a new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video was released today, highlighting the new changes and features to the series latest iteration. within the video they show the new maneuverability mechanics, the "pick 13" system, a new "virtual firing range", and maps showcasing their interactive environments. Advanced Warfare is set to launch on 11-4-14, also with the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Xbox One console and "day zero" edition launching on November 3rd.
to build excitement for the release of Forza Horizon 2 on September 30th, Xbox will be making Forza 5 free to play this coming weekend. the duration of the free weekend will be "Beginning at 12:01 a.m. PDT, Thursday, Sept. 4 through 11:59 p.m. PDT, Sunday, Sept. 7". also worth noting, "As an added bonus, during the Forza Motorsport 5 weekend event, Xbox Live members in the U.S. can qualify for a chance to win an all-expenses** paid trip to the three-day Forza Motorsport Grand Prix Road Racing Class at the esteemed Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Arizona." details here
September is the month Xbox goes global, hitting 28 new countries, including Japan. you can view the full list of new markets here
projected for launch in August, Minecraft will be coming to Playstation4 on September 4th and on Xbox One on September 5th. a release date that comes as a bit of a surprise due to failing cert on PS4 only two weeks ago. also if you own Minecraft on a system's respective previous platform, you can upgrade to the new version for only $5.
in tech news, Samsung and Oculus team up to create Gear VR, a virtual reality headset that uses the coming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for the display. the phone plugs into the headset and uses the accelerometer and gyrometer to track movements. wireless capabilities allow for movement around your environment without being tethered to a computer. Note 4 has other features that can also be implemented, like the phone's cameras, and "3D spatial sound" which can help add to the user experience. for more on Gear VR, engadget has details.
lastly, via Gamespot, the New Nintendo 3DS line will be region locked. so for those of you that had hoped to import foreign games, you will also need the respective region's platform as well. Nintendo has a history of region locking their hardware, and defend the policy.