The Xbox One finally made its debut in several major markets almost two weeks ago, and since then, gamers have been busily familiarizing themselves with the new Dashboard interface, increased power, and generally reveling in that new-console feeling. The special Day One Edition of the Xbox One was offered by Microsoft in the run-up to the release, and brought with it a series of perks reserved only to those who pre-ordered it. Here at Redmond Pie, we managed to reserve our own limited Day One Edition Xbox One, and naturally, felt compelled to give it an elaborate, snap-happy unboxing for your viewing pleasure. Check out the photos of the grand unveiling after the leap!
So, I guess you’re wondering – what makes the Day One Edition so much different from the regular Xbox One console? Well, aside from the console itself, which features Kinect, the Chat Headset, wireless controller and HDMI cable as per the standard version, the control pad of the Day One Edition features special, limited edition "DAY ONE 2013" engraving. Moreover, there’s a digital Achievement that cannot be gotten any other way, so for those into keeping that Gamerscore nicely topped up, the Day One Edition was a must. Also, the console comes with a 14-day Xbox LIVE voucher to entice users into trying out the service at least once before they grab a full-fledged membership for content consumption.
The controller of the Xbox One is a joy to behold anyway. As you can see from the close-ups we’ve taken, the design and construction is of extremely high quality, and with Microsoft having dropped a cool $100 million in tweaking what was already an ergonomic winner with the Xbox 360 controller, the Xbox One should provide the most comfortable and fulfilling console experience to date.
The console itself is as you were, but it’s worth taking a moment to stop and assess how nicely finished it really is. Some will say the PlayStation 4 looks better, but ultimately, it’s a matter of taste, and if nothing else, it’s fair to say that both of these new next-gen consoles are aesthetically superior to their respective predecessors.
Design-wise, the Kinect nicely complements the Xbox One, which is just as well, since both will remain very close proximity for the duration of use.
The accessories, which we mentioned before, offer one of the best build quality we’ve seen in a long while. The Xbox One Chat Headset, the bundled HDMI cable, manuals and passes, along with the power brick, come nicely packed inside the whole package.
So, there you have it – a rather interesting closer look at the Day One Edition console. Although you will have missed out on your chance to pick up this particular variant, the normal version is, to all intents and most purposes, the same thing, so if you like what you see and have weighed up the pros and cons against its competitors, perhaps Microsoft’s latest and greatest is the One for you.
Here are some extra shots we took of the console itself along with the new Kinect sensor and the controller:
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