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Xbox One: white retail SKU, disc-free console inbound – rumour

Thursday, 30th January 2014 05:14 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The white Xbox One previously restricted to Microsoft staff will be made available to general punters in 2014, today’s whispers say, and a major update to the console’s firmware is due soon.

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According to rumours originating on NeoGAF but echoed by anonymous sources speaking to The Verge, the white Xbox One will come with a 1TB hard drive and is expected this year.

The original source suggested a release window of October, to coincide with the release of Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive.

Both sources agreed that Microsoft has been looking into a disc-free version of the console, and while The Verge’s sources went no further, NeoGAF leakers seemed more certain, commenting that the disc-free console has a Bluetooth adapter.

On the firmware side of things, a major Xbox One dashboard update is on the way, according to both sources. The update will address various Xbox Live issues, including party-chat and social features. It’s expected in March.

Finally, NeoGAF sources said the Xbox One is coming to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Colombia, Chile and Argentina in April, with China, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Portugal, Slovakia, Turkey, Saudia Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Israel, India, Indonesia and Egypt to follow in October.

Microsoft is yet to comment on any of the rumours.

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8 Comments

  1. diego-rbb-93

    So what happens when Marvel Vs Capcom 4 blows out the license and its removes from the Xbox Store? I just wait fot Marvel vs Capcom 5 on Xbox 1080 Two?

    #1 9 months ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    @1 If you bought the game digitally they’re legally obliged to allow you to download it again even if they remove it from the store.

    Anyway, this is just a desperate attempt to enforce the digital model they wanted originally if it’s true.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. diego-rbb-93

    @Ireland Michael

    Yeah, I know, but you get my point. Im scared of this license stuff seeing how games blow out from the digital market. Im a proud Steam user but I even remember all the shitty EA problems caused to Steam with there games and traspassing them to Origin. Then, we have Marvel bought by Disney and all their material out of Activision and digital markets.

    Hope this stuff gets changed on the next-gen.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. lookingglass

    I for one welcome our all digital future. But the way net neutrality laws are trending in the US and around the world, does not bode well for Microsoft in the near term.

    Internet service providers can now, at any moment, limit Xbox Live or PSN accessibility and demand billions of dollars from MS and Sony to restore it. Both would either have to pay or risk screwing their customers.

    No net neutrality means legal extortion. We all lose.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. Doppleganger

    Finally! this is what I originally wanted on day one but stupid consumers complained too much and made Microsoft change the system around for the worse.

    #5 9 months ago
  6. antraxsuicide

    I’m with @4 and 5. Increase that hard drive, and show me some competitive prices on the digital store, and I’ll pick up the disc-less version in a heartbeat.

    #6 9 months ago
  7. Panthro

    Nice strategy…

    Charge less for the console and force user’s to pay more for digital games.

    Don’t let them trick you into thinking you are actually saving money by buying one of these, because you are not.

    #7 9 months ago
  8. MrSec84

    Keep the disc drive, but drop kinect & charge £349/$399 for the system.

    Also for that price they should have a 2TB 3.5inch HDD, rather than the 500GB model.

    #8 9 months ago

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