Today in a Youtube video, Microsoft finally announced the launch date of the Xbox One: November 22nd, 2013. This is one week after the release of the PlayStation 4 in the US, but one week before it launches in foreign markets. Microsoft also chose a release date that gives them the ability to restock stores once again for Black Friday.
According to the video, Microsoft wanted to be in full production of the Xbox One before it made any announcement of the release date. They announced yesterday that this was true, and that they have managed to improve the GPU, up to 1.75 GHZ from 1.6GHZ. Pre-Orders are still available at many major retailers for the Xbox One, which retails for $499.99.
This reporter’s opinion: Thank goodness Microsoft finally announced this. This is a solid release date, though I personally would have hoped for it to be a little earlier. November 22nd works well though because Microsoft now can guarantee all the major third party titles release at launch.