GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Microsoft will start selling the Xbox One console on 22 November.
The firm remained mum about the release date until now and we have had to contend with rumours and pre-order listings. These have all pointed to a late November, pre Christmas launch.
This has been confirmed to be correct and the firm will launch its latest games console eight years to the day after it released the Xbox 360, and one week ahead of the PS4's release on 29 November.
Xbox One launch date: November 22 http://t.co/5t38BoyU3J— Xbox One (@XboxOneNews) September 4, 2013
"Today we are announcing that Xbox One will be available on Friday 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," said Microsoft's Major Nelson. "Many more markets will follow in 2014."
Yusuf Mehdi, corporate VP for Xbox marketing, strategy and business added that the console is in production and has had a performance tweak.
"In the spirit of continuing to bring new value and excitement to Xbox, I am also pleased to confirm that the development team has increased the CPU from 1.6GHZ to 1.75GHZ, roughly a 10 percent increase in CPU performance," he said. "This is on top of the 6 [percent] increase we previously announced for the GPU."
When it is released the console is unlikely to be a Thanksgiving turkey. Already gamers are clamouring to get their hands on a Day One Edition and its football game add-on, and high street store Game is rinsing them for a Call of Duty pack that costs over £600.
It was Game's pop-up Boxpark store that started the stories about the launch date being announced today, and it did so earlier in a tweet. "BREAKING NEWS: Keep your eyes peeled for the worldwide announcement of #XboxOne launch date later today!," it said. The account responded to comments that it was trolling by adding, "Guess you'll have to wait and see... trololololol :-)"
The Boxpark shop was the first place in the country that users could have expected to see the new slimline Xbox 360 when it came out, and it's also touting a first appearance by the Xbox One.
The Microsoft Xbox One games console will cost £429 in the UK. µ
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