Submitted by JordanBlack68 713d ago | news

Xbox One Launch Markets Confirmed


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. (Xbox One)

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iamnsuperman  +   713d ago
At least they are committed to the bigger markets but it is a shame about those 8 markets slipping into 2014
cleft5  +   713d ago
Yeah that is unfortunate, but the console is region free so people who really want one in those countries can import without any worries. Still that is a shame.
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NatureOfLogic   713d ago | Trolling | show
ger2396  +   713d ago
Is it region free? Serious question.
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NatureOfLogic  +   713d ago
I hope MS can pull it together because PS4 is set to dominate the holidays.
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GiantEnemyCrab  +   713d ago
Get2396: Yes, MS confirmed the console is region free.

HammadTheBeast  +   713d ago
Wow, not even launching in Japan, GG given up.
xHeavYx  +   713d ago
No Poland? That are not even mentioned on the countries that will get the One later
This is a huge thing, but better delaying than rushing things. The main problem will be that a lot of people will get a PS4 though
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abzdine  +   713d ago
no words about japan, looks like they completely gave up! PS4 will rule as king in Japan and will get lots of praise from developers since Wii U isn't selling at all, and if big japanese franchises hit PS4 massively then all other territories will follow cause japanese games are some of the most creative out there.

Now if PS4 releases worldwide and before X1 then i'm afraid the worst could happen to Xbox

@andibandit : because if it happens Japan wakes up and rules the gaming world X1 will be a massive fail cause if the console doesn't sell in japan and lots of great japanese games come out they will only be developed for PS4.
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andibandit  +   713d ago
Who cares about Japan....

Seriously they've had absolutely no success in Japan what so ever...why should they focus on Japan as part of their list of 13??? makes no sense
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Diver  +   713d ago
Region free is not the same as use it in any country at launch. MS said you will be blocked.

They don't want other territories taking launch consoles from launch countries.
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JokesOnYou  +   713d ago
Why launch in Japan first with for example 250k consoles when you can just allocate 125k each to Mexico's and Brazil's original 250k and sell close to 500k in those 2 markets in 3 months vs selling 50k in Japan for 3 months, while the rest sit on store shevles? Sure you could split stock and reallocate a few of them to every market, but if preorders suggest demand is there in bigger markets it just makes more sense to go this route.
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Mike134nl  +   713d ago
Cna choose to import or maybe go for the free pack in game. Curious what pack in game will be included
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gaffyh  +   712d ago
So they said 21 markets, and they're down to 14 simultaneous, and that doesn't even include Japan. It's not going to win them any fans. However, at least they're committed to US and the big European countries, as they are the countries with the highest Xbox fanbase.
tokugawa  +   712d ago

it is a shame that the worst couldn't happen to you. annoying fanboy in every thread. and i am a sony gamer also

on topic. i am all set. the country where i live is on the list. ps4 + xbo day one. it is all good
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fr0sty  +   712d ago
Importing will be very difficult if their yields are not at the level where they can launch in all those markets at once. Supplies will likely be tight for a while after launch until they get it all sorted out.

Looks like those ESRAM yield rumors are starting to come true. Localization should not have been an issue for the company that would cause such a massive delay.
Ritsujun  +   712d ago
Mindless blindb0ts just love getting Xbone180'd by Microsofie over and over again, don't they?
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JohnnyBadfinger  +   712d ago
@ insomnium
Speaking of ignore lists... I welcome you to mine.
Why are you Sony fans attacking this so hard? Your apparent ps4 sales are supposedly out of stick in every region according to you guys. Do you really think that they can manage a global release? Hell fucking no!
Some countries will probably get a 6 month delay or more.

That's just logic... Something you sony fanboys claim to have but don't in reality
black0o  +   712d ago
MS is on defense next-gen sony has it eyes sit on NA MS strongest/biggest market and so far MS loosing market share -according to the per-orders-

so i think MS did a smart move here, they dont hve the same chance they had last gen with x360 so there's no need to fight in loosing battles over territories which PlaytStation brand is everything , MS must get NA by any mean necessary
Merrill  +   712d ago
This isn't true actually. There is a post/thread in NeoGaf where someone asked Microsoft on Twitter if they bought an Xbox One from Germany, will it work in Switzerland, and he was told since you need to go online day one and verify with your countries Xbox store, that it wouldn't work for him.

If it's not available in your region day one, then you can't own one until it has been released, because it hasn't been set up for that country yet.
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MRMagoo123  +   712d ago

Get rid of that Australian flag, you dont deserve to carry it you are unAustralian, i bet you dont even eat lamb on Australia day you have hot dogs or something american. Imagine how many ppl you will get to play online with in Australia if you have an xbone lol there is probably about 200 xbones on preorder in the whole country.

OT: Its a shame they cant manage the countries they where aiming for but im guessing with all the changes lately they had a hard time getting the quota for them all.
UnholyLight  +   712d ago
Yeah it is. I guess it makes more sense when you realize that the Xbox One is supposed to be optimized with Kinect and to have it recognize each and every region and their respective colloquial languages...It makes sense.
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slimeybrainboy  +   713d ago
It may seem like smart business to try and capture these big markets but it seems like there must be some weight to the markets they're leaving out right?

I guess not I mean, MS would know about it than I.

BTW I called it a couple of hours ago in a reply to you lol #2.1.2 n4g.com/news/1332587/xbox-one- delayed-until-2014/pen
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nypifisel  +   713d ago
This kinda confirms the rumours of yield problems around the Xbox One.
Mystogan  +   713d ago
JokesOnYou  +   713d ago
No they have said the yeild rumor was never true, plus independent analyst have said micro will likely have more stock than ps4 by Nov launch. I think this means they are prioritizing the bigger markets where preorder numbers suggest there is more demand.
nypifisel  +   713d ago | Well said

You're seriously the most brainwashed and deluded fanboy I have ever seen.

First of all, Like they would ever acknowledge such a fact, they've never told the truth about anything, there were a rumour about the delay just recently, they all denied it on twitter (Aaron Greenberg specifically), and now here it is, true and all.

All store and pre order allotments point at the PS4 having a bigger supply of consoles, and if the tactic was to go for the bigger markets why so suddenly change that this late in the game having already announced 21 launch markets before?

It could be a confirmation in the sense that the yield problems have created a smaller supply than initially though having to reduce expectations. In no universe is Xbox One manufacturing further along than the PS4. The complexity of the die with the embedded RAM in the X1 alone would mean a lower yield were to be expected.

MS simply decided to go for the bigger markets with the supply they think they will have ready by launch. Seeing how the pre orders still aren't filled in most of these launch countries (Germany being the biggest in Europe) there's nothing pointing at MS doing this to keep up with demand.

Use your brain, it's good for thinking.
devwan  +   712d ago
@JokesOnYou "independent analyst have said micro will likely have more stock than ps4 by Nov launch."

What utter fanboi deluded nonsense you spout.

"I think this means they are prioritizing the bigger markets where preorder numbers suggest there is more demand."

Kind of. They are prioritizing the markets where they simply cannot afford not to be present when the ps4 drops (bar Austria that gets a free pass being effectively an extension of the much more important territory Germany).

cboat posted again today on the subject, nypifisel is right, yields are not good.

"more to cmoe nxt wekek" - can't wait for more #TRUTHFACT!
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insomnium2  +   712d ago
just put JOY on your ignore list like me. Easy as pie.
Ritsujun  +   712d ago
JOY's joking on herself, again. LMSBO.
MRMagoo123  +   712d ago

lol come on now you cant honestly believe they will have as many xbones as sony have ps4s at launch, for a start if it where true why on earth did sony have at least double the amount available for pre order at every single shop doing them ?
JokesOnYou  +   712d ago
"Definitely not true, I can't respond to every unsourced online rumor . . but that is false."


"Xbox One will have a launch advantage over PS4, claims analyst"

"Xbox One is regaining momentum following a bodged E3 showing, and will also benefit from having two to three times the amount of launch stock of the PS4, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian has told GamesIndustry."


-Of course I don't believe whatever Microsoft says, thats why I added the analyst data its call putting 2 and 2 together to get 4, plus I bet when Cerny says GDDR5 has no latency hes being completely honest and unbiased right? Furthermore that rumor came from the same source who said that the X1 was being downclocked due to yield problems, that turned out to be false which was covered on neogaf, so putting why should I believe him, when he was definitely wrong about the downclocking and Microsoft and verified analysts say the data suggests they will have more stock eventually.

lol, THE IRONY OF CALLING ME BRAINWASHED because I research before forming an opinion and YOU just spew nonsense with no creditable source. Now I bet I won't get a sensible response with backup from legit soources other than fan site polls. lol, consoles are months from launch, no one knows allocations from all retail chains but you guys talk as if you know specific preorder sales and what sales on lauch day will be and I'm the one brainwashed. Yeah right, try harder.
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JokesOnYou  +   712d ago
damm couldnt edit this part in: lol not only were the downclocking rumors which you all believed ultimately ended up being wrong but they actually tweaked the specs for a small performance boost.
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nypifisel  +   712d ago
You don't even know how to find objective information, it doesn't come from biased sources. Analysts know nothing, they speculate but I guess you didn't know this. You just so happen to find those who said those positive things about the X1, how many other analysts do you think there is saying the same thing but about PS4? You calling yourself unbiased is an insult to human intelligence.

I don't honestly know what to say, just the fact that they reduced the launch market points at a smaller initial supply. And don't spew lies, the yield have always been a fact, the natural reaction of a yield problem is a downclock to raise the amount of useable dies - hence a downclock was rumoured. You just don't know how it all works, cause you're not interested in the real world.
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MarkusMcNugen  +   712d ago

"And don't spew lies, the yield have always been a fact, the natural reaction of a yield problem is a downclock to raise the amount of useable dies - hence a downclock was rumoured. You just don't know how it all works, cause you're not interested in the real world."

I didnt realize rumors were now considered fact. Especially when the opposite of a downclock ends up being the case. You are right that they would downclock if they were having yield issues, but they certainly wouldnt overclock if they were having yield issues. Which is exactly what they did.

Perhaps accepting rumors and offhand information not pertaining necessarily to the rumor as fact is living in the real world? Cause we all know speculation comes true right? Just like those analysts you were complaining about.

Seriously people. Calm down. We will find out soon enough.
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nypifisel  +   711d ago
We don't know what the original goal for GPU clock was, could've been 900, they settled for 800 and then proudly declared they up clocked it to 850 (which is a meagre increase to say the least)

The downclocking rumour was never confirmed from any inside sources, it was just made up since it could've been when pretty solid sources said Xbox were having yield problems
gaelic_laoch  +   713d ago
Still 2/3 months till launch how many more markets might slip into 2014?
rainslacker  +   713d ago
It's also nice they are going to bundle a game with the system as well in those markets being delayed. Nice gestures like that show at least they realize people will be disappointed and helps ease the wait.
bicfitness  +   713d ago
Yield issues all but said out loud.
MarkusMcNugen  +   712d ago
Yeah, because instead of downclocking the APU they overclocked the GPU portion of the APU. Is that standard practice when having yield issues?

The answer is No.
showtimefolks  +   712d ago
i understand that MS wants to focus on the 13 markets but what might end up happening is that many who will want a next gen will get a ps4

same thing happened last gen when xbox360 came out early, many long time PS fans didn't want to wait so they made the switch

on a side note:

which countries ps4 launching?
Potato2  +   712d ago
http://www.crashwiki.com/ps... Here is a map of the supported countries on launch day for both systems.
thekhurg  +   712d ago

LMAO - that's the best picture of this coming gen I've seen yet...
IcicleTrepan  +   712d ago
@potato, that map is prior to this announcement. Russia is green in it.
MRMagoo123  +   712d ago
its less than that map now since the downgrade lol so its even worse
MarkusMcNugen  +   712d ago
I just want to point out that besides three of the people responding to your comment have 3 bubbles, worldwide launches are usually problematic. There are a ton of logistics involved in shipping to every country in the world and manufacturing enough consoles to meet demand in all of them. Last gen was notorious for PS3 shortages all over the world. Both Microsoft and Sonys strategies have their pros and cons.

Hopefully both consoles sell really well. The last thing the gaming industry needs is less competition. Sega dropping their console division so long ago was a sad day for gamers, whether they realized it or not. Thankfully Microsoft stepped in to fill their place.
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Mr Pumblechook  +   712d ago
Just a couple of hours ago Aaron Greenberg DENIED this story.

When asked on twitter if the story was true he said "Ha, don't believe everything you read!"

www.twitter.com/aarongreenber g/status/367664253110476800
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onanie  +   712d ago
"...including Aaron Greenberg's twitter"
paul-p1988  +   712d ago
Aaron Greenberg lied?!?!?! ARE YOU SURE?!?!?! That's never happened before....

ZHZ90  +   712d ago
It was 21 countries now 13... why?
B1663r  +   712d ago
Selling out in those 13 countries. They won't have enough consoles to meet demand, so no reason start selling in smaller countries until they have enough consoles.
FamilyGuy  +   712d ago
Wow, they claimed 21 at E3 and are only doing 13, that's practically half.

Why'd they even make such a bold claim?

I'm thinking they just saw where they were getting the highest numbers of pre-orders and decided to focus on those markets rather than seeing a slower sale rate in the others.

It's cool they're going to pack in a game for those that pre-ordered. At least they're showing some care for the interested consumers in those markets. I wonder if it'll be a big retail, and arcade game or an indie title.

Japan not being listed was obvious but what's more interesting will be how japanese developers look at the X1 now. They might decide not to support it (even more) or something.
DoubleM70  +   712d ago
Ahh cut the crap those other territories are getting a free game.
FamilyGuy  +   712d ago
Only the people that pre-ordered, not everyone in those countries. Read the fine print. Still a good deal considering those that pre-ordered were the ones that wanted it the most anyways. They deserve something for being so loyal after MS basically lied to them. The "lie" = saying that they'd launch in 21 markets.
kewlkat007  +   712d ago
It is a shame but wasn't this the same for Xbox 360 launch?

The PS3 was delayed almost a year for all...with a higher price and they did fine..

Has there been a console to release in "every" region at the same time recently?

and who cares about japan..I rather have other regions that care about buying it.
showtimefolks  +   712d ago
japan is with sony and nintendo so even if xbox one does launch on time it won't be able to compete with sony
kewlkat007  +   712d ago
Did you see how much the 360 sold in Japan after 6 years..compete with Sony where? in Japan..

Microsoft put in some decent effort at jrpgs early in the 360's life-cycle and where did that get them in Japan? Lost Odyssey was a gem this gen.

Yes the console can be release there but who gives a sh!t....obviously they don't.

MS has sold over 70mill 360's something my dear great Dreamcast would of dreamed of and that was a Japanese console maker at one point..

Consoles no longer start and die in Japan..
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zekk  +   712d ago
...I know this isn't the right place to ask but does the x1 have an optical cable port? I noticed the new model of the 360 doesn't have one so it just made me curious
IcicleTrepan  +   712d ago
it does
TwistedMetal  +   712d ago
not launching in japan is gonna be bad. you get less rpgs If you have zero consoles in japan. the only reason some bought the x360 is because ms was getting many japan timed exclusives and such like lost odyssey and such but now they aren't getting those because there japan console base will be like 100 people maximum lol. if you like Japanese games at all you will get the ps4 or you will be stuck just playing call of duty and halo with way less people playing those on xbox one and way more people playing them on the ps4.
andrewsqual  +   712d ago
I guess we just assumed that they WERE confirmed. Anything else they would like to CONFIRM while they are at it?
@ger2396 Yeah when they expectantly to themselves went back on the DRM thing, they had to remove the original country locked scheme that they had too, much to their dismay.
Don't forget to say your welcome to the people who stood up to this crap by boycotting the console.
Cherchez La Ghost  +   713d ago
I know what's part of my 4-day Thanksgiving holiday season!!
GiantEnemyCrab  +   713d ago
With the Xbox One and PS4 launching close I don't think I'm coming out of my game room until Feb 2014.

So much gaming to be had!
NeutralXP  +   712d ago
Ps4 isn't anytime soon so don't get your hopes up
dragon82  +   712d ago

We only have about 3 months until launch!! I can't wait.
paul-p1988  +   712d ago
@NeutralXP and for a large amount of the world the xbone will take even longer to arrive :P
bsquwhere  +   712d ago
Wow NeutralXP tell me more about working for Sony/working in the factory that makes PS4s. Do you live in the future? One company actually makes hardware for a living, the other doesn't (that's why a console made by Sony with software by Microsoft would rule).The X1 wont be out for awhile either if you live in the other 8 regions.

I'm pretty sure you have no idea what neutral means either. Your name should be TrollXP, because that's the only experience your getting here. You should be capped out by now. Jackass.
Cherchez La Ghost  +   712d ago
LoL!! Funny how people can disagree on what I'm planning on doing.
JordanBlack68  +   713d ago
21 to 13, are they having problems, or just demand?
cleft5  +   713d ago
Probably a little bit of both. The first yield order of a new console tends to sale out regardless of issues. So they might just want to get the console in what they consider to be key markets first.
-Alpha  +   713d ago
They seem to specify issues with localizing the languages for Kinect, but there is probably more to it.
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iamnsuperman  +   713d ago
It will be a mixture of both. They will only be able to make a certain amount and so they are giving more to regions they are most likely going to sell more in. It isn't really about people demanding it but the potential demand being bigger there
paul-p1988  +   712d ago
I don't think it's a demand issue too much in Europe, in the USA it could be, but there are already a few news reports over here (I live in the UK) saying that Sony are struggling to keep with the pre-orders here and don't think all the pre-orders will get fulfilled, yet there is no such news from Microsoft on the X1 even though the UK is the biggest european market for it...

If history is repeating itself, as it so often does, i would assume it is more a yield issue as they don't want to have another pandemic like RROD on their hands this time around
stage88  +   713d ago
So the rumours were true then.
Doesn't bode well for MS in those 'second tier' markets as the PS4 will have no competition.

Also, I don't think adding in a free game to those who pre-ordered is attractive enough.
If I lived in those countries and saw the PS4 in action at my friends house and no release date scheduled for the xbox then I would definitely switch.
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British_Knight  +   713d ago
Has Sony confirmed every market they'll launch PS4 in this November?
stage88  +   713d ago
It seems that Sony have been well prepared with the PS4 and I have no doubt in my mind that they will cater to the whole of Europe since it's 'Sony territory'.

Microsoft, at the moment, are struggling. With all these last minute changes and buggy software (there's a video of the glitchy UI on youtube) you can tell they just weren't ready to show their console yet and Sony caught them off guard.
AnteCash  +   712d ago
Even in tiny market like croatia stores are taking preorders for ps4, didnt see any for xbox yet.
deadfrag  +   712d ago
yEs!Im from Portugal that is not even in the 21 first countrys (or racist M$ term: 1ªtier countrys) that was announce for the X1 release,and my retailer already confirm that me pre-order PS4 is set to ship this year along with the EU release!M$ is going to lose so much market to Sony ps4 wordwide that they will never get the chance to get on top ever again.Its obvious that M$ is rushing the hardware out the door and not even all the money they have will change this fact.
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Elit3Nick  +   712d ago
@deadfrag If you seriously believe that this is a racist thing, then you don't understand how business works. The tier system is in place to categorize countries based on interest in the console, example since Japan how pretty much no interest whatsoever in the xbox brand it makes more sense to focus on more interested countries and code their language for kinect.
Darrius Cole  +   713d ago
But we don't yet know that the PS4 release markets will be, do we? The PS4 could shift consoles to the same 13 markets in order to combat the X1. I'm not saying that they will, just point out that we don't know. If that info has already been released and I missed it, then I am asking for a link.
imt558  +   713d ago
Rumour is about 1 month old. And who believe in that :

Deathdeliverer  +   712d ago
How NeoGaf is so spot on with the rumors is a complete mystery. They have been nailing the Xbox One on EVERYTHING. How they revealed the delay rumor almost a MONTH in advance is truly black magic. Console specs are one thing, but supported countries? Microsoft has some leaks that would sink a battleship.
imt558  +   712d ago

Also they been nailing the PS3 at launch as well.
NatureOfLogic  +   713d ago
So the rumors were indeed true? I'm done.
tigertron  +   713d ago
I'm surprised Mexico, an LEDC is getting the Xbox One before richer nations.
TheFallenAngel  +   713d ago
Mexico is either 11 or 13th richest country in the world. So why not? And a big supporter of xbox. A lot of companies over there do promotions with xbox. Sony needs to step up in Mexico and Brazil.
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tigertron  +   712d ago
Mexico is about the 64th richest. Way below the 8 countries that Microsoft have neglected.
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TheFallenAngel  +   712d ago
There's a reason why ms chose Mexico over other countries. That's because they might sell more xboxs then the other "richer" countries. I know a lot of people with xboxs in Mexico.
TheFallenAngel  +   712d ago
Are you basing on GDP? Because I am. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/w...

See Mexico is one of the richest country in the world. In Mexico and Mexico city being one of the top 10 richest city in the world.
Toman85  +   712d ago
Yeah but my country Norway, is the richest country is one of the "markets" for 2014 launch of Xbox One.

If this happens to PS4 aswell, freeze me someone :P
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SpideySpeakz  +   712d ago
You believe it has something to do with the wealth of a country? NO. It has more to do with the population and demand.
tigertron  +   712d ago
@ MassEffect23

and that is usually determined by the wealth of a country. The richer the country is, the higher the probability of middle class people who want to buy electronic devices.
TheFallenAngel  +   712d ago
Found something for my disagreers.
UnwanteDreamz  +   712d ago
If they disagreed because you said Mexico is a big supporter of Xbox360 then you were right they are wrong.

I disagreed because Mexico is not a rich nation. You are wrong and there is no link you can bring up that will change that truth.

Also, Mexico city is nowhere near top 10 richest cities.
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UnwanteDreamz  +   712d ago
@ FallenAngel

No your numbers are just the GDP per capita not taking into account cost of living and the inflation rates of the countries. When you take that into account Mexico is the 59th richest nation. Your numbers are just based off of exchange rates. The GDP (PPP) is basically numbers that represent a country's purchasing power.

Forbes uses the GDP (PPP) to measure a country's wealth.

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TheFallenAngel  +   712d ago
Let's take Mexico and Luxembourg. If 100% of Luxembourg population is above middle class and only 10% of Mexico's is above middle class. That's 10 million of people in Mexico that is above middle class in Mexico compared to a little over half of million of population in Luxembourg. Where do you think ms will sell more Xbox?
My point was that Mexico is a bigger market for ms because population. Most of the "richest countries" their population is way too low hence better GDP per capita.
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gaelic_laoch  +   713d ago
Boooommmmshakalaka boooommmmmmm!!!!

No smoke without fire! I really feel for those let down again by M$ in countries getting snubbed!
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British_Knight  +   712d ago
I bet you believe Sony is going to release PS4 all over the world, simultaneously, as they battles a financial crisis.
wynams  +   713d ago
Has any consumer electronics device in history changed as much as the bone since E3? Crazy amount of changes in 2 months!!
IcicleTrepan  +   712d ago
Technically speaking, the hardware hasn't changed at all, just the software.
paul-p1988  +   712d ago
It's almost at the point where people are gonna rush home to play their newly purchased Xbox Ones, getting cables ready, buying more AA batteries, open the box and there it is...

A toaster with a Microsoft Sticker on....
Avernus  +   713d ago
Don't worry MS, your biggest competition will have a console ready for the holiday season in the countries you're not releasing in till 2014.

It's not a smart business move, but it's one that was forced. This shows that SONY forced MS' hand when it came to releasing the XBOX One early. MS was not ready to release, and them admitting that they don't have the time to release in certain regions, proves it.

Think about it. MS won't pass up on an opportunity to make more money would they? No business would. SONY was ready, hence they're releasing the PS4 everywhere.

Anyway this won't affect me. If I was getting an XBOX One it would have. Tbh, since i live in the Caribbean, I don't even know if it'll even work as intended if I ordered one from the US.

I have both 360 and PS3, but this time around it looks like i won't be getting a MS product. Shame...guess that money goes towards getting more stuff for my PS4.
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JBSleek  +   713d ago
"It's not a smart business move, but it's one that was forced. This shows that SONY forced MS' hand when it came to releasing the XBOX One early. MS was not ready to release, and them admitting that they don't have the time to release in certain regions, proves it."

That is a really big fallacy. Just because they aren't launching in every market doesn't prove that somehow the Xbox One wasn't meant for a 2013 launch. What company can really pull off a global launch?

"Think about it. MS won't pass up on an opportunity to make more money would they? No business would. SONY was ready, hence they're releasing the PS4 everywhere."

PS4 isn't launching in all territories at once. You can only produce so many consoles in the time leading up to the launch.
Drekken  +   712d ago
Sony caught MS with their pants down.
vlonjati77vlonjati  +   712d ago
And tickled MS's tonsiles :)
FullMetalTech  +   713d ago
I noticed Japan wasnt mentioned.
JordanBlack68  +   713d ago
That will be 2015
torchic  +   712d ago
2015? holy shit, they might as well not release the thing in Japan if that's the case
blackpanther25  +   713d ago
they didn't even mention ANY Asian market
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dark-kyon  +   713d ago
microsoft give up japan.
T2  +   712d ago
Wat about China with the embargo lifted
Angainor7  +   713d ago
Guys i have a question, since i live in Greece and daaaamn i won't see it until 2015, will i be able to take one from Germany and play at least offline the games.

Thank you in advance!
Convas  +   713d ago
Well, you speak english obviously, and the Xbox One is now region free so ...

Yeah, should be able to import one for a supported country!
FullMetalTech  +   713d ago
I think you can import one. But on the site it says to check with the retailer for some reason. So i dont know if they are making it region free or not cuz it doesnt specify that either.
T2  +   712d ago
You still have the onetime online check, I wouldnt import one
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deadfrag  +   712d ago
No because you have to make a system update,and Greece just like Portugal dont have xboxone live yet,and it seems you cant make an account from a supported country and update from Greece...!Get a pS4 and forget the X1; its the best you and i can do.by the time the X1 gets release in Greece,Portugal and the other not supported at release countrys you will have had a nice time with the PS4 that the X1 will be neglected for good!Microsoft only thinks in money and not the consumer and they are a bunch of liars anyway.
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Nik_P757  +   713d ago
Every time I get online it seems Microsoft has made another change. Maybe they should do the reveal over again. I'll be willing ti bet this isn't the end either, I bet we see plenty more changes happen as they try to close the gap with Sony before launch. I'm not saying all the changes they make are bad but damn it's a lot.
xHeavYx  +   712d ago
I can imagine the new name, XboxPS4
Nik_P757  +   712d ago
It's like they're taking everything they claimed was an advantage for the X1 and getting rid of it. They're stuck playing catch up and it's kinda sad from a consumer standpoint. I just want someone to tell the people in charge to be themselves, find your own identity.
Belking  +   713d ago
Sucks for those who are hit with this. Glad it's not the biggest markets. It won't be a long wait though. My preorder is still all good.
wynams  +   713d ago
98% convinced that Microsoft is trolling the earths
paul-p1988  +   712d ago
"we're not releasing in the 21 countries we promised before, only 13 now.... lol jk it's in the stores tomorrow all over the universe, go and buy it" haha
KYU2130  +   713d ago
well at least you know it will release in November
fossilfern  +   713d ago
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland are all 2014 ? Wow they are all European countries too, seems strange since other European countries like France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom get it before the others do.

Must be a priority thing but its funny considering Germany shares a border with Denmark and so does Belgium along with a border with France. Oh well theres nothing stopping them from crossing the border with ease and getting one from a shop.
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Convas  +   713d ago
And they can too, because it's region free. Since English is spoken heavily in those countries as well, it won't be too difficult.
fossilfern  +   713d ago
Exactly I like in the UK so with the EUs "border free" policy I could go anywhere in the EU anyway.
No_Limit  +   712d ago
The X360 was also only released in selected countries as well in 2005. They had the rest of the countries rollout staged all through 2006. It is nothing new. Concentrating to get allotment to the major market first and rollout to the rest a few months down the road when supply is more readily available. It is all part of business strategy.

X360 launch in 2005:
United States

Similar, we have no news whatsover about PS4 launch, it could also be limited to selected countries as well.

One thing is for sure, it will be released in the US for the holiday and I can't wait.
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andibandit  +   713d ago
Great cant wait for the future, "but ms didnt release worldwide" when we get sale comparions.
from the beach  +   712d ago
That was your first thought on hearing this news?
andibandit  +   712d ago
No my first thought was irritation that I have to wait longer here in denmark. I was also worried since i hope ms do well, but nothing seems to be going according to plan.
from the beach  +   712d ago
That calls for an import!
LeCreuset  +   713d ago
Looks like a lot of people owe Game Reactor an apology. This is why MS has the credibility issues it does. Aaron Greenberg intentionally tried to mislead consumers on this and imply the Game Reactor story was crap.


MS are the masters at prevarication and that is why few believe them when it comes to things like their pre-180 game sharing plan.
Convas  +   713d ago
Game Reactor posted a blanket statement about the Xbox One being delayed to 2014, which is not true.

They aren't owed anything and Greenburg was still right, we needed official clarification. The Xbox One is still coming to 13 markets in 2013.
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LeCreuset  +   712d ago
Your claim that Game Reactor posted a blanket statement is demonstrably false.

"We've had word that Microsoft will announce a delay of Xbox One - and a rather major one at that.

"According to the source, Microsoft's console will now ship in Q1 2014. Given that a launch in January is highly unlikely and February is an equally unattractive launch month, this could mean we may have to wait as long as March until Microsoft's next-gen offering arrives. We have no further information on what the cause of the delay is, whether there are issues with manufacturing or whether Microsoft are making last minute alterations. At this point we are not certain if this is a worldwide delay or whether it's limited to Europe.

"Take it as a rumour for now, and pray it is untrue."


The article now even includes an update with Microsoft's confirmation of the delay in 8 countries. Be real. Aaron Greenberg intentionally mislead consumers by prevaricating. They have no credibility.
No_Limit  +   712d ago
The headline for Gamereactor is "Xbox One delayed to 2014" which is just not true. That statement implies that the entire launch is being delayed. If he would had said "Xbox One delayed in Belgium" or "8 of the selected 21 original countries" then he would have a point.
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LeCreuset  +   712d ago

I guess that's why informed people do more than just read a headline. Because—gee, I don't know—maybe a site that claims to be "Europe's largest video game magazine" might not have a problem saying X-box is delayed as it pertains to European countries. X-box is delayed. How can you say that's not true? It's no more false or nefarious than when those of us living in countries getting the system this year say PS4/XB1 is launching this fall.

The article is there to read. I even quoted it for you. There was no deception on Game Reactor's part. They told you they had a source that gave them the information. They said they were not certain on the scope of the launch delay. They even told you to take it as a rumor for now.

Are we even serious with this defense of MS right now? Greenberg straight up intentionally mislead people.
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No_Limit  +   712d ago
LOL, Whatever fits your bill LeCreuset,

One thing is for sure, I will get mine in November and will enjoy Killer Instinct, Dead Rising, and Forza 5 with it. ;)
gaelic_laoch  +   712d ago
@ No_Limit

"One thing is for sure, I will get mine in November and will enjoy Killer Instinct, Dead Rising, and Forza 5 with it. ;)"

I would not count your chickens just yet! Still 2/3 months left and plenty of possible flip flopping from MS!
LeCreuset  +   712d ago

"LOL, Whatever fits your bill LeCreuset,"

The next time your argument is thoroughly trashed and you find yourself without a counter, just do the mature thing and admit defeat. "Whatever" does not a counter argument make.
GryestOfBluSkies  +   713d ago
didnt microsoft just say on twitter not to believe everything you read? i guess they meant that for themselves. they only care about the US market. its a shame for those millions of people in other countries.
gaelic_laoch  +   713d ago
Well I firmly believe that a majority of people over in the US will see through the MS BS and join the rest of the world in supporting the PS4 regardless of some misguided patriotic allegiance to the Xbone!
GryestOfBluSkies  +   712d ago
i am one of those americans. i preordered a ps4 the day after E3. still i feel bad for the people who are getting screwed
Dlacy13g  +   713d ago
So, this means one of two things.... a) the delay rumor has merit but only for 8 of the original 21 regions. b) they are pulling those 8 regions to give more consoles for the other 13 regions to combat a heavier presence by PS4.

I am inclined to thing its "a" at this point but if we suddenly hear about US preorders opening back up all over then it could point to "b".

Do we know which countries Sony is confirmed to be launching in? Curious to see if they both "match up".
Sitdown  +   713d ago
Too bad all early adopters do not get a pack-in game.
Emilio_Estevez  +   712d ago
There is some good news if you live in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden or Switzerland and have pre-ordered:

"To show our appreciation for your patience, if you have already preordered an Xbox One Day One system before today in those countries, you will also receive a pack-in game with your console when it launches."

Free games are awesome
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torchic  +   712d ago
what free game is it though? Halo: ODST? (I know it's a 360 game, just making a point) I can almost guarantee you that it won't be a new Xbox One AAA game

that's the problem with Microsoft. I just have no trust in anything they say/do atm.
Emilio_Estevez  +   712d ago
That's understandable, but really how many games will be available by then?

I would put $ on it being 1st party also, so I'm sure you could narrow it down.
So my $ would be on one of these:
Killer Instinct
Forza 5 (unlikely)
Kinect Sports Rivals
SpideySpeakz  +   712d ago
Yield Issues confirmed. Good ole Gaf.
RandomDude655  +   712d ago
Good ole buttocks on a train
RandomDude655  +   712d ago
Holy crap! Most legit insider ever:

forin countreis drop of a xblist
why?would i live ther?!~?


bligmerk  +   712d ago
Wait a second, let's review here.

* - XBone still a no-show at FCC
* - Confirmed attempts at overclocking
* - Followed by "new" overheating shut down feature
* - 21 countries at launch reduced to 13
* - Initial reason given was speech translation problems with Kinect, "integral" to XBone
* - Kinect no longer required, so what happened to the speech recognition problem for fewer launch countries
* - Denial of yield problems but now Japan is off the launch country list

When it comes to MS, they always have a spin for every issue, basically "Nyah-uh", followed by some other hokey alternative reason. Problem is when you are spinning all the time, you can make yourself dizzy and fall flat on your face.
OOG  +   712d ago
just a heads up.... Japan was never on the list in the first place.
eezo  +   712d ago
Xbox One Delay Solution, Remember the Console is Region Free, So why don't you get it ported from a different country that is getting the Xbox One in November 2013
xHeavYx  +   712d ago
Why spend so much money when you can just get a PS4?
Tyre  +   712d ago
@xHeavyx "Why spend so much money when you can just get a PS4?" In the countries MS left out of the launch schedule for 2013, most people are getting a PS4 instead of an XB1. Microsoft has seen the pre-orders and in most countries it is PS 4:XB 1 Now even more people are getting a PS4 in those countries for the holiday season 2013, because XB1 simply isn't there to be bought.
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SITH  +   712d ago
I am getting a day one xbox one, Dead rising battlefield 4, ryse, quantum break, and forza on launch day. Also my subscription is up in november for xbox-live, and I am buying a charge and play kit. How does that make you feel? Does the fanboy in you wanna cry about it?
ma1asiah  +   712d ago
@ Sith

Hey buddy glad to hear you are getting an X1 but hate to break it to you but Quantum Break is not one of the X1's launch titles
VonBraunschweigg  +   712d ago
Charge, and play, and charge and charge and play-hay:)
FullMetalTech  +   712d ago
Actually considering the shipping cost and the waiting time to get one will end up being costly for an import.
kewlkat007  +   712d ago
When was importing anything cheap?

The price you pay for early adoption, I suppose.
beebap  +   712d ago
Will not work for launch set up. Microsoft already confirmed this when asked before about importing from different country.
jimbo100  +   712d ago
What about Greece and other countries that arent in the list for early 2014 ? 2015 maybe ???
_FantasmA_  +   712d ago
PS4's got your back.
imt558  +   712d ago
From Gameindustry :

"While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches," Microsoft said. "This includes work to localize the Xbox One dash, incorporate additional voice and languages, and build partnerships to bring apps and meaningful local content to each country."

The company also announced a make-good for those who had already preordered the Xbox One Day One system in those markets. Those customers will receive an unspecified pack-in game with their console when it arrives next year.

Microsoft is still planning to launch the Xbox One in 13 regions this November, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Quote from this :

This includes work to localize the Xbox One dash, incorporate additional voice and languages

What a bullshit!!! Xbox One will launch in France, but not in Benelux because problem with voice and languages. BUT official language in Belgium is french.

Xbox One will launch in Germany, but not in Switzerland. Where is the problem with language???

100% Microsoft has problem with production
VonBraunschweigg  +   712d ago
No, they started listening to consumers and found out some of them speak a different language:)

Here in the Netherlands we don't even want to speak Dutch to our machines, we prefer not to speak to them at all but if we have to, it might as well be English. I don't know anyone that chooses our own language instead of the original when a game is localised. TV has subtitles, games are in English, that's what most of us are used to, same goes for half of Belgium.

I was going to buy a PS4 anyway, but it sucks for hardcore Xbox fans. Kinect never proved itself in hardcore gaming, it ups the price, and now it causes a delay, because of things they don't care for. Way to go MS, keep on listening;)
devwan  +   712d ago
There are more Dutch speakers in Belgium than French speakers, but your point is still valid and highlights some rather shaky reasoning behind the drop to 13 launch countries.
gnothe1  +   712d ago
Didn't sony announce that they WEREN'T launching in japan this year..an that they were focusing on the bigger markets which are Europe an the U.S due to pressure from its competitors? .
bligmerk  +   712d ago
The difference is Sony announced it very early and acknowledged they can't ramp up production fast enough to have enough launch day units to cover more than the two major markets, North America and Eurozone. With MS, they first announced 21, then 13 because of Kinect development, now after Kinect isn't required, they are still limited to 13 countries. Something is really messed up behind the Microsoft Magic Curtain. All their excuses and spin-doctoring 180's are starting to collide into each other.
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gnothe1  +   712d ago
ok...MS decided to delay its launch in a few countries...but don't you think its a little strange that sony isn't releasing in their HOME TURF...an wether guys wanna admit it or not...this goes to show sony don't wanna let MS get another leg up in the U.S an Europe an that japan isn't that important...because if it was they would be releasing there aswell...
saber00005  +   712d ago
Guess that rumor about the delay was right after all. At least in the Europe side.
ma1asiah  +   712d ago
Yes New Zealand is one of the priority markets awesome news.

Feel sorry for those that have to wait

Now sorry to sound selfish but given that I have already paid for the X1, accesorries and games with the hope that this would be my Christmas present to myself from myself I would be completely guttered if the X1 was not going to release in my country in November this year.
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