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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.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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