Scribble te date of 8 November into your diary as the day Microsoft releases its Xbox One on sale to the public, according to Kotaku. The date will stand Microsoft ahead of the 29 November Sony PS4 release in Europe.

The source - who works for a marketing company that handles signage and product placement for Walmart - passed along an email for a company conference call that lists all the midnight openings the chain has planned.

But since this leak appears to be US focused the UK might have to wait longer. Sony is releasing the PS4 on the earlier date of 15 November in the US – 14 days earlier than the 29 November UK release. If Microsoft follows suit the UK may have to wait until 22 November for the Xbox One release.

This is all rumour and hearsay at this stage so we're taking it with a large helping of salt. But November does look like the hot month for next-gen consoles the world over.