Xbox One will release worldwide on 22nd November 2013, Microsoft has announced. It'll be available in 13 markets at launch - spanning Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the UK and the USA - with launches in other territories to follow in 2014.
"We hit an important milestone as we began full production of the Xbox One console recently," Microsoft's vice-president of marketing, strategy and business Yusuf Mehdi commented in a release. "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.
"There is still a lot more work to do, but the teams are making excellent progress and are focused on launch."
The news comes in the wake of revelations that Microsoft's final hardware is considerably more powerful than the near-final kits we saw at Gamescom. The manufacturer has increased the Xbox One's CPU clockspeed by almost 10 per cent - it now runs at 1.75Ghz.
"This is on top of the 6% increase we previously announced for the GPU," Mehdi observed. "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.
"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," he added. "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.
"November 22 is a special day in Xbox history," Mehdi noted. "On this day, we first launched Xbox 360 in 2005. Our next chapter begins in 79 days, when Xbox One becomes available. We built Xbox One to bring you the best games, unrivalled multiplayer and more entertainment than ever before. It's nearly time to say 'Xbox On' and open a new world of games and entertainment."
Speaking at an industry event last night, Mehdi defended Xbox One's $499 and £429 RRP, and revealed that Microsoft stands to either break even or make a "low margin" of profit on every console sold at launch. Given that most consoles are initially sold at a substantial loss, this is auspicious news - it could pave the way for price drops relatively early in Xbox One's life.
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