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Microsoft delays Xbox One release in eight European countries

Another launch glitch
Thu Aug 15 2013, 10:20
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SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has pushed back the launch of the Xbox One in eight European countries in a move that's likely to irk yet more fans of the console.

It's fair to say that Microsoft's Xbox One plans haven't developed smoothly, with the firm already having been forced to make a number of U-turns to appease angry gamers. For example, it announced this week that the games console won't require Kinect to work, and previously it had to backpedal about the Xbox One requiring an always-on internet connection.

Microsoft threw another spanner into its own works on Wednesday by announcing that the Xbox One will be delayed in eight countries across Europe, cutting its original number of launch countries from 21 to just 13. The countries that won't get their hands on the console until next year are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Now, the Xbox One will launch in 13 countries in November, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, US, and New Zealand.

Microsoft hasn't explained the reason behind the delay, instead saying that a number of factors led it to the decision, including "work to localise Xbox One... incorporate additional languages, and build partnerships to bring apps 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," Microsoft said in a blog post.

It's not all bad news for those in countries where the Xbox One release will be been delayed, as Microsoft has said it will bundle a game with preorder consoles in the eight European countries. µ


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