Pre-order the Xbox One, get an achievement [Update]

Earlier today at E3, Microsoft announced the price point for the upcoming Xbox One console. While many people feel that $499 is too expensive for the new gaming machine, others are more than happy to fork over their hard-earned money for the Xbox.

If you're one of the latter, you can pre-order the box from Amazon. Although the major advantage to pre-ordering is that you'll be more likely to get a console at launch, Microsoft is throwing in a few other surprises as well.

First of all, you'll receive a "limited edition controller," although there are no details of what exactly that means. You'll also receive a "day one" decal and premium packaging (which you'll probably promptly throw away). Then there's the crown jewel: a code you can use to get a "Day One" achievement. There's no word as to how many points this achievement is worth, but it'll definitely be a status symbol amongst your gaming friends.

Other online retailers, such as GameStop, are also accepting pre-orders, but have not yet shared details on what they'll include.

Will these extra goodies sway you to pre-order the Xbox One? Or are you going to take a "wait and see" approach to the latest generation of gaming and entertainment?

UPDATE: Microsoft has posted information on their Xbox site detailing specifics of the "Day One" bundle. It looks like the limited edition controller simply says "Day One 2013" in the middle, and is all housed in a nice looking box. Still, considering it doesn't cost any extra, it's nice for Microsoft to recognize the early adopters, even if it isn't with anything substantial. You can see the picture above.

Source: Amazon.com | Image from Xbox.com

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Yes, like most of the Xbone's features, its US only!

Free DRM with every purchase! NSA approved Kinect in every box (Xbone will not work without it installed AND calibrated)! Sure, where do I sign up?
"Achievement Unlocked - you have bought into Microsoft's bull****!"

I pre-ordered mine an hour ago at GameStop Canada for $50. I can pull my pre-order any time and will continue to consider my options until launch as more information comes out. So far, I put away a special fund in my bank account dedicated to paying off the console if and when I get it.

Pre-order the xbox one, get Achievement GUINEA PIG.

Seriously, it is a BAD-DEAL to buy a console the first day and it counts for every console.

Why?, few games, console first revision (mostly with bugs), first version of the firmware (lots of bugs), services that will not be operative for a big while and overprice. Just wait 6 months - 1 year and buy the second generation of the console for a cheap.

Brony said,
Pre-order the xbox one, get Achievement GUINEA PIG.

Seriously, it is a BAD-DEAL to buy a console the first day and it counts for every console.

Why?, few games, console first revision (mostly with bugs), first version of the firmware (lots of bugs), services that will not be operative for a big while and overprice. Just wait 6 months - 1 year and buy the second generation of the console for a cheap.


Very true on every point However, it's awful waiting a year and seeing your friends and the Internet playing all these games etc.

Like everything else, I don't buy until it's at least a year old. The price goes down and other people have worked out the bugs. I want to see how well it will integrate with cable systems to see if it will work as a central controller for my next revamp of my home theater.

Spicoli said,
Like everything else, I don't buy until it's at least a year old. The price goes down and other people have worked out the bugs. I want to see how well it will integrate with cable systems to see if it will work as a central controller for my next revamp of my home theater.

+1
For example the xbox 360
xbox 360 first revision (aka Xenon) : bulky, no hdmi, cpu 90nm, overheat and noise problems (and excluding the ring of the death problem).

I see there is no premium cost in Canada this time... which means it costs the same as the Xbox 360 did when it launched. With inflation adjusted, that's nice.

-T- said,
Meh this stuff seems to be US only, a sign of things to come probably

I hear Sony has a new console, and they tend to pay more attention to markets outside the US...just sayin.

John Nemesh said,

I hear Sony has a new console, and they tend to pay more attention to markets outside the US...just sayin.

I'll be watching their show, I'd hope I'd use it more than my PS3

Really? As an Australian I know when I can get an Xbox, Playstation though? Good chance it wont be until next year. Microsoft crap on Sony for international release at this stage.

Sigh. I never understand hating trends and the like. I'm always on the side that everyone decides to hate on.

That said, I will probably pre-order. Why not if you plan on buying anyway. Get free stuff for just buying up front.... sold.

Skin said,
Sigh. I never understand hating trends and the like. I'm always on the side that everyone decides to hate on.

That said, I will probably pre-order. Why not if you plan on buying anyway. Get free stuff for just buying up front.... sold.

It's fashionable and makes you cool to hate stuff. Didn't you get the memo? 60% of Neowin did... Hmm, well, I'll see if we can't send out a copy to you. /s

Anyone know if amazon charges you right now or if they just charge you when it ships?
$499 is a fair price, its the same price the PS3 shipped and less than what my 360 + Kinect cost..

do I wish it was 399, of course..

I'm pretty sure it's illegal to charge you before shipping, or at least, there are laws regarding how long a company can keep your money without shipping a product (IIRC it's 30 days).

Anyway, it would be very unusual for a pre-order to require all payment up front.

threetonesun said,
I'm pretty sure it's illegal to charge you before shipping, or at least, there are laws regarding how long a company can keep your money without shipping a product (IIRC it's 30 days).

Anyway, it would be very unusual for a pre-order to require all payment up front.

in the USA I've been charged many times before a product shipped... heck I have something on pre-order right now for $550 and I've already paid the card it was charged to off, and wont get it until next month!

They can, but if they don't give you a shipping date, after 30 days you can demand a refund. It's part of the Federal Trade Commission's Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule.

NastySasquatch said,
It could come with free bjs I still wouldn't pre-order from Amazon.

They could come up with free sex I still wouldn't pre-order it either.

DBrandUSA said,
But you will both wait in line on black Friday while wearing your invisible cloak, huh?

No, won't do that either. Waiting for the microsoft store to e-mail me that pre-orders are available through them. Otherwise why did they run that promo?

NastySasquatch said,

No, won't do that either. Waiting for the microsoft store to e-mail me that pre-orders are available through them. Otherwise why did they run that promo?

I signed up with 3 different email accounts, and was notified on all three accounts. If you did not get your notification, either your spam filter trapped the mail, you mistyped your email address, or just claiming that you signed up but never did as a way of attacking Microsoft.

I even used the $10 discount. Have not yet gotten an email stating pre-orders were open. It's not in my spam folder either, I just checked.

Hah, got scroogled on this one... the gmail client on my android device hadn't been properly updating. Logged in from my work computer and there it was 2 hours old.

Guess I'll go by the microsoft store on my way home from work tonight.

Edited by NastySasquatch, Jun 10 2013, 9:57pm :

This is sure to boost preorders. There are way too many people that play for just the achievements and trophies, rather than the games.

NeoTrunks said,
This is sure to boost preorders. There are way too many people that play for just the achievements and trophies, rather than the games.

Agreed. I absolutely hate achievements. It ruin Steam.

NeoTrunks said,
This is sure to boost preorders. There are way too many people that play for just the achievements and trophies, rather than the games.

I don't care about achievements, I just want the least amount of hassle.

NeoTrunks said,
This is sure to boost preorders. There are way too many people that play for just the achievements and trophies, rather than the games.

I don't need the achievements or other perks to get me to preorder, I preordered because with the Xbox I preordered, and had it the first day. With the 360 I decided to wait and buy it at a store and ended up not being able to get one until 5 months after release, and with a mandatory $200 game bundle.

Just throwing this out there: I'm not saying that people will preorder the Xbox One for the achievements only; there are people out there that really want the console. Just pointing out that there are plenty of achievement and trophy whores out there (both sides of the aisle).

Start a game, open lockpick a door... !11!!11YOU HAVE UNLOCKED THE LOCK EXPERT ACHIVEMENT!!!11!!1

Most games don't have an option to turn off this crap sadly

Synthetic said,
Really... That's what you believe, that it "ruined Steam" huh

I'm uninstalling Steam now because there's an achievement for that.

It also gives you an achievement if you cancel the installation process.

Enron said,

I'm uninstalling Steam now because there's an achievement for that.

Synthetic said,
It also gives you an achievement if you cancel the installation process.

Crap. Now I need to reinstall it and uninstall again for that achievement!

You can also get a joint achievement if you start the installation of Steam and Origin at the same time.

Enron said,

Crap. Now I need to reinstall it and uninstall again for that achievement!