Posted on August 14, 2013, Ross Lincoln 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.