Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One will miss it’s November 2013 release date in 8 of 21 regional markets. These markets are mainly based in Europe and are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.
Microsoft had to trim the list down to 13 due to concerns surrounding demand for the console at launch. The current countries still included in the initial November 2013 release window are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand.
According to the post on the Xbox News Wire:
“This was an aggressive goal and the team has been working very hard to deliver Xbox One to as many markets as possible.
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 to 13 markets, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand, in November.
We remain committed to launching Xbox One in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, as soon as possible in 2014.”
The News Wire post goes on to justify the decision which doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the manufacturing of the Xbox One but more regional specific features such as localisation of the dashboard, additional voice and language support, and partnerships with third party apps to being more relevant content to users in those regions.
Though this is an official statement from Microsoft, given their track record there’s always a possibility of them to back track and revert back to the November 2013 launch window.