By Paul Iuzzolino 08/19/13
Microsoft officially stated this week that gamers currently in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland will not be able to purchase the Xbox One until 2014; the exact date has not been verified yet. Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One will launch in November 2013 for the following countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and New Zealand.
Microsoft stated at this year’s E3 that the Xbox One would launch for 21 markets, and felt this was an aggressive goal to deliver. They are committed to delivering the Xbox One to all markets as soon as possible. It appears that Microsoft had to put delays on the Xbox One launch to meet the demand of the customers.
Microsoft stated that they wanted to deliver the Xbox One to all markets, but many factors such as localizing the Xbox One dash, bringing more voices and languages into the console, and making apps and content available to all countries. Microsoft was forced to delay the launch in 8 markets until they could make the Xbox One fully functional for all these countries.
Microsoft concluded these statements by expressing their concern for the gamers in these countries and promised to make the Xbox One available for them in 2014.