Harvey Norman Grafton store manager Scott Gilbert reports demand has been high already for the XBox new generation console.
Harvey Norman Grafton store manager Scott Gilbert reports demand has been high already for the XBox new generation console. Adam Hourigan

Next gen of gamers step out

GAMERS, it's time to grab your controllers as the big players in the market launch their weapons into the next generation.

Microsoft fired the first shot, launching the new Xbox One console this morning to the waiting hoardes of the console crowd.

"We've had really strong preorders for the next generation console," Harvey Norman Grafton store manager Scott Gilbert said.

"There's always a lot of hype around a launch, especially seeing as this is the first new hardware in over seven years."

The console offers a glimpse into the future of modern entertainment, with ultra high-definition graphics, built-in motion detection and integration with modern-television services.

And according to Mr Gilbert, the face of gaming, and the faces of people playing games have changed.

"It's not just your twelve-year old playing Ataris anymore," Mr Gilbert said.

"It's the guys who grew up with gaming, it's the people who like the lifestyle and exercise games, and even people who use them as entertainment systems."

Combined with Sony's Playstation 4 launching next week, Mr Gilbert said the items would be popular in time for Christmas.

And as for the appeal of the new offerings, Mr Gilbert said was clear.

"I've got both coming," Mr Gilbert said.

"I can't wait to get the console open and play it tonight."



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