TALKING POINT: XBOX ONE LAUNCHES
Xbox One launched in the UK on Friday morning and to much fanfare after Microsoft took over Leicester Square for the night and painted London town Xbox green.
The X1 lands here a week before its rival, PlayStation 4, a much smaller head start than they had in the last generation. It costs £429.99 and comes bundled with a Kinect. Those who pre-ordered a Day One Edition will also have received a copy of either FIFA 14 or Forza 5. Also arriving in the wee small hours was a selection of launch titles, both third and first-party, and it'll be interesting to see the GfK Charts on Monday morning to see how they performed.
We've been working tirelessly over the last seven days to bring you as many launch day review scores as possible. Head this way for a collection of all the scores, including Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Killer Instinct, Crimson Dragon and Ryse: Son of Rome (we also look back at some of the third-party titles that have already been released on other platforms now the Xbox One is out). You can also read Three Studios, One Platform: Devs talk Xbox One, where we talk to three of the key people behind Forza, Ryse and Dead Rising 3. This week we've also offered up our verdict on the console itself.
Other Xbox news includes reports of Blu-ray issues, the reveal of digital release prices on the platform, confirmation that streaming will be coming to the console early next year, and finally it was discovered this week that Microsoft spent more that $100 million on creating the Xbox One Controller.
For more news on Microsoft's next-gen console, head to our Xbox One sub-page now.
TALKING POINT: SONY PREPARES FOR PS4 RELEASE
There's no stand-out announcements from Sony this week as they gear up for the European launch of PlayStation 4 this time next week. But that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to tell you about.
The console was released in North America last week, and Sony reckon they sold 1 million consoles in just 24 hours. Still in the US, and retailer GameStop are saying that they've got 2.3 million on waiting lists for PS4s. Over on our side of the pond, it was confirmed this week that Sony are planning on bundling the PS Vita with the PlayStation 4 in what's being billed as the ‘Ultimate Bundle'.
In other PlayStation news, Gran Turismo 7 might be heading to PS4 as early as 2014, Tomb Raider was soft of confirmed for next-gen consoles this week, Battlefield 4 has struggled on Sony's console following its release in the States, and finally we've had reports of a "Blue light of Death" on some PS4 consoles (which Sony responded to with this guidance).
THIS WEEK ON GRTV
GRTV offers up a video review for Batman: Arkham Origins, and unboxes a PlayStation 4. We talk with Jesse Buchanan about the launch of Call of Duty: Ghosts, we find out more about the console version of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls from Blizzard, and we discuss the future of the Assassin's Creed franchise with the lead game designer of Black Flag.
There's also three streams that we've captured this week. In the first we look at Tearaway and Rachet & Clank: Nexus, and in the next we name our soldiers after viewers and play through some missions in Xcom: Enemy Within. And finally, with the Xbox One launching in several territories across the globe, we get all nostalgic and remember some Xbox 360 launch titles
Could Crash Bandicoot be about to mount a comeback? Something could be on the cards, that's for sure.
Ruffian Games are set to release a new title next year. Could it be Crackdown 3 on Xbox One?
Micro-transactions are back in Forza 5, the most expensive being the Lotus E21, which will set you back at least £32.50 - that is unless you're prepared to grind for it until Forza 6 comes along.
Our favourite rumour of the week: are Telltale working on Game of Thrones? If they are, consider us happy.
If you've grabbed yourself a new console this week and you've got enough money left over for a haircut, it's worth noting that the Xbox One's Kinect won't recognise you after your visit to the barber, as Gamereactor Germany's editor discovered for himself.