In a revelation that's sure to infuriate Microsoft as it prepares for its big launch on November 22, the consoles began arriving on some Target customers' doorsteps on Friday.
However, the retailer's false start has led to the exposure of few more details about the console itself, courtesy of Twitter user @MoonlightSwami who has already taken the console for a spin.
For a start, the console's boot-up time has been measured at 17-seconds, while the day-one download necessary to begin using the console comes in at 500MB.
The user, who has since had his console banned by Microsoft, also revealed some of the whopping download sizes for next-gen games, with NBA2K14 coming in at 43GB, Call of Duty: Ghosts at 39GB and Forza 5 at 31GB.
@MoonlightSwami was also able to begin playing games once around 50 per cent of the download completed, which is in line with Microsoft's promises.
The user's console was banned by Microsoft after a copyright claim which saw the YouTube hands-on video removed from the site. Others who've received their consoles earlier have been informed by Microsoft they can do with it as they please.
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