Microsoft Announces Xbox One Pricing, Availability Timeframe

Microsoft Xbox One to Ship This November in 21 Countries

by Anton Shilov
06/10/2013 | 11:50 AM

Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced launch details for the highly anticipated Xbox One game and entertainment system. Launching in 21 markets around the world in November 2013, Xbox One will introduce a new world of games, music, live TV, movies, sports, apps and Skype, all personalized and accessible with the sound of your voice.

 

The Xbox One launch bundle will be available for $499.99 in the U.S., £429 in the U.K. and €499 in European markets. Every Xbox One system sold will include the new Xbox One console – which features a 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi – the new Kinect, one Xbox One wireless Controller and a free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members.

To celebrate the launch of Xbox One, Microsoft is also introducing a limited-edition commemorative bundle to fans who reserve the system at major retailers, available in limited quantities, while supplies last, for $499.99, €499. Reserving the commemorative bundle will guarantee that a customer will be able to purchase the new system on day one. Each commemorative bundle will include an Xbox One system that comes in premium black packaging with a limited edition Xbox One Day One wireless controller, as well as a unique commemorative Day One Achievement.

Gamers who reserve the following exclusive Xbox One Day One edition launch titles, available in limited quantities at major retailers while supplies last, will receive special bonus content:

In addition, as a message of thanks to the millions of Xbox fans around the world for their passion and loyalty, Microsoft announced that every qualifying Xbox Live Gold member – new or existing – will receive two free Xbox 360 game downloads per month starting July 1 until December 31, 2013, including popular titles such as Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed II. To celebrate E3 in the month of June, Xbox Live Gold members will receive a free download of Fable III. For a limited time gamers can also get a Day One 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership and play Killer Instinct: Round One, with the exclusive Shadow Jago character, on Xbox One. Players will also receive a commemorative Day One membership card.

Microsoft Xbox One is based on AMD Fusion custom-designed system-on-chip with eight x86 low-power/low-cost Jaguar cores, AMD Radeon HD graphics with GCN architecture (with 32MB ESRAM/EDRAM buffer) as well as 8GB of DDR3 system memory. The console features 500GB hard disk drive, Blu-ray disc drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet, output of video with up to 4K resolution (3840*2160) using HDMI 1.4 as well as 7.1-channel audio. The new Xbox One comes with completely redesigned Kinect sensor that will feature 1920*1080 RGB camera, improved infrared sensor and enhanced voice controls. The console sports a number of functions, e.g. TV-cable pass-through that will seamlessly integrate it into the living room.