Lets get things into perspective first and foremost! This is not an article to promote console war bullshit, claim the Xbox One has some sort of secret sauce, or encourage trolls to emerge from under their bridges. This is purely an opinion based piece from which I hope to promote a healthy discussion!
So lets ask the question, did Microsoft launch the Xbox One earlier than they initially planned? Why do I ask this question? Well there are quite a few contributory factors that could lead to such a conclusion. The most obvious place to start is the competition, the Sony PlayStation 4. Its clear Mark Cerny and the team did a great job on both the hardware and the promotion of the new flagship Sony console, but did their announcement way back in February 2013 at an event in New York City leave the big wigs at Xbox scrambling to compete within a similar timeframe? Did Sony announce earlier than Microsoft had anticipated? Here are a few reasons that could have been case.