Microsoft Corp. has revealed the launch date of its Xbox One video game console. As announced, the novelty will become available this November, but only on thirteen markets. The system is already in mass production, so it is unlikely that there will be shortages of Xbox One this calendar year in countries the system will be sold in.
Microsoft Xbox One will be available on November 22, 2013 in all 13 of initial launch markets – Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and the USA. Many more markets will follow in 2014. At present it is unclear how many Xbox One units have been pre-ordered so far and how many units the company plans to ship this calendar year. The only thing that the software giant has shared so far is that the number of Xbox One built will be higher the number of previous-gen Xboxes at launch and that the consoles will be obtained by “millions and millions of gamers this holiday”.
“We are humbled and gratified by the tremendous interest in Xbox One from game fans everywhere. We have sold out of our pre-order supply in the U.S. faster than at any other time in our history and we are on path to have the biggest launch of an Xbox ever,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing and strategy of interactive entertainment business.
By contrast, Sony Computer Entertainment has said that over a million of PlayStation 4 video game consoles have been pre-ordered so far. The company plans to ship its PS4 to 31 markets worldwide, including those that are targeted by Microsoft’s Xbox One.
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.