Microsoft's long-awaited next-gen console, the Xbox One, has now officially launched across Australian stores, bringing the first next-gen console to our shores.
Since its reveal back in May of this year, the console has struggled with a number of battles including the consumer backlash when revealed that it would require an always-on Internet connection to function, checking in every 24 hours to update the console's library. Since E3 2013 the console has shifted and changed to what it is today, not requiring the Internet connection after the initial Day One update and also ditching the anti-used games approach.
To help celebrate the Xbox One's launch in Australia, Microsoft held some rather large public showcasings in Sydney to ensure everyone knew that the console was being launched midnight this morning. A 3D water projection took place on the harbour beneath the North pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge while the Sydney Tower switched off the Westfield sign for the evening and was transformed into a green beacon, its top doubling as the Southern Hemisphere’s largest countdown clock as midnight approached.
If that wasn't enough Sydney's Luna Park was also transformed into the official launch party for the Xbox One, donning the green and hosting a live performance by The Presets. You can find a glimpse of the Sydney Tower and 3D water projection here
For those who have picked up a console, let us know in the comments your thoughts so far and what games you've been playing as well.