In surprising news, Microsoft announced that it will be reducing the number of launch markets for its highly anticipated ‘Xbox One’. Microsoft will be reducing the number from the original 21 to 13. This means that the eight markets left out will have to wait until 2014 to purchase their consoles.
We have confirmed the 13 countries that will still receive the Xbox One launch as planned in November. Thos countries include (Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and New Zealand). These countries have been bumped back to 2014 (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland).
“This was an aggressive goal and the team has been working very hard to deliver Xbox One to as many markets as possible,” the Xbox Leadership Team said in a statement today. “Our priority is ensuring our customers get the best Xbox One experience the first day it is available. To do that, and in order to meet demand, we have adjusted the number of markets that will receive Xbox One in November.”
Microsoft will most definitely see some angry fans after this setback, Microsoft made the initial list in June 2013, during the reveal of the Xbox One. The most upset will no doubt be the customers that pre-ordered the console. In anticipation of the angry mob, Microsoft issued this statement, “To show our appreciation for your patience, if you have already preordered an Xbox One Day One system before today in those countries, you will also receive a pack-in game with your console when it launches. For full details and to take advantage of this offer, customers should follow up with the local retailer they pre-ordered with and they will be able to share more information closer to launch.”
Take this as a sign that stocks are low, and you should pre-order as quickly as possible.
more info on pre-orders: amazon/xbox one