Microsoft this morning attached a release date to its Xbox One console, announcing that it will launch on November 22, 2013 in more than a dozen markets, including the United States. Sony previously announced that it's competing PlayStation 4 console will launch on November 15, 2013, a full week ahead of the Xbox One.
In addition to the U.S., the Xbox One will also make a November 22nd debut in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and the U.K. Microsoft said "many more markets" will be added in 2014, including the 8 territories that it originally planned to serve in 2013 before deciding to delay the launch to better serve the other 13 territories just outlined.'
"We are humbled and gratified by the tremendous interest in Xbox One from game fans everywhere. We have sold out of our pre-order supply in the U.S. faster than at any other time in our history and we are on path to have the biggest launch of an Xbox ever," Microsoft stated in a blog post. "We look forward to celebrating with millions and millions of gamers this holiday."
Just ahead of the launch, Microsoft also announced that it revved the Xbox One's CPU clockspeed up a notch from 1.6GHz to 1.75GHz, roughly a 10 percent increase in CPU performance. That's on top of the previous 6 percent increase to the GPU.