Its finally here – the Xbox One is officially available in South Africa !
After the not-so-patiently wait, gamers are delighted to be able to get their hands on their own Xbox One console which goes on sale country wide form the 23rd of September.
Since the announcement of the Xbox One, gamers have been waiting to hear what the price would be. Things were not looking good after the Rand / Dollar took another nose dive but the final price is set at R6299.99 which comes with 3 games and if you opt to go for the Xbox and Kinect bundle then the price is R7999.99.
FNB has a finance option starting at R299 for the Xbox One and R399 for the Xbox One and Kinect – kudus to FNB for getting behind gamers !
There are 70 titles coming to the Xbox One and 20 titles are going to launch exclusively for this platform – the full names of these are yet to be revealed. However in South Africa, at launch, we will see:
- Forza Motorsport 5
- Ryse: Son of Rome
- Dead Rising 3
- FIFA 15
- Assassin’s Creed Unity
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
There are also another 22 titles of games that will consist of:
1: Sunset Overdrive
2: Forza Horizon 2
3: Forza 5
4: Dead Rising 3
5: Dance Central Spotlight
6: D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die
7: Fable Legends
8: Fighter Within
9: Halo Master Chief Collection
10: Killer Instinct
11: Kinect Sports Rivals
14: Shape Up
15: Killer Instinct Season 2
16: Project Spark
17: Ori and the Blind Forest
18: Disney Fantasia – Music Evolved
22: Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood
The Xbox console is not just for gamers as it has tight integration into the Microsoft platform. You can access Skype, Mail, OneDrive all whilst playing you game. Xbox SmartGlass allows the gamer to start playing one one device and continue to play on another – think of those times when the Rugby is on and you have no urge to watch but everyone else does…simply give them the TV remote and carry on playing on your phone or tablet.
Pairing your devices is simple and allows you to move content from one to the other. Take a selfie on your phone and it instantly appears on your Xbox One or play a YouTube clip on the tablet and continue watching it on your Xbox One. Running out of space is no longer a concern, as the Xbox One has fast USB slots to accept external hard drives.
One of the features that stood out for me was that the system now knows which level you are on and regardless on which device you use, you stat the same game at the same level – no more starting from the beginning just because you changed a tablet. I like that.
I hope to get my hands on one unit to play with (pun totally intended) and then will post a hands-on review of the Microsoft Xbox One.