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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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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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NVIDIA SHIELD GameStream hands-on with Console Mode

NVIDIA SHIELD GameStream hands-on with Console Mode

A compelling use-case for NVIDIA's SHIELD device has appeared this week at the company's gaming week in Montreal: Console Mode. While we've seen this sort of ability working before, this version works with the branded functionality GameStream, the all-encompassing term for streaming content to and from SHIELD. With this push, NVIDIA SHIELD will be streaming a PC game from a GeForce GTX-toting PC (with the top closed, even), while a Bluetooth controller is connected to control the machine and the content is run out to a big-screen TV via HDMI.

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NVIDIA GameStream official: expanding SHIELD PC streaming to Console Mode

NVIDIA GameStream official: expanding SHIELD PC streaming to Console Mode

This week the folks at NVIDIA have let it be known that they'll be pushing the gaming industry forward with a technology called NVIDIA GameStream. Expanding on the PC streaming abilities of NVIDIA SHIELD, this technology will allow GeForce GTX graphics cards to work with SHIELD and large monitors as well as NVIDIA GRID. This streaming technology takes what the original NVIDIA SHIELD presentation pre-supposed and makes it real: streaming outside of the home network.

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PS Vita 2000 uses standard smartphone microUSB charging cables

PS Vita 2000 uses standard smartphone microUSB charging cables

Last month, the latest PS Vita model PCH-2000 was revealed, along with it coming some specs and other pertinent information. Sony's Shuhei Yoshida has pointed out one particular feature that hasn't caught much attention, revealing in a tweet that the next-generation handheld console is equipped with a standard microUSB charger, making it compatible with a variety of commonly-available charging cables.

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