While the launch of the Xbox One is mere months away for various markets including the UK, US and Australia, Microsoft has announced that the arrival of their new system has been delayed in eight countries that will now see the console release in 2014. The eight countries in question are: Russia, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark. There have been rumors about this delay making the rounds for a while now (thanks in part to a report from GameReactor) but only now has Microsoft officially commented on the matter.
Below is the official confirmation from Microsoft concerning the delay of the Xbox One launch in eight countries:
“We want to ensure our customers get the best Xbox One experience the first day it is available. In order to meet initial demand and deliver the best product and experience for consumers, we are narrowing our November launch from 21 countries to 13,” said the console manufacturer.
“Xbox One will launch first in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Austria in November 2013. The system will launch in other markets, including Russia, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark in 2014.”
“We understand this is disappointing news to our fans in those markets. To show our appreciation for their patience, customers who have already pre-ordered an Xbox One Day One system before today in those countries will also receive a pack-in game with their system when it launches. (Subject to availability; see your local retailer where you pre-ordered for complete details.)”
So more people are going to have to wait for the Xbox One and you can’t help but wonder whether this is going to affect the console when it eventually gets released in terms of sales but nothing is guaranteed. What do you make of Microsoft’s delaying of the console’s release in these eight countries? Please let us know in the comments below.