On the sidelines of the ongoing E3 event in Los Angeles, Microsoft has confirmed that they will be finally bringing the much awaited Xbox One gaming console to India later this year. Launched in the US and 12 other territories in November 2013, the Xbox One will arrive 10 months later here in India. Microsoft has announced that the Kinect-less version will be sold for Rs.39,990 (the same price as Sony PlayStation 4), while it’d cost Rs.45,990 with Kinect.
Every Xbox One system will include the Xbox One console — which features a 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi — one Xbox One Wireless Controller and a free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members.
Only yesterday, Microsoft had announced that they’ll be selling the Kinect-less version across the globe for $399. As always, the pricing for gaming consoles are steep here in India, as the same version costs approx. $655 here.
Xbox One has had a disastrous launch with Sony’s PS4 stealing its thunder in every possible way. But Microsoft is trying to win back customers with some exclusive game launches announced at E3 such as “Assassin’s Creed Unity,” “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” “Evolve” and “Rise of the Tomb Raider”. With Kinect, gamers will be able to experience instant personalisation and enhanced features in games like “Kinect Sports Rivals,” “Dead Rising 3,” and “Project Spark.”
In addition to all the gaming features, Xbox One in India will include live TV experience from your cable, telco or satellite set-top box with HDMI-pass through. Microsoft has also unbundled some apps from Xbox Live Gold tier to make it free for users. Although we aren’t sure of all the apps being made available in India, we know that apps like Skype, OneDrive, Twitch and Machinima will be present.
If players subscribe to a 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscription before 30th of June 2014, you will be able to download digital versions of Ryse: Son of Rome, and Killer Instinct Ultra Edition Add-ons.
PlayStation 4 has a better head-start against Xbox One with a super-early launch. Microsoft has managed to get the pricing similar to Sony by unbundling Kinect. Will you be willing to wait till September 23rd to get your hands on the Xbox One? Let us know!