By 23 September 2014 | Categories: news


South African gamers can finally rejoice, as Microsoft's next-gen console, the Xbox One has officially launched in retail stores nationwide, close to ten months after its Stateside debut. According to Microsoft SA, "the company has now entered a new era of gaming and interactive entertainment, following the local launch of Xbox One."

More than just a dedicated gaming platform, Microsoft SA is aiming for the Xbox One to become a complete entertainment solution, thanks to its integration with the company's other software and hardware solutions.

Employing a strong array of hardware components, the Xbox One also makes use of a cloud-based software backbone to sync one's Microsoft account or Windows device (Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8) to tailor the Xbox One's Live Tile interface to your personal preference. Other notable features include the incorporation of Microsoft's exclusive Kinect motion sensor (value added) and Xbox One SmartGlass, with the latter affording users control of the Xbox One dashboard straight from their Windows Phone device.    

Added to this is lineup of games exclusive to the Xbox One, with an estimated 20 titles expected to launch for the console between now and the end of the year. The most significant of the exclusive releases at this stage is Sunset Overdrive (E3 gameplay trailer below), slated for arrival on the platform as of 28 October. Other titles to look forward to include Forza Motorsport 5 to keep petrolheads entertained, Ryse: Son of Rome for the wannabe Gladiators out there, and Dead Rising 3 for anyone looking to fine tune their zombie killing skills. In addition to these first party titles, the Xbox One will also cater to popular third party games like FIFA 15, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.   

Xbox One will be available in retail stores across South Africa as of 23 September, with pricing for the standard Kinect-less console starting at R6 300, while the Xbox One with Kinect is priced to retail for R8 000.


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