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Xbox One to hit Indian stores in September

LiveMint logoLiveMint 10-06-2014 PTI

New Delhi: Gaming enthusiasts in the country will get access to Microsoft Corp.’s latest gaming console, the Xbox One, from 23 September, more than six months after the global launch.

The console will be priced at `39,990 without the Kinect motion sensor, and `45,990 for a package including the Kinect.

“Every Xbox One system will include the Xbox One console, which features a 500 GB hard drive, Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi, one Xbox One Wireless Controller and a free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members,” Microsoft said in a statement.

It added that customers who buy the Xbox One with the Kinect will be able to experience games and entertainment experiences exclusive to the Xbox, including gesture controls, biometric sign-in, controller paring and Skype video calls.

Other features such as instant personalization, instant scanning of QR codes and enhanced features in games such as Kinect Sports Rivals, Dead Rising 3, and Project Spark will also be available to Kinect buyers.

“The Xbox One gaming launch line up in India will be colossal, bringing the best line up of exclusive blockbusters, including AAA titles like Forza Horizon 2 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which comes with the highly anticipated Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta,” Microsoft said.

In January, rival Sony Corp. had launched its gaming console, the PlayStation 4, in India for `39,990.

Though at a nascent stage, players are bullish on the gaming market in India, which is dominated by mobile games. Estimates suggest the Indian gaming console market is worth `750 crore with about 6-7 million regular gamers, who don’t own a console but could be accessing these devices at other places such as friends’ houses.

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