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Xbox One release set for November 22

Xbox One release set for November 22

Wed 04 Sep 2013 1:00pm GMT / 9:00am EDT / 6:00am PDT
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Microsoft sets simultaneous launch for 13 markets

The Microsoft Xbox One will launch in 13 markets, including the US and UK, on November 22.

"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," confirmed Yusuf Mehdi, vice president of marketing, strategy and business.

"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"

The date puts Microsoft behind its rival, the PlayStation 4, in the US, but a week ahead of it in the UK. Sony has set a US launch date of November 15 and a UK launch date of November 29.

"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."

Microsoft has not confirmed its pre-order numbers but Mehdi added that limited number of additional Xbox One Day One consoles would be made available today.

"November 22 is a special day in Xbox history - on this day, we first launched Xbox 360 in 2005. Our next chapter begins in 79 days, when Xbox One becomes available. We built Xbox One to bring you the best games, unrivalled multiplayer and more entertainment than ever before. It's nearly time to say 'Xbox On' and open a new world of games and entertainment."

18 Comments

Kyle Rowley
Senior Gameplay Designer

24 15 0.6
:) yay.

Posted:A year ago

#1

Thomas Dolby
Project Manager / Lead Programmer

334 283 0.8
So it'll lose out in the US release race but it'll come out a week earlier than the PS4 in Europe. Will be interesting to see if/how this affects things.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Steven Pick
Lead Graphic Designer

70 14 0.2
"It's nearly time to say 'Xbox On' and open a new world of games and entertainment."

They should have called it Xbox On, right?

Posted:A year ago

#3

Iain Stanford
Experienced Software Engineer

33 126 3.8
I'm glad to see (at least with their initial launch markets I guess) that they are going for 1 unified launch date.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Gareth Jones
Senior Software Engineer

48 104 2.2
Popular Comment
I just can't get excited about this Xbox. Even with news of the launch date I'm just not interested. The whole E3 mess and the fact that they're not even trying to disguise the fact that it's a trojan horse this time round has driven me firmly into the arms of Sony for the first time.

Good luck to them and everything, but personally I'm just not interested in being a customer of theirs this time. My 200+ Xbox 360 games and 100+ Xbox games will just have to make some room for Sony-branded disks.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Kevin Hillary
writer/videographer

8 7 0.9
finally!

Posted:A year ago

#6

Klaus Preisinger
Freelance Writing

1,096 1,056 1.0
Whoever is behind locally, gets to punch first. How romantic.

Posted:A year ago

#7

Makeda De'Jene
Creative Director & Founder

15 26 1.7
Meh. I wanted them to come out on the same day, just for chaos =D

Posted:A year ago

#8

James Prendergast
Research Chemist

735 432 0.6
@ Thomas Dolby:

Define "Europe". France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, UK are only a few of the countries in Europe and only the UK is an Xbox 360 stronghold. As far as I'm aware the rest all have higher sales of the PS3. I seriously doubt that a week will really change the buying habits of most consumers.

Posted:A year ago

#9

Caleb Hale
Journalist

154 230 1.5
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I don't understand why some are treating launch dates like a race between Xbox One and PS4. Well over half the consoles that are going to be sold in November are going to be fulfillment of pre-orders. Most people getting a system on launch day have already decided. Would a few weeks in between launches really have made that much of a difference?

Posted:A year ago

#10

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

925 1,381 1.5
The date puts Microsoft behind its rival, the PlayStation 4, in the US, but a week ahead of it in the UK.
That makes sense because their US marketshare is strong enough that they could come out a month or so later and still have enough interest to do well. It also helps to come out slightly earlier in the UK but not by much. But this date has more to do with the legacy of Xbox systems(same date as Xbox 360 launch) than anything else.
I wanted them to come out on the same day, just for chaos =D
I wouldn't have minded seeing that too, although we got something similiar back in the day when the original Xbox and Gamecube launched within three days of each other here in the US.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 5th September 2013 9:48am

Posted:A year ago

#11

Rogier Voet
Editor / Content Manager

71 31 0.4
It's easy Microsoft have really shot themselves in the foot with their 'release strategy' why can Sony launch in 33 countries and MS is struggling to get to 13? That means that with no effort Sony will be by default market leader in 23 countries, because it has no competition. Most People buy only 1 console, about 20% of the hardcore buys both, but prefers one platform. Because of the delays more people are tempted to buy PS4.

Posted:A year ago

#12

Jeff Kleist
Writer, Marketing, Licensing

328 185 0.6
I'm many of the countries where Sony is launching, Microsoft is a non-factor. If they launched in Japan tomorrow, with 50 games and the full feature set they'll have this time next year, do you really think it'll make a difference? They're allocating more units to the markets where they're strong and will have early adopters in force

Kinect voice localization is also an issue. Even the difference between Aussie/NZ/UK are major from a development standpoint. By delaying the launch in "hard" countries to when thy have full features, and since spring is also when all the good games are coming out, it makes a lot more sense when you can dangle Titanfall and Quantum Break in front of hem.

Posted:A year ago

#13

Thomas Dolby
Project Manager / Lead Programmer

334 283 0.8
@James Prendergast
I'm just talking about my curiosity regarding competing territories for the launch window, not anywhere specific.

I imagine a lot of people have made their mind up, but I also find it quite easy to believe that there will be a fair number of people that haven't. There are some people that might just really want to play Call of Duty: Ghosts on a next gen system, so they'll just go with whatever console is out first. I'm not claiming it will be a complete game changer for the consoles (the launch window alone wont determine much of the success of the console), I'm just wondering how much of a difference such a factor could make considering how similar the consoles are.

Posted:A year ago

#14

Makeda De'Jene
Creative Director & Founder

15 26 1.7
Gareth,
I absolutely agree. I have always been a hardcore Xbox fan, but this time around, I just can't do it. I can't sit and act like the shenanigans pulled this time around don't bother me

Posted:A year ago

#15

Jeff Kleist
Writer, Marketing, Licensing

328 185 0.6
@Thomas
I don't think it's that simple, because you're not taking into account people's friends lists.They've spent the last seven years building relationships, and parties of people to play with. Given a two-week seperation, and especially the $10 upgrade plan on Xbox, I figure people will guy the 360 version and trade up (which is probably why that program is there in the first place). Moreover, a lot of their friends aren't upgrading. I think I'm the only one on my friends list who's pre-ordered, so I also expect that a bunch of people will pick up both as a stopgap on titles like COD. I'm literally plugging my 360 into the HDMI in for the moment and running all my chat through that (unless MS actually figures out that including the 360 chat codec is a good idea)

Posted:A year ago

#16

Michael Vandendriessche
Studying Computer Science

85 12 0.1
Weird, I really am a minority then that think that this is the most interesting Xbox yet. I had no interest in the original XBox and the XBox360. It had some cool games but Playstation had more than enough games to keep me busy. I was more interested pre the 180 in policy. Now it's just an Xbox and I doubt I'll need one. Still I might get one later maybe, just to check it out. The Kinect looks interesting. With later I mean in a couple of years.

For my gaming needs the playstation systems have more than enough to offer! Still I'm less hyped about the ps4 than I was about the ps2 or ps3 or psvita. And I don't even have a vita.

Posted:A year ago

#17

Pete Thompson
Owner / Admin

174 99 0.6
Very pleased to see that at least one company in the next-gen console cycle has the experience & logistics to release same day worldwide and cares about their UK & European customers..

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Pete Thompson on 8th September 2013 3:13pm

Posted:A year ago

#18

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