At E3 2013 Microsoft boldly claimed that its next generation console, the Xbox One, would launch in 21 countries at its launch in November, 2013. It was always surprising that Japan wasn’t included within the launch considering that country’s love of all things technological, but still, 21 countries seemed like a reasonable spread across the globe (if you ignore the obvious lack in Africa, Asia and South America of course).
Now it seems that the company becoming famed for changing its mind has altered the plan again, to sell the Xbox One in just 13 countries at its launch. Those countries are the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain and New Zealand. The cut has come from Europe, with Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland having to wait until some point in 2014 to get their hands on the Xbox One.
A blog released on the Xbox news website explained the issue, stating “while we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches. This includes work to localize the Xbox One dash, incorporate additional voice and languages, and build partnerships to bring apps and meaningful local content to each country.”
It could be another blow for Microsoft, particularly with their European fanbase who may find themselves gravitating toward the PlayStation 4 as the more accessible next generation console. Though we still don’t know when in November we can expect to see the Xbox One, at least those countries on the launch list know it will be this year rather than the “as soon as possible” promise given to those countries now denied the launch experience.
Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 08/15/2013
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