The highly-anticipated Xbox One has gone on sale across the world, with thousands of gamers turning out for the midnight launch. Microsoft claims the console is ‘the best’, ahead of rival Sony’s PS4 release next week – in time for the festive rush.
Microsoft held launch events in London, New York and Los Angeles to mark the arrival of the successor to the Xbox 360. Microsoft’s Xbox One game console went on sale in the US at midnight. About 300 game shops and 100 Tesco stores stayed open so gamers could buy the device.
“We have the best community of gamers around the world, and this was on full display last night,” said Marc Whitten, chief product officer, Xbox. “The launch of Xbox One is truly Day One. Today is the beginning of the future of entertainment, and we could not be more proud to deliver Xbox One to fans around the world.”
Xbox One is available now in 13 markets worldwide, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Austria.
More perilous was when Xbox Live suddenly collapsed mid-way through the launches. The hit was so bad that the Xbox website and Outlook were down too, but within an hour, services were mostly operational again.
In London, Xbox One turned entertainment epicenter Leicester Square into Xbox One Square with a glowing, green nexus and fan festivities throughout the day. In New York, zombies, Roman soldiers and jaw-dropping supercars converged on Times Square.
However there has been no confirmation from Microsoft South Africa as to when the device will launch locally. Microsoft is battling Sony, which sold 1 million of its PlayStation 4s within the first 24 hour of its release, and is currently sold out in many retail stores and online.