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Midnight countdown livestream will usher in the next generation of gaming with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on November 10

New Zealand’s Queenstown To Become ‘Greenstown’ As XBOX ANZ Celebrates Global Launch Of XBOX Series X|S

Today Xbox ANZ has announced a livestream countdown for its fans on both sides of the Tasman, and across the world, taking place on November 9 at 9:00pm AEDT to officially usher in the next generation of gaming. Set in glorious Queenstown, minutes before the clock strikes midnight, the livestream will culminate in an official Xbox takeover where Queenstown will be transformed into ‘Greenstown’.

Due to international time zones, New Zealand will be the first country in the world to see the launch of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Queenstown, one of the only places in the world that matches the visual fidelity of the next generation of Xbox consoles, will host a dream-like ‘Greenstown’ reveal that will begin from dusk, all framed by The Remarkables mountain range.

Fans can tune into the very special ‘Greenstown’ livestream on November 9 at 9:00pm AEDT across Xbox ANZ’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Twitch.

Featuring a first look at all new gameplay, the livestream will be a celebration of the Australian and New Zealand gaming community. Powered by the Xbox Series X, fans can tune in to see Eivor, a fierce Viking warrior, explore the dynamic and beautiful open world against the brutal backdrop of England’s dark ages in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla. Those who tune in will also see the icy frontier of Europa from Destiny 2: Beyond Light, which holds many lost secrets from the past, including the dark power of Stasis. Guardians will be able to embrace the darkness from November 11.

The hour-long live show will include guest appearances from Xbox Executives and some of Australia and New Zealand’s most recognisable content creators, and so much more.

 Dan Johnson, Xbox Lead for ANZ said“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.”

With Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, they will provide unparalleled performance, speed and compatibility for the next generation of consoles and innovative new features that enable gamers to jump into more expansive, lifelike worlds even faster.

Xbox Series X ($749 AUD RRP) and Xbox Series S ($499 AUD RRP) both launch in Australia and New Zealand on November 10. Please check in with your local retailers directly for more details on availability in your area.

Australian fans can also purchase a next-gen console via Xbox All Access through Xbox’s partnerships with Telstra, offering monthly payment packages, interest free, with no upfront costs.

Notes to editors: 

For more details, please contact the Xbox ANZ PR team at [email protected]

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

About Xbox Series X/S

The fastest and most powerful Xbox console ever, the Xbox Series X, will set a new bar for performance, speed, and compatibility. Powered by our next generation, custom designed processor, it packs an unprecedented 12 teraflops of GPU performance and enables a new level of visual fidelity and immersion for native 4K gaming at up to 120 frames per second.

Xbox Series S is the smallest, sleekest Xbox ever designed to deliver everything that is core to next-gen gaming – faster load times, higher frame rates, and richer, more dynamic worlds – at an affordable price. Much of the innovation achieved with Xbox Series X is also built into Xbox Series S, enabling shared features including Backwards compatibility across thousands of Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles, Quick Resume enabled by the Xbox Velocity Architecture, Smart Delivery to ensure you play the best available version of a game available for your console and variable rate shading for extra graphic fidelity.

About Queenstown

Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. Located in New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown is an inspirational holiday destination which offers diverse and iconic world class experiences, a warm welcome and cosmopolitan vibe – all in a pristine alpine lake and mountain setting.

Queenstown was founded by adventurers and to this day our love of adventure is a common thread that defines the people of Queenstown. Queenstown inspires visitors to explore new frontiers and discover experiences they never thought possible. Queenstown offers an adventure for everyone, of all tastes, tempos and temperatures. We invite you to share in the transformative power of adventure in Queenstown, the Home of Adventure.

About Xbox All Access – Telstra (AU)

Available as a monthly package for Telstra consumer post-paid customers, Xbox All Access opens up gaming to more Australians. The offers include a new Xbox console of your choice and access to over 100 games and online multiplayer through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

The Xbox Series S costs $33 per month in the Xbox All Access bundle (min cost $792 when you stay connected for 24 months plus your plan charges), and the flagship Xbox Series X costs $46 a month (min cost $1104 when you stay connected for 24 months plus your plan charges).

For more information head to www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/xbox-all-access.