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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.

  • Darkk
    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.
  • Parsian
    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
  • Smokedatoke
    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.
  • chimera201
    They are launching in only those countries where the probability of sales figures being high are high. So that they can publicly announce the sales figures.
  • win7guru
    Just like Microsoft. Overpromise and under-deliver.
  • Parrdacc
    Where's the picture of the fat guy doing the face palm?
    Really M$? On top of everything else?! What you got a team of monkeys working there or what?
  • Murissokah

    "We have decided to take a more responsible approach to our customers and wait for Sony to dictate the market, since we have no idea what we are doing".
  • ddpruitt
    Has to be a supply issue. Given the list of countries I can't see any other reason for this. Perhaps AMD has a problem now that they have demand?
  • fimbulvinter
    My money is on those countries privacy laws and the always on camera with direct feed to NSA HQ.
  • kinggraves
    What's funny Parsian is they've actually been constantly listening to their customers since E3, changing every little aspect of the Xbone on the whims of any internet troll. You may think that's a good thing, but in the business world only an absolute failure shows this complete of a deviation from their original plans. Scrapped plans cost them time and money, redoing them costs even more. It's like Microsoft just spent 10 years painstakingly building a house by themselves handcrafting all aspects to make it perfect, only to hit it with a wrecking ball because the neighbor laughed at it and piecing together the remnants in some kind of shack. The people who didn't like it at E3 still don't like it, the people who liked the new direction at E3 don't like it now, even Nintendo with it's game drought isn't as big a joke. They could've sold it as "Steam come to consoles with Illumiroom and you can share your game with your friends and family". Instead it came out as "It can watch TV..oh you wanted to hear about games? Here's Activision showing you a dog engine. Also DRMDRMDRMDRMNOUSEDGAMES." I wonder how big a bonus Ballmer will get this year for completely running Bill's company into the pavement.