News This video game image released by Activision shows a scene from 'Call of Duty: Ghosts,'

The suspect asked staff to reserve items such as an X-Box One and Just Dance 2014 before robbing the store at gunpoint

Microsoft confirms Xbox One offers 'achievements' for watching TV

The rumoured - and ridiculed - feature was first mentioned in May

Microsoft unveils Xbox One Dashboard including 4oD, Netflix, Lovefilm apps

With the Xbox One Microsoft is aiming to take over your entire living room

Xbox One could reboot mid-game in order to apply updates via the cloud

Remarks from the Xbox Live manager at a developers' conference suggests that updates will restart consoles 'whether your code is running or not'

Call of Duty: Ghosts launch - Game debuts to mixed reactions for Xbox 360 and PS3

The latest Call of Duty game launched, but much is expected from a franchise that has totalled more than 2.85 million years of gameplay

Microsoft details Xbox One Friends App with Twitter-style friends feed

The new app includes features such as the ability to follow friends and a real-time Activity Feed

GTA 5 has already beaten GTA 4's lifetime sales

The best-selling series continues to top its own records, although Fifa remains at the top of the UK's gaming charts

US shoppers prefer PS4 to Xbox One

Console war continues to rage back and forth but Sony might have the advantage in the US

PC gaming to hit your front room with Steam OS

Valve makes huge pitch for the big(ger) screen with a new Linux-based OS

Sony's PS4 companion app will rival Microsoft's SmartGlass; launches with PS4 in November

New software will turn Android and iOS tablets and smartphones into a second screen experience for the console

Microsoft unveils biggest Bing redesign yet, but can they take on Google?

New revamp aligns Bing as one of Microsoft's four core platforms next to Office, Windows and Xbox

Review: Rayman Legends

Rayman turns 18 this year, but Rayman Legends – the latest addition to the series, following on from 2011’s Rayman Origins – shows no signs of a dodgy teenage rebellion.

Xbox One release date announced by Microsoft

New console will be available in 13 markets from launch

Sony's PS4 will support voice commands and facial recognition

However, the Eye camera will have to be purchased separately.

Xbox one, price: £429

A morning with: The Xbox One

Price: £429
Includes: Blu-ray player, built-in wi-fi, Kinect, Xbox wireless controller
Processor: Customized AMD chip with eight-core CPU
Memory: 8GB DDR3 RAM
Hard drive: 500GB
Video: 1080p, 60 frames per second

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