Xbox One release pushed back to 2014 for eight European markets
Xbox fans in certain parts of Europe will be disappointed to hear the Xbox One has been pushed back to a 2014 release in certain countries due to “many factors”.
The Xbox One was originally supposed to launch in 21 markets around the world, but that was deemed “an aggressive goal” in a statement released by Microsoft. Instead, the console will be released in just 13 markets worldwide in November, while the remaining 8 (mostly in Europe) will get the Xbox One “as soon as possible in 2014”.
The countries affected include, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland. So thankfully, depending on your console alliance, Ireland isn't affected.
"While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches," the statement explains.
"This includes work to localise the Xbox One dash, incorporate additional voice and languages, and build partnerships to bring apps and meaningful local content to each country.
"We understand this will be disappointing news for our fans in the impacted countries, and we are doing everything we can to bring Xbox One to you as soon as possible next year."
To make it up to fans who have ordered the ‘Day One Edition’ of the Xbox One in the affected countries, Microsoft says those fans will receive a free pack-in game when they finally get their console. No word yet as to what that might be…