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Xbox One Due Out November for $499

Though Microsoft gave us plenty to chew on at its Xbox event last month, the company still had a ton of stuff to talk about at yesterday's E3 press conference. Included in the new information passed along by Microsoft was a release time frame as well as a price for the Xbox One console.

 

According to Redmond, the Xbox One console will launch in November of this year, which is in line with the company's previous promise of a Holiday 2013 launch and should put it on roughly the same launch schedule as Sony's PlayStation 4 (also set for a Holiday 2013 release). The console will go on sale in 21 markets around the world and each unit sold will include the system, one controller, Kinect and a free 14-day trial for Xbox Live Gold (for new members only). There's also a limited-edition commemorative bundle for those that 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 wireless controller, and a commemorative Day One Achievement. There's also bonus content for those that reserve Ryse: Sons of Rome, Forza 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, or Dead Rising 3.

Of course, with Kinect bundled with every unit, things are a bit pricier than the PS4. Microsoft says pricing for the U.S. market will be $499.99 at launch, which is a hundred bucks more than what folks will be paying for a PS4. Even if PS4 shoppers do spring for the PlayStation 4 Eye as an add-on, they'll still end up paying less (it's priced at $59 as a separate purchase).

  • nthreem
    Besides the decision of Microsoft vs Sony, I'm looking forward to these next gen consoles.
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  • aggroboy
    Not a big fan of paying 100 more for lower FLOPs.
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  • billgatez
    I will be buying a PS4 and spending the money saved on some games. That i can later sell or give to my buddy to play.
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  • gsxrme
    At this point it's PAPER WARS! Nothing Sony nor Microsoft says at the moment really matters. Lets wait and see what really happens at launch. and about the new APUs they are running. The APUs can share system memory and the system can share GDDR memory, The only point Sony gave was it had 8GB of video ram and Microsoft only pointed out how much system ram it had, which is also 8GB. We don't know how much GDDR video ram the Xbox has and We don't know how much DDR System ram the Sony PS4 has. Both consoles have the same APU but its up to Microsoft and Sony to finalize the base clocks of the GPU and CPUs. These 2 consoles are clones. Much like the Samsung S4 vs HTC one battle. So aggroboy you're at idiot.
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  • soldier44
    I'll be too busy playing BF4 on the PC above 1080p anyway to care about the consoles. Sony's at least looks like something made this year but that ugly VCR looking box above is horrible and priced too high. Most will struggle to buy one this Christmas.
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  • billgatez
    10950215 said:
    At this point it's PAPER WARS! Nothing Sony nor Microsoft says at the moment really matters. Lets wait and see what really happens at launch. and about the new APUs they are running. The APUs can share system memory and the system can share GDDR memory, The only point Sony gave was it had 8GB of video ram and Microsoft only pointed out how much system ram it had, which is also 8GB. We don't know how much GDDR video ram the Xbox has and We don't know how much DDR System ram the Sony PS4 has. Both consoles have the same APU but its up to Microsoft and Sony to finalize the base clocks of the GPU and CPUs. These 2 consoles are clones. Much like the Samsung S4 vs HTC one battle. So aggroboy you're at idiot.

    The PS4 is using the 8GB of GDDR RAM for both system and V-RAM. and the Xbox is doing the same but with DDR3 RAM not GDDR the Xbox also has a small pool of ESRAM i think 32 MB.
    The CPUs are clocked the same. and the PS4 GPU is slightly faster.
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  • Amdlova
    i want the ps4 :) who wana play forza if u get gran turismo
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  • RipperjackAU
    After seeing the PS4 E3 release event, I think the XBox just got XBoned!
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  • ddpruitt
    Epic Fail
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  • kartu
    1) Worse hardware (cheaper and slower memory => will slow down AMD's APU)
    2) More restrictions ("calling home" every 24 hours, great
    3) That was not enough, it's also more expensive

    Looks like Microsoft is poised to take "epic.fail" title from Sony... =)
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