The disappointing news from Microsoft concerning their new flagship console, the Xbox One, just doesn’t seem to end. It’s been months of u-turns on their policies, changes in how the hardware works according to what we know, and a lot of people hounding them, calling them liars.
You’d think that they’d turn it around at some point, but the latest bit of news suggests otherwise.
The newest disappointment is that the global release that Microsoft had planned isn’t going ahead after all, as eight of the territories announced as part of the first wave of release won’t be getting the Xbox One until early 2014.
The next-gen platform won’t make it to parts of Europe and Scandinavia until sometime after December.
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland are the countries affected by this suddenly announced delay. This sets a stark contrast for Microsoft’s priorities outside of other regions which will still be seeing the next-gen console hit stores during the holiday seasons of this year.
Those gamers in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and New Zealand all remain completely unaffected by this delay.
It was announced back in June at the Xbox One reveal event that the console would be coming to all 21 countries at some point in November, but more recent developments have obviously put a dampener on those plans.
Microsoft released a statement to try and put people’s minds at ease over this situation.
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.
Microsoft aren’t forgetting about the affected regions though.
As recompense, anybody in an affected country that has already pre-ordered an Xbox One with the intention to pick one up in November, Microsoft will bundle a free game with the console when it comes out early next year.
If you have pre-ordered, then you should contact the store you’ve pre-ordered with so that you can organise a free game.