Friday 19 January 2018

Microsoft accidentally ships Xbox One consoles two weeks early

Microsoft recently previewed its Xbox One
Microsoft recently previewed its Xbox One

Daniel Johnson

Microsoft has accidentally shipped a number of Xbox One consoles to customers nearly two weeks before its official release date.

After one customer posted pictures of the console on Twitter and put a video on YouTube, Microsoft banned the user from his Xbox One until its launch on November 22.

At least three pre-orders have apparently been delivered early, with one briefly listed on eBay, according to Polygon.com.

In a statement, Microsoft admitted that a handful had been inadvertently shipped early.

“Due to a retail partner’s system issue, a very small number of Xbox One consoles were shipped to consumers before the 11/22 street date”, the company said.

“We’re pleased to see the initial response to Xbox One has been so positive, but given we are still putting the finishing touches on our games, UI and online services, as well as confidential partner and media agreements, these consoles will be restricted from connecting to Xbox Live until closer to our launch date.”

According to one customer who received the console early, Twitter user Moonlightswami, the console takes “about 15-20 seconds” to load, and he was able to download the system’s initial patch.

The Xbox One is the long-awaited follow-up to Microsoft’s Xbox 360, released in 2005.

Microsoft had to back down over curbs on trading games and the need for regular internet connections for the Xbox One, but according to the company the pre-order supply sold out “faster than at any other time in our history”.

The Xbox One will cost €500 and will use voice commands and motion sensing to recognise users and allow them to switch between games, live TV and Skype through a Kinect device that comes with the console.

Rivals Sony have confirmed that the Playstation 4 (PS4) will be available in Europe from November 29 for €400.

Analyst firm IDC has predicted that the PS4 bundle sales will edge out Xbox One, largely because of the Sony console’s lower price

“We’re pleased to see the initial response to Xbox One has been so positive, but given we are still putting the finishing touches on our games, UI and online services, as well as confidential partner and media agreements, these consoles will be restricted from connecting to Xbox Live until closer to our launch date.”

According to one customer who received the console early, Twitter user Moonlightswami, the console takes “about 15-20 seconds” to load, and he was able to download the system’s initial patch.

The Xbox One is the long-awaited follow-up to Microsoft’s Xbox 360, released in 2005.

Microsoft had to back down over curbs on trading games and the need for regular internet connections for the Xbox One, but according to the company the pre-order supply sold out “faster than at any other time in our history”.

Telegraph.co.uk

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