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Published on November 9th, 2013 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

Twitter Gamer @MoonlightSwami Gets Xbox One Early; Banned from Xbox Live Until Launch

Imagine that you’re an anxious gamer that went to and purchased a pre-order for an Xbox one in early November. Now, continue imagining that you arrive home and find a box waiting for you, containing the aforementioned Xbox One. Two weeks before the official launch date of November 22nd. What would you do?

Well, Twitter user @Moonlightswami was a lucky gamer that received an Xbox One earlier than the street date, and he did what the vast majority of social media savvy gamers would do in that situation: Shout from the rooftops and heavens while informing your friends and anybody who’ll listen how awesome it is.

Not only did he give thorough details on things that gamers everywhere have been clamoring to know about the Xbox One, he went beyond that and gave the dashboard information that Microsoft has yet to give outside of pre-made trailers. Check out the gallery at the end of this article for all of the joy. For starters, the Xbox One’s required update is a 500MB download:

He also released a bit of new information that many were unaware of: Featured Challenges and Top Games. Featured Challenges seem to give you a set time frame to accomplish something in-game. For instance, Madden 25’s Challenge is to complete a game within two weeks of launch:

Featured Challenges

Top Games is a list of games that have the most active players at the moment. Very reminiscent of Steam’s stats, and seems like it expands far beyond just your friends list, which adds a lot of weight to Microsoft’s focus on the online gaming space.


After that, he went on a string of verifications on the sizes of the launch game downloads:

  • Assassins Creed IV: 20GB
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts: 39GB
  • Dead Rising 3: 19GB
  • Fifa 14: 8GB
  • Forza Motorsport 5: 31GB
  • Just Dance 2014: 22GB
  • Killer Instinct: 3GB
  • LocoCycle: 13GB
  • Madden 25: 12GB
  • NBA 2k14: 43GB
  • NBA LIVE 14: 9GB
  • Ryse: Son of Rome: 34GB
  • Skylander SWAP Force: 15GB
  • Zumba Fitness World Party: 24GB

So where does this amazingness leave us? Sadly, MoonlightSwami found out that his joyful use of Xbox Live would be cut short:


Following that tweet and some questioning, he replied with this:

While it may seem that things are sucking after this story, MoonlightSwami had a bit of lightening information to drop recently:


Major Nelson has mentioned on NeoGAF that the console isn’t permabanned from Xbox Live so it’s only temporary:

I reached out to him and I’ll get this sorted out. His console will not be permabanned that is for sure. [Major Nelson via NeoGAF]

The best question that I and many other gamers may have right now is: Why ban him in the first place? This is some amazing viral marketing being done that doesn’t cost Microsoft a single red cent. In fact, since the Xbox One in question was paid for, they got paid for this.

In my opinion, since MoonlightSwami already has a YouTube page, the best way to resolve this would be to give him the equivalent of the $240 in games to get him Dead Rising, Killer Instinct, Ryse, Forza 5 — that way he can get the viral marketing kicked off in style, and they still come out of this having made money.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

UPDATE: In an update to Engadget, a Microsoft spokesman clarified the temp ban:

Due to a retail partner’s system issue, a very small number of Xbox One consoles were shipped to consumers before the November 22 street date. We’re pleased to see the initial response to Xbox One has been so positive, but given we are still putting the finishing touches on our games, UI and online services, as well as confidential partner and media agreements, these consoles units will be restricted from connecting to Xbox Live until closer to our launch date. [Engadget]

@MoonlightSwami’s Haul

Image credits to @MoonlightSwami.

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