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Xbox One launch events detailed: Macklemore and deadmau5 join in

Xbox One launch events detailed: Macklemore and deadmau5 join in

The Xbox One launch this Friday, Nov. 22 is slated to be a worldwide blowout party. Cities around the world will play host to the next-gen console's 12:01 AM release, starting in Auckland, New Zealand and working its way west to North America. Concerts, giveaways, gaming contests, costumes, and more will accompany the launch on a rolling basis. As of this posting, the crazy is scheduled to begin in just over three days.

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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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Xbox One first full demo shown in 12 minute video

Xbox One first full demo shown in 12 minute video

Microsoft isn't letting the first full demonstration of the Xbox One fall into the wrong hands. Similar to what we've seen with the first PlayStation 4 teardown - as done by Sony itself - Microsoft is keeping such a close hand on the Xbox One that they're doing the first full demo themselves. Here you'll find a demo filmed on the 1st of November with what's essentially the final software for launch of this system.

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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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Xbox One indie developers to get Unity add-on for free in 2014

Xbox One indie developers to get Unity add-on for free in 2014

With the commercial availability of the Xbox One fast approaching, Microsoft is quickly trying to cover all the bases, including supporting the people who will be populating its games store. Today, Microsoft has announced the fruits of a partnership with Unity that will give developers in its ID@Xbox program free access to the Xbox One add-on to popular game development middleware when it is released in 2014.

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Xbox One the size of a semi trailer appears in downtown Vancouver

Xbox One the size of a semi trailer appears in downtown Vancouver

As part of Xbox's ongoing insane marketing rampage to the Xbox One's Nov. 22 launch, the company has parked a gigantic model of an Xbox One console on Seymour St. in downtown Vancouver, BC. As of yesterday and through the release date, street pedestrian traffic can walk up to it and enter their gamertags into a collective effort at "unlocking incredible experiences" across Canada. The spectacle is part of a nationwide Xbox visibility project called One Source.

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NVIDIA Console Mode closes case on legacy machines

NVIDIA Console Mode closes case on legacy machines

Engineers at NVIDIA have taken the time this week to reveal a collection of new abilities for their SHIELD device, perhaps the most symbolic of these being a new "Console Mode". This mode for the device allows the user to close the top on the handheld device and run its display through a mini-HDMI port on its back. While this mode was (sort of) available before today via the same HDMI port (thanks to the idea from Nyko), starting this week the ability also outputs to full HD 1080p and is able to work optimized with a Nyko PlayPad Pro controller.

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OUYA has improved its native controller, but the packaging doesn’t show it

OUYA has improved its native controller, but the packaging doesn’t show it

The iterative, annualized OUYA video game console has fixed the longstanding latency problem with its native controller and made a few subtle but important physical changes to it, reports Polygon. The controller, which was released with OUYA 1.0 in April, had been slow to respond and didn't feel quite right, as reported by the new system's fans. The change was slipped into current OUYA system shipments quietly and without indication on the on-board marketing.

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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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