Microsoft announced at E3 that their upcoming new console, the Xbox One, will be launching sometime in November. While many expected Microsoft to formally announce the exact date at the recent Gamescom, the company failed to do so. In a blog entry posted earlier today, Larry Hyrb finally announced that the new console will be ready to launch on November 22nd.
Today's announcement also confirmed that this launch date is worldwide. These markets include the USA, Canada, UK, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Brazil and Mexico. While these are the only thirteen countries who will be receiving these consoles at launch, the Xbox One is planned to release in several others some time in 2014. Unfortunately, the voice command feature will only work in ten of these regions at launch, while the specific “Xbox On” command is currently only supported in five.
One must wonder why Microsoft took so long to announce the release date, and whether it had something to do with their recent policy changes. These major changes came shortly after E3, with the company still promoting the now defunct features at the expo. It's understandable that changing aspects of the console, such as the online check-in requirement, would be a cause for delays. Whether or not these features are what made Microsoft hesitate is still unknown. Regardless, the Xbox One has still reached its target release month, following the PlayStation 4's November 15 launch by only one week.