Xbox One launch date is November 22

The Xbox One games console will launch on November 22, Microsoft has announced

Microsoft's first new gaming console in eight years will initially go on sale 13 countries, Yusuf Mehdi, vice president of marketing, strategy and business for the Xbox, said.

The Xbox One Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

One week after the launch of rival Sony's Playstation 4 US launch, Xbox One will be on the shelves in the UK, US, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain and New Zealand.

The PS4 launches on November 29 in Europe.