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We know you're all excited to soon be able to pick up the Xbox One, power on the beast and smash some skulls in Ryze or net some superb shots in Fifa 14. Until the launch date comes around (November 22nd, should you require the friendly reminder), we've got some videos to keep us occupied, courtesy of owners who received their Xbox One units prematurely from retailers.

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Back in August, we learned about a special edition white model of the Xbox One console that was going to be given to employees working in Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business division as part of a gift package. Now Microsoft is offering one lucky (and financially well-off) eBay bidder a chance to own the only white Xbox One unit to be offered to the general public. The auction will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity geared toward helping wounded service members and their families.

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Microsoft has released a new video to show off some of the multitasking capabilities of the next-generation video game console. The Xbox One sports the Snap feature, enabling you to do more at once. Fancy playing a game while looking at what friends are playing, or even watching live TV? It's all possible and is a handy feature that saves time from switching between inputs or firing up a second screen.

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Microsoft has released a new advertisement for its Xbox One console. The video shows a young couple who have the next-gen console set up with multiple accounts. As well as showing exactly how easy it is to switch between profiles in a real environment, the ad also injects some humour with the boyfriend being ordered around with "Xbox" commands.

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The Xbox game Grand Theft Auto V has been on the shelves for a few months now and if you've hit a few snags building your criminal empire, check out GTA V: Maps for Windows Phone.

GTA V: Maps delivers all the Los Santos maps and locations to your Windows Phone to help guide you through the game.  Layout is simple with GTA V: Maps and includes optional integration with GTA V: Cheats. It may not be an official companion app for Grand Theft Auto but it may help you avoid making that wrong turn that could end your career.

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Since Steve Ballmer declared his retirement from Microsoft as CEO, speculations on who will be the next big boss have been tossed around. One of the top candidates who appears on every list is the former CEO of Nokia, Stephen Elop; he supposedly had the heart to run Microsoft, but recent information that we reported on this morning has shown that he may do more damage than good.

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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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Microsoft is taking its Xbox One console down the home entertainment path, while continuing to cater for gamers around the world. The company has today announced a line-up of entertainment and TV apps Xbox One owners will be able to load and use on their console. Moving on from explaining just what features will be available in the experience, Microsoft is now touching on some of the content that will expand the capabilities of the console.

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Microsoft has today published a new video showing off the new Xbox One dashboard experience. Yusuf Mehdi is joined by Marc Whitten, both walking through some of the things owners will be able to do with the next-generation console and demonstrating how Kinect is further integrated. It's well worth checking out if you're considering to pick an Xbox One up.

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With the release of the latest installment of the Call of Duty series over on the Xbox console, we are also seeing a Call of Duty companion Windows Phone app lurking in the shadows.

The official Call of Duty app hopes to provide a new mobile experience designed to work hand in hand with Call of Duty Ghosts. The app does require Call of Duty registration (can be done through the app) and you have to play your first Call of Duty Ghosts multiplayer match before you can start using the app.

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For those with Xbox Live Gold Memberships, every month Microsoft tags a few games and offers them as free downloads. The Games with Gold program offers two free games to Xbox Live Gold Members each month.

One of the two titles becomes available on the first of the month and the second title lands on the 16th. For November, your Games with Gold titles are A World of Keflings (available on the 1st) and Iron Brigade (available on the 16th).

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Looking for a great deal to go along with your renewal of an Xbox Live Gold membership? If you are, then you are in luck; Amazon is ready to give away some free Xbox Live cash with that exact purchase. Currently on Amazon.com, if you grab an Xbox Live 12 Month Gold Membership using the “Online Game Code” option (meaning that you don’t get a physical card and instead have the code displayed to you after purchase), you are entitled to a $20 Xbox Live Gift Card.

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Not sure as to the "why" or "when" but the Windows Phone Xbox gaming title Cut the Rope: Experiments is now free for the taking.

Experiment is a sequel to the Xbox game Cut the Rope where you must keep the little green monster Om Nom fed with candy. The puzzle game has over 150 levels of play that has you navigating your candy drops through various lab experiments.

The Cut the Rope series is an entertaining, mildly addictive game for your Windows Phone that is well suited for short gaming periods as well as longer marathon sessions.

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How excited are you for the launch of Microsoft’s latest gaming console, the Xbox One? Do you count down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until you can get your precious hands on the next generation gaming monster? If Xbox One is all you can think of, you might want to check out the Microsoft Store’s Xbox One Countdown app for Windows 8.

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Microsoft is launching new gift cards that will be used for purchases on Xbox, Windows and Windows Phone stores. Consumers will be able to purchase games, music, movies, shows, apps and more. We recently looked at a leak that detailed a launch for the gift cards to match Windows 8.1 (October 22nd), but you can already pick them up at a Germany retailer and Amazon UK.

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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.

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