Microsoft’s Xbox One console isn’t supposed to go on sale until November 22nd, but some lucky gamers have started receiving their pre-orders two weeks in advance. After Microsoft's 12-minute video tour of Xbox One, at least three consoles have been delivered early, with two originating from Target. One console briefly made it onto eBay with a buy it now price of $10,000 before being quickly removed. However, Twitter user @Moonlightswami has been posting his first impressions of another console over the past several hours.
500MB day-one patch required
Moonlightswami has found that the Xbox One takes 17 seconds to boot up before requiring a 500MB day-one patch. Microsoft confirmed the patch is a requirement to play games, and once it's installed you’re then free to download a variety of games and apps. Game sizes vary greatly in download size. NBA 2K14 appears to be one of the largest at 43GB, with Call of Duty: Ghosts set at 39GB, and Forza 5 at 31GB. Other titles like Madden and FIFA are 12GB and 8GB respectively. Microsoft promised games could be played while they’re being downloaded, and Moonlightswami claims they’re playable after 50 percent of the download is complete. He has also spotted a variety of featured challenges that appear to rotate for different games.
Moonlightswami was able to share the details, a number of dashboard screenshots, and even a YouTube video. However, Microsoft removed the video under a copyright claim and has banned his console as a result. Another gamer who received a console from an online order claims he has talked to Microsoft and the company has "said it’s mine to do with as I please." It’s highly likely that any bans that Microsoft issues at this stage are temporary to prevent details of games and apps ahead of reviews and broad availability. The Verge has reached out to Microsoft to comment on the ban and early shipments. We’ll update you accordingly.
Update: Microsoft's Larry Hryb, better known as Major Nelson, is confirming on Twitter that the ban is not permanent. In a tweet earlier today, Hryb says that "whatever happened it will not be permanent. I can say that with 100% certainty."
Update 2: A Microsoft spokesperson has responded to our request for comment, saying that "a very small number of Xbox One consoles were shipped to consumers before the November 22 street date," and explaining that the consoles would only "be restricted from connecting to Xbox Live until closer to our launch date." The full statement is below.
"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."