Save the date: November 22 will be the official release date for all 13 territories for the Xbox One.
After weeks of waiting, Xbox One fans now know when they can get their hands on Microsoft's next-gen console. Except for North America, which will get their hands on the PS4 on November 15, the Xbox One will beat the PS4 in its other territories.
The 13 countries that have already been confirmed include Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK and the U.S.
According to BBC, the other eight markets that are affected by the localisation delay of the Xbox One will receive their consoles come 2014.
It has been a long and hard battle of the consoles. But the launch date is anything but the end of it, as more games and exclusives are expected to keep its gamers hooked. For now, Microsoft has showed that it is able to listen to its audience, as seen in how it dropped most of its restrictions and policies.
With the console hardware placed on a pretty level playing field, do you think that the Xbox One will get some leverage for the entire week that it will solely be enjoying retail shelves?
Say Goodbye to Your Xbox 360 Rep Scores
And this will bring different reactions and consequences, no doubt, depending on what kind of player you were.
In a report from Joystiq, Xbox VP Marc Whitten announced that the rep scores, which will be needed in order for gamers to enjoy the new Griefer System, will not be transferable from your old Xbox 360 account to the Xbox One.
While this is the case, it doesn't mean that previous actions will be overlooked. If you had scored a pretty bad rep over your past gaming years, you are probably one of the small group of people who have recently conducted misbehaviors that will automatically put them in the "Needs Improvement" category.
"This will give those members a chance to prove they can participate on Live fairly, and are not automatically placed in the 'Avoid Me' classification where things like SmartMatch filtering will affect them," said Whitten to Joystiq.
This is a good start for those who want to have a pretty clean slate when they enter the arena for the Xbox One. The new Griefer System is still very much experimental, according to Microsoft, with future improvements to the services being looked into once the test run begins.
Into the Digital Age, Family Sharing and More with Xbox One
Now that Microsoft is slowly picking up the pace with its upcoming release on November 22, it seemed that the execs are now trying to bring back the previous ideas of a digital-based gaming system.
Previously scrapped because of the huge wave of backlash that Microsoft received from the public, the company tried to relieve the pressure by revoking some of the restrictions until it has gotten to where it is now.
But speaking with GameSpot Asia, Albert Penello, senior director, felt that looking into the future of the Xbox One is something that should be done as a next step towards the previous vision of a digital gaming industry.
As for Family Sharing, which had been the one feature of the Xbox One that a lot of fans loved but was scrapped to make way for the changes in policies, Penello hinted at a possible return, once they find a way to do so.
"I believe, in retrospect that people have calmed down and gone back and actually looked at what we said, people are starting to understand, 'Wow, they did want actually to allow me to loan and trade' which other digital ecosystems don't want to do," said Penello to GameSpot.
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