Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One will be available in South Africa on 23 September.
Starting at R6 299,99, the standard Xbox One system includes the Xbox One console and an Xbox One Wireless Controller. Plus you’ll get a free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members. The console features a 500 GB hard drive, Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi.
Xbox One with Kinect will set you back R7 999,99, but you’ll be able to experience a number of games and entertainment experiences exclusive to Xbox i.e. gesture controls, biometric sign-in, controller paring, and more. You can also look forward to the enhanced features only available with Kinect in games such as “Kinect Sports Rivals” and “Dead Rising 3”.
Other features that will join the Xbox One experience in South Africa include:
* Game DVR/Upload. With game DVR, you can capture and record your greatest game moments and Upload Studio makes it easy to edit and share clips with your community. You can capture the last 30 seconds of gameplay and then share your clip with your friends.
* Apps. With Skype, specially designed for Xbox One, video chat with friends on your TV in HD, or hold Skype group video calls on your TV. Access Internet Explorer and OneDrive, and change the way you play by snapping apps like Twitch, Machinima and IGN alongside your game.
* TV on Xbox One. Watch live TV through your Xbox One with HDMI-pass through.
* Updates to Xbox Live. Consumers will also enjoy the recently announced updates to Xbox Live giving anyone with an Xbox access to all entertainment experiences without an Xbox Live Gold membership. Just like with Xbox 360, Microsoft will continue rolling out regular updates like these to deliver new features and platform experiences to delight fans.
The Xbox One gaming launch line up in South Africa includes Forza Horizon 2 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection (which comes with the highly anticipated Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta).