Both companies are keeping an eye on console availability

Xbox One or PlayStation 4? That's the question many gamers are likely asking themselves as the holiday season approaches and both consoles fight for their affections.

However, availability seems to be a big issue with both consoles right now, and may be a determining factor in which one gamer's choose. Microsoft just announced that the Xbox One will only be available to 13 markets in November as opposed to the previously predicted 21 markets. As for the PS4, Sony is halting all pre-orders for the console.

According to an announcement by Microsoft, its lofty goal of reaching 21 markets in November 2013 proved to be too much. Instead, the Xbox One will launch in 13 markets, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand.

The Xbox maker added that the remaining markets -- Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland -- will receive the Xbox One "as soon as possible" in 2014. 

"While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches," said Microsoft's Xbox Leadership Team. "This includes work to localize the Xbox One dash, incorporate additional voice and languages, and build partnerships to bring apps and meaningful local content to each country.

"We understand this will be disappointing news for our fans in the impacted countries, and we are doing everything we can to bring Xbox One to you as soon as possible next year."

The Xbox One will feature an APU with eight x86-64 cores; 8GB of DDR3 RAM; a GPU based on an AMD GCN architecture (it just got a GPU bump to 853MHz, up from the previous 800MHz); a 500 GB non-replaceable hard drive; three USB 3.0 ports; HDMI, and a Blu-ray optical drive. It'll sport a $499 price tag. 

For those who are leaning more toward the PS4 instead, it looks like Sony is stopping large retailers from taking any more pre-orders. The reason behind this is to ensure that there will be enough consoles available in-store for the upcoming holiday season. 

The PS4 is a $399 console featuring an 8-core 64-bit x86 Jaguar CPU built by AMD; a Radeon GPU comprised of 18 compute units (achieves 1.84 TFLOPS); a 6x Blu-ray drive; 8GB of GDDR5 of unified RAM; USB 3.0; Bluetooth 2.1; HDMI; optical out, and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

Source: The Telegraph

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