It took Microsoft nearly a year, but the wait’s finally over. Xbox One is landing in Singapore on 23 September, and not a moment too soon.
Pricing for Microsoft’s next-gen console has also been confirmed, starting from S$639 which includes the console and an Xbox One wireless controller. New Xbox Live Gold members will also receive a free 14-day trial to jump into the thick of the Titanfall action when they get the Xbox One.
It’s no mere coincidence that Microsoft is pegging the Xbox One at this price, which is exactly the same as Sony’s PlayStation 4 when it was launched here last year. To date, Sony has sold 7 million PlayStation 4 since its launch last November, while Microsoft is lagging at 5 million units for the same period.
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But unlike Sony’s next-gen console, the Xbox One has the motion sensing Kinect, which can be purchased together with the console for S$739. The Kinect sensor does more than provide motion gestures and voice commands for games such as Kinect Sports Rivals, Dead Rising 3 and Project Spark. It’s also used for biometric sign-in, voice commands to activate Xbox One functions and its camera tracks you when you’re moving during a Skype call.
Though many blockbuster titles have opted out of the exclusive route, like Metal Gearl Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Final Fantasy XV, there will be Xbox One exclusive titles during its launch. This includes Halo: The Masterchief Collection which also comes with the multiplayer Halo 5: Guardians as well as Forza Horizon 2.