Xbox One Delayed Until 2014 in Eight Countries
Microsoft has made a number of high profile changes to its next generation console strategy since announcing the Xbox One in May, and most of them have been arguably positive from a consumer standpoint. That trend may end for some future Xbox One customers, however, as Microsoft announced Wednesday that the console will only be available in 13 markets at launch, eight shy of the initial target set at E3.
At E3, we announced that Xbox One would be available in 21 markets around the world at launch. This was an aggressive goal and the team has been working very hard to deliver Xbox One to as many markets as possible.
Our priority is ensuring our customers get the best Xbox One experience the first day it is available. To do that, and in order to meet demand, we have adjusted the number of markets that will receive Xbox One in November to 13 markets…
Countries still on schedule to get the Xbox One first are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and New Zealand.
Gamers in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland — countries originally slated to receive the console in the first round — will have to wait until sometime in early 2014.
It’s not clear if production runs for the console won’t be able to meet the initial targets or if demand for pre-orders has been higher than anticipated. Officially, Microsoft cites extra work required for localizing the console’s dashboard and languages, along with needed time to build partnerships with local app developers, as the reason for the delay.
For gamers in the affected countries, the delay of the console’s launch is surely disappointing, but Microsoft will be offering a free game to those who pre-ordered before Wednesday. Details on that promotion are promised to surface as the console’s launch nears.