Microsoft has announced 8 more countries will be “spared” an early release of the increasingly beleaguered Xbox One and will instead have to wait until 2014, with number of nations on track for a 2013 release now down to a mere 13.
The Xbox One will now only be enjoying a 2013 release in the English-speaking world, major European nations and Brazil and Mexico.
The insignificant European nations of Russia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland have just been removed from the “November 2013″ release schedule and placed on the “as soon as possible” 2014 track – joining such MS strongholds as Japan as not being considered worth even the attempt of launch competition with Sony.
MS propaganda is attempting to soften the blow of its “great progress” with soothing words (and a free game for shafted pre-orderers):
Today we’re providing an update to our launch plans for Xbox One. At Xbox, our goal is to provide the best games and entertainment experience possible and the team continues to make great progress on delivering Xbox One.
At E3, we announced that Xbox One would be available in 21 markets around the world at launch. 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.