Microsoft: Amazon's Xbox One release date is a placeholder

There was a lot of excitement over the weekend when Amazon decided to put in a specific launch date for Microsoft's Xbox One console; the pre-order listing showed it would be released on November 27th. Now Microsoft has officially refuted that date in a statement.

According to IGN, a Microsoft spokesperson is quoted as saying:

We have not informed our retail partners about a specific launch date for the Xbox One. It is commonplace for retailers to put placeholders dates and prices into our system until they are given a specific date and price. We are excited to release the Xbox One in November 2013.

While it's still possible that November 27th could in fact be the final launch date for the Xbox One, it seems like this is more of a guess on Amazon's part than anything they might have learned from Microsoft.

Amazon has already promoted the fact that most of its Xbox One Day One consoles sold out four hours after pre-orders went live earlier this month. They also said that combined pre-orders for the Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 consoles went up to a peak of over 2,500 units a minute last week.

Source: IGN | Image via Microsoft

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If CoD Ghosts is released on Nov 5 my guess is that the Xbox will have to be released around this time no?

DClark said,
But why. It's going to be released on more than the Xbox One, such as the Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and Windows.

Well, I can't speak for the PC sales but CoD always sold more units on the Xbox 360 vs the PS3 so I'd say they'd like to get it out on the Xbox One as a lunch title of sorts and feed off of that. Seeing how live will be set up for the Xbox One, we're talking a better MP experience on the XB1 compared to the 360 and the others, I'd say that counts for something for a CoD title.

SuperKid said,
Why didn't amazon just put TBA as the release date, they clearly wanted attention.

And which part confuses you? Its marketing, simple.