Xbox One Release Date Announced

Xbox One launches on 22nd November in 13 territories including the US and the UK, Microsoft has announced.


Marketing executive Yusuf Mehdi annouced tody that the Xbox One will be releasing on the 22nd November in 13 territories. He went on to say in a statement that additional Day One Editions of their next-gen console would be made available to help meet the expected demand. Here is Mehdi's statement announcing the launch -

"Speaking of launch, we're now in a position to share that Xbox One will be available on November 22, 2013 in all 13 of our initial launch markets - Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. Many more markets will follow in 2014.
We are humbled and gratified by the tremendous interest in Xbox One from game fans everywhere. We sold out of our pre-order supply faster than at any other time in our history and we are on path to have the biggest launch of an Xbox ever. We look forward to celebrating with millions and millions of gamers this holiday.
As a result of this incredible consumer demand and the development progress on Xbox One, I am thrilled to share that today we are making available a limited number of additional Xbox One Day One consoles for pre-order. We have coordinated with our retail partners to make it easy for you to reserve your Xbox One today.

And I have to mention the games - Xbox One is proving to be the best place for games, with our exclusive games winning over 100 awards at E3, driving pre-order increases of 200% in European markets after gamers first played our blockbuster line-up at gamescom, and blowing away thousands of fans at PAX Prime this weekend. Only on Xbox One will you find exclusive blockbusters like Halo, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome and Forza Motorsport 5; new digital content from titles like coming Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 coming to Xbox One first; and the FIFA 14 Ultimate Team experience you won't find anywhere else.
November 22 is a special day in Xbox history - on this day, we first launched Xbox 360 [in the US] in 2005. Our next chapter begins in 79 days, when Xbox One becomes available. We built Xbox One to bring you the best games, unrivalled multiplayer and more entertainment than ever before. It's nearly time to say “Xbox On” and open a new world of games and entertainment."

The following titles have also been confirmed as launch titles and will be available upon the consoles release -

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
Battlefield 4
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Crimoson Dragon
Dead Rising 3
Fifa 14
Fighter Within
Forza Motorsport 5
Just Dance 2014
Killer Instinct
LEGO Marvel Super Hereos
Madden NFL 25
NBA 2K14
NBA Live 14
Need for Speed: Rivals
Peggle 2
Powerstar Golf
Ryse: Son of Rome
Skylanders Swap Force
Watch Dogs
Zoo Tycoon
Zumba Fitness: World Party

The Xbox One will retail for £429 in the UK, although those who pre-order the Day One Edition also get a free digital copy of FIFA 14.

Words by Chris Messenger