While there had been speculation of a November 8 launch (subsequently squashed by Microsoft’s Major Nelson), the thinking was that we’d be looking at a November launch date. Yusef Medhi, vice president of marketing for Xbox, announced in a blog post that they will be launching the console on the Xbox 360’s birthday.
Day one is November 22, 2013, though the Microsoft store itself still says November, 2013. Funnily enough, there was an email in my inbox telling me the launch date at around the same time that the blog post was put up. Microsoft had sold out of their initial pre-order allotment, but are now opening up an additional pre-order batch for day one.
According to the Financial Post:
In addition to the United States and Canada, Microsoft also plans to launch the Xbox One in Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom on Nov. 22, with other markets to follow in 2014.
Microsoft also revealed a few technical specifications related to the performance of the new console. According to the posting, Microsoft has improved the CPU performance of the Xbox One by 10% from 1.6GHZ to 1.75GHZ. The company previously announced it had improve the performance of the GPU by 6% from the initial specifications.