Does that date sound familiar? That's because eight years ago that day, Microsoft released the Xbox 360, beginning the seventh generation of video game consoles.
While this newest generation began last year with the release of Nintendo's Wii U, November will mark what may be widely considered as the end of the seventh generation, one that has been noted for its unusually long length compared to those previous. Sony will release the PlayStation 4 a week before the Xbox One launches, on Nov. 15.
The timeframe for the new consoles' launches is an expected, but important one. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will launch two weeks and one week, respectively, before Black Friday, one of the biggest and most important shopping days of the year.
Microsoft also took the opportunity to announce that its new console had received another performance upgrade, increasing its processing power from 1.6 GHz to 1.75 GHz. This is the second upgrade the console has received in the past month, after its graphics power was increased in August.
The Xbox One will launch in North America for $499 alongside titles such as "Killer Instinct," "Forza Motorsport 5," "Battlefield 4," "Call of Duty: Ghosts" and "Crimson Dragon."