updated 03:25 pm EST, Sat November 9, 2013
Lucky Xbox lovers get first crack at next-gen systems
A number of Xbox fans report that they have received the next-generation Xbox One console weeks before the new console's scheduled release date. At least one Twitter user, going by the handle @Moonlightswami, reports having received his pre-ordered Xbox One console, and others are said to have also received their units ahead of the November 22 launch. Reportedly, the cause of the early deliveries is the faulty - or fortuitous - pre-order system of Target, which has delivered a number of consoles ahead of time, leading to some showing up on eBay.
Microsoft acknowledged the early shipments in a statement to Engadget on Saturday:
"Due to a retail partner's system issue," the statement read, "a very small number of Xbox One consoles were shipped to consumers before the November 22 street date. 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 units will be restricted from connecting to Xbox Live until closer to our launch date."
The console reportedly requires 17 seconds to go from startup to dashboard, and, like Sony's PlayStation 4, it will require a day-one software download in order to enable full functionality. The Xbox One's day-one patch tops out at 500MB. Reportedly, listings for games in the Xbox Live Marketplace show that next-generation titles will themselves be sizable downloads, with NBA 2K14 measuring at 43GB and Forza 5 at 31GB.
Responding to Microsoft's statement that users receiving their units early would not be allowed to connect to Xbox Live, Sony also released a short statement on Twitter. The company's president of Worldwide Studios tweeted that Sony would not ban anyone who got online early with a PlayStation 4 from using the online service.