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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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Hey Microsfot here is an idea "though it's a thumbs down". Wait until February. We are sick of you backtracking every day. With all the changes they are making I don't even know they can be ready anyway!. Oh and can bring up a topic about red rings?.
With all this cutting they better be able to supply for the countries on the list.
That is why I'm glad for the EU ! I can just buy it from the UK :)
Who cares not me
microsoft pr must be saddle sore from backpeddling so hard and now this happens. if i worked in their pr department i think i would cry.
Just another thing to help lower microsofts reputation
the countries that are cut are very minor market but it still gives nintendo and sony a upper hand there.
I was really considering xbox one, but they are going to have a real difficult generation this time, I will not want to stick with the console behind.... all my friends are already preordering ps4, and the way things are working out, it seems like the smart thing to do.
My Take: Lotta Sony fanboy commentary was expected after reading the article. Sure enough, they didn't fail me. However, it is unfortunate, because the gamers in those eight countries might not want to wait for XB1 to hit shores. They could just buy one from the nearest XB1 country, but most consumers still like to buy from brick & mortar stores.
Personally, I'm gonna wait a few months before i buy next gen & have the eager ones test out the first couple of batches for me. Even $400 is a lot of money for a brick.
I'm glad that Microsoft reversed that region-lock nonsense, but it'll suck for those 8 countries that will have to wait a while for it to ship before actually getting their hands on their Xbox Ones.
A guy from Microsoft said "After all, why don't we just leave the European market to PS4, too?" in a sarcastic way and people took it seriously. Only logical explanation that comes to my mind.