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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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.
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.