It’s almost time for gamers to descend upon downtown Seattle once again for PAX West! The convention, running from September 1 through September 4, is one of the largest gaming events in North America, and Xbox has something for everyone planned throughout the weekend. Read on for details on the gameplay and activities you’ll find in our booth, multiple panels, Mixer streams, and PAX West sweepstakes.

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

Experience Xbox One’s largest, most diverse games lineup in the Xbox booth! There will be 13 different titles available to play, including Forza Motorsport 7, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Sea of Thieves, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Super Lucky’s Tale, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Cuphead, and so much more. You’ll also get the opportunity to go hands on with our newest and most powerful console: the Xbox One X!

In addition to games, try your hand at the Super Lucky’s Tale Claw Machine, take a picture in the Minecraft Experience, design a custom controller with Xbox Design Lab, learn more about Game Pass and Xbox Live, and see the Xbox One X up close. The Xbox Booth will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday and is only available to PAX West badge holders.

In addition to the activities found in the Xbox Booth, you can meet with Xbox employees and learn about some amazing non-profits in the Diversity Lounge, and sign up to test new Xbox products at the Microsoft User Research booth in the Skybridge Lobby!

Mixer
North Hall, 4th Floor, Booth #425

Come meet some of our most influential partners and streamers at the Mixer booth! We’ll have two streaming pod stations decked-out in high-tech PC and Xbox gear, where our partners will be streaming from the Mixer booth on the PAX West show floor. There will be a “fan zone” behind the streamers as well, so attendees can engage with and be a part of the streaming action!

The Mixer team will also be streaming a steady flow of developer interviews, gameplay from some of this year’s most anticipated titles, including other unique content via our streaming living room at center stage, and via our mobile camera crews walking the PAX West floor.

Can’t make it to PAX West in person? No problem! Watch all the action happening at PAX West via mixer.com/mixer. And don’t forget to stop by the Mixer booth to sign up for your Mixer account and to secure the first ever Mixer Pinny Arcade pin!

Xbox PAX West Panels

Come hear from members of the Xbox team at a variety of panels at PAX West. Check them out below!

The Evolution of the Gaming Industry: Fresh Voices in Gaming

Friday, September 1
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sandworm Theater (Sheraton, Level 2)

The gaming industry has evolved a lot over the years as new and emerging voices are calling for change and the industry is beginning to listen. Join Xbox’s Gaming for Everyone team as they host a discussion with industry influencers who are working to make gaming fun for everyone.

Helping Others Level Up: How Gaming Supports Healthcare

Friday, September 1
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sandworm Theater (Sheraton, Level 2)

Video games and virtual reality have incredible therapeutic potential within the hospital environment. In this panel, including Aaron Greenberg, you’ll learn how games can be used to support the healing process, and how YOU can make a difference at your local hospital.

Streaming 101: Starting Your Quest

Saturday, September 2
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hydra Theater (Grand Hyatt, Level 1)

Every streamer has to start somewhere. Seasoned streamers share the tools you need to begin your journey into the world of livestreaming. Join Mixer as we go over how to set up your channel, choose the right moderators, and go live with style.

Major Nelson Radio

Saturday, September 2
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wyvern Theater (Westin, Level 4)

We’ve been here since the beginning of PAX in the mid 2000’s. Over a decade later we’re still being allowed in. Quick, come see this live show before someone figures our scam out! Join Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, lollip0p, and JEF United as we record an episode of the award winning officially unofficial Xbox-centric podcast Major Nelson Radio LIVE in front of you, our studio audience. It will be an hour of awkward audience participation, Xbox prizes, guests, and maybe some fun. Maybe.

Details here!

Git Gud Ally: Beyond 101

Saturday, September 2
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Hippogriff Theater (Grand Hyatt, Level 1)

Design, development, and community folks across Xbox, Mixer, and Gaming for Everyone go beyond Inclusive 101 and share the exciting projects and initiatives they’re working on. The panel will discuss what their work means for you and what kind of dialog needs to continue to create the best inclusive experiences for gamers. This is a moderated panel with a focus on Gaming for Everyone followed by audience Q&A.

PAX Xbox Design Lab Sweepstakes

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Enter for a chance to win one of 10 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 #Sweepstakes. Don’t forget to follow @Xbox while you’re at it!
  • Follow @Xbox on Twitter and retweet one of their tweets mentioning the sweepstakes, including #XboxPAX #Sweepstakes.

You have until September 4 to enter. The contest is open to anyone from the US or Canada. Click through for the Official Rules.

Bree White, Global Product Marketing Manager, Xbox shared some news on the Xbox Design Lab program, including the addition of more colors and availability to more regions. Read the details below:

Last year, we unveiled Xbox Design Lab, the first online customization program we’ve ever launched where you can design your very own official Xbox Wireless Controller. Since then, fans have created hundreds of thousands of unique designs that express their creativity and style. Today, we’re excited to announce that we are adding even more customization options based on fan feedback, now giving you over a billion design combinations to choose from. We’ve also refreshed the design interface for a more seamless experience and will be launching Xbox Design Lab to more countries starting today.

On top of all the original customization options available in Xbox Design Lab, we’ve added:

  • 4 new color options including Ink Blue, Mineral Blue, Sierra Brown and Desert Tan
  • 11 new thumbstick colors including Glacier Blue, Zest Orange, Retro Pink, Electric Green, Robot White, Lightning Yellow, Ash Gray, Ink Blue, Mineral Blue, Sierra Brown and Desert Tan
  • New metallic finishes for D-pads and triggers to add a premium look to your controller
  • Black rubberized grips for added comfort and control

In addition to the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, Xbox Design Lab is now available in the U.K., France and Germany starting today, and will be coming to additional European countries later this summer.

Controllers start at $79.99 USD, and pricing may vary for additional options. For a limited time between now and June 19, we’re offering a free engraving promotion for all Xbox Wireless Controllers purchased through Xbox Design Lab.

Bowie Key Art Horizontal ControllersEach controller is made to order and will be delivered within 14 business days of placing your order. In addition to the new features detailed above, you can customize the controller body, back case, D-pad, bumpers, triggers, thumbsticks, ABXY buttons and View and Menu buttons. You can also add laser engraving with a custom 16-character message.

Xbox Design Lab adds customization options to the same Xbox Wireless Controller that is available in stores today, with features that include textured side case grip, improved wireless range and Bluetooth technology for easier connectivity to Windows 10 devices. The controller is compatible across the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X when it launches November 7.

Check out the full Xbox Design Lab experience on xbox.com, microsoft.com or your local Microsoft Store. We’re looking forward to seeing your one-in-a-billion designs!

 

Starting tomorrow, April 11, fans can take advantage of the Spring Sale on Xbox with deals on more than 350 games, Xbox accessories, movies & TV shows, music and apps.

For the gamer, the Spring Sale includes deals for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows 10. 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!

Not an Xbox Live Gold member yet? Sign in to Xbox.com and go Gold for $1 for the first month of membership until April 17th to save even more during the Spring Sale.

Some of these games support Xbox Play Anywhere, meaning one purchase gets you the game on Xbox One and Windows 10 with cross save capability, allowing you to pick up and play from different platforms.

And for the first-time, Xbox Design Lab controllers will be included in the sale, and also check your Xbox console for exclusive deals on other controllers and headsets. In addition, Microsoft Store will also offer in store and online savings that include $30 off select Xbox games and 33% off select PCs.

Save up to 50% on hundreds of hit movies and TV shows including Arrival, The Big Bang Theory, the Resident Evil Complete Collection, Ghostbusters and more. From hot new releases to movie bundles to TV season passes, you won’t want to miss these deals. Apps like Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and Drawboard PDF, and the new Beauty and the Beast soundtrack will also be included in the sale.

The Spring Sale starts tomorrow, April 11, so visit check back here or visit Xbox.com and Microsoft Store to take advantage of the deals before they end on April 17.

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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Can’t decide what to get the gamer in your life this holiday?  Let them design their own Xbox Wireless Controller with a Digital Code from Xbox Design Lab.

Xbox Design Lab Digital Codes are available now and can be purchased exclusively at microsoftstore.com for $89.98 USD. Once you make your purchase, you’ll receive a Digital Code via email to share with your favorite gamer. Then, have them visit xbox.com/xboxdesignlab to design their own Xbox Wireless Controller and redeem their Digital Code at checkout.

Each code includes custom engraving up to 16 characters. With more than 8 million color combinations to choose from, give a truly personal gift the gamer in your life will love!  And don’t forget – all new Xbox Wireless Controllers work with any Xbox One console and feature enhanced comfort and feel with textured grip, improved wireless range and Bluetooth technology for gaming on Windows 10 devices.

Xbox Design Lab is open for orders in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. You or that special gamer in your life can design their own Xbox Wireless Controller by visiting xbox.com/xboxdesignlab or select Microsoft Stores. Controllers designed through Xbox Design Lab are delivered within 14 business days with free shipping.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy giving a personalized Xbox Design Lab Controller or Digital Code!