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Microsoft Xbox One now available for test drive in stores

Microsoft Xbox One now available for test drive in stores

From now until Nov. 22, Microsoft is letting the public test drive the new Xbox One in all 75 of Microsoft's own branded retail stores in the United States and Canada. This is not the first time Xbox One has been officially available for public gameplay previous to the next-gen console's official launch date, but it is the most permanent. Forza Motorsport 5 will be the only game available.

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Xbox One zero-day update: mandatory internet

Xbox One zero-day update: mandatory internet

You'll need to download a software update for your Xbox One the day you get it in this month, so says Microsoft senior director of product management this week. Speaking with Engadget on the matter, Microsoft's Albert Penello suggested that even if you have a game or two on-hand for the Xbox One when you get the console in the mail or bring it home from the store, you'll be out of luck. You absolutely, positively, need to download the zero-day update.

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Microsoft bestows Killer Instinct upon early Xbox One adopters

Microsoft bestows Killer Instinct upon early Xbox One adopters

This week a collection of Xbox Live Gold members are seeing bits and pieces of the next generation of the console with Xbox One-exclusive wares. One of the items up for grabs - for the most loyal of gamers - is the entirety of Killer Instinct for Xbox One unlocked. For those of you not following the release of Killer Instinct for this console: it's a free game anyway - this unlocking just allows you to play the full collection of characters without in-game purchases.

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Wii Mini coming to USA with Mario Kart to boot

Wii Mini coming to USA with Mario Kart to boot

The smallest of the higher-end gaming consoles has been revealed to be approaching the United States just in time for the holidays: the Wii Mini, complete with Mario Kart. This little beast works with a cut-down collection of abilities that were once only available on the original Wii. Here you're not able to connect to the internet - and therefor wont be able to access the digital library of Wii and GameCube games available to the larger - but everything else is ready to roll.

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Sony PS3 PlayStation Store update adds PayPal support

Sony PS3 PlayStation Store update adds PayPal support

Sony has announced a funding related update for those using the PlayStation Store on a PS3. Moving forward users will be able to add funds to their Sony Entertainment Network wallet using PayPal. Or more specifically, from PayPal and directly through the PlayStation Store. You see, in the past you have been able to use funds using PayPal, however prior to this update -- that was done via the web interface.

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Xbox One Invitation campaign behind the scenes: a massive undertaking

Xbox One Invitation campaign behind the scenes: a massive undertaking

If you weren't worried that your favorite game was addicting enough before, a new Xbox One video spot will alleviate all your comfort. Taking cues from some of the biggest headliner games to launch with the console, Microsoft's ad collaborators have created a trailer that invites gamers into the game - along with everyday office workers, futball enthusiasts, and high-speed highway drivers. Watch out for that drop-in mech while you're at it.

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PS4 zero-day update 1.5 detailed: Remote Play, Party, Blu-ray DVD

PS4 zero-day update 1.5 detailed: Remote Play, Party, Blu-ray DVD

That title did't just fall out of thin air as a specifications boost for the PlayStation 4 - it's really a selection of items that won't work on the console right out of the box. What you're going to need to do when you purchase and own a PlayStation 4 this November is to update it with a software download called PS4 System Software Update 1.50 - without it, you'll have no Blu-ray Disk or DVD playing abilities, Online Multiplayer, Background music player, or a handful of other items.

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DualShock 4 in stores early: non-PS4 details emerge

DualShock 4 in stores early: non-PS4 details emerge

It would appear that one of the most advanced Bluetooth controllers on the market this year has hit some stores early: this is the PS4 DualShock 4, and it's been spotted at more than one store Up North. According to reports from DualShockers' varied collection of Tweets, at least seven individual customers have been allowed to purchase and take their DualShock 4 controllers home here in October. The actual release date for the PlayStation 4 itself is November 15th or the 29th depending on which side of the sea you live on, all in 2013.

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DICE’s Battlefield 4 will not use Microsoft’s Xbox Live Compute

DICE’s Battlefield 4 will not use Microsoft’s Xbox Live Compute

DICE's newest incarnation of Battlefield will launch on time but will not use Xbox Live Compute, Battlefield 4 executive producer Patrick Bach recently told Gamesindustry International. The game's development alongside the development of the Xbox One and PS4 consoles has prompted DICE to limit the game's cloud streaming functionality to its own servers. This will likely prove a wise move, as Watch Dogs and Driveclub see delays into next year and Grand Theft Auto Online recovers from server overloads that occurred on its release date earlier this month.

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