Xbox One Will Be Delayed To 2014 In Eight Markets

It appears as though that absurd rumour that the Xbox One would be delayed until 2014 wasn’t completely false after all, with Microsoft confirming that while the console will still release in 13 of its 21 intended markets this year, eight markets will have to wait until next year for the system.

So, the console will be releasing in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand in November, but won’t see a release in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland until 2014.

That’s quite a big chunk of European countries. The problem seems to be localisation issues, with Microsoft saying:

While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches. This includes work to localize the Xbox One dash, incorporate additional voice and languages, and build partnerships to bring apps and meaningful local content to each country.

It’s all okay though, as Microsoft are “doing everything we can to bring Xbox One to you as soon as possible next year.”

Next year. That’s quite the wait.

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43 Comments

  1. Not even a mencion for Portugal. Well, at least that should finally turn some of my friends to the PS 4 :)

  2. That’ll be a handy PR excuse for the console launch sales figures chart when the dust settles and the votes are in….”Selecive release” boom! :P

    • Indeed. Of course their pals in the press will been keen to mention this at great length.

    • That was supposed to say “Selective”.
      Laptop keyboard letter ‘t’ keeps loosening and popping out of it’s slot, tried super-glue on it, to no avail. Think it needs a replacement keyboard from an ebay breaker. Should read through before posting. Meh!

      @HunterGatherer Could be a useful smoke screen to deviate from some of the other shortfalls! :P

  3. I wonder how it will look like in Poland :P not that I care, but curious. I bet it will also be delayed, what will basically mean: “Hey, CD Project RED. Thanks for The Witcher 2 console exclusive. Now go &%$# yourself.” xD
    I was a bit sad that they changed their minds on the kinect thing, but this news made me laugh again :D Thanks MS.

  4. If i was in one of the countries that are not getting a release i wouldnt be too worried. Theres bound to be plenty of unsold stock available in other countries that they can import.

  5. Oh dear, not good news for Microsoft. Sony putting a limit on pre-orders and here Microsoft don’t even have enough for Europe. d’oh !

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