The seemingly continuous run of negative PR for Microsoft continues this evening as the company reveals the limited number of countries that the Xbox One will launch in later this year.
Although the list – below – covers the major selling areas for Microsoft it’s worth noting that Poland is missing, something Polish developers CD Projekt Red weren’t aware of.
“I was surprised, and I really hope that it isn’t final,” said co-founder Marcin Iwinski. “I think Polish gamers will speak out loud. From my perspective, it’s a sad situation.”
Not only does the list signify the launch countries, it’s worth noting that because the console (and games) require online activation, chances are even if a machine is imported to a non-supported country, it probably won’t work.
Here’s the list:
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States
In related news, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has said that the activation process eats just bytes, not megabytes, and thus suggests that tethering your phone to the Xbox One might be a solution for those that don’t have an internet connection.
However, he does state that the console does need that connection. “If you have no ability to connect to the Internet,” he said, “the Xbox One is not the console for you.”
Finally, industry vet Peter Molyneux has weighed in with his opinion. “I just think it was very unprofessionally done,” he said. “There was one message from one Phil and then another message from another Phil, and they seemed to be kind of shooting from the hip.”
“Always online is simple for me. As a consumer, just show me why I should be always online and I’ll be happy with it. At the moment, it just means game sale authentication. I don’t want that.”
Xbox One launches (in some places) in November.