We now know that the Xbox One (X1) will be released during November this year with a price tag of $499 in the United States. You can check out more details here if you want.
In the box you’ll get the console with a 500GB hard drive, a Kinect 2 and a new X1 controller. However, if you preorder the system in order to reserve it for launch day, you’ll receive a special “Day One Edition” Xbox One package.
The specifics of the X1 system itself won’t change with the “Day One Edition”, but you will get:
- a slightly different controller (see above);
- a special “Day One” achievement; and
- pieces of exclusive DLC for a couple of games.
We actually predicted the Day One Achievement in this article here, and it seems to us a fairly clever/ruthless way for Microsoft to get a few extra X1 preorders under it’s belt – particularly from Achievement hunters. Imagine being an Achievement addict and knowing that you could never, ever get the Day One Achievement no matter what you did… it’s enough to drive even the most level-headed junkie insane!
It also marks the beginning of a new genre and type of Achievement – system Achievements that aren’t tied to a specific game. Again, we hinted at this possibility in an earlier article – make sure you read our thoughts there to get an idea of what could be on it’s way given these new Achievements.