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It's no Titanfall, but the Xbox One will start coming with a free copy of Forza 5

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Virtual wheels for new Xbox One buyers

Next-gen console holdouts will soon have another reason to pick up the Xbox One with a free digital copy of Forza Motorsport 5.

Major Nelson (a.k.a. Larry Hryb) announced in a blog post that starting next week, select US retailers will start offering the deal.

When the offer hits, Xbox One buyers will be able to pick up a system with the included Kinect and downloadable copy of Forza 5 for $499.99.

Hryb didn't detail what retailers will honor the bundled promotion, but we imagine it will be the usual suspects like Best Buy and Walmart. Until then, we've got our fingers crossed the deal will extend to Titanfall, as was the case in the UK.

The Xbox One we need

The Xbox One started off this console cycle with perhaps not quite the start Microsoft had hoped. Sales numbers since launch have put the rival PS4 ahead, but it seems Microsoft is ready to pull out all the stops to put its box on top.

With new exclusives including Titanfall coming out next week and the Project Spark beta, which became available March 4, there are a growing list of reasons to play the Xbox One.

The Xbox One is also starting to finally mature into a better working console. An upcoming software update will make the analog thumbsticks more precise along with adding support for 5.1 Dolby Digital sound and 50Hz output on the console.

Additionally the update will tweak the Xbox One for better social implementation with faster access to your friends list with chat audio turned on by default.

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