MS “Spares 8 More Countries” 2013 Xbox One Release


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.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    20:05 16/08/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I was already leaning towards a PS4. this just made the choice pretty much a no-brainer.

    microsoft is taking one step forward and two steps back, wihle the PS4 just keeps marching on.
    to win this console generation Sony just needs to be quiet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 17/08/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It allready won <.<

    not that I will get one owning a PC and all that but still...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:01 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    actually to win this console generation all Sony needs to do is show up!
    its pretty hard to compete when your competitor isn't even around...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Or point and laugh at Microsoft as hard as possible. You forget that E3 was won by He-Who-Laughs-Last.

    ...That said, somehow I'm always imagining Nintendo laughing last... I need to stop playing AC:NL.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Why would this matter unless you are in one of those countries and Sony isn't launching in Japan so stop being a fucking hypocrite.

    I love how desperate you fanboys are to knock the xbox because you are insecure that the ps4 has no games.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Xbox has EA games, that's all that matters... cash-cow strategy^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:44 16/08/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    sony fanboy

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:52 16/08/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I have an XBox 360... I don't own any Sony devices... I will buy the PS4 and NOT the XBox One. Am I a Sony fanboy? :/

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    Comment by Satonaka
    00:20 17/08/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    nope, you're a smart gamer :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Pc is great , but sorry as long as it doesn't have the game i'm playing , and which are the reason i'm buying either system , it isn't worth as much .

    (cause yeah .. i'm a GAMER not an OWNER , i don't care about the brand , i want the game )

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Console gamers buy consoles for the great games, not the hardware, so...

    Oh wait, nevermind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:10 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    the usual things:
    1 you can sit in a comfortable couch while playing.
    2 all games on the console will work straight out of the box, no need to update drivers and whatnot.
    3 most games are multiplayer friendly (in that two or more people can use the same machine to play together), for a more social experience.
    4 cheaper (unless you count the cost of the TV)
    5 my eyesight is pretty bad. I honestly can't tell a difference between Crysis 3 on a console or a computer, so why should I care if a PC is stronger?

    though I suppose all those count as "portability"?

    Comment by Dark Mage
    09:54 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    An interesting note the 8 X86 cores in the PS4 are actually slower at some operations then the Cell chip in the PS3.
    115 Gflops Jaguar vs nearly 200 Glops for Cell.

    Though the GPU in the PS4 is very impressive for an integrated GPU.

    Now for the real laugh for some ops the Xbox One may not even be significantly faster then the Wii-U.
    Nintendo claims 500 Gflops CPU/GPU combined while the Xbox one may only be able to sustain 800 to 900.
    This is enough clever programming , a better OS, or the lack of built in video recording capability could close the gap on.
    Though it's still very ram limited.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:39 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ 4:10

    1 You can do that with a PC too, all depends on your setup, not the PCs fault.

    2 You have to setup the drivers even if you weren't gaming. And only once, since most drivers don't really change and VGA drivers (at least Nvidia) autoupdate/install with a few clicks. Not worth mentioning as a con srsly.

    3 Not anymore. Current generation consoles already had a sharp decline in splitscreen multiplayer. Next gen will probably even worsen the situation on this front. No better than a PC nowadays. I use my Xbox controllers on my PC it's pretty much the same as playing on a console (just with better graphics)

    4 True, but a good PC is more powerful and can do loads of other things that should offset the price (at least for people who do more on their PCs than just browsing facecrap). Let's say I pay 400 bucks for a PS4 and 1k for a laptop for everyday use minus gaming. ->1.4k
    Now scrap the PS4 and get a GTX 770. I'm guessing that thing has at least 50% more power than the PS4. scrap the laptop and get a dektop pc 400$ for the gtx770, 250$ for a Core i7 4770, 150$ for a gigabyte mainboard, 100$ for 16gb cl-10 RAM, 200$ for a 256 GB SSD + 1TB HDD, 50$ for a case, 150$ for PSU and cooling, 200$ for a Nexus 7 Tablet.
    Here ya go 1.5k for a crazy gaming rig + a tablet for on the go computing (good enough for me, I never used my laptop on the go when I had one). The best thing: you can just put another gtx770 in there for 2-way SLI in a few years (probably only costs 200 bucks by then) all while the Consoles are starting to look like toys because you can't upgrade the hardware.

    5 Did you actually see Crysis 3 on a real gaming rig? It's like 480p vs FullHD. I certainly can tell the difference.

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    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    11:15 18/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Attempting to point out any strengths a console has over a PC is an exercise in futility. Anything you can do on a console you can do on a PC but in more then one way.

    If you really think about it, A console is basically a sucky PC that will be outclassed in about 3 months after release.

    Also the people that made your PC have NO control over how you use it or what you use it for.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    If you buy it at launch, 4chan and 2chan will laugh at you. As 90% of the launch titles are coming for the Xbox 360, PS3 and the superior PC (which by all means is already more powerful than the PS4 and Xbone) keep on supporting these companies us Master Race will love you.

    Wait till the price drops and has better technology like the PS3 and the Xbox 360. Where they improved the technology inside each system well after launch like Xbox 360 from the the usual model to the valkyrie and jasper chipset same with the PS3 the only one that seems to be stable is Nintendo.

    Now the next generation would be troublesome since the development costs and the consoles have reached the PC architecture levels they cannot do only games this will where Sony will fall flat. What is the point of getting a PS4 if the major games that appear on it will be on PC which would do many many more things have extra bonuses and DLC?

    Comment by Anonymous

    @ Purple Mage

    Care what you are saying, you are not an Computer Expert otherwise you would be working at Microsoft or working at the SAME COMPANY WHERE THE SAME FUCKING CHIPS ARE COMING FROM AMD FOR BOTH THE PS4 AND THE XBOX ONE SO YOU CANT SAY ITS SLOWER UNLESS BOTH ARE FOR EXAMPLE NINTENDO USE NVIDIA. Microsoft has the technical expertise and knowledge to shut you down in the moments thought.


    You can do that with a PC if you wish all you need is to hook up via the HDMI port to the TV and you have all the features of the console on the LCD/LED TV.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    03:30 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    No, you're not a fanboy. Just your average dork that hasn't given up on console gaming yet. With time, PS4 will become what XBone wanted to be now. But by then nobody will care as much.

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    03:59 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Did you actually say they would be better...

    The PS4 hardware wise is already outdated in comparison to any gaming PC.

    So what possible advantage does a console have over a PC exactly besides portability.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Things be changing on console, Mr. Anon.
    For example:
    1 You could do this for a PC too, if you want. You can even use a gamepad, if you prefer that.
    2 Not necessarily true any more, sadly. Games often need patches, as do the consoles themselves. Hell, the PSP even raised its clock speed in a firmware update.
    3 Still holds true, mostly.
    4 To some degree, but obviously PCs serve a lot of other purposes than just gaming.
    5 Sucks to be you.

    Consoles are becoming more and more like PCs. The whole digital DRM family sharing whatever that XBone was planning would have really taken out a lot of the, "intuitive", nature of buying and playing console games, and if they actually use, "the cloud", in the ways they were selling it (which they won't), then yeah, things just get even more confusing.

    Comment by Anonymous

    No, but you aren't PC master race. With that fancy x86 arch on both consoles, all the console ports will be simple and cheap, not to mention better. Damn, this is a great time to game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:54 16/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    ano 2: you can't even give a better argument than fanboy....

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:37 16/08/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Xbox fanboys confirmed for infesting Sancom with registered accounts for which to downvote people who don't like Xbone.

    The shills spread even here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That statement clearly make you a MS fanboy you idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:17 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    original poster (the alleged sony fanboy) here:

    While I'm leaning towards the PS4, I'm not gonna get it on launch.
    I buy my consoles for the gaming, and none of the launch-titles for either console interest me at all.

    only reason I'd get a Xbone is Halo 5... but I'm more interested in Bungie's Destiny.

    ... which I just found out will be coming out for the 360 and PS3 also...
    so in truth, I might not be getting a PS4 either console...
    heh. thank you. if not for this conversation, who knows what could've happened.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    09:55 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anything rev 1.0 is usually going to be bug ridden crap.
    Let the fools I mean beta testers buy the launch consoles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:14 16/08/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I dont care even if they never release thier console in my country

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:30 16/08/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Dead before release.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    22:19 16/08/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Pretty much not even Aeris can bring this thing back from the dead.

    Comment by Anonymous

    That would actually be better news.
    It'll give MS time to reconsider leaving PC gaming behind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:55 16/08/2013 # ! Good (+0.5)

    If they do a great job no one will remember the delay.

    If they do a bad job, no one will care if it was on time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:16 16/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's already clear they didn't do a great job the Xbox One is the CDI of the 21st century.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:18 16/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Could be worse, could be Atari Jaguar & Sega 32x.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:21 18/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, CDI was a far bigger flop than Jaguar or Sega 32X.

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    Comment by Fred
    20:28 16/08/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    This is an important point for people to understand.
    Microsoft took a loss to get into the console market and now expects its hardware to be profitable. They can't afford the launch hiccups they had with the 360. Many of those problems are simply regionalization, and by staggering the launch they keep from getting hit with bad PR all at once.

    Sony has a similar problem but more forgiving fans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:42 16/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    nah, bad excuse

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:51 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    As someone working in the software development world; bullshit.

    MS seems to have made some very bad bets with kinect, making it impossible for them to lower the price down to PS4 levels. Thing is, PS4 isn't going to be doing any more hardware subsidizing than MS.

    They just didn't put requirements of expensive external sensors into the standard package.

    And as someone living in a small Japanese apartment that feature is dead before launch. Game makers will have seen this from afar and guess where they will put their bets..

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They ARE profitable as it is. Very much so in fact, since every single console game sale feeds them a licensing fee.

    What people are upset over is Microsoft trying to further nickel and dime them, while offering an inferior product (or more accurately, product terms).

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:53 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Many of those problems are simply regionalization...", What a BS excuse!!!

    They are releasing the console in Germany, France and Italy, yet not in Switzerland... Why is that? The swiss only speak german, french and italian.

    The same thing for Brazil and Portugal. The console is been released in Brazil, but not in Portugal?
    And by the way, the servers owned by Microsoft that Spain is going to use are in Portugal...
    So BS excuse!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    When will Microsoft run out of ammo? They've got to be REALLY low after shooting themselves in the foot so many times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:51 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    no no, even if they're low on ammo... they probably still have a grenade or two to fumble with.
    just you wait.

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    Comment by KingFisher
    23:13 16/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    In translation it means for the November 2013 release people will get a shittier product that will probably be full of bugs and Microsoft will think of tons of ways to rip customers of to fix problems.

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    Comment by Tasche
    19:14 16/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Something tells me this is a good thing. if they devote their attention to the immediate "successful" launch in the teir 1 countries, it offsets the backlash for poor launch sales if they proceeded to distribute to non-xbox heavy regions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:38 16/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    im guessing they are fudging the numbers releasing on the countries where the 360 was strongest to show a better reception than they would get world wide, also the tv thing is probably brings a huge problem with licenses and permits

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    Comment by Rya
    19:24 16/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sales won't get better if they don't sell at all, though.

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    Comment by Katsura
    20:49 16/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's about sales in proportion to copies produced.

    When unclear, it's better to sell 400/500 consoles in one country, rather than 700/2000 consoles in four.

    They're doing this to sell in places they know where it will sell, and then produce more when demand appears in other countries.

    It says something about the state of the Xbox One's popularity when they're forced to do this, since this model is more commonly done with games of dubious popularity, but for it to be done for a console is... Well, unheard of so far.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:31 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sadly, everyone has it in their head Sony is a savior. They forget the shit they pulled with the PS3. In the end, BOTH will shaft you in some way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:17 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Sadly, everyone has it in their head Sony is a savior. They forget the shit they pulled with the PS3. In the end, BOTH will shaft you in some way."

    Well, it look like Sony did learn some lesson in a hard way and now repent themselves, shown how by they manage the PS4. Cheaper price, less TV and more games, no forced camera to gamers, and helping the gamer that like to upload their games onto Youtube, by making recording available for free. For that, I can forgive them for in the end, Sony did trying to offer the best for gamers.

    Microsoft, they did backpedaling but their deal is still far behind what Sony offering for the next gen. Also, their shit is just ended recently, it takes time to forgive them, and there are still some crappy deal can be make better (Xbox Live Gold and adds,wtf, and many service behind paywall).

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:25 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "It's about sales in proportion to copies produced."

    Warez copies? Shirley you jest?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:47 16/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If anyone willing to put this huge ass spyware inside their house, Snowden will be rolling in the deep.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:10 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, I prefer you than him haha

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 17/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Snowden sucking yr dick? I don't think so.

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    Comment by Kaarme
    20:27 16/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They guarantee poorer launch numbers by skipping the boost Christmas sales normally deliver in this sort of products. If Sony actually manages to manufacture enough units in time for Christmas, it's going to snatch some customers from MS simply because of it. It might not matter for single adults, but it does for families.

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