Xbox One Launch Delayed to 2014 in 8 Markets - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 14 August 2013 / 5,559 Views

Microsoft had originally announced at E3 that the Xbox One would be launching in 21 markets worldwide this November. However, Microsoft has pushed back the launch date in eight of those markets and will now only be available in 13 markets at launch. The news comes from Xbox Wire.

The markets the Xbox One are still launching in November are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand. The Xbox One has been delayed Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland.

"While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches," read the statement from Microsoft. "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."

"We understand this will be disappointing news for our fans in the impacted countries, and we are doing everything we can to bring Xbox One to you as soon as possible next year."

While Microsoft didn't say how long the delay will be, they are working on getting the Xbox One out in the delayed markets "as soon as possible in 2014."

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Zkuq (on 14 August 2013)

That's some pretty poor planning if they really didn't take into account the time it takes to localize the system. That is, I don't believe their excuse. A corporation that size knows how long it takes to localize stuff.

Ganoncrotch (on 14 August 2013)

I just love that they say "to bring meaningful local content" so a dashboard full of NFLTV is still meaningful to us here in Ireland? absolute twaddle.

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ironmanDX (on 15 August 2013)

ganoncrotch (3 hours ago)

I just love that they say "to bring meaningful local content" so a dashboard full of NFLTV is still meaningful to us here in Ireland? absolute twaddle.

Yeah, you need to read other articles to actually judge content... or wait till the console comes out and no assume they're going to have NFLTV for Ireland.

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Ganoncrotch (on 15 August 2013)

to be fair to this I'm going off having the 360 in ireland atm, pretty much the best apps we can get here is a version of the UK netflix which has maybe 5-10% the content that the US version of it has, and to get access to that you need to do an absolute shit load of work for an Irish 360 to think it's in the states.
We do also have a panel here which leads to NFL adverts, but just adverts for it. (not sure if you live in the states or outside of them but over here almost no one has any interest in the NFL, is why I mentioned it)

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KingdomHeartsFan (on 14 August 2013)

Wow the launch seems really rushed.

Ganoncrotch (on 14 August 2013)

all these 180s aren't doing themselves!

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avrwc2 (on 15 August 2013)

All those 2014 markets are in Europe. Except for the UK, the current X360 lost to PS3 in Europe and is a hobby box in Japan. If XBone follows the same trend, Microsoft's platform may become entrenched and fighting to stay barely dominant in US/UK/Aussie/NZ/Canada, leaving the rest of the world to the PS4.

jayson1 (on 18 August 2013)

I have never scene a company make so many missteps in a short amount of time as Microsoft has!

Bladeforce (on 15 August 2013)

Piss poor but nothing unexpected from a piss poor company

NYANKS (on 14 August 2013)

I wonder if the bunch of 180's and possible esram issues are giving them problems, so they decided to cut the "unimportant" smaller countries to make up time.

StephenKing (on 14 August 2013)

There really aren't any unimportant countries. You can't just say something like that. USA and the UK are the number 1 priorite because of higher sales there but your smaller countries line is a little silly when Russia are a bigger country than USA and UK. (area) I get your point but it's not smart/wise to say it like you did :)

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Raider84 (on 14 August 2013)

Those are some of the richest countries in the world... With a few borderline 3rd world countries mixed in (or as you call them, "unimportant" countries) But there is no such thing as an unimportant country. Every last penny counts. I kinda agree with you though, I'm sure because they are backtracking on every single thing they had been planning for years, they are now forced to prioritize and reallocate their resources.

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