Microsoft has after months of waiting announced that the XBox One will be launched in India on September 23rd for a meaty price of Rs 39,999. The move sees Microsoft bring its next generation gaming console almost nine months after Sony landed the Playstation 4 in the Indian market. Although, the XBox One is available in the grey market for a price of about Rs 34,500, the official announcement of the prize certainly will not come as much of a surprise.
For the Rs 39,990 package, you will get one wireless controller alongside the console that will be a home to a 500 GB HDD, blu-ray player and a 14 day trial period with the XBox Live Gold membership. You can pick the Kinect bundled packaging with the XBox One too for a price of Rs 45, 990. The entire press release outlining the titles that would be available when the XBox One will release in India is as follows:
On the heels of the Xbox Media Briefing at E3, we want to share an update with you on Xbox One launch plans in India.
We’re excited to officially confirm that Xbox One will be available in India on 23rd Sept 2014 starting at INR 39,990. 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.
We will also launch Xbox One with Kinect at INR 45,990. Fans choosing this version will be able to experience a number of games and entertainment experiences exclusive to Xbox including gesture controls, biometric sign-in, controller paring, Skype video calls, instant personalization, instant scanning of QR codes, and enhanced features only available with Kinect in games such “Kinect Sports Rivals,” “Dead Rising 3,” and “Project Spark.”
The Xbox One gaming launch line up in India will be colossal, bringing the best line up of exclusive blockbusters, including AAA titles like “Forza Horizon 2” and “Halo: The Master Chief Collection,” which comes with the highly anticipated “Halo 5: Guardians” multiplayer beta.
Other features that will join the Xbox One experience in India include:
Game DVR/Upload. With game DVR, you can capture and record your greatest game moments and Upload Studio makes it easy to edit and share clips with your community. You can capture the last 30 seconds of gameplay and then share your clip with your friends.
Apps. With Skype, specially designed for Xbox One, video chat with friends on your TV in stunning HD, or for the first time ever, hold Skype group video calls on your TV. Access Internet Explorer and OneDrive all in your living room, integrated seamlessly with your games and TV experience, and change the way you play by snapping apps like Twitch, Machinima and IGN alongside your game.
TV on Xbox One. Watch live TV from your cable, telco or satellite set-top box through your Xbox One with HDMI-pass through.
Updates to Xbox Live. Consumers will also enjoy the recently announced updates to Xbox Live giving anyone with an Xbox access to all entertainment experiences without an Xbox Live Gold membership. Just like with Xbox 360, we’ll continue rolling out regular updates like these to deliver new features and platform experiences to delight fans.
We continue to deliver exciting programs and offers for our fans across Asia. Gold Rush is a great program where fans can win a great prize pack featuring real Gold and a Collector’s Edition Titanfall pack for just being on Xbox Live Gold. In addition, if you purchase a 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscription before 30th of June 2014 you will be entitled to the Xbox One downloadable version of Ryse: Son of Rome, and Killer Instinct Ultra Edition Add-ons worth $100 value!
We will have more details about launch game bundles, ways to pre-order and a full list of games and entertainment experiences in the near future. For now, we’re excited to confirm the next generation of games and entertainment will be coming to fans in India starting on 23rd Sept 2014.