Microsoft has finally given us the news we’ve all been waiting for! The XBOX One will be released on November 22, 2013. The XBOX One will be released in 13 countries which include the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Brazil, Mexico, and New Zealand. The XBOX One will be released in other markets in 2014.
By launching on November 22, the XBOX One will beat it’s toughest competition, the PlayStation 4 to the shelves. This should give Microsoft a good advantage when it comes to consumers picking out next-gen consoles. The only market in which Sony will beat the XBOX One at launch is in North America, where the PlayStation will be released on November 15, 2013. In North America, Sony may have a major advantage in sales as typically the items that comes first to market will outsell the competition. With the XBOX One dropping a week later in North America, anxious gamers who are on the fence between the two next-gen consoles may lean towards a PlayStation 4 over the XBOX One simply because they cannot wait any longer to pickup the gaming system.
This release of both PlayStation 4 and XBOX One will spark the 3rd generation of console wars between these two rivals. The last console war began in 2006 when the two companies released the PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360.
Per XBOX’s marketing VP, Yusuf Mendi, “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.” Mr. Mendi did confirm that the console entered into full production in preparation for the official launch. He also stated that pre-orders had sold out faster than any of the company’s previous gaming innovations. Lastly Mr. Mendi confirmed that the XBOX One’s CPU was upgraded from 1.6GHz to 1.75GHz, a roughly 10% increase.
Written By Michelle Huan