Xbox One sales start early, but so do Microsoft bans

By Alan Ng - Nov 10, 2013

This was bound to happen sooner rather than later and it looks like it is the Xbox One which is the first recipient of early sales. The console has gone on sale ahead of the November 22 launch and it appears that Microsoft is not happy about it. In a move that has caused great debate, Microsoft has in fact decided to start banning Xbox One consoles already.

If you haven’t heard, it looks like US retailer Target has jumped the gun, two weeks early to allow some consumers to take home Microsoft’s brand spanking new Xbox One console ahead of schedule. It’s been confirmed that Twitter user MoonlightSwami is one of these users in possession of a console, but unfortunately he cannot access some areas of the console as Microsoft has decided to ban his console.

After posting up some sneaky screenshots showing the dashboard in action, Microsoft has prevented the console in question from accessing Xbox Live. Initially it was thought that this ban would be a permanent one, but it has since been clarified by Microsoft’s Major Nelson that it will be a temporary ban only.

Microsoft has said that they are looking forward to the user in question ‘enjoying this console closer to launch’. Is a ban a bit harsh though, or fully warranted to prevent information about the console leaking out early that may be deemed as sensitive details?

It has prompted fierce debate among fans as you can imagine, most of which believe that Microsoft shouldn’t have banned the user and instead should have used this as free PR in the build-up to launch.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think Microsoft were right to ban the user in question or not? Let us know if you have managed to receive an Xbox One early – we won’t tell anyone!

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  • Billy

    There are so many things we are not aware of that goes on behind the curtain, I worked for Walmart corp (not at a store but home office) and from what I do know Target has opened their self up to a world of hurt if MS wanted to not to mention all of the other Copy-written material that the Xbox One and Games had on it. I dont think that MS would take it that far because of the bad publicity but blocking him temporarily is the least they had to do. I am sure he can still play his 360 and he gets to go to a Day One event it sounds like a fair trade to me. If anyone has done wrong here it is Target who has issues with several things (ie delivery times weeks after release and canceling preorders because of delayed games) I wonder what they are going to mess up next, considering their attention is on the large amount of lawyers in the board room trying to minimize the damage.

  • tiddles

    ok so a retailer sends me the console early i dont do anything wrong and you ban me from useing it unitl you say i can ok thats fine i shal have a full refund and buy the ps4 instead. if you dont want retailers to give them away dont give them to them so soon it is not the customers at fault so wuy shold they be punishd by being band even if it is only tempory you are still takeing away thier right to use the product as intended and is the same as being sold a faulty product so full refunds all round to ANYONE that has had the ban ????

    • EmptyAy

      Even if you’d managed something close to proper grammar, the stupidity of your post would still make my head hurt.

    • James Richards

      You are indeed correct, but because this is Microsoft we are talking about and you are after all using their product, they have a right to ban anyone. In this case, the One was released 2 weeks early by Target (who will be a Microsoft target as well, no pun intended). The mistake was made by connecting it to the Internet and actually using it. Wonder what Sony would do if the PS4 arrived in someone’s hands in the EU, the same no doubt.

  • Billy

    yes they have the right to ban them as long as they lift the ban on Day One, and it has already been said that they will. I recommend that if you do get one early dont keep it online past the update.