Xbox One launching in 13 markets instead of 21
Microsoft today announced that it will be launching the Xbox One in 13 markets, instead of the originally planned 21, while detailing exactly which markets those would be.
The 13 markets that will be getting the console on Nov. 13 are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand.
“Today we’re providing an update to our launch plans for Xbox One. At Xbox, our goal is to provide the best games and entertainment experience possible and the team continues to make great progress on delivering Xbox One,” said the Xbox team in a statement.
“At E3, we announced that Xbox One would be available in 21 markets around the world at launch. This was an aggressive goal and the team has been working very hard to deliver Xbox One to as many markets as possible.”
The company says that they are still planning on launching the Xbox One in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, “as soon as possible in 2014.”
Microsoft says that there were many factors in determining where to launch the console, which included localization of the dashboard, voice input and to allow for more time to build partnerships in those markets.
As a “mea culpa”, Microsoft will be packing in a game with each pre-ordered console in the affected markets.