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November 22 release date for Xbox One confirmed

Microsoft has officially announced a November 22 release date for Xbox One. The console will debut in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand, before making its way to "many more" markets in 2014.

The November 22 launch date means the system will hit stores exactly eight years after Xbox 360 launched. It will also arrive one week later than PS4’s November 15 release date in the United States, but one week earlier than Sony’s new console hits Europe on November 29. Xbox One will be priced at £430 / $500 / €500 and will have 23 launch games. Every Xbox One Day One Edition console pre-ordered in Europe will come bundled with a free copy of FIFA 14.

Microsoft's vice president of Xbox marketing, strategy and business, Yusuf Mehdi, said today: "November 22 is a special day in Xbox history - on this day, we first launched Xbox 360 in 2005. Our next chapter begins in 79 days, when Xbox One becomes available.

"We are humbled and gratified by the tremendous interest in Xbox One from game fans everywhere. We have sold out of our pre-order supply in the U.S. faster than at any other time in our history and we are on path to have the biggest launch of an Xbox ever. We look forward to celebrating with millions and millions of gamers this holiday.

"As a result of this incredible consumer demand and the development progress on Xbox One, I am thrilled to share that today we are making available a limited number of additional Xbox One Day One consoles for pre-order. We have coordinated with our retail partners to make it easy for you to reserve your Xbox One today.

"I am also pleased to confirm that the development team has increased the CPU from 1.6GHZ to 1.75GHZ, roughly a 10% increase in CPU performance. This is on top of the 6% increase we previously announced for the GPU. What does this mean to you the gamer? It means that the Xbox One will have that much more power for developers to make their games and entertainment really shine."

Microsoft said last month that Xbox One’s launch would be delayed from this November to 2014 in eight markets - Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

14 comments

  • Zepaw - September 4, 2013 7:15 p.m.

    It's a week, it's not that big a deal whether they were a week before or after. Are millions or even thousands really going to choose which console to spend $400+ dollars on by which is in the store a week sooner?
  • JachAnen - September 4, 2013 11:37 p.m.

    I know it's hard for people like us to comprehend, but yes. There are thousands basing their next console on which comes out first. And they can only afford one for starters, so if they want the other, they are going to wait a long time. So the release is really important.
  • Zepaw - September 5, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    Is there any reason to believe this other than its the common talking point? I literally don't believe it. It's like choosing Kanye's album over Jay-Z's only because it came out a week sooner.
  • theguyinthecloset - September 4, 2013 1:30 p.m.

    Come on everyone! You'd have to be blind to not have noticed at E3 that both partys were not ready for a 2013 holiday launch. Xbox comes pretty much ready but all the games are coming out 2014 even their big hitting game, Titanfall is 2014. If I bought an Xbox one it would collect dust until Titanfall. Sure I may play AC IV for 3-4 weeks in the mean time but that's on 360 too, same for Watch Dogs. Also, as we learned in the last 2 months, distribution is behind schedule. As for PS4 you could see a bunch of games comming out, none stands out that much. they have no heavy hitter yet. they'll prolly anounce it in 2014 and they still got a big bunch of smaller games to compensate. yes, but all the fonctionalities (cloud, stream, voice, a bunch of small stuff) of the console, except playing games, are only coming "some time after" launch! Their work is also coming late. Sony has a (mostly) distributed console but the software and/or infrastructures are not ready. Microsoft has a completed console but the developers and distribution is not ready. It is evident that both companies were aiming for holidays 2013 but the work didn't get done in time and they are releasing an uncomplete product/service they will be completing during 2014. At some point they had to choose between a complete package or missing the holiday season and missing it would be a HUGE problem as people wil adopt early a work in progress and those who want the whole thing will not go "I wont buy it" but just "I'll wait". TL;DR PS4 is not ready but developers are and Xbox One is ready but developers aren't. they are both behind schedule.
  • rainn'sgaydar - September 4, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    Given the way things have been going for Microsoft so far, should we really be surprised?
  • Eightboll812 - September 4, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    In case anyone is wondering where the extra CPU speed is coming from, they didn't replace the CPU with a faster one, they are just overclocking it. I guess they did some tests and determined it could stay cool enough at the higher speed.
  • DragonLord23 - September 4, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    After?!?!?!? THis is going to blow up in Microsoft's face.
  • SpadesSlick - September 4, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    Glad it's not coming out on the 8th. Gives me more time to scrounge up the cash to pay off my preorder. Will be my first launch console I bought with my own money so i'm excited.
  • BladedFalcon - September 4, 2013 7:10 a.m.

    I have a feeling Coop must be feeling mighty silly right about now... Seriously though... this is kinda sad. All the news reports before, dropping the countries supported and THEN voice commands, made it clear that MS was scrambling to get the console ready for launch way sooner than they expected... That this date is still AFTER the PS4's launch proves just how unprepared they have been for the whole thing.
  • Cyberninja - September 4, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    They were to busy with damage control to get their stuff together.
  • rainn'sgaydar - September 4, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    Tend to agree, but if 11/22 is their rushed launch date, then what possible date would they have planned originally? Surely not sometime in December...
  • Eightboll812 - September 4, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    It's not their rushed launch date, I'm sure of that. It's more likely to be their "hold the line" launch date. Sometimes delays happen, etc. And them shedding other countries and some of the speech stuff was likely their way of holding to a previously targeted date without having to move everything back.
  • Cyberninja - September 4, 2013 6:59 a.m.

    So since the PS4 launch date was a "Mistake" I wonder how this will be interrupted, also 8 years later on the exact date how did no one predict that its a smart move to get that date in the mind of many maybe to make it Microsoft's 9/9/99
  • rainn'sgaydar - September 4, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    I thought the same thing. How did no one predict it would have the same date as the 360?

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