Microsoft releases a list of launch dates for worldwide markets for Xbox One
In a blog post released today Microsoft released a blog and there are 13 markets still set to receive the Xbox One in November which are: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand.
Also in the post they list markets who will have to wait for the launch of Xbox One which can be viewed in the quote below:
We remain committed to launching Xbox One in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, as soon as possible in 2014.
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.
So it seems Microsoft is releasing these consoles later basically to add functionality to the machine, which is all fine and dandy, but it is annoying that the people in these countries now have to wait into 2014, and hopefully not longer, to resolve a problem that shouldn’t even exist. And people might be thinking that I am being harsh on Microsoft, but they’ve had ten years to get this right, and now people in this select countries they have to wait longer to play next generation games, when in a lot of markets gamers will be able to use the Xbox One.
I feel bad for Microsoft, I really do, it seems like whenever they take one step forward that they manage to mess something else up. And I want Sony and Microsoft to be on a level playing field and both doing well, because when that happens it is a win for gamers. And that is what everyone should be looking for, regardless of what companies console you prefer. As much as people want to have fake console wars, they need to consider that without one company competing with another, there will be no reason for Sony or Microsoft to put everything into the bread basket sort to speak. Because not for nothing Nintendo isn’t going to be able to compete with either company.
Anyway, all the details can be found here: http://news.xbox.com/2013/08/xbox-one-confirmed-markets