The Xbox One will launch on Nov. 22 in 13 countries - Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA - with more countries to follow in 2014.
"The culmination of many years of listening to you, our fans, developing innovative technology, and partnering with the best game and entertainment partners in the industry has brought us to this point," Corporate Vice President Yusuf Mehdi wrote on Xbox Wire. "There is still a lot more work to do, but the teams are making excellent progress and are focused on launch."
Mehdi also further confirmed the increased clock speed he revealed Tuesday at a Citigroup conference.
"Finally, in the spirit of continuing to bring new value and excitement to Xbox, I am also pleased to confirm that the development team has increased the CPU from 1.6GHZ to 1.75GHZ, roughly a 10 percent increase in CPU performance," he wrote. "This is on top of the 6% increase we previously announced for the GPU. What does this mean to you the gamer? It means that the Xbox One will have that much more power for developers to make their games and entertainment really shine."
The release date of the Xbox One narrowly puts it a week before the all-important Black Friday holiday shopping period but a week after the launch of the PS4. Sony's console is already running ahead in terms of excitement and price but now it has the benefit of being out first as well.
Pre-orders for the Xbox One have sold out according to Mehdi as demand for the console has been hurt by initially unpopular policies that were later reversed.
The Xbox One comes with the console, an upgraded Kinect sensor and a controller for $499.99.
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