Microsoft have officially announced that the Xbox One release date is set for the 22nd of November 2013. The console will release in 13 markets including North America, UK and Australia on that date.
Other “initial launch markets” for the next-gen Xbox include Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Spain, with a lot more to be added in the new year of 2014.
This official report is conformation that the Xbox One console will launch before the Playstation 4 in Europe, but a week later than it’s competitor in North America which can potentially cause the Microsoft console to not sell as well as it could with an earlier release. In a statement, Microsoft’s vice president of Xbox marketing, strategy and business, Yusuf Mehdi, said the company is on track to deliver what they call “the biggest launch of an Xbox ever.”
The executive also reported that a new batch of ‘Day One Edition’ console will be up for pre-order however the stock is once again limited.
He commented: “We are humbled and gratified by the tremendous interest in Xbox One from game fans everywhere. We sold out of our pre-order supply faster than at any other time in our history and we are on path to have the biggest launch of an Xbox ever. We look forward to celebrating with millions and millions of gamers this holiday.
“As a result of this incredible consumer demand and the development progress on Xbox One, I am thrilled to share that today we are making available a limited number of additional Xbox One Day One consoles for pre-order. We have coordinated with our retail partners to make it easy for you to reserve your Xbox One today.”
He also went on to add that “November 22 is a special day in Xbox history – on this day, we first launched Xbox 360 in 2005. Our next chapter begins in 79 days, when Xbox One becomes available.”