The exclusive Day One Edition Xbox One white models that had been gifted to Microsoft employees ahead of the public launch of the Xbox One in November 2013 have found their way to eBay as the employees (or their family and friends) seek to make some extra cash by selling them.
Ten of the exclusive white Xbox Ones are being sold on eBay by nine different sellers, with prices starting from $1,800 up. The most expensive listing is an exorbitant $3,566, seven times the commercial price of the regular Xbox One, which is $500.
The bundle comes with one year of Xbox Live, a white controller and black Kinect sensor. What makes the game even more special is the front of the console, which reads, “I Made This,” recognizing the efforts of the Microsoft employees. In fact, a description of the consoles states that the white Xbox One is not being retailed and they were presented to employees of Microsoft who had worked on them.
Unfortunately, the employees seem to value money more than recognition. When the collectible had been distributed to the employees, there had been many requests to Microsoft to market the white version. However, the firm had not paid heed to the requests.
What amounted to a loss for the firm is a gain for these enterprising employees, as there is a demand for these exclusive consoles. Last November, a console was sold by Marc Whitten for $3,300. Following Whitten, the director of programming for the Microsoft gaming network Xbox Live, Lawrence Hryb (also known as Major Nelson), decided to auction off his white Xbox One. His console sold for $11,300!
Microsoft shows off ID@Xbox titles
Meanwhile, in related news, Microsoft announced its new indie game initiative, a program to attract developers to independently publish games for its Xbox One console, the ID@Xbox, last week at the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco. Microsoft had announced that more than 250 developers are now signed up for the program, adding that there would be 25 new indie games coming for the console soon. On Monday, it showed off some of those titles in action on its website, Xbox Wire.
The Xbox One is in desperate need of some good indie game to compete against bigger names like Nintendo and Sony Corp., which have recently come out with their versions of indie games and are actively marketing them.
Chris Charla, the director of ID@Xbox, said they had faced a lot of problems during the creating of the games and the distribution, but had finally managed to overcome them. However, the new challenge in game development was to make sure the game got discovered [among all the competition].
Phil Harrison, corporate VP of the Xbox division, said the “Xbox One was designed with the indies in mind.” He said the game had been designed to be developer friendly. Referring to the ID@Xbox program, it is “all about democratizing game development,” along with the company’s aim to bring more developers on board and consequently, bring more people into the industry as well.
Meanwhile, now that white Xbox One is selling on eBay, die-hard fans have the opportunity to lay their hands on one of the 10 consoles being sold and look forward to enjoying a better experience of playing indie games on it!
By Faryal Najeeb