Xbox One launch date in Ireland: November 22
MICROSOFT has confirmed the Xbox One will launch on November 22.
Writing on the Xbox blog, Yusuf Mehdi, Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Business, for the console, confirmed that the device was in “full production”, and said “we’re now in a position to share that Xbox One will be available on November 22, 2013 in all 13 of our initial launch markets – Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. Many more markets will follow in 2014.”
The original Xbox 360 launched in 2005 on November 22 in the USA and Canada.
Microsoft has already had to back down over curbs on trading games and the need for regular Internet connections for the Xbox One, but Mehdi claimed the company “sold out of our pre-order supply faster than at any other time in our history and we are on path to have the biggest launch of an Xbox ever.”
He added that a limited number of additional Xbox One Day One consoles were now being made available for pre-order at major retailers, and that the unit’s CPU performance has been increased from 1.6MHz to 1.75MHz.
The company has previously announced that the Xbox One will cost £429. It uses voice commands and motion sensing to recognise users and let them shift between games, live TV and Skype through an improved Kinect device that will come with the machine.
Meanwhile Sony has only confirmed that the PS4 will be arriving “this holiday season”. The console will cost £349 and will track both the controller in a gamer's hand and their face.