Microsoft has finally confirmed the Xbox One release date for the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland and a number of other countries. The magic launch date for their next-generation console is November 22.
The initial lineup of Xbox One launch countries totals 13 and other than those mentioned above, will also include New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, Austria, Italy, France, Spain and Germany. All of these countries will see the new games console on the November 22 date.
Other markets will also receive the Xbox One but their release date will be at some point in 2014.
Microsoft beat the PS3 to launch by a year with their Xbox 360, and they will again beat the Sony PS4 release date with their Xbox One in most countries but only by one week this time.
We should note that the Xbox One USA release date will not beat the PS4 launch, and this is thanks to the United States getting the PS4 earlier on November 15.
This means both consoles with battle it out in the busy holiday season, so it will be really interesting to see who comes on top and if the pre-order success for PS4 is anything to go by.
It is true that the Nintendo Wii U already launched, but a lot of gamers don’t see this machine as a true next-gen console and as such feel the real war will be Xbox One vs. PS4. This marks the first major console battle in 7 years.
There is also a difference of opinion on size for both next-gen consoles. The PS4 is much smaller but Microsoft explained their bigger Xbox One is due to aiming for reliability through more space for better heat management. Are you happy with the bigger Xbox One size and expected reliability, or do you prefer the smaller PS4 console size?
Microsoft recently confirmed the Xbox One has started full production and is getting ready for launch. The company also feel they have the best console line-up in the history of games consoles, although there has been a lot of debate among gamers in regard to this claim.
The road to Microsoft’s Xbox One launch hasn’t been as easy as Sony’s PS4, and this is thanks to a few errors at the reveal. This meant that Microsoft needed to make a U-turn on a number of features, and most importantly with being able to play used games.
Price a factor – one of the clear reasons Sony’s PS4 pre-orders met their day one maximum first was due to price, and a lot of gamers and parents explained the cheaper PS4 price made them choose that console.
When entering game stores all you got to see was a list of console specs for both PS4 and Xbox One. Both of these lists looked almost the same, so then it came down to price for parents and some gamers.
In the UK the Xbox One is over 20% more expensive and for some people that’s too much. Most gamers will forget the Microsoft U-turn, but the price will always be there, so it will be interesting to see if this cost judgment is revealed in sales and would Microsoft make a price U-turn in time as well?