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Xbox One Set To Launch On November 22 184

Dave Knott writes "Microsoft announced today that its upcoming Xbox One console will launch later this year on November 22 in 13 territories, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States. This is exactly one week after the announced street date for Sony's PlayStation 4, ending speculation about whether Microsoft would try to launch ahead of their closest rival's next-generation console. It is also the same day that the Xbox 360 launched in 2005." The supply of pre-order consoles is mostly exhausted already.
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Xbox One Set To Launch On November 22

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  • Sorry.. (Score:3, Informative)

    by GrBear ( 63712 ) on Wednesday September 04, 2013 @10:11AM (#44756045)

    But I already pre-ordered a PS4 after Microsoft showed their true colors towards customers and developers.

    • Well, it's a good thing you went with a company that really respects its customers and developers, like Sony.
    • I'm not pre-ordering either this time. I still don't trust Sony and MS has been a complete foot-in-mouth bunch of jackasses on the Xbox One. In the previous two generations, I pre-ordered the Xbox 360 and Xbox1. This generation, I'm waiting to see which console maker with be the biggest ass-clown of the two (a role that MS is competing VERY hard for so far) before I decide.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Until they stop closing down their consoles (which will never happen) and stop implementing any form of DRM (again, probably never), I'll never buy any of this garbage.

  • by UnknowingFool ( 672806 ) on Wednesday September 04, 2013 @10:15AM (#44756097)
    So who's still getting one? I'm not getting either but it seems MS seems to the less favorite of the two.
    • by CastrTroy ( 595695 ) on Wednesday September 04, 2013 @10:21AM (#44756159) Homepage
      I agree. Almost nobody I've talked to is interested in buying the new XBox. Even the guy I know who took the day off work to pick up and play the Wii U, and owns all 3 consoles from the previous generation is not planning on buying the XBOne. I suppose that they'll be a lot of clueless parents/grandparents who will buy it, but nobody who is really interested in gaming seems to care about the new XBox.
    • A lot of people will probably get both.

      Personally I'm not sure which I'll get early-on (not getting either immediately though). I'm mostly an Xbox 360 player for current gen, though I'm considering buying a PS3 just to play "The Last of Us" (really wish PS4 was backwards compatible as I'd just wait and buy it instead).

      Admittedly though, with a few rare exceptions there's not enough exclusive games anymore to care which or the other I get.

    • So who's still getting one?

      If you look at the turnout at most Xbox related (Halo) conventions, it's the parents of the kids in the age groups 5 to 14.

      • From my standpoint HALO seems to be one of the only advantages of Xbox One. It costs more but comes with Kinect. This seems to be reversal of PS3, Xbox 360 where the PS3 cost more but came with BluRay which was worth it at the time. I don't see that Kinect is enough of a differentiator for me. The Xbox Live service is fine but is required to get Netflix connectivity.
    • I preordered mine. Skipped the last gen and just had a Wii. With a young family and not much time to game it was fine. Kids are getting older and I like what MS showed off so I'm in. I'm really curious to see what can be hacked with the Kinnect2 as well.

      Being as they are nearly sold out of the launch date consoles, it seems to be doing just fine. I'm not a fanboy of either but the XB seemed to have more family oriented setup with the Kinnect.
      • I like what MS showed off

        Care to list some specifics here? I haven't seen anything to like. More expensive, less powerful, more restrictive than the PS4. Only possible advantage is that it comes with Kinect.

    • by alen ( 225700 )

      we will find out when they arrive and the scalpers start selling them on ebay. with the PS3 no one was buying it and they all had to return it

    • by Nidi62 ( 1525137 )
      I'm holding out for an Oculus Rift. EVE Valkyrie? Yes please.
    • The millions of people with kids who were too young to care about the 360/ps4 and have held out a little bit for new consoles to come out? There will be plenty of demand for both.
    • So who's still getting one? I'm not getting either but it seems MS seems to the less favorite of the two.

      One hit exclusive and everyone will eat crow and run out and buy one.

  • by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Wednesday September 04, 2013 @10:24AM (#44756183) Homepage

    Set to be silently put back in Januray 22 2014 with the first large software update....

    • by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Wednesday September 04, 2013 @10:36AM (#44756317) Homepage

      Yup, they've tipped their hand as to where they're going, and eventually it will be the always on crap and everything else that pissed people off.

      I think I'm more likely to buy a spare current-gen XBox than even consider the next one.

      I just don't trust that Microsoft won't hold off a bit and then push out an update which does everything they've backed off from.

      • I hear that!

        The game from the last 2 gens I've played the most is Forza, and on the xbone Forza will have to download stuff before you can complete the game. So, in addition to having the console require activation, they've already gone back to activation on a game.

        I guess I'll be checking out Gran Turismo this gen.

        • by Lumpy ( 12016 )

          Forza kind of jummed the shark anyways. I was excited about Forza horizon, then I discovered that I paid $60.00 for 1/2 a game. I have to pony up an additional $40.00 to get the rest of it. Bite me.

          I'm done with their entire franchise. If they want to do t he DLC dance then the starting price is $30.00 not $60.

          • yeah, horizon kinda blew. not nearly enough cars. i think a review i read described the cut-scene characters as "desperately hip", that pretty much sums up the game.

      • by Andrio ( 2580551 )

        This is why the Xbox One has to die. It needs to be shown that consumers will not put up with the always-on/DRM BS that MS tried to pull off. The fact that they even tried it shows their intentions, and they must be punished.

        If Sony tries it down the line with the PS5--and I have no doubt that Sony would have loved to do it, but was smart enough not to--then the PS5 needs to die too. Go with the Wii-Three or whatever will be out by then. Make it clear that always-on/DRM BS will always kill the console.

        • More than likely, it will be publishers who try it, not MS or Sony directly. EA or some other douchebag will start putting it on their games, and MS and Sony will try to blame it all on them (as if they couldn't have expressly forbade it as part of their approval process).

    • Right, because of the two "hardcore" gaming console manufacturers, it's always been MS who retroactively shafted their customer base with forced updates, right? ... wait, what do you mean that it was Sony who did that last time? That can't be right! Sony gave us Linux on our consoles! ... until they removed it? Crazy talk, right? I mean, that was an advertised feature on the box! They would never retroactively remove an advertised feature! ... really? They did it anyway, huh. Wow, damn. Oh well, I'm sure a

  • This just in... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by wbr1 ( 2538558 ) on Wednesday September 04, 2013 @10:43AM (#44756391)
    Home audio/video monitoring device that the government can use, willingly PAID FOR by millions.
  • by EmperorOfCanada ( 1332175 ) on Wednesday September 04, 2013 @10:45AM (#44756417)
    Artificial artificial scarcity is going to be the name of this campaign. They don't want real scarcity as that could hurt their probably crap sales. But they want to be able to show the people lining up for days to get one. So I suspect they are going to spin this in some sleazy ways. A few sleazy ideas would be things like having a best buy in a really poor area offer the XBox at 80% off for the first 500 customers. This would then get at least 500 customers lined up for a week or more. You could also have other offers such as contests where you have a 1 in 5 chance of winning either the XBox or a trip or something. Or if worse comes to worse they could just hire actors.

    Once they have the scarcity going they will do a huge PR campaign first to promote these 3 week long line-ups and then trying to get the world convinced that there are very few XBoxes in their local retailer. They could then work with the retailers to somehow do something like say 1 store in town has 500 while the other stores only have 50. Which store is it? Then people line up and all find that they were lucky enough to be at the store with 500 as they all had 500.

    Lastly we are all going to be reading reviews from Console Times or other made up reviewers saying that this is a "Game Changer" and that while the PS4 is a slight upgrade that the new XBox is revolutionary, a paradigm shift, customer oriented, the only console that will survive.

    But the worst is going to be in "Votable" forums like the Slashdots and Reddits; where they nodoubt have an army of voters seeking out to kill the bad reviews and promote the shill reviews. A simple example of this would be in any MS related Slashdot posting the anti MS positions are voted down initially but after a while they resurface and then become the norm. My guess is that the PR firms have a limited number of Karma points at any time and try to steer the mood at the beginning but then run out of ammunition.
    • by Scutter ( 18425 )

      The easiest way to not be a victim of this kind of marketing is to simply wait six months before purchasing a console. Don't buy it at launch. After six months, it should be obvious what's crap and what's not.

      • I waited even longer for my XBox 360. When they did that perma ban a zillion people sold their consoles on the used market all at the same time. So I bought one then for around $80 when used consoles sold a couple of weeks before for around $160.

        Doubly insulting for Microsoft as it clearly meant that I had zero desire to spend one cent on their Live product.

        I bought their Kinect to use in robotics projects.
    • by Jmc23 ( 2353706 )
      What colour is the sky in your world?
      • I don't understand? My premise is that MS is not going to generate much enthusiasm about this device. Thus they are going to have to artificially generate it.

        So are you saying that they won't have any problems with people wanting their device and will get genuine hype. Or that they will have disappointing sales and won't resort to underhanded tactics to try to get people hyped up.

        Maybe they will hire the same bunch of break dancers as they did for the Surface to inspire people to buy their dud console
    • But the worst is going to be in "Votable" forums like the Slashdots and Reddits

      i look forward to voting for Cmdr Taco's CardboardBox 7.

  • Anniversary (Score:4, Funny)

    by devnullkac ( 223246 ) on Wednesday September 04, 2013 @11:16AM (#44756745) Homepage

    It is also the same day that the Xbox 360 launched in 2005.

    It's also the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK... coincidence? Actually, yes, I'm pretty sure it's just a coincidence.

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