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Xbox One Will be Playable at Microsoft Stores

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
    Does it allow the customer to experience the red ring of death feature before they buy?
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  • nevilence
    its the try before you dont buy scheme
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  • aggroboy
    11527816 said:
    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
    Sweet. I'm going to check this out. I preordered the XBOX One.
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  • DarkSable
    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
    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
    Will youtube app work without subscription?
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  • ubercake
    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
    I prefer gaming on the PC but I hated my PS3 so I'd probably get an Xbox One.
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  • ubercake
    11530453 said:
    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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