Sony announced the release date for its next-generation earlier this month. But until now, Microsoft has remained conspicuously silent about when the Xbox One will storm the market. The company announced this week that the Xbox One will arrive on Nov. 22, marking the eight-year anniversary of the Xbox 360’s debut in 2005.
Rumors initially suggested that the system would be available on Nov. 27 or 29, in line with the bargain shoppers’ holiday, Black Friday. The rumors gained steam when the terms and conditions of a Pepsi competition in partnership with Microsoft listed “late November 2013” as the arrival date. But the actual release date gives gamers a chance to nab the console before hordes hit the stores on Black Friday.
Does the Xbox One release date give Sony an unintended edge? The PlayStation 4, slated for release on Nov. 15, is already $100 less expensive than the Xbox One. Microsoft responded to the pricing issue during PAX last Friday. Senior director of product planning and management Albert Penello maintained that gamers would purchase whatever they deemed the better system, regardless of price. He said, “I think we do more. I think our games are better. I think as people start to experience Kinect and see what it can do using voice, I think that’s better. I think the ability to have an all-in-one system where you can plug in the TV, that’s better. I think we’ll have a better online service. I just believe that we’re going to have a better system . . . $100, when you’re talking $400 vs. $500—I don’t believe it’s going to be the deal-killer.”
Which system are you picking up and why?