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.