The lights are on
Update: Microsoft has provided clarification, confirming that the removal of region-locking will not prevent people from importing. "When the console launches this November, we will support Xbox One in 13 markets," a Microsoft spokesperson told us. "That said, Xbox One games are not region locked. Any Xbox One game purchased at retail can be used in any country on any Xbox One. There are no technical restrictions on games or Xbox Ones that would prevent use anywhere."
At E3, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One would rollout in 21 different countries this November. That is no longer the case.
Eight countries have been cut from the list. "While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches," reads the announcement on Xbox Wire. "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."
The launch countries are confirmed to be:
The countries that have been bumped to 2014 are:
Those countries will be compensated with a free packed-in game. That title has yet to be identified. We've reached out to Microsoft to confirm that residents of these eight territories can import a console without ill effect.
[Source: Xbox Wire]
Our TakeMicrosoft pulled the trigger too early with the list of confirmed countries at E3. Not only did they offend one of their on-stage partners, CD Projekt, but now they've ruffled feathers with eight other markets. A free game is going to smooth things over, but probably not until the 2014 launch rolls around in those countries.
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That sucks. I guess Russia didn't like it when they saw little Vladmir playing Metro Last Light and Call of Duty: Kill all the Russians on his 360.
I think it is because of all the changes MS is making to the Xbox One.
Easy for the people in the comments to say that it just sucks but that people should deal with it, since they aren't the people affected by this. I live in Belgium and I couldn't be more angry. as someone who has kept faith that Microsoft would deliver the Xbox One despite poor PR, I am starting to get fed up with this and I'm thinking about joining the big migration wave to the PS4. Just some more typical thinking that we're small fry and don't need to be in the launch wave. Why are we getting this news this late?! But yeah, I guess we don't really matter in the grand scheme, eh? Well, then I'm done.
Makes me think they are having problems with supply chain or production instead of localization ***.
Guess it needs to be done to make sure every aspect is localized correctly, especially after all these changes.
Oh snap! TheRelaxingEnd is not gonna be happy.
Some good MS news and some bad. All in all it's another day at the office.
c'mon MS, make up your mind.
These "change this change that" announcements after E3 are all just part of free advertisements, hype build-up, buzz making.
Because eventually gaming news will write about them.
xb1 catching up with the ps4.
I don't see what the problem is. The other regions will still be getting an Xbone later and Microsoft will be throwing in a free game. Yes they have had a PR nightmare but I think the new crew in charge is fixing some of the miscalculations. As a gamer I wish Microsoft a nice launch. As a consumer I anticipate opening my black eraser.
They could just make a region-free device that doesn't need to be partitioned by country... Making the tuner capable of handling PAL *and* NTSC as well as all of the one-offs is trivial and any country that uses digital broadcast in their cable markets is using QAM. They're over-complicating an already convoluted message to its customers.