Microsoft Delays Xbox One Launch in Eight Countries

When Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One earlier this year, the company said that 21 countries would be getting the Xbox One when the console launched in November. These 21 countries were Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the the United States. Unfortunately, Microsoft this week confirmed that eight countries have since been bumped from that list.

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Microsoft on Wednesday labeled its intention to deliver the Xbox One to 21 markets at launch 'an aggressive goal' before revealing that Belgium, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Finland, and Denmark have been bumped from the launch day list. Gamers in the aforementioned markets will be disappointed to learn that they won't actually get the console this year. Though Microsoft has not named a new release date for these countries, the company did say it was committed to launching the Xbox One in as soon as possible ... in 2014.

"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," Microsoft said on Wednesday.

Microsoft didn't offer much in the way of an explanation for the delay other than highlighting the factors that determine the timing of specific market launches (localizing the Xbox One dash, incorporating additional voice and languages, etc.). The company is also bundling a pack-in game with pre-orders that have already been placed in the affected countries.

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  • Something is going on. It's not a supply issue. Microsoft always had strong manufacturing ties so going to guess legal issues with those countries.
  • what a disaster is MSFT these days. They cant get anything right. They need to listen to their customers more.
    - The Windows branding is suffering all across
    - The Mobile Solution (despite being good) not picking up
    - The XBOX one (not much game at launch, bad policies and delays) Already suffering from negative customer attitude
  • I wonder how much this is going to hurt MIcrosoft's bottom line. I know a few people who jumped the Sony wagon at the beginning of the 360/PS3 generation because the PS3 launched a year after the 360. Although this is only going to effect 8 countries there's a good chance we'll see a repeat performance if Microsoft doesn't deliver a reasonable release date and soon.