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Microsoft has delayed the launch of Xbox One until 2014 across eight European markets.

The console now won't launch until the new year in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.

The UK remains unaffected, with the console still on track to launch this November.

The platform holder says it hopes to launch Xbox One in the affected markets "as soon as possible", and that it will compensate existing pre-order customers with a free game.

"While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches," Microsoft said on Xbox Wire. "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."

"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."

The news follows comments made by Microsoft's chief of staff for Devices and Studios Group earlier today suggesting that rumours of a delay weren't true.

UPDATE: Since publishing this story, Microsoft has provided with the following statement:

"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.

"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 preordered 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 preordered for complete details.)"


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Endless's Avatar


Ironically enough, because I cant afford a Live subscription I cant afford to stick with the 360 either! Let alone on the next generation! And sadly only SR4 is confirmed for PC atm :|
Posted 13:32 on 16 August 2013
Batmamerc's Avatar


If localisation is the problem then why set a date and say the whole world gets it Simultaneously in the first place, they should of made sure the console was ready before saying that. why not just ship it out regardless and roll an update out later on!? the original statement regarding local content after the announcement said America only at launch and other territories later, I can't imagine all of the ppl that pre ordered one only did so for there local tv apps and kinect voice and language support, I imagine most of them that pre ordered it wanted it for the games, now there gonna get - let's say CoD - months after the rest of the world and as a result be behind them, then again as Dom Mattress said, 'for those ppl there is the Xbox 360'!!! That said though I wish they would delay it world wide as I want a day one edition but, 1 - struggling to afford it and 2 - there are a few games coming out that aren't going to be on the XBone in next few months (GTA Saints Row etc) plus a back catalogue that I want to play excessively before moving on, suppose for me there is the XBox 360 too!
Posted 11:15 on 16 August 2013

BrySkye@ Endless

OF COURSE they are going to deny rumours in favour of announcing it themselves.

Then they should say "No Comment." or "We don't comment on rumours."
You do not deny rumours, only to confirm them hours later.

But what's most likely to have happened here is that, once again, not everyone in the Xbox camp knew what was actually happening, resulting in contradictions.

After all, it wasn't actually Microsoft that said anything, it was Aaron Greenberg on Twitter.
One would have to conclude that he simply didn't know that the delay was not only happening, but also that it was on the verge of being officially announced.
Posted 16:25 on 15 August 2013
FrostySphincter's Avatar


On one hand: Delayed in parts of Europe = bummer. Throwing in a free game for those parts = awesome gesture.
Sure, I'm sure the Swedish and the like will have preferred to get it the same day as the rest of us, but Microsoft throwing a free game for them is quite nice (even if it's not a great game, a free game with your new system is always nice).
Posted 15:25 on 15 August 2013
Endless's Avatar


OF COURSE they are going to deny rumours in favour of announcing it themselves. Just because they want to be the ones to announce their own news for a change. Instead the interfering rumour-moles, meddling and digging up small amounts of truth out of context have done their damage again.

It may appear that I'm constantly defending Microsoft. But I just cant stand people constantly jumping to conclusions. Pessimism is my biggest bugbear, in any context. I'm defending common sense and a positive outlook. Something a lot of people could stand to benefit from adopting.

On topic; It's a shame for those countries that miss the launch, perhaps they can benefit from other territories coming across issues and have them fixed before their launch.
Posted 14:28 on 15 August 2013


Being cautious, I'd say there's every chance that Sony might not make their launch date in every territory either, but they're keeping quiet for now.

Still, I guess for every country the Xbox One doesn't launch in the Ps4 has a chance to sell more.
Posted 13:09 on 15 August 2013


On the note of system release dates, I would just like to point out that the SNES, N64, Gamecube, DS, 3DS, Xbox and Vita were all released around the March window in Europe.

You know, the bad old days before simultaneous world wide launches.

Despite following Christmas, most of them had solid enough launches. The main thing that affected sales was too high a price point rather than the timing, as was the case with the N64 and original Xbox which had big discounts soon after launch that brought them closer in-line with US prices.
The UK launch prices of the N64 and Xbox were almost double that of the US.
Posted 13:05 on 15 August 2013
mcbrent's Avatar


Scandi-less you might say... baahaha
Posted 11:24 on 15 August 2013
Crocketter's Avatar


Another Scandi-less announcement from Microsoft... *bu-boom tssss*
Posted 11:24 on 15 August 2013
b23cdq's Avatar


Lol. I have nothing else to say.
Posted 03:01 on 15 August 2013
DaveSimonH's Avatar


I think its kind of daft to pre-order systems anyway, at its most expensive with limited selection of games (XboxOne or PS4).
Add in the fact its less of a leap forward this time, I can easily see the flurry of sales over the first couple of weeks, followed a big slowdown in the 2nd month.
Posted 01:37 on 15 August 2013
heitiki's Avatar


yeaah now thats the last nail in xbox' coffin. and they really did everything to deserve it.

ps4 ever since.
Posted 23:11 on 14 August 2013
sycholect's Avatar


I doubt the Xbox will even comprehend geordie anyway, heck I can't half the time
Posted 22:42 on 14 August 2013
Weasel_Pants's Avatar


my god microsoft, your pr machine must just be a smouldering heap at this point. can you get anything right?
Posted 22:05 on 14 August 2013


Xbox One also delayed in Devon;

We couldn't make Kinect 2 understand 'alright my lover' and other local phrases.
Posted 21:17 on 14 August 2013
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