The Xbox One Is Launching In Even Less Countries Now
The Xbox One, over the past two months, as become an extremely attractive offering with some of it’s policy reversals, additions and innovations. It’s safe to say that one horse is no longer running the next-gen console race, and I’ve seen some users on the Internet saying that they’ve cancelled PS4 pre-orders in favour of the Xbox One. After E3, who would have expected that so soon. One persistent problem however is the extremely limited range of launch countries.
And now, that list just got drastically shorter.
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At E3, Microsoft announced that only 21 countries would be getting the Xbox One this year, and as you’d likely expect South Africa didn’t make the cut. Regardless, even 21 countries was rather small for a console launch of this size, and now Microsoft as nearly halved that, announcing that only 13 countries will now get the Xbox One this year.
Countries that will still see the Xbox One launch in November this year include the United States and United Kingdom, as well as Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and New Zealand. Those shafted from the launch crowd include Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland, with Microsoft promising them a launch in “early 2014”.
A statement from Microsoft describes the initial launch strategy as aggressive, explaining that there are simply too many factors that determine the timing of launches. Those in affected countries that have pre-ordered the Day-One Edition will receive some compensation however, with Microsoft promising a free title with their console when it finally launches.
What does this say for Xbox One locally? Well if we weren’t already worried about getting it this year, then you may as well give up that hope. Of course you can still import the console if you really want, with Microsoft scrapping region-locks, but it’s going to be a bumpy road for the console locally if Sony manage to pull off a seamless launch world-wide in November.
Sony made that mistake this generation, and look how long it took them to catch up.