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WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 4th – 10th NOVEMBER 2013

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Since its public unveiling, Microsoft have been touting the Xbox One to be the ultimate all-in-one entertainment device…just like every console since the PS2 has also claimed. Nevertheless, this week they have confirmed which entertainment applications will be ready for you straight out of the box.

Every consumer market will have access to Xbox Fitness, Xbox Video, Xbox Music, Internet Explorer, Skype, SkyDrive and Upload (allowing users to upload gaming clips to Xbox.com). In-between the UK launch date of 22nd November and ‘Spring 2014’, we can expect the following applications to be added: 4oD, Amazon, blinkbox, Crackle, Demand 5, Eurosport, Machinima, MUZU TV, Netflix, NOW TV, TED, Twitch and Wuaki.tv. Noticeably, the BBC iPlayer, Sky Player and ITV Player which are all currently available on Xbox 360 will NOT be available during this time period. An Xbox Live Gold account will be required for these apps, and services such as Netflix also require their own fees and subscriptions.For what its worth, applications will also feature Achievements, but they will not count towards your individual Gamerscore.

As ever, the US will be the main focus for Microsoft. Many sporting channels will not make it across the pond
As ever, America will be the main focus for Microsoft; several sports channels will not make it across the pond

Essentially, if you want a brand new entertainment device for your living room, right now you would be better off with a current console because they offer exactly the same services (minus sharing of gameplay footage) for a cheaper price.

BREAKING BONUS NEWS: Kotaku have a full report of a chap who managed to get an Xbox One weeks ahead of its release, before the console was taken offline by Microsoft. Plenty of interesting factoids on download sizes and other features.

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E3 2013 – Coverage Of The Conferences

Well what a change in fortunes – E3 this year has been nothing short of excellent to watch. Whereas the past few conferences have been relatively staid, cautious and sometimes very awkward affairs, 2013 has seen E3 return to what it should be – a true gamers conference. Badly choreographed on stage segments are now seemingly a thing of the past, and while a lot of the content on show was pre-rendered footage rather than actual gameplay, the games themselves came thick and fast with plenty of new and fresh ideas in the mix. Also, with the PS4 and the Xbox One going up against each other head-to-head for the first time, we could anticipate that something special was going to be in the works.

The following report is not a completely in depth take on events (check your friendly neighbourhood gaming website for an intricate breakdown of what happened), but rather the things that I personally took away from the best E3 conference in years. Continue reading E3 2013 – Coverage Of The Conferences