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Microsoft will launch the Xbox One in 13 countries on the 22nd of November

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Microsoft has announced the launch date for the Xbox One and it sits right in the middle of the staggered 2 week PS4 launch.

Don Mattrick leaves Xbox for Zynga

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Announced today, Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices boss Don Mattrick has officially confirmed that he is leaving his role at Xbox and is heading for Zynga. The struggling PC company hopes that by bringing Mattrick on board as CEO, may help them to climb out of the difficult hole they have fallen into.

Xbox One’s Family Share feature would have let gamers play a “glorified demo” [Edit: MS have debunked the rumor]

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Edit: Microsoft have made a comment on the rumor and declared it false.

People have been shouting about the “Family Share” feature since it was announced for the Xbox One and even more so now that Microsoft have scrapped all the DRM plans. We didn’t actually know what it was and what it could exactly do and Microsoft dodged giving us a direct answer and let people hype it up to be what they hoped it would be.

Xbox One will be successful even if you don’t want it to be

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Microsoft has caused a stir recently with the plans for Xbox One. At E3 they did everything right; they showed games, new IP’s, some interesting new features and snagged some timed exclusives to convince gamers that the Xbox One is for them. But their whole E3 event was overshadowed by previous revelations like strict DRM and Kinect intruding on privacy.

Xbox One will launch this November at $499/€499/£429

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We knew that the console would be in gamer’s hands before the end of the year. Microsoft has now given us a more specific date along with a price. Start saving now, it’s not going to be cheap.

“Enough TV. Let’s game!” Microsoft confirms E3 is about the games

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With massive criticism on Microsoft for showing relatively little about games during their console reveal, the company reaffirmed their previous statement about E3 being where the games are.

GameStop: Xbox One & PS4 will be less expensive at launch than predecessors

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American game retailer GameStop’s chief financial officer Rob Lloyd claims that the PS4 and Xbox One will be cheaper at launch than their predecessors in 2005.

Xbox’s ‘Durango’ to support 6 person multiplayer?

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There has been a collection of rumors going around lately about the specifications for the new Xbox (code-named ‘Durango’) including it’s built in Kinect ability. As we all know Kinect was Microsoft’s answer to the Wii’s ‘WiiMotes’ and Sony’s ‘Move’. The Kinect however took it’s rightful place at the top of the competition.

Podcast: Episode 1 – Next gen

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Gaming Capacity talk about the imminent arrival of the next generation of gaming.

Gears Of War: Judgement Preview

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Gears of War: Judgment is the fourth instalment in the Gears of War franchise, surprisingly though it is a prequel to the original 2006 Gears of War. This time we will not be charging around Sera as Marcus Fenix or Domonic Santiago instead Damon Baird and Augustus Cole (Cole Train baby!) take centre stage. Which is fitting really since Epic Games have handed over development of the campaign to Polish, Bulletstorm developers People Can Fly. Meaning that Epic Games minus Rod Fergusson and Cliff Bleszinski will once again be responsible for multiplayer.

Calming the waves of war

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Generation after generation when new consoles come out fans line up on the battlefield with their colors waving bright behind them.  Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft have managed to create armies of gamers who sling verbal catapults and fireballs at each other.

Will Nextbox and PS4 need major unique selling points?

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Nintendo have become exemplary when it comes to innovation in the hardware space. They are pioneers, and their pioneering in new and bold areas has proved incredibly fruitful – The Wii, with its motion controls, and the DS, with its dual screens, are two of the most successful video game systems in history.

Microsoft Kinect: Why it failed to do what it was supposed to do even though it was successful (Edit)

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Microsoft launched the Kinect late 2010, just in time to hit the holiday rush. Sony and Microsoft knew that they needed an answer to the Wiimote. So Sony brought out a Wiimote copy that just so happened to be a lot more accurate that the original Wii motion control and Microsoft released kinect. Eventually Nintendo would release an upgrade to the original Motion control called the Wii motion plus. It’s accuracy would effectively compete with Sony’s Move device. Kinect was a totally different and ingenuitive approach to motion control that caught a lot of casual and core gamers attention. It just so happened to work as well!

Exclusives: PS3 vs Xbox 360

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GC Spotlight is one of the few places you can go where only cold hard facts are used. Today we compare PS3′s and 360′s exclusive game using sales data and review scores.

Exclusives: PS3 vs Xbox 360 – 2011 & overall

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2011 – When It’s All Said and Done

PS3 released 4 90% + exclusives with Uncharted 3 and LittleBigPlanet being the best of the pick of the bunch.

Exclusives: PS3 vs Xbox 360 – 2010

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This is a big year for the Xbox 360 with Kinect being a huge success compared to the modest sales of the PS Move and its games.

Exclusives: PS3 vs Xbox 360 – 2009

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Massive year for PS3 with the release of 4 90% + games. Uncharted 2 was the big hitter this year with a massive 96% average critic score.

Exclusives: PS3 vs Xbox 360 – 2008

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2008 – The Competition Heats Up

The long awaited Metal Gear Solid 4 hit the PS3 to a good reception from critics and gets an average critic score of 94%. On Xbox 360, the sequel to the Gears of War made another splash

Exclusives: PS3 vs Xbox 360 – 2007

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2007 – PS3 Starts to Gain Some Ground

PS3 had improved drastically over the previous year but still wasn’t quite on par with Xbox 360.

Exclusives: PS3 vs Xbox 360 – 2006

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2006 The birth of PlayStation 3

$600 great joke! But it wasn’t a joke. The PS3 launched at $600 and suffered a huge problem with that infamous Blu-Ray diode disaster.