Are you still debating whether you should be pre-ordering the Xbox One? If yes, and you have specific questions about Xbox LIVE connectivity and Kinect requirements, then the following information is likely to be important to your decision-making.
Microsoft has moved to confirm the countries that will enjoy Xbox LIVE connectivity from day one of the Xbox One's existence. It is not quite as extensive as the number of countries that are supported on the Xbox 360's online service but, let's face it, there is still plenty of time for that to change.
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States
In addition to outlining those details, Microsoft has also sought to confirm the amount of room space that you will require for the new Kinect peripheral, that accompanies the Xbox One, to work effectively. When the original Kinect peripheral was released, there was plenty of debate and experiments
surrounding the same issue, and it appears that Microsoft want to ensure that the record is set straight to avoid a repeat this time around.
The pre-order disclaimer
states that the space needed for "single player [is] about 4 ft. 7 in. (1.4 m) from sensor [and] two players about 6 ft. (1.8m) from sensor". However, a disclaimer being a disclaimer, it is almost inevitable that "play space will vary by game, application, sensor placement, and other factors".
Don't worry if those details have failed to convince you either way on your Xbox One pre-order decision at the present time. You'll have an even bigger decision to make when the Xbox One is actually released