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Microsoft taking the Xbox One on tour; coming to a city near you

Xbox One Tour

Microsoft's next-generation video game console is well on its way, with the official launch date of November 22nd. Until this date comes and goes, consumers around the world will be eagerly anticipating the new console and what content will be included. To quench some of the thirst prior to launch, Microsoft will be taking the Xbox One on tour at numerous cities and events around the world.

Beginning October 1st through the end of the year, Microsoft will be sending the Xbox team to over 75 cities around the world with a series of experiential events. The "Arena One" tour will enable folk in the US, Canada and Europe to check out the Xbox One line-up of titles, while the Xbox One "Test Drive" will see the console hitting the road with hands-on gameplay in "unexpected places."

The Xbox One titles that will be displayed will include Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, Killer Instinct, Dead Rising 3, Crimson Dragon, Max: Curse of the Brotherhood, LocoCycle and more. Attendance to these events will be free of charge, but space is reported to be limited. Here are the Arena One Tour dates:

  • Philadelphia: 10.3–10.6
  • Paris: 10.10–10.13
  • Toronto: 10.10–10.13
  • Chicago: 10.17–10.20
  • Vienna: 10.17–10.20
  • Atlanta: 10.24–10.27
  • Dallas: 10.31–11.3
  • Berlin: 10.31–11.3
  • Phoenix: 11.7–11.10
  • San Francisco: 11.14–11.17
  • Dublin: 11.14–11.17
  • Los Angeles: 11.21
  • London: 11.21–11.24

So that's the Arena One tour out the way, what about the Xbox One Test Drive? Across the US, Canada, UK, Germany and France, Xbox will take a road trip across the countries, appearing at festivals, universities, retail centres and more. Think unexpected places and the next-generation console will more than likely be heading there.

Cities include Boston, Chicago, Arlington, Glendale, Green Bay, Tampa, Minneapolis, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Nashville, Denver and Toronto, along with supported locations in France, Germany and England. For those in France, Italy and Spain, you'll also be able to get your hands on the Xbox One line-up at the Xbox boots at Milan Games Week (October 25 - 27), Paris Games Week (October 30 - November 3) and Madrid Games Week (November 7 - 10).

Head on over to the Xbox One Tour website for more details, and follow @XboxOneTrucks on Twitter to see what the teams are up to.

Source: Xbox

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Not a city near me :-(

MrSimmix says:

Same here... :'(

TechnoTim says:

No Minneapolis? I thought they wanted some hipsters on the platform.

Cubeddd says:

London is last. London is always last :'(

Lol, please just stop talking, at least they tour to your city, Amsterdam is being ignored just like the xbox one has been delayed to 2014 in The Netherlands. I'm a Microsoft freak, but right now everyone in holland is going for a PS4 just because this silly huge mistake Microsoft is making.
 
London get's so much more than other cities or countries in Europe. People in England should never complain!

Skunkwurx says:

I agree man... I'm irish.... next door... so close some compaies just count us as a city in England (for stock reasons as our whole island has less pop than London) but we always get left out... always... And i wouldn't mind as much but i can drive 50 miles north to Northern Ireland (UK) and get anything i can get in england... wtf....

chrish91 says:

Not even a country near me!
Come to Australia!

camptime says:

This is surprising as Australia is day one launch. Microsoft what are you doing??

Not Amsterdam... But I'll Buy a PS4 in the future, with all respect to Xbox One, but I always had a PlayStation but I own a WP

I still won't understand when someone makes a similar post. PS4 has nothing on Xbox, unless its specific, exclusive games. iyo

Says Microsoft junkie lol.

The sad part is.. I might buy a ps4 just for killzone. Just like I did for the ps3 .. Smh

That's not sad, its just your preference.

Ticomfreak says:

Killzone is a rip off of Halo, just sayin'

rfrapp says:

But the Xbox One has nothing on the PS4 either. People who want a gaming device will get the PS4, and people who want a multimedia/gaming device will get the Xbox One. Specwise though, the PS4 is a tiny bit better. It's got the GDR5 RAM as opposed to 3 and it's operating system uses 2 GB or RAM to run as opposed to the Xbox One's 5. The cloud stuff on the Xbox One does look interesting though. I'll buy one as soon as they release a bundle without a Kinect. I'm visually impaired so I can't use the Kinect, so it'd be a big paperweight

Stanvx says:

Actually the ps4 uses 3.5gb with 1gb of that being flexible meaning it can be taken by the OS at any time otherwise can be used by the game and Microsoft Xbox one only using 3gb.

Robborboy says:

Fun fact: GDDR5 RAM is graphics ram. As such it is faster, however there is a much higher latency than with DDR3.

retyler says:

Then it would seem you will not be owning a Xbox One unless you change your terms. You do realize you can disconnect the Kinect?

rfrapp says:

I know that I can disconnect it, but I don't want to pay $100 for something that I physically cannot use. If you were going to the supermarket and you wanted to buy apples, but they only offered a bundle with apples and oranges for a more expensive price than just the apples alone, would you want to buy it?

Xsled says:

Wouldn't the Kinect be more beneficial being visually impaired? Being able to speak commands would seem beneficial to me....

John20212 says:

The cloud stuff on Xbox is useful only if you live in the US, if you are anywhere else all MS services are crippled.
 

Both systems does the exact sane thing, but the biggest and most crucial difference is MS technology empire. They have waay more time and polish on there's where PS is trying to cross over where MS dominates. Both are gaming consoles, both are multimedia consoles. X1 is better because it offers a more immersive experience with Kinect and dedicated servers, and to top it off, this is MS tech and windows at the heart of this system. That's like saying android or chrome is better than windows.

rfrapp says:

But I don't want Windows at the heart of my gaming console. If I did, I'd use a dedicated desktop PC, which would run a hell of a lot faster. I feel like snapping apps on a gaming console is incredibly ridiculous. On your Kinect point: I feel like most gamers don't even want motion controls. They had their fun with the Wii, and it all died down. Demonstrated by the failure of the original Kinect. Devs don't even want to deal with it. It is cool technology, don't get me wrong, but it's in an awkward position between virtual reality and gaming on a controller. Plus it's not usable for anyone with a visual impairment. Also, you can't compare Android to Windows. You could compare it to RT, but not full Windows. The dedicated servers are nice, but the only people that will take full advantage of them will be those writing exclusives. Devs who are releasing games for several systems won't integrate too deep with the individual system's features to save time and money.

Shantek says:

Can't be used by people with a visual impairment? What about all the voice integration? Can visually impaired people not talk? And the only reason Kinect was average on the 360 was because it wasn't the standard, so with it being bundled, devs will actually make use of it. If that means some people won't buy it im all for it of its going to be better in games

rfrapp says:

Do you even know what the Kinect is? The main point of the Kinect is motion capture. To capture a person's motion accurately, the Kinect needs the subject to be at a certain distance. So, like in my case, you cannot see the TV from that distance, then the Kinect is useless. Why would I pay $100 extra to be able to turn my Xbox One on by saying, "Xbox on?" The point of the Kinect is motion capture, the audio is a gimmick (in my opinion). Microsoft is trying to force their products on the consumer, which I don't like. That's another reason why I'm waiting to get an Xbox One. I'm not going to let them con me out of my money because they want one of their products to take off. If I don't want a Kinect, I shouldn't have to pay for one. 

WereRat says:

Briefly on your points:
- Windows -- MS is (wisely, IMO) going towards a single core (think kernel, although that may not be quite technically accurate) across desktop, RT, Xbox, and phone.  Many positives both internally for MS and for external devs that are too long to write about. That said, there's lots of desktop Windows-ness that RT and Xbox and WP won't do, and conversely.  I shouldn't worry about speed.
- Kinect -- Might be right.  Time will tell.  I'm not a big console gamer; my plan is to be gaming on Windows desktop with Oculus Rift next year :D
- Android/RT/Windows -- I think you have to compare them.  The future is device-independent.
- Cloud servers -- As I read the articles, this is not a lot of extra work.  I write shaders X for all platforms; if the application detects that it's connected to a cloud processor, I defer to those.  Possibly interesting implications if DX games can take advantage of this.  I would consider hiring someone to write the cloud shader for my team if I expected enough Xbox One sales, but doubly so if I could reuse that implementation for all the Windows gamers.
 

Ticomfreak says:

There's no such thing as DDR5 ram. GDDR5 RAM is modified DDR3 RAM with a graphics edge. DDR3 has a computational edge over GDDR5. PS4's OS uses 3.5 GB of RAM while all three OS's combined on Xbox One takes up 3 GB.

Hoekie says:

@Fadhlur Zahri Why post that you will buy a PS4? You knew it will cause a non ending Xbox One vs PS4 discussion......no one is waiting for...

TonyDedrick says:

Some folks need to gain some perspective.

tfc ninja says:

no india ofc becoz microsoft nvr givs a fvk about india..dey r not even launching it in 2013 here..ps4 wil out faster hete

Idk my bff. Wtf ttyl @bbq k? (byob fyi). fu

Zeroplanetz says:

Not near me either...

Sarang68 says:

Why is Microsoft India not making a fuss about it? I don't understand.

Zeeshan360 says:

No plans to launch this year ..

slepr says:

It appears MSFT wants nothing to do with the Great Plains. Middle America doesn't rate.

xFalk says:

Well let's see:
Population for the CITY of Chicago = 2.7 million
Population for ALL 4 STATES (Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming) = 3.1 million
 
Where should Microsoft concentrat their resources?

wtf808 says:

San Antonio c'mon man.

HarkAtYou says:

I have just ordered an xbox one, i know that i can plug my Sky box (Uk) into it and switch between inputs using the voice recognition, but does anyone know if it is able to change the channels like it could using the cable box it was connected to during the unveiling? I know it has an IR sender for if the connected box doesn't have two way HDMI (i don't know if the sky box does, its a 2tb box if that makes a difference) but in not sure how much functionality the IR thing has, (does it just turn on and off, or can it change channels?)

Terrin says:

theoritcally yes but its not confirmed outside of us and japan, I am in canada and was wondering the same thing

HarkAtYou says:

Thanks, i really hope it can... Another question i cant seem to find the answer to, have they said if its capable of streaming video from a NAS? I know the xbox 360 couldn't. Currently i watch all my movies from a jailbroken ATV directly from my NAS, I'm hoping the xbox will be able to do all, play games, my movies and control my tv... Perhaps im asking too much lol.

Shantek says:

Huh? I stream videos from my NAS to my 360 all the time..plays avi's/divx/xvid through the NAS with no issues

HarkAtYou says:

That's good then, when i searched for if the xbox one could all i found was hundreds of pages about how the 360 couldn't do it, and it needed a pc running with media player open. Did they do an update at some point to allow it to stream directly?

Erickson187 says:

I was already able to test it out over a week ago when Major Nelson visited MA

allos autos says:

"Unexpected places"? I was hoping it would be at the Microsoft Store, for a day at least. Getting to the store in Toronto is relatively painless. Getting into Toronto proper is a different story.

Castanedaa99 says:

Great...Los Angeles gets it one day before the official release

Rishicash says:

My thinking too. It's probably because it only has a population of 10 million. And what would LA know about media right?
 

HarkAtYou says:

If I'm honest i dont really see the appeal, most people who would buy it already know theyre going to buy it, or have already ordered it. So there's not much point giving them a little demo about what theyll own in a few weeks. And for those that haven't yet decided, even though they wont see it until a day before its released in LA, its sold out for weeks after already, so those people will still need to wait, so its no big deal that the demo is later in la.

Rishicash says:

You are right. In marketing speak this is what is known a creating a "buzz" along with all the other advertising they're doing. Each of these "shows" will provide their respective locations with something to put in local media. MS has cash to burn.

JamesDax3 says:

They are coming to Philly and I'll be there.

ChrisDaFlash says:

None of those are anywhere near me... Mississippi

mkdll says:

Not even in my country.

bpmurr says:

To bad every game seems to be getting downgraded for the so called "next-gen" systems. Both companies played it safe hardware wise so that they're at least breaking even. Instead of taking a loss on the hardware and making it up with software and services. Which would have allowed for faster hardware.

Ed Boland says:

I can wait till November...

"coming to a city in a major metropolitian area is that most likely not near anyone"
 
There I fixed it for you :P