Xbox at gamescom 2015: Everything You Need to Know

gamescom 2015, the largest consumer gaming show in the world, is nearly upon us – and, as usual, Xbox will be there in full force. To kick things off, this year’s Xbox gamescom 2015 Briefing starts on Tuesday, August 4 at 4:00 p.m. CEST (10:00 a.m. EDT). You’ll get in-depth looks at tons of upcoming games coming in 2015 and beyond. We’ll give you a solid rundown of the things you should be looking forward to on Xbox and Windows 10. You can watch the Xbox gamescom 2015 Briefing live on Xbox One, (both on your desktop and on mobile), and Xbox 360. Regardless of how you catch the show, we think you’ll enjoy it!

We had a blast hosting Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3, and we heard from you that you loved watching it, so we’re happy to announce that we’re bringing gamescom home to our fans with Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom. We’ll cover everything Xbox happening at gamescom – breaking news, exclusive announcements, trailer reveals, game demos, and interviews with game creators. The 60 minute live show will be hosted by Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, Graeme Boyd, Xbox Live’s AceyBongos, and Julia Hardy, and will include guest stars and industry elites, including guests from top game studios that are creating amazing games for Xbox One and Windows 10. Xbox Daily: LIVE @ gamescom will bring the show home to our fans around the world on August 5th and 6th starting at 6:00 p.m. CEST (12:00 p.m. EDT) and can be streamed live on Xbox One, on (both on your desktop and on mobile), and on Xbox 360. Each show will also have interactive experiences created just for fans watching live on Xbox One.

And gamescom isn’t just for those of you at home! If you’re going to be in the Cologne, Germany area before and during the show, we’ve got some great news: you could be one of 500 lucky fans to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015 from Tuesday, August 4 through Wednesday, August 5!

The week kicks off with exclusive access to the “Xbox FanFest Showcase” the night of Tuesday, August 4. Get hands-on with the best games lineup in Xbox history before any other gamescom attendee. It also includes:

• A secret Wednesday day-time activity.

• VIP Access to the very first Xbox Party on the Rhein on Wednesday, August 5. Take an evening cruise while enjoying an epic Xbox event, just for our fans.

• Exclusive fan swag and Xbox-branded backpacks.

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

Fans can begin lining up for tickets at the Gloria Theater in Cologne, Germany, beginning at 2:00 p.m CEST on Tuesday, August 4 until all tickets are taken. The full address for the Gloria Theater is: Apostelnstrasse 11, Cologne, NW 50667, Germany. Please note that you’ll need to be over 18 years of age and that you’re limited to one ticket per person. For complete information, stay tuned to Xbox Wire, AceyBongos, Major Nelson and your local Xbox Facebook pages and Twitter feeds for the all of the latest news on Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2015.

Finally, this year’s Halo 5: Guardians gamescom Invitational by ESL will take place on Friday, August 7 beginning at 3 p.m CEST (9 a.m. EDT) in the ESL Arena on the gamescom show floor. The Invitational will provide fans with a first look at high-stakes Arena gameplay, which focuses on pure, skill-based 4v4 combat. Four top teams have been invited: Epsilon Esports (EU), Supremacy (EU), CAZ.Esports (EU), and OpTic Gaming (NA).

The pro teams will have an opportunity to get reacquainted with Halo 5: Guardians Arena multiplayer during the week at gamescom, and on Friday, duke it out against one another in a four-team bracket. Be sure to tune into the action on the Halo Channel and to see the first look at pre-launch Arena tournament goodness. Keep an eye on Halo Waypoint for info about the teams, format, maps, and more as we get closer to the event.

We’ve got an amazing lineup planned for gamescom 2015. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all of the latest news and updates on the greatest games lineup in Xbox history.