the end of the contest will not be included in the giveaway.

This post will be updated as new titles are added and/or released. Be sure to follow me on Twitter to get updates, find out about special giveaways, and much more. Enjoy the kick off of our Summer Spotlight this week, and be sure to visit Xbox Wire over the next few weeks for in-depth looks at some of the biggest titles to play this summer!

Also, Xbox Live Rewards members can earn 4,000 Rewards Credits for diving into these releases featured in Summer Spotlight. Click here for more information on the Xbox Live Rewards Summer Spotlight program.

Summer Spotlight Giveaway

  • How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is watch the Summer Spotlight trailer below and register using the below form:

Summer Spotlight Giveaway

Check out the prizes:

Note: I’m using a new method for contest entry – Do NOT leave an entry in the comments or on Twitter. Only entries using the entry form above will be accepted.

  • What are the rules?

Register to enter using the guidance above. Click here to see the full list of Microsoft Major Nelson Promotions Official Rules.

Do not @ reply me on Twitter or leave a comment below. That will not count!

Deadline to enter is 11:00 am ET / 8:00 am PT on Tuesday, 05 September. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regions. Winners will be notified on or about 06 September. I will update this post with the winners after they have redeemed their prize.

Have fun and good luck!

The Spring Sale is going on now until 17 April with deals on more than 350 Xbox games, Xbox accessories, movies & TV shows, music and apps. Xbox games are up to 67% off and an additional 10% off for Xbox Live Gold members. Popular titles and add-ons include Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Titanfall 2, FIFA 17, Overwatch, For Honor, and many more! If that’s not enough, choose from over 35 Backward Compatible titles on sale. See the full list of deals here.

To celebrate the Spring Sale, I will be giving away an Xbox One S console, Xbox accessories and a collection of some of my favorite titles included in the Spring Sale.

  • How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is watch the Spring Sale trailer below and submit your entry using this form:

Spring Sale Giveaway

Note: I’m using a new method for contest entry – Do NOT leave an entry in the comments or on Twitter. Only entries using the entry form above will be accepted.

  • What can you win?

Grand Prize Winner: 

*Xbox One S 500GB Console – Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle – includes the following:
-Xbox One S Deep Blue Special Edition 500GB Console
-Deep Blue Special Edition Xbox Wireless Controller
-Gears of War 4: Standard Edition (disc)
-14-day Xbox Live Gold trial

*Elite Prize Pack (includes Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller, Casio G-Shock Xbox Elite Watch, Braven external speaker and 12 months Xbox Live Gold)

*Plantronics RIG 400HX Gaming Headset for Xbox One

*Seagate Halo Wars 2 Special Edition 2TB Game Drive for Xbox

*Digital Xbox One codes for the following titles: ARK: Survival Evolved (Game Preview), Astroneer, Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, FIFA 17, For Honor, Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition, Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, NBA 2K17, Overwatch, Titanfall 2 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

*Digital Xbox 360 code for Call of Duty: Black Ops II (now playable on Xbox One with Backward Compatibility)

Second Place Prize:

*Elite Prize Pack (includes Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller, Casio G-Shock Xbox Elite Watch, Braven external speaker and 12 months Xbox Live Gold)

*Digital Xbox One codes for the following titles: ARK: Survival Evolved (Game Preview), Astroneer, Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, FIFA 17, For Honor, Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition, Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, NBA 2K17, Overwatch, Titanfall 2 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Third Place Prize:

*Digital Xbox One codes for the following titles: ARK: Survival Evolved (Game Preview), Astroneer, Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, FIFA 17, For Honor, Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition, Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, NBA 2K17, Overwatch, Titanfall 2 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

  • What are the rules?

Submit your entry using the form above.

Do not @ reply me on Twitter or leave a comment below. That will not count!

Deadline to enter is 7:00 pm ET / 4:00 pm PT on Tuesday, 18 April. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regions. Winners will be notified on or about 19 April. I will update this post with the winners after they have redeemed their prize.

Have fun and good luck!

Note: Any winner who does not respond to my email notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize. Only entries received at www.majornelson.com using the submission form will be considered. For more information on contest rules, please visit this website.

 

UPDATE: The giveaway is now over. Thank you to all those who participated in the giveaway. Congratulations to Michael (GT: Writhm) for winning the first place prize and Michelle (GT: Loon03) for winning the second place prize.

Halo Wars 2, the sequel to the original Real Time Strategy (RTS) game set in the Halo universe, is scheduled to release on Tuesday, 21 February (those who purchase the Ultimate Edition get early access starting 17 February). To celebrate the launch of Halo Wars 2, I will be co-hosting a live show (details below) and giving away an Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition Bundle, Halo Wars 2 Banished Official Wired Controller for Xbox One, a Halo Wars 2 Loot Crate, J!NX gift certificates and of course, digital Xbox One codes for copies of the game.

This February, real-time strategy makes an explosive return to the Halo Universe with Halo Wars 2. Lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces like Warthogs, Scorpions and exciting new units in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy. Featuring campaign, multiplayer, and the all-new Blitz mode, this is the biggest Halo battlefield ever. The action begins February 17th with Ultimate Edition early access. Learn more about Halo Wars 2 here.

Halo Wars 2 Livestream Launch Celebration Details

The livestream will go live on 16 February at 7 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. PST, and will broadcast out on Xbox One, Beam, Twitch, Facebook Live and YouTube. Tune in to watch the festivities, learn more about the game through exclusive interviews with the team and have a chance to win some prizes. Click here for more details.

Halo Wars 2 Giveaway

  • How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is watch the Halo Wars 2 launch trailer below and submit your entry using this form:

Halo Wars 2 Giveaway

Note: I’m using a new method for contest entry – Do NOT leave an entry in the comments or on Twitter. Only entries using the entry form above will be accepted.

  • What can you win?

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Grand Prize Winner: 

*Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition Bundle – includes the following:

-Xbox One S 1TB console
-Xbox Wireless Controller
-Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition digital code for Xbox and Windows 10
-Halo Wars 2: Season Pass digital code
-Halo Wars: Definitive Edition digital code for Xbox and Windows 10
-14-day Xbox Live Gold trial

*Halo Wars 2 Banished Official Wired Controller for Xbox One from PDP

*Official companion crate for Halo Wars 2 from Loot Crate

*J!NX gift certificate ($50 USD – actual value may vary based on region / exchange rate) – check out the J!NX Halo product line here

*Digital Xbox One code for Halo Wars 2 (Ultimate Edition)

Runner Up Prize (5 winners):

*J!NX gift certificate ($50 USD – actual value may vary based on region / exchange rate) – check out the J!NX Halo product line here

*Digital Xbox One code for Halo Wars 2 (Ultimate Edition)

  • What are the rules?

Submit your entry after watching the trailer using the form above.

Do not @ reply me on Twitter or leave a comment below. That will not count!

Deadline to enter is 7:00 pm ET / 4:00 pm PT on Tuesday, 21 February. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regionscheck the availability of Halo Wars 2 for Xbox One in your Xbox LIVE region. Winners will be notified on or about 22 February. I will update this post with the winners after they have redeemed their prize.

Have fun and good luck!

Note: Any winner who does not respond to my email notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize. Only entries received at www.majornelson.com using the submission form will be considered.

 

UPDATE: All of the prizes have been redeemed. Congratulations to the winners, including Andrew (GT: Ajo4ad) who won the grand prize. Thanks to all those who entered the giveaway. Keep checking back for more giveaways in the future.

 

If you want to pre-order Halo Wars 2Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition or the Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition Bundle, you can do that here:

Halo Wars 2 – this bundle includes Halo Wars 2 and Welcome to the Ark, the story missions & multiplayer leaders from the original Halo Wars 2 campaign.

Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition – this bundle includes Halo Wars 2, Welcome to the Ark, the story missions & multiplayer leaders from the original Halo Wars 2 campaign and the Season Pass.

Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition Bundle – includes 1TB console, Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, Season Pass, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition & Xbox Wireless Controller.

Dead Rising 4, the latest installment in the Dead Rising series, is scheduled to release on Tuesday, 06 December. And to celebrate the return of Frank West and one of the most popular zombie game franchises of all time, I am giving away an Xbox One S console, accessories including the Xbox Design Lab controllers, Astro A50 headsets, Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD, and of course, digital Xbox One codes for copies of the game.

Dead Rising 4 marks the return of photojournalist Frank West in an all-new chapter of one of the most popular zombie game franchises of all time. All of the classic hallmarks of the ground breaking series return, including a huge array of weapons and vehicles players can combine to combat the horde ranging from the practical – to the practically insane.

  • How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is submit your answer to the question below using this form:

Dead Rising 4 Giveaway

Note: I’m using a new method for contest entry – Do NOT leave an entry in the comments or on Twitter. Only entries using the entry form above will be accepted.

  • What can you win?

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Grand Prize Winner: 

*Xbox One S console – includes the following:

-2TB hard drive (internal)
-Xbox Wireless Controller with 3.5mm headset jack
-Console stand (for vertical orientation)
-HDMI cable
-AC power cable
-14-day Xbox Live Gold trial

*Xbox Design Lab Digital Code – design your own Xbox Wireless Controller with more than 8 million color combinations to choose from + custom engraving up to 16 characters.

*ASTRO A50 Wireless Headset for Xbox One

*Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD (512 GB)

*Digital Xbox One code for Dead Rising 4 (standard edition)

Second Place Prize:

*Xbox Design Lab Digital Code – design your own Xbox Wireless Controller with more than 8 million color combinations to choose from + custom engraving up to 16 characters.

*ASTRO A50 Wireless Headset for Xbox One

*Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD (512 GB)

*Digital Xbox One code for Dead Rising 4 (standard edition)

Runner Up Prize (5 winners):

*Digital Xbox One code for Dead Rising 4 (standard edition)

  • What are the rules?

Submit your answer to the question using the form above.

Do not @ reply me on Twitter or leave a comment below. That will not count!

Deadline to enter is 7:00 pm ET / 4:00 pm PT on Tuesday, 06 December. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regionscheck the availability of Dead Rising 4 for Xbox One in your Xbox LIVE region. Winners will be notified on or about 07 December. I will update this post with the winners after they have redeemed their prize.

Have fun and good luck!

Note: Any winner who does not respond to my email notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize. Only entries received at www.majornelson.com using the submission form will be considered.

If you want to pre-order Dead Rising 4 or Dead Rising 4 Deluxe Edition, you can do that here:

Dead Rising 4 Bundle – this bundle includes Dead Rising 4.

Dead Rising 4 Deluxe Edition – this bundle includes Dead Rising 4 and the Season Pass.

NOTE: Congratulations to Carlos, Gamertag: XdeathisnearX on winning the second place prize and to Nicholas, Gamertag: Grimace221 for winning the grand prize. Thanks to everyone who entered in the giveaway. Keep checking my blog as I plan to do another giveaway soon.

 

Larry Hryb @majornelson

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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.