Microsoft has confirmed early Wednesday morning that the Xbox One officially has a release date in 13 territories, and it’s a bit surprising. Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and the USA will all be receiving the console on November 22nd, a Friday, which puts it exactly a week behind the Playstation 4.
Many people thought that when Sony announced that they would release the Playstation on November 15th, that Microsoft had a huge opportunity to get out first to market, gaining a slight advantage in the sales war that is about to start. They have instead decided to release the console closer to North America’s infamous Black Friday, the biggest retail day of the year.
It’s clear that both consoles will do well this holiday season, the question remains what is behind this particular date. Is it to get the maximum amount of units to shelves on launch day, or to finish the last few tweaks to the systems operating model, which has undergone significant changes in the past 4 months since its reveal. Additionally, with Black Friday looming, is Microsoft going to be able to restock the shelves for the retail holiday, should the system sell out on its release date as is expected?
Many questions remain as we head into what should be one of the most exciting and interesting 7 days in gaming history. Keep it tuned to Free4Geeks.com for all updates regarding the launches of the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One.