by Anton Shilov
06/11/2013 | 11:44 PM
Despite of heavy competition from mobile platforms, relatively high price and numerous restrictions when it comes to used games, Microsoft Xbox One is facing tremendous demand from the end-users in the U.S., according to Amazon. It is most likely that the consoles are currently pre-ordered by hardcore gamers and Microsoft fans.
“We were thrilled by the unprecedented demand we saw for Xbox One today. In the first four hours of preorder availability, we sold through most of our Xbox One Day One Edition inventory. Customers eager to get an Xbox One should visit our store at Amazon.com/xboxone to ensure they keep up-to-date on the latest information. We are excited to be working with Microsoft to deliver the next generation of games and entertainment,” said John Love, director of U.S. video games & software at Amazon.com.
Microsoft has managed to sell over 76 million Xbox 360 video game consoles in eight years. Thanks to a number of all-new exclusive game franchises announced for the Xbox One, the console promises to become popular among core gamers as well. Therefore, it is not surprising that experienced gamers have already started to pre-order the new systems.
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.
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. The console will be released in 21 markets around the world in November 2013.