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September 4, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Xbox One launching Nov. 22

Microsoft said today that it will launch the Xbox One on Nov. 22 in 13 countries.

Those 13 countries are the U.S., Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and UK. More markets will be added in 2014, according to Microsoft.

The Xbox One console. (Photo from Microsoft)

The Xbox One console with Kinect. (Photo from Microsoft)

The Xbox One is the long-awaited follow-up to the number-one selling Xbox 360. The Nov. 22 launch date comes exactly 8 years after the Xbox 360 was launched in the U.S. and Canada.

Since Microsoft first announced the Xbox One, it’s revised a number of its initial plans. Originally it had planned to launch in 21 countries but cut that number to 13 after saying the original plan was too aggressive a goal in order to ensure that customers get the best experience at launch. The company also said, in reversals of its original policies, that it would not require the Kinect motion- and voice-sensor to be always on and connected in order for the Xbox One to function, nor would it require that the Xbox One be regularly connected to the Internet.

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