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Xbox One launch delayed in eight markets, U.S. release still on track

Xbox One Launch Delay

Microsoft still plans to launch its next-generation Xbox One video game console this coming November, but the number of launch markets was just slashed by more than one-third. The company on Wednesday announced that the Xbox One is now set to debut in 13 markets ahead of the holidays this year. Microsoft listed 21 launch markets during the console’s unveiling, but Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland will now see the Xbox One arrive sometime in 2014. The change implies that either preorder demand has far exceeded Microsoft’s expectations, or manufacturing issues may limit initial supply. “Our priority is ensuring our customers get the best Xbox One experience the first day it is available,” Microsoft said in a post on its Xbox Wire blog. “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.”

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.




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