Microsoft has finally revealed that the Xbox One game console will launch in 13 markets, including the U.S, on Friday, November 22nd, one week after the PS4 launches in the U.S. The specific launch markets will be Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. That also happens to be the same day as the Xbox 360 launched in 2005.
Microsoft's reveal of the Xbox One launch date on the Xbox Wire website was written by Yusuf Mehdi, the Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Business, for the Xbox division. He stated that even though the company sold out of its pre-order supply for the Day One version of the Xbox One "faster than at any other time in our history", the fact that the console is now in full production has allowed Microsoft to start selling a limited number of additional Day One versions for pre-order.
Mehdi also mentioned the previous news that the Xbox One's CPU has received a speed boost from 1.60 GHz to 1.75 GHz for the final retail production unit. He added that after the massive German games convention Gamescom in August, which allowed many members of the public to play Xbox One Games for the first time, the company saw "pre-order increases of 200% in European markets" for the Xbox One. (We think the free FIFA 14 digital game offer might have something to do with that as well).
Microsoft has still not revealed just how many retail units of the Xbox One will be available on November 22nd.
Source: Xbox Wire | Image via Microsoft