Microsoft announces Xbox One launch date; pencil November 22 in your calendars

Microsoft has today announced the availability Xbox One, which will launch on November 22nd. The initial launch markets will see the next-gen console hit stores and be fired up with the latest software from studios. Speculation about the dates led to some interesting guesswork, but now Redmond has put minds to rest by confirming when we can expect to see the product launch.

The initial launch markets mentioned above include Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the UK and the US. Other regions will follow in 2014. The company has revealed they've managed to sell out pre-order supply in the US quicker than at any other time in history. It's looking to be the largest launch of a Xbox to-date. Fear not if you're desperate to pre-order, the official announcement details more pre-order stock for retailers.

The 2014 delay is included above, which affects numerous European markets. CVP Marketing & Strategy, Yusuf Mehdi explains the November 22 launch date, as well as updates on development and manufacturing in the video below:

If the news of the launch date wasn't enough already, the development team at Microsoft has managed to increase the CPU clock speed from 1.6GHz to 1.75GHz. This is a further jump on top of the 6 percent performance increase previously announced for the GPU. Sure, the increased clock speed isn't a massive deal, but it will provide more power to consumers and enable developers to go that little bit further with next-gen graphics and processing. 

So there you have it, folks. Be sure to pencil the date in your calendars and prepare for the arrival of the Xbox One. The PlayStation 4 will also be launching in the same month, making it an even race between Microsoft and Sony. So, have you pre-ordered your Xbox?

Source: Xbox; thanks everyone for the tips!

Rich Edmonds
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