A new contest sponsored by Mountain Dew and Doritos has unofficially narrowed down the launch window for the Xbox One to sometime in “late November.”
The “Every 2 Minutes” contest — which kicks off on November 5, 2013 and runs through January 17, 2014 — gives participants the chance to win the Xbox One console by “banking” codes from packages of Mountain Dew and Doritos, which can then be used in a series of nightly auctions. As spotted by NeoGAF users, the “official rules” pdf document for the contest contains the following hint about the console’s launch window towards the bottom of page 7:
“Xbox One has targeted launch date of late November 2013; therefore, the initial shipments may be slightly delayed; please allow 12-14 weeks for delivery.”
Considering the source for the “late November” release window comes from an official legal document that is tied to Microsoft, there is a good chance that this is far more than speculation.
Interestingly, a “late November” launch window fits perfectly in line with Amazon’s recent change to their Xbox One product page, which briefly listed the console for release on November 27, 2013 in North America.
At this point the November 27th release date for the Xbox One has not been confirmed, so take all of this with a grain of salt. With that said, if it does turn out to be correct it would provide Sony’s PlayStation 4 a 12 day advantage in North America.