Checking in from Latin America’s Biggest Gaming Event
This week, we’re at the Brazil Game Show in sunny Sao Paulo. It’s a passionate group of fans and consumers alike, drawing crowds upwards of 300,000. And it continues to grow in size, energy and importance each year. It is, by far, the largest gathering of Latin American gamers and this year, Phil Spencer and developers from 343 Industries, Crystal Dynamics, Remedy Entertainment and several others made the trip to South America to experience the excitement first hand. Here’s what we’ve been up to so far. On Wednesday night, we gathered with about 400 lively Xbox fans and media at MuBE, the Brazilian Sculpture Museum. Phil took the stage and spotlighted our games lineup this holiday – Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, to name a few. And, of course, Forza Motorsport 6, featuring its hero track destination: Rio. Brazil boasts some of the industry’s most supercharged racing fans, and its legacy of Formula 1 champions is unmatched. That’s why Xbox fans at the Premier were stunned when Phil welcomed two-time F1 world champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi to the stage.
Join Delta Squad or Break a Sweat with One of These New Xbox One Bundles
We promised a week of bundles and today, we’re continuing to deliver with not one but two great bundles. With limited edition designs inspired by this year’s biggest titles, and ways to play full-body games where you are the controller, there are more ways than ever to customize your Xbox One experience and make it your own. Which Xbox One bundle will you choose this holiday? You might recall that in July, we introduced the Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle, which is available now. Today we’ve got something special in store for Gears fans: the Xbox One Special Edition Gears of War Bundle, featuring a 500GB Cirrus White console and controller, a full-game download of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, the Superstar Cole multiplayer skin and early access to the Gears of War 4 Beta. Experience the original Gears of War rebuilt from the ground up in 1080p, including 60FPS competitive multiplayer with 19 maps and six game modes, and five campaign chapters never released on console. And for a limited time, when you play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live, you’ll get the entire Xbox 360 Gears of War collection to play on Xbox One at no additional cost (more details here). Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is also your ticket to early access of the Gears of War 4 Beta in Spring 2016. This is the first Gears at its best – a bundle for veterans of the series and newcomers alike, who want to experience some of the best that Xbox has to offer.
Three Blockbuster Games When You Take Home the Xbox One 1TB Holiday Bundle
It’s day two in our week full of bundles and to help gamers get into the holiday spirit, we’re packing a punch today with value like never before. We’re excited to unveil the Xbox One 1TB Holiday Bundle featuring a few of our favorites from the greatest games lineup in our history: Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rare Replay and a full-game download of Ori and the Blind Forest. With 1TB of storage, you can play and store more games than ever, including your Xbox 360 favorites thanks to Xbox One Backward Compatibility.
With the Xbox One 1TB Holiday Bundle, fans can look forward to: Experiencing the original Gears of War rebuilt from the ground up in 1080p, including 60FPS competitive multiplayer with 19 maps and six game modes and five campaign chapters never released on console, accessing the entire Xbox 360 Gears or War collection to play on Xbox One through Backward Compatibility at no additional cost when you play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live by Dec. 31, 2015, playing a jaw-dropping collection of 30 iconic games with Rare Replay, from Battletoads and Banjo-Kazooie to Perfect Dark and more and immersing themselves in the critically acclaimed action-platformer, Ori and the Blind Forest.
This year we’ve also got an incredible roster of exclusives like Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Forza Motorsport 6. With new features added all the time, and the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever coming this November, there’s never been a better time to jump ahead with Xbox One.
The Xbox One 1TB Holiday Bundle will be available starting in October for $399 USD. Check with your local retailer, including Microsoft stores, for details today.
This November, Your Xbox One Experience Gets Faster and More Social than Ever
This fall marks an important moment in the history of Xbox as Xbox One readies for its biggest update yet – a completely re-imagined Xbox One, inspired by your feedback, brings the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever. You will also be able to play your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One at no additional cost. The New Xbox One Experience is releasing alongside the greatest games lineup in Xbox history, making it an incredible holiday for our fans.
As director of program management on the platform team at Xbox, I wanted to share an update of what to expect with the transformation in November. At Xbox, we put games and gamers at the center of everything we do. We are inspired by your passion and continue to listen to your input. The New Xbox One Experience will be powered by Windows 10, elevating the gaming experience on Xbox One. Integrating the speed of Windows 10, the New Xbox One Experience will get you to popular gaming features up to 50 percent faster. Instantly start a party, see what your friends are playing, and get updates to your recently played games from Home with no wait time. We’ll also be delivering your most requested feature – Xbox One Backward Compatibility.
Guerrilla Warfare Showcased in the Third Limited Edition Rise of the Tomb Raider Poster
This week at the GameStop Manager’s Show, Xbox and Crystal Dynamics unveiled the third poster in a limited edition series, showcasing each of the unique and thrilling themes in Rise of the Tomb Raider. The poster will be available in limited quantities exclusively at GameStop to gamers who pre-order Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One and can be picked up in store when the game releases on November 10th. Following Geof Darrow’s take on “women-vs-wild” at San Diego Comic-Con and La Boca’s interpretation of “tombs” at gamescom, Frank Kozik, CEO of Kid Robot, and the legendary artist responsible for some of the most iconic music posters for Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Pearl Jam (to name a few) took on the challenge of designing a poster for Rise of the Tomb Raider, and showcases “guerrilla warfare” in his trademark style.
gamescom 2015: Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom Thursday Recap
We’re in full swing now, as we head toward the weekend of gamescom 2015. Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, Acey Bongos, and Julia Hardy just wrapped the second and final episode of their live show, Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom for 2015. Today, they covered some serious ground – including Forza Motorsport 6, FIFA 16, Rise of the Tomb Raider, the new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and more. Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom had it all from Thursday in Cologne.
Watch the full video-on-demand replay below, or jump to the following segments at these timestamps:
[02:56] Our hosts discuss some of their favorite moments from gamescom 2015 so far, [04:48] Forza Motorsport 6 – Turn 10’s Dan Greenawalt showcases a special 2017 Ford Focus RS, with a one-of-a-kind livery designed by an Xbox fan, [08:35] Rise of the Tomb Raider – Crystal Dynamics’ Brian Horton reveals a first look at footage for the next installment in the highly anticipated Tomb Raider franchise, coming exclusively to Xbox One this holiday season, [12:32] 343 Industries’ Kiki Wolfkill gives you a closer look at the 1 TB custom-designed Xbox One Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition Bundle, [17:22] Shannon Loftis from Microsoft Studios joins us to talk games like Crackdown 3, Scalebound, and Quantum Break, [24:56] FIFA 16 – Step up to the pitch and take a closer look at FIFA 16 on Xbox One, [29:41] Get up-close and personal with the new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, and see how you can use the custom application to program virtually unlimited ways of playing, [37:11] Unravel – Get a closer look at Unravel, from Electronic Arts and independent Swedish developer Coldwood,
[39:46] Ori and the Blind Forest – Thomas Mahler and Gennadiy Korol from Moon Studios unveil the latest expansion of the Ori world with the Definitive Edition, coming to Windows 10 PC and Xbox One later this year, [42:32] We Happy Few – Guillaume Provost from Compulsion Games shares more on the ID@Xbox title We Happy Few, which is joining more than 30 indie games that are coming to Windows 10 PC, [46:48] New Xbox One Experience – Richard Irving provides a walkthrough revealing some of the latest updates coming in the New Xbox One Experience, launching globally this fall, [49:13] ARK: Survival Evolved – Studio Wildcard’s Jesse Rapczak talks more about the journey to bring ARK: Survival Evolved to Xbox One, [55:41] Mad Max – Don’t miss our exclusive look at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Avalanche Studios’ stunning Mad Max in action and [61:39] ID@Xbox – Check out the latest from ID@Xbox, including more than 150 new titles coming in the next 12 months. There’s a lot to look forward to!
gamescom 2015: Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom Wednesday Recap
It’s here: gamescom 2015, the largest consumer gaming show in the world, is upon us – and Xbox is sharing news at every turn. Yesterday, we hosted the Xbox gamescom 2015 Briefing, where we showcased how we’re making the greatest games lineup in Xbox history even better. Today, we kept the news coming throughout the day with Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom, our live show hosted by Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, Graeme Boyd, Xbox Live’s Acey Bongos, and Julia Hardy. Check out the latest from Scalebound, Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, and Quantum Break. Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom broke it all down, straight from gamescom.
Watch the full video-on-demand replay below, or jump to the following segments at these timestamps:
[04:59] Our hosts share their thoughts on all the exciting news from yesterday’s Xbox briefing, [07:23] Halo Wars 2 – Don’t miss the brand-new teaser trailer for Halo Wars 2, [10:15] Quantum Break – Remedy’s Sam Lake and Quantum Break lead actor Shawn Ashmore discuss the studio’s 2016 blockbuster game, [15:47] Mafia 3 – Hangar 14 Games’ Haden Blackman joins the hosts to take a closer look at the recently revealed Mafia 3, [19:56] Crackdown 3 – Dave Jones from Reagent Games stops by the set to discuss how Crackdown 3 on Xbox One will deliver unrivaled destruction, [24:27] Rainbow Six Siege – Check out the latest in-action trailer from Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege, [25:18] Killer Instinct: Season 3 – Ken Lobb unveils a never-before-seen character trailer for the newly announced season of Killer Instinct, launching in early 2016 on Xbox One and Windows 10, [30:15] Cobalt – Oxeye Lead Developers Daniel Brynolf and Pontus Hammarberg demo Cobalt, a console exclusive coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360, [33:24] Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, talks about the biggest announcements from yesterday’s briefing, and the games he’s most excited about, [39:30] Fable Legends – Check out the exclusive world premiere video documentary for Fable Legends, [44:32] Thimbleweed Park – ID@Xbox showed several innovative new titles at gamescom, and Ron Gilbert stops by to give a closer look at Thimbleweed Park, [48:16] Homefront: The Revolution – Get a glimpse at what’s coming in the brand-new trailer for Homefront: The Revolution, [50:17] Halo 5: Guardians – 343 Industries’ Josh Holmes talks the return of Halo eSports with the Halo World Championship, [53:46] Scalebound – Check out the latest footage from the on-stage demo for the next great action-RPG from critically-acclaimed developer PlatinumGames and renowned game director Hideki Kamiya,
[59:52] Final Fantasy XV – Check out an exclusive trailer reveal for Final Fantasy XV, with a word from game director Hajime Tabata.