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published Wednesday, Jul 30th

EA Announce UK Pricing For Subscription Gaming Service ‘EA Access’

EA confirmed Wednesday that its upcoming subscription-based gaming service ‘EA Access‘ will cost £3.99 a month to UK subscribers.

Currently in beta for a limited number of Xbox One players, the new scheme will allow subscribers to download a range of titles and play them unlimited, as long as their recurring subscription is active.

Titles available during the beta include FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4 with more titles to be announced.

Members of EA Access will also receive 10% off most EA titles available to download on Xbox One.

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published Thursday, May 15th

New Kinect-less Xbox One for £349

Despite the annual E3 conference being just less than a month away, Microsoft have revealed a huge announcement a little early, and it’s one that has the potential to dramatically help increase their console sales.

From 9th June the Xbox One will be available without their previously ‘required’ Kinect camera at a reduced price of £349.99.

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published Thursday, Dec 05th

UK Teenager Buys A Photo Of An Xbox One On Ebay For £450

eBay UK user Peter Clatworthy was left disappointed when he discovered he had handed over £450 for a photo of Microsoft’s Xbox One.

Clatworthy, 19 from Nottingham, initially thought he had paid the sizeable sum for an actual Xbox One console, but when the mail arrived he was surprised to see that rather than receiving Microsoft’s latest home console, he had instead took delivery of a printed A4 picture of the new machine.

published Tuesday, Nov 26th

UK Chart: Xbox One Sells Twice As Many Launch Units As The Xbox 360

Microsoft’s Xbox One arrived last week claiming twice as many sales of the Xbox 360 in its launch week back in 2008. The console arrived with more than a dozen launch titles, including FIFA 14 and Forza Motorsport 5 bundles.

EA’s FIFA 14 (+328%) swaps with COD: Ghosts (-16%), from second to first.

Battlefield 4 (+134%) jumps from fifth to third as Assassin’s Creed IV (+123%) holds at fourth.

Forza Motorsport 5 debuts at fifth place.

published Saturday, Nov 23rd

GAME Hails Xbox One Launch Success, Says Sales Will Surpass 360 Debut

After a successful Xbox One launch night retailer GAME made a bold statement saying the new console launch will “easily” surpass sales of the former Xbox 360.

Whether this proclamation turns out to be true remains to be seen, however early figures seem positive. GAME was keen to stress that customers wanting an Xbox One must be quick if they want to get a console in time for Christmas.

published Friday, Nov 22nd

#27 New Generation

Another episode of What Do Chris & Leo Think? sees Colin H, joined as ever by Chris and Leo, to talk videogames. Once again we are joined by a special guest, our good friend Mike Fudge.
This episode we talk about all the new console launches coming to the UK this month and all the (lack of) exciting games.
This one’s a bumper length special, so saddle upon your Horse Armour (160MSP), grab a drink and enjoy!

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published Wednesday, Nov 06th

Troubled Blockbuster Will Now Honour Xbox One & PlayStation 4 Pre-orders

DVD and videogame rental retailer Blockbuster will now honour PlayStation 4 and Xbox One preorders, despite previously announcing that all orders placed would be cancelled due to the firm having re-entered administration, however customers will have to act fast.

Placing over 2,000 jobs at risk, the company announced they would be re-entering administration on October 29th. Following the announcement, the firm revealed on their Facebook page that all pre-orders placed for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One would no longer be honoured, just three weeks ahead of the console’s launches.

At the time Blockbuster said in order to receive a refund for any pre-orders customers would have to write to the company via postal mail. This did not prove popular with customers, who took to the company Facebook page to complain.

In a series of Tweets published Tuesday, November 5th, Blockbuster said that they would now be fulfilling customer orders, working directly with Microsoft and Sony to ensure demand is met. 

published Wednesday, Oct 30th

GAME Offers Queue Jumping Scheme For Next-Gen Launch

GAME is offering customers the chance to jump to the front of the queue when purchasing an Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

Those who take part in the retailers ‘Get Gaming Quicker’ scheme will be given access to a ‘fast lane’ at the many midnight launch and launch day events, allowing them to skip the main queue and get hands on with their new consoles faster.

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published Saturday, Oct 26th

Here’s Where You Can Play The Xbox One Before Launch

With the launch of the Xbox One right around the corner, Microsoft have started cranking up the hype machine by way of holding a series of hands-on events with their next home console across the UK.

Three different types of events will be taking place including, the ‘Area One’ event, the ‘Xbox One Tour’, and ‘Xbox One Test Drive’ play sessions. The various events will offer a varying hands-on experience, with a range of playable next generation titles on show, including Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and Battlefield 4 among others.

Gamebrit has compiled a list of the events through England and Wales alongside which titles will be playable.

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published Wednesday, Sep 04th

Xbox One UK Release Date Confirmed

Microsoft announced Wednesday that the Xbox One will launch in the UK on Friday, November 22nd.

The £429 console will arrive alongside over 20 launch games, including the likes of Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Forza Motorsport 5 and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.

published Saturday, Aug 24th

Xbox One or PlayStation 4? Whichever You Choose, You Win

Back in May Microsoft’s Xbox One was unveiled at a special media event, bringing with it a number of ill-favoured key policies, such as enforced Digital Rights Management (DRM), a compulsory Kinect camera and a £429 price tag (the latter of which was announced at E3). As a result of these unpopular decisions Sony’s PlayStation 4 quickly became the leading ‘next-gen’ choice in many gamers minds.

However, a lot has changed since then, with us now arriving at a point where things are a lot more even. So, with the playing field levelling out, does it really matter which ‘side’ you pick?