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Xbox One set to launch on November 22
Xbox One set to launch on November 22
September 4, 2013 | By Mike Rose

September 4, 2013 | By Mike Rose
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Microsoft announced today that its upcoming Xbox One console will launch later this year on November 22 in 13 territories, a week after the PlayStation 4 launches in the US.

There has been wide-spread speculation since Sony revealed the release date for the PS4 earlier this year, regarding whether Microsoft would look to launch ahead of Sony.

With this release date in place, including launches in the U.S. and the UK, it means that the U.S. will see the Xbox One a week after the PS4, while Europe -- where the PS4 is launching on November 29 -- will see the Xbox One first.

Notably, the original Xbox 360 launched on this very same date in 2005 in the U.S., leading Microsoft to call it "a special day in Xbox history."

The console will also launch on November 22 in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, and Spain. Other markets will follow in 2014.


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Rebecca Warren
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This honestly surprised me. I was expecting that both consoles would launch at least two weeks before Black Friday in the US. I set this as my expectation because it would allow for all of the pre-orders and very early adopters to pick up their systems while giving enough time to restock retailers for Black Friday. This strikes me as cutting it close for the Black Friday restock but only time will tell.

Chris Hendricks
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Good point. Perhaps they'd rather have the buzz of being sold out?

Kevin Clough
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With Microsoft taking their time to announce a release date, I wonder if they were having trouble pinning it down and finally they just picked a date and told all their employees that it has to be ready by that date. If Kinect or TV integration are holding it back, I say forget about that for the time being and just get a console out that can play games.

Andrew Syfret
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Major launch like this, all code that will be in the system was finalized at least a month ago I guess.
Anything new will be provided via day 1 patch if necessary.

Timing of launch will be a purely Marketing/Logistics question.

Ron Dippold
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Yes, we've already seen video of the production line and first units boxed.

Since it still has a mandatory first time activation we'll see how big the Day One patch is - hopefully they didn't kick things out the door quite as unfinished as the Wii U was.

(This applies to PS4 as well - smallest day one patch seems one reasonable metric of how well each had their s@#4 together).

John McMahon
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Patch as well as hardware longevity. MS surely wouldn't wnat another Red Ring of Death on their hands

Harry Fields
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Day one patch is inevitable. But I don't care... I love it.

Got my day one edition reserved. I know what I'm doing ThanksGiving weekend.


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