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Xbox One will work in 21 countries at launch

Xbox One will work in 21 countries at launch. Microsoft today published a list of the regions with Xbox Live support for the new console, which is required to activate and play games.

Games for Microsoft's next-gen system are "are for activation and distribution only in specified geographic regions," Microsoft's pre-order page notes, and you can find them at the bottom of this article.

Microsoft confirmed earlier that the consoles will be region locked, meaning each system can only play games published in its original region. And since the consoles must check in with Xbox Live at least once every 24 hours to play games regardless of their online functionality, the system can't be played outside of Xbox Live's supported regions.

Microsoft plans to expand Xbox One to "high-growth areas" of Asia around late 2014, according to an Engadget report. It also confirmed the console will launch in Japan but did not address timing or other details.

By comparison, Sony confirmed that PlayStation 4 is region-free and can be played with no online connection earlier this week--meaning anywhere you can play a PS3 now, you'll be able to play PS4.

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

49 comments

  • pokepark7 - June 14, 2013 5:04 p.m.

    well at least i have a chance to get it.
  • PatHan-bHai - June 14, 2013 4:19 a.m.

    I can see many Otaku's (Japs) (No Offense) buying an XBone :P
  • sharknjar - June 13, 2013 6:28 p.m.

    Microsoft needs to just admit that they wanted to make a niche/boutique system. They talk about wanting the XBOX One to be the one console to rule everybody's living room...but really they want to be the console to rule the upper-middle class suburban United States living room. If you look at all the features, the only people who can take advantage of everything it does are in that specific demographic. Other countries will never get the TV content. Rural areas don't have the internet. Urban areas don't have the space needed for the Kinect.
  • Tyrande - June 13, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    well it was to be expected that Costa Rica had no chance of being in that list....
  • Firepunch - June 13, 2013 10:20 a.m.

    Words cannot describe how much this pisses me off
  • mothbanquet - June 13, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    MS obviously knows those 21 countries contain enough brand-loyal fools to carry it through.
  • berry87 - June 13, 2013 8:01 a.m.

    hmmmmmmm no japan or china :S
  • Leemundo - June 13, 2013 4:22 a.m.

    Can this list be edited to show which countries can actually use the 'entertainment' services which are much hyped about?! I think that list wold be very small. So what's the point in this machine?! Also, I tested my bandwidth this morning and it was only 2.3mbs, below their recommendation. Which is funny, because I don't actually 'need' Internet to play games, "apparently".
  • berry87 - June 13, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    Here's the list North America
  • Liggliluff - June 17, 2013 3:13 a.m.

    North America, except Central America.
  • nonevilcookiemonster - June 13, 2013 3:42 a.m.

    This is why the playstation 4 has been pre-ordered 3x more then the Xbox One http://www.noshitshurlock.com/playstation-4-ahead-of-xbox-one-in-pre-orders-on-amazon/
  • MD-Stranger - June 13, 2013 3:28 a.m.

    Sad for all the billion people in China who can't play the Xbone.
  • Temperance11 - June 13, 2013 5:30 a.m.

    I know! They built the damn thing they should get to at least play it for a little bit.
  • jh4911 - June 13, 2013 3:18 a.m.

    Geographically locked?! Oh come on MS, I have been rooting for you to change or least not add to your stupid draconian policies. This may be time to buy my first ever playstation... hell I'll buy Xbone 'exclusives' on PC anyway. I can play that anywhere...
  • manila2k1 - June 13, 2013 12:42 a.m.

    They are foolish to completely ignore Asia.
  • Shinn - June 12, 2013 11:25 p.m.

    Jesus, I totally forgot that the online thing would allow Microsoft to geographically lock the entire console. That's disgusting.
  • Zeedar - June 12, 2013 11:13 p.m.

    I live in Hungary (eastern Europe). I guess regarding my next-gen console the decision was made for me. Good move Microsoft.
  • Liggliluff - June 17, 2013 3:19 a.m.

    I'm surprised that there's lots of non-supported countries in Europe, I'm glad I'm included, but... why not all 40+ Xbox Live enabled countries? =|
  • winner2 - June 12, 2013 4:42 p.m.

    I'm pretty sure this was planned through a financial perspective rather than a desire to be assholes like I think a lot of people are ready to believe. It's not just a games console anymore, it can even be claimed that it's more media center than game console. Considering that, I can see how they might want to place more of their focus on areas developed to the point that a media center actually has a probable profit. I mean, a lot of Africa is not as developed as a rural town in the U.S. Take that for what you will however, as I'm not a geography pro, much less an African geography pro.
  • campinbastard - June 12, 2013 6:20 p.m.

    While I do completely agree with your assessment of the situation, a lot of people are still being shafted by the policies that Microsoft is employing with the Xbox One. At the moment, it's not looking a pretty picture for Microsoft in this console cycle

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