The lights are on
Microsoft has finally announced a piece of information we've been waiting for since the Xbox One was first revealed in May. We've known the console is arriving in November, but now we have an exact date.This morning, Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One will be available in the United States, Canada, and 11 other countries on November 22, 2013. At that point, all major third-party, next generation titles planned for this fall will be ready and available. This includes Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, and Skylanders: Swap Force.
First party launch titles include, Forza 5, Killer Instinct, Lococycle, and Ryse: Son of Rome. Dead Rising 3 from Capcom is also anticipated on day one. The Xbox One will be available for $499.99.
[Source: Xbox Wire]Our TakeThis is very surprising. Microsoft will be launching one week after the PlayStation 4, instead of earlier as many (including me) suspected. The company revealed yesterday that it had bumped up the CPU speed and was well into production, making the late launch date even more unexpected. It's great to finally have a release date, but ceding the timing advantage to Sony (in North America, but not Europe) makes me wonder what's going on over at Microsoft.
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As long as its within the same month. It dosent matter. the year between 360 and ps3 was significant. But no one that plans to get the consoles at launch would jump the gun for a week. Its the core fans that buy first, and their minds are set.
The real test is having consoles on shelves during black weekend after thanksgiving in north america. Its the parents who have no clue that are going to grab what ever one is available. Starting with the cheaper option. You know its true. I've worked black friday at walmart. They think everything is on sale. And they just grab and grab. Thats why the following week is a mad house of returns.
I also thought they'd be releasing a week earlier than the ps4, mostly because of the price. They might have been able to get some "impulse" purchases from people who simply couldn't wait the extra week. Now they're at a disadvantage in terms of price, and release date. I sure hope they know what they're doing.
Finally it was announced!! I will be first in line to pick up my 2 preorders and the launch games!! Sadly I do think that Microsoft will have a difficult time selling passed its launch with the other 2 companies being cheaper.
I'm surprised by this. I honestly thought it was gonna come out before the ps4. Those two launch weeks being neck and neck are gonna be crazy.
Microsoft had to launch last at some point. Not that a week after the PS4 is going to matter much. The price will matter more.
Kinda of odd, but with such close launches this should not be a factor in your choice of consoles.
I don't know, I'd rather Microsoft take the time to solidify the system's architecture as opposed to rushing it to market, just to beat the PS4. One week isn't going to make a huge difference and I'd rather that then more Red Ring of Death issues.
The downside is, they are trying to cut off Sony's legs by chopping of their arms. Releasing at the same time just dilutes the holiday market, forcing consumers to choose at launch. If they could release in October, it would be a much stronger strategy, but maybe the hardware won't be ready in time.
Same day as my birthday? Best...Birthday...Ever
honestly microsoft should've put day one edition's a week before ps4 and the rest of the launch on nov.22.
I may be one of the few who expected a later release date. I'm just happy there finally is a date and am looking forward to picking it up at the end of November.
Marking my calendar to pick up my Xbox One!