While South Africans have just over a month to wait for the launch of the PlayStation 4, word of the Xbox One arrival is still forthcoming. Release dates and pricing for the new Microsoft console have yet to be confirmed.
It will be launching on the 22nd of November at a price point of US$499 in other areas of the world... but there's a little problem waiting for those that are eager to get going on their new Xbox One. It won't run anything... at least not until a day one mandatory system update has been performed.
According to numerous sources, the Xbox One won't be able to do much right out of the box - even boxed copies of games will be unplayable until the update has been applied. With Microsoft previously having back-pedaled on online requirements, this latest news will likely cause a bit of a stir, to say the least. While updates are often available on game disks, it seems that this won't be an option either... in short, you'll need to connect your Xbox One to the internet before doing anything else.
"A lot of the apps come with the day one update because they won't have been done," Albert Penello, Microsoft's senior director of product management, tole Endgadget. "You're gonna need to take this update. It's not gonna be really an optional thing."
It is difficult to say whether this strange move from Microsoft will affect the South African market. It is possible that later units (which will be the ones sent to South Africa, after all) may already have this update installed.
[Edited 12/11/13 - Spurious assumption removed]