Xbox One release delayed into 2014 in eight regions

Xbox One will launch in only 13 of its 21 previously announced markets in November. Microsoft revealed today on the Xbox Wire news blog that it's unable to meet quality concerns for all regions while sticking to its previously announced timeframe.

The eight delayed regions--Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland--will host their own Xbox One launches as soon as possible in 2014. Microsoft said it needed more time to localize the system's interface, add more voices and languages (presumably a substantial task for Kinect voice recognition), and "build partnerships to bring apps and meaningful local content to each country."

On the bright side, pre-orders made in the affected regions will now come with an unspecified game included for free. If you live in one of the eight regions and already had an Xbox One on reserve, contact your retailer for more information.

November plans remain unaffected for the remaining 13 countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, U.K., U.S., and New Zealand.


  • theguyinthecloset - August 15, 2013 2:54 p.m.

    That's 13 not 12
  • Connor Sheridan - August 29, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    It is! Not sure where I lost one there. Sorry about that.
  • Squander - August 15, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    the news go hand in hand with the past rumor that Microsoft is obviously six months behind its production schedule. As far as I heard most of these countries are already primarily dominated by Sony - so maybe its a calculated economic move, or maybe Microsoft has indeed a problem to properly stream-line its system to local needs. If its the latter assumption, I am highly worried that MS is already rushing things on an unhealthy level. Each day anew we hear about XBox backlashes and compromises that make the XB1 becoming a shallow sibling of its former self when introduced in May. Both systems, PS4 and XB1, are so similar in its hardware that it hardly makes sense to buy both in the early console lifespan. PSN will further foster the bond with the consumer - and last but not least: In an era of Multiplayer and Online Gaming people will choose the console that their friends are also playing. Surrendering to Sony like this, I am positive that MS hereby lost the battle in those eight countries.
  • FoxdenRacing - August 14, 2013 6:34 p.m.

    Man...they just can't catch a break.
  • Mattdawarrior - August 14, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    Unfortunate, oh well. Good news, the PS4 will be available worldwide at launch.

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