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There are a few challenges for those wanting to make the transition to an all-digital game library with the Xbox One. A complaint echoed by many is that the games still cost too much, especially when compared to their physical disc-based equivalents. Often times retailers like Amazon or Target will offer big discounts on physical Xbox One games, while the digital version in the Xbox One game library remains at full price. Of course the Xbox One is only a few months old, so it was only a matter of time before digital games went on sale. Ryse: Son of Rome will be that first game.

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Most gamers who purchased their Xbox One on Day One where privy to special content included with the Day one edition of their games. If you were one of the many users (including myself) who chose to download your games digitally though, you were left out. Now Xbox users have begun to receive download codes to digitally obtain the Day One content that was left out from games such as Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, and Forza Motorsport 5.

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Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console contains a custom 1.75 GHz AMD 8 Core APU, 8 GB of DDR3 memory, and an integrated 853 MHz AMD Radeon graphics core – with all of these specs, games can get quite realistic. Add-on the idea that the Xbox One possibly has the best games out there and you are presented with Microsoft’s latest ad, “Immersive Gaming”.

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Xbox One France has posted some amazing shots on their Twitter page of what they are calling the “Xbox One Hotel”. As you might guess, the building and its interior follows Xbox inspired décor. The trendy spot will remain open until the end of November. Until then, visitors can enjoy playing Xbox One consoles and kicking back in the “Xbox One-themed restaurant”.

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The lineup of Xbox One launch game announcements began with a trickle during the May reveal event and didn’t start to really flow until Microsoft’s E3 press conference. Electronic Arts and other publishers chimed in, and soon gamers began to have a decent idea of what software to expect when Microsoft’s new console rolls around.

Still, for all those title announcements, you never really know exactly what games will launch alongside the system until the console’s release date draws near. The Xbox One’s nebulous November release date (Microsoft still hasn’t named the date yet) is still a few months away, but Microsoft has just revealed the lineup of games that will be available at retail and via download on launch day. With 23 titles to choose from, early adopters are in for a treat this holiday season.

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Okay - the Xbox One isn’t actually watching us shower, but Microsoft doesn’t want us to go even a few minutes without seeing an ad for their latest console. Our Editor-At-Large, Simon Sage, tweeted this picture after getting back to his Los Angles hotel room.

The advertisement states: “Drive fast. Defend Rome. Skype on your TV. All in one. – Xbox One” The first two statements are references to Xbox One exclusive games including Forza Motorsport 5 and Crytek’s RYSE. The third statement is reference to the console’s new ability to make Skype calls via Kinect in full screen or snap mode, while playing a game.

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