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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 VideoGamer.com 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.)"

Source: news.xbox.com

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Calakazam

Since there is a much higher emphasis on voice control than the 360 had, and when you consider the number of different languages that Xbox One will have to be able to contend with and the number of different dialects that each one of these languages has, then you can understand why they are possibly having problems with localisation issues.

They could have launched the console in these regions but not had any of the vocal controls implemented but then you are giving people an incomplete version of your console with many of it's key features disabled out of the box. Safest is to delay with compensation like they have done in my opinion
Posted 20:14 on 14 August 2013
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MGX

Guess they won't be able to produce enough consoles to cover american demand, so, they take it from other territories?
Another 180 barely minutes from saying "Don't believe XBOX One delay reports".
They keep blatantly lying to their customers and 180ing, it's baffling how people that know about this will still buy the next xbox...
"DRM is built into the system, can't take it out", suuure.
"The box NEEDS kinect to work, can't use the system without it", suuure
I just cringe every time I see xbox "news", when all there is to them is reversing every damaging, out-of-touch decision they made.
I know everyone is in for the money, but this is just ridiculous...
I'm happy I got my PS4 preorder in for exclusives, and a shiny, top of the line gaming PC for high end gaming.
Posted 20:02 on 14 August 2013
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timidmeow

*sigh* *rolleyes*
It's like they don't understand how the retail industry works. Or something.
I'm just thinking about how people shop and when people shop, and "early next year" seems like a bad time to drop any sort of new gadget. Everyone's already done their xmas shopping, and is recovering from that. First quarter (which is what I assume their launch date will be now) of the year is usually a slow time for retail as a result.
This is how Microsoft shoots itself in the foot all over Europe. Cool.
Posted 19:51 on 14 August 2013
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DragonGuard666

"Don't believe XBOX One delay reports" says Microsoft.

LOL
Posted 19:38 on 14 August 2013
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MJTH

Let me guess. All the countries that weren't supported by the Xbox Ones DRM system, are the ones that are getting delayed.
Posted 19:04 on 14 August 2013
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BombaLuigi

No Xbox One in my Country this Year. Well, I didin't wanted to buy one, sooo.... Blub.
Posted 18:43 on 14 August 2013
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Los_VALOS

The entirety of Scandinavia just pre ordered PS4s
Posted 18:37 on 14 August 2013
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