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Xbox One Release Date Announced

Matt Gardner
Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One Release Date Announced

November 22nd, 2013 Across 13 Markets

Microsoft have announced a November 22, 2013 release date for the Xbox One in the following regions: UK, Eire, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.

More to follow.

Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi supplemented the announcement with news that more Day One Edition Xbox One's will be made available to help fulfil demand.

The announcement puts the Xbox One behind the release of Sony's competing console -- the PS4 -- in the US, but ahead of the PS4's European release. For the record, Sony's console is currently set to release on 15th November in the US and 29th November in the UK.

You can find the list of the Xbox One's 23 launch titles here.

Here's Mehdi's statement in full:

First, we hit an important milestone as we began full production of the Xbox One console recently. The culmination of many years of listening to you, our fans, developing innovative technology, and partnering with the best game and entertainment partners in the industry has brought us to this point. There is still a lot more work to do, but the teams are making excellent progress and are focused on launch.

Speaking of launch, we're now in a position to share that Xbox One will be available on November 22, 2013 in all 13 of our initial launch markets - Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. Many more markets will follow in 2014.

We are humbled and gratified by the tremendous interest in Xbox One from game fans everywhere. We sold out of our pre-order supply 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.

Finally, in the spirit of continuing to bring new value and excitement to Xbox, 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. We're going to keep bringing more value to the Xbox One as we head towards launch building on some of the advancements we have already shared such as the 40-plus improvements to the Xbox One controller, advancements to help you find the perfect opponent and make the most of our online community, to the power of the cloud.

And I have to mention the games - Xbox One is proving to be the best place for games, with our exclusive games winning over 100 awards at E3, driving pre-order increases of 200% in European markets after gamers first played our blockbuster line-up at gamescom, and blowing away thousands of fans at PAX Prime this weekend. Only on Xbox One will you find exclusive blockbusters like Halo, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome and Forza Motorsport 5; new digital content from titles like coming Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 coming to Xbox One first; and the FIFA 14 Ultimate Team experience you won't find anywhere else.

November 22 is a special day in Xbox history - on this day, we first launched Xbox 360 [in the US] in 2005. Our next chapter begins in 79 days, when Xbox One becomes available. We built Xbox One to bring you the best games, unrivalled multiplayer and more entertainment than ever before. It's nearly time to say “Xbox On” and open a new world of games and entertainment. [via Xbox Wire]

So with both consoles now dated, which one are you going for, if indeed at all?

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Late  Sep. 4, 2013 at 14:20

About bloody time.

I think I'll be getting me an xbox one this 22nd of November.

I'm now hoping for Game to confirm they're getting more Day One editions in. (My only preference for that retailer being that I have store credit there.)

stevenjameshyde  Sep. 4, 2013 at 14:45

The culmination of many years of listening to you, our fans, developing innovative technology, and partnering with the best game and entertainment partners in the industry has brought us to this point.

I'm pretty sure that should be
The culmination of many years of developing innovative technology, and partnering with the best game and entertainment partners in the industry, and at most a couple of months of listening to you, our fans, has brought us to this point.

Late  Sep. 4, 2013 at 14:51

They'll be listening to us more in the future...


Tsung  Sep. 4, 2013 at 15:02

So have they sold out or not? Their statement stays they have, then in the next paragraph it states they are making more available for pre-order today.

I also believe they are artificially making the numbers limited. Don't get me wrong, all manufactures do it, just take the whole statement with a massive pinch of salt :P

(still it keeps them in the news, something Sony needs to be more proactive about).

Late  Sep. 4, 2013 at 15:28

They've confused the issue by having Day One editions of the console - which in theory you'd expect everyone who preorders will get but everyone who buys thereafter gets a normal edition. (Easier to theorise than to execute, unless you know in advance exactly how many you're going to sell on day one.)

Pretty much everywhere has sold out of their Day One consoles - but most places still have stock of the console.
(Of course, in reality nowhere has stock - just an allocation.)

JonLester  Sep. 4, 2013 at 16:15

Currys and the official Microsoft store still have guaranteed Day One Editions available to pre-order, AFAIK, if you don't want to buy a silly bundle.

Late  Sep. 4, 2013 at 18:11

New Day One bundle including Forza is springing up everywhere...

Late  Sep. 5, 2013 at 12:05

w00t! :D
I've picked my side, and have pre-ordered the Day One Forza package.
Identical to the old Day One package, but with Forza 5 as a digital download instead of Fifa 14 - at the same price £429.99.
Early indications are it's a UK only deal. I got it from Game (instore). ShopTo and Amazon both look to be selling it.

Stocks look to be extremely limited. My local branch was allocated ten units (in an email from head office at 10.54am today according to the helpful lad I spoke to), and had five left when I got mine at 11.25am.

Edit: typo

Last edited by Late, Sep. 5, 2013 at 12:10
X10  Sep. 5, 2013 at 12:35

So with both consoles now dated, which one are you going for, if indeed at all?

Still couldn't care less about consoles since my SNES days.

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