Xbox One To Launch In Only 13 Markets November 13

Xbox One will be delayed in most regions, Microsoft confirmed this morning in an announcement on the official Xbox site.

“We have adjusted the number of markets that will receive Xbox One in November to 13 markets,” the statement says, revealing that the console will launch in “Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand.”

This is down from the 21 regions announced earlier this year. While Xbox One will be sold in the largest gaming markets, the console will still launch at a considerable disadvantage compared to Playstation 4: Sony has previously confirmed that system will not have regional restrictions. A launch date for PS4 has not been announced.

Microsoft cited challenges ranging from localizing the Xbox dash to incorporating “additional voice and languages, and build partnerships to bring apps and meaningful local content to each country” as reasons behind the decision. No date has been announced for regions affected by the delay, though Microsoft says “as soon as possible in 2014.” Customers in affected regions who have preordered Xbox One will receive a free game bundled with their systems to make up for the delay.

We have separately reached out to Microsoft for more information, and will update this post with any new details.

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4 Comments on Xbox One To Launch In Only 13 Markets November 13

Kazoo

On August 14, 2013 at 10:49 am

Uh… if it’s any help, I volunteer to be delayed. Which game do I get?

AxΣtwin

On August 15, 2013 at 1:10 am

I can’t help but wonder if this is some sort of backhanded marketing strategy.

On one side of the hand if they have a limited release market, then it generates more buzz thus boosting sales in other markets when it becomes available. Its the same tactic they use when they do pre-orders. Allow a ridiculously low amount of pre-orders, so when word gets around one particular store is already sold out, then gamers rush to other stores to make sure they can still pre-order and when more pre-orders become available later, gamers really haul ass. This also simultaneously boosts the idea that the console is more popular than it really is.

However the backhanded part of this is once again Microsoft throwing a bit of a tantrum because they don’t get their way. Much like with them ripping the good ideas behind their digital service away because we didn’t like the fact the system was internet mandatory. I get the feeling they looked at the countries where the X1 didnt reach a certain percent in pre-orders, so they decided to make everyone in that country wait. Why else would they release the console right before Christmas for these certain people, but then make these other people wait til after Christmas?

Conspiracy theories HOOOO!
/Hammerlock

I’m calling it now, the X1 will be available in the those other countries in the first week of January.

quicktooth

On August 15, 2013 at 3:59 am

You’re only hurting yourselves, Microsoft people.

Fail

On August 15, 2013 at 7:27 am

Couldn’t happen to worthier scumbags.