With less than nine days to go before the Xbox One officially goes on sale, Microsoft has offered up more details on the worldwide launch activities it has planned for November 22nd. They will include large launch events in New York City, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Sao Paulo, Toronto and Sydney. The day starts in Auckland, New Zealand at an event where, as we have reported, an Xbox One has already been put in a shark tank before it can be sold.
Over 10,000 retail store locations around the world will open at midnight on Nov. 22nd to start selling the Xbox One in their respective time zones. New York City's big Xbox One event will be held in the Best Buy Theater and will include a performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Los Angeles will hold its own big Xbox One launch party at Milk Studios, with a performance by deadmau5.
All of Microsoft's 75+ retail stores will hold midnight launch events for the Xbox One, and six of them will also hold "Killer Instinct" tournaments before the launch itself. The winner of each tournament will get a free Xbox One console, all of the launch titles, one year of Xbox Live Gold and a quick trip to Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, November 23 to compete against other players for the title of Killer Instinct Fastest Fighter Champion. You can see a list of the Microsoft Stores that will host the tournaments on its Facebook page.
The Spike cable TV network will be the place to watch a special on the Xbox One launch in the U.S., starting on Thursday, Nov. 21st at 11 pm ET.