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Video: Watch as Xbox One gets live demoed for the first time

You asked for it, you've begged for it, and it's finally here folks. The live demo of the Xbox One's dashboard is finally here. Yusuf Mehdi and Marc Whitten both go through the demo together as they show off nearly every mainline feature of the Xbox One in a real time setting with no pre-recorded video or "slight of hand" edits. If you've pre-ordered an Xbox One and aren't quite excited for it yet this just might get you to at least smile about the amount of money you may or may not be spending.

 

Xbox One Release date revealed to be November 22nd, 2013

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It has been revealed by Microsoft today that the Xbox One is to be released on November 22nd, 2013. A week after the PlayStation 4, the most important card on the Xbox table has been played. We now know when the launch party will begin for Xbox One and its highest competitor. 

Also posted by Major Nelson are a few pictures of Xbox One's boxed up on a pallet ready for shipping. 

Gamescom 2013: Xbox One's full launch list of titles confirmed

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Up until yesterday it was a mystery as to what the entire Day One launch lineup for the Xbox One was going to be. By way of Gamescom 2013 in Cologne, Germany comes news of exactly what you will be able to pickup to go along side your Xbox One should you choose to jump forward into the future of console gaming.

 

The entire list is below:

  • Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
  • Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision)
  • Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios)
  • Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft)
  • FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft)
  • Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios)
  • Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft)
  • Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios)
  • Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports)
  • NBA LIVE 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games, Electronic Arts)
  • Peggle 2 (Popcap, Electronic Arts)
  • Powerstar Golf (Zoe Mode, Microsoft Studios)
  • Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios)
  • Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft)
  • Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios)
  • Zumba Fitness: World Party (Zoë Mode, Majesco)

 [Via Xbox Wire]

Video: A closer look at the Xbox One's controller

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Arguably, the most important part of console gaming is it's controller, not the console itself. The way you interact with the device on a base level is entirely based on your level of comfort with your hands currently (Kinect not withstanding in this context). As more information comes out about the Xbox One on its way up to launch the continued success of its often lofty expectation for its controller is a heated topic. Improved ergonomics, a "fancier" guide button and "impulse triggers" are just a few of the changes we'll see in due time. Fortunately, Major Nelson and company are back for more with the below detailing of the Xbox One's controller. 

 Also note that the most used gamepad on the PC currently is the Xbox 360's wired and wireless controller (with a wireless receiver) although at launch of the Xbox One its controller won't be PC compatible until 2014.

Video: Major Nelson's Unboxing of the Xbox One

The Xbox One is at least 3 months away from being a product that you can actually buy, but that doesn't mean you can't be teased now as to what you are going to get when or if you make the decision to pickup Microsoft next foray into your living room/gaming space. Xbox Live's Major Nelson gives you the rundown on everything in the Day One Edition of the Xbox One in the above video as well as confirming that there will indeed be a headset included in the box.

Additional videos for the Headset and Play & Charge Kit are also below. 

Xbox One Chat Headset

Xbox One Play & Charge Kit

Xbox does an 180* on their Xbox One DRM policies

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The consumers cried and it appears Microsoft heard those cries. The now previous changes to how you experience your games on Xbox 360 will after all be exactly how you enjoy your games content now as Don Mattrick explains in an update filling us in on what is largely an about-face of policy. 

An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

For the entirety of Don Mattrick's letter view it here.

 

Every Trailer from Microsoft's E3 2013 Press Briefing and then some

Forza Motorsport 5

Ryse: Son of Rome

Kinect Sports Rivals

Dead Rising 3

Halo 5?

Sunset Overdrive

Quantum Break

World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition

Below

Minecraft: Xbox One Edition

THIEF

Summer of Arcade 2013

Powerstar Golf

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

Lost Planet 3

LocoCycle  

Destiny

D4

Crimson Dragon

Brothers

Metal Gear Solid V

Witcher 3

Dark Souls II

Project Spark

Fantasia

Dying Light

Zoo Tycoon

Killer Instinct

E3 2013: Microsoft Press Briefing Rundown

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  • The lights go down and...
  • Surprise! Konami is first up with gameplay footage Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
  • Don Mattrick takes the stage.
  • A new Xbox 360 design is announced with Xbox One design ques that is available today.  Two free games per month for Xbox Live Gold Members.
  • World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition is shown and announced for Xbox 360 via a trailer. Free-to-Play for Gold members.
  • Press Play is next up with Max: The Curse of Brotherhood .
  • Bandai Namco follows With a gameplay montage of Dark Souls II .
  • Phil Spencer takes the stage to talk Microsoft Studios.
  • Crytek's Ryse: Son of Rome is first up with a trailer followed by gameplay. To be available exclusively at launch on Xbox One.
  • Killer Instinct is announced with a trailer! It's back on Xbox One.
  • Ted Price from Insomniac Games is up next to announce their next game Sunset Overdrive with a trailer. It's to be exclusive to Xbox One.
  • A trailer for Forza Motorsport 5 is shown with a focus on McClaren ( a real life McClaren car is on stage as well). A brief gameplay demo along with a trailer of all in-game footage is shown.
  • Phil Harrison is next up on stage to talk Indie Games. 
  • Minecraft is announced to be coming to Xbox One with a trailer.
  • Sam Lake from Remedy is bright on stage to show off more of Quantum Break
  • Swery65 gets a quick trailer for a murder mystery titled D4 .
  • Project Spark is announced. A heavy use of SmartGlass is demoed. A game demo and trailer are followed.
  • Marc Whitten is next up on stage to talk more Smart Glass.  Upload Studio is demoed. TwitchTV is announced to be partnering with Xbox One. Xbox Live Gold sharing is highlighted.
  • Crimson Dragon is shown next. to be exclusive on Xbox One.
  • Dead Rising 3 is officially announced accompanied by a lengthy gameplay demo. It is announced to be exclusive to the Xbox One.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be coming to Xbox One. First ever gameplay footage is shown of the game.
  • Battlefield 4 gameplay is next (Technical difficulties plague the start) First map pack to be launched on Xbox Live first on Xbox One.
  • Phil Spencer is brought back out to announce an Indie title called Below.
  • Black Tusk's ( Microsoft Studio first party developer) first game is shown of. (Untitled)
  • The next game trailer shown is for 343's Halo 5 with a trailer.  
  • The Xbox One will be launching in 21 markets this November at $499.00 in the US, 499.00 in Europe and in the UK at £421.00.
  • Respawn Entertainment's Titan Fall is up last with a the first ever trailer of the game with gameplay, with an actual gameplay demo that follows up.

 

Video: Making Halo 4: Return of the Forerunners

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343 Industries is nearly the end of the line on their first big project ( Halo Anniversary not withstanding)  and things are looking very good for an upstart studio who has astronomical expectations trust upon them from the likes of Halo's previous guardians Bungie. 

More from the Making of Halo 4 is on tap with the dramatics at an all time high. It appears 343 is doing all of the rights things although anything can be made to look awesome once their in an editing bay. That said, if you don't have an Halo 4 boner after watching this something is seriously wrong with you.