Microsoft Announces Xbox One Release Date
Microsoft has officially announced that the Xbox One, the third generation of the company’s home gaming console, will be released Nov. 22, exactly eight years after the release of the Xbox 360. It will arrive ahead of Sony’s PlayStation 4 by about a week just about everywhere except for North America, where the PS4 has a Nov. 15 release.
Microsoft’s campaign for the new system has been, for the most part, a rough ride from the start. The Xbox One reveal last May announced controversial features including the always-on Kinect 2.0, region-locking of all multiplayer games, restrictions on the secondary market for used game sales, mandatory internet connection at all times to play even offline games and a hefty $499 for the new console. The company eventually withdrew their demand for all-day internet connection and has lifted restrictions for trade-ins.
Despite some initial grumbling among gamers, pre-order sales for the console still look solid. GameStop and Amazon have already reached their capacity for day one orders, and a senior executive at Microsoft said that the company may have to increase shipments—and fast.
“We have more pre-orders than any other Xbox console release in history,” Xbox vice president of marketing, strategy and business Yusuf Mehdi said. He also stated that there likely will be an “incremental, additional units for the day one release.”
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