Buckle up folks, it’s go time. Microsoft has finally revealed the release date for its upcoming next generation console, the Xbox One. You’ll be able to get your hands on this system on November 22 in 13 markets: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and US with more to follow in 2014. I don’t know if it was planned or just a happy coincidence, but this is the same day eight years ago that the Xbox 360 launched.
What’s also interesting is that this is one week after Sony unleashes the Playstation 4 on November 15. I assumed Microsoft would have liked to have launched prior to Sony, but I’m guessing something held it back or they really wanted to hit on that anniversary date. Either way, in the long run, I can’t see a week difference causing much issue in terms of sales. I am curious to see how the $100 price difference between the two influences shoppers this holiday season, if at all.
Another new piece of news also revealed during the same announcement is that Microsoft has again further increased the CPU performance in Xbox One from 1.6GHZ to 1.75GH or a solid 10% boost in power. Microsoft has also made more Day One editions become available in retail so you should have more opportunities to nab one if you’ve been holding out.
With the dates finally set for both consoles, the battlegrounds can finally start to take shape. It’ll be interesting how both companies approach the final couple of months leading up to their launches. Either way, it’s an exciting time to be a gamer.