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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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I don't understand..
By ZeeStorm on 9/4/2013 2:41:56 PM , Rating: 5
I don't understand why people have ignored what Microsoft did to the gamers on the initial announcement of the Xbox One? Did you forget that all the big changes were in the name of "doing what's best for gamers"? Regions, phone home, DRM, unable to give games back, etc.. (there's a lot they've reverted or changed, even after people like Major Nelson said it was impossible). This isn't something to forget just because they've changed it to be actually gamer-friendly (despite what they said, those were not gamer-friendly "features" as they claimed, you would have been absolutely stupid to believe that). It doesn't take much for them to just flip the switch back on.

Now, I'm no PS fanboy (I've never owned a PS3, nor interested in one), and I've owned 3 Xbox360s (sold first one, 2nd one died, 3rd one I still have), but they've really ruined their reputation with me. The fact they were thinking of doing any of that in supposedly my best interest is absolutely ridiculous. Whoever thought that needs to be fired, and be permanently removed from the gaming scene. I'm not buying an Xbox One, ever (I don't care for their "entertainment replacement" features, I just want a gaming machine, which they have lost their way on that-- and I absolutely hate kinect), and I'm not getting a PS4 anytime soon without a lot of good convincing games... but all the fiasco around the original development of the Xbox One has scarred me and I hope others will not forget about it. Any simple mandatory software update can turn this console around on you in a day. And you'll either have to accept it, or keep it as a paper weight. Just be cautious on what you do. All the media is still pushing the Xbox One, because in the typical Microsoft fashion, they structure everything to keep it in the news (constant changes to the console), or are paying to keep it in the headlines. Sony did it right in the beginning when they announced the console-- they don't need to correct any stupid mistakes.

My 2 cents.

RE: I don't understand..
By arazok on 9/4/2013 3:37:05 PM , Rating: 1
You seem angry. Shhhh. It’s ok. It’s just a product.

For the record, Sony could also update the PS4 with DRM at any time. Heck, they could update the 360 tomorrow to show porn clips during boot up.

All of this, of course, is highly unlikely. Rather than act as if Microsoft has revealed some hidden agenda they had with DRM and fear it’s reintroduction at the first opportunity, I prefer to celebrate that they listened to consumer feedback and revised their plans in response. If we get what we want at the end of the day, why continue to complain about it?

For the record, I felt that the daily check in was a great feature, and I’m not happy it was removed. This feature would have allowed you to install a game to the HDD and never put the CD back in to play it. Because of the mass hysteria around this requirement, I will have to continue to keep all my CD’s nearby and inserting the disk in order to play a game that’s already on the HDD. That’s stupid.

RE: I don't understand..
By Reclaimer77 on 9/4/2013 5:15:50 PM , Rating: 5
It's not just that Microsoft wanted to kill used and shared gaming.

It's not just that Microsoft wanted to the console always online just to work.

It's not just that Microsoft wanted the Kinect to be mandatory, and always watching and hearing everything you do.

It's that they wanted to do all this, and more, all at once at the same time with the same product!

Seriously it's like Balmer and the gang sat down and said "Okay, how can we completely fu*k the consumer? And I mean royally!"

RE: I don't understand..
By Xssive on 9/6/2013 7:23:11 AM , Rating: 2
They didn't want to kill used and shared gaming. The model would allow you to share your games with 10 friends at ANY time from ANYWHERE. Without even having to go there with the disc, it just wanted to check online if you were both playing the same game and then only allow one. How on earth is that worse than what we have?

Your console had to be online once per day. Mine is online whenever I start it up, isn't yours?

The Kinect could be turned off COMPLETELY though their communication early on was poor.

Please, remove the FUD, which was sadly pervasive here on DailyTech and MS was even worse at communicating the points above.

RE: I don't understand..
By Reclaimer77 on 9/6/2013 7:31:25 AM , Rating: 2
Sure, whatever you say.

RE: I don't understand..
By bsim50 on 9/6/2013 8:28:41 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft only backpedalled due to the huge consumer backlash, the standing ovation at E3 when Sony announced their used game policy, and the polls that at one point showed 85-92% pre-orders were for the PS4, and left the XB1 looking like an ugly cougar at a teen cheerleader audition. The technology is still there to completely lock down the whole thing at any time in the future - maybe 4-5 years down the line when they have a captive audience who'll find it too expensive to switch to the PS4.

For many it's not so much the technology or what Microsoft 'have changed their minds on' but the underlying attitude - Microsoft's was about "Don't like DRM? Tough sh*t". Sony's was about understanding how to walk the fine line between not ignoring piracy & not treating everyone like a criminal until they 'prove themselves innocent'.

As for "what could be easier" with game sharing, um, how about this:-

RE: I don't understand..
By xti on 9/4/2013 4:03:51 PM , Rating: 2
yeah man, its not like MS slept with your mom. MS didnt do anything to the gamers, thats just dramatic sounding.

RE: I don't understand..
By GulWestfale on 9/4/2013 4:48:44 PM , Rating: 2
no, MS sleeps with the NSA. and the NSA spies even more than your mom does.

RE: I don't understand..
By troysavary on 9/5/2013 7:09:27 AM , Rating: 2
Google is at least as entwined with the NSA as MS is, and Google spies on their users more than anyone except for maybe Facebook.

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