XBox One to have first public play at Comic-Con

10/07/13

XBox One

Gamers will be able to play the Xbox One for the first time at next week's Comic-Con event.

Director of programming at Microsoft Larry Hryb, better known by his online gaming tag Major Nelson, made the announcement on his blog.

Games including Ryse: Son of Rome will be available to play before official release at the convention.

The Xbox One console was unveiled at the E3 gaming expo in LA last month.

Letting fans play the console ahead of it's November release date is the latest step in XBox developers' battle to appeal to gamers.

E3 saw Microsoft go head-to-head with Sony to win over gamers as their new console, PS4, was unveiled in the same week.

Sony's PS4 will be £80 cheaper than the Xbox One, which is priced at £429, and will have fewer restrictions on second-hand games.

'Amazing experiences'

Newsbeat's technology reporter Jonathan Blake asked gamers what they'd like to see from developers during E3.

Twenty one -year-old Robert Whiting-Simpson said: "Microsoft need to reveal a lot of games at E3 if they want to get gamers on their side.

"They really need to sort themselves out for this generation if they want to get back in the game.

"Smartphone technology is starting to bridge the barrier between console games and mobile games.

"Maybe in the next two generations of technology we could match them up."

Microsoft promised gamers "amazing experiences" with new titles like Killer Instinct, which will also be available to play at Comic-Con, which starts on 18 July.

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