When Microsoft announced their initial DRM plans, including new rules covering used games and an always on internet connection, the gaming community re-acted very badly. To be perfectly honest perhaps that is an under-statement, there was an uproar, gamers, geeks, parents and for some reason even some games developers were disappointed to hear the DRM news. Nobody wanted to buy the new Xbox One! Don't get me wrong there was support out there for Microsoft's decisions, some felt it would improve the quality of output from studios because of extra funding, some saw this as the Ebay or Steam of the console gaming world but most just saw the opportunity to take a dig at the development teams, and this includes Sony, who rather suprisingly brought not a single new DRM plan to the table. Perhaps Sony thought if they held out studios would have no choice but to implement something themselves, in a similar fashion to how EA treat second hand copies of Fifa for example. Whichever side of the argument you supported there was no doubt this drama affected UK sales of the new Xbox One console as it trailed behind in one of the best indicators of commercial intend and success, the Amazon best selling products listing.
Since E3 however the Xbox One team has had a change of heart, either that or the PR department wouldn't leave them alone, and so the rules have no vanished, condemned to memory! This means you are now free to enjoy second hand and borrowed games as you wish! And what an amazing difference a day makes, once the DRM requirements were lifted the Xbox One skyrocketed up from the pathetically low position to the prized Amazon UK top spot, with pre-orders at one point outselling the PS4 in what can only be described as one of the greatest sales turn around in history, the console is currently back down to 11th, however the chart is updated often so this does naturally fluctuate.
That's not the only thing that has changed either, the Xbox One will now come with a headset, and to be honest rightly so at that price! With a launch price of £429 the console needs to be bundled with additional extras to help justify the increased cost. The PlayStation 4 will always win on price and so Microsoft need to make sure they bundle the console correctly. Currently Microsoft are justifying the price based on their more expensive to produce Kinect system, which is understandable, however even this has incurred a few set backs, for example PC support has now been dropped for the Kinect and some people are a little worried that the addition of Kinect as a base feature of the system provides another piece of vital hardware which could potentially fail within the system.
Here at Buy Xbox One UK we support the changes to the system, and the addition of extra bundled accessories and we look forward to hearing more from Microsoft about what these changes will mean to play-ability of the new console. To check the latest price and stock levels for the Xbox One at Amazon UK please use this link.
Welcome back to Buy Xbox One UK, today we are covering the latest Xbox One News, a story which we first reported on around two weeks ago, and since our original post there has been a bit of a re-think over at Microsoft HQ regarding the Xbox One daily check-in system and the other DRM policies implemented for their new console.
In what can only be described as a massive U-Turn the new Xbox One console will not feature DRM to the levels we first expected. After taking a huge beating at the hands of UK fans of the Xbox console through online media channels such as Twitter and Facebook Microsoft have decided enough is enough and earlier today their PR department desperately announced some changes to the new DRM System which we are sure will be greeted with massive support from gamers and fans alike throughout the UK.
Well first off the daily check-in system has gone, however when you purchase a game you will still need to activate it online, but this is a one-time only action and once activated you will be able to enjoy the game as often as you like (single player) without the need for an internet connection. This is great news for those worried about their internet and network connections and their overall reliability.
Playing second hand games has returned to the same method we are used to seeing with the Xbox 360. In other words you can trade with your friends like you always have; buying, selling or swapping is now back on the cards. All of this is great news for all Xbox One users, but maybe more importantly it is amazing news for UK based second hand game stores such as Game UK and Gamestation. They might actually stand a small chance of still existing come the end of 2013.
Our next Xbox One review to help you Buy Xbox One in the UK covers Rakuten’s UK retailer play.com, once again I don’t need to tell you who they are, they have long been established as a reliable UK online retailer. First of all the basics, Play.com’s pre-order service lists the Xbox One console with a release date, 30th November 2013, it is priced at £429.94.
You have the usual 4 delivery options available to you:
1. UK Free Delivery – 3-5 working days from dispatch
2. European Free Delivery - 7 – 10 working days from dispatch
3. UK First Class 2- 3 working days from dispatch
4. UK Express Delivery – next working day (if ordered before 3pm)
Now in comparison to Amazon UK play.com doesn’t promise your console will arrive on the release date, however I have pre-ordered Xbox 360 games many, many times before from play and I have never been left wishing I had waited in line in the cold and rain at midnight!
Play.com also has all the release titles available, the majority with a pre-order price of £59.97, a few titles are a fiver cheaper, a few little more; Fantasia for example is listed at £66.99. The other stand out launch titles which are available include Call Of Duty: Ghosts, Dead Rising 3 and Forza 5.
As with all the other listed consoles we have seen so far for the Xbox One the console comes with the Xbox One Controller, which features an improved designed when compared to the 360 version. The lack of console bundle deals means that there is very little competition in the market; we are waiting to see what retailers will offer to make their console deals unique.
Play.com also offer a credit card if you wish to spread the payment over time, however their representative rate of 16.9% will mean you end up paying more than the listed £429.94, as with most credit options available these days.
According to trustpoilot.co.uk, a reliable source of sales reviews, play.com has a rating of 6.6 out of 10. It is worth noting that half of their reviews are 5 star! Sadly there are some poor reviews in and amongst which bring down their excellent rating, personally I have only ever had good experiences with play and I would highly recommend their services. At the end of the day here at Buy Xbox One UK we only cover retailers which we feel you can trust and they have our vote!
Well we have to start somewhere, so why not with one of the UK’s most trusted retailers, Amazon UK. Everybody in the developed world knows who Amazon is, and they have long been established as one of the most trusted online retailers available. They offer a range of add-on options including free delivery options in the UK, release day delivery options and gift wrap if the Xbox console is an awesome unexpected gift for somebody.
For the latest price check the following link, please note this is for the base console, more bundle deals will be reviewed shortly. Click for the latest price!
One of the main reasons we chose to start at Amazon UK, aside from reliability, were the little extra touches to make their service that little bit better, now don’t get me wrong I have no doubt the majority of other retailers out there will soon be showing off about their offerings and we’ll be there to cover that too, but right now let summarise Amazon’s two main perks:
Whatever the lowest price Amazon lists their Xbox One console at is the price everybody pays regardless of the listed price of the console at the time of the order. This applies to their pre-order games too. This is a great way to make sure you reserve your stock before release day! Now talking of release day:
The second perk Amazon offer is their “Release Day Delivery” (click the link for their full explanation and T & C’s). This applies to eligible postcodes in the UK, which, rather wonderfully, means you don’t have to queue at midnight for four hours to buy your new Xbox One, instead all you need to do is book the day off from work and enjoy playing the new Call of Duty in amazing HD quality instead! I mean what could be better!
Now that Microsoft has confirm their pricing structures Amazon UK and other retailers have followed, announcing the packages and bundles they are able to offer around the console, which has a base price of £429.
Note: The review system will be in place shortly, allowing you to view all the offers available and their latest prices! Enjoy and stay tuned!