We’ve just received a press release from Microsoft, confirming the system’s South African launch and launch price. The Xbox One Launches in South Africa on September 23rd starting at R6299.99 for the unit sans the motion sensing peripheral, and a sobering R7999.99 with Kinect.
Here’s the press release in full:
We’re excited to officially confirm that Xbox One will be available in South Africa on the 23rd of September starting at R6299.99. Every Xbox One system will include the Xbox One console — which features a 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi — one Xbox One Wireless Controller and a free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members.
We will also launch Xbox One with Kinect at R7999.99 Fans choosing this version will be able experience a number of games and entertainment experiences exclusive to Xbox including gesture controls, biometric sign-in, controller paring, Skype video calls, instant personalization, instant scanning of QR codes, and enhanced features only available with Kinect in games such “Kinect Sports Rivals,” “Dead Rising 3,” and “Project Spark.”
The Xbox One gaming launch line up in South Africa will be colossal, bringing the best line up of exclusive blockbusters, including AAA titles like “Forza Horizon 2” and “Halo: The Master Chief Collection,” which comes with the highly anticipated “Halo 5: Guardians” multiplayer beta.
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 stunning HD, or for the first time ever, hold Skype group video calls on your TV. Access Internet Explorer and OneDrive integrated seamlessly with your games and TV experience, and change the way you play by snapping apps like Twitch, Machinima and IGN alongside your game.
- TV on Xbox One.Watch live TV from your cable, telco or satellite set-top box 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, we’ll continue rolling out regular updates like these to deliver new features and platform experiences to delight fans.
We will have more details about launch game bundles, ways to pre-order and a full list of games and entertainment experiences in the near future. For now, we’re excited to confirm the next generation of games and entertainment will be coming to fans in South Africa starting on September 23rd
After Microsoft’s game explosion at E3 yesterday, are you keen to pick up an Xbox One? Is the price right, coming in at a retail price lower than the PlayStation without Kinect, or is this all still far too expensive? An Xbox One and Sunset Overdrive seem like a nice, early Christmas present for myself.
Last Updated: June 10, 2014