Some Lucky Customers Already Have Their Xbox One, And Microsoft Is Happy For Them
It’s been a rather interesting weekend of in the United States for both Microsoft and retailer Target. Due to a shipping error in the retailers system, around 150 Xbox One consoles were accidentally shipped and delivered to some rather surprised and excited customers, breaking the street date of the next-gen console by nearly two weeks.
Funnier still is the fact that the order mix up was caused by the existence of two different kinds of Xbox One consoles, namely Day One and normal. Apparently Target hadn’t assigned a release date to the normal console (most retailers still have placeholder dates still up) and therefore shipped the consoles as soon as they arrived in the warehouse. So much for that super early Day One pre-order than, huh?
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And you’d expect, some lucky recipients of the console quickly tried to make a bit of money by posting it up on eBay. Microsoft were quick to react and managed to get them taken down before an online sale was made. Unlike them, YouTuber Moonlight Swami decided to document the whole process via some short and sweet videos, which quickly got his account flagged for copyright infringement. Not a cool move by Microsoft, since these customers didn’t illegally obtain the consoles early, but it got a little better from there.
Moonlight Swami was contacted by Major Nelson himself, and the two chatted about some of the does and don’ts with the Xbox One at this time. Although Moonlight Swami was able to download the Day One patch and connect to Xbox LIVE, his account was soon banned, leaving him with a purely offline console. Major Nelson has stated that anyone with an early Xbox One console is free to do with it what they wish, although they will not be allowed to go online as Xbox LIVE is not yet ready for customer use.
All accounts that have been banned ahead of the release will be unlocked a day or two before, so there’s a silver lining at least.
Before being taken offline, Moonlight Swami was able to confirm a few of the sizes for game downloads via Twitter, and confirmed that not all games lie within that 40GB region. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag for example only came in at 20GB, while FIFA 14 was only 12GB. So there’s a bit of good news on that front.
On top of that, Moonlight Swami had his copyright infringement revoked by Microsoft and you can check out the excited (and rather bad) unboxing video above. Major Nelson has also reportedly invited Moonlight Swami to the official Microsoft Xbox One launch party. Pretty cool for basically just receiving a product that you paid for early.
It’s good though to see this laid back stance from Microsoft towards the early receivers, since it really isn’t a fault of theirs. If I were a target executive, I’d be pretty scared right now though.