Xbox One Release Date Revealed
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 17:09
Assuming you pre-ordered, you can pick up your Xbox One on Friday, Nov. 22 of this year.
The information comes courtesy of Microsoft’s own news blog. The $500 system will be released a full week after Sony’s $400 PlayStation 4 in North America. That makes it a full week ahead of the PlayStation 4 in Europe, where Sony’s black box won’t be available until Nov. 29.
Unless you managed to pre-order one before they completely sold through, this probably doesn’t matter to you. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will almost certainly be completely sold out at launch, so the real date of import is whenever either company manages to restock.
That raises some concern for Microsoft proponents, as rumors of manufacturing issues have circled the system like buzzards since before its announcement. The “console war” will hardly be lost or won within the first days of launch, but a rocky start for the PlayStation 3 did have quite an impact on the one-time market leader’s position this generation.
That’s not to mention the outpouring of public vitriol for the Xbox One’s policies regarding digital rights management, used games, shared accounts, etc.—policies which have slowly, but surely been repealed to match more closely with Sony’s more open system.
What’s interesting about this release date is that it seems to place more emphasis on Europe then North America. While the Xbox 360 soundly trounced the PlayStation 3 here in the United States for most of this generation, Sony has dominated Europe since the original PlayStation.
It’s clear Microsoft is making a play for the market, even going so far as to include the newest FIFA with its console in that region. Releasing a week later than the PlayStation 4 in North America is a sure sign of confidence in its leadership in the U.S.—perhaps overconfidence, as many games journalists have pointed out.
Unfortunately, the Xbox One will only be releasing in 13 territories by Nov. 22, as opposed to PlayStation’s 30 territories by Nov. 29. That’s a problematic (and probably another hint at production problems) if they really want to take over the geographically huge and political disjointed continent.
When it finally does launch here in the States, the Xbox One’s launch line-up will include: Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Crimson Dragon, Dead Rising 3, FIFA 14, Fighter Within, Forza Motorsport 5, Just Dance 2014, Killer Instinct, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Lococycle, Madden NFL 25, NBA 2K14, NBA LIVE 14, Need for Speed: Rivals, Peggle 2, Powerstar Golf, Ryse: Son of Rome, Skylanders: Swap Force, Watch Dogs, Zoo Tycoon and Zumba Fitness: World Party.
Games are, of course, sold separately, but every Xbox One will come bundled with the new revision of the Xbox Kinect camera. However, they will no longer be required to be connected to the system in order for it to play.