Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Microsoft confirms Amazon.com Xbox One release date is just a placeholder. Or is It?

When no official release date has been given by a manufacturer, consumers often look to the release dates listed on retailers' website for info. In the case of the Xbox One, which still has no official retail launch date, Amazon.com has a clue on its "Xbox One Console - Day One Edition" page, but sadly, Microsoft confirmed on Monday that Amazon.com couldn't possibly know the correct date.

The date on Amazon.com's website is Nov. 27. That would have been the day before Thanksgiving, which already would seem a little dicey. Microsoft said:
We have not informed our retail partners about a specific launch date for the Xbox One. It is commonplace for retailers to put placeholders dates and prices into our system until they are given a specific date and price. We are excited to release the Xbox One in November 2013.
That's the only information that Microsoft has given out thus far, so Amazon.com has a one-out-of-30 chance of being right.

Meanwhile, the Redmond, Wash.-based giant's next-generation video console rival, the PlayStation 4, is scheduled for the equally vague Q4 2013. However, last week two notable European retailers began listing the PS4 release date as Nov. 13, 2013. Sony Computer Entertainment has dismissed those listings in the same way, saying they were just placeholders.

Of course, in this case two retailers chose the same date. Suspicious, no?

Amazon.com continues to list Nov. 27, 2013 as the date of the Xbox One's launch. Interestingly enough, it lists the launch date for the PS4 as Dec. 31, 2013. That would be too late for the holiday season, though, and thus seems obviously faux.

Notably, however, Amazon.com often lists no date at all when it posts a pre-order on its site, if it has no idea. That does not mean that either of these is correct.



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