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It’s safe to say that fans have been enjoying the additional power and exclusive software that accompanied the Xbox One at launch, but there are a few issues that upwards of two million gamers who picked up the platform have begun to notice. Key features like cross-game chat that were so prominent on the Xbox 360 are sorely lacking on its successor, but Microsoft has plans in motion to improve various features of the Xbox One.

During an interview between Canada.com and Larry Hyrb, Microsoft’s director of programming for Xbox Live, it was confirmed that the company plans on implementing serious updates to the existing operating system and tweaking features to better suit the desires of the players. Similarly to the evolution of the Xbox 360 during its lifespan, the man known as Major Nelson assured concerned fans that additional features are en route.

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Company reveals it had a “real discussion” about possibility of “purely disc-less console,” but decided against it to accommodate bandwidth and game size.

As some early reports suggested, Microsoft did in fact consider releasing the Xbox One with no disc drive, making the company’s new console a purely digital system, Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer told OXM. Perhaps more surprising is that this “purely disc-less console” was considered as late as mid-2013.

“Obviously, after the announcement and E3, there was some feedback about what people wanted to change,” Spencer said. “There was a real discussion about whether we should have an optical disc drive in Xbox One or if we could get away with a purely disc-less console, but when you start looking at bandwidth and game size, it does create issues.”

Spencer went on to explain why he believes offering a Blu-ray optical drive for the Xbox One was the “right decision.”

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According to a report conducted by the Entertainment Retailers Association, the PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One by 166,000 consoles in the United Kingdom.

Using data collected via Chart-Track during a five-week period after its launch, 530,000 PlayStation 4 were purchased (generating £181.8 million) while 364,000 Xbox One were purchased (generating £144.5 million).

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Ben Heck’s latest mod will be donated to Able Gamers Foundation.

Celebrity console modder Ben Heck has created a single-handed Xbox One controller mod, designed to be accessible for gamers with a disability preventing them from using two hands.

The creation of the controller will be chronicled on this Friday’s installment of The Ben Heck Show. A teaser for the program gives a first glimpse at the unit, as do the images posted above and below.

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Since its November 19th release date, the Xbox One has been in scarce supply at the $499.99 retail price. For those of you who avoided the long lines on Black Friday but still want one in time for Christmas, a new hope has emerged at Best Buy.

This morning Best Buy put five bundles on sale with prices ranging between $529.98 to $649.96. The cheapest is the standard console bundled with a 12 month Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription for $529.99, which is just the $499.99 console price plus $30 for 1 yr. membership. In fact, that puts it at a $30 discount, since an Xbox LIVE membership normally runs $59.99.

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