Microsoft employees to receive limited edition white Xbox One consoles

Staff-only white console offered free to full-time employees; Major Nelson says white systems may release in the future.

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Employees at Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) will each receive a limited-edition white Xbox One this year, according to a post on Reddit.

Image credit: Reddit.

The Xbox One Employee Ship Gift includes a white console, with matching Xbox One controller, black Kinect unit, one year of Xbox Live Gold access, all first-party games, and an unspecified bonus achievement. The packs will be provided free to full-time staff working for the division in December this year. A small line of text next to the console's optical drive says, "I made this. Launch team 2013."

Asked by posters whether a white version of the system will ever be sold to consumers, Xbox director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb responded, "maybe waaaay in the future".

The Xbox One launches this November for $499/€499/£429/A$599.

Discussion

427 comments
innocent69
innocent69

omg, M$ supports and segregation and slavery. PS4 for the win! (sarcasm)

DaN_WiL
DaN_WiL

They couldn't make the Kinect white too?

DrKill09
DrKill09

Good, something to remind them of the RROD. 

Zloth2
Zloth2

But, if it's Microsoft, shouldn't it be green??

ciphfer
ciphfer

This is awesome for Microsoft employees. Other companies should follow suit.

Zxar07
Zxar07

So this is relevant how? I mean this doesn't concern the consumer so why even bother with this? Sure it looks nice but its just a tease for anyone who hoped for a white one.

m6x_p0w3r
m6x_p0w3r

apparently MS employees need to be different with a white Xbox 1 system cuz the black console is for the "common folk" someone should tell MS to get off their high horse you people are normal just like everyone else .... whether you have a white system or a black system the hardcore gamers will still kick a$$ in any shooter, racing, or fighting game you bring to us !

ggregd
ggregd

MS employees get pretty large bonuses as part of their compensation.  This costs the company peanuts because they make the console.  It's not that big a deal.

Hammershock6
Hammershock6

Your forgetting a lot of games don't have demo's just in case people don't like their games.

At3fD
At3fD

and ps fanboys are here, get a life !

Lowri001
Lowri001

So now it looks like a giant WHITE box folder. Still, nice gesture by MS.

digitaltiger
digitaltiger

I wish my employer gave a dam about their employees like MS.

leandrro
leandrro

just remember to not put them close to the water cooler, the white version is pratically undistinguishble

Chai_Tea
Chai_Tea

............So the only people who will be playing on Xbox One are Microsoft Employees?  Just kidding......sort of...... :)

Xbox1SinceDay1
Xbox1SinceDay1

I can see these on Ebay soon enuf. Xbox One White Edition: Buy it now - $2500

Restivus
Restivus

Is a white console with matching black Kinect really matching?

[insert wag comments below, e.g. Kinect can never be matching; White would drop resemblance to Hal 9000]

mattcake
mattcake

They get the special ones that actually work properly.

To be honest the XB1 and PS4 look very similar with the different textured section - and they both look like crap - changing the colour is like painting a turd.

themc_7
themc_7

that's cool. Nice that Microsoft is giving their employees a little shout out and gratitude

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

I never really liked consoles in white. After my Wii's warranty expired, I took it apart and gave it a new case because I hated the white so much. These guys get the system for free, so color is pretty irrelevant when you're saving $500.

enoslives7
enoslives7

That's one way to 'ship' 100,000 units.

Insaaane1
Insaaane1

I want the white console!!! They need to sell more than just liquid black!

aloufika
aloufika

In white it looks so much smaller IMO they should work with this color

elbauto
elbauto

IThink they should've presented that model in e3...

Petman8246
Petman8246

Wait, you don't even get free Live for working for Microsoft? Huh, I wonder what kind of benefits Microsoft *does* have.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Well...tbh that looks better than what your gonna release for us.

Screw yourselves you contemptible bastards.

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

And we will know they are liars, with pants constantly on fire, if they have a console of white...

SurlyPotato
SurlyPotato

That is a beautiful console, I must be the only one who thinks the PS4 design is horribly ugly...

Gamesfetch
Gamesfetch

One good looking console at last

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

Just to help keep an eye on your employees right?

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Looks more silver and sexy than I could have imagined.

betheltony
betheltony

@Zxar07 Excellent point!  Just another example of Gamespot dying to post something...

betheltony
betheltony

@m6x_p0w3r So, why are you so pissed?  It truly is good HR practice, to recognize your team with unique rewards.  So props to the HR department for boosting employee morale (for however many they include), and yes, I'm sure you'll kick their a$$ online.  Calm down

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

@At3fD God forbid someone read an article and post about it, didn't know that wasn't part of life.

SlawekAB
SlawekAB

@digitaltiger but M$ does not give a shit about their employees , they will get a regular xbone's thats was painted white so the employees think that they are getting something special

Gamer-Geek
Gamer-Geek

@fastharry  

Uhmmm... you're taking advertising material as gospel? Because you're clever. /sarcasm

leandrro
leandrro

@fastharry the best multiplayer service/platform is PC, since ever, its stupid even to try to compare anything to PC multiplayer

Wobbletop
Wobbletop

@betheltony @Zxar07 maybe they release this story on purpose, then just put thousands on ebay under different names. selling them for way more because they're white. 

betheltony
betheltony

@SlawekAB @digitaltiger So, it's better of Microsoft to recognize their employees by not giving them something for free?  I'm sure they'll have a release party or something like that, perhaps bonuses dependent upon sales.  (Which I'm sure some of you would joke would be nothing, point recognized)  This white xbox is the only thing we've heard, so don't fall into the trap of thinking it's the only thing they're getting.