CCC has learned that Microsoft intends to launch their next gen Xbox 360 console on Friday, November 25, 2005 in the U.K. with a North American release date "a few days prior". Our best guess places Tuesday, November 22, 2005 as the North American launch date as most companies in recent history have avoided Monday as launch days due to shipping difficulties that may occur over the weekend.
The current price suggested is UKP 299 ($531 US) which was recently increased from UKP 249 since rumors that Sony’s PS3 will be expensive. Right now that’s speculation (not fact!) and we certainly hope that the price decreases.
CCC currently has no word on whether the Xbox 360 system will be sold in various bundle packages, but we highly suspect this will be the case.