Xbox One Release Date is Still Unknown; Is There A Last Minute Move Planned for the US?

For what it’s worth, Microsoft’s morning announcements for the Xbox One at Gamescom proved that the company is locked and loaded for the upcoming holiday shopping season. 23 launch titles is certainly nothing to scoff at and out of those titles there are more than a handful of exclusives. Today, Microsoft made a case as to why you’re going to want to spend your gaming dollars on an Xbox One.

However, media and gamers alike were looking for something else that was was still up in the air ¬†— and has been since E3. Sure, more games and official announcements are great and all but the holid[ay shopping season is roughly 12 weeks away and well — the biggest standout, in my opinion, from today’s revelations was that Microsoft omitted a concrete launch date.

With Sony seemingly getting the leg up on Microsoft, for what has felt like every single turn since February, would Microsoft really want to announce after? There has got to be more to the story.

Besides the list of launch titles, the biggest story to come from the Microsoft camp was that gamers (in Europe) who pre-order the console before the holidays would also receive FIFA 14 as a free digital download. Gamers who have already pre-ordered the console would get the same thing. Giving away free FIFA in Europe is like dropping off some of Walter White’s crystal blue at a methadone clinic (Breaking Bad reference but it works here). It’s giving the people what they’re more than willing to already pay for.

So this got me to thinking, “if Microsoft (likely) paid a devil’s ransom to EA for FIFA, would they pay up and provide something similar for buyers in the US?

That thought alone helps me rationalize and come up with my own theory as to why we were left without a solid release date announcement from Microsoft. Think about it, such a huge deal with arguably EA’s highest profile and highest revenue generating sports title, without anyone knowing (or even hinting at it) ¬†seems a bit crazy in an industry where it feels as though everything leaks. This makes me believe that the FIFA move could have been a game time “we-need-to-make-a-statement-in-Europe-so-let’s-throw-this-giant-bag-of-cash-at-EA” decision.

With that out of the way, I don’t think it’s too much of a reach for Microsoft to still be finalizing — better yet, realigning — their launch plans to possibly sweeten the deal in the same way they did for EU buyers. Because if there’s one thing gamers love — it’s a bargain. And if in the US you throw FIFA‘s chart topping equivalent at prospective buyers for free (whatever that may be), people will quickly start to forget about all the unpleasantries and flip-flopping from earlier in the year. All of a sudden, for many gamers, Microsoft’s Xbox One is a contender again, even next to the mighty do-no-wrong PlayStation 4 PR machine.

What do you think? Does it seem like the FIFA thing was last minute? Could Microsoft have a bombshell to coincide with their US launch? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Rob

    I wouldn’t get my hopes up

    Reason being is that MS apologised for the delay of the xbox one to all the European regions with a free game gesture

    We’ll probably get some free DLC at most

    Just wondering if MS will now bring the launch date forward to October given that there is more supply with the European complete launch being pushed back

  • Snake eyes 211

    I might come from an alternate universe thinking this then but I think you should pay back loyalty especially to us US consumers that have put them on the map to begin with. since the original Xbox I’m not saying I’m not gonna get an Xbox I’m just saying it would be nice to get a free game as a token of our loyalty and dedication to the Xbox brand

    • TFJWM

      ummm you never get rewarded for loyalty. How many deals in the US do you see for “new customers” once they got you they don’t give a sh*t till you try to leave

    • I think that’s something companies forget about. And a small gesture has the ability to go a long way.

    • Carlo

      Hopefully they give one out seeing they gave one to EU. Nothing comes to mind though ._.

  • Krakn3dfx

    90% of XBox One’s online functionality is still tied behind a pay wall while the PS4 only locks online multiplayer in games you pay for behind that wall. That’s a pretty big deal, especially when you’re talking about a more powerful console for $100 less. And while Sony may not have shot most of their load for launch, I think that’s a good thing, Sony has a ton of internal studios working on projects, and at the end of the day, the PS4 will be better supported, better graphics, better games and better looking games. Microsoft’s moneyhat approach will only take them so far before they have to pull back the reigns, and then where will XBO gamers be? Likely back to their bi-annual non-Bungie Halo and maybe a Gears of War if Epic decides to do one.

    It’s great that MS has made all of these policy changes, but we still don’t know what a post-XBO is going to look like based on those changes, what gets lost in the mix and what the real performance differences are between it and the PS4. If the 30-40% performance increase is true, the PS4 is going to quickly leave the XBO in the dust over the next 2 years performance wise.

    • Carlo

      I think you’re posting in the wrong topic. As much as ps fan I am a little fanboy much?

  • Remnant

    Happy for the future to be Xbox One users. I’m going with the PS4, so don’t really care what Microsoft adds in. Only way I’d consider an Xbox is if they drop the price to $400 and destroyed the Kinect and never mention it ever again.

  • First of all, I want to be able to choose between at least 3 different games (even if they are digital) before I “forgive” MS for the delay here. I am not that interested in Fifa. And I CERTAINLY hope they WONT give away the game to US gamers, because where is the carrot for the delay for EU gamers then? Stop speculating.

  • MR M

    So funny watching the Sony Fanboys come out and state their disapproval. Its like they hate the fact that anything microsoft does tempts them to buy the console. Grow up children, both consoles are amazing. I really find the tinfoil hat crowd humorous about the Kinect. Guess what, nobody cares what you do in your living room, get real.