Microsoft is celebrating the launch of the Xbox Series X and Series S with an epic event in Queenstown which is being livestreamed around the world.
The South Island tourist hotspot and adventure capital of the world will become ‘Greenstown’ to mark the historic occasion.
At 11:00pm on November 9, anyone with an internet connection is being invited to join the live broadcast and experience the launch of a new generation of gaming. Fans can tune in via Xbox ANZ's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Twitch.
The Xbox Series X offers true 4K gaming at up to 120 frames per second, with barely any waiting or load times thanks to its internal superfast solid-state drive (SSD).
It's by far the mightiest Xbox ever, with 12 teraflops of processing power - and Kiwis will be the first people in the world to get their hands on that power.
One of the countless reasons New Zealanders are lucky to live in Aotearoa is the country's time zone. Just as we're the first nation to ring in the new year annually, we're also often the first nation to get our hands on the latest gadgets and consoles.
The Xbox Series X and Series S will be released to the public in New Zealand at 12am on November 10, ahead of anywhere else on the planet.
Dan Johnson, Xbox Lead for ANZ says: "We're excited to be celebrating the launch of both the Xbox Series X and S. New Zealand and Australia will be the first in the world to bring our next-generation consoles to our fans. So, we want to celebrate this momentous event in style. I'd like to invite our Aussie and Kiwi fans to join us on an engaging livestream as we transform the adventure capital of the world into 'Greenstown' and broadcast it right into the comfort of their homes."
Seven years ago when the Xbox One launched, the very first console of that generation was guarded by live sharks at Kelly Tarlton's aquarium in Auckland for a week, before it was handed over to 24-year-old Dan Livingstone at a midnight launch event.
For the Xbox Series X and Series S launch, Xbox is going much, much bigger with the ‘Greenstown’ livestream. The gorgeous location is the only place in the world that matches the visual fidelity of the Xbox Series X.
Although mystery shrouds everything being planned for the launch, viewers can expect the magnificent Lake Wakatipu and surrounding Remarkables mountain range to be incorporated into something truly spectacular.
A recent tease on the XboxANZ Twitter generated a lot of speculation.
But staging something groundbreakingly grand using the unique landscape around Queenstown isn't all Xbox has planned for the Xbox Series X and Series S launch livestream.
It'll also include special guest appearances from Xbox executives and game creators, featuring a first look at new gameplay from Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Destiny 2, along with the chance for fans to win awesome prize packs.
Microsoft is calling it a celebration of the Australian and New Zealand Xbox community. Participation is free - everyone is invited to tune into and witness gaming history take place live, as it happens.
This article was created for Xbox ANZ