It’s finally official. Microsoft announced on Sept. 4 that the Xbox One will be released in North America and a dozen other territories on Friday, Nov. 22 – exactly one week after Sony launches the PS4 in North America.
Joining North America for the Nov. 22 launch will be Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and UK. For those who appreciate history, here is a fun fact for you: Microsoft released the Xbox 360 in North America on Nov. 22 in 2005 and followed with a Dec. 2 launch for European territories.
Along with announcing the official release date, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One has received a slight upgrade. The development team at Microsoft managed to increase the CPU from 1.6GHz to 1.75GHz – nearly a 10% increase in CPU performance.
“It means that the Xbox One will have that much more power for developers to make their games and entertainment really shine. We're going to keep bringing more value to the Xbox One as we head towards launch building on some of the advancements we have already shared such as the 40-plus improvements to the Xbox One controller, advancements to help you find the perfect opponent and make the most of our online community, to the power of the cloud,” Microsoft shared in a statement.
Although the PS4 will have a one week lead in North America, Microsoft looks to offer a strong lineup of exclusive launch software. In total, the Xbox One will launch with 23 games – with 10 being Xbox One exclusive.
Xbox One Launch Lineup (Titles in Bold are Xbox One Exclusive):
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Dead Rising 3
Forza Motorsport 5
Just Dance 2014
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Madden NFL 25
NBA LIVE 14
Need for Speed: Rivals
Ryse: Son of Rome
Skylanders: Swap Force
Zumba Fitness: World Party