By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
After months of speculation and anxious waiting, the Xbox release date has been announced. Microsoft chief marketing officer, Yusuf Mehdi, finally revealed that the Xbox One will launch on November 22, 2013. He also explained that Microsoft upgraded the Xbox One’s central processing unit (CPU) speed from 1.6 gigahertz to 1.75. Okay, but what does that mean? Well, the CPU is the part of the console that interprets and carries out the instructions provided by the software. So, it means that the Xbox One will run with more efficiency, and developers will have a lot more power to make their games.
Alright, let’s talk about Microsoft and the hectic year they’ve had! The Xbox One controversy started at E3 where Microsoft tripped over its own feet and announced their system requirements. First, Xbox expected its players to log onto the internet every 24 hours or you couldn’t play the games that you’d purchased. To make things worse, they then announced that you could only lend games to someone if you had them on your friends list for more than 30 days or they were one of ten “family” members identified on a list. As for the icing on the already melted cake… Microsoft’s chief of interactive entertainment, Don Mattrick said, “…we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity, it’s called Xbox 360.” Pretty much, it seemed like Microsoft had thrown away all its potential buyers by ignoring their criticism and insulting them.
Now, fast-forward a few months and Microsoft backpedaled faster than you could say PlayStation 4! The gaming community was so angry that many canceled their Xbox One pre-orders. Clearly, Microsoft felt the blow so hard, that they retracted almost all their policies by August. The internet would no longer be required, nor would the Kinect need to be kept on at all times. Talk about hilarious, and just a little bit embarrassing.
Here’s a fun fact: to honor the success of the Xbox 360, Microsoft will launch the Xbox One on November 22, the very same day they launched the 360. We can’t wait for the numbers to come in and announce a winner to the grueling battle between Microsoft and PlayStation!