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Microsoft's Xbox One to Hit Russian Shelves in September

Published: August 12, 2014 (Issue # 1823)



  • Russian retailers told Gazeta.ru on Monday that the Xbox One will be sold in Russia for 21,000 rubles ($580).
    Photo: Aero777 / Wikimedia Commons

The video game console war will officially open its eastern front on Sept. 26 with the much anticipated arrival of Microsoft's Xbox One on the Russian market, according to local authorized retailers cited by online newspaper Gazeta.ru.

Microsoft and Sony are waging a global battle for supremacy in the highly contested and ruthlessly competitive market for next-generation gaming consoles. Microsoft's Xbox One has so far underperformed versus Sony's PlayStation 4 — two relatively comparable systems that have had global sales of about 5 million and 7 million units, respectively, since launching late last year, Forbes reported in June.

The sales figures are misleading, however, because Microsoft refrained from dumping the Xbox One into every possible market right off the bat. Xbox One is currently available in only 13 countries, while PlayStation 4 is selling in 50, including Russia.

Retailers told Gazeta.ru on Monday that the Xbox One will be sold in Russia for 21,000 rubles ($580). This will include a 500 GB hard drive, wireless controller, headset, HDMI cable and a 14-day subscription to the Microsoft online service Xbox Live Gold.

Sony also sells the PlayStation 4 with a 500 GB hard drive in Russia for 21,000 rubles. Both consoles sell for $399 in the U.S.

A second Xbox One package, priced at 27,500 rubles ($760), will include Xbox One's Kinect sensor, which allows users to interact with the machine without touching a controller by making gestures in front of the device's camera.





 


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Friday, Oct. 31


Put your grammar and logical thinking to the test in a fun and friendly environment during the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening starting at 5 p.m. today. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.



Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at today’s Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nation’s premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the city’s elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s latest film “Mommy” at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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