Ladies and gentlemen, we finally have our dates. Earlier today through their Xbox Wire, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Yusuf Mehdi announced that the Xbox One will launch in North America and Europe on November 22, 2013. The date puts the Xbox One a week behind Sony’s Playstation 4 launch day of November 15, but in an interesting twist, a week earlier than the PS4’s European launch on November 29.
The tight launch window feasibly creates a hectic holiday season with the United States’ Black Friday on November 29. While early word was that launch day systems had been “sold-out” for both systems prior to both companies announcing launch days, Microsoft also revealed that they were adding additional Day-One units of their Xbox One, specifically through their Microsoft Store.
Microsoft’s decision to hold a simultaneous launch keys in on their focus of their two dominant regions (the Xbox brand has never gained popularity in Asia) in North America and Europe (which includes Australia and New Zealand). A same day European launch in its major territories should do a bit to alleviate the concern of Microsoft backing out of smaller market countries. The Xbox One will launch in the following 13 countries on November 22:
- New Zealand
- The United Kingdom
- The United States of America
In addition to the launch date, Mehdi also revealed that the Xbox One would be getting an increase in CPU power from 1.6 GHz to 1.75 GHz. While unknown how much of a difference the extra power will make for gameplay, having a stronger processor is something that should logically increase the performance over the long term.
November 22 is no stranger to Xbox launches as the Xbox 360 launched on the same day in 2005. Mehdi claimed that the Xbox One launch is shaping up to be the biggest launch in Xbox’s history.