Xbox One: Upcoming Games and Deals; Results of Xbox One Hard Drive Swap Test; and Windows’ Threshold Update Includes Xbox One

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By Gel Galang | December 3, 2013 12:52 PM EST

The only good reason for swapping out the original Xbox One hard drive would be the potential lack of storage space. According to the Engadget, the experiment had yielded the fact that there was only a slight change in speed (mere seceonds) on the changed Xbox One hard drive.

Another support that can be attributed for the Xbox One is repartitioning a hard drive replacement for the Xbox One, so long as it is Linux-compatible. The original solution requires you to copy files, repartitioning the new hard drive, and only rebooting the device for a new HDD.

However, Microsoft prefers that you skip on experimenting to avoid any unnecessary risks to your Xbox One. Engadget reports that Microsoft has already acknowledged this, and thus would release external drive support and other storage-related features in the future.

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Microsoft to improve syncing amoing its devices with upcoming update

There has been talk about how Microsoft wants to ensure that the different OS's currently under the brand-- Windows for PC, Windows Mobile, and Xbox One --would be very much in sync with each other.

It seems that the latest leak provides this capability. The Verge has found a new leak from Mary Jo Foley, supposed Microsoft leaks expert. She said that the next major update, called Threshold, will provide uniformity for the mentioned operating systems.

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The report expounds that there will be a unified app store and tool sets so that developers can easily create applications for the three systems. The supposed update will be released in 2015; thus there is still plenty of time for development and for Microsoft to confirm the existence of this major update.

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Moreover, this may be a nod at a possible coincidental release of the ID@Xbox-- a program that aims for the commercial Xbox One console to be transformed into your very own developer kit, and thus allow for more people to be able to develop their own apps.

Nevetheless, it was announced before that the ID@Xbox software is still in the development stage, and thus gamers should avoid trying to unlock the dev settings for now.

Xbox deals include games and accessories

Even past the Cyber Monday deals, there are a few ways by which you can enjoy discounts and freebies from Xbox and Microsoft.

The first is courtesy of Xbox Live GoldMajor Nelson announced in his blog that members will be getting two free games this December, with Gears of War offered for free until December 15. Then, starting December 16, Shoot Many Robots will be free, saving you $10 for the game.

This promo is part of the Games With Gold program that aims to give two free games to members, and this will be introduced at the start and the middle of the month.

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Not only that, those who want to buy some Xbox One accessories can do so at Toys R Us. In the Xbox One Reddit, Coolgrnmen posted a coupon for a 30% off discount for Xbox One accessories. According to the coupon, you only have until December 4 for the offer, and the limits of the coupon include the Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures and accessories.

Check out the free coupon here, and print it out yourself before you drop by Toys R Us. Be reminded that this offer is only available for the U.S.

Lastly, a good reward for loyal Forza 5 players, as Reddit has yielded this reward for long-time Forza Motorsport fans: millions' worth of CR depending on your tier. This great reward will allow you to do more for your garage in time for discounts and sales.

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