Xbox One Pre-Order Product Information- Xbox One to only work in certain countries at launch

Xbox One games are for activation and distribution only in specified geographic regions. See game package and/or retailer product information, for each game’s specific geographic regions.


With online check-ins a requirement for the machine, attempting to play a unit in an unsupported country will either be impossible or require some sort of IP-altering technical wizardry.
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a_bro1230d ago (Edited 1230d ago )

so wait, does that mean, if i buy the system from a country that's not listed here, it wont work regardless cause its connected to XBL with the always online? LMAO

dedicatedtogamers1230d ago (Edited 1230d ago )

But but but always online is the future, bro! THE FUTURE (of excluding gamers based on their geography)!

I told you, Microsoft!

abzdine1230d ago (Edited 1230d ago )

This is a disaster!! Microsoft just commited suicide for good!
And let's admit everyone has internet at home and Live subscription, imagine if Live gets hacked one day, no one can play??

Guys, Greatness awaits

EDIT: you who disagree, man up and say why!

nix1230d ago (Edited 1230d ago )

every xbox news should precede with this little warning:

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Why o why1230d ago (Edited 1230d ago )

Wish I coulda commented on that when you put it up. Good points, Good read

On this topic....


Harakiri fail

MikeMyers or Foxgod will come and clear this up real soon...dont you worry ¬_¬

I dont usually do this.......

Catoplepas1230d ago

This will make a lot more sense when Microsoft announce their new director of operations; Mr. Haz Kirai.

First up on Kirai's agenda, the X1 will only operate if you have a certain blood type. 24 hour periodic checks will of course be required.

a_bro1230d ago


At least forest gump was self aware of the actions he was taking. This is worse than simple jack.

abzdine1230d ago

i really hope Sony would come up with another troll video about this just like the sharing one! Notice they called it "1.Sharing of games".. i'm so much looking forward to part 2!!!!!!

Greatness awaits

Koyes1230d ago

Microsoft's grave seems to reach the centre of the earth now, that's how deep they've been digging

dedicatedtogamers1230d ago

Heads up!

Jim Sterling (Destructoid) just reported that not only does the XBox One require an internet connection (we already knew that), but it requires a 1.5 MBPS minimum speed.

karl1230d ago

Actually u have 24hrs from the moment u open the box

kneon1230d ago


Are you sure about that? I thought I read that it was 1.5MB of data per day, not connection speed.

Maybe the connection speed is the minimum to make the cloud computing viable.

user55757081229d ago

lol theyre not even making an attempt at the japanese market this time around cuz its not filled in

aCasualGamer1229d ago

"Requires broadband internet (ISP fees apply), a Microsoft account and an account on Xbox Live in an Xbox One-supported Xbox Live country/region, and 720p or higher HDMI-compatible TV. To receive live TV via broadcast or cable, supported receiver device (television tuner or cable/satellite set top box) with HDMI output and HDMI cable required (all sold separately).

Additional subscriptions, internet speed and/or requirements apply for some features.

Kinect Sensor for Xbox One (included) and periodic system software updates required for continued use; significant updates may be required during set-up and over time (ISP fees apply).

Some games not transferable and have no resale value; restrictions on games usage apply.

Games, Kinect and accessories made for Xbox 360 or original Xbox will not work with Xbox One.

Xbox One system software uses a significant amount of storage; less internal storage will be available to users. 500 GB = 500 billion bytes.

You must accept Xbox Terms of Use (including Xbox software terms and game license terms), Microsoft Services Agreement, and Xbox One 1-year limited warranty. Some games have additional license terms.

Terms include binding arbitration with class action waiver to resolve disputes.
Additional requirements will apply."


Only supported in:

New Zealand
United Kingdom
United States

...I can say, without a doubt in my mind, Microsoft have shot themselves in the foot. They've basically alienated a big portion of the gamers in the PAL regions and Japan. Wow!

Sony have won without a doubt.

AsimLeonheart1229d ago

Looks like MS has gone mad. I do not know what they were thinking designing such a product. How can they expect this thing to sell with so many restrictions? A customer would need a highly detailed instructional manual with all the do's and dont's to play this thing. Maybe MS will publish the manual after the console release and make money from that as well. Free manuals with a product are also hurting the industry, you know. ;-)

badz1491229d ago

meh...not gonna come close to it within a mile radius anyway let alone touch the damn thing!

NewMonday1229d ago

just when I thought $499 was the last surprise MS could spring

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a_bro1230d ago

jokes aside, wouldnt they want to sell as many systems as they can so that they can increase their install base and get that steady flow of games from 3rd party developers?

this always online joke limits them from doing so.

bonafide7321230d ago

apparently not this is kinda ridiculous that they doing this

andibandit1230d ago


Yes i guess thats where they are headed with all this tv bs. Get the non gamers, drop the core games. I hope they fail and come back with some sense the generation after.

maniacmayhem1229d ago

Has anyone noticed Japan isn't on the list or am I missing something?

I mean the rest of the countries they have listed are pretty big in terms of the gaming market but they seriously left out one of the biggest gaming nation on the list.

Did they just give up on Japan or can I not read in alphabetical order?

majiebeast1230d ago (Edited 1230d ago )

Most hilarious thing Witcher 3 made in Poland cant be played in Poland. Dead rising 3 made by Japanese publisher cant be played in Japan.

Remember you could play the console you buy everywhere yeah Microsoft doesnt. Dont support this piece of junk. I wonder if it comes with an American flag pattern.

Testfire1230d ago

I agree, but don't bring nationalities into this. I'm American and I love my country and I hope you love yours too. MS DOES NOT represent America, they only represent themselves. Don't let the media and greedy corporations give you a bad of every American, it's not right.

Testfire1230d ago

I agree, but don't bring nationalities into this. I'm American and I love my country and I hope you love yours too. MS DOES NOT represent America, they only represent themselves. Don't let the media and greedy corporations give you a bad impression of every American, it's not right.

Brazz1230d ago (Edited 1230d ago )

Witcher 3 is comming to PS4 too.
But yeah! you are right!
Hell! This thing is strange, this make me think that Xbox live now locks you to your country! Think this!
Why would they do this explanation of "don't work in this country" if i can buy a xbox in Portugal and use live brazil, USA, UK, ...?
Does this mean that if i buy a "brazilian Xbox" i will need to stick whit "brazil xbox live" that is centurys apart to "USA Live" (fact, USA live is the best Xbox live in the world!)!!!
This can mean deep shit for Microsoft!!!!

Kaneda1229d ago

Japan gamers didn't even buy Xbox and Dead Rising last gen.

Japan is not even a big region for M$. 67 people agreed with you are even dumbers!

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Brazz1230d ago (Edited 1230d ago )

My God! Microsoft Stop this! This is sucide! Stop killing yourself!!!

Edit: If China lift the market barrier MS will regret this! hell! they will Curse this decision forever!!

badz1491229d ago

and they work just fine especially with PS3 where you can just open a PSN account at other countries..HK would be the closest.

with this new MS policy, only PS4 can continue to be used in China for the time being.

fermcr1230d ago (Edited 1230d ago )

Dam... doesn't work in Portugal... and I was going to buy four Xbox One's. /s

The more i see from the Xbox One... the more i think, WHAT A GREAT FU**UP made by Microsoft.

amiga-man1229d ago (Edited 1229d ago )

Despite all the DRM and other crap you still wanted one?

It took them actually stopping you being able to use it in your country before you decided against it,

WOW just WOW

Sorry just noticed the Sarcasm, but seriously anyone interested in this sorry excuse for a console wants their heads examining.

Blackdeath_6631230d ago

it will only play games in those 21 countries at launch and tv services will only be available for the US. other countries can still watch blu-ray vids but that's about it.

KrisButtar1230d ago

"tv services will only be available for the US. other countries can still watch blu-ray vids but that's about it."

Canadians usually gets lumped in with the US with a lot services(PSN,XBL)think they will get the TV services as well?

Blackdeath_6631230d ago

your guess is as good as mine. i would say canada and uk will be the first to get the tv thing i don't even know what to call it anymore you will basically be able to use the tv you already have with the kinect for whatever reason.

Foliage1229d ago

You could just turn off the xbox one and use your television regularly; or not buy it at all. No need to wait for an xbox one to turn your television on; just use the power button you already own. Save your $500.

T21229d ago

@KrisButtr - not a chance Canada is included in the TV service on day one. We have this thing called the CRTC which is our television police and they deal on all licensing rights... basically a certain channel is allowed a monopoly on any show for a certain time. We didn't even have "family guy" on netflix for the first 3 years ... finally got it now. you would be amazed how few countries will have any TV service from XBL.

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Gildarts1230d ago

Uhm these are the major markets for Xbox.

You think PS4 will launch in every single country on the same day?

Sharius1230d ago

no, it only launch in certain country.... but it'll be import to every corner of the world

while xbone limit that with their belove super region-lock

OrangePowerz1230d ago

Probably not, but people can import a PS4 and play the games in any country :)

longcat1230d ago (Edited 1230d ago )

That avatar.... it may be time

Foliage1229d ago (Edited 1229d ago )

PS4 is completely region free and does not require you to check in every single day you touch it.

PS4 is not restricted out of any spot on the planet.

I wonder how long before foreign developers drop support for a console that their family can't play their games on in their region? Some of my proudest moments developing games is getting my loved ones to play them.

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Simon_Brezhnev1230d ago

I'm truly shock Mattrick other comment about buying xbox 360 if you want online not in the top news.

sags791230d ago

Indeed. MS's attitude for this next generation seems to be clearly the much maligned "Deal with it".

alb18991230d ago (Edited 1230d ago )

It just means that you can't watch a movie because country's laws but with time it will be abalible.
That happens with the 360 too in my country.

alb18991229d ago (Edited 1229d ago )

i cant rent movies from psn ether in my country.
You guys make from everything a big problem and more if comes from Microsoft.

Fil1011230d ago

LMAO I honestly didn't think xbone could sink any lower.

andibandit1230d ago

They couldnt, but somehow ms has managed to bend the fabric of space

Foliage1229d ago (Edited 1229d ago )

They also then announced that your current Micro points will expire in a year; during the conversion to their new system.

Just when you thought they had no feet left to shoot...

Just wait until word spreads further about the manufacturing troubles Microsoft is having with the xbox one; trying to rush it to compete with the Playstation deadline. Overheating issues when your electronic device has a fan that large; is definitely a horrible sign.

They also are having issues with low eSRAM manufacturing yields.

Rumours are quickly spreading that the GPU will have to be downgraded. Making the PS4 GPU not only 2x stronger as the current released specs depict; but actually 3x stronger.

That's just insane.

PS4 on average has made 60 units available to major retailers (projected estimates; to gauge how many pre-orders to take in); xbox one has only guaranteed 6. They then pump their chests claiming they are "selling out". With only 6 units; I sure hope they would be. The elephant in the room is that PS4 is selling out faster; with 10x the units anticipated at launch.


ProudGamer1230d ago

Florida isn't highlighted.

SegataSanshiro1229d ago

that is a cuban territory, didn't you see the map? no Xbox on cuba

GraveLord1230d ago

Actually it won't be sold in those countries not listed there at all. What this means is that if you take your console to a different country that's not listed there, it won't work even if you are connected tot he internet.

Think of it as a Super Region Lock.

sags791230d ago

If what you say is true... good lord.

I sure hope SONY doesn't do something similar. I would like to keep using my "fake US" PSN account to pay and buy games.

I mean, even if they do, since the console won't need to check online I could just settle for single players games as a WORST case scenario.

Sevir1230d ago

doesn't come with any of those restrictions so why hope when Every one of the Sony Computer entertainment execs say that the system works everywhere with zero limitations to how you game...

The xbox one is the most draconic gaming console ever conceived and I feel terrible for the ones who buys into this kind of thing! To think Capcom gave MS an exclusive and the game cant play in japan... FF fans who buy KH3 and FF15 cant play in japan... LORD

MS committed harakiri a million times over with this move.

Who's the idiot who pushed this for MS's games division when the 360 was such a smashing success with the gamers? Good luck Greenpowerz!!!

humbleopinion1229d ago

Xbox 360 has the exact same Live policy, and guess what? It works pretty well everywhere in the world - just punch in an American address in your gamertag.

Mike134nl1230d ago (Edited 1230d ago )

At least consumers in some european countries won't have to wait a month for it to launch in europe like with xb360

MRMagoo1231229d ago

no some will have to wait a year or some actually never get it lol

Cuzzo631230d ago

Lol... WTF.... Where is Greenpowerz when M$ needs em tha most...

JackBNimble1229d ago

he is in his mama's basement curled up in the fetal position.

Tultras1230d ago

My country.. Isn't even registered on Xbox live, does that mean that we won't be able to play it?

MRMagoo1231229d ago

yes its means you wont be able to use the xbone at all unless you just want an expensive bluray player. buuuuut then again i have a feeling you will have to sign up to even use the xbone at start up for the first time.

alb18991229d ago

is not true, you can play but you wont be able to use the movies and sports services like the 360 an PSN SONY

ramiuk11229d ago

it does mean that correct,just get a ps4 and support a company that deserves your cash

Rayansaki1229d ago

It will work, you just won't be able to play any games, and potentially log into XBL. But you can do everything else...

T21229d ago

everything else but play games and log into XBL? LOL bubble up that's hilarious

SonyPS41229d ago

Man this is only getting worse and worse.

gedapeleda1229d ago (Edited 1229d ago )

It might be that. But peeps from my country just choose whatever country on the list (ussually uk) when creating a live account. And live still works perfect.

"Xbox One games are for activation and distribution only in specified geographic regions. See game package and/or retailer product information, for each game’s specific geographic regions." I think if you buy games from 2nd region (eu) you need to activate it in an account that's registered in a 2nd region country.