We know that a number of consumers must have pre-ordered the Microsoft Xbox One console and are waiting for their very own console to arrive. Many of you might also be busy planning a surprise party for your Xbox One console, but some very few consumers have already got the delivery of their pre-order!
Yes, this might sound weird to you and you might not want to believe it, but the news has already been confirmed by Microsoft. It so happens that some lucky consumers have already started getting the Microsoft Xbox One console two weeks in advance!
As of now, the count we know if said to be 3 – 3 Microsoft Xbox One consoles have been delivered. Out of these 3 deliveries, two of them are said to have originated from Target and one of them made an appearance on eBay where it was up for sale for $10,000! But the listing was soon taken down and the console is not available on eBay anymore. So there is no proof whether the seller really had an Xbox One console or whether he was just trying to fool around.
Whatever be the case, the good news is that a Twitter user named @Moonlightswami has given out a lot of information about the Microsoft Xbox One console. It seems that he has a Xbox One console of his own, and has been posting images as well as details about the games and their file sizes.
The Patch (500MB)!
When you get your very own Microsoft Xbox One console, you won’t be able to get down to business right away, i.e. start firing some guns or revving some engines. This is because you will need to download a 500MB patch first! This 500MB day-one patch is required by the console and you will have to get it before you can start playing games on it.
Moonlightswami also added saying that it takes about 17 seconds for the Xbox One console to boot up once you power it on. We hope you can wait that long, because for some it might still feel like a lifetime.
According to @Moonlightswami, consumers will be able to download a number of games and apps on their Microsoft Xbox One consoles once they are done with the initial update. He even gave out details about a number of games and also explained the console’s new feature that allows you to play games as they are being downloaded. Lastly, you will be happy to know that are expected to be a variety of featured challenges that appear to rotate for different games.
So if you are planning to get some games online, then these details will help you make a better decision and also give you an estimate as to how much time you might need to actually download the games depending upon your Internet speed. So here’s a small list of games along with their file sizes (we have sorted them depending upon their file sizes, largest to smallest):
- NBA 2K14 (43GB)
- Call of Duty: Ghosts (39GB)
- Forza 5 (31GB)
- Madden (12GB)
- FIFA (8GB)
So it seems that one of the sports games has the largest file size whereas another sports game has the smallest size. These are definitely large files and you might have to wait for a considerable amount of time for the download process to complete. Also keep in mind that you can start playing these only after you download at least 50 percent of the complete file.
As we mentioned earlier, Microsoft has already confirmed the news about the pre-order deliveries reaching consumers way before time. This incident happened due to a retail partner’s system issue. This has been properly explained by a Microsoft spokesperson, so take a look at what he had to say:
“Due to a retail partner’s system issue, 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 units will be restricted from connecting to Xbox Live until closer to our launch date.”
Microsoft has already put a temporary ban so that these Xbox One consoles will not be able to connect to Xbox Live until the official launch date. But once again, if you happen to be one of those very few consumers who have already received the Microsoft Xbox One console, you don’t have to worry about the ban. The ban is temporary and will be taken down soon. This has also been confirmed by Microsoft’s Larry Hryb (also known as Major Nelson). He said, “whatever happened it will not be permanent. I can say that with 100% certainty.”
By the way, even if you haven’t received your own Xbox One console yet, you can go into a Microsoft retail store near you and check out the console. You can play Forza 5 on the Xbox One and this service is available in over 75 Microsoft retail stores in Canada and US. So find a store and go have some fun!