Monday, 17 June 2013

Xbox One under discussion worldwide

Microsoft has unveiled the Xbox One, which will go on sale later this year. The next-generation console was revealed alongside a new Kinect sensor and a redesigned gamepad. The US firm described the voice and gesture-controlled machine as an "all-in-one" system offering games, live TV, movies and music. 

Microsoft's new approach and its new device is still primarily a gaming console, So many questions about the Xbox One have been asked over the past month. They were pretty vague on a lot of concerns, and there were different answers from different people on some questions. The latest question to go around is how will banned Xbox One users be dealt with? Specifically, will banned Xbox One users lose access to the games that they’ve purchased and activated? Xbox Live chief Larry Hyrb says “absolutely not.” He continues by stating that “you will always have access to the games you purchased.” However, you simply just won’t have access to the Xbox Live multiplayer portion of the game.

This isn’t too surprising, as gamers should be able to at least play single-player campaigns on the games they own, rather than be blocked out of the entire game due to an Xbox Live ban. However, this is still great news to hear, as Microsoft has received some criticism for its “check in once every 24 hours” rule for internet connectivity with the new console.

According to reports, Asian markets will have access to Xbox One in 2014. Want to play the Xbox One outside of the 21 supported countries at launch? Unfortunately, you’re out of luck. According to a disclaimer on regarding pre-orders for the Xbox One, the next-generation console will be supported only in these countries on launch:-

New Zealand
United Kingdom
United States

In addition to noting the supported regions, the disclaimer also states, "Xbox One games are for activation and distribution only in specified geographic regions." But what if you purchased an Xbox One in a supported country and then brought it outside of the 21 supported countries? Unfortunately that isn't supported. While the news that the Xbox One would be region-locked was nothing new, this inability to use the console outside of its designated purchase country creates new obstacles for consumers looking to buy. On the other side, Sony and Microsoft battle it out in the world's biggest gaming exhibition, E3, in Los Angeles. 

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