I was surprised just a moment ago to find an email in my inbox from Microsoft announcing the release date for the Xbox One. I was even more surprised by the date itself. The Xbox One will get released on Friday, November 22nd. There was a lot of speculation leading up to this that the Xbox One would get released the same day as the new Call of Duty: Ghosts which gets released on November 5th.
This also means that the PS4 has a one week advantage over the Xbox One. In the grand scheme of things this probably doesn’t mean much because getting a system on Day One for both systems will be hard if you aren’t pre-ordering. Microsoft is still taking pre-Orders for their Day One Editions of the console on their website.
Yesterday the Don Mattrick, Microsoft’s President of Interactive Entertainment Business, released a statement about how much consumer feedback matters to them. In the statement Microsoft pulled a complete 180 on all of their previously announced draconian policies. They will no longer have a 24 hour online connectivity, and games can be traded, sold, and rented as they have been for the past 30 years. As soon as I read the announcement, I pre-ordered my Day One Edition of the Xbox One console from Amazon. Now the bigger question I have to face is what I do about my PS4 pre-order.
A few weeks ago Microsoft finally announced the successor to the Xbox 360. The new console, the Xbox One, is slated for release later this year. I’ve been a diehard Xbox fan since the original Xbox for a few reasons including the size of their controllers over Sony’s Dual Shock controllers. That all being said, MS might be pushing me towards using Sony’s small controllers with their 24 hour connectivity checks.
Today, at 10am PST/1pm EST, Microsoft will be broadcasting an “important” announcement. Likely, it’ll be their new gaming system!
Watch the announcement streaming live on Xbox Live or online at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/hub/reveal. They also have a twitter hashtag set, #XboxReveal
Check back for an updated post after the announcement!
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