Xbox One launch parties will feature Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Deadmau5

Microsoft announces performers for New York City and Los Angeles launch events to be held next week; will be broadcast on Spike, streamed on Xbox Live.

Microsoft will herald the release of the Xbox One with launch parties across the country, including marquee events featuring concerts from big-name acts in New York City and Los Angeles, the company announced today.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will perform in New York City at the Best Buy theater in Times Square. The first 1,000 people in line who purchase an Xbox One or Xbox One game will be able to attend the show, which will also be streamed for those standing outside.

Microsoft will take over Times Square on launch night, bringing zombie and Roman soldier performers to promote Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome, as well as supercars to highlight Forza Motorsport 5.

In addition to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, special guests including game developers and Stallion83--who is closing in on 1 million Gamerscore--will attend the launch event.

On the west coast, Microsoft will hold an Xbox One launch party at Milk Studios, which will be transformed into a "gamer haven," Microsoft said. Demo stations for Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, and Killer Instinct will be available.

In addition, the first 500 to purchase an Xbox One or Xbox One game will be able to attend a Deadmau5 concert.

The New York City and Los Angeles Xbox One events are open to fans 18 and older. Microsoft encouraged hopeful attendees to arrive early. Doors open at 6 p.m. local time in Los Angeles and 9 p.m. in New York City.

Other major Xbox One events are planned across the world, in cities like London, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Sao Paulo, Toronto, and Sydney. In all, more than 10,000 retail locations across the Xbox One's 13 launch territories will open their doors at 12:01 a.m. on November 22.

Spike TV will broadcast some of the launch events live, beginning at 11 p.m. EDT. Streams will also be available on Xbox.com and through Xbox Live.

The Xbox One officially launches on November 22 for $500. GameSpot will have more on the next-generation console leading up to launch.

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bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

I can't wait for the concerts down here in Atlanta!!! WE......oh......ok.....there's nothing happening here. Guess I'll just stand outside in the cold then and quietly await my Xbox One here then.

djart3mis
djart3mis

Deadmau5 is amazing! He's one of the most popular artists out there! Can't wait for my Xbox one!!

tonytones21
tonytones21

I'm getting a ps4 (console of choice not hating on Xbone). But seriously to drop as low as saying Macklemore and Deadmau5 sucks in music because you don't like Xbone (hate in most cases) is just sad. You can say you don't like their music that's OKAY, it's an opinion, but no their music doesn't suck... at all. You just need to get laid. And if you don't know who they are... stop masturbating in your dark basement and get out already.

tonytones21
tonytones21

Funny how some people that have internet access have no idea who Macklemore and Deadmau5 are. HOW!?

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

So MS is spending even more money on bullshit instead of games. 

SacredGray
SacredGray

I like how this event looks next to yesterday's spat of Xbox fanboys sneering at Sony for having an overproduced unboxing video.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

what would be the ultimate insult is if the x1 outsells the ps4 even by a small margin despite its substantially higher price tag.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

oh look kids, performers that are featured at a ms sponsored event, they must be pretty lame. dont forget to voice your opinion.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

The Xbone launch party features.....who?

Seriously, who the hell are those guys?

What about real music for a change?

CanadianDude
CanadianDude

Macklemore and Deadmau5 are HUGE names. Very impressive that Microsoft picked them up, and this will undoubtedly add to the excitement and buzz of their launch party. Great news for the Xbox One! I'll probably tune in on Xbox Live.

nickruta
nickruta

Why spend so much money on a dang launch party. 

StHapns247
StHapns247

Maybe I'll pick my Xbox One up at the thrift shop next year.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

Awww, first Usher and now these guys? I'm surprised they didn't buy Skrillex for the night too.

Just give us Sony fanboys Shuhei Yoshida and we're happy ;)

Riddick123
Riddick123

Macklemore?  Looked him up because I have never heard of him.  Guy looks like a some Jersey Shore wannabe with a hairdo that came out of an ice cream dispenser.  Enjoy the show.

Vylsith
Vylsith

@tonytones21 Deadmau5 is okay.  Mackelmore is crap.  This has nothing to do with Microsoft, though the need to use music stars to sell a game console makes absolutely no sense.   This is marketing for stupid people.

Vylsith
Vylsith

@KimCheeWarriorX You know, I thought I saw a pig flying the other day, but then I just realized you were butthurt...

deathstream
deathstream

@Evil_Sidekick 

If you don't know who they are, that is an issue with you, not them.  Macklemore and Lewis's last album debuted at #2 on the Billboard chart and is certified platinum.  

Vylsith
Vylsith

@CanadianDude Wasting money on non-gaming shit is impressive?  Keep telling yourself that...

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

@StHapns247 Those types of shops don't have any room for Xbox One's what with all the Wii's they have.

Fursnake
Fursnake

@DarkJedi8_basic  

Obviously Deadmau5 is a human with a robot mouse head, so cybernetic mouse-man DJ. And for some reason his health is forever stuck at two and a half hearts.

CanadianDude
CanadianDude

@Riddick123 He's extremely popular and his a lot of his music is sincere and heartfelt, along with silly songs too. You don't have to try your hardest to downplay one of the top artists in the world because you're jealous of a video game launch event.

Nintendad
Nintendad

@Riddick123 "never heard of him" wow, you nerdy gamers these days dont get out much. there's a whole big world out there that you can explore with out pushing buttons you know.

12structures21
12structures21

@Riddick123 He's one of the few artists on the radio that have lyrics that are worth a damn. He's not bad.

tonytones21
tonytones21

@Vylsith @tonytones21 I agree that this is marketing for stupid people, no doubt about that. I'd go as far as saying it's a miserable attempt by microsoft to try and push some extra sales. But when you don't like something or an artist you can't just say it's crap or he's crap because he wouldn't be successful. (In my opinion.)

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

@deathstream @Meta-Gnostic Sony has a launch event, but they don't spend all their money on music performers and crap. They put their money into their games. BIG DIFFERENCE.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@Vylsith @KimCheeWarriorX id be insulted by that but it'd have to make sense first

Riddick123
Riddick123

@12structures21  You are so mature.  We bask in your glory and maturity.  Please be a beacon of hope for GameSpot.

12structures21
12structures21

@Riddick123 @12structures21 Not really my type of music. Listen to more death metal but, when I'm forced to listen to the radio with my GF he's one of the only artists that has lyrics that people can actually relate to. I'm not saying the music has to be your cup of tea but, to judge him based on his looks or what his music sounds like is pretty childish haha