Both Microsoft and Sony are currently battling out to grab as much headline space as possible in the run-up to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and with the former having been given a twelve minute walk through video detailing the Xbox One Dashboard, it has now been revealed that gamers can go ahead an test out the console at Microsoft Stores across United States and Canada, 75 stores in total. Unfortunately, you can only play Forza Motorsport 5 at this particular time, but with just a couple of weeks to wait until the real thing becomes available to purchase, it should be enough to whet the appetites of gamers far and wide.

There’s a bit of added significance to the fact that Microsoft is now allowing gamers to play the Xbox One, in a promotion that runs right the way up until the November 22nd release date. This is because Sony is also running gaming kiosks at select retail outlets across the States, and so those currently undecided regarding which console to purchase can now draw some real-world comparisons. Of course, since quite a few avid gamers will be wishing to take a seat at these sought-after next-gen machines, getting any sort of quality time will be nigh-on impossible, but at least those who cannot wait until November 15th for the PS4, or November 22nd for the Xbox One, can go ahead and test both consoles out.

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With both now within touching distance, most of us are now just waiting on that release. We’ve now got so much information on each console, and simply wish to kick back with some Call of Duty: Ghosts or Battlefield 4. Aside from those two ‘main’ releases, there are plenty of solid launch titles besides, and with a bunch more scheduled to drop in early 2014, gaming fans have a great deal to look forward to.

Barring any catastrophic delay (and it would, at this point, be something of a catastrophe if either didn’t make their respective release date), we should have both consoles within our grasp in just two weeks’ time. The PlayStation 4 is up next Friday, while the Xbox One will be available a fortnight from now.

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We’ll have all of the other details as and when they arrive, so stay tuned to our coverage here at Redmond Pie!

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