Feeds

Xbox One launch date REVEALED - and it's on the 360's birthday

With Sony's cheaper PlayStation 4 hot on its little heels

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Xbox buffs can get their mitts on Microsoft’s new console, the One, on 22 November - eight years on from the Xbox 360’s arrival in the US. The console went into “full production” this week, Microsoft claimed today.

It will hit the streets in 13 countries to begin with, including the US, UK, Canada and Australia.

The initial batch of machines will sport a nine per cent increase in CPU clock frequency from the original specification: up from 1.60GHz to 1.75GHz. The consoles will go to Microsoft’s retail partners, many of which have already sold all the gear they were allocated by taking advance orders.

Selling out an initial allocation is easy if the allocated number of consoles is not high, and we’ve no way of knowing how many machines Microsoft has thus far told retailers they’ll be receiving. It has said it has “worked hard to ensure an additional supply of Xbox One Day One consoles”.

The extra units were separately described as “a limited number”, so don’t expect supply to increase massively. In any case, Microsoft is well aware of the PR value of being able to say every machine it released on launch day got into the hands of fans.

The countries getting Xbox Ones at launch had already been revealed: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the UK and the US. More will follow in 2014, Microsoft has promised.

In addition to a re-sculpted controller with more rumble triggers, the Xbox One comes with a more advanced version of Kinect, Microsoft’s motion sensor unit. The new Kinect has superior sensors to deliver what Microsoft claims is three times the 3D camera detail of the Xbox 360’s version of Kinect; we're told it can snap regular pictures at 1920 x 1080 resolution, and can "see" in infrared too, the better to cope with low-light environments. One upshot: you can get close to it, making the new Kinect more suitable for cramped apartment living rooms than the previous hardware generation.

Still, it'll cost £430 here, or $499 in the States, which is a lot to pay for a new console - especially when Sony’s PS4 is £81 cheaper: £349 here, €399 in Europe and $399 in the US. That difference is the price of two games. Microsoft is trying to sweeten the One deal: it’s bundling a FIFA 14 download with pre-orders over here, but only if you buy direct. The PS4 launches in the UK on 29 November, but arrives in the US on 15 November. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away
Brit buyers still not falling for Windows' charms
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.