Microsoft officially announced a November 2013 release date for their anticipated Xbox One on Monday (June 10), and its pricetag, on the eve of the annual E3 Expo.
The Xbox One will launch across the globe on November 30th, 2013 at a single price-point of $499.99 for a special “Day One Edition” of the console — by comparison, the Xbox 360 launched in November of 2005 for $300 or $400, depending on the inclusion of the original’s external hard drive.
The “Day One Edition” will include Kinect, alongside a special edition controller, premium packaging, a custom decal, and a code to unlock a “Day One” achievement via Xbox Live.
Along with the new console, Microsoft announced that 13 new titles, designed exclusively for the new platform, also set to drop on release day. These include: Ryse: Son of Rome, Metal Gear Solid 5, Killer Instinct, Sunset Overdrive, Forza Motorsport 5, and Quantum Break.
The cloud computing capabilities of the console were demonstrated also on Monday, showing off dense environments in games like Dead Rising 3 and Sunset Overdrive. The cloud will also serve as a forum for gamers to post their game play achievements, via “Upload Studio” and “Twitch.” Additionally, the Xbox One will allow for the integration of Smart Glass devices. And, the Xbox points system will be removed for the use of local currency.
Microsoft has not forgotten about Xbox 360 fans either, with hundreds of new games are coming. Xbox Live Gold members will receive two free 360 games a month for download, starting in July 2013. The 360 is also getting a makeover, taking design notes from the Xbox One with a smaller, sleeker design.