Microsoft will unleash its Xbox One gaming console on November
22, setting up an epic battle for holiday shoppers with Sony's Playstation 4
which hits shelves one week earlier.
In a blog posting Wednesday Microsoft said its new device will be available in 13 initial launch markets - Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the UK and the US.
"We are humbled and gratified by the tremendous interest in Xbox One from game fans everywhere," said Xbox executive Yusuf Mehdi. "We have sold out of our pre-order supply in the US faster than at any other time in our history and we are on path to have the biggest launch of an Xbox ever."
Both Microsoft and Sony are hoping that the next generation consoles, which feature faster processors, immersive graphics and motion-tracking controllers, will help them lure consumers who are increasingly playing games on mobile devices and tablets.
The Sony Playstation 4 will cost 399 dollars in the US, compared to 499 dollars for the Xbox One.
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