Retail giant apparently reveals Xbox One launch date, two weeks ahead of PS4

After a slightly troubled start, the dust has finally started to settle around the Xbox One. Despite controversies surrounding internet requirements and Microsoft's policies on used games, it seems that many gamers have been unfazed by these brief scandals, with both Amazon and Best Buy reporting sell-outs of their pre-order allocations for the new console. 

But one big question mark continues to hang over the Xbox One - when will it arrive? CNET UK reports that global retail giant Toys R Us has updated its pre-order page for the console, stating that it is due "to be released 29 November 2013", two weeks ahead of the 13 December date that the retailer claims for the PlayStation 4.

Of course, it remains to be seen whether those dates will prove accurate; retailers often use placeholder information when key details have not yet been finalised. Even so, those are unusually specific dates to be citing so far in advance. 

Source: Toys R Us via CNET UK

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That's Black Friday. I highly doubt Microsoft will release then. Bit too much retail drama that the Xbox might get overshadowed. Although perhaps this is UK and the US is coming earlier?

The release date is not known for certain, even at Microsoft. There is a target for November but there will be such a low number of consoles available that there is not enough to satisfy the pre-orders. There's a reason the Xbox One will not arrive in Asia until 2014....

Retailers do not know how many consoles they are being allocated for retail, that includes large retailers such as Amazon. They have an estimate but due to manufacturing issues that go hand in hand with new consoles, the number shipped for launch will be a tiny proportion of the current estimated number.

Any store that even mentions 'pre-order allocation' at this stage is talking crap as there is no pre-order allocation yet!

In the UK where I am from stores like GAME are even taking deposits that 'guarantee' people a console for launch. People need to to prepare themselves to be extremely disappointed.

I wouldn't be at all surprised to see the Xbox One and/or PS4 to be pushed back to early 2014 for Europe. It just depends how many they can manufacture.

It's a real shame kinect rivals isn't out in time for christmas. The kids were really looking forward to play it

"apparently reveals"? You even point out that companies use placeholders. This isn't newsworthy unless an employee explicitly said "we can confirm this is the actual date of release."

just launch it now by giving the biggest surprise in the history of eighth generation of video game consoles. They need to launch worldwide ASAP to renaissance the gaming industry!

Master of Earth said,
just launch it now by giving the biggest surprise in the history of eighth generation of video game consoles. They need to launch worldwide ASAP to renaissance the gaming industry!

Lol, the nets would implode.