Xbox One Console Shipped Early by Target

It has been confirmed that a small number of customers who pre-ordered the Xbox One have received their console much earlier than the November 22 release date. The retailer behind the “accidentally” shipment is US retailer Target, who somehow managed to ship a bunch of consoles early. It is rumoured that a total of 150 consoles have been shipped.

Target admitted their mistake when speaking to Kotaku, stating, “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 pre-orders are slated to arrive on the street date.” Apparently, the error was due to Target not putting a street release date on the Standard Edition Xbox One, which subsequently led to one distribution centre accidentally shipping the consoles out.

And as always with people receiving an item much earlier than the release date, an Xbox One console had appeared on Ebay for sale, much like GTA V did before it’s release.

Microsoft have been quick to act though, temporarily banning users from connecting to Xbox Live on their consoles. In a statement on his blog, Major Nelson stated:

“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.”

“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.”

Those who were lucky enough to receive their console early may now have the longest wait ahead of them as the Xbox One won’t be useable until launch.

The official release date for Xbox One is November 22.