Posted on September 4, 2013, Mike Sharkey Xbox One Release Date Announced, CPU Improved
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A few weeks back, Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 will be released November 15. By announcing first, many believed Sony dug itself a minor hole Microsoft would jump over by beating Sony to retail. For whatever reason, it’s an opportunity Microsoft decided not to take. The tech giant announced this morning that the Xbox One will launch on November 22 in 13 territories, including the US and Europe.
“November 22 is a special day in Xbox history – on this day, we first launched Xbox 360 in 2005,” Xbox Chief Marketing Officer Yusef Mehdi said in a statement. “Our next chapter begins in 79 days, when Xbox One becomes available. We built Xbox One to bring you the best games, unrivaled multiplayer and more entertainment than ever before. It’s nearly time to say ‘Xbox On’ and open a new world of games and entertainment.”
The 13 November 22 launch markets include: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. Microsoft said that other markets will follow in 2014.
When the Xbox One does launch in just under three months, it will come packing a CPU with better performance than Microsoft previously announced. Speaking at the Citi Global Technology Conference in New York yesterday, Mehdi revealed that the Xbox One was just sent to the production line, with one final tweak to its hardware: the CPU has been boosted by roughly 10% from 1.6GHz to 1.75GHz.
What’s that mean for console buyers? Very little, really. The custom eight-core AMD CPU that’s in the Xbox One is actually capable of significantly higher clock speeds, Microsoft is simply playing it safe by keeping the heat and power consumption down.
It’s also worth noting Sony has not announced where its very similar, custom eight-core AMD CPU in the PlayStation 4 will clock in. But even if the Xbox One CPU now has a better clock speed (which I’m guessing it does), the system still isn’t as powerful as the PS4, which features a GPU with 18 compute units to the Xbox One’s 12.
The move is likely an attempt to one-up Sony and the PS4 in a line on the spec sheets. Something Microsoft surprisingly decided not to do with the Xbox One launch date.