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What’s inside the giant Xbox One?

- October 30th, 2013
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The world’s biggest Xbox One. This is NOT going to fit in my living room.

Might as well get the obvious gag out of the way first: “Hey look, it’s an exact 1:1 replica of an Xbox One!” There. Feel better?

A giant Xbox One has landed in Vancouver, kicking off the Canada-exclusive One Source program, which will see the 40-foot by nine-foot (12-metre by three-metre) behemoth pop up in other yet-to-be-revealed Canadian cities between now and the Xbox One’s Nov. 22 launch.

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Prices for Xbox One accessories announced

- July 29th, 2013
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Xbox One is shown on display during a press event unveiling Microsoft’s new Xbox in Redmond, Washington May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Nick Adams

UPDATE: As Dan, the commenter below points out: Canadian pricing has been released for the Xbox One accessories and they are identical to the U.S. prices.  You can find the products here.

Microsoft has announced the pricing for extra Xbox One controllers and other accessories on its U.S. store website.

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E3 2013: Two new ones from Ubisoft

- June 10th, 2013

Which one’s fast, and which one’s furious?

Call it World of Carcraft.

Ubisoft has taken the wraps off The Crew, a next-gen driving game that’s kind of like an MMO on wheels. Set in a virtual USA that includes detailed recreations of New York, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas and more, the game will urge players to form up into groups and take on Fast & Furious-style missions ranging from races to taking down an armoured truck

I went hands-on with the game Sunday afternoon, and it shows some promise. Developed by new studio Ivory Tower, which includes members of both Eden Games (the Test Drive franchise) and Reflections (the Driver series), the game will allow players to hop into any spot in its sprawling, persistent world, in which each city is the size of Grand Theft Auto IV’s Liberty City.

The game is developed with “co-opetition” in mind, where players group up for missions but then receive individual scores based on how well they perform. There’s a staggering amount of car customizability, and doing missions earns you the automotive equivalent of loot, netting upgrades that improve various aspects of your ride.

I played a very early build of the Xbox One version of the game (which marks my first time using the new Xbox One controller to actually play a game – felt great), and while there’s plenty of visual shine, it’s still got a ways to go. But that very specific Venn diagram overlap between car nerds and MMO fans should go nuts for the game when it comes out early in 2014.

The Crew will feature lots of licensed vehicles to race, roll and wreck.

Also coming up from Ubisoft is a new next-gen Tom Clancy game, called Tom Clancy’s The Division. Now this… THIS sounds intriguing. Based on the idea that society is always “nine meals away from anarchy” – that is, three days without food, water or services until all hell breaks loose – the game will cast players as a decidedly non-super soldier, part of a group of jacks-of-all-trades trained to activate if the world goes to hell.

The backstory of the game involves a pandemic spread through currency on Black Friday, and the game will play as a third-person shooter melded with an open-world online RPG – think Watch Dogs meets Day Z. It’s an ambitious departure for Ubisoft and the Clancy franchise, and I can’t wait to see more.

Xbox cancels, Twitter explodes

- June 5th, 2013

Now how are we supposed to find out what makes Xbox One levitate?

I haven’t been retweeted this much since that whole Justin Bieber thing.

Earlier today I mentioned in passing on Twitter that Microsoft had cancelled the Q&A roundtable that was going to follow their Xbox One-focused E3 press conference on Monday morning. It was a disappointing turn of events, but since actually having a roundtable after an E3 press conference is fairly unusual, I saw it more as an easy come, easy go type of thing.

The Internet at large, however, had other opinions.

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