The day has finally come for Microsoft enthusiasts to rejoice in celebration. The official release date for the Xbox One has been revealed. On November 22, 2013, the world will be able to wrap their paws around Microsoft’s most controversial gaming console to date. Debuting one week after Sony’s PlayStation 4, the console wars continue to heat up.
After pulling themselves out of quite the hole this year, especially after E3, Microsoft has just about leveled the playing field with Sony’s PlayStation 4. One of the best decisions Microsoft reversed is the ability to play used games and having no need for a 24-Hour Internet connection. The company then proceeded to scrap their decision of not allowing indie-game development and self-publishing by creating a new ‘Independent Developers Initiative.’
Check out the official statement regarding the Xbox One’s release below:
“…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.”
Not only did Microsoft unveil the release date, they shared with gamers that they have updated the system’s CPU from 1.6GHZ to 1.75GHZ. Along with the CPU update, Microsoft also plans to give their loyal customers extra incentive for day one purchases. For just $499.99, your Xbox One Day One Edition purchase will include:
- Xbox One console
- Kinect sensor
- Commemorative controller
- Exclusive achievement
- HDMI Cable
- Xbox One Chat Headset
It will be interesting to see how Sony fairs when the Xbox One releases one week after the PS4. Will it have an affect on its sales or will the PS4 coming out a week earlier affect the sales of the Xbox One?
There has been a lot of back-peddling on Microsoft’s part, but Xbox One is launching whether gamers agree with all of the steps the tech conglomerate took to make it this far or not. We are just a few months away until the big release on November 22, what more could Microsoft do to ensure a solid first day sales?
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Source Quote via Game Rant