Microsoft sets Xbox One worldwide launch date

The wait is (almost) over: Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One will launch in 13 markets (including Australia and New Zealand!) on November 22. That is eight years – to the day – since the initial launch of the Xbox 360.

It’s an impressive date this year, too, placing the new console square in the middle of the PlayStation 4 launch, which is split over two dates – November 15th for the US, and November 29th for Europe, Australia/New Zealand and other territories.

Xbox One

Mmm. Green.

Remember, we were told originally that the Xbox One would launch in 21 launch territories – that’s since been revised back down to 13. All 13 of those, however, will be seeing the console on November 22: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. “Many more markets” will follow in 2014.

Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Business for Xbox explains that the company has hit “an important milestone” this week – the console has officially entered full production. “There is still a lot more work to do,” he says, “but the teams are making excellent progress”.

We are humbled and gratified by the tremendous interest in Xbox One from game fans everywhere. 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.

…and what do you do when you’ve sold out of a limited edition? You create more of them! If you’re still after an Xbox One Day One console, there will be a handful more available through selected retail partners – you might need to shop around.

Mehdi also had some technical information to share: The Xbox One CPU has been officially increased from 1.6GHZ to 1.75GHZ – increasing the CPU performance by around 10 percent. Combine that with the 6% GPU increase Microsoft announced recently, and the machine’s getting better and better.

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