Xbox One now has a launch date: November 22. Yes, Microsoft confirmed today that Xbox One hardware is now in full production, which mean's they're now able to proclaim the console's launch date with confidence. In addition, manufacturing is apparently going well enough for Microsoft to offer additional "Day One Edition" preorders via a number of retailers.
The November 22 launch date has some meaning for Microsoft and gaming, as it happens to be the same date that the Xbox 360 was originally launched. The original Xbox was launched on November 15. Speaking of November 15, that happens to be the date the PlayStation 4 will be launched. This puts Microsoft's Xbox One launch a week later than their competitor.
Will the extra week prove significant? Probably not, as both release dates will come prior to the hysteria that's typically associated with "Black Friday" and the marketing fervor and hype that goes along with it. What should prove significant, however, is that Microsoft is only now reaching full hardware production. No doubt both consoles will be selling out day one, but it seems Sony will have the lead in consoles available to be bought day one.
Xbox One "Day One Edition" preorderers get excited! November 22 is the day that consoles will be ready for pickup. Games will be played, smiles will be had. Odds are some people will say, "Xbox On," and feel uncomfortable about it. That's like the definition of next-gen gaming!