Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"Call Of Duty: Ghosts" - Upgrade your Xbox 360 version to Xbox One for 10$!

Yesterday, Major Nelson (Director of Programming for Xbox Live, famous gamer/blogger/podcaster) posted a link on his blog regarding the so-called “Xbox Game Ahead Program” for the new Call Of Duty game, “Ghosts”.

This is an important move by Microsoft and Activision that will allow consumers to purchase at participating retailers (not announced yet) a digital download code giving access to the digital version of “Call Of Duty: Ghosts” for the Xbox 360.  What’s interesting is that once the Xbox One is released, your account will automatically have access to the digital copy of the game for your brand new next-gen console.  The price is very tempting, announced at 69.99$!

Also, it was announced that consumers will be able to grab this deal from the comfort of their home, as they will be able to purchase their digital copy of “COD: Ghosts” on the actual Xbox Live Marketplace  (for Xbox 360) for 59.99$ and, once the XB1 is launched, grab the same title for the XB1 for a mere 10$ (before March 31st 2014).

This idea is brilliant.  First, it allows gamers to enjoy a highly anticipated game on their current console and get the same gamefor their next-gen console for an additional 10$.  Keep in mind that “Call of Duty: Ghosts” will be released on November 5th 2013 for the Xbox 360...  So, according to our maths, this program makes it cheaper than renting the game until November 22nd 2013 (aka Launch Day), and you get to keep the game on both consoles. Not bad!

This is clearly a move to push forward the digital copies.  As a comparison, the retailer “Game” in UK is offering a similar program for selected Xbox 360 and Xbox One games: purchase the game for the Xbox 360, get a £40 credit on the same title for Xbox One when trading-in the 360 version, basically allowing you to get the next-gen version for £10.  But then again, this deal strips you from the Xbox 360 version...

No word yet on the availability of this program outside of the USA.  (Finger crossed!) 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Ryse: Son of Rome and Forza 5 will be native 1080p

On september 13th 2013, Aaron Greenberg (Chief of Staff for Devices and Studios Group at Microsoft) answered a tweet asking if the Xbox One games will run natively at 1080p (full HD resolution).  The answer he provided states that both "Ryse: Son of Rome" and "Forza 5" will run at 1080p natively.

This answer pretty much confirms our belief that Ryse is a graphic showcase launch game.  Let's just hope that the gameplay is at the same level as the graphics.  On the other hand, it also secures Forza as a state of the art racing game, there is no doubt about it.

Now, the question that remains: how many launch titles will run natively at 1080p?  If more titles fulfill this specification, more people will jump in the Xbox One ecosystem as it will be a real
"next-gen" console.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Xbox One Day One Edition still available at Walmart (Canada)

As most of you might already know, it's quite hard to get your hands on the Xbox One Day One Edition at this point in Canada (and pretty much anywhere on planet Earth).  The Canadian Microsoft Store no longer allows you to pre-order this limited edition of the console and most online retailers (in Canada) are in the same situation.  Some Canadian retailers like Best Buy, Future Shop, Target or Gamestop might still be taking some pre-orders if you go in store and ask for them, but they're pretty rare.

But this morning, there is hope for some of you...  Apparently, the Walmart online store still let's you pre-order the Day One Edition!  This might not last long so please hurry up!  Check it out here!

As a reminder, the Day One Edition comes with a commemorative controller (with the "Day One" logo and a chrome D-pad), an exclusive achievement and a special packaging.

Xbox One Hardware Specs

Because this blog is quite new on the scene, we have decided to post some basic information about the Xbox One console.  We believe this information is vital for any website covering any piece of technology and will be a quick reference for everyone around here.

Today, we are presenting the various hardware specifications of the Xbox One console.  Here are the major points:

  • CPU: 8 Core AMD @ 1.75 GHz (2 Quad-Core Jaguar modules)
  • GPU: 768 Cores AMD @ 853 MHz (estimated power: 1.31 TFLOPS)
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3 + 32MB eSRAM embedded memory (3 GB reserved for OS), 8GB Flash Memory
  • Storage: 500 GB Hard Drive (non-replaceable), External Hard Drive not supported at launch
  • Network: Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n wireless, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Optical Drive: Blu-Ray Disc
  • Camera: 1080p (Kinect camera)
  • Input: 3x USB 3.0, HDMI
  • Output: HDMI (4K support)

Please note that originally the CPU was suppose to run at 1.6 GHZ, but early in september 2013 Microsoft confirmed that they were able to increase the CPU clock speed right before starting full production.

Source: Wikipedia, IGN, Joystiq

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Xbox One Titles Available on Launch Day

A lot of confusion still surrounds the games that will be available on Launch Day. In order to clear this up, here is the list of the Xbox One games that have been confirmed (so far) to be available on November 22nd 2013 (aka Launch Day):

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Ubisoft Montreal
Action / Adventure
Battlefield 4
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Infinity Ward
Crimson Dragon
Grounding Inc.
Dead Rising 3
EA Sports
Fighter Within
AMA, Ltd.
Forza Motorsport 5
Turn 10
Just Dance 2014
Killer Instinct
Double Helix
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
TT Games
Action / Adventure
Twisted Pixel
Madden NFL 25
EA Sports
NBA 2K14
Visual Concepts
NBA Live 14
EA Sports
Need for Speed: Rivals
Ghost, Criterion
Peggle 2 
PopCap Games
Powerstar Golf
Zoe Mode
Ryse: Son of Rome
Action / Adventure
Skylanders: Swap Force
Vicarious Visions
Platformer / Kids
Watch Dogs (delayed!)
Ubisoft Montreal
Action / Adventure
Zoo Tycoon
Frontier Developments
Zumba Fitness: World Party
Zoe Mode

This impressive line-up should really please any type of gamer.  In our opinion, the only missing title is Titanfall, the first-person shooter developed by Respawn Entertainment.  This game (exclusive to Microsoft platforms) has been demoed in all the latest major expos and received critical acclaim.  As of today, no release date has been specified, other than being available somewhere in the "Launch Window" (between Launch Day and March 2014).

We will do our best to keep this list updated in the upcoming weeks.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Welcome to XboxOneInCanada.com!

First off, welcome to XboxOneInCanada.com!

This site is dedicated to bringing information and news about Microsoft's next-gen console, the XBOX ONE.  Our team will do it's best to bring to our readers a canadian perspective to all the information that can be collected and gathered around the web and other medias.  Rumours, release dates, reviews... We've got you covered!

In order to start things up, here is the video that was posted on the official Xbox YouTube channel on September 4th 2013, announcing the official release date for the Xbox One: November 22nd 2013*.

* Launching in 13 Markets: UK, US, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.