Oops! It’s no secret that companies guard their products thoroughly before they are launched. They don’t want secrets getting out and they also want everyone to experience it at the same time. Well, a new report reveals that Microsoft actually sent someone a prototype of the Xbox One two months before it even unveiled the console back in 2013.
How does that even happen?
25-year-old Jia Li from Miami ordered a new laptop from the Microsoft Store online and ended up with something he had never seen before.
Li told Business Insider that he noticed that the box had a security tape on it. He opened it and saw that the package contained what looked like an Xbox console. It had a zebra pattern on it which is a common practice to make sure that it’s harder to photograph prototypes.
Apparently, Microsoft stored prototypes of the Xbox One in a less secure part of its shipping facility to throw off its own employees. That’s how Li ended up with a prototype because his laptop was supposed to be shipped from the same facility. I wish mistakes like that would happen to me. When Li opened the package he found the console, some papers, and international plugs but the box did not contain any controllers or Kinect cameras. When he plugged it in and switched it on, the boot-up screen read “Kryptos,” which was one of the code names for the console. Li got in touch with Microsoft who quickly dispatched a representative to pick up the prototype from his home. As compensation, Microsoft gave him a new Xbox 360 and Kinect for free aside from the laptop he ordered. Weird.