Xbox One Launch Markets Reduced To 13 Instead Of The 21 Initially Announced

Xbox One is expected to be released in November, Microsoft is yet to announce the official release date. There has been evident consumer interest in this console, some retailers seem to have run out of pre-order stock. Microsoft today posted an update on its Xbox One launch plans. When they initially announced the console, the company said that it would be available in 21 markets around the world at launch. In order to meet demand, the company announced today that it is reducing launch markets from 21 to 13, which will receive the console first in November.

These 13 markets include Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand. The markets that have been dropped from this list include Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. Microsoft says that it hopes to launch Xbox One in these markets “as soon as possible” in 2014. Rising demand in certain markets is just one factor. The company says that various factors determine the timing of a launch, such as localizing the Xbox One dash and incorporating local voice and languages. This can cause delays, though to show its appreciation for those who are affected by the delay, Microsoft says that all those who have pre-ordered Xbox One before today in these particular markets will receive a pack-in game when the console launches.

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