Xbox One delayed to 2014 in eight countries, still coming to UK in November

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14th August 2013 Matt Bailey

At E3 Microsoft announced that the Xbox One would be arriving in November in 21 countries. Well, today that got a bit shorter with the surprise announcement that the list of countries - already quite a limited set - has now been reduced by eight. The 13 countries still getting the new console this year are the UK, the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Austria. The countries who will now be missing out, waiting for a new date in 2014, are the Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, as well as Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Russia. Major European gaming markets such as Poland, Portugal and Greece were already missing out, but might not feel so alone now.

Microsoft has put the reason for the delay down to having previously had an "aggressive goal" to launch in all those countries at once, as well as other factors delaying their efforts; "work to localize (sic) the Xbox One dash, incorporate additional voice and languages, and build partnerships to bring apps and meaningful local content to each country." It seems localising the machine and the things you can do on it is taking longer than expected for the company, which would be more understandable if it didn't already do a lot of localisation for worldwide releases of Windows and Office, although hardware is a more complicated beast.

The news won't affect people here in the UK looking to pick up a console at launch. It's possible that a more limited selection of countries will improve the stock situation as Microsoft focussing on its strong regions, although they may also be struggling to make enough consoles in the first place. In the affected countries, if you had ordered an Xbox One "Day One Edition" before today, Microsoft will also be giving you a free game when the console finally launches there. Which is a nice gesture, but may not be enough to stop people switching over a PS4. While Sony haven't released precise details of where in Europe it will be arriving, it's possible it will include countries Microsoft aren't able to, with the promise of some sort of mainland Europe release before the end of the year.

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