Chinese website selling Xbox One cases; will we see fake consoles on eBay soon?

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft's Larry Hryb posted up an image of the first shipment boxes containing Xbox One consoles as they were coming off the assembly line, presumably in China. Now it looks like at least some Chinese companies are already selling replacement cases for the console several weeks before the Xbox One launches on November 22nd.

The cases were spotted on the Alibaba.com website and are being sold by a company called Gameshining, while another business called Yotosan is selling what it calls a real replacement A/C adapter for the Xbox One on the same site. It's more than likely that both companies are simply getting these parts straight off the assembly line in China and selling them to the public. It's also most likely illegal but China has a long history of pirating hardware as well.

In any case, these parts are for the Xbox One cases and power supply, not for actual full Xbox One consoles. However, it may be just a matter of time before the first Xbox One units start popping up for sale before the official launch date, along with the PlayStation 4 console from Sony. It's also possible that some people could buy these cases and then sell them as the real (fake) console on places like eBay, so be careful.

Source: Alibaba.com via NeoGAF | Image via Gameshining

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Nokia holding event October 22nd, new Lumias likely inbound

Next Story

Microsoft reveals Skype was almost called Skyper

34 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Man, woe be the person who buys one, puts it together, takes a pic, puts said pic up on the net, Microsoft hunts said person down and makes them disappear. LOL

Might grab one. Making custom shells if fun.

EDIT: Might not. "Minimum Order Quantity: 50 Piece". Unless a few of us do a group buy.

And have to pay more for production? I don't think so. Having a few parts stolen from your factories is nothing compared to the huge amount of money they don't have to spend due to miniscule labour costs.

I think there's a possibility, but I doubt it due to it being much less expensive manufacturing it in China at the moment. The gap is getting smaller though so it might be worth it.

dichotomy said,
And have to pay more for production? I don't think so. Having a few parts stolen from your factories is nothing compared to the huge amount of money they don't have to spend due to miniscule labour costs.

The potential PR costs of having fake consoles (essentially empty cases) flogged on ebay ahead of release, or even after release, could eat into that difference quite rapidly...

EvilAstroboy said,
I can see MS and other companies moving back to countries where they have a lot more rights

Wasn't Motorola and Apple saying that moving production to the USA only cost them about $20 more per device?

neufuse said,

Wasn't Motorola and Apple saying that moving production to the USA only cost them about $20 more per device?

You know that adds up to a **** tone of money, right?

Sold in 2012...

58.31 million iPads
125 million iPhones
35.16 million iPods
18.15 million Macs
5.3 million Apple TVs
So that's ~242 million devices

What is that, a 4.8 billion loss?

DARKFiB3R said,

You know that adds up to a **** tone of money, right?

Sold in 2012...

58.31 million iPads
125 million iPhones
35.16 million iPods
18.15 million Macs
5.3 million Apple TVs
So that's ~242 million devices

What is that, a 4.8 billion loss?


With a net profit of 6.6billion in 2012 I'm sure they could've managed it and kept those billions in the US (meaning people can spend more, buy more apple stuff, give apple more revenue) instead of abroad.

Shadowzz said,

With a net profit of 6.6billion in 2012 I'm sure they could've managed it and kept those billions in the US (meaning people can spend more, buy more apple stuff, give apple more revenue) instead of abroad.

nope.

Shadowzz said,

So companies spending our money in our countries is not good? even if its a bit more expensive.

Good for who? I'm saying they would not be able to recoup that loss, nowhere near it.

They are in this game to make money, not save the world, no matter what BS they feed us.

It's all about the bottom line.

DARKFiB3R said,

Good for who? I'm saying they would not be able to recoup that loss, nowhere near it.

They are in this game to make money, not save the world, no matter what BS they feed us.

It's all about the bottom line.


Short term corperate greed, lets all just sit back and enjoy the ride

glen8 said,
I would assume if they stole them from the production line to sell on, MS would ban the serial number.

It's only the Case, nothing else inside the case, but Air.... So there is no Serial number

On another note, I wonder if a min ATX Motherboard would fit ?

glen8 said,
I would assume if they stole them from the production line to sell on, MS would ban the serial number.

I'd just change the paint job. That way when you'll drive it on the street, the cops will never know it's stolen.

Lord Method Man said,
Ban the serial number of a case?

obviously I was commenting on this part of the article. IF someone in China could get one off the production line and into their car

"However, it may be just a matter of time before the first Xbox One units start popping up for sale before the official launch date, along with the PlayStation 4 console from Sony."

I was thinking the same thing, Ive built PCs out of a NES, a sega genesis with sega CD, a PS2, a Xbox, a panasonic 3DO ZF1, and a xbox 360 (mind you all of these systems didnt work, I woouldnt intentionally destroy a working console)