Microsoft will launch the Xbox One in 13 markets worldwide on 22nd November, a week before the PS4 gets released everywhere except the US.
With the console now confirmed to be in full production after a last-minute CPU change, which adds 150 MHZ to the CPU, the Xbox One manufacturers have a lot of orders to fill. With pre-orders running out at many large retailers and a realisation that supply won’t meet demand, Microsoft are gearing up for their “biggest Xbox launch ever”, despite cutbacks in the number of international markets the console will be available in this year.
Yusuf Mehdi, Vice President of Marketing, said in a statement earlier today, “We are humbled and gratified by the tremendous interest in Xbox One from game fans everywhere… We look forward to celebrating with millions and millions of gamers this holiday.” Although exact figures have not been confirmed by Microsoft, Mehdi confirmed that the company “sold out of our pre-order supply faster than at any other time in our history.” He also confirmed that a number of additional Day One consoles would be made available today.
22nd November was most likely chosen because it’s the same date that the 360 was released way back in 2005. Medhi ended his statement with a bit of sentimentalism by saying “Our next chapter begins in 79 days, when Xbox One becomes available… It’s nearly time to say ‘Xbox On’”
Written on 4/9/2013, Published on http://www.thirteen1.com/Issues/Daily/040913/mag.php#8 on 4/9/2013