Well, shit. You must have a fucking time machine then.
Toys R Us, a global juvenile-products retail chain, has revealed launch dates of Microsoft Xbox One game console on all 21 markets the software giant plans to ship the system to this year. In a bid to get maximum media coverage and excitement over social networks, the software giant will start to sell Xbox One almost at the same time across all markets, in case the dates provided by Toys R Us are correct.
Gamers from the U.K. will be able to lay their hands on Microsoft Xbox One on November 29, 2013, according to Toys R Us in the country. Their peers from North America will be able to buy Xbox One consoles beginning from November 30, 2013, based on the estimated shipment date from Toys R Us in the U.S. The release dates were first revealed on August 31, 2013, and by press time have neither been altered nor removed. Previously it was expected that the console will ship on November 27, 2013.
Just like the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One will also not have a lot of time to sell in the retail this calendar year. Nonetheless, Microsoft has already said that virtually all retailers/e-tailers in the U.S. have already sold the amount of Xbox One systems that the software company promised to supply them. Therefore, it looks like both Microsoft and Sony expect more from pre-orders and/or online sales than from retail availability.
Microsoft did not comment on the news-story. Any launch dates of the Xbox One unconfirmed by Microsoft should be considered as unofficial.
Microsoft Xbox One is based on AMD Fusion custom-designed system-on-chip with eight x86 low-power/low-cost Jaguar cores, AMD Radeon HD graphics with GCN architecture (with 32MB ESRAM/EDRAM buffer) as well as 8GB of DDR3 system memory. The console features 500GB hard disk drive, Blu-ray disc drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet, output of video with up to 4K resolution (3840*2160) using HDMI 1.4 as well as 7.1-channel audio. The new Xbox One comes with completely redesigned Kinect sensor that will feature 1920*1080 RGB camera, improved infrared sensor and enhanced voice controls. The console sports a number of functions, e.g. TV-cable pass-through that will seamlessly integrate it into the living room.
The Xbox One launch bundle will be available for $499.99 in the U.S., £429 in the U.K. and €499 in European markets. This November the new Xbox One game console will hit such markets as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States. The console will be released on other markets in 2014.