GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Microsoft has shown off a white model of its upcoming Xbox One console, but it's available only to employees that have worked on the device.
The shiny bright white console was outed on social news website Reddit by a friend of someone who works on the Xbox One. We've asked Microsoft to confirm the authenticity of the device. It hasn't responded yet, but it's been widely reported that the white Xbox One is the real deal.
The image advertising the console, which we are guessing was featured in an email sent to those concerned, says that employees will not only receive the console for free, but they'll also get a year of Xbox Live, a bundle of games and a special "achievement" on launch day.
The front of the employee console will also be engraved with text reading, "I made this."
Microsoft hasn't said yet whether the white console will be available to consumers, but it seems unlikely, especially anytime soon, as the firm will want to keep the model as a limited edition for as long as possible to keep its Xbox One workforce happy.
Microsoft isn't the only one boasting about new console colours. Today Sony also touted new colour options for its present generation Playstation 3 (PS3) games console at the 2013 Gamestop Expo, announcing that a 250GB Azurite blue model will arrive in the US and Canada on 8 October.
The new blue PS3 will come standard with a 250GB hard drive and a matching blue DualShock 3 controller, priced at $249.99. However, the blue console is nothing new for Japanese, European, and Australian markets, as the device has been available in this colour in those markets for a while.
Microsoft has yet to announce a release date for its Xbox One console, keeping potential customers guessing. However, if Toys R Us is anything to go by, the Xbox One will start shipping on 29 November, the same day as the Sony PS4.
While it hasn't announced a release date, Microsoft has revealed pricing details, having announced that its Xbox One will cost £429 in the UK. While this is more expensive than the PS4, which is priced at £349, Microsoft will bundle a Kinect with the Xbox One, whereas PS4 users will have to buy the Playstation Camera accessory separately. µ
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