The Xbox One finally gets a launch date

Gigaom

After remaining tight-lipped in the months after its (somewhat contentious) presentation E3, Microsoft has finally revealed a release date for the Xbox One. And, as expected the console will be ready for gifting this holiday season, as it hits shelves globally in 13 countries on November 22.

Xbox marketing executive Yusuf Mehdi confirmed the date after IGN reported that a number of U.K. retailers had announced on Twitter that the console would be on shelves. The worldwide release puts Microsoft at a disadvantage in the North American market and at an advantage everywhere else, as Sony announced during Gamescom that the PS4 would be available on November 15 in the states but international fans will have to wait until November 29.

Microsoft’s gaming division has struggled in the months since it unveiled Xbox One in May, losing its head Don Mattrick while fending off gamer outrage over unpopular policies

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