According to an internal Walmart document leaked to game site Kotaku, Microsoft is targeting November 8 as the launch date for the Xbox One console. That would place it in store shelves one week prior to Sony’s PS4, which is officially due out on November 15.
Kotaku’s report cites an email sent out during a Walmart company conference call listing notable upcoming release dates for major holiday game products. In addition to the likes of Madden NFL 25, Grand Theft Auto V, Assassin’s Creed IV, and the competing PS4 -- each of which is listed with its correct, confirmed release date -- is the Xbox One, dated November 8, though it’s missing that essential “confirmed” tag. In other words, take this whole thing with a sizable grain of salt, as there’s still plenty of wiggle room here.
Microsoft has already confirmed the 23 games available for the system on launch day, however, and the November 8 date seems to fall in line with the known release dates for those games. And shipping a week before the PS4 is a no-brainer.
But if we’ve learned anything about Microsoft in the past few months, it’s that nothing -- absolutely nothing -- is set in stone in regards to the Xbox One. The company has rolled back policy after policy in an effort to allay consumer concerns over the system. The good news is that it seems to be working, as Xbox One outrage has subsided a bit, but it’s left everyone wondering what other changes might be coming.
Hopefully one of those changes will be the system’s price tag. At $499, the Xbox One is a full $100 more than Sony’s PS4, a hurdle that may prove too steep to overcome, launch date notwithstanding.
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