Play Xbox as a trial
Microsoft is shipping 480 Xbox game consoles to retailers for trial play. With this step Microsoft probably does not want to leave the Christmas business to Sony without a fight, because buyers should already be prepared to buy an Xbox instead of a Playstation 2.
Among other things, the big electronics brands Saturn Hansa, Media are supposed to Markt and Alpha-Tecc as well as the department stores Kaufhof and Karstadt and the toy store Toys' R'Us are supplied. All consoles should be installed by December 19th, and another 1000 should follow by March, until the Xbox can finally be purchased on March 14th, 2002. But then for the rather high price of 479 euros, games cost around 69 euros.