Xbox One goes on sale Friday; Data Doc gives us a sneak peek

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- We saw huge lines last week as people rushed to get Sony's new PlayStation 4. This week it's Microsoft's turn with the Xbox One. Between the two game systems, parents are going to have to shell out some big bucks this holiday season.

Our tech guy, Ken Colburn of Data Doctors, got a chance to test out the new Xbox One at a special premier preview party in Phoenix where the folks at Microsoft got to watch how consumers react to  the new system. 

Each person got 10 minutes on each game just to see all the different graphics and some new games.

They also get to meet Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb. He's the director of the entire Xbox program.

One of the biggest differences between the systems is the price. Xbox One is about $100 more than the rival PS4.  

But the new Xbox One's claim to fame is that it can act as a  TV console, as well as a gaming system,  switching seamlessly from TV to cable to gaming.  It also has the Kinect camera/voice system, which most people know can make games more  fun. Now it can also control your game machine with gestures or just a spoken word.

One important note about both the Xbox One and the PS4: They are not backwards compatible, which means the games you have now won't work on the new consoles. While Sony says PS4 owners can play legacy games via emulation or cloud services, Microsoft has said it has no plans for a backwards compatible streaming service.

The Microsoft Xbox One goes on sale Friday, but as you might expect, some stores like  Best Buy will be open at midnight on Thursday for eager gamers.