Microsoft pushes Xbox One launch to 2014 in some European countries

By on August 14, 2013, 6:00 PM

Microsoft has released some new information today regarding the availability of the Xbox One. While the company had previously said during E3 that their the next gen system would be launching in 21 countries in November, now unfortunately that number has now been reduced to 13.

Eight European countries including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland will all have to wait until 2014 to go hands on with Xbox One. The November launch date is still intact for all remaining markets including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand.

The question that remains is: When exactly in 2014 will these regions see the console launch? At this point Microsoft has only said "as soon as possible in 2014."

Although Microsoft isn't being specific as to why this is happening, it did mention several different factors that are at play. It sounds like the company is having difficulty making all of Xbox One's services available in these regions in time for November. That includes localizing the Xbox One dashboard, adding voice and language integration and confirming partnerships to bring apps and "meaningful local content to each country."

To quell frustration among eager gamers who pre-ordered the Xbox One Day One system, Microsoft will be giving out a free pack-in game that will come with the console when it ships. It's always nice to get a free game, but let's just hope it's not one of those throw away Kinect games.

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wastedkill said:

Why exactly did microsoft just do this o.O?

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

There's talk that the XBone isn't ready. This story just adds to that.

Guest said:

Everybody will boring xbox one uptill 2023 when comes xbox two

JC713 JC713 said:

Wow the PS4 is gonna leap ahead because of this. Good move MS......

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

There's talk that the XBone isn't ready. This story just adds to that.

Not ready or having manufacturing problems?

Guest said:

Focus on media / TV features, kinect nonsense and generally dull product has done little to interest the buying public.

MS is in the process and alienating existing customers and not even a worthy Halo 5 would rectify the situation.

The pricetag is also a issue with current economic woes.

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Not ready or having manufacturing problems?

Not ready. There is no final design spec yet, features keep getting changed. Recently, the clock of the GPu was boosted, a month out from launch.

1 person liked this | Puiu Puiu said:

13 countries for a launch this important is really bad. not that I care since I hate this console :p

Guest said:

Thanks to those X-Box180s, the console wont be ready in-time. You backtrack you get side tracked. SONY to the world.

Guest said:

There will ve a delay in the us as well but it will be optional, it will depend on if you want the bundle without kinect. Right now theres a power strugle within ms, those who realize they must offer it up without kinect so they dont lose further market share to sony. Ms is behind on bf4 pre orders almost 2 to 1 and risk losing timed released exclusive content.

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