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It also got a CPU boost and more pre-orders available

It's official: the Xbox One console will be released November 22, 2013, right in time for the holiday shopping season. 

Microsoft announced that the gaming console will be available in 13 markets as of that date, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. It will make its way to other markets in 2014.

Microsoft made a few Xbox One announcements today, aside from just the release date. It also noted that it began full production of the Xbox One console recently in preparation for the holiday season. 
In addition, the Xbox One got yet another CPU boost from 1.6GHZ to 1.75GHZ, which is about a 10 percent increase in CPU performance. This is on top of the 6 percent increase the console received recently. 

Earlier this month, Microsoft gave the Xbox One a GPU bump as well. The Xbox One's GPU clock speed is now 853MHz, up from the previous 800MHz. 

Furthermore, Microsoft announced today that it will making a limited number of additional Xbox One Day One consoles available for pre-order. You can reserve the Day One edition here as well as at certain retailers like Best Buy and Amazon. But again, quantities are limited. 

"We are humbled and gratified by the tremendous interest in Xbox One from game fans everywhere," said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Business, Xbox. "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. We look forward to celebrating with millions and millions of gamers this holiday."

Source: Xbox Wire

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By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 11:17:50 AM , Rating: 2
"Can we finally say they will be equal in terms of performance already?"

Ummm.... NO.

Benchmarks will say that or not. Independent reviews will also tell us if MS's console runs too hot after upping the speed on the CPU and GPU to try and make up for the performance gap.

If the performance is close and it runs cool and quiet, then we can call them equal.

By Flunk on 9/4/2013 11:25:49 AM , Rating: 2
The Xbox One is not going to run hot just because the Xbox 360 did. The cooling Microsoft has specced for the One is quite a bit more than necessary to prevent that.

By inighthawki on 9/4/2013 11:32:31 AM , Rating: 2
Would you prefer that your hardware degrade over time, forcing you to buy a new one?

By wallijonn on 9/5/2013 12:24:22 PM , Rating: 2
*cough* AMD processor *cough*

By Flunk on 9/4/2013 11:34:15 AM , Rating: 2
I think you're taking that out of context, that's not going to happen unless you're using the system in ridiculous circumstances such as in 95 degree heat with the intakes blocked.

By Mitch101 on 9/4/2013 11:54:16 AM , Rating: 2
Yes it amazes me how many people don't get this. How do they think their PC works? Well if your PC is in a similar bad situation it will turn up the fan speed and when the fans cant keep it cool it will power down parts of the processor or gpu to prevent damage to the unit. Put the device in a well ventilated area and its just like new. Ive fixed a few x-boxes and sometimes I wonder if they ever clean thier home caked with pounds of dust rabbits not even bunnies and they wonder why it runs hot? Well the XBox One will try to prevent killing itself when people do stupid things.

By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 12:21:16 PM , Rating: 2
"The cooling Microsoft has specced for the One is quite a bit more than necessary to prevent that."

My worry is that MS bumping up the clock, will just have hte fans running faster and louder for longer. I doubt they will have heat issues, just noise... But we will have to wait for finished products to know.

I do know my Xbox slim is loud as hell after playing for 20 mins.

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