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Xbox One Will be Playable at Microsoft Stores

By - Source: Major Nelson | B 27 comments

Your chance to get some hands-on time with the next generation of Xbox console ahead of the launch.

Last month, Microsoft started displaying Xbox One units at its retail stores around the United States. The move is part of Microsoft's marketing campaign, but it's only really helpful to those content with looking with their eyes and not their hands. The consoles themselves are locked inside glass cases and customers can't touch, much less play. However, that's going to change starting next week.

 

It seems Microsoft is finally ready to allow gamers some hands on time with the Xbox One. Microsoft's Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb this week announced a tour that will see several Microsoft stores in the US (and one in Canada) offer customers the opportunity to try out the new console. The tour will kick off in with Larry Hryb visiting New England next week, before hitting Orlando, Arizona, and Edmonton in Canada. Those that attend will get the chance to play some games and check out the Xbox One controller (check out Major Nelson's blog for full details, more dates will be announced soon).

Announced in May and fully revealed at E3 in June, the Xbox One will cost $499. For that price, customers will get the system, one controller, a chat headset, Kinect, a free 14-day trial for Xbox Live Gold (for new members only). Additional controllers will have to be purchased separately. Microsoft will also offer a limited-edition commemorative bundle for those that reserve their units ahead of time. This will guarantee you can get the Xbox One on launch day and will feature "premium" black packaging, a limited edition Xbox One Day One , and a commemorative Day One Achievement. There's also bonus content for those that reserve Ryse: Sons of Rome, Forza 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, or Dead Rising 3.

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    timw03878 , September 12, 2013 6:19 PM
    Does it allow the customer to experience the red ring of death feature before they buy?
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    nevilence , September 12, 2013 6:33 PM
    its the try before you dont buy scheme
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    aggroboy , September 12, 2013 6:45 PM
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    Does it allow the customer to experience the red ring of death feature before they buy?

    With lower TDP and big airflow box design, I doubt the system will RROD like X360.
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    JOSHSKORN , September 12, 2013 7:01 PM
    Sweet. I'm going to check this out. I preordered the XBOX One.
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    DarkSable , September 12, 2013 8:08 PM
    Forza 5 is the only reason I would even consider this thing. Only thing that I might do is buy a few new controllers for my computer if it ends up being a good improvement.
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    shikamaru31789 , September 12, 2013 9:00 PM
    I seem to recall reading an article that said Best Buy would have playable Xbox One's available in their stores starting a few weeks before launch. I wonder if that's actually happening, there's no Windows Store near me but there are 2 Best Buys.
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    kartu , September 13, 2013 3:26 AM
    Will youtube app work without subscription?
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    ubercake , September 13, 2013 6:05 AM
    I still prefer gaming on a PC, but I pre-ordered One with Ryse. This game looks incredible. I can't wait to see NBA 2K14 on this since every PC release has been nothing but a direct port minus many of the console features anyhow. I look forward to seeing what kind of MMORPGs will be releasing on these consoles as well.

    Additionally, simultaneous Skyping/Browsing, Browsing/TV, Gaming/Skyping, TV/Browsing, etc... is pretty cool.

    Gaming will be comparable with PS4 gaming. The things outside of gaming are what are really going to set this console apart from the PS4.
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    bee144 , September 13, 2013 6:42 AM
    I prefer gaming on the PC but I hated my PS3 so I'd probably get an Xbox One.
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    ubercake , September 13, 2013 6:59 AM
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    I prefer gaming on the PC but I hated my PS3 so I'd probably get an Xbox One.


    Same here. I had all of the last gen consoles. I couldn't stand the PS3 for many reasons and sold it after about 2 months of ownership. I sold the Wii after about six months and the controller novelty wore off. I still have the 360.

    Xbox live was good even back in the original Xbox days and it's actually continued to improve over the years with games and things outside of games. I game primarily on my PC, but look forward to the first few years of Xbox One games before the graphical improvements plateau. I don't think I could ever play shooters on a console unless I could pair a keyboard and mouse with them, but any other games seem possible for me with a console.
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    Ben Pingree , September 13, 2013 7:21 AM
    Please don't feed the trolls, fanboys, or other mouth breathing creatures. Thank you
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    gm0n3y , September 13, 2013 9:59 AM
    So it is being release in only one M$ store in Canada and they pick EDMONTON!?! I mean, I actually really like Edmonton, but it isn't exactly a booming metropolis. I was hoping to try it out here in Vancouver. At least it isn't in Toronto.
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    belardo , September 13, 2013 10:30 AM
    Funny... First, there are only a few MS Stores to check out... You'll spot them by being the Apple Stores clone, but minus the customers.

    I talked to the manager of one of our local gaming stores (not GameStop and of course much better) that I'm a regular, about the input they get from their other customers. (I didn't give my opinion yet at this time).

    He said his customers are ONLY getting the PS4 over the XBo at 10 to 1! Ouch!!
    A customer with his young son stopped as he was leaving and added to that number "I'm not touching the xb1"... and I said something similar finally.

    MS burned their gamers... they are not forgetting or forgiving anytime soon.

    Imagine, if a year later, there are 20m PS4 sales to 2m XBone sales. That would be horrible fail! A year later, it would be 35m total to 3m. Year 3 = 50m vs. 4m.

    * Yes I hope I'm right. Microsoft and ballmer deserves to burn.
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    ubercake , September 13, 2013 11:43 AM
    The MS store by my house is pretty well packed any day these days (no it's not Seattle).

    It definitely wasn't when it first opened. I think people were thinking their Apple friends in the store within eyesight might see them which in turn would lower their social standing among that crowd.

    I've had an Xbox for years and don't feel burned as a customer. Xbox Live has only gotten better. Like with any console, the games and graphics were as good as they were going to get about 2-3 years in. PSN is still pretty lame. Sony, as a company, has been on a steady decline the past decade. The things outside the gaming is where I see value in these consoles.

    At any rate, if you really want to see the best gaming, you're still going to have to drop $2.5-$3K+ on a PC. You could put together a PC with performance comparable to a One or 4 for around $1.2K. Additionally, on the PC, you can upgrade as necessary. With the One or 4, you'll be staring at the same hardware a decade from now.
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    Skippy27 , September 13, 2013 12:56 PM
    Being I am old school PC gamer I prefer the keyboard mouse experience with the closed system of a console. With that in mind, I am going to have to wait to see if my current XIM3 works with the xBox One or if I am going to have to buy another XIM emulator to make the keyboard / mouse work with the new console.

    Until then, I will stick with my 360.
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    belardo , September 13, 2013 6:42 PM
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    The MS store by my house is pretty well packed any day these days (no it's not Seattle).
    At any rate, if you really want to see the best gaming, you're still going to have to drop $2.5-$3K+ on a PC. You could put together a PC with performance comparable to a One or 4 for around $1.2K. Additionally, on the PC, you can upgrade as necessary. With the One or 4, you'll be staring at the same hardware a decade from now.
    Really? Last I check... an MS store is just a store that sells MS Partner stuff... that wallmart, Best Buy, etc sells... its forgettable.

    What kind of crack are you taking? To get the horse power of an PS4, a $700~800 PC will do the job and then some. Not sure were you're getting this $1200. And $2500~3000 for a top end gaming rig is plain stupid. That for geeks with money to spend. Not many games are going to punish a $200 video card nowadays. And most PC games are console ports with little or no added features of graphic improvements.

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    ddpruitt , September 14, 2013 2:15 PM
    Quote:
    The MS store by my house is pretty well packed any day these days (no it's not Seattle).

    It definitely wasn't when it first opened. I think people were thinking their Apple friends in the store within eyesight might see them which in turn would lower their social standing among that crowd.

    I've had an Xbox for years and don't feel burned as a customer. Xbox Live has only gotten better. Like with any console, the games and graphics were as good as they were going to get about 2-3 years in. PSN is still pretty lame. Sony, as a company, has been on a steady decline the past decade. The things outside the gaming is where I see value in these consoles.

    At any rate, if you really want to see the best gaming, you're still going to have to drop $2.5-$3K+ on a PC. You could put together a PC with performance comparable to a One or 4 for around $1.2K. Additionally, on the PC, you can upgrade as necessary. With the One or 4, you'll be staring at the same hardware a decade from now.


    Really?
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1DKi2

    More power at almost the same price in less than 10 minutes. A little more effort into matching the specs and I could easily match the Xbone price.

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    belardo , September 15, 2013 11:56 AM
    My $700~800 budget includes a bit better parts... but your $606 price proves a point too.

    (Better case, PSU, 16GB RAM)
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    DarkSable , September 15, 2013 3:50 PM
    Quote:
    At any rate, if you really want to see the best gaming, you're still going to have to drop $2.5-$3K+ on a PC. You could put together a PC with performance comparable to a One or 4 for around $1.2K. Additionally, on the PC, you can upgrade as necessary. With the One or 4, you'll be staring at the same hardware a decade from now.


    Yeah, I call BS on this one, sorry mate.
    My computer ran me about $1.2k (minus what I've put into getting audiophile sound) and will flat max out most games at 1080p and 120Hz. The xbone and ps4 aren't going to come close to that... and I built my computer a year ago.

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    nevilence , September 16, 2013 2:20 PM
    yer sorry ubercake, your facts fail to make sense bro
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