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Xbox One release date set for November 22

Console to launch in 13 markets; PS4 first in US

Xbox One will release on November 22, 2013 in 13 markets including North America, UK and Australia, Microsoft has officially announced.

Other "initial launch markets" for the next-gen Xbox include Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Spain, with more to follow in 2014.

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Microsoft's announcement is confirmation that Xbox One will release before the PlayStation 4 in Europe, but a week later in North America.

In a statement issued to press, Microsoft's VP of Xbox marketing, strategy and business, Yusuf Mehdi said the firm is on track to deliver "the biggest launch of an Xbox ever."

The exec also confirmed that a new limited supply of 'Day One Edition' consoles will be made available for pre-order.

He said: "We are humbled and gratified by the tremendous interest in Xbox One from game fans everywhere. We sold out of our pre-order supply faster than at any other time in our history and we are on path to have the biggest launch of an Xbox ever. We look forward to celebrating with millions and millions of gamers this holiday.

"As a result of this incredible consumer demand and the development progress on Xbox One, I am thrilled to share that today we are making available a limited number of additional Xbox One Day One consoles for pre-order. We have coordinated with our retail partners to make it easy for you to reserve your Xbox One today."

The exec added: "November 22 is a special day in Xbox history - on this day, we first launched Xbox 360 in 2005. Our next chapter begins in 79 days, when Xbox One becomes available."

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Microsoft has confirmed an Xbox One launch games line-up of more than 20 titles, including Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5 and Killer Instinct.

In Europe, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs is set to release on all platforms on the same day as Xbox One. In the US it's set for release on November 19.

Every 'Day One Edition' Xbox One console pre-ordered in Europe will also come bundled with a digital copy of FIFA 14 or Forza 5 at no extra cost.

In Mehdi's statement the exec called Xbox One "the best place for games" and claimed that its public showcase at Gamescom in August caused console pre-orders to increase by 200% in Europe.

"Only on Xbox One will you find exclusive blockbusters like Halo, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome and Forza Motorsport 5; new digital content from titles like coming Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 coming to Xbox One first; and the FIFA 14 Ultimate Team experience you won't find anywhere else," he said.

The Xbox One price has been set at £430 / €500 / $500. Sony previously announced a PS4 price of £349 / €399 / $399.

Sony has confirmed a US PS4 release date of November 15 and an EU launch of November 29.

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