Jimmy Fallon test-drives the Xbox One

The Late Night host kicked off video game week on his show by inviting aboard Microsoft VP Phil Spencer and taking the Xbox One for a spin.

Jimmy Fallon takes on a Microsoft VP in a round of Killer Instinct.
Jimmy Fallon takes on a Microsoft VP in a round of Killer Instinct. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon/YouTube/screenshot by CNET

Late Night host Jimmy Fallon got his chance to play with the Xbox One on his show Monday night.

Microsoft's upcoming new console made its late night appearance courtesy of Phil Spencer, vice president of Microsoft Studios. Spencer touted the Xbox One as an all-in-one entertainment center with games, live TV, a new Kinect camera, and a revamped Xbox Live service coming in the fall.

Fallon, a known technology geek, seemed like a kid in a candy store as he checked out the new console, proclaiming that "the future is here." But the real action took place when the two men turned to a big screen to play a couple of Xbox One games -- Killer Instinct and Forza 5.

Assuming the part of Sabrewulf in Killer Instinct, Fallon earned some gamer cred by taking apart his opponent Jago, helmed by Spencer. Fallon then hopped into the driver's seat of a Forza Motorsport auto simulator where he raced his onscreen car around the track. But his simulated driving skills may have lost him a bit of cred as he took it slow at first before revving it up and then bumping into the sides a couple of times.

Killer Instinct has his roots in the 90s, so it may not have been the best game to show off the Xbox One. Forza 5 certainly looked cool as a racing game, but how many of us have a Forza Motorsport auto simulator in our living rooms? Still, Microsoft managed to get some buzz for the Xbox One, so the late night appearance was certainly worth the trip.

To play out the rest of video game week, Fallon will host folks from Sony, Ubisoft, Activision, and Nintendo.

(Via Kotaku)

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