Microsoft to announce Xbox One Release date today and will support Xbox 360 till 2016

Microsoft is looking likely to soon be announcing the long-awaited official release date for its next generation Xbox One console, believed to be launched sometime in November.

We have been patiently waiting for Microsoft to release the final piece of information regarding the Xbox One, the release date, for weeks now and with Sony already telling us that the PS4 will be landing on November 15th in the US and the 29th in the UK, we are still awaiting the Xbox One’s release date.

Well, it’s looking like an official announcement will be made today, as GAME and ShopTo gaming stores have both tweeted that Microsoft will announce the release date of its upcoming console later today.

Hopefully we will get the news we have all been waiting for before the day is out.

In other Xbox news Microsoft has also confirmed that it will be continuing to support its current generation Xbox 360 console for many more years, with the company confirming they will be running 360 support until 2016.

That’s a full 3 years of Xbox 360 updates and games to come before MS turn its full attention to the Xbox One, which is good news for those who don’t want to adopt early. When the Xbox One was announced Microsoft did state that it would be focusing on the Xbox 360 being an entertainment device and with the features that are currently available twinned with the excellent game selection, fans can expect a decent amount of attention for years to come.

The information comes courtesy of Eurogamer who have been speaking to Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi at the Citi Global Technology Conference yesterday. There he has explained that the Xbox 360 will be continuing on to 2016 with over 100 new games coming to the older console.

There will be the inevitable year of crossover games for both consoles, as seen in Xbox One launch day with titles like FIFA 14, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 all being released on the older Xbox 360 before the next-gen console is launched, but after this initial period gamers can expect to see less and less games coming out for the 360.

So it’s two sets of good news for Microsoft and Xbox One and 360 consoles today.