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Dude Gets Xbox One Two Weeks Early, Proceeds to Spill All the Beans [UPDATE]

Target sends Moonlight Swami an early Xbox One. Oops!

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Gamers of every age DREAM of being the first to get their hands on next-gen hardware. It would be like having someone accidentally mail you a cheat code for happiness. Well, one lucky gentleman got their dream - that lucky bastard.

Similar to the eBay user priceless228 (who ended up putting the console on eBay for way more money than anyone should pay for anything other than a house or a car), Moonlight Swami got his Target pre-order of the Xbox One three weeks early. Unlike priceless228 though, Swami has decided to share the wealth; he's tweeting out images and popping some YouTube videos up to show the public what the Xbox One can really do (Microsoft has since taken down his unboxing video though).

@mikeysmith pic.twitter.com/9KdcdADzWI

— #1 Source 4 XBOX ONE (@Moonlightswami) November 9, 2013

Swami has unboxed, explored and unleashed more information in the past evening than the entirety of the journalism universe has had since the announcement of the Xbox One. He was able to prematurely download the day one patch of the system and begin looking at several games' installation sizes, and even clock the time from turning the system on to getting to the home menu.

CORRECTION XBOX ONE takes 17 seconds to get to the dashboard. I used a stop watch lol

— #1 Source 4 XBOX ONE (@Moonlightswami) November 9, 2013

Also some more specific port type deals:

Were you wondering what the Achievements page looked like?

And some challenge type deals:

Unfortunately after the cascade of information that Swami has released Microsoft has banned his Xbox (but not his gamertag). I'd imagine Microsoft getting a pile of shit thrown at their face for the "transgression," but I'm sure Swami's system will work again come launch day. 

For more on Swami's adventures with the Xbox One pre-launch you can check out his Twitter right here.

The Xbox One will launch on November 22nd unless Target decides to throw caution to the wind and just send it to everyone. I'll be following the story and updating as new information unfolds.

What would you do if you got your next-gen preorder early? Would you tell the world or try to avoid bans and keep it to yourself? Sound off in the comments down below and maybe we can get Microsoft to stop banning peo--

UPDATE: Microsoft's Larry Hryb has ensured the world that Midnight Swami's Xbox One will not remain banned forever.

@LookItsLewis @DimorphicAU @Moonlightswami Whatever happened it will not be permanent. I can say that with 100% certainty.

— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) November 9, 2013

UPDATE #2: Target has admitted to Kotaku that they accidentally shipped a few Xbox One consoles prior to launch. Click here for the full rub.

UPDATE #3: According to another story on Kotaku (an interview with André Weingarten a.k.a. Moonlight Swami) Microsoft has invited him to the Xbox One launch event as a guest of the company. In the interview Weingarten said that Microsoft knows that it was Target's error, and he had nothing to do with it. Weingarten says that his Xbox One is going to be put back into working order closer to launch and there will be no penalties. His Xbox One is still playable, just not online.

Weingarten told Kotaku that he had a conversation with Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) and while he was unable to divulge detils of the entire conversation, he was able to say that his videos and tweets would be put back into the public.

It's really nice to see a company like Microsoft - which many say has lost touch with the public - literally getting in touch with the public to discuss a leak and figure out how to make everyone happy.

Originally Published Nov. 9th 2013

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  • 1
    i call bs 9 months ago
    Marketing ploy by Microsoft, yet distancing themselves by "blocking" his xbox and taking down videos after an appropriate amount of gnaw. Smart move,actually. Wonder how much they paid Target to "admit" the mistake.
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    Max Jay 9 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    I HIGHLY doubt that Microsoft would opt in for this. I do think it's creating a lot of good publicity and they're definitely reaping some mind share benefits but an intentional console leak is pretty unlikely.
  • 35
    Proto Foe 9 months ago
    Senior Intern
    Nice source of information, thank you for the article!

    17 seconds for boot up? I wonder if that is first time it is switched on, period, or if it is every time / from standby?

    Hmmm.
  • 39
    Max Jay 9 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    It sounds like it was being switched on. Either way it's pretty impressive though. My only concern with the Xbox One is that the intense dashboard features will divert too much attention from the game type stuff.

    Also, you're welcome!
  • 35
    Proto Foe 9 months ago
    Senior Intern
    Do you remember the jump from the first Xbox dashboard into the dashboard that allowed you to send messages? On the first Xbox. I remember hearing people say "What if we end up spending all our time messaging each other?"

    Same thing can be said when we jumped from dashboard 2.0 on the first Xbox to the 360 1.0. It is all fancy at first, but at the end of the day - so long as it either a) compliments the games or b) doesn't detract away from system resources - I am happy.

    How about you?
  • 39
    Max Jay 9 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    I have my reservations about the Xbox One. Don't get me wrong - it's clearly a great system with a lot of applications. I think I'll need to play around with it myself before I decide if I like the dash or not. I'm afraid it will be too much for someone that's really only interested in gaming and the occasional Netflix.

    I'm sure it'll sell huge though - eventually eclipsing the PS4 and Wii U (though I think the PS4 will get an initial jump).
  • 35
    Proto Foe 9 months ago
    Senior Intern
    I agree it could potentially be daunting. However, maybe a site like this could do some really nice "How To: videos! For exmaple - How to customise your dashboard for Gaming and Netflix!

    Make it happen, Max!
  • 39
    Max Jay 9 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    I would LOVE to make it happen, but I'm getting a PS4 before an XBO :(. Don't worry though, someone will definitely have it covered!

    I, however, will be covering the crap out of the PS4 and (hopefully) loving every second of it.
  • 1
    Barney Rubble 9 months ago
    I like that his Twitter handle just happens to abbreviate to MS.
  • 30
    Steve Lawton 9 months ago
    Columnist
    How about that Max. You secret Microsoft Agent.
  • 39
    Max Jay 9 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    What? Uhh.... LOOK AT THE BIRDS!
  • 1
    Barney Rubble 9 months ago
    Moonlight Swami, not Max. And then the first tweet mentioned in this article is to a Mikey Smith, which I actually just noticed.

    I love bees.
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    Barney Rubble 9 months ago
    Last edited 9 months ago
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    Max Jay 9 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    Right... I'm definitely not Moonlight Swami. RIGHT!