Microsoft this morning announced the long-awaited release date for the Xbox One, saying that the new living room console will be released on Nov. 22.

xboxIt’s a symbolically significant date for Microsoft — the Xbox 360 came out on the same date in 2005 — but more notably, it’s one week after the scheduled Nov. 15 release of Sony’s PlayStation 4 in the United States. The Xbox One will sell for $499, compared with $399 for the PS4

“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,” said Yusuf Mehdi, the Xbox vice president of marketing and strategy, in a post this morning.

Sony has similarly said that the demand for the PS4 has been at “a level we’ve never seen before.”

Both console makers are betting that declines in console sales in recent years are cyclical, and that the market will rebound with the release of their new versions. However, gaming on tablets, smartphones and other devices is creating a new level of competition for traditional living room consoles. And a variety of companies, including giants such as Google and Apple, are competing on entertainment features.

The initial Xbox One release will be in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and the U.S. Microsoft previously delayed the launch of the Xbox One in eight European markets until 2014.

Microsoft has experienced a bumpy road since the initial announcement of the Xbox One — changing course on some of its most controversial Xbox One policies in the face of intense opposition from gamers.

Mehdi said yesterday at the Citi Global Investment Conference that the Xbox One is in full production now, with improved CPU performance.

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  • Guest

    We approve of this release date. Xbox one makes an ideal holiday gift for Christmas, Hanukkah, and winter solstice festival.

  • Liz

    Anyone that knows anything about console gaming would never say that gaming on phones and tablets is creating more competition. Angry Birds and Candy Crush are not in any way comparable to Skyrim or Halo, or any other console game for that matter.

    • http://geekwire.com Todd Bishop

      Liz, for traditional console gamers (“the core”), I agree, the gameplay experience is not the same. But the bigger competition over the long run is for the broader market. If you like to game, there are many more options available to you now than in 2005, including tablets and phones. It’s hard not to see that as competition for Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.

      • guest

        To say nothing of what is being done to consumer pricing expectations for content (and HW). This is what will kill home consoles.

    • guest

      I work in the console games industry (and mobile, and PC, and online) and I can state as an utter fact that you don’t know what you’re talking about.

  • guest

    Will be interesting to see how many units they can manufacture and get into the channel. Their behavior certain feels like they’re having issues with yield (backing off some markets, late launch date announcement, complaints from 3rd party partners). They claim it’s only SW related, but I wonder. Guess will find out in a couple of months.

    If Sony sells more units in the US than MSFT by end of the CY, heads will roll (more than just Don).

  • stas killer

    Come on! Buy PS4 lol

  • Redis

    PS4 is much more better

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