At E3 , Microsoft revealed it was striving to bring the Xbox One to 21 markets around the world in time for holiday 2013. That was a lofty goal. The company has today announced a revised launch plan, citing issues with localisation and supplying to the high pre-order numbers around the world, which means seven European countries will miss out on the Xbox One until an unspecified date in 2014.
“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. 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,” says Microsoft in an official statement.
The system will be still be available in November 2013 in 13 markets, including, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand. Sadly this does mean that Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland will have to wait until “as soon as possible in 2014″.
The Xbox One will set you back £429.99/$499.909 and comes bundled with a wireless controller, headset and Kinect – though the camera no longer needs to be plugged in for the console to function, it was recently revealed. Microsoft is expected to announced a firm release date and full launch line-up at Gamescom later this month.