I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to let out a slightly disgruntled sigh the moment Microsoft’s Don Mattrick ended the Xbox One keynote yesterday with “The Xbox One will be available…later this year”.
The company teased us with a release date but instead gave us a very vague timeframe. The price was also absent from the plethora of information on offer at the event, which saw the console, its controller and the new Kinect accessory bared for the first time. Now UK retailer Zavvi believes it knows both the price and the UK release date.
Several retailers around the UK are already taking pre-orders for the new Xbox One, although all are merely taking deposits of around £20 in order to secure a console come release day – Blockbuster and GAME included. Zavvi goes one better by offering a price of £399.99 and a release date of November 30th.
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The retailer is now accepting pre-orders and asks for that price in full, which leads us to believe they know the RRP. On the other hand this could be a speculative price, with the payment being subject to change and not being taken until much closer to the actual launch date.
We’ve reached out to Zavvi for confirmation on its pricing and release date information but have not heard anything yet.
UPDATE: Zavvi has got back to us with confirmation on the price and release date;
“Regarding the Xbox One, we have not had confirmation on price or release date, therefore we are currently updating the product accordingly, so that there is no confusion.”
The product information on Zavvi’s site has now changed to show the following message;
“Release Date and Price yet to be confirmed by Microsoft
Pre-order Price Promise: Order this product with us today and if we reduce the price between taking your order and the release date, we will charge you the lower price!“