E3 2013: Xbox One Launch Details UnveiledBy: Sean Patterson - June 10, 2013
Microsoft’s E3 conference was filled to the brim with game previews and trailers, even to the extent that details of the Xbox One’s launch got a bit buried. Now, however, with their big game-filled presentation behind them, Microsoft has put out a statement clarifying the launch of its new console.
The Xbox One will be released sometime in November of this year at for the price of $499/€499/£429. It will have a 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray player, and built-in Wi-Fi. Every console also comes with a new Kinect, which is required to be hooked up for the Xbox One to work. At launch, the Xbox One will come with one wireless controller and a 14-day trial for Xbox LIVE Gold (only for new members).
For those who pre-order early, Microsoft will be providing an “Xbox One Day One” limited edition package. The package comes with “premium black packaging,” a limited edition “Xbox One Day One” wireless controller, and an exclusive “Xbox One Day One” gamer achievement. In addition, Xbox fans who pre-order the “Day One” Xbox One will get access to special DLC for the system’s launch titles.
Gamers will get a multiplayer map, a sword, and “bonus attributes” for Ryse: Son of Rome. Four cars “tuned to the top of their class” will be given to Forza 5 players. Exclusive, unnamed “sporting equipment” will be available in Kinect Sports Rivals. Dead Rising 3 fans will get Frank West and Chuck Greene tribute packs, as well as “bonus attributes.”
Xbox One headsets, which are not included with an Xbox One purchase, will be available for purchase at the system’s launch. Additional Xbox One controllers and play & charge kits for the new controllers will also be available at that time.