Xbox One gets South Africa launch date

Microsoft’s next-generation console will go in sale in South Africa in September, almost a year after Sony’s PlayStation 4.

Xbox One with controller and Kinect

Xbox One with controller and Kinect

Microsoft will launch its much anticipated next-generation videogame and entertainment console, the Xbox One, in South Africa in September, distributor Westcon-Comztek has announced.

The launch comes almost a year after Sony introduced its next-generation console, the PlayStation 4, in South Africa.

“The Xbox One replaces not only the old console, but the old media centre as well, providing a single point of entertainment and communications,” says Heinz Stephan, business practice director at Comztek Consumer Solutions.

The Xbox One includes an HDMI input so that consumers can plug in a set-top box, allowing users to watch satellite, cable or Internet protocol television through their consoles. It’s not clear whether there will be integration with MultiChoice’s DStv decoders, however.

There is also an enhanced version of the Xbox SmartGlass app for Windows 8, Windows Phone, Android and iOS, which allows people to use their smartphone or tablet to navigate live TV or switch between apps, as well as use voice recognition and motion gestures to navigate content using the Kinect motion camera included in the box.

The console ships with 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, an eight-core x86 processor and a Blu-ray player.  — (c) 2014 NewsCentral Media

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