Xbox One Launches on Nov. 22

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xbox-one-logoNot much fanfare from Microsoft for their release date. The post revealed the date, the fact that they’ve hit “full production” and a minor specifications bump for the CPU.

The release date and “full production” news was expected but that spec bump bit there? That’s a bit odd to mention. I don’t mind the spec bump but the piece meal outing of the GPU and CPU clockspeed bumps make the entire Xbox One product appear haphazardly assembled. But that’s besides the point. Microsoft improved their console and that’s the important thing.

There also rumors of them improving their offerings to both European and North American customers. It looks like European consumers who pre-ordered the Xbox One Day One Edition will be offered FIFA 14 or Forza Motorsport 5.

But what about us North Americans? There are rumors that we’ll receive a free game as well. I doubt it will be FIFA 14 but Forza Motorsport 5 is a safe bet. How about the inclusion of NBA Live 14? I’m sure EA would love to get that in a few more hands.

So what do I think of the November 22nd launch date? I think it’s the right move to come after Sony who are undoubtedly coming in with “the momentum of a runaway freight train”. If Microsoft were to launch before Sony, any momentum they will muster up will be stifled by the PlayStation 4. With this later launch date? Their momentum is in their own hands.

RE5 PS3 Demo Available Now. KZ2 Demo Later

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The PlayStation 3 version of the Resident Evil 5 demo is now available on the PSN Store. Xbox 360 owners got their chance last week, so what are you waiting for? I’ve already tried it and expressed my thoughts already.

The second piece of demo news was a bit of a surprise.

It turns out that the European PSN Store will have the Killzone 2 single player demo this Thursday. If you’re like me and have already gone through the simple process of creating PSN accounts for each of the major regions, you’ll have no problem downloading the upcoming demo. (Unless it’s region locked, but that’s extremely rare.) It’s a lot easier than going out to GameStop/EB Games and pre-ordering for the “exclusive demo bonus”.

Exclusive demos are such a terrible idea.

E3 2008: Microsoft Press Conference Summary

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What a day it’s been. That Microsoft press conference was quite the bore up until the very end when “shit got real”. Anyways, for those who don’t have the time to scour the net for all the juicy footage and essential info, I did it all for you. Enjoy.

Trust me, this list is a lot more exciting than having it slowly revealed to you.

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