Xbox One Launching Nov. 22

This morning Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One will launch on November 22 in North America, just a week after the PlayStation 4 (it launches on Nov. 29 in Europe). The Xbox One will be released on that date in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and New Zealand. Other markets like Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland will have to wait until early 2014.

The system will retail for $499 (€499 in Europe, and £425 in the UK) and comes with one controller, the Kinect sensor, a headset microphone, and a HDMI cable. Customers in Europe who have pre-ordered the Xbox One Day One Edition in Europe will also receive a free download code for FIFA 14.

Around 22 games will be available at launch including Dead Rising 3, Zoo Tycoon, Ryse: Son of Rome, and Killer Instinct.

That date is also a week before the biggest holiday shopping day in the U.S.: Black Friday. By that time all three consoles will be on store shelves in the U.S. vying for that lucrative holiday shopping season cash…

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