Early Xbox Ones restricted from Xbox Live

Microsoft confirms those who received next-gen console from retailer mistake won't be able to connect to Xbox Live until closer to launch.

Due to a Target slip-up, numerous Xbox Ones shipped to users two weeks ahead of launch. These consoles, and others released ahead of time, will not be able to connect to Xbox Live until closer to launch, Microsoft confirmed to Kotaku today.

"Due to a retail partner's system issue, a very small number of Xbox One consoles were shipped to consumers before the November 22 street date," a Microsoft representative said.

"We're pleased to see the initial response to Xbox One has been so positive, but given we are still putting the finishing touches on our games, UI, and online services, as well as confidential partner and media agreements, these console units will be restricted from connecting to Xbox Live until closer to our launch date."

Separately, a Target representative confirmed to Kotaku that a "systems error" led to the retailer shipping a "small number" of systems ahead of launch. A source estimated that as many as 150 systems were sent to shoppers, though this figure is unverified.

Microsoft announced this week that the Xbox One can't do much of anything without a significant day-one update, which requires users connect to the Internet to download.

"You're gonna need to take this update," a Microsoft representative said at the time. "It's not gonna be really an optional thing'."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

844 comments
grove12345
grove12345

MS might be too big for their own good and is totally confused on what they are trying to do.

MS offering the most freedom ever by putting fully functional OS on a tablet. To me its the most brilliant thing ever. But W8 on PC is stupid.

MS designs a phone with no freedom on it, and copies Apples business plan on restrictive use and charge for everything. And windows phone has little to do with W8

MS is following suite of google offering more cloud based apps and "google now" features. Yet progress is slow as hell.

XB1 god only know what its function is going to be and how the W8 ecosystem is going to work. How will it play games. How will it hope to compete against the PS4 which might have tons more power? Cloud processing? More exclusives this time?

XB1 can handle 1080p games but as of now it seems restricted. But i dont see much of difference between 720p and 1080p. I care more about the games. But Sony has western and eastern developer support for that and has more RAM to play with. 

Since both consoles arent using specialized hardware anymore, I dont see too many surprises on the horizon 

theKSMM
theKSMM

This is neither unreasonable nor unexpected.  You can't show up super early to the party and be surprised that the hosts aren't ready to receive you.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

"You're gonna need to take this update," a Microsoft representative said at the time. "It's not gonna be really an optional thing'."  How articulate, dude.  Are you like really an official Microsoft representative?

Ayebang
Ayebang

I do not like Microsoft really.

Many said PS 4 has been a Japanese product... it was stupid to say that.

We will buy PS 4 which will be made in China and Japan, developed in Japan, its OS was made in UK... This is good. Good for Americans, trust me.

XB 1 would be made in China, developed by Americans, its OS's coded in USA...This is bad for Americans. Even the dumber understand this.

Japanese don't like or don’t buy XB 1 a lot although XB1's online game is the best.... That's good for Americans., anyhow.

Americans like PS 4 considering many comments in Gamespot here......that is OK and you got believe that many in this forum are not stupid. Most guys in this forum are not hired by Sony to attack XB 1, too although the past Sony Picture used to hire someone to post favorable comments to its movie like this in this link : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4741259.stm

We are not stupid ...Americans and Japanese should buy PS 4.

It is good for American economy to buy PS 4 although XB 1 is better than PS 4 in some respect.

Remember this.... Microsoft are bad like 95% of comments here said and you got to believe it .... Repeat.. Buy PS 4, not XB 1

By the way, Bill gates does not donate his wealth.... trust me. Sony made lot of profit (nearly 5 billion last quarter) and will donate in the future for sure ... trust me.

You are not a dude, I know, so, trust what I and many in this forum said.

Sony is good Microsoft is bad.

You are not stupid, are you ?

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

MS always looks like being in a total state of disorder.

slipknotmaggot1
slipknotmaggot1

the initial response has been positive?!  someones in denial.

denhoffi
denhoffi

I don't know if this is PR or not, if it is then it is continuing MSs line of bad PR, they just went like this: "Hey there is that one guy who got his XboxOne early, he is tweeting about random facts about our system which people will find out anyways, he put up an unboxing video too but in the end he seems really excited and it is all around very positive."

"What?! Let's go guys ban that fucker from XboxLive and get that video taken down from youtube, we don't need positive reactions from our fans!"

Bladestop
Bladestop

You'd think that with computers as advanced and integrated into the shipping processes mistakes like these wouldn't happen. It's not the worst thing in the world that a couple people got their Xbox 1s before everyone else who ordered them. But, it does raise the question on how precise Target's shipping processes actually are. I understand that computer's will undoubtedly have errors, but you'd think that instead of leaving only scan tags on them they would have a sticker that states "DO NOT SHIP BEFORE X DATE." Then again I think that would be too simple.

quiksilver38
quiksilver38

people actually ordered this love child of of greed and tyranny?

mythical_gamer
mythical_gamer

I am going to give my untrollish opinion:

Yes I do think this is a PR stunt, this will create more pre-orders in injecting the wish of getting consoles early, because there is a subliminal feeling of playing next gen first, by doing this, other games can project their enjoyment of having the xbox one through the "lucky ones",  this of course connect to the id (psychoanalysis) and ego of the person wishes, creating ideasthetic correlation to a sexual impulse of clearing the chastity of the console, evoking to the average distorted thought of polarization in gamers ergo provoking a pre-order.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

Your better off waiting buying the next gen consoles anyways. All the bugs and glitches are always in the first gen hardware, and most games are not even going to take full advantage because they need to support 360 and ps3 because most people are still on them. Next gen wont be any good until big player base is on them and developers can target them

devilzzzwin
devilzzzwin

I finally saw this console in person and man it is huge and honestly much uglier than the PS4.  I also got to try out the new controller for the PS4 and my gosh have they done it right.  It is a much more comfortable controller to use than the PS3 one.  Seriously I don't see how Sony can lose this gen if they play their cards right in the future.  As for games though I played Knack on PS4 and the graphics were pretty simple and nothing that would make a person say wow I got to have this system.  I am kind of disappointed next gen console graphics did not WOW me.  I guess that is why one always has to also keep up with pc gaming .. pc master race.

Algearond
Algearond

@Ayebang Wut? I just got a headache trying to decipher what you wrote.

TimberWolf_CLT
TimberWolf_CLT

@Ayebang All I can say is: Huh?  Sorry to say but this reads like 60's Soviet propaganda.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

@denhoffi restricted him makes it look legit. 

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

@denhoffi  @denhoffi If it had happened with the PS4, Sony would've done the same exact thing.  Do you understand that all companies want to control the release of their new, proprietary systems?

ne0182
ne0182

@denhoffi hehe, i think he was more excited for beeing first than anything else^^. come on, did he excpect no repercussions at all for putting this online^^? as far as i know he's not banned. 

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

@Bladestop Mistake? MS just needed to get some extra attention before launch. 

ne0182
ne0182

@bigmikeOK agree or disagree man^^. this can be read as a very long f**k or a very long ok.

Tongy26
Tongy26

@mythical_gamer A nice thought but anyone that hasn't pre-ordered already won't get it early... they won't even get it on launch day.

yd816er
yd816er

@mythical_gamer True it might be a stunt, but with the thinking that they are doing or if they planned for this to happened. I think it will back fire and cause a negative light upon their company. 

bledsoe45sbc
bledsoe45sbc

@mythical_gamer @devilzzzwin in fairness crysis probably still looks good
, i was wowed by skyrim , and i'm pretty impressed with the numbers of zombies in DR3

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

@mythical_gamer @devilzzzwin you mean to tell me that cabela hunting world tour did not impress u?

actually the last pc game that "wowed" me was the garbage truck simulator game. i think the title was "street sweeper" or something like that

> wii u

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

@mythical_gamer @racerxgundam yeah sundays are usually slow days. another regular told me that its the craziest on thursdays and to be honest..i have to agree. 

although mondays are usually good too.

> wii u

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

@mythical_gamer @racerxgundam @devilzzzwin lol its a joke. cabela is this hunting game simulator...they i think have a console version..on the dreamcast. 

its total shovelware man. like those games that u see on check out aisle in staples. 

> wii u