Looking back to Microsoft’s press conference at E3 2013 you might remember an announcement to release the Xbox One in twenty-one markets simultaneously. Well it looks that Microsoft was a little too eager because they have just announced that they will only be launching in thirteen simultaneous markets. Before you start to freak out, we are NOT one of those markets that got delayed. The Xbox One will still launch on time in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and New Zealand.
Microsoft is still committed to launching in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland as soon as they possibly can in 2014. The delay in these eight markets is said to be brought on by wanting to localize the Xbox One dashboard, to incorporate additional voice and language, and to build partnerships to bring great apps and local content to each of those countries.
If you are in one of the eight markets listed above and have pre-ordered an Xbox One “Day One” console, you will be receiving a “pack-in game” although the exact game is not announced just yet.
While Microsoft has said that the delay was for localization and additional features and apps, I believe that the Xbox One’s improving image has caused some more interest in the United States and the United Kingdom, and Microsoft wants to be sure to keep their big markets happy to try to stop the choke-hold we see during a new console launch.