Xbox One launches in South Africa

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(Image Credit: Darryl Linington)

Xbox One South Africa
Xbox One arrives in South Africa. (Image Credit: Darryl Linington)

With the Xbox One originally launching on November 22 2013, the time has finally arrived where Microsoft’s, once controversial, next-gen console has finally arrived in local retail stores across South Africa.

According to Microsoft the console employs hardware as well as and cloud-based processing power, advanced software tools, and features the likes of Kinect and Xbox One SmartGlass, to deliver an entirely new world of gaming to both hard-core and casual gamers.

As with any console launch, an array of titles will be available across the country.

These titles include, but are not limited to:

– Forza Motorsport 5
– Ryse: Son of Rome
– Dead Rising 3
– Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
– Destiny
– Battlefield 4
– Watch Dogs

Upcoming titles include:

– FIFA 15
– Assassin’s Creed: Unity
– Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
– Forza Horizon 2
– Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

According to Microsoft, the console caters to the needs of casual gamers as Kinect allows the Xbox One to respond to voice commands and perform tasks such as launching an internet search through Bing – whilst listening to music. Gamers can also extend the virtual onscreen action into the real world through Xbox SmartGlass. The latter enables gamers to view content about the game they are playing on their tablet – or smartphone screen while entertainment junkies can turn their mobile device into a SmartGlass remote control, putting them at the helm of their media playback on Xbox One.

The company also revealed that Xbox One users can tailor the user interface of their console to their our personal style. This allows gamers to showcase their favourite kinds of entertainment and gaming content in the same manner that they are already used to on their Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone start screens.

The Xbox One is available from today, in South Africa, at all reputable retail stores.

Darryl Linington