Microsoft announced at E3 2013 that the Xbox One would be available in 21 markets around the world at launch in November. But today, it was confirmed on Xbox Wire, that they have decreased it to 13 countries, with plans to launch the Xbox One at the other 8 countries “as soon as possible in 2014”
The launch countries this November Include:
Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand.
And the 8 countries that will have to wait until next year are:
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland
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 really unfortunate to see that these European countries have to wait a few more months to get their hands on the console, but thank God for overseas shipping, right?
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