Thanks to Target, two people got their Xbox One consoles shipped early [Update]

It looks like at least a few lucky folks are benefiting from a mistake made by someone at Target. Two people have posted word they received their Xbox One console this week from the retailer, two weeks before the official launch on November 22nd.

According to Engadget, one of those folks went ahead and posted his standard edition Xbox One he got from Target for sale on eBay. The seller, who goes by the eBay handle "priceless228", claimed in his rather over-the-top auction description ("THIS IS LITERALLY THE ONLY XBOX ONE IN THE HANDS OF A CONSUMER RIGHT NOW! ANYWHERE!") that any proceeds will go "toward my corporation to create products for Special Ed students." The eBay auction had bids close to $10,000 before "priceless228" decided to remove the Xbox One from sale, possibly due to some input from Microsoft.

Another person, who goes by the Twitter handle Moonlightswami, also received his Xbox One, again from Target, two weeks early. He posted an unboxing video on YouTube but that clip was quickly taken down thanks to a copyright claim from Microsoft. However, he has been posting photos and information about his experience with the console on his Twitter account:

He has since revealed that the "Day One" patch for the Xbox One, which is required to do anything with the console, is about 500MB. He's also posted some info on the amount of hard drive space some Xbox One games will take up, thanks to the fact that they are available to download from the Xbox Games Store. "Call of Duty Ghosts" uses 39 GB, "NBA 2K14" will take up 43 GB, "Forza Motorsport 4" will use 31 GB and "Ryse: Son of Rome" takes up 34 GB. Even download only games like "Lococycle" will use up 13 GB of hard drive space.

He also seems to like the Kinect features:

Update: Moonlightswami has confirmed that his console has now been banned by Microsoft, even though he got the unit through legitimate means. We have emailed Microsoft to find out why they have banned his Xbox One.

Another Twitter user, Conner John Cosgrove, posted word he got an Xbox One early. He seems to hint that he got his unit directly from Microsoft but that's seems pretty unlikely.

So far, Microsoft has been officially silent about these early Xbox One shipments.

Source: Engadget | Image via priceless228

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All MS should do here is have a timer and if its before the actual release date then the box should say this system will not activate or update until Nov 22nd. The words ban looks bad that's all.

It has nothing to do with DRM (Digital Rights Management) it has more to do with DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) to prevent copy protection, copy prevention, and copy control, control viewing, printing and altering of works or devices.

I'm not understanding how or why Microsoft can ban his XBox. This is Targets fault right? Or is this just a temporary ban?

JHBrown said,
I'm not understanding how or why Microsoft can ban his XBox. This is Targets fault right? Or is this just a temporary ban?

Well they can if you got your xbox one illegitimately but I'm sure if he contacts Microsoft and shows them that it was target's mistake, not his they might unban him.

If they don't then that's pretty stupid.

On reddit - "I reached out to him and I'll get this sorted out. His console will not be permabanned that is for sure." - Major Nelson

Cool; I'm definitely no fan of his, but at least he's reaching out. This is the sort way Microsoft needs to be if they want to harness the power of the people.

dead.cell said,
Cool; I'm definitely no fan of his, but at least he's reaching out. This is the sort way Microsoft needs to be if they want to harness the power of the people.

Just out of curiosity, why are you no fan of Major Nelson. Seriously, was it a past incident or something?

Hello,

This day one update problem will go away by Christmas because all software discs released for the Xbox One will included the Day One update on disc.

Just a temp problem on release.

riahc3 said,
Hello,

This day one update problem will go away by Christmas because all software discs released for the Xbox One will included the Day One update on disc.

Just a temp problem on release.

I highly doubt the first batch of games will have any updates on the disc's as they probably just finalized the day one code recently, and most of those disc's probably went to production a little while ago.. making timing impossible. maybe the 2nd wave of games will have an update on them

riahc3 said,
Hello,

This day one update problem will go away by Christmas because all software discs released for the Xbox One will included the Day One update on disc.

Just a temp problem on release.

Source? I've not heard anything about Microsoft shipping console updates on game discs, ever.

InsaneNutter said,
Wonder if they will get banned for connecting to Xbox Live early? then again i bet the day one update is not available yet.

Article states it is. Also, the fact they;re using the system and downloading games means it is working.

InsaneNutter said,
Wonder if they will get banned for connecting to Xbox Live early? then again i bet the day one update is not available yet.

They noted it's 500MB so I'm guessing it is and they checked and probably updated already?

InsaneNutter said,
Wonder if they will get banned for connecting to Xbox Live early? then again i bet the day one update is not available yet.

According to the Twitter feed he has already been banned.

Microsoft's handling of the XB1 launch has been a disaster so far, with countless U-turns and ridiculous decisions like this. If they didn't want people using it then they shouldn't have allowed the update to be downloaded until launch or a few days beforehand but it was inevitable that some people would get hold of it early. Allowing people to download it and then banning them is wrong.

theyarecomingforyou said,

According to the Twitter feed he has already been banned.

Microsoft's handling of the XB1 launch has been a disaster so far, with countless U-turns and ridiculous decisions like this. If they didn't want people using it then they shouldn't have allowed the update to be downloaded until launch or a few days beforehand but it was inevitable that some people would get hold of it early. Allowing people to download it and then banning them is wrong.

Please, most consumers won't even hear about this. Also, "countless uturns"? That's cute. We already know how you feel about consoles, not sure why you bother in stories about them.

Anyway, it sucks that the kid got his console banned, but fortunately for him it seems it's only his console and not his GT. Maybe MS will change their mind, but according to that website from the pic of the ban, they "can't reverse it". He appears to have enjoyed the console enough that he's not even mad at MS.

theyarecomingforyou said,


Microsoft's handling of the XB1 launch has been a disaster so far, with countless U-turns and ridiculous decisions like this.

Your posts are a continuous disasters with countless u-turns and ridiculous claims and decisions.

Xbox are serialized devices, i'm sure they're banned now because of how they got them. Microsoft can tell the second you get online with a launch console where you got it.

spenser.d said,
Please, most consumers won't even hear about this. Also, "countless uturns"? That's cute. We already know how you feel about consoles, not sure why you bother in stories about them.

I'm interested in gaming, of which consoles play a significant role - the quality of console games has a considerable impact on PC gaming.

theyarecomingforyou said,

According to the Twitter feed he has already been banned.

Microsoft's handling of the XB1 launch has been a disaster so far, with countless U-turns and ridiculous decisions like this. If they didn't want people using it then they shouldn't have allowed the update to be downloaded until launch or a few days beforehand but it was inevitable that some people would get hold of it early. Allowing people to download it and then banning them is wrong.

It's has not been a disaster. And the U-Turn can be seen as good depending on if you are here to provide FUD or not.

Additionally, the "Launch" is not until the 22nd.

Stop Trolling.

Microsoft legally cant do anything once Target ships it to a consumer.
Even the current embargo doesnt apply to consumers.
Grats to them for getting it early thou.

Steven P. said,
If they know how big the day one update is (as stated in the article) won't they already be updated?

All we can surmise from the information given is that they received an update, not necessarily *THE* day one update. It's likely the console testers were/are receiving regular update builds, and what this person got was simply the latest one of these.

We cant say with any certainty that the "day one" update is finished and "out there" yet... at least unless I missed something.

How is Microsoft legally allowed to make copyright claims on videos people created themselves? I can see if it was someone who took one Microsoft's video then reuploaded it but not someone else's creation.

It's their copyrighted property, you can't film a movie in the cinema on your camera and then post it claiming you created it yourself.

kravex said,
It's their copyrighted property, you can't film a movie in the cinema on your camera and then post it claiming you created it yourself.

The only way microsoft can do anything legally is if they show footage of their games. They can't stop people unboxing the console or showing the startup screens etc.

torrentthief said,

The only way microsoft can do anything legally is if they show footage of their games. They can't stop people unboxing the console or showing the startup screens etc.

How is the copyright on their code for their start up screens and menus any different from the copyright on their code for their games???

kravex said,

How is the copyright on their code for their start up screens and menus any different from the copyright on their code for their games???

no code is shown, only startup screen, there's no way a product being switched on would stand up in court as violating copyright. Hence why google wouldn't be able to take down videos of nexus 5 starting up.

torrentthief said,

no code is shown, only startup screen, there's no way a product being switched on would stand up in court as violating copyright. Hence why google wouldn't be able to take down videos of nexus 5 starting up.

No code is shown in a game as well...

kravex said,
It's their copyrighted property, you can't film a movie in the cinema on your camera and then post it claiming you created it yourself.

But that's not even close to what happened here. People have the right to show footage on the grounds of fair usage. What Microsoft is doing here is oppressive and an abuse of copyright law.

theyarecomingforyou said,

But that's not even close to what happened here. People have the right to show footage on the grounds of fair usage. What Microsoft is doing here is oppressive and an abuse of copyright law.


Only in America where (copyright) laws are meaningless and the companies always get their wishes granted.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
How is Microsoft legally allowed to make copyright claims on videos people created themselves? I can see if it was someone who took one Microsoft's video then reuploaded it but not someone else's creation.

They cannot which is why the whole thing sounds fishy.

Geezy said,
It's called fair use. He's not charging people to see the videos, so it's not copyright infringement.

Making a profit or not is irrelevant wen it comes to a DMCA or similar.