A “small number” of lucky customers have received their Xbox One console two weeks early after US retailer Target accidentally shipped a batch of consoles to pre-order customers before launch.
“Due to a systems error, Target shipped a small number of video game consoles prior to the street date. The vast majority of video game preorders are slated to arrive on the street date,” the retailer admitted to Kotaku. Around 150 consoles are rumored to have been dispatched to customers following the error.
The error was reportedly the result of Target failing to place a release date on the Standard Edition Xbox One, leading to one distribution center accidentally shipping the console early.
Microsoft has confirmed that it has temporarily banned these leaked consoles from connecting to Xbox Live before November 22. “Due to a retail partner’s system issue, a very small number of Xbox One consoles were shipped to consumers before the 11/22 street date,” Microsoft’s Major Nelson posted on his blog.
“We’re pleased to see the initial response to Xbox One has been so positive, but given we are still putting the finishing touches on our games, UI and online services, as well as confidential partner and media agreements, these consoles units will be restricted from connecting to Xbox Live until closer to our launch date.”