Xbox One accidentally shipped to customers two weeks early

Pictures and videos of Microsoft's Xbox One console taken by customers have emerged online after a shipping error saw a number of units sent out nearly two weeks before the official release.

The users who received the consoles early have been banned from the Xbox Live network until closer to the official launch date of 22 November.

In an official statement, Microsoft said: "Due to a retail partner's system issue, a very small number of Xbox One consoles were shipped to consumers before the 11/22 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 console units will be restricted from connecting to Xbox Live until closer to our launch date."

One Twitter user @Moonlightswami published an unboxing video, as well as several other videos, photos and short reviews to his account. They reveal that they are currently unable to play anything online or offline but will be able to "a few days before" the official launch.

They also report that it takes between 15-20 seconds to load the console, and that, for the game 'Ghosts', "the crispness of the game and its graphics are much cleaner and improved."

The eagerly anticipated follow up to the Xbox 360 will cost £429 and will use voice commands and motion sensing in order to recognise users.

Last month ITProPortal gave its first impressions of the Xbox One at an exclusive preview event for the new Microsoft console.