As companies begin rolling out the next-generation of video game consoles for the holiday season, Microsoft is offering gamers a chance to test drive the latest in its line.
Gamers, on a first-come, first-serve basis, have the opportunity to play the soon-to-be-released Xbox One at the Microsoft Specialty Store in the Forever 21 court at the Fashion Show Mall.
They can also test drive the system at Microsoft’s new retail store, between Macy’s Men’s Store and Forever 21, at the mall starting Thursday.
The demo runs until Nov. 21.
Guests will be playing Forza Motorsports 5, the latest installment of the critically acclaimed racing game series exclusive to the Xbox family of systems.
Fans who try the system and are 18 years old or older will be entered in the Forza Motorsport 5 Living Room Sweepstakes, where someone will win a Forza Motorsport playseat, a high-end gaming sound system by Polk Audio, a special steering wheel controller and a $2,000 gift card.
Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, Microsoft director of programming for Xbox Live, also is expected to make an appearance and speak to gamers about the system.
The Xbox One will feature updated hardware that will bring more realistic look and feel to video games and an enhanced version of Kinect, Microsoft’s popular motion controller. It is the third gaming console in Microsoft’s video game line.
The console is slated for a Nov. 22 launch date and costs $499.