Special editions have become common place when talking about games, but for consoles they’re still a fairly rare occurrence. That’s why we’ve decided to clear up the confusion regarding Microsoft’s new console and whether the Xbox One: Day One Edition is in-fact the only version of the console available at launch.
Microsoft have confirmed to us that they’ll be selling two different editions of the Xbox One at launch; a standard edition which will be available to everyone and the Xbox One: Day One Edition which is only available via pre-order.
Looks wise these two different hardware choices appear almost exactly the same, apart from one minor detail. Etched onto the single controller bundled with the console are the following commemorative words and number – ‘Day One 2013‘. Physically that’s the only difference between the two different editions, which share the exact same hardware and physical contents:
- Commemorative Controller
- Kinect Camera
- HDMI Cable
- Power Adaptor
According to Amazon, there isn’t any headset bundled in the box and the controller still runs off AA batteries via a compartment at the back of the controller. Interestingly though it will be possible to use the controller without any batteries at all by plugging in a mini-USB cable between the top of the controller and the console direct – this wasn’t possible with the Xbox 360 gamepad.
It’s really only the digital differences between the two different Xbox One SKUs that are worth shouting about. With the Day One Edition purchasers get a free one-year Gold subscription to Xbox Live, an exclusive character named Shadow Jago to use in the free-to-play beat-em-up Killer Instinct, an exclusive achievement and bonus content for the following games:
- Ryse: Son of Rome - Exclusive multiplayer map and sword weapon.
- Forza Motorsport 5 - Access to four cars tuned to the top of their class.
- Kinect Sports Rivals - Exclusive sporting equipment that separates your Champion from the rest of the world.
- Dead Rising 3 - Exclusive Frank West and Chuck Greene Tribute Packs with bonus attributes.
Now it would be easy to cry foul about Microsoft launching two different editions of the Xbox One console at launch, especially with the amount of confusion and disappointment it’s bound to cause, but seeing as both editions have an RRP of £429.99 there isn’t really much room for complaint. As the Day One Edition is only available to those who pre-order the console, really Microsoft are just offering an extra incentive for people to put their money down early and for what it’s worth the digital bonuses this bundle offers appear worthwhile.
GAME are offering potential purchasers the chance to pre-order an Xbox One: Day One Edition for only £20 (just over 4% of the console’s £429.99 RRP), so if we were going to recommend any retailer we’d go for them. Additionally if you change your mind about the Xbox One and decide the console isn’t for you pre-launch, retailers are required by law to give you that deposit back, so don’t be afraid to put your money down early.
From a personal perspective we think it’s absolutely bonkers for anyone to pre-order a console months before it’s launched. Especially with the reliability issues which always dog launch hardware, *cough* Xbox 360 *cough*. Red ring of death aside, picking up a console on launch day is undoubtedly a very exciting proposition for a lot of gamers out there and with the Day One Edition Microsoft has produced a console bundle which is full of worthwhile digital bonuses.
For up to date pricing on the Xbox One: Day One Edition check out PreOrder-IQ’s dedicated product page, linked here.