Microsoft’s corporate VP for their Interactive Entertainment Business, Yusuf Mehdi, has revealed that the console is now in full factory production and on track for a November 2013 release. In addition to this news, Mehdi has revealed that the console’s CPU has seen a slight bump in performance from a 1.6 GHz clock speed to a 1.75 GHz clock speed.
“We’re on track for launch in November. We’ll announce a launch date shortly,” Mehdi told attendees of the Citi Global Technology Conference. “We recently just went into full production, so we’re now producing en masse Xbox One consoles. We’ve had real good progress on the system. In fact, we just updated the CPU performance to 1.75 GHz on top of the graphics performance improvement, so the system is really going to shine; the games look pretty incredible.”
The Xbox One is beginning a staggered roll-out from sometime in November 2013. In mid-August, Microsoft announced a delay in the release of the console in eight countries that were originally scheduled to receive the unit first: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland will have to wait until 2014. The console is on track for launch in America, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom. Still no word of when we can expect the Xbox One in South Africa.