Xbox on Wednesday officially announced which countries will have the Xbox One later this year. The updated launch plans by Microsoft finally give consumers the news they want regarding the console release, but isn’t as many countries as thought of by the masses.
During the E3 announcement by Microsoft, the number of countries were listed as 21 off the gate. The revised announcement today, lowers that many countries to 13, and focuses on the countries where Microsoft and Xbox have a huge presence. Even Microsoft stated they were being aggressive, perhaps too aggressive.
13 Launch Countries For Xbox One
Xbox announced that the countries that will receive the Xbox One are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand, in November. These main countries throughout the US and Europe are tightly controlled by Microsoft and are the biggest sellers of the Xbox currently.
Eight Additional Countries Announced For 2014
As the number of countries for the Xbox One launch were scaled back, Xbox did state that Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland will roll out in 2014. According to the blog post, “there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches”.
Some Fans Disappointed, Some Delighted
While this list of countries for the Xbox One launch were brought back, it looks like Microsoft is keeping its launch for the Xbox One in markets that is can control and get units delivered too. The Xbox One dash and voice/language issues around the other countries seem to be the issue. Fans in the main launch countries across the web were delighted with the news, but those fans in the eight other countries now need to wait for their pre-orders to arrive later rather than sooner.
Microsoft pointed questions regarding pre-orders to retailers and apologized for the scaled back launch. While Sony hasn’t announced this information yet, Microsoft by launching the Xbox One in 13 countries will still have a huge launch in November for the Xbox One. With the US, Canada, and main European countries covered, plenty of fans will be able to buy the Xbox One this holiday season for the expected $499 price.
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