Xbox One Release Date: Release Window Narrows
The Xbox One release date is still up in the air, but thanks to two important events in November, it looks like Microsoft could be eyeing a Xbox One release late in the month.
A later Xbox One release date would mean ceding an early launch to Sony, but a release within the next two weeks wouldn’t put Microsoft behind the eight ball.
Sony announced the PS4 release date of November 15th, a date Microsoft will now likely avoid.
Microsoft already confirmed a Xbox One release date in November, but failed to give a firm date. With the PS4 release date firmly in the center of the month and Black Friday on November 29th, we now have a date range for the most likely Xbox One release.
These two dates point to an Xbox One release window between November 18th and November 27th.
While it is always possible to deliver the Xbox One after Black Friday, this would mean skipping the de-facto kick off of holiday shopping. We won’t likely see many Xbox One deals on Black Friday, but we could see retailers use Xbox One bundles to lure shoppers in on Black Friday, especially if the console is tough to find in stores.
By arriving between the PS4 release date and Black Friday, Microsoft can satisfy Day One demand, offer bundles and door busters on Black Friday and restock for Holiday sales through December.
According to Kotaku, the Xbox One release date could also be influenced by the Watch Dogs release date set for November 19th. Microsoft confirmed that Watch Dogs is a Xbox One release day title, so the Xbox One either needs to come out on November 19th, or the Xbox One Watch Dogs version would need to arrive early.
Of course it is possible that Microsoft considers any game coming out within a week of the release to be a Day One title.
The Xbox One is Microsoft’s new console which replaces the Xbox 360 as the company’s new flagship console. Microsoft will still sell the Xbox 360 which will continue to get new games like GTA 5, but look for a focus to shift to the Xbox One this holiday season and into 2014.