Microsoft’s next-gen console hits store shelves

1The Xbox One, the latest console/entertainment device from Microsoft, hit store shelves today much to the delight of Xbox fans. The debut was a fairly successful one, with gamers lining up at stores for a midnight launch. Early sales figures have the new console surpassing the Xbox 360 at its launch, leading Microsoft’s Phil Harrison to warn of possible shortages leading up to the Christmas holiday. He stated in an interview with MCV:

“There will be difficulty getting stock through until Christmas but we will do everything we can to accelerate that. From a games and product point-of-view, we have a very strong line-up for the year ahead. So this is really just one day in the calendar and then tomorrow it is back to work. We have some big games to bring to market in the first quarter and beyond. Our job on a tactical level is to ensure we get enough supply to retailers and customers as we possibly can to meet demand, and that will be a struggle but we are doing our best.”

Just as Microsoft did with the launch of rival Sony’s PS4, Sony released a tweet congratulating Microsoft on the Xbox One’s successful debut. It may have been briefer than Microsoft’s congratulatory message, but a couple of Sony execs added their own personal congratulations in addition to the main company one. Now if we could only get fanboys of each console to do the same…

As with the PS4, not all went smoothly. Early adopters of the Xbox One have reported numerous problems, including problems with the disc drive making a grinding noise and refusing to read discs, spontaneous shutdowns, blank or frozen screens, missing pixels, and the inability to get the console to even start. Microsoft assures customers that they are aware of the issues and will respond to their concerns, stating that gamers experiencing problems with their new console should contact Microsoft through Xbox support.

Launch titles include Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, Fighter Within, Killer Instinct, and Forza Motorsport 5. The games aren’t exactly getting glowing reviews, with Forza Motorsport 5 doing the best with critics. Fans seem relatively pleased, and this seems to be along the lines of the reaction to Sony’s launch titles, though those for the PS4 have garnered slightly higher scores. It’s no real surprise, as most developers don’t hit a home run with their first outing on a new console. As developers get more familiar with the console, the quality of the games should improve.

Did any of our readers get an Xbox One at launch? If so, was it smooth sailing, or did you encounter some of the reported problems? What are your opinions of the launch titles? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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