Remember the other day when Target sent some people their Xbox One consoles early? Well, Microsoft has taken action. Those lucky gamers who received an early Xbox One have found that their Xbox Live accounts are blocked on the console. Microsoft doesn’t want anyone having premature access after all. Too bad. You will have to wait for everyone else to get their consoles.
To refresh your memory, Target accidentally shipped several Xbox One preorders ahead of schedule last week, but while gamers original found they could download the day-one update and connect as expected, they later found that their online access through Xbox Live was turned off. They probably should have expected as much.
Aside from fairness to others that have to wait, Microsoft also doesn’t want to inadvertently reveal some of the clandestine partnerships and media agreements the company has in place. Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson explained:
“Due to a retail partner’s system issue, a very small number of Xbox One consoles were shipped to consumers before the 11/22 street date” the Microsoft exec, Lawrence “Larry” Hryb, wrote. “We’re pleased to see the initial response to Xbox One has been so positive, but given we are still putting the finishing touches on our games, UI and online services, as well as confidential partner and media agreements, these consoles units will be restricted from connecting to Xbox Live until closer to our launch date.”
So there you have it. That doesn’t sooth those gamers who got their consoles early, but there really isn’t much to complain about. Just enjoy the fact that a new console is here. It’s a first world problem.