XBOX One to Launch in 13 Markets on November 22nd

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Microsoft has announced that their next generation console, Xbox One, will be released in thirteen markets on November 22nd.  The thirteen markets are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States.  As we’ve previously reported, the system will cost $500 and include the system, new Kinect sensor, Chat headset, controller, HDMI cable, power supply, and Quick Start guide.  There will also be 23 launch titles including Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, and Watch Dogs.

As we reported a couple weeks ago, the PlayStation 4 will launch on November 15th.  Hit the jump for a video providing more details about the Xbox One launch.

Microsoft Removes Restrictions from Xbox One; No Longer Requires Check-In to Play Games Offline; Allows Sharing

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At E3, Sony basically dropped the mic and walked away.  Microsoft had fumbled horribly with Xbox One by telling gamers that the system would need to check-in online every 24 hours just to play games offline, and that gamers were restricted the buying, selling, and loaning of used games.  Meanwhile, Sony responded thusly when promoting the PlayStation 4.

Now Microsoft has done the only thing they could do: relent.  Microsoft president of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick has announced that they’ve listened to the complaints, and basically let Xbox One operate the same way as the Xbox 360.  It was a necessary change to get Microsoft back in the game, but will it be enough?  Each system will have exclusive titles, but Xbox One will still cost $100 more than PlayStation 4.  The trade-off is a system that brings in Kinect and also tries to replace your cable box.  If that’s worth it to you, click here to pre-order the Xbox One.  Hit the jump for Mattrick’s announcement, which includes a list of all the changes the company has made to the Xbox One.

TOP 5: MAN OF STEEL, First Trailer and Poster for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, THIS IS THE END, New ELYSIUM Trailer, E3 2013 Recap

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Was there really a chance of writing about something other than Man of Steel in this week’s opening paragraph? Well, maybe. I did really enjoy This Is the End. But, alas, this week is about Supes’ return to the big screen. I watched the film (in 2D) for the first time last night and, as far as superhero movies go, it elicited an emotional response from me that few in the genre have. Sure, there were times where the grand scale of destruction left me cold and the product placement took me out of the moment (if only to admire some beautiful appliances meeting their untimely demise). Nevertheless, the themes of love, sacrifice, acceptance, and trust were beautifully woven into the film’s text in such a way that it made me do something I’ve only done one other time (while reading Grant Morrison‘s excellent All-Star Superman run): become emotionally invested in the Man of Steel.

While this is undoubtedly Kal-El’s weekend, in addition to Man of Steel interviews and more, this week’s Top 5 also includes the first teaser trailer and poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, This Is the End interviews with Seth Rogen and more, the new Elysium trailer, and a recap of E3 2013 from the convention floor. Learn more about all of the above via a link and brief recap after the jump.

E3 2013 Recap: The Highs, the Lows, and Over 100 Pictures from the Convention Floor

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E3 2013 has come to a close and I can say it was definitely an interesting show.  Xbox One and Playstation 4 were front and center, however the Big N had a strong lineup for both the Wii U and 3DS.  While it was full of new consoles, new games, and innovation, was there really anything you should be running out to pre-order?  Find out after the jump along with over 100 pictures and all the highs and lows of this years event.

Xbox One: New Trailers for METAL GEAR SOLID V, BATTLEFIELD 4, KILLER INSTINCT, DEAD RISING 3, CRIMSON DRAGON, D4, FORZA 5, HALO, and More

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Today at Microsoft E3 presentation, a slew of new games were announced.  There was a nice mix of sequels and new titles, and the trailers for these games are now coming online.  After the jump, you’ll find trailers for Dead Rising 3, Metal Gear Solid V, Battlefield 4, Kinect Sports Rivals, Sunset Overdrive, Crimson Dragon, D4, Below, World of Tanks, and Forza 5 as well as next gen releases of Killer Instinct, Minecraft, and Halo.

Hit the jump to check out the trailers.  The Xbox One will be released in November and cost $500.

Xbox One Priced at $499 and Will Be Released This November, New Design for Xbox 360, and More

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A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced Xbox One, and mostly highlighted the non-gaming features because E3 was on the horizon.  Today, it was all gaming at the Microsoft conference with new trailers for Metal Gear Solid V, Deadrising3, The Witcher 3, Battlefield 4 as well as non-sequels such as Ryse, Sunset Overdrive, Project Spark, and Titanfall.  And, unsurprisingly, a new Halo game will arrive in 2014.  Most importantly, the price and release were finally announced.  The Xbox One will cost $499 when it launches in November.

Personally, that price is far too steep especially when you consider the system’s major drawbacks: It needs to be connected to the Internet once a day or you can’t play games offline, you can only loan it to one person ever, and there are restrictions on the re-selling of games.  These are terrible and unnecessary features that negate any shiny new games that will come along.  I’ll happily stick with the 360, which has received a new design that ditches the “implode” look, and will also run quieter.  Hit the jump for other brief reveals from Microsoft.

Update: Amazon is now accepting pre-orders for the Xbox One Console – Day One Edition!

TOP 5: Xbox One Reveal, MAN OF STEEL Final Trailer, THE HANGOVER PART III Interviews, THE WORLD’S END, BEFORE MIDNIGHT Interviews

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Whether you’re a gamer or not, if you have the slightest interest in pop culture happenings then you probably know that Microsoft announced its next-gen console, the Xbox One, earlier this week. As someone who has already decided to throw all of my console eggs into Microsoft’s basket, I was a little disappointed that my two primary questions: 1) “When can I get it?” and 2) “For how much?” weren’t answered. Nevertheless, the Interwebs are also filled with grumblings from undecided consumers who thought Microsoft’s big reveal focused too much on the other entertainment features of the One as opposed to the gaming experience (see this amusingly edited video of the announcement as an example of their frustration). Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t care less about using my Xbox to check fantasy football stats and/or being able to power the console on with my voice as opposed to the physically intensive act of pushing a button on my controller. That said, I would offer that those ready to commit to Sony’s PS4 at least give Microsoft a few weeks to roll out more details of the One’s games at E3. If we come out of that still talking about our ability to seamlessly switch between The Price is Right and a Skype call then we may have something to complain about.

If the above paragraph whetted your appetite for more console talk from a novice gamer then you’re in luck. This week’s Top 5 includes more on Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal, the final trailer for Man of Steel, The Hangover Part III interviews with Bradley Cooper and more, the U.S trailer and a couple of new posters for Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End, and Before Midnight interviews with Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy. A brief recap and link to each of the above awaits after the jump.

XBox One Announced and Will Be Released Later This Year; Specs Revealed; Will Include Next Generation Kinect

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Microsoft just wrapped their presentation for their next-generation console, XBox One.  The name comes from being an “All-in-One System” that will be at the center of your home entertainment system in a way that’s never been quite this intimate/creepy.  There was a lot of information during the presentation, but I took copious notes in between mocking the presentation on Twitter.  In all seriousness, Xbox seems to have taken a real next step as opposed to Nintendo (new controller!) and Sony (better graphics!), but let us not get into a console flame war.  The verdict is far from in, but the Xbox One does look promising albeit with some serious reservations.

Hit the jump for my recap of the presentation, and click here for the news regarding Xbox’s live-action Halo series produced by Steven Spielberg.

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