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The Xbox One to launch after the PS4, at a higher price, and boy Christmas is going to be fun

The Xbox One to launch after the PS4, at a higher price, and boy Christmas is going to be fun

So now we know. The Xbox One will be released in 13 markets on November 22, in the Year of Luigi, 2013.

It will be made available in the following markets: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. Many more markets will follow in 2014.

The speed of the CPU has also been increased to 1.75GHZ, up from the previously reported 1.6GHZ. Some extra units have also been released to the various channels so if you have yet to preorder your system this may be the day to do so.

Microsoft is launching their hardware after the PlayStation 4’s US release date of November 15, and at $100 more expensive than the PlayStation 4’s $399.99 price point. This is where things get good: Both sides have shown much of their hand, we know what they’re working with, the price of the hardware, and we have concrete launch dates.

Let’s take bets: Who is going to be the top seller for the holiday season? How much will the price hurt Microsoft? I don’t want to turn this isn’t a console war, but there is real differentiation between the systems in terms of price and features at launch making for a wonderful experiment in retail. The Xbox One may be more expensive, but the new, more accurate Kinect may be a selling point for many players.

On the other hand, it's likely both systems will sell out at launch, so for the first few months it may merely be a question of who can get the most units out to retail. Production will be a big part of who “wins” the last gasp of 2013.

I’m going to duck out of the argument entirely and get both of them, but that’s just me. I’m loco.