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Rumor: Xbox One to Launch November 8

By - Source: Kotaku | B 29 comments

Rumor has it that the Xbox One will arrive just before the PS4.

Last week Sony announced that it plans to release the PS4 on November 15 in the United States and on November 29 in Europe. But what about the Xbox One? Well, Microsoft hasn't seen fit to divulge a release date just yet, but the latest rumors say we'll see the new Xbox in stores before the new PlayStation.

 

Kotaku cites a source in the retail space as saying the Xbox One will launch on November 8. This person works for a marketing company that counts Walmart as a client and says there will be midnight launches on the 8th to mark the release of the Xbox One. The source passed on an email invite to a conference call discussing the launch, though a screenshot of the email shows that the midnight launch has not been confirmed by Microsoft. It's unclear whether the midnight launch is unconfirmed or the date itself is unconfirmed.

Announced earlier this year, the Xbox One will cost $499. For that price, customers will get the system, one controller, a chat headset, Kinect, and a free 14-day trial for Xbox Live Gold (for new members only). Additional controllers must be purchased separately. Microsoft will also offer a limited-edition commemorative bundle for those who reserve their units ahead of time. This will guarantee you can get the Xbox One on launch day and will feature "premium" black packaging, a limited edition Xbox One Day One, and a commemorative Day One Achievement. There's also bonus content for those who reserve Ryse: Sons of Rome, Forza 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, or Dead Rising 3.

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    tgsa , August 28, 2013 2:35 PM
    Sorry to do this Jane, but you should probably mention that Kotaku has updated this story with this one: http://kotaku.com/the-xbox-one-will-not-launch-on-november-8-after-all-1211069173

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    clonazepam , August 28, 2013 2:55 PM
    If.. and thats a very big if, I wanted the xbox one, I'd wait for a kinect-free package to try to save a little coin. As it is, the kinect is something I'd never use, so I'd have to come up with a place to store it. No thanks. I'd rather have a 2nd controller.
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    soccerplayer88 , August 28, 2013 2:56 PM
    It'll be interesting regardless of when both consoles launch.

    Xbox had the jump on the PS3 when they were released, nearly an entire year. This time around both will launch (most likely) within a window of about a month.

    May the best console platform win.

    Either way I'm just happy that both Sony and MIcrosoft will have platforms closer to a computer then the last console generation. Hopefully we won't have as many bad ports as we are used to.
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    shikamaru31789 , August 28, 2013 3:00 PM
    Even though I'll be getting an Xbox One, this really doesn't affect me since the Day One Editions are sold out already. It'll be sometime in 2014 before I can actually find one in retail stores probably. I will be preordering the Day One edition of Dead Rising 3 though, even if it'll be an unplayable game until I can actually find the console somewhere.
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    hajila , August 28, 2013 3:02 PM
    Amazon added this to my order three days ago: Delivery Estimate: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by 8:00pm
    Several weeks ago amazon updated the PS4 deliver date to the 15th of November right around when Sony made the announcement. I'm thinking a Nov. 27th release date is likely.
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    SteelCity1981 , August 28, 2013 3:07 PM
    i was an xbox fan now i'm switching to sony. sorry ms, but sony's ps4 is a better deal all around. no having you use Kinect, much more powerful gpu and 100 dollars less. Not to mentions they are going to leave a form of backwards compatibility with ps3 titles up to gaming companies, where you wont' offer it at all.
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    Callam Kitcher , August 28, 2013 3:16 PM
    They have allready said you dont have to use kinect! Depending on how you look at it its not that much of a saving if down the line you decide you want to use the updated move controller bamm cost you extra.The ps4 BC is a added service unless this was changed which they havent said if it will be free or not.To be honest no BC with the one dosent bother me ill just keep my 360.
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    m32 , August 28, 2013 3:16 PM
    I think most would agree that the XBone needs to come out first. A few days isn't alot, but it's still first.
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    Callam Kitcher , August 28, 2013 3:22 PM
    well look what happened to the ps3 after the delayed launch.
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    fatboytyler , August 28, 2013 4:56 PM
    Microsoft is already way behind this time. PS4 preorders are so much higher right now.
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    gity69 , August 28, 2013 5:05 PM
    @Fatboytyler
    Sources?
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    Callam Kitcher , August 28, 2013 5:09 PM
    last time i checked day one xbox one is out of stock in alot of stores yet nowhere is out of ps4's, Also alot of one users have held off till the bundles were announced which happened this week.
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    shikamaru31789 , August 28, 2013 5:47 PM
    @fatboytyler The PS4 did take an early lead, but Sony's lead isn't that huge. Since Gamescom, the Xbox One has been ahead of the PS4 on Amazon's Daily bestsellers chart, and it has also gained significantly on the PS4 in Amazon's country specific charts for Canada, UK, France, and Germany. Several Xbox One games have now made it onto VGChartz US Top 40 preorder charts (plus the Xbox One version of CoD: Ghosts has nearly overtaken the PS4 version). Microsoft is clearly gaining ground finally, now that they've reversed several controversial policies and had a good Gamescom showing, if they can keep up this momentum, they could come close to catching up to Sony by November.
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    patrick47018 , August 28, 2013 6:54 PM
    I want it to release on the 15th
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    fatboytyler , August 28, 2013 8:01 PM
    Quote:
    @Fatboytyler
    Sources?


    My resources were from multiple Gamestop Managers whom informed me that especially at Gamestop PS4 preorders are 5 to 1 to the XBone.


    I still feel like Microsoft is going to have heating issues and that the system will not live up to what they claim it will do.
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    shikamaru31789 , August 28, 2013 8:32 PM
    @fatboytyler If either of the consoles is going to have overheating issues, it'll be the PS4. It's 50% smaller, has far less vents, plus an internal power supply and a more powerful GPU creating extra heat. The Xbox One has an external power brick, so no extra heat from a PSU, it has vents on half the top, both sides, and the back, and it has a large CPU cooler over the SoC which is directly underneath the top vents (take a look at the pictures from when the Xbox One was taken apart http://images.anandtech.com/doci/6972/20130514-XBOX-ONE-TEARDOWN-014.jpg ). Assuming you put the Xbox One on a shelf that's fairly open, especially above the top vent, there shouldn't be any overheating issues at all.
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    2gstyle , August 28, 2013 8:34 PM
    @shikamaru31789
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/2013/videogames
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/bestsellers/2013/videogames
    http://www.amazon.ca/gp/bestsellers/2013/videogames

    I am all for the XBO and PS4, as I have both ordered, but please don't try to make it seem like MS didn't make a huge mistake out the gate.
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    2gstyle , August 28, 2013 8:39 PM
    @shikamaru31789

    Again you are wrong. The PS4 isn't anymore likely to overheat than the XBO since they both use a system to keep them from overheating. In fact XBO is the only one to not release operating temps yet and the PS4 runs at a cool 35c max and that is been passed thru FCC.
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    gity69 , August 28, 2013 9:09 PM
    @fatboytyler
    Ah as I assumed, since neither company has released any real data people are relying on anecdotal data to fabricate pointless claims. Unless you know every Gamestop manager in North America a few impressions don't have any real statistical value.
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    fatboytyler , August 28, 2013 9:34 PM
    @gity69
    These managers have been in contact with multiple stores across the states and its all the same story...

    Doesn't really matter though. The actual release and real world performance is what makes companies gain headway.

    @shikamaru31789
    The PS3 had essentially identical hardware as the 360 and an internal power supply, yet it had not heating issues. The 360 couldn't stay cool or quiet to save a life. Lets face it, the power brick is bulky and loud. Almost twice as loud as my PC running everything at 100%. So by claiming the PS4 is more likely to overheat is a very uneducated comment. Microsoft has to prove that they fixed the heating issues which they have yet to do.

    I guess all our questions will be answered in a few months.
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