Microsoft has announced that its next-gen console, The Xbox One will release in thirteen markets including the United States, UK and Australia, on November 22, which is also the day that the company released the Xbox 360 years ago. The date puts them behind the PS4 but sees them releasing closer to the crucial Thanksgiving shopping rush.
“We are humbled and gratified by the tremendous interest in Xbox One from game fans everywhere,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Business at Xbox in a video posted on the official Xbox page. “We have sold out of our pre-order supply in the U.S. 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.”
Mehdi also confirmed two rumors, that there are now more Xbox One preorders available and that the console will ship with a more powerful than announced processor. “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 percent 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.”
Are you getting an Xbox One? What about a PS4?